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Spotlighting North Texas Seniors January 2023 Free Inside: • Azle resident turns 99 • Lake Worth students practice band with seniors • Willow Park man encourages other seniors to volunteer



50 Years Ago: Rep. Harold Froehlich warned Congress that paper pulp shortages could affect toilet paper supply in late 1973. Nobody listened...except Johnny Carson, who made light of the situation on television. It resulted in a nationwide panic.

“You know, we’ve got all sorts of shortages these days. But have you heard the latest? I’m not kidding. I saw it in the papers. There’s an acute shortage of…of toilet paper!” Carson told the audience. “I just saw a commercial where Mrs. Olsen comes in with a shopping bag and a housewife says, ‘Forget the coffee, just give me the shopping bag.’”

Nearly 20 million viewers heard that joke and the run on toilet paper resulted in a price increase of 30 cents per roll. The panic continued into 1974, when Walter Cronkite assured viewers there was no need to hoard and shared footage of toilet paper coming off the line at the Scott Paper Company.

Froehlich fell silent on the issue, likely flushed from the negative attention, but Carson addressed it after his holiday break.

“For all my life in entertainment, I don’t want to be remembered as the man who created a false toilet paper scare,” Carson told viewers. “I just picked up the item from the paper and enlarged it somewhat … there is no shortage.”

Luckily for Carson, it’s not the first thing people remember about him, but it may be number two.

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‘Make the move’

Don Sorensen encourages others to volunteer

In more than two decades of getting, Don Sorensen has given a lot.

Don has been a volunteer for Manna House in Weatherford since 2002. His main area is working in the receiving area accepting donations from people.

“I have seen much growth. In 2002 we had two people, man and wife, both in their late 80s, handling all of the receiving and the donations every day. Now we have about five or six volunteers each day working in the same area, and we’re busy all day long,” he said.

As for what has kept him coming back, he said simply, “I think it’s working with the other volunteers and seeing some help in the community. I think the most rewarding thing for me has been seeing people

from the community who are in need with a smile on their face.”

Don is 77 years old. He spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot flying fighter aircraft. After retiring from the Air Force, he got hired on as a pilot for Delta Airlines and flew for 16 years before retiring at age 65.

Not one to be still for long, Don likes staying busy helping others. He also does quite a bit of volunteering at his church and has been on five mission trips, three to Guatemala, one to Belize, and one to Peru.

He has also been to Romania twice doing some volunteer projects in the Gypsy villages near Sibiu.

“I find it is much more rewarding to get in the field, and especially, out of your comfort zone and work with people in need. Just make the move,” he said. “It is much more rewarding than just writing a check.”

Don’s longevity as a volunteer has inspired others.

“I think he’s a saint,” said Steve Sides, a volunteer for five years. “I feel like if I can do what he does for that long, I’ll be pretty good.”

Pam Skripsky, a volunteer for the past two years, said, “He just makes you wanna work, and he’s very friendly, always has time to talk to you.”

Mary Ellen Mitts has been volunteering for a decade. She said of Don, “I was thoroughly impressed when I found out he was an airline pilot, someone who might want to spend time traveling - and he spends time here at Manna. He’s a good man.”

Over the years Don has experienced a lot and has some stories to tell. Two in particular came to mind.

“One day, in came two clients, both ladies with young babies looking for beds.

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I work in the receiving area, where the beds are kept and we were able to supply them both with beds with headboards and frames. As they were leaving, I overheard heard one tell the other one, ‘Now we’re going to be like real people,’” he said.

“My other story, we received a call from an elderly man who was in need of some help with a donation at his house out on the south side of Weatherford. We normally do not have the manpower to pickup donations. But, in this case, we decided we could make an exception. We went to his house and, as we were loading his furniture, he was telling us about his job before he retired and moved to Weatherford.

“He said was the head wrangler (person responsible for acquiring and caring for all the animals) on the set and production of the movie ‘Lonesome Dove.’ This was a huge job. I was a little skeptical, but verified it on the credits that night. Just shows interesting people we run across as volunteers.”

Manna Storehouse is located at 129 E. Spring Street in Weatherford. Clothing and furniture donations are resold to the public at reasonable prices. Income generated by the sales allow the organization to assist seniors and others with utilities, prescriptions and food.

Parker County residents needing assistance can call Manna at (817) 599-6569.

