May 2017 Around Town

Recognize stroke symptoms:  Dr.George Cravens

Stroke is a “brain attack,” says George Cravens, MD., FAANS, FACS, one of the region’s leading neurosurgeons and founder of the Center for Neurological Disorders,

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Dr. Cravens serves on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s Stroke Committee. He is chair of JPS Hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery.  Under his leadership, JPS earned certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Texas Department of Health Services, one of 17 in the state.

In the U.S., almost 800,000 people have a stroke every year.  It is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disabilities among adults.  There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors alive today..

Treatment should be sought immediately.  The word FAST summarizes symptoms and the call to action.

  • F – Face.  Does the face droop on one side when the patient smiles?
  • A –Arm.  After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
  • S –Speech. After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T –Time.  If any or all these,  call 9-1-1 immediately for medical assistance.


Strokes can be prevented, Dr. Cravens points out.   Eighty percent of strokes appear to be linked, at least in part, to hypertension.  Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.

Shoot Smart

Shoot Smart is expanding into Benbrook and plans to open their doors in mid May. The new location marks the third location, which makes them the largest chain of gun ranges in Texas. The new range in Benbrook will have 13 lanes; including seven traditional lanes and six private suites. All lanes will feature two-way voice and video communication between the lanes and the Shoot Smart control station, making it easier for shooters to order additional ammunition or rent a new firearm.

For the opening of the new location, Shoot Smart is offering BOGO deal for new members. Buy an annual membership and get one year free. Go to for more information.  Benbrook address: 9455 Benbrook Blvd.

Trinity Lutheran Church 75th Anniversary

Trinity Lutheran Church was started in 1942 by a group of people from Bosque County who had moved to Fort Worth to work for the war effort.  After a year of meeting in the old market on Henderson they decided that they needed a permanent facility.  They were able to purchase a house on Tulsa Way and Montgomery and remodel it to become a church.

Growth continued for several years and in 1952 the congregation decided to build a new facility on the existing property and that facility, after several remodels, is still home to the congregation today.

In the mid 1960’s the congregation made the decision to start a children’s center and today is home to over 130 children from six weeks old to 5 years.  This school serves both members and non-members providing Christian education to the young.

On May 6-7, 2017 the congregation will be celebrating 75 years of ministry to the Fort Worth community.

The Ridglea North Neighborhood Association (RNNA) organizes the Ridglea North 5K –

a family friendly run / walk to benefit the Berney Park Maintenance fund which is used for projects to enhance the operation and enjoyment of Berney Park and other community green spaces within Ridglea for all our neighbors and friends.  We invite runners and walkers of all levels to join us on Saturday, May 20th for our second annual event which would never be possible without the generous support of our neighbors and sponsors.

This year, we are thrilled to announce a new title sponsorship which is generously provided by R Taco, which will be opening a new restaurant in Ridglea Village in May (in the space formerly occupied by Wild Mushroom at Camp Bowie and Winthrop).

All of the net proceeds from this event will go directly to the Ridglea North Berney Park Maintenance Fund for continued upgrades and maintenance of all of the shared and green spaces around Ridglea North.

Please visit us at for more information and to register or email the event at

Woodhaven Bank to become Pinnacle Bank

Woodhaven Bank will become part of Pinnacle Bank and change the names of its eight branches to Pinnacle Bank on April 9, 2017 to reflect its affiliation with Pinnacle Bancorp.

Included as a part of Woodhaven Bank are Mansfield Community Bank, Mercantile Bank and Ridglea Bank, which will all become Pinnacle Bank.

Woodhaven Bank customers will have access to expanded resources, including Pinnacle Bank’s branches and ATMs in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

With the addition of Woodhaven Bank’s eight branches, Pinnacle Bank, Texas will have a total of 21 branches located in Arlington, Azle, Benbrook, Burleson, Cleburne, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Joshua, Keene, Mansfield, Rhome and Springtown. All Woodhaven Bank locations will continue with their same hours.

On April 9, Pinnacle Bank’s ATMs will be available to Woodhaven Bank customers for withdrawals and deposits free of charge.

“We are excited to enrich the banking experience for all our Texas customers with expanded locations,” said Peter G. Bennis, President of Pinnacle Bank, Texas. “Our focus will continue to be on strong customer relationships and community involvement.”

The employees at each Woodhaven Bank branch will remain the same after the banks combine. In addition, the bank will continue to be managed under the community banking model of local decision-making.

“We look forward to working with customers as Pinnacle Bank,” said Woodhaven Bank Chairman and CEO Ron Casey. “Our customers remain our top priority, and they will continue to receive the same quality service they know and expect from us.”

Pinnacle Bancorp, which purchased Woodhaven Bank in 2015, has been serving customers in Texas since 2002.

About Pinnacle Bancorp, the owner of subsidiary Woodhaven Bank:

Family-owned since 1938 and community-focused, Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc. is a $9.7 billion financial holding company. Pinnacle Bancorp operates over 140 community banks in seven states including 21 locations in Texas. For more information, visit

Imagination Fort Worth Presents the 2nd Annual Imagination 60 Special Event May 7th, 2017 at the Ridglea Theater

Imagination Fort Worth, a local non-profit providing innovative educational arts programs to thousands of Fort Worth students since 1989, presents Imagination 60, at the Ridglea Theater’s Ridglea Room. This exceptional Arts Event/Fundraiser will feature live performances by 30 + different performers, each demonstrating their special skills, talents and craft in just 60 seconds. Lauri Bevan, Executive Director of Imagination Fort Worth says, “This fast-paced showcase will offer a unique evening of the unexpected, as Fort Worth’s finest performers, visual artists, dancers, singers, musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and community leaders take to the stage.” Imagine a drummer pounding out an exhilarating beat, an opera singer singing multiple arias in rapid succession, a community leader cracking a Cowtown whip, or reciting an evocative monologue with an unexpected message, an exotic belly dancer spinning in hypnotic rhythmic circles, an actor attempting to remove 60 shirts in 60 seconds, a magician presenting a shocking optical illusion, or a comedian igniting uncontrollable laughter… Who are these talented individuals? To find out – Come and see these unique performers onstage at the Ridglea Theater in the Ridglea Room. CONTACT Lauri Bevan Executive Director Imagination Fort Worth 817.870.1141 2 2 More details about the event: The event starts at 5 PM on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116; performances begin at 6 PM. Tickets are $40.00 each and go on sale March 1, 2017; advanced purchase is encouraged as seating is limited. Adding to the fun will be a raffle of items from local merchants, benefitting Imagination Fort Worth. The emcee for the evening will be Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Honorary Committee Chair is artist, Nancy Lamb. Imagination 60 is generously sponsored by: DuBose Family Foundation, Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, Ellison and Edward Lasater Charitable Fund, and Q2. To purchase tickets, please visit: Imagination Fort Worth, in operation for over 27 years, is an independent, non-profit organization supported by generous gifts from organizations including The City of Fort Worth, The Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Education Agency, The Arts Council of Fort Worth and the Arts Council Northwest as well as numerous private foundations, corporations and individuals. IFW partners with local schools and local arts and cultural institutions to develop field trips and in-school programs, designed to introduce students to a diversity of mind-opening experiences. “Our mission is to create and provide innovative educational programming for students by integrating arts with curriculum.” For more information on Imagination Fort Worth or to support its mission, please visit or call Lauri Bevan at 817.870.1141.