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Hoopla: News and Entertainment for Parker County Residents 55+

June 2018

July Events July 4

July 14

4th of July Festival

Peach Festival

A pancake breakfast kicks off festivities at 7:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies, a car show, live entertainment, games, vendors and more, $10 per car, Still Waters Retreat, 403 County Road 3672 in Springtown.

Enjoy a full day of delicious food, activity and craft booths, live entertainment and kids' activities, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown Weatherford. Admission $5 adults (cash only), free for kids under 12.

Spark in the Park The 4th of July Celebration at Heritage Park includes food, drinks, live entertainment and fireworks, 2 to 10 p.m., 317 Santa Fe Drive.

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Art Entries Accepted The Weatherford Art Association will be accepting entries for the Peach Festival Art Show and Sale at The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Dr., on the following days: n Thursday, July 5, noon to 5 p.m. n Friday, July 6 , 3 to 5 p.m. n Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter up to three pieces of original art, $15 per entry for members, $25 for non-members, $5 for students. Registration forms, rules and guidelines are available at http://www. weatherfordart.com. The show date is Saturday, July 14. Cash prizes will be awarded.

July 12

"The Father and the Bear" The Alzheimer's Association hosts a free showing of "The Father and the Bear," 6 to 8 p.m. at the Weatherford Public Library. The film is about a retired character actor struggling with the onset of dementia who wants to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time.

42 Tournament Annual Peach Festival 42 Tournament takes place at Texas Bank. For information on registration, call 817-596-9998.


New bowling league season starts soon

The Parker County Women's and Newcomer's Club Bowling League season has ended. Recognized members were (from left to right) Maureen Maloy (high game 197), Nancy Wester (177), Sharon Williams (176), Kay Byron (171 - not pictured), and Pam Skripsky (167). A new season will begin in September. To join, contact Mollie D'Spain at 830-522-0007.

Peach Pedal Bike Ride 61-mile, 39-mile, 28-mile and 8-mile routes. T-shirts, lunch and free passes to the Parker County Peach Festival for all riders. Ride day registration ($40) at Weatherford High School, 2121 Bethel Road. Register early for a discount at https://www. peachpedal.com/registration.html. COURTESY PHOTO

July 19

Quilt Trunk Show Sharon Holliday of Sourdough Quilts will be a guest at the Quilter's Guild meeting this month. Sharon will present a trunk show of scrappy quilts, 6:30 p.m., North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main St.

July 28

"This Just In" The Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, located in Granbury at 308 E. Pearl St., hosts an exhibit featuring creative newspaper design by Hoopla publisher Cynthia Henry. The exhibit focuses on the Weatherford resident's 21-year tenure with Hood County News. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through August 22.

Kloggers perform at Clear Fork

The Klassy Kloggers brought smiles to residents at Clear Fork Assisted Living and Memory Care in Willow Park. Performing were (back row, from left) Marilyn Phillips, Elizabeth Weaver, Carol Livingston, Shirley Anderson (instructor), Jewelletta Stovall, (front row, from left) Carolyn Simmons (seated), Cita Honeycut, Kay Byron and Susie Severson.

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The Uka Ladies, an all-woman ukulele group that performs regularly at area assisted living facilities, club meetings and churches, is featured on P. 14 of this month's Hoopla. Gracing this month's cover are group members Ruth McCandless, Laura Anderson and Jody Young. You can join the fun by becoming a member of the Parker County Women's and Newcomer's Club, which has over a dozen special activity groups for women of all ages.


Published June 25, 2018 Issue 8, Volume 1 Š Hoopla 2018. All rights reserved. Hoopla is published monthly and mailed free of charge to select postal routes in Parker County. Free copies are also available at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. For guaranteed postal delivery, subscriptions are $12 per year and can be sent to: Hoopla, P.O. Box 305, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

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Sweet Gestures RICHARD ALLEN

Melanie and John Chitwood with several dozen of the cupcakes, pans of cookies and cakes they baked for emergency personnel to enjoy during Memorial Day.