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Time for New Year’s financial resolutions

It’s that time of year when many of us promise ourselves we’ll go to the gym more, or learn a new language, or take up a musical instrument, or any number of other worthy goals. But this year, when making New Year’s resolutions, why not also consider some financial ones?

Here are a few to consider:

Don’t let inflation derail your investment strategy.

As you know, inflation was the big financial story of 2022, hitting a 40-year high. And while it may moderate somewhat this year, it will likely still be higher than what we experienced the past decade or so. Even so, it’s a good idea to try not to let today’s inflation harm your investment strategy for the future. That happened last year: More than half of American workers either reduced their contributions to their 401(k)s and other retirement plans or stopped contributing completely during the

third quarter of 2022, according to a survey by Allianz Life Insurance of North America. Of course, focusing on your cash flow needs today is certainly understandable, but are there other ways you can free up some money, such as possibly lowering your spending, so you can continue contributing to your retirement accounts? It’s worth the effort because you could spend two or three decades as a retiree.

Control your debts.

Inflation can also be a factor in debt management. For example, your credit card debt could rise due to rising prices and variable credit card interest rate increases. By paying your bill each month, you can avoid the effects of rising interest rates. If you do carry a balance, you might be able to transfer it to a lower-rate card, depending on your credit score. And if you’re carrying multiple credit cards, you

might benefit by getting a fixedrate debt consolidation loan. In any case, the lower your debt payments, the more you can invest for your long-term goals.

Money Matters

Review your investment portfolio. At least once a year, you should review your investment portfolio to determine if it’s still appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. But be careful not to make changes just because you feel your recent performance is not what it should have been. When the financial markets are down, as was the case for most of 2022, even quality investments, such as stocks of companies with solid business fundamentals and strong prospects, can see declines in value. But if these investments are still suitable for your portfolio, you may want to keep them.

Prepare for the unexpected.

If you encountered a large unexpected expense, such as the need for a major home repair, how would you pay for it? If you didn’t have the money readily available, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments or retirement accounts. To prevent this, you should build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses — or a year’s worth, if you’re retired — with the money kept in a low-risk, liquid account.

These resolutions can be useful — so try to put them to work in 2023.

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YMCAs offer free fitness course for seniors

Select YMCA locations throughout Tarrant County are offering free fitness classes to older adults – no membership required. EnhanceFitness classes are for all fitness levels. You move at your own pace, and a regular fitness assessment will show you how you’re progressing. Classes meet three times per week and focus on flexibility, balance, strength, and movement. If you have a chronic condition, such as arthritis, you may be able to gain more strength and independence from taking the classes. Plus, you will feel energized – physically, mentally, and socially – and be surrounded by people who care about your success. Research has shown that, among

$1,000, and 9 out of 10 people stay with the program. In addition, 99 percent say they’d recommend the program to a friend. Classes are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at these branches:,

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the Wellness Studio.

Benbrook Community Center YMCA from 2 to 3 p.m. in Studio B.

Ryan Family YMCA from noon to 1 p.m. in Studio A.

William M. McDonald YMCA from noon to 1 p.m. in Studio A.

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A Life Well Lived

Retired Springtown teacher honored at Legacy Oaks

Margaret Leatherwood, a retired Springtown ISD teacher, recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She touched the lives of so many students during her teaching career, and one in particular has stayed in contact throughout the years.

When Legacy Oaks of Azle hosted a celebration for Margaret back in November, special guest Mike Gilley attended. Mike, a former assistant superintendent at Springtown ISD, was childhood friends with Margaret’s son, Harold Gene. They two met in elementary school.

“He was at my house a lot,“ she said.

The two boys remained close friends until Harold Gene passed away at age 17 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. When Margaret and her husband arrived at the hospital that day, they discovered they were also kin to the people in the opposite

car in the wreck. The family grieved the loss of Harold Gene, as well as Margaret’s niece and her niece’s two children, who died instantly that day on Highway 51 just outside of Springtown.

Mike went on to graduate and go to college, but he and Margaret’s paths realigned after he became a teacher in Springtown, where Margaret was teaching.

“We weren’t buddies because of the age difference,” she said. “But we knew we were good friends.”

