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Pep rally Friday to celebrate link between UTA, city

WBAP morning anchors will participate in a live drive-time broadcast form 5 to 9 a.m. Friday in Arlington.

The anchors will speak at Moritz Plaza at 601 Spaniolo Drive outside the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center followed by a 7:15 a.m. pep rally.

The nearby Smiling Moose Deli will give out free breakfast on a first-come, first-served basis.

Community members are invited to watch the UT Arlington MavBrass band, UT Arlington Spirit Squads, the Wranglers and mascot Blaze for the pep rally. Attendees will also receive giveaways, and civic and university leaders will talk about the partnerships between the university and downtown Arlington.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Arlington Management Corp. and UT Arlington.

— Monica S. Nagy


Free, reduced-price lunch procedures announced

The school district announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children. Each school site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

The district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department began mailing letters July 29 to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at 1206 W. Arkansas Lane or at

— Monica S. Nagy


American Legion Auxiliary cancer benefit is Oct. 6

The American Legion Auxiliary Bedford Unit 379 continues a long-standing tradition Oct. 6 with its annual cancer research pancake breakfast fundraiser. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The auxiliary is at 1245 N. Industrial Blvd.

A balloon release will be held at 2:30 p.m., a silent auction will conclude with a drawing at 3 p.m., and sports fans won’t miss any games thanks to on-site televisions.

Auction tickets will be sold at the auxiliary starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 4.

To date, the 298 Texas auxiliaries have provided more than $1 million in cancer research fellowships to MD Anderson.

— Shirley Jinkins


City releases survey

on Senior Center

Colleyville wants to know how its residents feel about the Senior Center.

The survey, which is available on the city’s website, is accessible to all and the city encourages more than seniors to participate.

The city has hired outside consultants to help rebrand its senior center, at 2512 Glade Road, which includes the possibility of dropping the senior label.

The survey is available until midnight Sept. 16.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Trinity High students will stage pet fair Sept. 21

The Trinity High School GAP Club Pet Fair will be Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature low-cost vaccinations, microchipping for $20, vendors, dog bathing, and lots of food and fun.

Trinity High School is at 500 N. Industrial Blvd.

Contact Steffenie Vela at

— Shirley Jinkins


Christian Women’s Club to celebrate anniversary

The Mid-Cities Christian Women’s Club will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Stonecroft Ministries, the sponsor of over 300 nondenominational Christian Women’s Clubs in the United States and Canada plus many overseas locations.

The Mid-Cities Club has been meeting for over 25 years at Diamond Oaks Country Club in Haltom City for luncheons on the second Wednesday of every month. All women in the Mid-Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend, and free child care is provided.

The 75th anniversary guest luncheon including gentlemen will be held Sept. 11. An exciting program is planned.

For more information, call Wanda Harper at 817-284-3756 or Sally Smith at 817-722-8254.

— Diane Smith


Pet costume contest coming up Oct. 5 as fundraiser

Costumed pets can parade their Halloween garb and at the same time help purchase masks that could save the lives of other animals.

A pet costume contest will be held Oct. 5 at the Haslet Fire Station, 1701 Farm Road 156 South. Proceeds will be used to buy pet oxygen masks for use by the department’s first responders.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with sign-ups at 11, judging at noon and winners named after judging is completed.

Entry fee is $10 per pet, and will include a participant ribbon and a raffle ticket for a chainsaw giveaway later in the month. The prize will be awarded at the Fire Department’s Halloween Hayride on Oct. 26.

Categories for the costume contest include large, medium, small and extra small breeds. First, second and third places will be awarded in each breed category. Owners may come in costume themselves if they choose.

Contact Nancy Garner at for more information.

— Shirley Jinkins

Military aircraft traffic increases temporarily

More Alliance-area air traffic, including F-16, B-737 and C-130 aircraft, will be visible through mid-September because of a runway closure at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, according to a city news release.

Traffic patterns should not directly overfly Haslet, but there will be increased military activity during this time.

“We certainly hope that the ‘sound of freedom’ will not adversely impact our citizens,” the release stated. “We want to share this information so that our residents do not become alarmed with this increase in aircraft in our area.”

