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Leah’s Sweet Treats is Now Open

Leah’s Sweet Treats bakery on Camp Bowie was devastated by a flood on Sunday April 17 that destroyed much of their newly renovated space. After multiple hail storms in the area, a drainage pipe on the flat roof was damaged, leaving all of the pouring rain to gather and then burst through the roof. Their entire building was flooded, leaving the owners Leah and Aaron Loose devastated and shocked. After nearly 8 weeks of insurance battles and reconstruction to the space, they excitedly reopened their doors again in early June. The bakery is better than ever with a fresh coat of paint, all new floors, and tons of new products! Leah’s features macarons, breakfast items, rotating cupcakes and cookies on a daily basis. Leah’s Sweet Treats is the perfect place to come cool off during the summer! They have a “play kitchen” and play room for kids, and tons of seating (and Cuppa Craft Coffee!) for parents.

Wings of Hope Equitherapy

is a non-profit equestrian therapy program providing equine assisted activities to both children and adults with disabilities. Beginning in 1996, we are now in our 20th year of operation and have grown to serve 132 individuals weekly through multiple programs. Through equine assisted activities, those we serve are better able to deal with the daily challenges that accompany life with a disability and share a unique bond with their Wings’ horse.

It has always been the commitment of Wings of Hope to accommodate all those in need, regardless of their ability to pay. The families we serve are directly impacted by your donation to Round-Up for Riders.

Given the unique mission of Wings of Hope, we do not receive any government or insurance funding. We rely solely upon the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to guarantee that no one is ever turned away making the success of this event even more important.

Our clients range in age from 3 to 80 and have varying degrees of physical, mental and emotional challenges. Wings of Hope serves people affected by a wide variety of disabilities such as autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and more. We offer many innovative programs including Operation Hoofbeat, a program designs specifically for the military, veterans and their families healing from the wounds of war.

Matt Dufrene takes over AT Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth announced today that community leader Matt Dufrene will assume the role of vice president of the citywide well-being improvement initiative. Dufrene replaces Suzanne Duda, who is stepping down after successfully leading Blue Zones Project – which aims to make healthy choices easier for people who live, work, and play in Fort Worth – since September 2014.

Dufrene comes to Blue Zones Project from United Way of Tarrant County, where he served as vice president of major gifts. He has played a key role in Blue Zones Project since 2014, serving as co-chair of the project’s Restaurant Implementation Committee, a group of community volunteers who connect local restaurant owners and managers with the Blue Zones Project team.

“Matt has been an integral part of Blue Zones Project since the beginning, and we expect the project’s stellar track record to continue under his leadership,” said Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources, the organization that helped bring Blue Zones Project to Fort Worth. “He has already demonstrated success by exceeding all expectations and goals in his work on the Restaurant Implementation Committee. Matt’s community involvement and knowledge of Fort Worth make him a valuable asset.”

Karla K. Morton, a professional speaker, award-winning author and Texas Poet Laureate, today announced that her eleventh book, Accidental Origami: New and Selected Works of karla k. morton,

has been released. Published by Texas Review Press, the book features Morton’s best work to date from her ten collections plus more than 40 new poems.

Morton debuted poems from her new book during an interview with NPR in Wyoming last week. The trip was part of a new National Parks Tour, a joint venture three years in the making created by Morton and fellow Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach. The two poets kicked off their tour this month, to celebrate the National Park System’s 100-year anniversary. Their first stop was at Yellowstone National Park.

As part of the project, Morton and Birkelbach will visit 50 or more of the 58 U.S. National Parks, documenting their journey through poetry and photography, ultimately creating one or more books. Their plan is to donate a percentage of sales to the National Parks Service.

The idea for the tour came to Morton while she was working on Accidental Origami in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. “I spent most of my time writing the new poems for Accidental Origami in the midst of nature,” said Morton. “In this digital age, there is no replacement for the grandeur of Mother Nature. Wonder cannot be imported or exported, but it can be captured with words, and we can think of no better treasure to explore, champion and share than our National Parks.”

Accidental Origami is available at, Texas A&M University Press and local bookstores. The publisher says of Morton’s Accidental Origami:  “While her poems range in style, topic and region, they capture each universal emotion, delving into our desire to know our place in this world; the reason for our very being. Her words are comfort and wonder and hope.”

“These poems are testament to the wonder that is Karla Morton,” writes W.K. Stratton, author of Ranchero Ford/Dying in Red Dirt Country and Chasing the Rodeo. “Each line is carefully molded, sublime in execution. You’ll lose your heart reading these superb verses, but don’t worry. You’ll discover it again in her exquisitely chosen words. It will come back to you bigger and better than it ever was. In other words, you’ll be moved beyond belief. Karla Morton is a jewel. We’re lucky to have her.”