Around the Town
By Sharon Wisch-Ray

Bagels at your bowl party

The Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ahavath Sholom has cooked up an innovative fundraiser for Super Bowl Sunday: Big Game Bagel Boxes. For $18 per box ($20 if delivered) the shul will put together half a dozen freshly baked plain bagels, plain and salmon cream cheese and a small babka. Orders must be received and paid for by Jan. 25 for pickup at the shul between 11:30-1 p.m. Feb. 1. ZIP codes for delivery are 76109, 76133 and 76132 only. To order, send your cash or check payment, name, number of boxes, phone number, address (if delivery) to CAS, 4050 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX 76109. Don’t forget, orders and payments must be received by Jan. 25.

Enjoying the House of Shmooze are, from left, Doris Smith, Mark Abramowitz, and Kathy Oliver.
Enjoying the House of Shmooze are, from left, Doris Smith, Mark Abramowitz, and Kathy Oliver.

Chattin’ it up at House of Shmooze

Thank you to Larry Steckler who provides us with this report from House of Shmooze.
It may have bitter cold and there may have been icy roads outside, but in Ahavath Sholom’s House of Shmooze in Fort Worth, it was warm, cozy and filled with the music of Barry McDaniel and his guitar.
Once a month the entertainment hall at Ahavath Sholom transforms into a newly born nightclub, the House of Shmooze opens its doors with music, coffee, snacks and fun.
On Saturday evening Jan. 10, Barry McDaniel, guitar in tow, entertained as congregants sat and listened enthusiastically to his music and songs.
A $5 contribution brought about 30 folks in to enjoy the musical evening while sipping on hot coffee and snacking on popcorn, pretzels, cookies and other treats.
This was the third affair at House of Shmooze, and followed a one-woman musical play about an adopted woman looking for her birth mother (November 2014), and a performance by the Gold Tone Choir last October.
On Feb. 21, the House of Shmooze will become a disco with music for dancing the night away. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will start promptly at 7 p.m.
The entire town is invited to join in for an evening of music, dancing and schmooze.
A $5 contribution gets you in the door. Coffee, cold drinks and snacks are $1 each.
Call Larry Steckler at 817-927-2736 and make your reservation today or email him at

Daytimers enjoy a piano duet by Sandra Doan of the left and Jacques Marquis.
Daytimers enjoy a piano duet by Sandra Doan of the left and Jacques Marquis.

Cliburn team well received by Daytimers

The Cliburn came to visit with and entertain the Beth-El Daytimers in Fort Worth. The Cliburn group was led by their president and CEO Jacques Marquis along with Sandra Doan, director of Artistic Planning and Kay Howell. After lunch, they presented an exciting and entertaining presentation about the Cliburn and its competitions, including video clips and photographs. They also shared details of many of their other programs and insight to the newly announced junior competition.
After tackling and responding to the many questions that were posed by the Daytimers who attended, everyone moved from the Grand Hall to the Chapel where they listened to a duet as Marquis and Doan sat down at the keyboard and kept their rapt audience entranced.
On Feb. 11, the Daytimers will meet in the Grand Hall for lunch catered by Subway and then car pool to the Fort Worth Science Museum. There, they will tour the exhibits, sit in on an Omni film and perhaps enjoy a showing at the planetarium. Reservations are a must as a minimum group is required. Call Larry Steckler at 817-927-2736 for full details or leave your email and he will send you a flyer about the event.
Total cost will be $21 for lunch, museum admittance, Omni and Planetarium. If you wish to skip lunch — $15 each.
Larry tells me there must be a minimum of 15 reservations by Feb. 4, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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