AZLERotary Club donates dictionaries to third-gradersThe Rotary Club of Azle is giving 500 dictionaries to Azle school district third-graders this week.The club has been donating dictionaries for six years. Students who receive the dictionaries will be able to use them for the school year and keep them at the end of the year to take home.Contact Rotary Club Treasurer Ken Haas at 817-444-3595 for questions and more information. — Taylor PraterBENBROOKWestpark Elementary fall carnival slated for FridayWestpark Elementary PTA presents its annual fall carnival Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school, at 10117 Westpark Drive. Admission is free for the family-friendly event, but tickets are required for games, bounce houses and concessions. Tickets at four for $1 are available at the school today and Thursday before and after school. They can also be purchased at the carnival at three for $1 or 31 for $10.Information: Julie.firstname.lastname@example.orgBURLESONU.S. Rep. Roger Williams set to appear at two eventsU.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, will hold a rally from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday in Burleson to talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” on businesses and the economy.The event at Grumps, 108 S. Main St., is open to the public.Williams will also speak Saturday at a fundraiser and wine-tasting event in honor of Capt. Dario Lorenzetti, a West Point graduate and former Texas A&M Corps of Cadets member who was killed in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber detonated near him and others.Friends and family are raising money to build a memorial at Worth Ranch, a place his family says was special to Lorenzeti.The fundraiser is at 6:30 p.m. at Lost Oak Winery, 2116 Farm Road 731. The doors open at 5 p.m. Williams will speak at 6:45 p.m.For more information, contact Williams’ office at 202-225-9896. — Anna M. TinsleyFORT WORTHCity changes payment options for parking citationsCity leaders say they are making it easier for traffic violators to pay their tickets.Recent changes to the city parking code now give violators 21 days, rather than 14, to contest a parking citationAt the same time, the appealing filing fee increases to $10, from $5. And violators may now contest tickets online or by mail.For more information, go to fortworthtexas.gov/municipalcourt or call 817-392-6700. — Anna M. TinsleyYardSmart seminar set for Saturday at Botanic GardenIf you are thinking about adding more native plants to your garden or want to learn more about fall vegetables and herbs, attend the YardSmart seminar on Saturday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Lecture Hall.Doors open at 8 a.m., and the program begins at 8:10. The seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The Botanic Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., just south of Interstate 30 on University Drive.Attendees will hear from well-known local experts on best practices for knowing your native perennials, fall vegetable gardens and herbs. An ask-the-expert session will also be held.Presenters include Gailon Hardin, president of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Esker T. Smith, Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Laura Miller, horticulture agent for the Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Service.Sponsored by the Fort Worth Water Department, YardSmart’s objective is to provide environmentally friendly and water-efficient information that can lead to healthy, beautiful lawns and gardens.For more information please call 817-392-6565, or go to fortworthtexas.gov/water/info/default.aspx?id=24342. — Sandra BakerHuman-rights celebration will include a food driveChurch Women United of Fort Worth will host a human-rights celebration and luncheon Friday to honor local women for their work in the field of human rights.The luncheon will benefit United Community Centers with a food drive for children. Specific items needed include cans of fruits and vegetables, 100-percent juice in 64 ounce containers and 10- to 20-pound packages of rice, beans or pasta. Cash donations are also welcome.Luncheon reservations may be made for $12 by calling Joe Ann Hoffman at 817-275-7727. Pay-at-the-door is also available.First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth hosts the event at 800 W. Fifth St. — Taylor PraterSundance Square goes orange for hunger actionToday, Sundance Square buildings in downtown Fort Worth will “go orange” in support of Hunger Action Month and Tarrant Area Food Bank.Other regional food banks nationwide will support the month’s cause the same way. Tarrant Area Food Bank encourages residents to visit its website to view a calendar of events designed to educate the public about ways to fight hunger.For more information visit www.tafb.org. — Taylor Prater‘Curious’ exhibit coming to science and history museumCurious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat are swinging to Fort Worth on Oct. 5, thanks to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.The museum’s new exhibit, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!,” will feature math-, science- and engineering-based activities with interactive play stations. It will be modeled after Curious George’s neighborhood from the popular book series.The exhibit will be open through Jan. 5. Visit www.fortworthmuseum.org for more information. — Taylor PraterSAGINAWFreedom to Read week targets banned booksThe Saginaw Public Library will participate in a nationwide Freedom to Read Week by inviting community members to read banned and challenged books.Starting the week of Sept. 22, patrons who visit the library and read a banned or challenged book will receive a free book, courtesy of Half Price Books. There will be drawings for gift cards, as well as movie screenings based on books on the banned list.A full list of daily events is available on the city website, www.saginawlibrarytexas.org. — Taylor PraterWEATHERFORDRanch Rodeo rounds up Western-style funThe ninth annual Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Ranch Rodeo is headed back to Weatherford this month, featuring a weekend of horse riding, livestock loading, traditional Texas eats and good old local country music.From Sept. 19 to 21, the event will call up all families interested in celebrating the city of Weatherford’s Western roots.Thursday features a parade, followed by a free concert from country artist Jake Hooker & The Outsiders. Friday night hosts the first ranch rodeo, and Saturday is full of team roping and riding, followed by a concert and dance hall.Admission is $10, which includes a chuck wagon dinner Saturday night. Children 10 and younger are free.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.parkercountysheriffsposse.com. — Taylor Prater
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