In Arlington, get close to slithery reptiles, go shopping to support police officers and enjoy free gasoline this weekend

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Cold-blooded creatures will roam the Arlington Convention Center beginning Friday as the North American Reptile Breeders hold their annual conference. The captive-bred-only reptile show, which is open to the public, brings together top dealers from across the country offering thousands of exotic and pet-friendly “herps.”

Visitors can get up-close and personal with snakes, frogs, turtles, geckos, iguanas and tortoises, and can purchase all of the supplies needed to start or support a herp hobby.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way.

Information: 708-932-8044 or

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Fair to help raise funds for police equipment

A rich blend of artisans will showcase their talents in jewelry, calligraphy, apparel, accessories and more at the Artisan Faire on Saturday at Arlington Courts Volleyball & Sports, 3120 E. Pioneer Parkway.

Back for a second year, the free family-friendly indoor event benefits the Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association’s efforts to raise money to buy equipment and fund programs for Arlington’s finest.

Organizers Vikki Barrera and Mike and Nancy Siska say guests will enjoy seeing demonstrations by the Police Department’s K-9 unit. Snacks and beverages will be available.

The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 817-946-3477 or

— Faye Reeder

Church to give away gasoline Saturday

Koinonia Christian Church is turning 9 this weekend, and to celebrate, it is giving away $5,000 in gasoline to 200 motorists.

To get $25 in free fuel, just be one of the first 200 cars in line beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Valero station at 2501 SE Green Oaks Blvd.

Church leaders believe that the giveaway fits right in with the name Koinonia, which they say refers to the concepts of fellowship, community, cooperation and sharing — part of the fabric of life for Christians.

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