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Fall fest to benefit Arlington’s homeless

New World United Methodist Church is hosting a fall celebration Sept. 14 to raise funds for homeless students in the Arlington school district.

The festival will include breakfast and lunch, arts and crafts, a talent show, a silent auction and more.

Proceeds will benefit the school district’s Families in Transition program for homeless students.

Some proceeds will go toward Arlington police officer Stephanie Gillespie’s apartment and motel ministries.

Vendor booths are available for $50 at The festival is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 2201 North Davis Drive.

— Taylor Prater

Customer appreciation day Saturday at Verizon store

Verizon Wireless will celebrate the opening of its redesigned store in south Arlington with an all-day customer appreciation event Saturday.

The event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. will feature special offers, on-site vendors and giveaways. The store is at 1109 S. West Interstate 20.

For information call 817-419-0795.

Simulation to educate public on the trials of poverty

Arlington Urban Ministries is setting up an event Oct. 22 through which participants can assume the role of an impoverished person and better understand low-income life.

“Understanding Poverty” will feature a short dinner at 6 p.m., followed by two hours where attendees can participate in the simulation.

Each family is tasked with providing their own food, shelter and other basic needs through various community resources.

Event coordinators will be on hand to answer questions.

The simulation will be at at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

— Taylor Prater


UNT official elected leader of U.S. business association

A University of North Texas official has been named president-elect of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the nation’s largest faculty organization for professors teaching and researching entrepreneurship.

Tony Mendes, director of the UNT Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, has previously been executive director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He will begin serving a one-year term in January.

His primary responsibility will be to draft the strategic plan for the organization for 2014 and recruit the slate of candidates for officer positions.

— Bill Hanna


Residents to tell history of The Flower Mound

Two longtime residents will give a historical overview of and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the acquisition of The Flower Mound on Sept. 21.

The Flower Mound, more than 12 acres, was given in a deed to the Mound Foundation, a nonprofit representing residents.

The speakers will discuss the creation of the Mound Foundation, as well as reflections on the city before the acquisition was made.

All are welcome to attend. The event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Call 972-874-6165 to reserve a seat.

— Taylor Prater


Gem and mineral show means educational fun

The 56th annual Arlington Gem and Mineral Club show is making way to Grapevine Sept. 14 and 15 for two days of colorful, educative fun.

The show features more than 20 dealers of jewelry, gems, glass work, beads, fossils and more. Demonstrations will include stone- and gem-cutting, gem identification and jewelry-making.

Children will have a “Kids Korner” featuring gem-related games and activities. Hourly silent auctions, door prizes and raffles will be held throughout the weekend.

Admission is $6 at the door, $3 for seniors and children 6 to 12.

The show will be held at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

G.I. Joe action figure show is scheduled for Sept. 21

“A real American hero” will have a day dedicated to himself and his fellow action figures Sept. 21 in Grapevine.

The second annual DFW G.I. Joe and Action Figure Show will showcase action figures of all types and sizes.

A custom figure and diorama contest will be held, as well as tables featuring collections from across North Texas.

Anyone interested in reserving a table for $65 should email organizer Keith Holmes at

Admission is $5 at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St.

Start time is 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Visit for more information.

— Taylor Prater


Waggin’ Wagon takes

pet adoptions on road

Grand Prairie has introduced a mobile pet adoption trailer, the Waggin’ Wagon, which will travel every Saturday to different parts of the city.

The heated and air-conditioned trailer will travel with up to 21 cats and dogs, each available for adoption at $70. Most animals will be sterilized and vaccinated.

Cash, checks and all credit cards except American Express are accepted.

The next stop is Saturday at the Grand Peninsula Homeowners Association community near Joe Pool Lake.

— Taylor Prater

Residents invited to enter city calendar photo contest

Residents are invited to submit their best photos of the city for the 2014 City of Grand Prairie calendar.

The winning photos will also be featured in city publications. No awards are given, but the photographer will receive credit on the calendar.