The Chitwoods are known for their willingness to help by Richard Allen Hoopla Correspondent Just ask the Chitwoods and they will be there to help. In fact, if they find out beforehand, they'll be there before being asked. They don't wear capes or costumes, but suffice to say John and his wife Melanie are super volunteers. Whether it's Manna House, Center of Hope, Stars & Strides equine therapy, or a project for their church, the Chitwoods just love to be a part of making a difference in someone's life. "I've always felt God has us here for a purpose," Melanie said. "And I love seeing people happy. The kids who come into Manna House, for example, when they get clothes and shoes, their faces light up. I love that." John, 66, and Melanie, 68, stay

busy with their volunteer work. And when they get involved, they jump in completely. For example, several times each year Melanie bakes hundreds of cookies, cupcakes and other sweets to deliver to law enforcement and first responders throughout Parker County. It started when they lived in Florida from 2001-07. There was a sheriff's department substation next to Melanie's Manpower employment office. "I told John one day, 'I'm going to make some cookies to take them, because they are always there,'" Melanie said. "Someone is always working, always there to protect and take care of us. They have to work all those days when the rest of us are off, and they are so underappreciated." They are certainly not underappre-


Melanie and John Chitwood with Sheriff Larry Fowler (center) ciated by the Chitwoods. The project has since morphed into them making deliveries of her baked goods all over the Weatherford area. "They get so excited when we show up. They'll shout, 'The Chitwoods are here!'" Melanie said. "I have to make an Italian cream cake for Sheriff Fowler. He loves that."

She also said her red velvet cheese cakes are favorites with several firemen. In all, Melanie spends about a day and a half in the kitchen of her home preparing the goodies. "We do it because we want to, not because someone has asked us," John said. "We're not running for political office. We do it because that's what we're supposed to do, be there for others." Among their favorite charities to help is Manna House. It's similar to the work they did for Mission Arlington while they lived in that city a few years ago. And they are not shy about asking others to join them in their cause, sometimes even total strangers. "I remember one lady came into Manna House and she'd been beaten

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up by her husband. She'd had in which the baked goods have enough," John said. "She was no prices and are sold through renting a little place and needdonations only. ed a table and chairs, but had "How many tournaments do you know where they also have no way to get them home. a bake sale?" John said. "I just backed up my truck. "We don't put prices on them When we got [to her house], because a lot of times people this guy was walking down will give $50 for a cake or pie," the street. I said to him, 'Hey Melanie said. buddy, can you help?' He was Also, the tournament feaglad to. Most people are willtures children with special ing to help if you give them the needs riding around in golf chance." carts selling cookies to golfers. Katherine Smith, an as"They have such a wonderful sistant director for Manna time, both the kids and the golfHouse, said the Chitwoods are RICHARD ALLEN ers," Melanie said. "You see that invaluable to the mission. She Melanie holds a hand-made statue and it makes you happy." said they and all volunteers given to her by an appreciative HaiEvery Thursday morning are the lifeblood of the organitian woman. during football season, John zation. joins members of the Fellow"It's a big deal when we get ship of Christian Athletes for breakfast at Brock someone for even one day a week. To have someHigh School. one like them who is always ready for whatever "We're up there at 5:30 in the morning, crackneeds to be done is so special," Smith said. "She ing eggs, frying bacon," John said. "I told them, 'I've does a wonderful job with jewelry in our garage got underwear older than some of you guys.' But at sales, and he works very hard receiving furniture the end of the day, you're making an impression in and larger items. They have no air-conditioning their lives." and no heating in that department, so you have to Through it all, John and Melanie make time for be really devoted to work there." their own family. They have three children, sons If there's one thing the Chitwoods are, it's devotHeath and Emmitt who live in Roanoke, Alabama, ed. John said it's hard work and sleeves are rolled and daughter Rene lives in Douglas, Georgia. They up, but it's also something he said any able-bodied also have seven grandchildren. person should do, especially if you are retired. "We love to travel, obviously," Melanie said with "Think about it, someone is retired, and you a laugh. "And, of course, we love it when they come can't spare four hours?" John said. "When you rehere." tire, if you don't stay busy, well, you know the old John retired in 2012 and still does some consultsaying, if you don't use it you lose it. ing work. Melanie is likewise retired. "Somebody needs help. How can you sit there Their volunteer work has given them plenty of when you're retired and do nothing?" memories and even mementos. One in particular Another of their favorite projects is a golf touris Melanie's favorite. It was a gift from a lady she nament they organized three years ago to benefit helped while living in Fort Myers, Florida. Stars & Strides. The four-person scramble is held "There was a lady from Haiti and she was having each September at Sugar Tree Golf Club. a pretty hard time, so I went home and put some "The first year we had 24 players, and last year things in a box for her," Melanie recalled. "A couple we filled the course with 36," John said. "Not that months later, she came up to me and gave me a big many people knew about Stars & Strides, but with hug. I told her we were leaving Florida, and this things like this it's getting the word out." made her sad. She came back in two weeks and John grew up around horses. Then, David and gave me this." Teresa Miller took him to visit Stars & Strides StaMelanie then held up a hand-made statue conbles in Weatherford. structed entirely of paper. "Here comes a little boy on crutches. He couldn't "I adore this," she said. have been more than 8 or 10. They put that boy "We all have the same 24 hours in a day," she on the back of that horse, and he thought he was continued. "What you choose to do with it is up to Gene Autry," John said. you." The tourney includes an auction and a bake sale


