ARLINGTONNew symphony season looks at dance’s rootsThe 2013-14 Symphony Arlington season, “Shall We Dance?,” is going back in time to give listeners a taste of music originally created for the dance.Compositions include the popular Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances. Other pieces follow the season’s theme of works intended for concert performance in dance.International guest conductors will make appearances, as well as 2013 Van Cliburn piano contest competitor Alex McDonald.A full list of shows is available at www.symphonyarlington.org. — Taylor PraterPainters’ society plans to displays works in OctoberDecorative Painting Month is October and the Bluebonnet chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters is celebrating by displaying members’ own original pieces.The city library branches Lake Arlington, 4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd., and Southwest, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd., will display these works of art throughout the month. The chapter meets bimonthly at Bob Duncan Center, with the next meeting open to the public Nov. 8. Anyone interested in the art is welcome to attend.For more information, visit www.decorativepainters.org. — Taylor PraterAnnual walk Sept. 28 aims to raise poverty awarenessThe Society of St. Vincent de Paul is getting ready for its sixth annual Friends of the Poor Walk, benefiting local families in need.Participants can walk in a 2.5K or 5K, enter a silent auction or raffle and participate in a scavenger hunt during the walk. Walkers can also collect pledges by registering at www.svdpfriendsofthepoorwalk.org.The event is Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd., starting with mass and prayer. The walk will be at Wimbledon Park at 9:45 a.m., 2300 Wimbledon Drive. — Taylor PraterBEDFORDArts Commission’s ArtsFest slated for Oct. 5 at two sitesNationally recognized artists and local artisans are feted when ArtsFest takes over Bedford Boys Ranch. Hosted by the Bedford Cultural Commission, the festival features a variety of performances and workshops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5.The city of Bedford and Kwik Kar of Bedford sponsor the event, at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, where paintings, portraits, jewelry, and other fine art will be available for purchase.The Bedford Public Library, at 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, will host Poetry Performances and People’s Choice Awards from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events are free, as is parking. — Terry EvansFall Blitz will offer a hand to qualifying residentsResidents who need help around the house should apply to be targets of the Fall Blitz. The Oct. 18 and 19 scramble by volunteers with the Community Powered Revitalization program will help those property owners who are in the greatest need of assistance and are unable to do it themselves.Qualifications include, but are not limited to income and a minimum length of time at the current residence. Homeowners who have chronic illnesses or disabilities, or are elderly or single heads of households with dependents living with them are priorities.Pick up applications at most city facilities or online at www.bedfordtx.gov. Return completed applications to the Customer Service Department in City Hall, Building B or mail them to David Miller, Deputy City Manager, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021. — Terry EvansBIRDVILLE SCHOOLSMoonlight Marching Madness to feature bandsHigh school marching bands in the Birdville school district will participate in the fourth annual Moonlight Marching Madness, showcasing marching shows from all three high schools and an evening of carnival-like fun.The event promises fun for all families with bounce houses, jousting, human hamster balls, a DJ and plenty of local vendors.The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts/Athletic Complex, 9200 Mid Cities Blvd. in North Richland Hills. — Taylor PraterKELLER SCHOOLSBrown bag lunches set with superintendent Starting Sept. 26, parents and Keller PTA members are invited to a monthly brown bag lunch with Superintendent Randy Reid to answer any questions about Keller schools.Reid will visit eight campuses, starting with Willis Lane Elementary. All conversations will be recorded and replayed through the district’s website for any unable to attend.To view the schedule of schools, visit www.KellerISD.net. — Taylor PraterNORTH RICHLAND HILLSChurch’s fall festival promises family funSt. John the Apostle Church is prepping its facilities for fall by planning a festival for all in the North Richland Hills area.Live entertainment, games, arts and crafts booths, and family photos will be available, as well as a chili recipe showcase featuring the city’s best chefs.The festival runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the church, 7341 Glenview Drive. — Taylor PraterMANSFIELD SCHOOLSSchool district notches Energy Star awardAfter years of federal recognition for making its buildings more energy efficient, the Mansfield school district now has received the most significant award so far in that genre.Officials announced at the Aug. 27 board meeting that the district has received the 2013 Energy Star Leader Improvement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, for improving energy efficiency by at least 20 percent throughout the district.Officials also announced that the district received 40 Energy Star Building Certifications for 2012, a recognition for individual school buildings that rate in the top 25 percent nationwide for miserly energy consumption. That brings to 153 the number of building certifications awarded to the district since 2006.The district saved more than $1 million on its utility costs during the 12-month period that ended in June.Officials praised its energy-efficiency consultant, Cenergistic, for the energy conservation program it implemented across the district.“It’s a testimony to the dedication of our staff, our energy specialists, our facilities and operations team as well as our partnership with Cenergistic in reducing energy waste,” said Superintendent Jim Vaszaukas.“Each of us can make a difference,” added Jeff Brogden, assistant superintendent of construction services. “Because people use energy, buildings don’t.” — Robert CadwalladerMANSFIELD‘Modest Matters’ event set for Hawaiian FallsDo you like taking your family water parks but end up blushing at the skin-to-fabric ratio.Steve Martinez, an entertainment booking agent, says he has a solution. He has come up with “Modesty Matters,” billed as a family friendly outing Saturday afternoon at Hawaiian Falls that includes live music, unlimited free beverages and an event T-shirt – which everyone is expected to wear during the event.Tickets are $32.50 and can be purchased at the website www.ModestyMatters.us. Children 2 years old and under get in free.The activities run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the water park, 490 Heritage Parkway.The Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Sanctus Real will perform, and two celebrity guests will speak — Leah Darrow, a former finalist on America’s Next Top Model, and Steve “Sting” Borden, a pro wrestler with numerous championship belts.A press release said the inaugural Modest Matters event “hopes to provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate the virtue of modesty … in a world that can sometimes be all too revealing.”Martinez, in an interview, said he decided on T-shirts to avoid a detailed dress code for boys and girls. He said he thought up the event about six weeks ago, not only as something his family could enjoy together but as another way for him and his wife to demonstrate a virtue to their children, rather than just teach it.“Like dignity, honor – these are great words,” he said. “But what do they look like?” — Robert CadwalladerRICHLAND HILLSCity will host blood, animal adoption drivesRichland Hills Animal Services is pairing with Carter BloodCare for a joint blood drive and animal adoption drive Sept. 28.The event’s name, “Five Lives,” comes from the three lives possibly saved by donating a pint of blood and the two lives saved from adopting an animal — the animal’s and your own.The event is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richland Hills Animal Services Center, 7049 Baker Blvd. — Taylor PraterTROPHY CLUBWeb portal makes services accessibleTrophy Club municipal customers now have expanded online options via a new Web portal for code enforcement, contractor registration, permitting and municipal court.Residents can make payments online, track incidents and register with the town from a personal computer. City officials are asking for feedback from residents using the new system, which can be accessed at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/trophyclubtx.The menu includes several options help guide the user. Registration is required to gain access to certain information and/or services. — Susan McFarland
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