Age-Friendly Fort Worth Public Forums: Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday Oct. 11

FORT WORTH, Texas — A plan to make Fort Worth more age friendly is underway by community groups who are asking the public to provide comment on how Fort Worth can become even more accessible, comfortable and safe for people of all ages.

On Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, AARP Texas will hold forums to gather public input on an “Age-Friendly Fort Worth Action Plan.” The recommendations will be presented to the Fort Worth City Council on Dec. 6.

The plan touches on eight domains of age friendliness that have been identified by the World Health Organization. They involve: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.

Earlier this year, a survey of Fort Worth AARP members identified health care facilities, safe streets and well-maintained properties and public spaces as the leading features of an age-friendly livable community. The survey can be found at

The Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 forums are free to attend and the news media is welcome. The details are:


Age-Friendly Public Forum

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4

Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center

6201 Beaty Street

Fort Worth, TX 76112


Age-Friendly Public Forum

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11

Ella Mae Shamblee Library

1062 Evans Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76104

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

(AUSTIN, Texas – September 27, 2016) – The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) announces its 125th anniversary celebration, which will be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the official program taking place from noon until 12:30.

The DRT is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation. In 1891, Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan formulated plans for an association to be composed of women who were direct descendants of the men and women who established the Republic of Texas. Their ongoing mission has been to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.

“Through our volunteer efforts, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have worked since 1891 to preserve and tell the story of Texas,” said Betty Edwards, M.D., president general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. “Traces of our dedication are found across the state, and we are dedicated to continuing our commitment to the grandest of states.”

Edwards continued, “The story of Texas and the story of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have been intertwined from the beginning. We exist so that the next generation will understand the struggles of early Texans for freedom and independence. We think it is more important now than ever that Texans — and the world — understand our rich history.”

Today the organization has grown to over 7,000 members. The DRT continues to play an important and significant role in propagating Texas history by maintaining tens of thousands of historical documents in the DRT Library Collection, helping to educate today’s students on the bygone eras of Texas, preserving various historical properties, operating the Republic of Texas Museum in Austin and much more.

The 125th anniversary festivities will include music by John Arthur Martinez, performances by the Pioneer Women, wine tasting from William Chris Winery and Hahne Estates Winery at the Texas Redback Saloon, a display on the history of the DRT, chuck wagon demonstrations, gifts for sale at the Austin Colony Mercantile/General Store, barbecue and Tex-Mex food options, period reenactors, children’s games, tours of the LBJ Ranch, and more.

Tickets are $25 per person and include food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. To purchase your non-refundable ticket, call DRT Headquarters at 512-339-1997 during normal business hours. Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted. The event is open to the public.

For information about the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, visit

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) was founded in 1891 as an organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the founding families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas. The organization’s mission includes encouraging historical research into the earliest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events which followed.


Lion's Club
Free Vision
Screening Test

during Handley Fest

The Handley-Meadowbrook Lion's Club is offering a FREE vision screening examination during the Handley Street Festival.

Children ages 3 – 17 MUST be accompanied by an adult Parent or Guardian who must complete a consent form prior to the exam.

The exam will be inside the Antique Mall, at the Café end of store, from 10 am to Noon, and again 2pm to 4pm on Saturday.

If you have any old eyeglasses, the Lion's Club collects them to be upclycled to donate to people who cannot afford corrective lenses.



Renee Higginbotham-Brooks

5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76112

(817) 334-0106 office



Over 30 years experience in:

• Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

• Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney

• Probate Administration

First Annual Joey Floyd Foundation Concert Fundraiser honored EHHS alumn Joey Floyd & raised money for  Music & Art Scholarships

Sponsors and organizers were thrilled with the overwhelming turnout by EHHS alums and friends of Joey Floyd, especially considering the unusual September heat and that the event was outdoors.

 Joey Floyd was a well-known musician from Eastern Hills High School who played in the bands for several well-known stars. He was even in several films, including Honeysuckle Rose.

Joey passed away unexpectedly in the spring, but his family is keeping his spirit alive with this charity concert fundraiser on Sunday benefiting music students at Eastern Hills.

The event featured several popular musical acts, and  kicked off at 3 p.m. There was talk  that Toby Keith might do a drop-in during the concert on Sunday. Joey was in his band, and his family is close with Toby. I'm not going all day, but I was asked if I could show up at 5 p.m. to be introduced, since apparently many people there will be EHHS alums.

The sole intent of this first annual charity concert was to raise monies to provide scholarships for students involved in high school music. Last spring to kick off the campaign, two EHHS music program students received $500 scholarships each from the Joey Floyd Foundation, and both of those students are currently enrolled as college freshmen.

Here are a few pictures. This will apparently become an annual event. They are discussing a new location for next year just to keep things fresh. The items in the Silent Auction were totally off the chain! Autographed guitars from Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and others, sports autographs, event tickets, and lots more.

