Written by Phil Cerroni
Coppell’s Pink Soles in Motion along with the Coppell Fire Department accepted a Proclamation from Mayor Karen Hunt and the City Council declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness month at the Sep. 25 meeting. The Coppell Fire Department will wear pink uniform shirts the first week of October to help support awareness for the cause.
Source: City of Coppell
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2012 17:19
Written by Phil Cerroni
October 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BAPS Charities Annual Health Fair
This health fair will offer a range of services for children and adults, including health screenings to measure blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index, dental, vision, hearing screens and dermatology. Other services include personal consultations with physicians specialized in cardiology, pediatrics, internal medicine, gynecology, endocrinology and will also feature informational sessions on diabetes, cholesterol, obesity, and exercise. Located at 4601 North State Highway 161, Irving TX 75038. To pre-register, call 972-243-8669.
October 6 at 9 a.m.
Make strides to end Breast Cancer 5K
Every step you take and every dollar you raise will help save lives. Located at Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. For more information call 1-800-227-2345.
October 6 from Noon to 3 p.m.
Dallas Children’s Health Fall Festival
The Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the City of Dallas, Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center to host the 2012 Dallas Children’s Health Fall Festival. The festival will focus attention on protecting children from pesticides, asthma, lead poisoning and residential lead hazards. Activities include a clown for kids, face painting, free pumpkin decorating. The festival also includes free parking, admission and games for elementary-age children. Located at the Nash-Davis Recreation Center, 3710 North Hampton Road. For more information contact Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200.
October 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Coppell Health & Safety Fair
The Coppell Fire Department will host an open house and health and safety fair at Fire Station 3, 133 E. Parkway Blvd. This free event is open to the public and focuses on educating the community about injury prevention, safety awareness and emergency preparedness. Featured events include technical rescue demonstrations, health screenings, Jaws of Life demonstrations, weather awareness information, and much more. Tours will be available of an ambulance, police vehicle, and fire apparatus from surrounding cities. For more information call 972-304-3512.
October 8 at 7 p.m.
Join the William T. Cozby Library, 177 N. Heartz, for three book discussions Remember Ben Clayton, a moving novel that tells the story of an aging sculptor, commissioned by a Texas rancher to create a memorial statue of his son who was killed on the battlefields of WWI France. For more information call 972-304-3658.
October 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2012 Fall Job Fair
North Lake College’s department of Career Services is hosting a job fair in the Student Life Center, room H-200. Featuring 45 companies, the fair is free and open to the public. Represented industries range from broadcasting and law enforcement to retail and banking. Job seekers will have the opportunity to share their resumes with recruiters and enter hourly Scholarship Drawings. For more information contact Career Services by telephone at 972-273-3140.
October 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Stroke Support Group
Baylor Medical Center at Irving is sponsoring a Stroke Support group in the MOBII Conference Center, Room 2, 2021 N MacArthur Blvd. located on the campus of Baylor Irving. The guest speaker this month is Barclay Burrow on the Board of Directors at the Neuro Fitness Foundation. This group offers encouragement, education and socialization for stroke survivors and their loved ones. For more information or to RSVP call Renee Vickers at 972-579-8511.
October 10 at 7 p.m.
Breath of Life
Join the William T. Cozby Public Library and learn about Endangerment and Revitalization of Native American Languages. Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald of UT Arlington will highlight her project to document disappearing Native American languages in Texas. This program is part of Coppell Reads, a city-wide reading program for adults that encourages community members to read the same book at the same time. For more information call 972-304-3658.
October 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Baby Signs with Miss Joy and BeeBo
Miss Joy and her sidekick BeeBo, the Baby Signs Bear, present a storytime filled with songs, stories and sign language every Friday morning at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Activities will keep infants/toddlers entertained while parents learn how to communicate with their babies through simple signs and gestures. No registration is required for this free program. For more information on accessibility or adaptations, call 972-721-2457.
October 12 at 7 p.m.
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, will be brought to the R. L Turner Black Box Theater with a new 'punk' rock take on the classic play. Performances take place in the BLACKBOX THEATER located in R. L. Turner High School. For more information, call 972-968-5400 or 214-755-8452. Seating is limited to 100 per night. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2012 14:18
Written by Phil Cerroni
Every autumn the Heritage Senior Center sponsors the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant for senior citizen ladies aged 60 and over. The pageant consists of three categories: Personality, Talent, and Eveningwear.
The goal behind the event is to create greater awareness of the worth of our senior citizens, and also to promote a positive image of our seniors.
