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Lord’s Acre event to raise funds for church in October

Azle First United Methodist Church will hold its 44th annual Lord’s Acre event Oct. 4 and 5 to raise money for the church.

On Oct. 4, a garage sale and bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5, booths will include a general store, Christmas shop, frozen food store and sweets shop. Children’s activities will run throughout the day, as well as a silent auction and raffle.

Prizes include a five-night stay in a Riviera Maya condo, in-home dog training, a T-shirt quilt, a hand-painted bed and a professionally catered party.

Barbecue plates are available for $7 per adult and $4 per child. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to charities in Azle.

For more information, email The church is at 200 Church St.

— Taylor Prater


Women’s chorus invites singers for Christmas shows

The Texas Tradition Chorus is starting rehearsals Tuesday for its Christmas performances and welcomes all Burleson-area women to join.

The a capella chorus has performed in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, at the University of Texas at Arlington, and at tree-lightings and parades.

The group meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Burleson, 317 E. Ellis St.

Visit for more information.

— Taylor Prater


Public comments sought on water utility task force

City leaders are hoping water and wastewater customers will give feedback about the water utility task force during an upcoming meeting.

The task force will hold a one-hour open house at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in the area outside the City Council chamber at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

At 7 p.m., the event will move into the City Council chamber, where members of the public can provide comments. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to three-minutes. Written comments also may be turned in that evening or by email.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Public workshop to educate on Social Security benefits

The public is invited to attend an educational event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday about Social Security.

The event will inform attendees about options for maximizing Social Security benefits. Light refreshments will be served.

The discussion hosted by WWK Wealth Advisors in Fort Worth will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Azalea Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Space is limited. Reservations should be made to 817-336-6300 or

— Sandra Baker

Banks offer free museum admission to cardholders

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders have the opportunity to visit Fort Worth’s museums free of charge Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors with bank cards from either business can visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for free, simply by showing their card and a photo ID.

The same opportunity will continue the first full weekend of each month in 2013.

Other museums nationwide participate. For a full list of sites, visit

— Taylor Prater

Groundbreaking scheduled for family services building

Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a groundbreaking Monday for the a planned women and family services building.

The building will offer a refuge for homeless families and individuals, as well as for victims of domestic violence.

The facility will feature 28 double-occupancy rooms, a 12-bed overnight shelter, five rooms for men with children and five for families, a library, computers, activity room and more.

The groundbreaking will be led by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth; Mayor Betsy Price; and City Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at 1321 East Lancaster Ave.

— Taylor Prater

Intercommunity agency hopes to raise $3,000

Northside Inter-Community Agency of Fort Worth will participate in the second annual North Texas Giving Day campaign Sept. 19 from 7 a.m. to midnight. The event is meant to encourage residents to donate to Tarrant County nonprofit organizations.

All donations over $25 are eligible to receive a portion of matching funds from Communities Foundation of Texas. The agency’s goal is $3,000, which it would use to buy food for its food pantry.

For more information visit

— Taylor Prater

Run in the Dark has new route at Alliance Airport

The 14th annual Run in the Dark 5K will be hosted this year at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, this time with a route on the run stretching through a runway.

A 1-mile fun run is available for families as well. The Community Storehouse is partnering with the airport for the event, with proceeds benefiting area children to prevent hunger and provide education and resource support.

The participating school with the largest number of registered entries will win the Storehouse Cup.

To register, visit The event is Sept. 21 starting at 4 p.m., with the 5K run at 7:45 p.m.

— Taylor Prater


Gardening enthusiasts invited to club meeting

The Lakeside Garden Club will hold a public meeting Sept. 19 to discuss water conservation.

Diane Boellstorff, an assistant professor and water resources specialist for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, will invite everyone to take the “40 Gallon Water Challenge,” a program that can save up to 40 gallons a day per person.

The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 9830 Confederate Park Road, at 7 p.m.

— Taylor Prater


Annual trail run, festival commemorates founding

The 34th annual Crazy Water Festival in Mineral Wells hits town Oct. 11 and 12, serving up two days of music, arts, fitness, and of course, the city’s popular Crazy Water.

Crazy Water was created in 1881 and sold under the legend that it could cure illness if taken because of the natural minerals found within each bottle. Mineral Wells was named after the water well in which it was found.

The festival celebrates the legend with local music, street art, a car show and a 5K trail run. Events start at 5:30 p.m. the first day, and the run starts at 8 a.m. the following day.

Admission is $3 with $1 off per canned food item.

For more information visit

— Taylor Prater


Citywide blood drive comes to Saginaw on Sept. 19

The city is hosting a Carter BloodCare drive Sept. 19.

Residents are invited to the Saginaw Recreation Center at 633 W. McLeroy Blvd. from 2 to 6 p.m. to donate.

To sign up, visit and search “Saginaw” under the “Donate Blood” tab.

— Taylor Prater


Women’s Center seeks volunteer victim advocates

The Women’s Center seeks victim advocate volunteers to provide emotional support and peer counseling to sexual assault victims and their family members at Fort Worth hospitals and through the Rape Crisis and Victim Services Hotline.

Those interested in helping should be compassionate, good listeners, good communicators and able to handle stressful situations. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at The Women’s Center, 1723 Hemphill St., in Fort Worth.

Volunteers will be trained. For more information, call the center at 817-927-4006 and talk to the director of volunteers or visit for a volunteer schedule.

— Susan Schrock


Auditions sought for 1950s-style musical

Weatherford College will put on Return to the Forbidden Planet, a musical production with a 1950s-’60s style with an outer space twist, and is encouraging locals to come out for an audition.

The production, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a 1950s science fiction film called Forbidden Planet, takes place on a spaceship.

Musical performances feature Good Vibrations, Born to Be Wild and Wipe Out.

Auditions will be held Saturday at Alkek Fine Arts Center theater.

Contact director Nancy McVean at 817-598-6307 for more information.

— Taylor Prater

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