Flyfest Returns

Make plans now to attend TRWD Flyfest Saturday, March 12 in Fort Worth. TRWD Flyfest will be a family-friendly day of fly fishing, food, wine and craft beer in and along the rippling waters of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Whether you are an experienced angler or have never touched a fly rod, this fun day will have something to hook everyone in the whole family.

The festival will include presentations from top anglers who will cover a diverse range of topics including an introduction to fly fishing, fly fishing destinations, fishing on the Trinity and more. Fly tying lessons will be available throughout the day and will cover a wide array of types of flies from beginner friendly patterns to advance. Fly fishing experts will host numerous demonstrations including beginning casting, a women’s casting class and how to cast big flies. Three contests will also be held at TRWD Flyfest, one of which being the Big Trout Contest where anglers will compete to catch the biggest trout or the most fish in the time allotted to win the TRWD Flyfest Grand Prize.

That is not all, TRWD Flyfest will truly have something for everyone. Between delicious craft beer and wine, live music, food trucks, face painter, kid fish tank, rock climbing wall and open fishing for both rod and fly anglers the whole family will enjoy TRWD Flyfest. Visit www.trwdflyfest for more information

Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail has been hosting successful Bowl-a-thons for the past 34 years as a way to support the almost 30,000 Tarrant County area students who receive JA educational programs that focus on workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. JA is looking for a coordinator(s) from companies to recruit team captains who are responsible for building teams of 4-6 bowlers. Each bowler is asked to raise a minimum of $100. Incentives (gift cards ranging from $15-$500) are awarded for going above and beyond! Junior Achievement gives everyone the tools to raise the money, to recruit team captains/bowlers, and to be successful in their goals. On April 2nd bring your family/friends to bowl at this is event full of games, drawings, prizes, contests and bowling as a thank you for raising money. Contact Sunny Brous at sbrous@jafortworth.org for more information and to register your team for this super fun and easy event that’s great for team-building or networking.

Shoot Smart Guys Night

Guys, you don’t have to go to the gun range just to practice. You can also relax, have a good time with old friends and make new ones. Head to Shoot Smart Alliance on March 3rd for a guy’s only Beer and Cigar pairing. You can take advantage of the opening social hour to meet other attendees and the friendly Shoot Smart team, or test your skills on the range against some new friends. And if you’re new to shooting, Shoot Smart’s experienced team will help you. Following the social hour, you will head to the Gunsmith Shop for a beer and cigar pairing. Shannon Brewing in Keller and Michael’s Cigars will then walk you through some of their personal selections. The event if from 6-9 p.m. and costs $45/person. Registration includes range fees, one target per person, firearm rental and entry to the tasting. Feel free to bring personal firearms including rifles and handguns. Sign up at www.shootsmart.com under the events section.

Lena Pope’s Marty Leonard Community Chapel has received the 25-Year Award from the American Institute 
of Architects Fort Worth (AIAFW)

The AIAFW has a long tradition of recognizing outstanding and beautiful architecture in Tarrant County. The 25-Year Award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance, and is presented to a project that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years. The honoree must serve as an example that elevates the general quality of architectural practices, and help continue to establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance.

The building of the Marty Leonard Community Chapel was heavily influenced by the actions of its namesake. Marty Leonard has been a leading advocate and loyal supporter of Lena Pope for numerous years. Fundraising for the chapel began in the 1980s, and more than 300 donors contributed to realizing her dream.

Construction began on the Marty Leonard Community Chapel in the spring of 1989, and was opened to the community on November 19, 1990. The Community Chapel was built to serve the youth and families of Lena Pope, in hopes of offering an uplifting environment. The Marty Leonard Community Chapel also provides an ideal setting for weddings, renewals of vows, church services, and other life affirming ceremonies.

The Marty Leonard Chapel was designed by award winning architect, E. Fay Jones (1921 – 2004). Jones described his Chapel design as an “instrument for nature’s music as light and shadows move and change throughout the day.” The interior of the Chapel inspires and fulfills the goal of Jones’ design – that visitors will “think their loftiest and best thoughts.”

“It is a validation of the design genius and AIA Gold Medal winner, E. Fay Jones” said Marty Leonard of the award. “Fort Worth is fortunate to have several buildings that have received architectural recognition. When the Chapel was named the second favorite building to The Kimbell Art Museum by the local AIA, it was such an honor. Now 25 years later, the Chapel is again being recognized as an iconic structure. What pleases me most is how much the Chapel continues to be used for weddings, funerals, church services, musical concerts, and other occasions, which is why I chose the name, Marty Leonard Community chapel.”

Since opening in 1990, Marty Leonard Community Chapel has been an important addition to the mission of Lena Pope and is a reflection of the gratitude for Marty Leonard’s many years of service to the organization. Lena Pope is honored by the award and eternally grateful for the integral role Marty Leonard has played throughout the years and continues to this day.

Aventino’s Wine Dinner

On Tuesday the 22nd, Aventino’s will be hosting another wonderful wine dinner. Wine selections are being made from an Italian portfolio and food will then be paired. Look for updates to the wine selection and the menu on our website www.aventinos.com .

Our wine dinners are five courses and each course is designed to go great with the wine that is selected. A guest speaker in representation of the selected wines will be in attendance. We will have limited seating for only 30 guests. Aventino’s will close for this event so that our guests get the full attention of service. The wine dinner will start at 6:30 and will end when everyone is satisfied. Our wine dinners offer entertainment through good wine, good food, great company, increased knowledge and a fun raffle where some guests receive great gifts. Make your reservations today because seating is limited. To be put on our wine dinner email list, send your request to info@aventinos.com


Founded in 2013, Wilco Realtors has quickly emerged as the premier multi-purpose realtor for west Fort Worth. Owned by Margaret Coulborn, Julie and Russell Wilkins, Wilco benefits from decades of experience and a top-notch team of talented realtors. What sets Wilco Realtors apart from other firms is the focus that inspired its creation: a dedication to the needs of clients. While other brokerage firms focus on numbers, Wilco Realtors serves people: its clients, both buyers and sellers. The Wilco Realtors’ treatment emphasizes a personal connection with each and every client. Buyers can expect to work with an agent that actually cares about and understands their needs. From step one to the finish-line, Wilco Realtors guides home-buyers and sellers with a steady hand and clear eye to immediate goals and long-term satisfaction.

A well-rounded and robust set of specializations defines the expertise of Wilco Realtors. A true one-stop shop, Wilco manages both residential and commercial sales, and boasts a complete property management division. Wilco Realtors currently manages over 400 properties, a number which stands as testament to the firm’s success. In addition to its sales and property management, Wilco Realtors also handles HOA management, and takes the stress out of practically any property-related need.

The firm’s website, www.wilcorealtors.com, features expansive listings sure to satisfy the needs of any buyer. If you are interested in selling your home, you can schedule a consultation to brainstorm the ideal strategy to get your best value. If you worry about the complexity of home sales, never fear — Wilco Realtors stays with its clients until the deal gets done, and can help with lenders, title companies and the complexities of closing. Co-owner Margaret Coulborn sums up the firm’s priorities:

“Our number one goal is satisfying our clients. We take the time to listen and care less about the quantity of our sales than we do the quality of client satisfaction. It’s not just about getting the sign in the yard — it’s about making our clients happy.”