Becky Klein found the hidden frog! Becky Klein won last month's hide-andseek game and will receive a $20 gift certificate to Sewing World of Weatherford. Becky found the hidden frog on P. 6 of last month's issue. Ready to win this month's prize? We hid the same frog (pictured at right) somewhere in this issue! To enter, submit your name, address, phone number, and a brief description of where you saw the hidden frog to Hoopla, P.O. Box 305, Weatherford, Texas 76086 or e-mail seniors@ hooplamagazine.com. Contestants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Gibson's Discount Center.

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n Moved to Parker County in 1954. n Has lived in Brock and Weatherford. n Was WHS Senior Class favorite in 1963, along with the young man who became her husband. n Spent 15 years in church mission work in Taiwan, ROC. n Retired Teacher – taught school in Tolar, Ennis, Mineral Wells, Granbury, Weatherford, and overseas. n Enjoys mentoring children, singing in her church choir, and studying genealogy. (Think you know who? The answer is on P. 10.)


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It sure is hot out there, but your plants need you July is mid-point of the summer and we associate it with watering, watermelons and warmth. It’s a time that your plants really need you. I have details – things you’ll need to be doing. Plant: • Tomatoes from nursery transplants early in the month to get a full crop before first frost in the fall. Choose small and mid-sized varieties. • Crape myrtles while nurseries have their best supplies. Match your new plant’s mature size with your landscape so you won’t have to resort to major pruning to keep it in bounds. • Hot-weather annual color. Buy nursery transplants that have been grown and held in conditions similar to what you’ll have for them. Prune: • Dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs, whether killed by winter cold, spring storms or other causes. Oaks can be pruned by mid-July. Oak wilt fungal mats will be inactive by then. • Deadhead old flower heads and seed heads from perennials such as cannas, daylilies, Shasta and gloriosa daisies, purple coneflowers and others. • There is no need to remove spent flower heads from crape myrtles. In spite of what others may tell you, it does not speed up their reblooming. Fertilize: • Bermuda lawns if it’s been more than 7-8 weeks since last you did. Withhold fertilizer from St. Augustine to lessen chance of gray leaf spot developing. • Potted plants and hanging bas-