Entries may be emailed to Amy Sprinkles at The deadline is Oct. 1.

To read about photo specifications, as well as to view previous city calendars, visit

— Taylor Prater

Parton impersonator to hold tribute show

Uptown Theater will host Dolly Parton impersonator and performer Sandy Anderson for her tribute show at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Anderson has been impersonating Parton for a decade, even performing a duet with Parton herself and performing her music around the nation.

The tribute show will feature Parton hits such as I Will Always Love You, Jolene and more.

Tickets are $15 to $20 at

Uptown Theater is at 120 E. Main St.

— Taylor Prater


‘Sculptureworks’ exhibit opens at city library

Two national artists are showing off sculptures at the Haltom City Public Library as part of a free exhibit.

The “Sculptureworks” exhibit features works by Tuck Langland and Kevin Robb.

Langland’s sculpture, Come Read With Me, features a bronze woman reading a book.

Crosswinds, Robb’s sculpture, is made of stainless steel.

Both works will be in place through December. The library is at 4809 Haltom Road.

— Taylor Prater


North East Mall will host Girl’s Night Out Thursday

Ladies, mark your calendars and make some time for yourself to head over to the Girl’s Night Out event Thursday at North East Mall.

The two-hour event will feature free snacks, style and beauty advice including free services, and giveaways ranging from gift bags to a trip to the British Virgin Islands.

The night starts at 5:30 at the mall, at 1101 Melbourne Road.


— Taylor Prater


Resident’s tune will play at Cowboys games

Local country music artist Derek Anthony’s latest single, Cowboy Way, will rock AT&T Stadium during Dallas Cowboys games this season.

Anthony, a Keller resident, is also featured in a recent issue of Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, published weekly during football season and monthly during the off-season.

“Cowboy Way” was released in August and is available for purchase online at Amazon, iTunes and Android Market.

The tune is an upbeat country rock song that will “really get the fans and players pumped up,” according to a news release on Anthony’s website.

Anthony has performed in Texas for more than eight years at venues such as Billy Bob’s Texas, Texas Motor Speedway and House of Blues.

— Susan McFarland


City newsletter transitions to online

The “Kennedale Herald” monthly newsletter will transition to an online-only format starting in October.

Budgetary constraints have caused the city to remove the printed newsletter, sent with the monthly water bill, as an option. The new format will allow readers to click through links on affiliated city pages for more information on the city.

Residents can sign up to receive the e-newsletter at

— Taylor Prater


Debate club open for new members

The Southlake Junior Debate Club has opened registration for Carroll school district seventh- and eighth-grade students.

The club is recognized as a top-five debate school by the National Junior Forensics League.

Classes in speech and debate are offered at $295 per season, plus a $25 registration fee.

The fall season runs through Dec. 19.

Registration is open until all memberships are filled.

Email Ellena Prokopeas at for more information.

— Taylor Prater

Therapy dog helps kids with reading skills

Southlake Public Library is hosting an event that allows children to develop their communication skills by reading to a dog.

The event features Malbec, a Portuguese water dog certified as a therapy dog, to help participants associate a positive experience with reading skills. Each child gets 15 minutes to read with Malbec.

The event happens every second Saturday of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1400 Main St., Suite 130. To reserve a spot, call the library at 817-748-8243.

— Taylor Prater

Fall campout to offer chance for outdoor fun

Unpack your sleeping bags and tents from storage, because the summer days are over and it’s time for some outdoor camping fun.

Southlake families are invited to the Fall Family Campout on Sept. 28 at Bob Jones Park to celebrate the start of a new season. A cookout, marshmallow roast and stories around the fire are offered as some of several overnight family activities.

Fishing grounds are available for anyone 16 or older with a fishing license.

Children must pre-register for the event with at least one adult, and general admission is $25 per campsite and $10 for each additional camper.

To register, email The campout runs from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. the next morning at 355 Bob Jones Road.

— Taylor Prater

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