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These two happy faces just had a meal cooked by the fabulous Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County kitchen kadets. Meals on Wheels serves nearly 20,000 meals a week to people and pets, producing an equal number of smiles and barks. Carlo Jutson, left, President and CEO, hosted the East Area Council in MOW's new facility on Airport Freeway. Evan Eastman, East AC leader and Spectrum Business cabler, smiles any time moist brownies are for dessert.

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Halloween's over, but...: You know you want to get dressed in costume to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And, of course, the absolute greatest place to see the first Star Wars breakout film is at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater, an IMAX Dome.  Whether you go opening night Dec. 15 or sometime in March at the end of the run, Museum policy says no facial masks and no weapons. What makes the Omni the best? The theater features 70mm film projection, which is almost 10 times the resolution of standard projection formats, with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and a fully immersive IMAX Experience via its tilt-domed screen. Alexa lasered over a pair of tickets for two readers.

Punt, Pass & Patriotism: The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is a great day to celebrate patriotism before and after a football game breaks out. This year's Dec. 23 game features Navy and Louisiana Tech, which is a nice touch because Chris Kyle, the most decorated Navy SEAL sniper in history, will receive the Great American Patriot Award. The award will be accepted by his widow, Taya Kyle, during halftime. Before the game, check out some of the most amazing military applications not too top secret, and after the game, stick around for the concert by AC/DC tribute band, Back in Black. You can salute this great nation with these two tickets.

Ice, Ice ...: Baby, it's cool outside, thanks to Trinity River Vision Authority's annual Panther Island Ice, a place for families, for laughs and for lovers. Nothing says you're mine more than falling and pulling your partner with you, even greater hilarity if you cause a full family fall. The ice skating rink is open until Jan. 16. Admission for a minimum 90-minute skate runs $6-$12 and includes your skate rental. If you can skate away from school or work, Mondays are discounted half price. Matt Oliver has a full discount for two groups of four.

A night of song: Enchanting is the best word to describe the voices of the internationally-acclaimed Texas Boys Choir. Combine their voices with the Christmas holidays and you get an enchanting exclamation point. Or !!! Loyal gifter Katoiya Bell of the Texas Center for Arts + Academics sent via sled two packages of four tickets for the all-new Dec. 19 Christmas concert featuring Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," with costumes and choreography from the original production, and some traditional and silly Christmas songs performed by the Resident Training, Town and Tour choirs. The concert is a Monday night at Broadway Baptist Church and a two-touchdown favorite over watching Panthers vs. Redskins.

Congratulations to November 30th Prize Winners:

  • Yolanda Vasquez, Perfect Dental
  • Janice Mulliniks, M-PAK
  • Deanna Holderith, Cattle Raisers Museum
  • Don Ellis, Rental Stop
  • Jason Ray, Clayton Youth Enrichment Services

Weight watcher? Wonder if Matt Dufrene, veep of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth, worries about being caught in public eating a big ol' sundae or chocolate chip cookie cake? Would that be disastrous PR? "First, I'm not a big sweets fan," he said. "Second, what we're about is having healthy choices." 

Not for children's eyes: Rhonda Taylor, district assistant to Congressman Joe Barton, is married to Santa Claus. Yes, she is Mrs. Claus. They are the Santa Experience. Ken Taylor is an amazing storyteller, speaks fluent elf, is a reindeer wrangler/trainer and a master toy builder. Peppermint the Elf is Santa's Chief of Staff and in charge of Santa's NAUGHTY / NICE list. Together, the Clauses' favorite activities are visiting children in hospitals, boys and girls clubs, YMCAs and other special events.

Beastly desires: A pregnant Meghan Parker, mistress of marketing at Priority Power Management, admits she is taking advantage ... big time. "(This) baby is my scapegoat for the next seven months. Baby wants me to eat chocolate. Baby wants me to see Fantastic Beasts. Baby wants a close parking spot," she said. "I'm totally going to milk this. It's my first, so I'm having a lot of fun. Makes up for all those lovely side effects."   

Foreeee at the Par 3!
Bric Shelton, the Chamber's maestro of membership, took his father (are you reading Son No BGood?) to the Texas Rangers' stadium for a round of golf. Nine par-3 holes set up at spots on all levels from the first-base side to leftfield, ranging from 85-to-175 yards.  A shot inside a ring around the hole was a birdie, on the "green" a par and outside the green a bogey. If you missed the field, it was a double-bogey. Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company was a sponsor and its PTx irons were available at each hole. Hogan doesn't make left-handed clubs, so Bric says he had to lug his clubs around the stadium because no carts were allowed.

BYOS? During December, Waterside will host S'mores nights over fire pits every Friday with caroling by local school and community groups from 6 to 8 p.m. Angela Hall says you can bring your own or bonfire the ingredients donated by Whole Foods.
No plate sharing allowed: Tidbit learned while lunching with the very engaging Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Community Engagement team -- Pilots (first-class meal) and co-pilots (business class) eat different meals in case one might come down with food poisoning.   

"Texas' Sam Rayburn is the greatest legislator in U.S. history."

                                                --  Jim Riddlesperger
Professor of Political Science at TCU
Ride of the day, every day: Last week, East Area Council members of the Chamber had a delicious catered lunch at and by Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. The nonprofit serves 3,500 meals a day five days a week, delivered to homes by 300 volunteers over 218 routes. Some special needs breakfast and frozen food deliveries for weekend eats also are available. Every meal is about 1/3 of daily nutritional requirements.
  • Pet food is available for the four leggers so adults don't share their food.
  •  Volunteers get 1.5 hours of training before taking a route.
  • Age and income have no bearing as to who qualifies as a recipient.
  • Chamber attendees feasted on chicken fettuccini, broccoli, salad, bread, cookies and 4.5-star brownies. Mr. B mistook the brownies for the centerpiece and took them home.
Really now! From Chamber veep Netty Matthews, an in-circle punster funster -- "Goats in France are musical because they have French horns."

VeryClever: Take the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition logo (a piano) and turn your head 90 degrees clockwise and see what you get.

Small isn't small:
During a recent Texas small business conference, the state's slides show it as the No. 1 job creator in the U.S. every year from 2005 through 2014. Fort Worth was No. 2 in the country during 2015 for job seekers. The state says 98.6 of employers in Texas are small businesses (fewer than 100 employees).

I'll have half of that: He was born Geoffrey Bowie. About age 6, he got parental permission to shorten his name. He thought that meant cutting it exactly in half. Today he is Geof, owner of Iron Egg website design.
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Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

Thirsty Thursday Meet-Up (Tacky Sweater Contest)

Ribbon Cuttings

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic
6630 Bryant Irvin Road
11:30 a.m.

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Our Fort Worth Metro Area Relocation Guides are free for members who would like to come by and pick them up (no shipping charge). Up to 100 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up. The Free magazines in bulk are only available until Dec. 21!

View the digital copy of our guides here.

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