Timely Tips

by Neil Sperry Gardening Expert

kets at least weekly with a complete-and-balanced plant food to replenish nutrients leached out by frequent watering. • Iron-deficient plants that are showing yellowed leaves with dark green veins most prominently on the newest growth. On the lookout: • Chinch bugs will cause random areas of St. Augustine to appear dry, but watering won’t help. They’ll always be in the hottest, sunniest parts of your yard, generally where they have shown up in prior years. You’ll be able to see the insects themselves at the interface of dead and dying grass by parting the grass and looking close to the soil. They are BB-sized, black with white diamonds on their backs. Treat with labeled insecticide. • Harmless insects you may encounter include leaf-cutter bees (cut perfect near-circles from rose and other leaves to build their nests). Cicada killers (large insects that hover near the ground, flying slowly as if on patrol). They are beneficial predators that sting and kill cicadas, then carry them back to their ground nests to feed their young. They only sting when cornered. • Water new shrubs and trees at least two or three times weekly by hand. Don’t count on sprinkler irrigation to keep them going. The potting soil in which they were growing is lightweight and porous.

Hardy Hibiscus (Mallows) can handle Texas weather, hot and cold.


n Plant of the Month: Hardy Hibiscus If you’re looking for a perennial with a Texas-sized flower, this is your baby. Sisters to the popular tropical hibiscus we grow around pools, these perennial types can handle all the cold North Texas has to offer. • Grow to 30 to 48 inches tall. • Flowers up to 8 to 10 inches across. • Single blooms in shades of red, pink and white, many with contrasting eyes. • Flowers last but one day, but are produced by the dozens. • Stunning backdrop to the summer perennial garden. • Die to the ground with the first freeze of fall, although you may want to trim them back somewhat in October to keep the planting tidy. • Widely available in North Texas nurseries in late spring and into midsummer.

n 'What's causing my plants to burn up?' This is the way many paper. You’ll see dust people present their and debris fall from the question, although the leaf onto the paper. If some of the specks start plants involved may to move about within 15 vary from beans and or 20 seconds, they are tomatoes to marigolds, mites. violets and even juniSpider mites are sepers. rious pests that can This is damage done kill entire plants fairly by spider mites. They NEIL SPERRY quickly. By the time you cause fine tan mottling Spider mite damage see their fine webbing starting on the bottommost leaves and progressing up the it’s usually too late to stop them. Before that happens, spray with plants. a general-purpose insecticide that They’re nearly microscopic in is also labeled for mites. Apply it to size, so your best way of checkboth bottom and top surfaces of the ing for their presence is to thump a suspect leaf over a sheet of white leaves and repeat after 7 to 10 days.

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Ron Cook enjoys growing Rugosa Friulana squash (inset) in his 150-square-foot vegetable garden.

Garden of the Month

Ron Cook, our gardener of the month, enjoys growing heirloom vegetables, especially southern Mediterranean vegetables, which he came to enjoy while stationed in Southern Italy when he was in the Air Force. Cook says the Mediterranean varieties love our climate, and he particularly enjoys Rugosa Friulana squash. "It's not pretty, but it's much more meaty and flavorful than the crook neck," said Cook. Another favorite of his is the San Marzano tomato, which he says is the ultimate tomato for making sauces and pastes. "It is the only tomato that can be used legally in a classic Pizza Napolitano," he said. Cook, who is 57 and semi-retired

from the technology industry, also enjoys growing and eating Boston picking cucumbers, Ichiban eggplant and Genovese basil. "Gardening is a great hobby that helps me realize my real passion as a 'foodie,'" he said. "I love preserving and fermenting food, making homemade sausages, and of course cooking." Cook says that he believes one of the keys to his successful garden is his liberal use of mulch, which he says helps with weed control, moisture retention, and has a cooling effect on the soil during the summer. He also recommends a solar powered animal deterrent. He's had one for three years and has "not had a single deer issue."

