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The air will be perfumed with the heady scent of roasting chile peppers Friday and Saturday at the Hatch Chile Festival at the Downtown Arlington Farmers Market, 215 E. Front St.

The annual festival — previously held at the Cooper Street Farmers Market — will heat things up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the supply runs out. Shoppers can choose between raw chiles or peppers roasted that day.

Hatch chiles can be used in a broad range of Latin dishes. They can be easily seeded and added to soups, stews and dips, or enjoyed whole when roasted with meats or stuffed with cheese.

Unlike other chili varieties, New Mexico hatch chiles are only available for six weeks a year, in August and September.

Admission and parking are free.

— Staff report


Mayor to be part of round table Sept. 19 at library

Want to know what the future holds for Bedford?

A round-table discussion is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.

Coffee and refreshments will be served as Mayor Jim Griffin and others discuss the Central Bedford Development Zone, Cultural Commission recommendations and economic developments.

The event is free. Call 817-952-2126 to RSVP.

— Terry Evans

Regal Opera Company to perform Sept. 20 and 21

The Regal Opera Company presents “The Mystery of Sherwood Manor … the Beginning.” Written by Steve Banner with added famous songs and arias, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.

Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, students and children; $12 each for groups of 10 or more. Call 817-915-7807 for information.

— Terry Evans


Davenport Motor Co. expands into Tarrant

Family-owned Davenport Motor Co., an independent Lexus service shop with locations in Dallas and Plano, expanded into Tarrant County last week when it opened a franchise at 6800 Colleyville Blvd.

Brothers Dave, Craig and Daniel Davenport established the company in 1996 in Dallas. They relocated to Plano in 2001 and added a second location in Dallas in 2006.

Longtime customer Dane Bailey is the owner of the Colleyville location. “I was so impressed with the quality of work and customer service that I approached the Davenports two years ago about opening up a franchise,” he said in a news release.

“It was perfect timing,” co-founder Dave Davenport said. “It made sense for the growth of our company, after doing research for a year, to expand as a franchise rather than to open up a third branch location.”

— Staff report


27th annual GrapeFest to benefit Meals on Wheels

The 27th annual GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, is coming up Sept. 12-15 in historic downtown Grapevine, along with the opening event, the Texas Wine Tribute Dinner on Sept. 7.

All events benefit the Metroport Meals on Wheels in Roanoke.

The black-tie Texas Wine Tribute Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Grand Hall of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau. Messina Hof Winery of Bryan will receive the first-ever Tall in Texas Award for being instrumental in the growth and development of the Texas wine industry.

Tickets are $125 each and must be ordered in advance. Call 817-410-3185.

Other events include the People’s Choice Wine-Tasting Classic, held at intervals throughout the festival; the Vintner’s Auction Classic on Sept. 14; a champagne terrace; and the ItalianCarFest at Nash Farm.

— Shirley Jinkins


City’s Trinity Trash Bash coming up in September

Volunteers with Keep Haltom City Beautiful are already signing up for the annual Trinity Trash Bash from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 21.

Haltom City’s location for the Trinity River cleanup event is at the Birdville Environmental Study Center, 5502 Haltom Road.

Haltom City is one of more than 25 North Texas cities gearing up for the annual bash, with events scheduled throughout September and October.

Individuals, students, educators and community service organizations will be among thousands of volunteers in well-organized cleanup, recycling and education events led by members of the Trinity River Environmental Education Society (TREES).

A nonprofit organization, TREES has been coordinating the Trash Bash since its founding in 2003. The most up-to-date information on the Trinity Trash Bash, including dates, locations, forms and contacts is listed at

— Shirley Jinkins


Hillwood Middle gets fresh interior look

When students return to Hillwood Middle School on Tuesday, they may notice that classrooms, hallways and offices received a new coat of paint over the summer.

Volunteers from the Tarrant County sheriff’s department, a sheriff’s labor detail and school employees came together over several weekends to give the school its first significant paint job in more than a decade.

The school received paint donations from Wal-Mart, Sherwin Williams, The Home Depot, Lowes and Westlake Ace Hardware.

“It is awesome what can happen when the community works together to make our schools a better place,” said Hillwood Principal Kathleen Eckert.

— Sandra Engelland


State grant will provide funds for new trail

The Keller Parks and Recreation Department will receive a grant for a new hike and bike trail, which will improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide additional off-road transportation routes and safer routes to schools.

The $401,606 grant by the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program will go toward the Shady Grove bike/pedestrian trail connection, an 8-foot-wide concrete trail connection between two existing trails under the large power line easement at Rufe Snow Drive.

The new trail will connect the Shady Grove Greenwalk between the Shady Grove Road/Rapp Road intersection to the east and the Rapp Road/Muirfield Road intersection to the west. The trail also will connect at midpoint to the Rufe Snow Greenwalk.

City officials expect the project to be under contract by the end of the year.

— Susan McFarland

Summer Reading Club has record turnout

The Keller Public Library finished off the Summer Reading Club with a record number of participants.

According to Jana Prock, library director, 2,919 people participated in this year’s six week program — 2,502 children, 326 teens and 91 adults.

The children logged 24,400 hours, adults read 2,386 hours, and teens devoured 1,110 books.

— Susan McFarland


Mayor will lead 10-mile bike ride on Sept. 3

Grab your bicycle, helmet and bottled water and enjoy an evening ride with Mayor Oscar Trevino starting at 5:45 Sept. 3. Cyclists meet at the NRH Centre parking lot, 6000 Hawk Ave. for “’Round the Town With Oscar.”

The ride is about10 miles and incorporates both the NRH trail system and on-street routes. Call 817-427-6600 for more information.

Quilt Show & Tell will take place at library

The North Richland Hills Public Library will hold its third annual Community Quilt Show & Tell from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

Bring a favorite quilt that you have made, inherited or picked up at a garage sale and share its story with other quilt lovers. Enjoy a display of quilts provided by the members of the Gypsy Bee Quilters of the Trinity Valley Quilters Guild.

Admission is free. The library is at 9015 Grand Ave.

For more information, call 817-427-6804 or visit


Community invited to multifaith potluck

First Christian Church in Richland Hills is the host site for an annual communitywide potluck supper sponsored by Daughters and Sons of Abraham, a multifaith group of Jews, Christians and Muslims scattered throughout North Texas.

This event brings together followers of the three faiths with roots back to Abraham for an evening of fabulous food and fellowship. No program will be presented. Those not already affiliated with a group are welcome to experience the warmth and deep friendships that have developed since the groups were formed shortly after 9-11.

“These groups started as an experiment to see if the three faiths could come together monthly for the long haul and move from tolerance to respect to genuinely loving one another as sisters and brothers,” said founder Janice Harris Lord of Arlington.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Richland Hills Christian Church, at 3900 Ruth St., on the corner of Glenview and Ruth.

— Staff report


Cookbook has recipe for nearly all tastes

A new cookbook available from the Trophy Club Women’s Club includes more than 500 recipes.

The cookbook includes recipes from the mayor, town officials, the culinary chef from Byron Nelson High School and former Trophy Club residents. Also included, a “Pawtastic” section for four-legged family members.

Cost is $20. Contact Carol Jansen at 682-237-7075 or, Joyce Frey at 682-237-7070 or, or visit

— Susan McFarland

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