Fort Worth’s Historic Cemeteries (Class and Tour)

Oakwood Cemetery

You’ll probably visit Oakwood Cemetery on the tour, but Annie can’t guarantee it. It’s sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth. Founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of Fort Worth’s first settlers, who donated 20 acres to the city of Fort Worth, the cemetery was later enlarged to 100 acres. The burial area consists of three cemeteries: Oakwood, Calvary, and Trinity.

The Center for Texas Studies and TCU Extended Education present a classroom session this Thursday evening, April 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, followed by a motorcoach tour and lunch, Saturday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. You’ll make some interesting stops and gather more historical data about Fort Worth and its dearly departed residents.

From nearly forgotten pioneer burial grounds to the mausoleums of cattle kings, this adventure explores the rich history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County through the stories of the city’s historic cemeteries. Annie did the historic cemeteries with Leadership Fort Worth way back in the 80’s. Fascinating!

The two-hour evening lecture combined with a six-hour Saturday tour, including lunch, will feature the lives of the soldiers, statesmen, former slaves, immigrants and extraordinary people whose efforts to build a great city resulted in the diverse and vibrant Fort Worth we all share.

Historian Quentin McGown leads this course organized by the Center for Texas Studies for TCU Extended Education. Discounts are available for seniors ($25 and change off the regular fee) and for TCU faculty, staff, and students. The Thursday evening class will probably be held on the TCU campus. The tour, more than likely, departs from and returns to the TCU campus on Saturday. You won’t get exact locations until you register. What fun!

Unfortunately, this adventure is not free; it will cost you $130. Call 817-257-7132 to register or go online <;. The code is 16SCT529. You’ll want to confirm, too, where the class meets and the bus departs. As of yesterday at 4:00 PM, there were still 15 available seats.

Annie Ambles shares information


Early Voting

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It’s an exciting time for us Tarrant County registered voters. The polls open today, Monday, April 25, for early voting that runs through May 3. We can cast our ballots in local city and town councils, school boards, library and water districts, and city charter elections. If you don’t do early voting, please be sure to vote in the May 7 election. Yes, dear heart, your vote does count and your voice needs to be heard.

There are 11 amendment changes to the 1924 Fort Worth city charter. To make Fort Worth’s charter current with state law, there are seven propositions we need to consider. The other four will affect the pay, term lengths, and council size of our Fort Worth City Council.

If you can’t make it to a polling place, you can download an application for a ballot by mail from the elections website. This must be submitted by tomorrow/Tuesday, April 26. As Annie often remarks, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Well, you know that we can always complain, but voting makes it legitimate, doesn’t it?

Annie Ambles to the Tarrant County Plaza Building to cast her ballot

Sprouts Farmers Market


Sprouts Farmers Market - Fort Worth, TX, United States

Maybe you already know about this special grocery store, but today was Annie’s first visit to Sprouts even though it’s been open in Fort Worth since last December.

Every week a flyer comes in the mail, normally on Tuesday. Usually, Annie looks at it and casually puts it in the recycling bin; however, this week she was in the market for watermelons to take to a family reunion. Eureka, right there in all its glory was an ad for “Whole Seedless Watermelons.” That was the first thing that caught her eye. The next thing was the price–$2.88 each.

After a call to confirm directions, Annie was driving on Camp Bowie Boulevard and turning left at the first light after Bryan Irving Road. The store’s address is 6300 Waverly, near Camp Bowie Blvd. & Ridglea Ave. Phone 682.747.5790, if you have questions.Check out the store’s web page, too.

In addition to wonderfully fresh produce at reasonable prices, there is almost an aisle of coffee beans. And, this week they’re all going for $6.99 a pound. Joy! There is nothing better first thing in the morning than a freshly brewed cup of coffee made with just-ground beans. Explore, too, the bakery, bulk food bins, wine section, deli, and meat market.

This week you can get a four pound bag of organic valencia oranges for $1.88, on-the-vine cluster tomatoes for $.88 a pound, red, yellow, or orange bell peppers at $.88 each, and three pounds of bananas for a dollar. If you’d like sweet blackberries, you can buy 5.6 ounces for $.77 each. Wouldn’t those taste great with some Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream or made into a cobbler?

Annie Ambles stocks up on fresh fruit and vegetables at Sprouts

Three Cheers for Red Oak Foundation

The Red Oak Foundation based right here in Fort Worth is an organization with a mission: To spread the pleasures and benefits of books to all young children. Since its creation in 1997, Red Oak has distributed 523,817 books to young children and their families.

