Panther Island Ice

Is open for the holiday season. The ice rink, which features real ice, is located at Coyote Drive-In and will have the Downtown skyline as a picturesque backdrop. The ice rink is separate from the drive-in and a ticket to Coyote is not necessary to skate. However, Panther Island Ice patrons can still utilize Coyote amenities such as restrooms and the popular Coyote Canteen.

Admission is $11 and includes skate rentals and sales tax. Discounts are available to active-duty military, Guard, Reservists, veterans and their families. Group discounts are also available for parties of 15 or more but advance arrangements must be made. Panther Island Ice is open seven days a week including holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

For more information visit pantherislandice.com

Walking Her Way to a Cure

One Benbrook council member decided running’s for the birds and is walking her way to a cure for Alzheimer’s and the finish line in the Cowtown Marathon.Renee Franklin, who is serving her second term as council member for the City of Benbrook, is walking, rather than running, at the Cowtown Marathon as an ALZ Star for the Alzheimer’s Association– North Central Texas Chapter.“You don’t have to be a fast person to do this – everyone has to finish the same way,” she said.Franklin walks for her friend and ex mother-in-law, Carol Kimbrell, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease two years ago.“She had a loving spirit and was very giving,” Franklin said. “Seeing that go away is difficult.” One of her favorite Christmas memories is at Kimbrell’s house watching her dog snooze underneath the Christmas tree and celebrating the holiday with her warm and inviting ex-mother-in-law. Franklin has advice for those who are dealing with loved ones with the disease during the holidays – we need to take time to visit relatives and friends.“They need to know that they’re still loved even if they can’t say it – you can see it in their eyes, “she said. “ The holidays should be a time to make the extra effort to see family.” ALZ Stars is a group of runners who train for the Cowtown Half, Full or Ultra Marathon while raising valuable funds to advance the care, support and research efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association. To join and train with the ALZ Stars, please visit: act.alz.org/alzstarscowtown2017 or call 817.336.4949. The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The programs and services are made possible through contributions.

Waterside to Host Grove of Giving

To celebrate its first holiday season, Waterside will host a special Grove of Giving event with the help of Fort Worth’s first Whole Foods Market, which recently opened at the mixed-use center. Whole Foods has donated ten of its beautiful Frasier Fir Christmas trees, each of which will be decorated by a local non-profit at a party on November 29th. Starting November 30th through December 20th, guests are invited to vote for their favorite tree by visiting the Grove and following the voting instructions located at each tree. The organization with the most votes will be announced by December 21st and will receive a $1,000 donation!

That’s not the only way that Waterside is getting in the holiday spirit. Every Friday in December, the property will host a s’mores night with caroling from 6-8pm. Waterside offers several new stores and restaurants perfect for seasonal shopping needs, including REI, Sur La Table, Aaron Brothers Art & Framing, Blaze Pizza, Taco Diner, Tokyo Joe’s and Zoës Kitchen. Or, take a spin at CycleBar to get a jumpstart on those New Year’s resolutions. For more information on tenants and upcoming holiday events, visit www.watersidefw.com. Waterside is located at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive.

FORT WORTH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU ANNOUNCES 4TH ANNUAL MEETING & BREAKFAST

Grammy-nominated Leon Bridges to be honored

The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau will honor Grammy-nominated breakout artist Leon Bridges and spotlight one of the most retweeted marketers in the world at its fourth annual meeting and breakfast Feb. 1, 2017, at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The meeting’s theme, “Things to Do,will pay homage to the growing number of attractions and features that draw visitors to one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The meeting is presented by Pinnacle Bank. The 2017 FWCVB Hospitality Award will be presented to Grammy-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges. The award honors a person, company or organization that has made significant contributions to developing, marketing and delivering visitor experiences for Fort Worth’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Past recipients include Holt Hickman and the museums of the Cultural District.

“Leon Bridges is an amazing ambassador for Fort Worth,” said Bob Jameson, FWCVB president and CEO. “People travel to destinations where there is a vibrant cultural scene, and music is an important part of Fort Worth’s story. Leon has helped put the spotlight back on Fort Worth music and share our story around the world. We are excited to honor him in his hometown.”

The keynote address will be given by Jay Baer, the most retweeted person in the world by digital marketers. Baer is a 5-time New York Times best-selling author and international expert on technology, marketing and customer service.

The meeting will highlight innovations in marketing to leisure, business and international travelers; tourism’s growing impact on the local economy and jobs; and recent initiatives such as Fort Worth Sports Marketing and the Fort Worth Film Commission.

The 2016 FWCVB annual report and 2017 FWCVB tourism video will also be revealed.  Individual tickets are $50; tables start at $500. Visit www.FortWorth.com/annual to purchase tickets and to see a recap of the 2016 annual meeting.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact BenWatson@FortWorth.com. Follow @VisitFortWorth and #ThingstoDo2017 for updates about the FWCVB fourth annual meeting.