Live Long, Fort Worth:

Blue Zones Project Kicks Off District 5 Efforts with Family Celebration

 Hundreds of people in Fort Worth took steps to live longer, better as Blue Zones Project® kicked off in the city’s diverse District 5.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative based on lifestyles in the world’s Blue Zones® areas, or regions where people are most likely to reach age 100 and beyond.

Mayor Betsy Price and Council Member Gyna Bivens joined the community for District 5 Day, which celebrated efforts to make healthy choices easier in ZIP codes 76105, 76112, and 76119. The free event at the Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center featured music, healthy (tasty!) foods, kids’ activities, Zumba and fitness boot camp demonstrations, sports clinics, a cooking demonstration, voter registration, and blood pressure checks in the Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Unit. During the event, more than 100 people took the Blue Zones Personal Pledge to commit to well-being in their own lives.

Since Blue Zones Project launched in Fort Worth in February 2015, a growing network has gotten on board to reshape environments and daily routines in ways that boost health and happiness. Fort Worth now counts 60 Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksites, 26 restaurants, six grocery stores, four schools, and three faith-based organizations, plus 14 participating organizations. In addition, nearly 21,000 individuals have taken the Personal Pledge. Discover how Blue Zones Project is impacting Fort Worth leaders and put Blue Zones principles to work in your life at


Amon Carter Museum Joins Blue Zones Project, Making Fort Worth one of Nation’s Healthiest Cities – Attend a Free Party on Saturday

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has long been a vital aspect of Fort Worth’s cultural identity. Now the museum is helping Fort Worth develop another identity—as one of the healthiest cities in the country.

The Amon Carter is the first museum in Fort Worth and the nation to become Blue Zones Project Approved for its commitment to healthy practices in the workplace. Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement initiative, works in select cities to make healthy choices easier.

The Amon Carter invites the community to celebrate during the museum’s Free Party on the Porch event, from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 17 (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.).

Blue Zones Project will recognize the Amon Carter in a ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.


    Left to right: Andrew J. Walker, director of the Amon Carter, and Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth, mark the museum’s designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite.


    The Amon Carter and Blue Zones Project teams ring cowbells to signify the museum’s approval. Left to right: Yolanda Harper, Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth; Janice Craddock, the Amon Carter; Ronda Nabity, the Amon Carter; Lorraine Bond, the Amon Carter; Sherrie Fanning, the Amon Carter; Lauren Tevis, the Amon Carter; Peggy Sell, the Amon Carter; Matt Dufrene, Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth

A Brave New World?

All the changes that have taken place in American society can be summed up in one phrase; we are living in a “post-Christian culture.” Standards for acceptable behavior have been replaced with an eagerness to “push the envelope” in morals, entertainment; indeed, what area of life has not drastically changed in the past few years?  Cite Scripture and you are put in the same boat as the Taliban, and don’t dare mention Christ or be seen praying, that’s a sure way to offend someone’s delicate sensibilities!

Caution: Don’t get the idea that we are bravely charting new territory; this is simply a replaying of the same pattern that’s as old as humanity.  Take Jeremiah 5:30-31, the same type changes were taking place then as today, but God called it, “ appalling and horrible,” on top of which He observed, “And My people love to have it so.”

But God further asked, “But what will you do at the end of it?”  So we as a society decide to approve the things God condemns, and yes we are free to do so, but there will be a judgment day, and we will be judged according to the word of Christ (John 12:48).  Now, if the Bible is wrong, you have nothing to worry about, but if the Bible is right ...


Max Brennan is pastor of

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

 2414 Hitson Lane, Fort Worth 76112.    817.451.6980

Sundays at 11:00 am

Giving you a “head’s up”—

I will be leading a revival at St. Paul UMC in Hurst where Keith Murray is pastor.

That’s Sept. 21-24.

The last revival I led was in 1991.

I try to work one in every 25 years or so.

My next one will be in 2041.

So if you don’t catch this one, you’ll have to wait awhile.

Now this word of warning to the good people of St. Paul UMC: I will also be singing on a couple of the revival evenings.

 I have not been invited to sing, but I love to sing. And I have not been invited not to sing.

 So I will sing.

 I will also be singing at Eastside Gospel Night at Meadowbrook UMC on Saturday, July 16—5:00 p.m.

 Now, I have not been invited to sing at that event either. I was invited to MC.

But, again, I have not been invited not to sing.

 So I will sing.

 Tickets--$7 at the door—including supper.

 Many others will sing on Gospel Night—people actually invited to sing.

That’s Saturday—July 16.

5:00 p.m.

Meadowbrook UMC

Proceeds go to Eastside Ministries.


 My book, God, Grace and Gooseberry, will be available at St. Paul UMC this Sunday.

 I have a concern. When folks there read my book, they may decide they have made a terrible mistake in asking me to be their revival preacher.

 I hope they will still let me sing!

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