Even after she left teaching, she would still see Mike at church. So it only made sense that Mike would be on hand at Margaret’s 99th birthday celebration. He introduced her to the crowd that day. The program highlighted Margaret’s life achievements.

“I’ve really had a good life, but it wasn’t easy. Growing up, I had to work a lot. It was during the Depression,” explained the Gordon native.

When Margaret was a small child, her family loaded up two horses and a wagon and moved to Millsap. It was there that she started school. Her father worked at the nearby Bennett Brickyard.

The family later moved to Brock and camped while they built a home on the land her father was being paid to tend. These were hard times, but not just for Margaret’s family.

“Everyone out there in the country was just barely making it,” she said.

The family moved a few times during her school years, but she graduated in Brock.

Margaret met her husband Hubert at the nearby River Bridge Cafe and they married in 1944. It was her husband who convinced her to go back to school after they were married with two young boys. His health was failing and he worried how she would care for the family in his absence.

So Margaret attended University of North Texas and earned a bachelor’s de-

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Margaret Leatherwood, 99, was celebrated for her accomplishments in November. Longtime friend Mike Gilley (above) was on hand. AMANDA SCOTT AMANDA SCOTT

gree in education and teaching certificate in 1964.

Her first teaching position was in Lake Worth. After two years, she moved to Azle ISD. Then, she heard of a math teaching position opening in Springtown in 1967.

It was in Springtown that she created a math lab, which offered students individual training. During her free time, Margaret made voice recordings, reading each chapter of the textbook. Then she typed all of the sample math problems in the book and made voice recordings of how to complete every problem. Students could access the recordings when they needed assistance. The creation of the math lab prompted the Springtown Chamber of Commerce to name Margaret the Outstanding Springtown ISD Teacher of the Year in 1969.

“That just set me on fire!” she said with a grin. “I mean, I just wanted to do everything!”

Margaret’s hard work opened doors for Springtown to receive much-needed grant money. A few years later, Margaret received an award for Outstanding Secondary Teacher from the Educators of America in 1973.

She completed the master’s degree at the University of North Texas. This allowed her to take a counselor position, but she admits her first love was always math.She said looking at a paper filled with geometry problems is “like looking at a work of art.”

Margaret briefly left the school and sold real estate in the 1970s. She even bought some land and built three houses. But around 1980, when interest rates began to rise, she returned to the school. She retired from teaching at Springtown ISD in 1985. She says she missed the fellowship and being with the kids. She also loved the hustle and bustle of everyday life on campus.

ment, she presented Margaret with a homecoming mum, which now hangs on her wall.

Margaret may have stopped teaching math, but she still loves numbers. She regularly solves problems in math workbooks. She also enjoys reading her Bible and staying on top of current events.

She attributes some of her longevity to genetics, but she also believes it’s vital for seniors to stay physically active. She walks to the senior community’s fitness room a couple of times each day to get a workout.

“I would advise them to do all of the exercises they could possibly do,” she said. “And, as long as they’re physically able, they should travel.”

After she retired from the school, Margaret traveled to Brazil as a Bible teacher. A stuffed piranha sits on a shelf in her living room commemorating that trip. She also took a cruise to the Mediterranean and visited the Holy Land. But retirement wasn’t necessarily fulfilling for Margaret. A few years after her husband passed in 2001, Margaret moved to Hurst near her granddaughter. She read in the newspaper that the city was building a senior activities center with a space for quilting. She immediately applied to teach quilting and started the day they opened.

She cherished the experience, which lasted seven years, but admitted, “I was getting tired.”

So at age 93, Margaret resigned from the quilting position and moved into an assisted living facility near Saginaw. When Legacy Oaks was built, closer to Springtown, she moved again. Now she has a spacious apartment with a kitchen, bed and bath off of the living room.

“This is a real good place to live,” she said. She said Legacy Oaks offers many types of activities, but she keeps to herself most of the time.


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“Every Friday morning for 20 years, I heard that band playing at the pep rally,” she said. “After I left, every time I’d hear a band, the tears would just run down my cheeks.”

When Amanda Scott, Director of Resident Engagement at Legacy Oaks, coordinated the celebration of Margaret’s lifelong achievements, also known as a Miracle Mo-

“I never was someone who liked to go to parties,” she said. “The kind of work I like to do and the kind of living I like to live is to do what I want.”