Linda Spencer and Cindy Jones founded the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant in 1982. The idea caught on, and a great institution was born
Based on the example of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, many other senior pageants have come to life. Pageants in San Angelo, San Antonio, Abilene, and Corpus Christi have been founded, as well as the state pageant itself. Our representatives have performed admirably, winning the state pageant in 1991 (Vivian Kleinwachter) and winning the talent competition in the national pageant (Vivian again, with her roller-skating). We celebrate 26 years of honoring senior ladies. All of the Ms. Matures have been examples of what is best in senior women. These lovely ladies are vital members of the community with a lot to contribute. It is our hope that we will continue showcasing them throughout the twenty-first Century and beyond.
Source: City of Irving
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:24
Written by Phil Cerroni
Contestants’ family and friends share their thoughts
Contestant #1 Janie Smith:
Vee Miller – “I am so happy that Janie entered the contest, because foremost, she is a lady. I met Janie over a year ago at the Heritage Center pool, and we "hit it off" immediately; her warmth and openness was clear from the beginning.
Janie has high moral values, a heart for others, and is so much fun to be with. Along with her beauty and charm, you will find she is the same inside as what you see on the outside . . . a sweet, but strong, intelligent woman who truly represents a cross section of the mature woman of today.
Beth Smith – “After thinking about her and the time I have been privileged to have her in my life I think it would come down to 3 key words, faith, family and friends. She has such incredible energy and creative talents. She has such great passion and joy for her faith. Janie shares that great passion when it comes to her family as well.
“We all look forward to our times together sharing meals (Janie is a great cook) and lots of laughs (she loves a good pun). Janie has always been there to help and support her family in countless ways. And the many friendships she has developed over throughout her life are important to Janie as well. She blesses the many lives she has touched sharing of herself and her many talents, I feel incredibly lucky to have her as my mother in law.”
Judy Sargent - “My (quick) impression of Janie is that she is full of love (of God and people); joy (able to smile and encourage no matter the circumstance); caring (especially for those others might not notice); openness (willing to invite others to join);creativeness (in so many ways) and much more. She is well loved, adored, and appreciated by myself and many”
Dreanna Belden – “My Mother is a person who makes things happen, whether it’s planning for a big event or retiling a bathroom. All her life she’s been an incredibly resourceful, creative and inventive about finding solutions for whatever challenge is at hand. She brings energy and enthusiasm to everything she does, and is an inspiration for many reasons. I think her greatest gift as a Mother was instilling within us a sense of responsibility and integrity.”
Contestant #2 Patricia “Trish” Petell:
Janet Carter - “Trish is my older sister by 4 years. She is fun loving, compassionate, loved, humorous, and very generous. Growing up with Pat (as I have always called her) was wonderful. She was my role model. I have realized that my sister is also my best friend. I am very fortunate to have Pat as my sister and as my very best friend! I love her very much!”
Tim Casey - “How would I describe Trish Petell? Trish is one of the most thoughtful people there are. She is always putting the needs of other people first. She’s also a go-getter, always going after the things she wants. She is a provider, as her son I know we didn’t have enough money for things growing up; she made sure we had those things.
My mom is also very caring and encouraging, as a grown up and coach of high school sports she is always texting me wishing me luck - win or lose she always send back a positive message”
Anne Reed – “I consider Trish both the perfect employee and a good friend. She is a team player, kind and nurturing. She is at her best when smoothing ruffled feathers and is an excellent cook. She is one of the very few people with whom I’d share a desert island. She keeps a good disposition and a positive attitude. Trish is a good human being!”
Contestant #3 Kay Waters:
From Kay herself: “I’m excited to participate in this year’s Ms. Mature Irving Pageant. All my passion and love is for people, especially the elderly. I volunteer at Northgate Nursing and Rehab Center which adds quality to my life. I enjoy bringing smiles to the faces of everyone I come in contact with, young and old alike.
“I am so blessed to have my husband, children and grandchildren. There is not much more I can ask for! Irving is the best city in North Texas and I would love to be its senior ambassador!”
Kenneth Waters – “My wife’s graciousness and passion for Irving, which she considers as the jewel city of North Texas is an asset for all our friends, family and Irving businesses.”
Contestant #4 Gayre King:
From Gayre herself - My goal if chosen as Ms. Mature Irving would be to represent my home of 30+ years to the best of my ability and prove that you never grow old. You can always be fun and attractive as long as you try to make new friends and be a positive influence. My lust for life keeps me young and interesting.
My daughter-in-law says I am the glue and backbone that holds a diverse extended family fastly together. Other adjectives from friends and family include: integrity, intelligence, thoughtful, elegant, calm, a genuine lady, open-minded, strong, understanding, and, “a worrier”.
“I guess quoting my favorite movie character Auntie Mame sums it up ‘Life is a banquet, and most poor souls are starving to death!’ My daughter says I’ve lived most of my life being part of the banquet!”