Annie came to know and admire Red Oak after she started reading to elementary children in the Fort Worth Independent School District at I. M. Terrill Elementary as part of Bass Hall’s Children’s Education Program (CEP). She is what is known as a book bearer. This is how it works for her and can, too, for you–Volunteer to be a reader. Pick up the books. Drive to the school. Check in at the office. Take the books to a classroom. Give a book to each student. Leave a book for each absent child. Read sections of the book. Wave good-bye. Give yourself a treat for having fun and doing good!

Cutting out the middle man, Red Oak purchases the books directly from their publishers. In addition to the book bearers who represent 168 non-profit organizations, books are distributed through 26 clinics (336,865), 42 book clubs (2,362), and at 408 events (21,704).

Events for children five years of age and under and their parents or caregivers are held at non-profit centers in targeted neighborhoods. These have story times where books are read aloud by site representatives, followed by book selections where every child can take home two quality, hardback books for free.

Hats off to Red Oak.

Annie Ambles reads to first graders to encourage a love of books

The Outlets of Alliance

Three cheers for the Fort Worth City Council that voted 8-0 for a $20 million economic incentive for the Outlets of Alliance. We’re going to get a 580,000 square-foot shopping mall on the east side of I-35W, near Cabela’s in far north Fort Worth. Finally, we can expect to do some shopping in a first class outlet mall. It may be a few years, but hope springs eternal in our shoppers bodies. Construction has not started on the project, and no tenant leases are signed for the shopping center. But, I’m delighted to hear that things are in the works. Aren’t you?

Annie Ambles  anticipates the Outlets of Alliance

Fort Worth’s First Senior Playground

Are you kidding me? This is not a joke. In September 2014, Fort Worth joined AARP’s network of age-friendly communities, in which members pledge to pay increased attention to the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of us older adults.The powers who be are researching the possibility of funding the construction of a playground for seniors, according to an article in the Fort Worth Weekly.

The outdoor spaces, sometimes referred to as outdoor adult gyms, include low-impact activities like stationary bikes, walking paths with ramps, and games like horseshoes. Though common in Western Europe and East Asia, they have been slow to catch on in the US. The recreational areas provide opportunities for older adults to congregate, socialize, and use the equipment to maintain flexibility, balance, and stamina.

 Maybe, instead of starting from scratch, Fort Worth can add age-friendly equipment to a park already set to be built. In fact, the rumor is that the final location for Fort Worth’s first age-friendly park has been narrowed down to one or two possibilities, but nothing has been finalized. Check out Keller’s outdoor equipment pictured below. How did that city get ahead of us?


“Playing on a playground is fun at any age, according to Mayor Betsy Price. Why should we stop when we are older. The equipment which can be as simple as an oversized teeter-totter, helps seniors maintain flexibility, balance, and coordination. And it’s fun.”

Annie Ambles looks forward to Fort Worth’s first Senior Playground



Easter Candy

Oh, the joys of Easter candy. What’s your favorite? Chocolate bunnies, peeps, jellybeans? Do you buy your sweets at the big box store, candy shop, grocery store, or make your own?  If you live in Fort Worth, there are so many places to get your sugar fix. Here are two of Annie’s favorites.

At Schakolad Chocolates, 106 E. 4th. Street, in Sundance Square, you can not only buy chocolate Š—– you can watch it being made! Schakolad Chocolate Factory offers more than 60 different candies, from hand-dipped truffles to the richest fudges, all made daily right in the store. Create your own personal box of chocolates, or find distinctive corporate gifts, decadent wedding favors, and treats for other special occasions like Easter. They even offer sugar-free and low-carb options. Want to indulge a little more? Gather your friends for a fun chocolate party, where you can create, mold, dip, and decorate your own sweet treats.

Celebrate Easter with them!  Hippity-hop over to Schakolad Chocolate Factory and meet the Easter Bunny.  He’ll be in the store Saturday, March 26 from 11 am – 5 pm.  Personalize your Easter Egg March 24-26 from 10 am – 5 pm, while supplies last.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory - Fort Worth, TX, United States. Top left to right to bottom: Dark Chocolate Cherry, Dark Chocolate Toffee Crunch, and Milk Chocolate Pecan


The Candy Barrel at 130 E. Exchange Avenue, right in the stockyards, is such a fun place. You will see candy that you thought was no longer sold, candy from your childhood, or your children’s childhood. ” Treats from The Candy Barrel are as colorful as they are tasty. Lollipops, candies and taffy goodies at The Candy Barrel make mouths water as they sparkle through the windows at the shop in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Few candy stores carry taffy these days, making The Candy Barrel the best option for the taffy-fan in your life. Gifts and trinkets are aplenty here as well, bulking up and filling out that Easter basket in a personalized and fun way.”

Call 817.625.9715 or visit the web site for days and hours that the store is open.

After you have the chocolate bunnies, how do you eat them? Ears or tail first?

Annie Ambles enjoys any kind of candy–Easter or otherwise