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n Neighbors We’ll Miss n Vernon Taylor, 89 June 16, 2018 n Floyd Daniel Gratts Sr., 66 June 15, 2018 n June Knepper Garrison, 92 June 12, 2018 n Gary Charles Saylor, 66 June 11, 2018 n Richard Loller, 42 June 10, 2018 n Johnny Rollins, 63 June 10, 2018 n Horace Romero, 86 June 9, 2018 n Lena Jo Nichols, 84 June 7, 2018 n Retha Brown, 88 June 7, 2018 n Charlie Contreras, 16 June 6, 2018 n Shirley McCoy, 94 June 6, 2018

n R.C. Neely, 98 June 4, 2018 n Jimmie Dobbs, 75 June 4, 2018 n Katherine Henderson, 92 June 3, 2018 n Margauriete Walker, 88 June 3, 2018 n Joseph Nelms, 81 June 2, 2018 n Robert Byrom, 84 June 2, 2018 n Carolyn Ellis, 92 June 1, 2018 n Ernest William Picard, 90 May 31, 2018 n Richard Harris, 80 May 31, 2018 n Helen Savage, 77 May 29, 2018 n Mary Reynolds Richards, 84 May 29, 2018

n Helen Migneault, 68 May 28, 2018 n Darey Sandifer, 67 May 27, 2018 n Richard Barth, 63 May 26, 2018 n Benjamin Sillivent, 4 months May 25, 2018 n Morris Stewart, 81 May 23, 2018 n Pauline Trammell, 80 May 22, 2018 n Kaylee Montgomery, 16 May 20, 2018 n Barbara Brunson, 76 May 19, 2018 n Allen Simmons, 98 May 18, 2018 n James Stouffer, 95 May 13, 2018 n Patricia Easterwood, 72 May 12, 2018

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Karen (Powell) Cook moved to Parker County in 1954 to the Brock Community and lived at the Gulf Camp, where her dad worked. In 1955, the family moved into Weatherford. Karen attended Travis Elementary in fifth and sixth grades. She graduated from Weatherford High School in 1963, attended Weatherford College and graduated from Howard Payne University. In 1965, she married her high school sweetheart, Burton Cook, Jr., also a Weatherford native. They celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary this month (July). The Cooks served 15 years with the Southern Baptists as foreign missionaries in Taiwan, where they raised their three daughters – Juel, Kristi and Lori. There, Karen was involved in working in children’s ministry and teaching English to Chinese adults. Of their three children, Lori graduated from WHS in 1996, after their return to the USA. They are the proud grandparents of six granddaughters and one grandson. Karen retired after 25 years of teaching in the public schools. She enjoys volunteering at Seguin Elementary, singing in the church choir, and being involved with Parker County Retired Teachers Association "Songbirds," who sing at nursing homes.

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Don't let your investments go on 'vacation' Summer is here – and so is vacation sea- helping you move toward your financial son. Americans spend a lot on their sumobjectives. For example, if you need your mer getaways – more than $100 billion in portfolio to provide you with a certain rate 2017 alone, as reported in Travel and Leiof return to meet specific retirement goals sure magazine. When you hit the road, you at a designated age, but you find that you will enjoy getting away from your regular are not currently on track toward meettasks, but there's one ing these goals, you may part of your life that need to adjust your investshould never take a ment mix to potentially break – your investprovide you with a higher ments. return. Be aware, though, by Mary H. McDow that seeking higher return To keep your investEdward Jones Advisor ments working consispotential will likely mean tently and efficiently taking on more risk. You for you, consider these suggestions: may want to consult with a financial proMatch the right investment with the fessional to make sure you find a risk/reright “job.” You hire an electrician to install ward ratio suitable for your goals and risk a light fixture, you employ a plumber to tolerance. clear a clogged drain, and you would not Look for hard-working investments. expect either one to work on the other's Some investments work especially hard. project. In a way, this view of a division of Some stocks, or investments containing labor is similar to how you might look at stocks, pay dividends. Instead of taking different investments. In general, you purthe dividends, you can choose to reinvest chase stocks with the hope of achieving the them, purchasing even more shares – and growth necessary to help you meet longincreased share ownership is one key to term goals, such as a comfortable retirehelping build financial resources for the ment. On the other hand, when you purlong term. Dividend reinvestment is typichase certain fixed-rate investments such cally automatic, so once you have chosen as certificates of deposit (CDs) or money this option, there's really no extra work on market accounts, you know they won't your part. (Keep in mind, though, that comprovide as much growth potential, but are panies are not obligated to pay dividends, available to fund a short-term goal – such and they can be reduced or eliminated at as a dream vacation. any time.) Evaluate investments’ performance relaIn the investing arena, as in many entive to your goals. Some people think the deavors, hard work can be rewarding. So only way to evaluate their investments’ look for opportunities to keep your investperformance is to track them against a ments gainfully employed throughout your well-known market index, such as the S&P life. 500. However, using an index as a measuring stick has some drawbacks, one of which is the lack of a personal connection to your situation. Look at it this way: In many types This article was written by Edward Jones of organizations, you typically go through for use by your local Edward Jones Finanperformance reviews, where your work cial Advisor. is assessed in terms of how well it helped This article was written by Edward Jones you move toward your goals – and you can for use by your local Edward Jones Financial follow the same process with your investAdvisor, Mary H. McDow, 102 Houston Ave., ments. Specifically, you can measure their Suite 203, 817-598-0882. Member SPIC performance by how effective they are in