Contestant #5 Jo Dunn:
From Jo herself - “Retired after 20 years of teaching, I still make a difference by volunteering for the Irving Senior Arts Program, working on such projects such as assisting the IISD and the Greater Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. I am the 1st Vice-President of the Advisory Council at the Heritage Senior Center, I assist in any capacity needed at the time. I perform Hula dancing at retirement homes, Assisted Living Homes, and senior centers in the Metroplex.
“We moved to Irving in 1961, joined St. Luke’s Catholic Church, we worked here and have been blessed in this wonderful community. Volunteering had always been gratifying. Representing Irving as Ms. Mature Irving would give me the opportunity to go above and beyond what I am concentrating on now in terms of opening doors in other places, such as city functions/events, meeting and opening of new businesses, in order to represent out City of Irving and our senior citizens.”
Wanda Tharp – “I have known Jo Dunn for approximately two years. I know that she is a loyal supporter of the Heritage Senior Center, and she is patriotic to the bone. Jo is the First Vice President of the Advisory Council for the senior center, and she is very active and faithful about attending the meetings. She participates in the Lively Steppers dance group and practices till she's perfect (or almost!). Jo would be a great Ms. Mature Irving. She's not afraid to speak in public to large groups of people. Jo is always professional in appearance, so she would represent Irving appropriately. Jo is good-natured and gets along well with people.”
Contestant #6 JoDee Reinig:
Karan Reinig - “I love my mama.
She was always there when I was growing up.
I love my mama.
She is still always there since I’ve grown up.
I only thought of her as my mama:
Making sure I was up in time for school.
Making sure there was a home cooked breakfast before school.
Making sure she was there on time to pick us up after school.
Making sure there was a home cooked meal on the table every night.
And then starting the whole routine all over again every morning.
How exhausted she must have been.
I love my mama.
I never knew how much fun she could be, but I do now.
I never knew she liked Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, or Barry Manilow, but I do now.
I never dreamed the 2 of us would be going to concerts together.
I guess I never thought of these things, after all she was just my mama.
I never knew her zest for life, but I do now.
I miss her when she goes out of town, I worry about her when I’m not with her.
I have certainly grown to love my mama even more than I thought possible.
She is my best friend.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:31
Written by Phil Cerroni
Lynn Campagna - Ms. Mature 1989:
My funniest memory is being in a parade, in a red 39’ Chevy convertible. We spilt 20 POUNDS of candy out in the street when we put the top up! We didn’t have any to throw out for the parade, the kids got it first! It still makes me happy when people refer to me as “Queenie”. It’s been 20 years but it still feels good when they call me Ms. Mature. I’m proud to be part of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, and to represent the City of Irving.
From Rita Favors, Ms. Mature Irving 1996:
My favorite memory is wearing a dress backwards for one of the pageants when the former winners were introduced. I didn’t know the dress didn’t go that way. Lynn Campagna pointed it out, but I wore it anyway! Time to go onstage, too late to change it now. I liked the dress better that way anyway! Contestants, I wish you well, and just roll with it ‘cause you never know what’ll turn up!
Ihna Muskopf - Ms. Mature 1998:
One of the highlights for me was being in the state pageant and being in the top 10, I never dreamed that could happen. I also remember entertaining at a party at a ranch in Weatherford. I felt real at home there in my home country, playing my guitar.
One thing that was hilarious was at the state pageant. They kept mispronouncing my name. Finally my grandson jumped up and yelled “her name is Ihna Muskopf!” I was so embarrassed, oh I could’ve killed him, but they got it right after that! That same guy is a minister in the church today! It’s good memories, all the folks at the pageant and at the senior center are special to me.
Gloria Oliver - Ms. Mature 1999:
What stuck with me the most was the question they asked. I was asked what I’d change if I could, if I was crowned Ms. Mature Irving. I said nothing, because I never would have had the opportunity to the wonderful people at the senior center or have been crowned Ms. Mature Irving.
Carol Schober - Ms Mature 2000
First of all I remember that my granddaughter, Jennifer, gave me her lucky sock to keep the night I was in the Ms. Mature Pageant. I kept it in my waist band through all 3 changes during the pageant. I had it there when I was crowned. I guess it was my lucky sock, too.
At the 4th of July parade my husband was driving the borrowed convertible with me sitting in the back. He wasn't very familiar with the shifting in that car and nearly threw me off the back as the parade started.
I also remember performing at the old Senior Center Halloween party, Irving non-day Lions club, Sunshine Rotary Club, Senior Center Christmas and July 4th celebrations.
I also went to Atlanta Georgia as part of the Irving group at the America's Top 10 Cities contest.
Jackie Musgrave - Ms. Mature 2001
September 2001 was one of the most amazing experience that has happened to me in my 75 years. Although it happened only 2 weeks after 9/11… it proved to be one of the most rewarding years of my life. I had the privilege of singing at 78 venues that year and the most requested song was “God Bless America.” I will ever be grateful to Irving and the community for giving 30 beautiful Ladies the greatest opportunity of a lifetime.
