Crockett Row’s Starlight Symphony

Get yourself over to University Drive North and West 7th. Street Friday or Saturday night, or both, to see the Crockett Row light shows that start at 6 pm and continue on the hour until 9 pm. There are free carriage rides, too, between 6 and 9 pm and lots of holiday entertainment that starts at 4 pm and winds up about 8 pm. Check out these and more activities at <CROCKETTROS.COM>. Better hurry because the light shows end on December 31.

Annie Ambles to Crockett Row for the nightly light show


Cinco de Mayo Lunch

The theme for our May first Friday  Y luncheon is Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Celebration! After we eat, we’ll play bingo and enjoy one another’s company. Annie hopes to win one of the prizes, but she’ll be happy to go home with a full tummy and pleasant memories.

According to Wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.”

Now you have the facts. Come on all you lovely senior citizens who frequent the downtown YMCA on Lamar. Friday, May 6 is our Potluck Luncheon. Gather in the large meeting room on the second floor across from the Wellness Studio at 11:30 AM to put out the dish you have brought to share. Please plan to have it serve 6-8 people. Happy eating!

Annie Ambles to the Y for First Friday Potluck Luncheon



Your Choice

My goodness, where did April go? Here we are at the end of the month staring our last Friday in the face. What to do? Where to go? As Annie sees it, we have three choices–Mayfest, Latin Express, and Sid Richardson Museum. Let’s look at each, taking into consideration the impending storm forecast by our weather-casters.

Mayfest opens at 9:30 this muggy Friday morning for special needs children. If you love and care for one of these darlings, by all means go to Forest Park and enjoy the activities. If not, you’ll have to wait until 3:30 this afternoon to enjoy the activities, food, and music. Bring your umbrella! There is an admission charge this afternoon.

Well, your choices have shrunk to two. Stacey at Central Market just told me that the free Latin Express live music experience has been cancelled due to the weather; however, tomorrow night Canta will be playing Latin pop, classic rock, and big band music, starting at 5:30 PM and ending about 9:00 PM. Central Market is at I-30 and Hulen, actually 4651 West Freeway. If you want to call to be sure of its events, call 817-989-4700.

The Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art is having a free lecture tonight at 6:30 PM. Please call 817-332-6554. to make a reservation as space is limited. While you’re there, browse the current exhibit Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story. You’ll see items related to our own Archer City novelist Larry McMurtry’s much loved novel that was made into a four-part TV mini-series.

Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story exhibition poster

Annie Ambles wishes she could be two places at once


Mayfest 2016

Tracing its roots all the way back to the 1973 Trinity River Festival, Mayfest has become one of the biggest family events of the year in Fort Worth. It’s a traditional town fair-style event with carnival games, rides, live music and other performances and, of course, food and drink available for sale. Tickets tend to be very affordable, and the festival goes for April 28-May 1, along the shores of the Trinity River in downtown. The festival has also featured 5k and 10k runs, petting zoos, gift markets and athletic activities like paddle-boarding, and it has an adorable mascot in River the Mayfest Raccoon.

Mayfest’s four-day family festival is held on 33 picturesque acres in Trinity Park. 225,000 people attend Mayfest each year to experience the many different attractions and areas. From young to old, Mayfest includes something for everyone and entertains the entire family. There is a cost to get in, but it’s only $5 for seniors. If you don’t want to pay, you can be a volunteer.

With three dedicated music stages playing over 58 hours of live music, everyone will definitely be entertained – no matter what their taste in musicis! Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Texas Country, Bluegrass, Cover bands, and more are heard throughout the festival grounds. If you love music, you’ll love Mayfest!

The number one priority of Mayfest is to produce a safe and secure festival. Mayfest works in conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Dept., Fort Worth Fire Dept., Office of Emergency Management, MedStar, Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Hospital, R.A.C.E.S., Homeland Security, and others to provide a secure environment for everyone at Mayfest.

There are two missions for Mayfest– To raise funds to support community programs and recreational development of the Trinity River and Fort Worth City parks and To continue to produce an outstanding family festival for Fort Worth. Mayfest has given more than $6.9 million to the Fort Worth community in its 43-year history. Good for you, Mayfest!

Annie Ambles checks out Mayfest

May Expo for Senior Citizens

You’ll want to register for the 4th. Annual Senior Synergy Expo before April 28 to guarantee a free box lunch and parking. Call 817-884-1234 to register, or register online, like Annie just did, at Annie has been to one of these events and had a great time.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Cigna invite you to come to the Expo to learn about the services available in Tarrant County that empower boomers, seniors, and caregivers to live a healthier lifestyle. Sounds like a really good thing to do. You just need to be 50 or older or a caregiver to get in.

The Expo opens at 8 AM on Thursday, May 5, at the Will Rogers-Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, in Fort Worth 76107. It’ll continue until 1:30 PM. There are free health screenings like dental, blood pressure, vision testing, fall risk/balance assessment, mammograms and many more. The keynote lunch speaker is Ana Martinez from Facebook who will discuss online safety and privacy issues. Workshops include Healthy Cooking Demos, Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse, and Aging Gracefully. Now, I ask you. Who doesn’t want to age gracefully? I’m all ears.

More than 100 exhibitors will fill the Exhibits Hall with new or favorite products. Participants usually receive bags that can be filled with all kinds of free goodies and samples. But, you won’t have the chance to be there unless you pre-register.

Annie Ambles registers for the Senior Synergy Expo




Book Sale

Book lovers, heed this call. The Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library is having its Biannual Book Sale on three weekends in April and May. Guess it means that we have three fantastic opportunities to add some fine books to our libraries. Choose from thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs with most items priced 50 cents to a dollar fifty.

There is a “Members Only Tax-Free Sale Day” this coming Saturday, April 16, 9 am until 4 pm at the Book Store, 5332 Trail Lake Drive, Wedgewood Village, just south of Loop 820 and Trail Lake. You’ll pay only 1/2 price in the book store. Not a member? It’s easy to join or renew your membership at the door. Seniors pay $20, if Annie is not mistaken.

Sale days to the public in the Chapter 2 Annexes, 5314 and 5318 Trail Drive, are April 22-24 and Saturday May 7. If you’re not a member, there is a $1 admission charge per day.

There’ll be a  Garage Sale at the Book Store Annexes on Saturday, May 7, 9 am through 4 pm. Fixtures and gift items from the warehouse will be sold plus another $15 a box day on remaining books. Sunday, April 24, noon until 4 pm is the first $15 a box day with boxes provided.

If your bookshelves are already packed to overflowing, go through your books and donate some to make room for your new purchases. You’ll get a tax deduction slip for the IRS at the Main Desk, and the Friends will have more books to sell.

Annie Ambles renews her membership and fills a box with books

Main Street

Fort Worth’s annual arts festival Main Street starts today and runs through April 17. Thousands of people will head downtown for awesome art, marvelous music, and tasty food. Without a doubt, this is Texas’s top arts and music festival, if not America’s.

Please note that some streets are closed, making your daily commute more challenging. Parking is free on the streets and in some lots after 6 PM and on the weekend. You may want to come see the sights on Friday as rain is forecast for Saturday and Sunday, but don’t let that spoil your fun. Annie won’t melt, and she’s sure you won’t either.

Annie Ambles enjoys Main Street