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The Weatherford Square Imagining yourself in this old photograph may cool you off a bit on this hot summer day. It was taken on York Avenue facing the intersection of Dallas Avenue and North Main Street. Careful inspection of the old Palace Theatre sign shows "War Arrow" was playing. The movie was released in 1954. A lot has changed, as you can see from the photo below. The updated building now houses Tobacco Lane. The county occupies the building where Citizen's National Bank once operated. Roomy streets have been reduced to make room for much-needed parking, and trees and landscaping were added. The cars? Well, they certainly didn't have satellite radio or seat warmers on that cold, winter's day.




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The Bee Keeper Evelyn Mathis hosts two quilting bees in her home by Paula Hunt Parker County Quilter's Guild Within days of moving to Weatherford in 2005, Evelyn Mathis had visited the local quilt shops and joined the library bee. A week or so later, she joined the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County where according to Evelyn, she "met some of the nicest people in the world.” From that day forward, Evelyn has been active in the guild, serving in various capacities on the board – Bee Keeper, Comfort Quilt Chairman, and Finance Chairman to list a few. Evelyn established two bees that meet in her home. The Busy Bees meet on Wednesday morning while the Worker Bees meet on Saturday to fit the schedules of working quilters. Evelyn was also instrumental in establishing the Queen Bees, who meet in the Azle area. Visiting her home is akin to going to a fabric store.


Evelyn Mathis shows off a few of her beautiful quilts. When one of her bees needs fabric for a guild project, she will generously say, “let’s go shopping” and lead them into the room that has fabric that will fit the bill. Evelyn thinks of herself as more of a “piecer” than a “quilter” and had, over the years, accumulated a chest full of quilt tops that needed to be quilted. What better way to accomplish that than to go into a longarm quilting business with two of your daughters? Sassy Angel’s very talented quil-

ters, Yvonne Wolfsen and Marsha Corlley, have “just about” caught up with Evelyn pile of quilt tops. That is no easy feat since she has been blessed with “30 some odd” children, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, as well as greats and great-greats. She's made a quilt for each of them. Even more impressive is the fact that she has now started on the second round of quilts for her family. She makes time each year to make a quilt to be raffled off at her family reunion as well.

Prior to retirement in 1994, Evelyn worked for the State of Nevada in Carson City. Her positions ranged from junior clerk to the governor’s legislative secretary. “For a Texas girl, there could not have been a better education into Nevada history and legislative procedures,” she said. Crocheting, knitting, sewing and many craft projects relieved the stress she found on the job, but she was fascinated by the art of quilting much earlier in life. During Evelyn’s childhood, her maternal grandmother always had a quilt frame hanging from the ceiling. Her first introduction to quilting was threading grandmother’s needle. “On hot summer days it was the best place to learn all the family secrets," said Evelyn. She began taking classes after passing a quilt shop with a coat in the display window. After that she was hooked. Evelyn is still taking classes and sharing all that she learns with her bees. It's hard for her to pin down her favorite quilt. “My favorite project is what I am working on now or have just finished," she said. To join a quilting bee, contact guild president Mary Williams at 940-682-4631 or email her at williams_mb@msn.com.