She receives regular visits from her son Wayne, who lives nearby. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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Some dog training, bare bones

Without our intervention, dogs are not all that domestic. Left to their own devices, dogs can learn many things that would not allow them to live harmoniously in human society. Successful training rests on understanding how dogs think and learn and how to communicate with them.

Keep in mind:

• Most behaviors that we perceive as problems are natural for the dog.

• Dogs are predators; they want to chase, catch, and chew.

• Many behaviors that we want from our dog are not natural for a dog.

• Dogs are mainly concerned with what is enjoyable and what is dangerous.

• Dogs are amoral - they do not do things out of spite, guilt, or jealousy. It is not practical for us to impart human values to them.

• Dogs are not born with a desire to please us. (There are really no organisms that come into this world, including humans, wanting to please


The Dog of Your Dreams

• Dogs are always learning from their experiences, be they good or bad, whether we are a part of that learning or not.

• Most importantly, pet dogs thrive with routine, structure, and clear expectations.

Dogs do what works for them.

If, after a certain behavior, something good happens, they are likely to repeat that behavior.

Conversely, if nothing or something unpleasant occurs after the behavior, they are less likely to repeat it.

This learning will occur regardless of our involvement, but often a dog’s poor behavior is inadvertently rewarded by owners with:

• Eye contact

• Speaking

• Touching

• Food

• Play

To change dog a dog’s poor behavior, the benefit of what he’s been doing must decrease

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while the pleasure of an alternative behavior (hopefully, something incompatible with the poor behavior) increases.

Dogs should be held accountable for every request or command.

A command should not be given if it cannot be enforced or the dog helped to succeed in carrying it out.

Train in layers or steps.

Raise the criteria of a behavior gradually and in small increments, building upon each success.

Do not progress to the next step until mastering the current level or simply put, don’t expect too much too soon.


1. Get the behavior without a cue (name or command)

2. Get the behavior with a cue

3. Reliable behavior with increasing Duration

4. Reliable behavior with increasing Distance

5. Reliable behavior with increasing Distraction

Focus on one new behavior per session. As each behavior is learned, incorporate it into a daily routine as often as possible.

How long to train

Owners sometimes overtrain because they are excited about their dog’s progress. Science has shown that dogs retain better when taught in frequent five to fifteen minutes spurts, as dogs not only fill up on treats but also get bored during long training sessions. Hint: simply count out 20-40 tiny treats and stop when they are gone to limit training time.

Reasons to train

• Allows the owner and dog to communicate with each other to live and work together.

• Helps avoid temperament and behavior problems.

• Teaches a dog how to behave at home and in public.

• Training teaches a dog how to socialize with people and other dogs.

• Establishes the owner as the benevolent leader and teaches a dog to listen and follow instructions.

• Keeps a dog active physically and mentally.

• Gives the owner and dog confidence and the fun of learning new skills.

Best of all, training builds a relationship of trust and respect and is the opportunity to share a mutual journey of learning alongside each other – a journey that builds a bond like no other and helps a dog become the dog everybody else wants to have!

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The Original Fort Worth Gun Show featuring over 1,200 tables, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Line Dance Lessons, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 7 p.m. Free with admission.

Line Dancing, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Weatherford Senior Center, 1220 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford, 9 a.m. Free.

Craft Class for Adults features waterless snow globes, Jan. 3, Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles Street, Weatherford, 6 p.m. Free class and supplies.

Art Class lead by the Weatherford Art Association, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Weatherford Senior Center, 1220 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford, noon. Free classes. Supplies provided.

Gentle Yoga in the Garden, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, 9 to 10 a.m. $45. Registration online at https://fwbg.org/ education/adults

Chair Yoga, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau, Lake Worth, noon. Free classes. Call 817-237-3281.

Free Admission Friday at the Modern with special programming, Jan. 5, Modern Museum of Art, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth. Free admission.

Springtown Senior Center Dances, country/western bands every Thursday and Saturday night. Jan. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, Springtown Senior Activity Center, 1070 N. Main Street, Springtown, 7 to 10 p.m. Bands and unanticipated closures listed on Facebook. $5 admission per person.

Hood County Senior Center Dances featuring music by country/western bands every Thursday night, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Hood County Senior Center, 501 E. Moore St. Granbury 7 p.m. $5 per person.

Gardening Club meets Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Weatherford Senior Center, 1220 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford, 9 a.m.

