September 2015 Around Town 1


Gallery Night at Lisa McConnell’s Custom Jeweler’s Sept 12

Fort Worth art lovers should mark their calendars: September 12th, from 1 to 9 p.m., Lisa McConnell Design Studio will play host to artist Cyn McCurry in celebration of the Fall Gallery Night. Lisa’s pedigree as a craftsman identifies her as someone with a acute artistic sense, and her choice of Ms. McCurry should please collectors and casual viewers alike.

“McCurry’s art has a broad appeal through its images and symbolism,” says Lisa. “It reflects deeply personal visions that can connect to viewers’ memories, dreams and experiences.”

The name of the show, “From Fire and Brush,” reflects the elemental inspiration behind McCurry’s work. Anyone who thinks that great art remains the sole province of Renaissance Italy owes themselves a visit to McCurry’s exhibition, as her handling of form and approximation of the Old Masters beggars belief. The evening itself will entail wine and snacks, and attendees can feel refreshed through their support of local artists and vendors.  “As a local businesswoman and founder of Fort Worth Retail, I have greatly enjoyed the community’s support of local artists,” says Lisa. “We’ve attended these events for more than 24 years, and they provide an excellent opportunity to connect with the artistic community.” 3913 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76107

First Annual Aventino’s Italian Meatball Competition

We’re pleased to announce the First Annual Aventino’s Italian Meatball Competition, sponsored by West FW Lifestyle magazine, where home cooks get a chance to show off their culinary skills. Send us your favorite homemade Italian meatball recipe with a photo for a chance to have your recipe featured in the magazine and served on the Aventino’s dinner menu for one night. Each month November through January, one winning recipe will be selected and promoted via social media, and one Grand Prize Winner will be featured in the February Food Issue of the magazine and have their delicious winning meatballs served for one weekend at Aventino’s Italian Restaurant.

Send your recipe and photo by email only to no later than November 30, 2015 to enter. Aventino’s Italian Restaurant, 5800 Lovell Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Rules: Home cooks only. Participants can not be currently employed, or have been employed as a cook or chef. Italian meatball recipes only . One photo must accompany all entries. One entry per person per month. Winner must be willing to have name and recipe shared in print and social media, and have their meatballs served at Aventino’s Italian Restaurant.

SiNaCa Art Studio

SiNaCa Studios, a non-profit school of glass art in Fort Worth, will hold its 4th annual Artists in Heat event and membership drive on September 4-5 to kick off a new instructional year. The organization will host award-winning, internationally-renowned Canadian glass artist Laura Donefer for the weekend for a series of free, public events. On Friday, September 4, Donefer will host a lecture at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., followed by a special reception at The Lilipad at 5 p.m. The next day, Donefer will give glass-blowing demonstrations from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at SiNaCa Studios. The work that Donefer creates during the demonstrations will be featured during Gallery Night at SiNaCa Studios the following weekend on Saturday, September 12 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. An RSVP at is required to attend.


Did you ever want to be a Superhero? Fight the good fight? Be amazing!? Spectacular? Incredible?!  Let’s make it happen, already! CASA of Tarrant County needs your help!

CASA of Tarrant County will host its 2nd Annual Superhero Run at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington on October 31. Suit up in your favorite superhero outfit and kick off your halloween with this fun, family-friendly event. The best costumes for youth, adults, and dogs will win fun prizes. Join us for games and candy in the kids’ area and check out local vendors.

The Superhero Run supports advocacy for children in foster care, and is an amazing way to make a big difference in a child’s life. CASA of Tarrant County is preparing for over 1,000 big and little superheroes from around the community who will run and walk for the most important cause imaginable.

CASA of Tarrant County Executive Director Rebecca Farrow says, “We’re stretching out our tights, grabbing our masks, and donning our capes for the Superhero Run because we believe every child deserves a life free from harm.”

In 2014, more than 350 CASA volunteers – superheroes – agreed. They joined CASA of Tarrant County by serving as friends of the court, speaking up for children who were placed in foster care. Volunteers raised their voices against the unspeakable atrocities of child abuse and neglect and served 874 children in Tarrant County. But the need for courageous advocates is still great. Tarrant County had the highest number of confirmed cases of child abuse/neglect in the state, and over 350 children are still waiting on the voice of a crusading CASA volunteer. There are yet mighty deeds to be done.

Located in the heart of downtown Arlington, the 5K Run/Walk is a USATF-Certified course. The event also features a 1-Mile Fun Run, costume contests for youth and adults, kids’ activities, free parking in multiple lots, free t-shirt and goody bag for all registrants, and a vendor lane.

For more information on the Superhero Run/Walk or CASA of Tarrant County, call 817.877.5891 or visit  The event also includes costume contests and prizes. Join us as we celebrate the everyday superheroes who are making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Contact: Teddi Wiggins at 101 Summit Ave., Suite 505, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. 817.877.5891.