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Uka Ladies' songs bring back sweet memories by Erin E. McEndree Hoopla Correspondent Many people associate the ukulele with Hawaii, where it became popular in the late 1800s. Parker County residents, however, are more likely to connect the small, stringed instrument to the Uka Ladies, a group of women bring their smiles and toetapping numbers to assisted living facilities, area club meetings and churches. The Uka Ladies enjoy serving their community as they share their special talent. They keep themselves active and their fingers nimble. They are a blessing to those who hear them. “We don’t just go to assisted living facilities to entertain, we go to involve the residents,” Alicia Pittman said. “They respond so well to singing gospel songs.” Some of the residents are non-verbal, but when the Uka Ladies come to play, they can sing every word. Music is therapeutic and has noticeable effects on brain function. During

their performances, residents are offered small percussion instruments, or they take turns struming an extra ukulele. “We get the biggest kick out of playing for the retirement homes,” Jody Young, the outgoing activity leader said. There are four types of ukuleles: the soprano, the concert, the tenor, and the baritone. There are several hybrids as well, such as the banjulele, the harp ukulele or bass ukulele. They are easy to travel with because of their smaller size, which is ideal for the Uka Ladies. Currently, the group is looking to enlist more members so they can visit additional retirement centers and rotate members if needed. Many of the ladies say you don't need to know how to read music to play the ukulele or be in their group. Every member is at their own level. “All of us are learning all the time,” Jody said. “My goal is for us to learn the song ‘Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue’ (made popular in the 1920s) and wear flapper dresses.”


Uka Ladies pictured are (top row, from left) Jackie Anderson, Ruth McCandless, Wanda Wilson, Alicia Pittman, and Nora Loughrey, (bottom row, from left) Carol Livingston, Laura Anderson, Sharon Wayland and Jody Young. Members say they love the comradery of the group. Their enthusiasm attracts new members all the time. “I heard the ladies practicing at the First United Methodist Church and wanted to join,” said Laura Anderson, the incoming activity leader. The group is always looking for donations of free instruments to share

with their audience, especially small percussion instruments. They also accept ukuleles. This all-woman group practices once a month and currently performs regularly at Martin Crest and Autumn Hill Manor. For more information, or to join them, call Laura at 817-771-2566.

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Summer is meant for trips with the kids and grandkids

These tips will save you cash on the road and at your destination We recently went to Seaside, Florida with my daughter, son-in-law and their five kids. Tropical Storm Alberto limited our fun at the beach, but we still had a good time without spend- Roam ing a fortune. Sweet Roam We took two vehicles for by Charles and the two-day trek. Nancy Dowling Team Hotel (we and Travel Correspondents three grandkids) went to a nice hotel with a pool. We settled in and had fun watching movies in the room. Team Camp (our daughter, son-in-law and two kids) found a beautiful spot to camp. Fortunately, they only saw one alligator and, despite warning signs, no bears! Unfortunately, tropical storm Alberto prevented us from going to the beach the first two days, but we brought games. When traveling with grandkids, always bring lots of games and be ready to spend countless hours playing with them.

On the third day, there was still a double flag warning due to rip tides. Luckily, we have friends who live an hour away in Navarre, where the beach was open. So, we went there to play on the beautiful white sanded beach and wade in the blue/ green water. We packed a picnic lunch to take with us, which allowed us to stay at the beach and saved us a considerable amount of money. We also saved money by having cereal and fruit for breakfast and cooked quick and easy meals for dinner. The next day we had another sunny day at a beach in Seaside. In between the beaches, we enjoyed the pool where we were staying. My daughter and her family rode bikes to the pool and saw some sites in the area. We did splurge on the last night and enjoyed some local seafood in an outdoor setting.


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