Bluebonnet Quilting Bee meets Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Weatherford Senior Center, 1220 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford 10 a.m.

Walking Club meets Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Weatherford Senior Center, 1220 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford, 8:30 a.m.

Beginner Line Dancing, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau, Lake Worth, 1:30 p.m. Free classes. Call 817-2373281.

Intermediate Line Dancing, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau, Lake Worth 1:00 p.m. Free classes. Call 817237-3281.

Lola’s Local Farmers Market featuring 30+ locally-grown and produced vendors, live music, bar bites and food trucks, pet friendly, Jan. 8, 2000 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

Beginner Clogging Lessons hosted by the Klassy Kloggers, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Harberger Hill Community Center, 701 Narrow Street, Weatherford, 5:45 p.m. Contact instructor

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Shirley Anderson at (254) 246-1972 or just show up. Free classes.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Jan. 13 - Feb. 4, Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St, Fort Worth , Visit www.fwssr.com for show times and tickets.

Fort Worth Stock Show Parade, in downtown Fort Worth, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. Visit www.fwssr.com for seats.

Birding Walk with Fort Worth Audubon Society, a 1-2 hour walk on paved trails for beginning and experienced bird watchers, Jan. 14, Foster Park on Trail Lake Drive in Fort Worth, 8:30 a.m.

Lola’s Rock ’n’ Roll Rummage Sale, Fort Worth’s largest running outdoor monthly market featuring artists, creators and collectors, plus music and food, Jan. 15, 2000 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth, noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Martin Luther King Day Parade takes place on Jan. 16. View on Commerce Street in Fort Worth, 11 a.m.

Book Club discusses “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, Jan. 17, Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles St., Weatherford, 6 to 7 p.m. Request this month’s title at the reference desk (while supplies last).

Main Street Book Club discussing “The Bear Town” by Fredrik Backman, Jan. 17, Azle Memorial Library, 333 W. Main Street, Azle, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Request this month’s title at the reference desk (while supplies last).

AARP Smart Driver’s Course: Get a discount on your auto insurance by completing this course, scheduled for Jan. 18, Hector F. Garcia Community Center, 7901 Indian Springs Rd, Watauga 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call (817) 514-5892. Limited space.

Artful Moments for Dementia Patients and Caregivers, an exploration of Amon Carter museum exhibits, hands-on activities, Jan. 19, Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register online at cartermuseum.org or call 817-989-5013.

AARP Smart Driver’s Course: Get a discount on your auto insurance by completing this course, set for Jan. 20, Azle Senior Center, 601 Southeast Pkwy, Azle, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call (817) 444-0070. Limited space.

Mineral Wells Senior Center Dance featuring the music of The Lonesome Fugitive, Jan. 20, 102 N.W. 6th Ave., Mineral Wells, 7 p.m. $5 admission includes snacks and drinks.

Forest Bathing, the deliberate practice of immersion in nature using mindfulness and the senses. Bring a seat cushion if you wish, along with comfortable clothing that is appropriate for outdoors. Jan. 21, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 2 to 3 p.m., $35. Registration online at https://fwbg.org/education/adults

In Her Boots 1-Mile Walk, don your cowgirl boots and celebrate Western heritage with a 1-mile walk, Jan. 21, Panther Island Pavilion, 9 a.m. Tickets $25-35 at www.


Czech Kolaches Make & Take Class: Hands-on class includes instruction and all ingredients provided, Jan. 22, Central Market, 4651 West Freeway, Fort Worth 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $65 per person. Register at https://www.centralmarket.com/ cooking-school

Mineral Wells Senior Center Dance featuring the music of Michael Cote and Bryan Daniel, Jan. 27, 102 N.W. 6th Ave., Mineral Wells 7 p.m. $5 admission includes snacks and drinks.

Dish Gardens, a workshop taught by a retired ag teacher, Jan. 28, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 10 a.m. to noon $35. Registration online at https://fwbg.org/education/adults

Pat Green in concert, Jan. 28, Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 10 p.m. Call (817) 6247117 for tickets.

Senior Self Defense Class for all seniors, regardless of mobility limitations, Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau Road, Lake Worth. For information, call (817) 237-3281.

AARP Smart Driver’s Course: Get a discount on your auto insurance by completing this course scheduled for Jan. 31, Hood County Senior Center, 501 E Moore St, Granbury 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (817) 5735533. Limited space.

