The Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, presented by Walmart, is an annual volunteer-run event that supports underserved children with free school supplies, immunizations, haircuts, and health and dental screenings. Prekindergarteners through 12th graders whose families meet federal poverty income guidelines gather on August 8 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Amid kids activities, games, and interactive booths, approximately 10,000 students are expected to receive free school supplies. Alongside supplies distributors, community-resource booths hand out information on topics such as literacy, parenting, nutrition, and financial literacy to help foster solid family life. Last year, the Back to School Roundup provided school supplies and services to 11,000 children in need.
Hosted by former Dallas Cowboys Jay Novacek and Kevin Smith, Sportz Partnerz's ESPN "Lunch with a Legend" events invite fans to meet, greet, and eat with a selection of NFL players and veterans in private luncheons with no more than 100 attendees. Rudy's chefs barbecue infinite amounts of brisket, sausage, and chicken to fuel mingling among fans and football stars. The intimate event allows lunchers to get close enough to smell the fame for 90 minutes of posing for photographs, listening to NFL stories, and snagging barbecue-sauce-smeared autographs. The roster of NFL guests will vary by day and location, and a complete list will be available upon registration.
A nonprofit organization promoting cinematic art, the Lone Star Film Society gives three-star members free admission to select events at the annual Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF), 25% off festival passes, entry to year-round panels and classes, and a 2011 LSIFF t-shirt. At the LSIFF, cinephiles can watch new independent films and listen to luminaries like past guests Robert Rodriguez or Harry Dean Stanton speak in the curious tongue of faraway Hollywood. Three-star members also receive advance notice for sneak previews, film retrospectives, or protospectives on high concepts still gestating in the minds of baby producers.
In 1978, funds from Mr. A. Smith Gill’s trust, combined with resources from public and other private institutions, helped to create Gill Children's Services, Inc. The charitable corporation would serve low-income children who fell through the gaps of existing services. Its staff meets with each family individually to assess the child’s need, locate a service provider, and secure funds for the treatment or service that is required. This can range from wheelchair ramps and hearing aids to eyeglasses and root canals. Over the past three decades, the organization has served more than 44,000 children to date, refusing to turn away any child in need.
Project Mom grants mothers of all stages and ages a mini break from the frenzies of home during a relaxing day convention. Saturday's festivities put the spotlight on several experts in maternal matters, from Lilian Hopes Designs to Kara Abrahamson and Jennifer Brandt of Planting Seeds Christian Counseling. Relaxation stations throughout the convention melt away stress between breakout discussions on a variety of topics, including frugal nutrition, wrangling teens and tweens, party planning, and managing toddler during those pre-hours before preschool time. Free giveaways reward guests with luxurious prizes, such as spa passes, and complimentary swag bags send moms home with gift cards, beauty products, and fly swatters for disciplining mischievous imaginary friends.
Dave Fannin remembers when treadmills were found only in doctors’ offices. As someone who has watched the fitness industry evolve since his first front-desk job at a gym in 1984, it’s no surprise that his weight-loss programs incorporate a wide range of techniques. Since opening his training business seven years ago, he’s helped more than 1,000 clients achieve a healthier lifestyle with a combination of nutritional coaching, fat-burning workouts, bursts of cardio, and ample support and motivation. He shares these regimens through one-on-one sessions, small-group personal training, boot-camp classes, and by acting them out in games of charades. Regardless of a client’s fitness level or unsuccessful attempts at weight loss in the past, Dave welcomes the challenge of helping them get healthy.