AZLEAzle Masonic Lodge to host Carter BloodCare driveAzle Masonic Lodge is looking to bridge the gap between eligible donors and those who actually donate by hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive Sept. 14.Event coordinators hope to inspire more people to donate blood more often. Donors 16 and younger need parental consent to donate, but those 17 and older can give independently. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.Snacks are available for donors, who must register with a photo ID.The drive begins at 10 a.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 721 Boyd Road. Contact Chad Reese at 817-994-0074 to make an appointment. — Taylor PraterBENBROOKSenior center slates health fair with screenings, moreBlood pressure checks, diabetic screenings, flu shots and more will be available at the Benbrook Senior Citizen Center health fair on Sept. 25.Local healthcare businesses will also be available to answer questions. Funds from the event will benefit community causes such as the Benbrook Student Scholarship Program.The fair starts at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. The Senior Citizen Center is at 1010 Mercedes St.For more information, contact Marcy Fletcher at 817-249-6300. — Taylor PraterEAGLE MOUNTAIN- SAGINAW SCHOOLSSoccer academies offered for elementary studentsAll high schools in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district will play referee to fall soccer academies for students in grades 1-5.The academies will help members learn basic soccer skills through teamwork and different games led by high school coaching staff, beginning Sept. 16 and running through Nov. 7.Boys and girls are encouraged to sign up through on the district website, www.emsisd.com/Page/21870. Registration fees vary from $140 to $160 depending on the school, as well as the dates and times of practices. — Taylor PraterEVERMAN SCHOOLSExpansion of ninth-grade center, junior high beginsThe school district is starting construction to expand Davis Ninth Grade Center and Baxter Junior High after this spring’s $40 million bond packaged was approved by voters.Both facilities will receive additional classrooms and security upgrades as a response to increased enrollment.Classes remain in session during construction. Check the district’s website at www.eisd.org for updates. — Taylor PraterFORT WORTHAARP meeting will feature speaker on ‘Medicare 2014’The Southwest Fort Worth Chapter of AARP will meet Sept. 18 to discuss “Medicare 2014” and learn about what changes to expect.Guest speaker Stephanie Perez, the benefits counseling manager with the Area Agency on Aging, will discuss topics such as reductions in Medicare Part D, premium changes, Medicare Advantage plans and insurance exchanges for people not on Medicare.The event starts at 10 a.m. with complimentary coffee; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. It is hosted at Genesis United Methodist Church, at 7635 South Hulen St. in Fort Worth.For more information, call 817-921-6717. — Taylor PraterCowboy Santas getting head start on Christmas giftsChristmas may be months away, but the Cowboy Santas are already working to make this year’s holiday a good one for local children who otherwise might not get any presents.Cowboy Santas is a nonprofit group that gives toys to more than 10,000 children up to the age of 12 in low-income families.The group is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys, books or games. Items may be dropped off at any Fort Worth community center.For more information on how to volunteer or donate to the program, email CowboySantas@fortworthgov.org. — Anna M. TinsleyScience museum will host 9-11 tribute ceremonyThe Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will observe the 12th anniversary of 9-11 with a tribute ceremony.A reception with small refreshments will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11, with remarks beginning at 8:45. Guests are also invited to view an exhibit featuring a beam from the World Trade Center.RSVPs are due to email@example.com by Sept. 6. Business attire is expected.The museum is at 1600 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. — Taylor PraterMayor encourages ‘sea of purple’ on Fridays for TCUGot purple?Mayor Betsy Price hopes so — and she hopes everyone will start wearing their purple shirts every Friday before TCU home games to support the hometown college football team.Some businesses will even give discounts to people who sport purple shirts those days.“I’m hoping to see a sea of purple flood Fort Worth’s streets this season in support of our Horned Frogs,” Price said. Here’s a look at the TCU games that will be played locally.• Saturday: LSU (at AT&T Stadium)• Sept. 7: Southeastern Louisiana• Sept. 28: SMU• Oct. 12: Kansas• Oct. 26: Texas• Nov. 2: West Virginia• Nov. 30: Baylor — Anna M. TinsleyRebuilding neighborhoods to be focus of Design TalkSeptember’s Design Talk architectural conversation will focus on “Rebuilding Forgotten Neighborhoods — Design and Finance,” with Monte Anderson, developer, real estate agent, hotel owner and urban activist.The free 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. — Shirley JinkinsGRANBURYHomes will convert to art galleries for free eventFive homes in the Granbury area will open their doors for an evening of art and wine during the city’s second Gallery Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 27.Admission is free to the galleries, which will have complimentary food and drink. Raffle items will be featured as well as the chance to buy original artwork from the artists themselves.View the art at www.pecanplantationartguild.com. Contact Cheryl More at 817-579-1958 for more information. — Taylor PraterHASLETPet costume contest coming up Oct. 5 as fundraiserCostumed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. — Shirley JinkinsMilitary aircraft traffic increases temporarilyMore 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.