I commend the Ms. Mature Organization for dedicating 30 years to the Irving Senior Community. I tip my hat to all who made this a successful tribute.
May God Bless you in the future for many more years.
Mitty Mohon - Ms. Mature 2003
I was crowned Ms Mature Irving 2003 and that was the year that I had the privilege of representing the City of Irving at the Opening of the New Heritage Senior Center. It was a wonderful night and a great experience. There were so many people and so many hugs. It was a very special evening.
Another memory - were the Seniors at the Center - Every time I would make an appearance at the Center, They would hold out their arms and I hugged everyone of them. Their eyes would just brighten up. Other special memories were the Special Appearances that I made throughout the City, the 4th of July and Christmas Parades. etc. and last - The Ms Teen America Pageant - being a judge for that pageant was really difficult. Those teenage girls really are beautiful and have so much talent. It was hard to pick just one.
Just a few of the memories that I have in my reign as Ms Mature Irving 2003.
Sue Borunda - Ms. Mature 2006
Being crowned Ms. Mature Irving was one of the highlights of my life. I didn't mean to run off and leave my escort as I was making my walk, but I was so excited I couldn't help myself.
I will always have fond memories of the year I reigned. It's a wonderful pageant for all senior ladies to experience.
Julie D. Grant - Ms Mature 2009
One surprise after another came because of the 2009 Ms Mature Pageant. I entered without any thought of winning, only with the goal of meeting new friends. We laughed, giggled, smiled, hugged and supported one another with the best show of camaraderie I’ve ever encountered. The friends I made there are still friends today.
When I stood in line waiting to hear who had won, I looked at us one at a time and thought any one of us could well be the winner; however, I knew I wasn’t going to be because I was simply there to make new friends. When they announced my name, I just stood there. It took a few minutes for it to sink in.
And what a wonderful year, serving others, meeting new people, having fun hugging everyone at the Heritage Senior Center and riding in the parades. Everyone made me feel like a red carpet celebrity. Every year I encourage all my friends who are eligible to enter. This was an experience unequaled by anything else. Congratulations, Ms Mature Pageant, on 30 wonderful years serving our city and our residents!
Ann Danford - Ms. Mature 2010:
Representing the City was such an honor. Making appearances at the Heritage Senior Center was always a highlight of the year. Another appearance that meant a lot to me was laying the wreath at the Irving Veterans Memorial Park as Ms. Mature. The Park has such a special place in my heart having spent 10 years on the Veterans Park Committee helping to get it built.
Reminiscing – from Ms. Mature Irving 2011 Mary Little
Ms. Mature Irving 2011 is proud to be a first generation American in her family, as her parents were from Czechoslovakia. She came to Irving in 1957 when her husband, a member of the Detroit Tigers Baseball team was assigned to Dallas. The couple built and operated the Sizzler Steakhouse and Keith Little’s Coffee Shop in Irving.
Mary became one of the first women in the automobile industry when Frank Parra hired her as a salesperson. She continued working as she raised her children and found time to be an active and involved mom. The 16 years of employment with him included being his General Manager at Dollar Rent A Car. Mary was also selected as 1 of 20 people in the U.S., and the first woman, to meet with engineers and designers of General Motors to give them input from a woman’s perspective. For the last 19 years she has been with the Freeman Mazda –Hyundai Auto Group in Irving.
A very meaningful part of Mary’s life in the past 12 years has been being a team member that brings a church service every Sunday afternoon to the Emeritus Assisted Living Community, formerly known as 12 Oaks. As Ms. Mature Irving 2011 Mary has spent the year representing seniors in all facets of life. Her responsibilities have included meetings at the Chamber of Commerce, grand openings of local businesses, ribbon cuttings, ground breaking ceremonies, symposiums, judging contests, speaking engagements and multiple appearances at the Heritage Senior center.
Mary says, “It has been the most adventurous, jam-packed, fun-filled year of my senior life. It has been an awesome ride. I really have been off my rocker!”
The Golden Girls
Many people believe that when you give up your crown you’re done! Not so! The ladies have formed an exciting new initiative with Pat Davenport the pageant director. This energetic group of ladies have formed into a club called The Ms. Mature Golden Girls.
They have already been seen around town at different events supporting are merchants and civic clubs. They are conducting monthly charity efforts too, on behalf of such charities as Toys for Tots and Irving Cares. Their goal is to give back to the community, and encourage others to do so as well. These dynamic gals are performers are heart though, and they are ready to go out as a group and entertain at nursing homes, civic organizations, and city events. Staying active and helping Irving is the number one priority!
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:22