Chicken Bingo featuring live chickens, eats, drinks, bar and food trucks, Feb. 1, Warren’s Backyard Event Venue, 2901 Weatherford

Highway, Granbury, 5 to 11 p.m. Call 682-205-5468 for more information.

Fashion Week Runway Show

VIP Experience, local retailers, stylists collaborate for show, plus shopping opportunity, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, Feb. 3, Crazy Water Hotel, Mineral Wells 7 p.m. VIP tickets $20 at mwfashionweekvip.rsvpify.com

Gary Morris in concert, Feb. 3, Granbury Live on the Granbury Square, 7:30 p.m. Call (800) 3409703 for tickets.

Bird Walk, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, Feb. 4, Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Ct. Granbury, 7 a.m. Free.

Craft Class for Adults features card making, Feb. 7, Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles Street, Weatherford, 6 p.m. Free class and supplies.

Sweetheart Dinner with live music by Joy’s Way, Feb. 10, Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau, Lake Worth, 5 to 7 p.m. RSVP required. Call 817-237-3281.

Girls Night Out, stores stay open late and offer specials, Feb. 11, Granbury Square, 3 to 7 p.m.

Clay Walker in concert, Feb. 17, Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 10 p.m. Call (817) 6247117 for tickets.


To submit events for consideration, email seniors@hooplamagazine.com or call 817-8941822.

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Generation Gap Band

Group features both young and old music students

Music teacher Jacqueline Lowrance says there’s not a lot of difference in the band students she leads weekly at the Lake Worth Senior Center (LWSC). Some may be teenagers and others are senior citizens, but she said they are is simply coming together to create music and, in reality, there isn’t a lot that separates the two groups, other than, well, age.

“Even as we made the decision to homeschool our own children, I knew that I wanted to give my kids the band experience that I had had in school, as well as find an outlet for my passion for music education,” said Jacqueline.

In the spring of 2018, she was part of a homeschool group that met in Lake Worth and was discussing this dream with a friend.

“We started brainstorming local facilities in Lake Worth that might be willing to host a homeschool band. My friend mentioned the Lake Worth Senior Center, and all of a sudden, the idea of a joint group

began unfolding in my head. I could see it so clearly,” she said. “I worked up a proposal and took it to LWSC and they were immediately receptive. I had expected it to take some time to implement, but we were able to begin that fall. We have been going strong ever since.”

Jacqueline noted that COVID-19 did force her to move the group elsewhere for the 2020-2021 school year, but they able to return to LWSC in fall of 2021.

“The majority of our group is comprised of teenagers,” said Jacqueline. “In the past we’ve had 1-3 senior citizens each semester. This fall 5 of the 13 members of the group are seniors, which is the largest group of seniors we’ve had to date.”

“I think it is a great opportunity for the younger participants to learn from our mistakes,” said Pat Russell, member at LWSC, “not just in band, but in life. And It’s a two way street. I have learned a lot from the kids about what’s going on right now.”

“I think it’s easy for us to assume that

teens and seniors have nothing in common,” said Jacqueline, “that they have no reason or desire to spend time with each other, that they can’t or won’t understand each other. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the 5 years that I have been teaching this class, I have seen true and genuine friendships grow between these groups. They cheer each other on, they teach each other, they listen to each other respectfully, and honor each other’s ideas and personalities. They have inside jokes and good-naturedly pick on each other.”

Jacqueline says the seniors bring a joy and energy that comes from knowing that life’s mistakes aren’t anything to be taken too seriously and the teens bring their own joy and energy that comes from sheer youthful vitality. Both groups are encouraged by the attitude the other brings.

“Age is just a detail here,” she added.

“This band bridges many a gap between the generations,” said senior band member Heather Marinello. “The elders get expe-

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The Generation Gap Band at the Lake Worth Senior Activities Center combines teens and seniors. COURTESY

rience interacting amiably with the younger. For some, where else could they get this exposure on a weekly basis?”

The Gap Band allows the older generation to recall and apply any previous musical training they might have had, or to begin to play an instrument “they’ve always wanted to.”