— Susan McFarland


Second annual salsa concert set for Sept. 5

Hurst’s second annual Salsa & Salsa concert is coming up at Heritage Village Plaza on Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The salsa band Havana NRG will provide lively music, vendors of Latin food will be on hand, and the Hurst Public Library will provide free agua fresca.

Bring chairs and blankets for seating at the outdoor event.

Admission is free. Heritage Village Plaza is at 837 W. Pipeline Road, next to the Hurst Senior Activities Center and the Hurst Fire Station.

The MasterWorks Music Series is an ongoing concert series funded by a grant from the city in cooperation with Arts Council Northeast.

— Shirley Jinkins


City seeks crossing guards as school starts

Flower Mound needs more crossing guards for the new school year, according to a notice on the town’s website.

Guards work from 7 to 8 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and must be able to communicate effectively with children, see, hear, talk, run, walk, and work during inclement weather.

Crossing guard positions are part time, seasonal jobs. Interested persons may apply at www.flower-

— Shirley Jinkins


Keller Pointe fall brochure available

The Keller Pointe’s 2013 Pointes of Interest fall brochure is now available online.

Residents can browse the catalog for classes and special events for September through December, including days and times the indoor pool is open at the facility, at 405 Rufe Snow Drive.

New for this year, an after-school archery program.

The Keller Pointe provides 87,940 square feet of space, offering fitness, massage, recreational sports and wellness programs.

For information, call 817-743-4386.

— Susan McFarland

Dog Days swim event slated for Sept. 7

Keller pet lovers can cool off with their favorite canines during Doggie Dunk at The Keller Pointe on Sept. 7.

The outdoor pool will be open for swimming, and dog-only swimsuit and retrieving contests will be added attractions. Pool times are determined by the dog’s weight: dogs 30 pounds and lighter and their owners can swim from 9 to 10:30 a.m., while dogs weighing 31 pounds and up can swim from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tickets for Doggie Dunk are $5 per dog in advance or $10 per dog the day of the event. Humans are free.

For more information, contact The Keller Pointe at 817-743-4386.

— Shirley Jinkins


Volunteers sought for Trash Bash on Sept. 21

The city is seeking volunteers for the 2013 Trash Bash litter cleanup event on Sept. 21.

Volunteers will pick up litter throughout the city from 9 to 11 a.m. A volunteer appreciation party will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free lunch, kids environmental activities and exhibits.

Pre-register to receive free T-shirts, trash bags and gloves.

To register as a volunteer or get more information, call Debbie York at 817-427-6651 or email


Schools earn STAAR distinctions for results

Six schools received the academic achievement designation in the latest list of school ratings based on last year’s state-mandated STAAR tests.

Medlin and Tidwell middle schools received distinction in reading and English language arts. Chisholm Trail Middle earned the honor for mathematics, while three elementary campuses — Hatfield, Hughes and Nance — received distinction for top 25 percent student progress. Additionally, Hatfield also earned distinction in mathematics.

Overall, 23 Northwest schools earned a rating of “met the standard.” The district also received a rating of “met the standard.” No Northwest schools received a rating of “improvement required.”

— Mark Wright


24-hour emergency facility gets approval

The City Council has approved the site plan for Complete Emergency Care at 321 W. Southlake Blvd.

The project was approved 5-2, with council members Laura Hill and Pamela Muller opposing.

The office will have six exam rooms and ambulance transfers. The building is adjacent to homes, and the council addressed concerns about noise.

Fire Chief Michael Starr said ambulances going in and out wouldn’t use sirens once off the road, suggesting that the noise impact from ambulances wouldn’t change much.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Sonata Club invites music lovers to join

The 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 different locations 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,; membership chairman John Chalmers,; or historian Wanda Balentine,

Dues are $35 or $50 a couple.

— Shirley Jinkins

Meals on Wheels seeks volunteer drivers

A 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, or visit

— Robert Cadwallader

Master Gardener class will form in September

The 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 their communities.

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

— Steve Campbell

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