BURLESONApplication process for hotel/motel tax funds opensThose who plan conferences, sporting events or promote other activities that bring tourism dollars to the city can apply for hotel/motel tax funds.The application period ends Sept. 18. For more information, visit www.burlesontx.com/edThe city’s Economic Development Department is hosting a pre-proposal workshop Thursday at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 141 W. Renfro St. This workshop is meant to allow organizations to learn more about the funding and ask questions to city staff. — Elizabeth CampbellCROWLEYCrud Cruiser will be available to residentsCrowley residents can rid themselves of unwanted household chemicals such as cooking oil, craft materials, paint, paint thinners, solvents, pool chemicals, fertilizer, antifreeze and batteries at the Crud Cruiser.The collection fee is $47 per car load, and drivers must provide proof of residency at the time of drop-off.Household hazardous waste can be taken to the Environmental Collection Center in Fort Worth throughout the year with the purchase of a voucher by contacting the permit office at City Hall at 817-297-2201, ext. 3000.For more details and a complete list of acceptable items, visit fortworthtexas.gov/dem/info/default.wisps?id=4980. — Shirley JinkinsFORT WORTH SCHOOLSDistrict updates its website to be more user-friendlyFort Worth schools have launched a redesigned website.District spokeswoman Barbara Griffith said the site is designed to be more user-friendly. “Our previous website was heavy on content but not necessarily always easy to navigate. This new content management system is also easier for us to use so we can post items quickly and more easily. That way parents, staff and students can be informed of events as they happen,” she said.The district did surveys and conducted focus groups and interviews on what folks wanted in the new site. They will continue to tweak it based on feedback from the community, Griffith said.The Dallas school district also revamped its website. Also, the free Fort Worth school district mobile app has been downloaded about 3,800 times for use on smartphones, officials said. It is designed to allow users to get school and district updates and access grades, lunch money accounts, and the district’s social media sites. The app is available in 70 languages. — Jessamy BrownFORT WORTHVeterinary clinic will hold ‘Largest Loser Contest’ Boat Club Road Animal Hospital is sponsoring a pet weight-loss contest. The Largest Loser Contest is in conjunction with Purina’s Project Slimdown. The vet hospital will host an open house Saturday to kick off the event. Pet owners may sign their pets up for a seven-day boot camp at the event.“Obesity is a huge problem facing today’s pets,” said Dr. John Dedwylder. “Being overweight can have a profound impact on a pet’s health, quality of life and life expectancy. Just like humans, overweight pets are at increased risk for chronic health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.”Information: www.bcrah.com or 888-667-5235.Celebrate Grandparents Day at the science museumLearn to share the stars with grandkids when the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates National Grandparents Day.Special activities begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 with “Sharing the Nighttime Sky with Grandchildren,” presented by Don Garland, director of the Noble Planetarium.Open noon to 5 p.m., the museum will also have Storytime! in the children’s museum and such activities as face painting, clay creations, introductions to live animals and apple tasting in the Innovation Gallery and Studios.Grandparents can play with toys from their past, like Tinker Toys, Silly Putty and Slinkies.Admission that Sunday to the museum at 1600 Gendy St. is half price for folks who bring their grandchildren, or show their pictures. — Terry EvansLAKE WORTHChamber’s casino night benefit set for Sept. 28The Northwest Tarrant Chamber of Commerce will host a Gangsters and Glam Casino Night benefit at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at at National Hall in Lake Worth.Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple.Buyers will be given a password for entry into a vintage speakeasy setting to play in the Texas hold ’em poker tournament for $10 extra or keno, blackjack, craps or roulette for the chance to win prizes at the concluding auction.A catered Italian buffet is included; a full cash bar will be available.The National Hall is at 3316 Roberts Cut Off Road in Lake Worth. Visit www.LakeWorthChamber.org or call 817-237-0060 for more information. — Shirley Jinkins
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