“It’s an excellent way to learn to play an instrument or to brush up on one not played in a long time, like maybe in high school or college,” added another senior band member named Joan Brown. “The class is geared to beginners in the first semester, so no one needs to feel inept just because they’re a beginner no matter their age. As we work and learn together to play music in this group, we develop relationships between the generations that are wonderful for us all and so enjoyable.”

“I played in band in High School decades ago,” said senior member CindySmith. “I had picked up different instruments over the years. When I heard about this band I thought what a great concept. I am learning to play a different instrument along with interacting with the young students. It’s a great opportunity for both seniors and students.”

And the idea is catching on in a big way.

“As soon as I heard about this band, I was so anxious to join,” added Pat Russell. “I always loved playing in school and this gave me the opportunity to play again.”

Seniors joining in the spring semester are asked to come with basic knowledge of their instrument. Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18.

The Lake Worth senior activities center is located at 7005 Charbonneau Street. For more information, call the center at (817) 237-3281.

Age is just a number at Generation Gap Band practice.

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n Find the Frog n Live Theatre Picks

We apologize! It appears there was no frog to be found last issue. To make it up to you, we’ve hidden TWO frogs in this issue (verified) and we are giving away a $25 gift card to Cracker Barrel PLUS your choice of tickets from two live theatres in our area. This would make a great date night -- and Valentine’s Day is sooner than you think.

Enter this month’s contest by emailing to tell us where you found both frogs in this issue (example at right). Email entries to seniors@hooplamagazine. com. All contestants receive a free e-subscription to Hoopla and a chance to win the grand prize.

Pick up next month’s issue to see if you’ve won! Winners must contact Hoopla within 30 days to claim their prize.


Theatre Off the Square

Ticket Info: 817-341-8687

Tentative Dates: Feb. 3 - 19

Synopsis: Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is transformed into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.


823 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

Ticket Info: 817-784-9378

Tentative Dates: Feb. 16 - March 5

Synopsis: Welcome to the opening night of “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), the whole evening is a disastrous smash.

THE FRONT PORCH Popcorn Players

114 Porter Drive, Azle

Ticket Info: 817-238-7529

Tentative Dates: Feb. 3-5, 11, 12

Synopsis: Watch as relationships grow, strengthen, fall apart and bond as they work to make a house a home – as seen from the front porch.


Granbury Opera House

133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury

Ticket Info: 817-579-0952

Tentative Dates: Jan. 27 - Feb. 12

Synopsis: The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wisecracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play moves toward tragedy.

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, Grace

Here goes nothing again

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Here we are again, beginning another new year. It is so crazy how it seems like we were just starting 2022 not that long ago. We have learned so much during the past three years. Some of it helpful, much of it disconcerting, and plenty of it has been sorrowful. It is anyone’s guess what this year might bring and most of us are just trying not to think about it too hard.

One thing I have learned – there is nothing about this world that is certain. But I do know that God and His promises are true and certain forevermore – no matter what is happening on this crazy earth. This year I will not make lofty goals, or pretend I am going to lose 30 pounds. This year I will surrender every second of every day, of every week, of every month to Him. I will strive to grow to be better and make better choices and go to Him for every discontented and sad feeling and imagine burying my face in the shoulder of El Shaddi – all sufficient God - because I have learned that He is the only place true contentment and peace is found. He is all sufficient to meet any need we have, and He is the only thing that will fill the void that the things of this world creates in our hearts.

In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul tells us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for

you.  When we have true faith in God, it changes how we do every thing. This advice from Paul is a living prayer – a way we can keep our hearts and minds focused on God always, and in everything we do. I can’t think of a better way to approach a new year in a crazy, uncertain world.

Rejoice always… We rejoice always because of what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do, no matter what is happening around us. Rejoice always because one day…we will see Him face to face.

Pray without ceasing… We can keep the line of communication between us and God open all the time and about everything. He cares about it all –big and small.

Give thanks in all circumstances… Good and bad, as hard as it sounds, we are to give thanks in everything. God uses everything in our lives for His glory – and that is something to be thankful for.

For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…He always, always, always has our best in-

terest at heart. This attitude and rule of living is how we should conduct ourselves day to day.

He is faithful, trustworthy, and true, and He loves us. Whatever this year holds, I know I can trust Him. He can lead us every step of the way when we trust Him and lean into Him. It gives Him pleasure to carry our burdens and trade our anxiety, fear, and worry with peace. Trust Him as we head into another year and make your life a living prayer.

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