“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 McFarlandKEENESoap box derby to race to town for Labor DayJohnson County children 10 and older, as well as those who are children at heart, can celebrate Labor Day with a good old-fashioned soap box derby race.Racegoers can watch the kids division, consisting of drivers 10 to 15 years old on a straight-speed track, and the adult division for ages 16 and older, consisting of a winding track. All derby cars have been built according to specific rules by the drivers, with some drivers representing outside cities such as Austin, San Antonio and Waco.The event begins Thursday at 9 a.m. on Wallen Ridge, off the intersection of South College and U.S. 67 in Keene. For more information, visit www.johnsoncountysoapboxclassic.com. — Taylor PraterSAGINAWCity Hall construction nears completionConstruction at Saginaw City Hall has been underway since last summer, and now city officials are expecting the work to end by early fall.Among additions in the past few months are carpet, paint, lights, cabinets and air conditioning. Workers are now putting on the finishing touches to complete the building.A construction slide show, as well as more information, can be found on the city’s website at www.saginawtx.org. — Taylor PraterSANSOM PARKFirst Bike-toberfest planned for cyclistsThe Fort Worth Mountain Bikers’ Association is gearing up for its inaugural Bike-toberfest on Oct. 5, gathering cyclists for an afternoon of outdoor adventuring.The association will host the event at Martin House Brewery to celebrate the start of the 2013-14 trail-building season in Gateway Park and Sansom Park. Group mountain bike rides will be available on beginner, intermediate and expert trails starting at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Park trail head. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about trail development and upkeep.A $10 fee earns participants three Martin House beers, collectible Bike-toberfest pint glasses and pint koozies. Association members will also be on hand to discuss the organization and announce upcoming trail-building dates.The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at 220 S. Sylvania Ave., No. 209, in Fort Worth. Visit www.fwmba.org for more information. — Taylor PraterWHITE SETTLEMENTParade participants sought for Settlers DayThe city is encouraging residents to celebrate its annual Settlers Day in grand style by entering the parade on Oct. 19.Participants may decorate their cars, build their own floats or form a walking unit or riding club to kick off the day’s festivities. The entries include an equestrian riding club and an antique car showing.The parade will begin at C.F. Brewer Middle School at 10 a.m., concluding with an awards ceremony at the Central Park amphitheater. Festival activities follow the parade starting at 1 p.m., including games, music and trading posts.Vendor booth applications may be submitted until Oct. 15 on the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce website, www.whitesettlement- tx.com/parade. Parade entries are due Oct. 16. — Taylor PraterRegionBarton, Veasey to talk about marketplace actU.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will stand with Arlington business owners at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss their support of the Marketplace Fairness Act.The act is proposed bipartisan legislation in Congress that would allow states to collect sales and use taxes from out-of-state retailers, as well as streamline sales tax laws. Interested parties can meet with the representatives to learn what they can do to support the legislation.Arlington Camera, at 544 W Randol Mill Road, will host the gathering as part of its support of the legislation. — Taylor PraterSecond annual salsa concert is ThursdayHurst’s second annual Salsa & Salsa concert is coming up at Heritage Village Plaza on Thursday 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 JinkinsAgTexas tractor drive fights rural hungerThe Comanche Future Farmers of America chapter will be the first in Central Texas to hold an event as part of AgTexas’ “Drive Hunger Out of Rural Texas” tractor drive.The chapter is hosting a fundraiser Friday benefiting the Texas Food Bank Network. The event, which takes place before the Comanche-Hamilton football game, will feature a barbecue tailgating party starting at 5:30 p.m., as well as a petting zoo and other carnival-style games.AgTexas is an agricultural lending company that will give the classic green tractor to the FFA chapter that raises the most money per member. The Comanche chapter is one of 28 in West and Central Texas participating in the tractor drive, which seeks to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in rural Texas.Information: www.agtexas.com/news.htm. — Taylor PraterFree PSAT/SAT classes scheduled in DallasThe University of Texas at Arlington, the Dallas school district and others are sponsoring free SAT/PSAT math prep classes at three sites in Dallas during September and October. The Saturday morning classes are being held at University of North Texas at Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd.; North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell Ave.; and Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. They are open to students in grades 8-12. For more information, visit www.universitycrossroads.org. — Diane Smith
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