South/WestCLEBURNE SCHOOLSAdult classes offered in Alvarado and BurlesonThe school district will offer classes in Alvarado and Burleson for adults who are seeking a GED certificate or want to learn English as a second language. • Alvarado: GED preparation will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Administrative Annex, 102 S. Bill Jackson Drive. Orientation is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 9.English as a second language will be offered from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the annex. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11.• Burleson: GED preparation will take place from 5:30 to 8: p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Kerr Middle School. Orientation is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9.English as a second language will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Burleson Public Library, 248 SW Johnson Ave. Registration is at 9 a.m. Sept. 9.For more information call 817-202-1108.FORT WORTHRebuilding neighborhoods to be focus of Design TalkSeptember’s Design Talk series of architectural conversations will focus on “Rebuilding Forgotten Neighborhoods — Design and Finance,” with Monte Anderson, developer, real estate agent, hotel owner and urban activist.The presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Center for Architecture, 3425 W. Seventh Street, west of University Drive. Free parking is available nearby.Anderson will detail successes and strategies for transforming neglected neighborhoods and buildings into thriving urban centers that are sustainable and pedestrian-friendly.Design Talk is free, and the public is invited. — Shirley JinkinsEmergency database targets people with special needsFort Worth’s Office of Emergency Management is among agencies throughout North Texas that are registering people with special needs who need assistance in emergencies.The Special Needs Assistance Program, or SNAP, will allow the office ment to better plan for disasters or emergencies.Family, friends, caretakers or community organizations can register on behalf of a person with special needs. The information must be verified and updated annually.Information: www.fortworthtexas.gov/applications/snap. — Deanna BoydCosta Vida Fresh Mexican expands into Fort WorthCosta Vida Fresh Mexican has opened a Fort Worth location, its second for the franchise owned by Ted Price.The store is at 9530 Feather Grass Lane. Price opened his first store in 2007 at 5615 Colleyville Blvd. — Sandra BakerTrade a canned good for a bus ride, help food bankCustomers of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority can get a free bus ride on Thursday by donating a can or box of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.It’s The T’s annual Ride for a Can Day to help the agency rebuild dwindling summer supplies of food for the needy.One can or box of food may be redeemed for a single, one-way bus ride. Two food items will earn a free local day pass that can be used for unlimited rides that day on any of The T’s regular or express buses in Fort Worth or Richland Hills.Ride for a Can is not valid for Mobility Impaired Services (MITS) or Trinity Railway Express (TRE) service. Last year, riders donated 3,700 pounds of food during the campaign. Information: 817-215-8600 or www.the-t.com. — Shirley JinkinsTARRANT COUNTYPurchasing Department wins honor for 16th yearFor the 16th year in a row, the Tarrant County Purchasing Department has been awarded the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute.The award for public and nonprofit organizations is judged on innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership.“Knowing that we can receive recognition annually from the AEP program provides us with the incentive to be continually aware of the need to find new and better ways to help save taxpayer dollars for the procurement of supplies Tarrant County needs to operate,” said County Purchasing Agent Jack Beacham. “Receiving the award 16 years in a row is a testament to the dedication of my employees.” — Steve CampbellRegionSonata Club allows music lovers to uniteThe Sonata Music Club was formed in 1958 to stimulate interest in good music and encourage study by students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district. Members worked with the school district to provide competition before the UIL. The club was also involved with the Greater Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and sponsored a Young Musicians Club. It was part of the Symphony League’s Okoberfest for 20 years.The group, which now has 50 members, meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday each month from September through May. The first meeting of the fall will be Sept. 19 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church’s music hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville.Anyone may join or visit by contacting club officers, including President Fred Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org; membership chairman John Chalmers, Chalmerschalmers1224@sbcglobal.net; or historian Wanda Balentine, email@example.com.Dues are $35 or $50 a couple. — Shirley Jinkins drivers paying with cash. — Andrea AhlesMeals on Wheels seeks volunteer driversA charity that delivers meals to senior citizens, the disabled and homebound residents is calling out for more volunteer drivers.Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County needs help delivering 3,600 meals every Monday through Friday. Drivers are asked to make deliveries one day a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and to provide their own transportation and gas.For more information, contact Nedra Cutler at 817-258-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mealsonwheels.org. — Robert Cadwallader Master Gardener class will form in SeptemberThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding an orientation on Sept. 3 for people interested in becoming Master Gardeners.The three-month certification program starts in early January and includes almost 80 hours of classroom training, said Steve Chaney, Tarrant County extension agent for horticulture.The program, which costs $265, also requires 72 hours of volunteer time in the first year. The program is limited to 50 people.“It’s a big commitment,” said Chaney, who noted that the orientation session usually draws 80 to 150 people.In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through the extension service to provide horticultural-related information to the community.The orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the extension service office at the Tarrant County Plaza Building, 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-884-1945 or visit www.tarrant-tx.tamu.edu. — Steve Campbell
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