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December 2021

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Cocoa & Caroling

Saturday, December 4, 3-5pm, Berney Park

Join RNNA for our annual Cocoa & Caroling event! We'll gather in Berney Park for some sweet treats, hot cocoa, caroling, hayrides and even a visit with Santa. It's a fun-for-all-ages celebration! Questions or interested in helping with the event? Contact event Chair Renee Mitcham.

Holiday Lights in Ridglea North

Hopefully by now you've seen the beautiful lights, wreaths, and red bows around Berney Park, on the entryway sign, and throughout the neighborhood. A big thank you to our Park & Green Spaces committee for your time spent making Ridglea North festive for the holidays!

Neighbor Holiday Lights Contest

Our Holiday Decorating Contest is back! This year's categories are Best Whimsical Lights, Best Traditional Lights, and Most Festive Block. Individual winners will receive a prize, and all winners will be recognized in our newsletter and on social media. Anyone can nominate a neighbor for the contest! Send nominations to Yard of the Month Chair Una Bailey. Judging will take place the weekend of December 10.

Berney Park Playground Improvements

Morris E. Berney Park will be getting new playground equipment in 2022. The RNNA Playground Steering Committee wishes to keep all neighbors informed of the options for the playground. Please see the three playground equipment options below provided by the City. These photos are for informational purposes only at this time, and a survey will be sent out at a later date as more information is received from the City. Also, all playground options are available in either primary or natural colors. We feel that most neighbors will prefer the natural color scheme, so don't let that influence your playground equipment choice. Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime feel free to contact Una Bailey if you'd like to provide feedback or get more involved in the process.

Neighbor Spotlight: Suzie Jary

1) Tell us about yourself and your family. Married for 30 years, Eric Pratt and I have a feline family of two tabbies. One of whom followed us home last January when we were walking around the neighborhood!

2) How long have you lived in Ridglea North? We have lived in Ridglea North since 2008. We returned to Fort Worth and Eric’s house from New York City to be near aging mothers. Eric bought our house here in the mid-80s, but then left 3 years later to chase after me! I was performing on Broadway in Gower Champion’s “42nd Street.” I started taking ballet at Margo Dean School of Ballet when I was 5, had a professional dance career, and still take ballet class there and will tap dance in “Jazzy Christmas” at Arts Fifth Avenue. Today, I am an educator at Weatherford College and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

3) What’s your favorite neighborhood activity or event? The Litter Stomp and the Cowtown Clean-up are my favorite events; being of service to the community and “Keeping Fort Worth Beautiful.” I believe “every litter bit hurts,” the soundbite from when I was growing up. Also, love the RNNA socializing events throughout the year!

4) What’s your favorite thing to do in Fort Worth? Eric and I enjoy going to Bass Hall to see musicals and the ballet. We are members of the Fort Worth Zoo, Botanic Gardens and all three of our world famous museums. Cowtown truly is ‘Culture and Cowboys!’

5) What’s your best advice on being a good neighbor? Get to know the neighbors on your block and just keep an eye out. Eric and I let our neighbors know by text when a garage door is left up or a car door is left open. Our neighbors in turn, text us if something seems out of the ordinary, to make sure we are aware and safe. Noticing things and making contact contributes to a feeling of community as well as safety.

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2021 Calendar of Events

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December 4 Cocoa & Caroling

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