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Second food truck festival slated at Rangers Ballpark

Experience Arlington and Texas Rangers Enterprises have announced the upcoming Fall Texas Food Truckin’ Fest.

The event, which includes food trucks, live music and kids activities, is set for 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Friday passes are $10 for adults and $6 for children; Saturday passes are $12 for adults and $6 for children; or weekend passes can be purchased for $15 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Food and beverage purchases vary by vendor. Parking is free.

For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock


Cooking class for all ages set for Sept. 28 and Nov. 11

Learn to flavor meals with herbs and spices when the executive chef from the Doubletree Hotel Dallas near the Galleria comes to Boys Ranch Activity Center, at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.

“Classical Cooking With Chef Morris” includes simple techniques for cooking and food presentation for meals with shrimp, pork, beef and poultry. It will also cover sauteing, searing and braising.

Classes are limited to 30 students, who can sample foods cooked in class. Students must be 7 or older. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and Nov. 11.

Cost is $18 for ages 7-18, $25 for ages 19-64 and $20 for seniors. Proceeds will benefit The Elderly and Children Charity Foundation.

— Terry Evans

English as a second language classes offered

Bedford Public Library, at 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, offers English as a second language classes from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Registration begins Monday. Identification cards are not required for registration.

— Terry Evans


Students must now have bus passes to ride home

Students who ride the school district buses will be required to show a bus pass starting Monday.

Students can ride the bus to school in the morning without a pass but will not be able to ride the bus back home without one. Parents will need to pick up students who don’t have a pass.

Passes can be purchased on the district website.

Single-student passes are $250 a year or $135 a semester.

— Taylor Prater


Kids Fishing Day for young anglers takes place Sept. 28

Children of Grand Prairie are welcome to try their lines out at Mike Lewis Park for a free day of fishing set up just for them.

Kids Fishing Day features a “lagoon” stocked with catfish for children.

Children 16 and younger can hang out with other fishermen and learn techniques from the pros. Those older than 16 should make sure they are in compliance with licensing and fishing regulations with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Participants are welcome to bring their own rods and reels, and a limited number will be available for loan.

The event takes place Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, at 2600 N Carrier Parkway.

For more information, call 972-237-8100.

— Taylor Prater


Apple Annie’s will move to Mayfair Village in October

Apple Annie’s, the locally owned gifts, home decor and accessories retailer, is moving in October to the Mayfair Village shopping center, at 500 Grapevine Highway.

For many years the store has been at 125 Harwood Road.

The shopping center is anchored by Tom Thumb, Stein Mart, Mardel’s Bookstore, and Just Fitness.

Roger Smeltzer with Vision Commercial negotiated the lease.

— Sandra Baker


Anti-bullying program launches districtwide

The school district’s new anti-bullying program, “Reaching Out with Character and Kindness,” is drawing students and staff in a symbolic gesture against bullying.

Campuses are encouraging participants to gather outside and join hands to show a united front against harassment.

The effort is part of a campaign to educate students on the values of peer respect and discourage harmful behaviors.

For more information on the program’s goals, visit

— Taylor Prater


Just for Grins raises more than $14,000 for charity

Just for Grins family dentistry recently raised more than $14,000 for the Smiles For Life Foundation, a children’s charity. From March through June, the dentist office at 681 S. Main St. set aside 100 percent of the money collected from teeth-whitening services.

Half of the money was earmarked for Christ’s Haven for Children, an organization that provides a warm, loving, Christian environment in which children in need of basic care can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The rest of the money will fund a charity selected by the Smiles For Life Foundation.

— Susan McFarland


Council OKs budget with 9% increase

Growing sales tax and building fee revenues will fund a 9 percent budget increase for 2013-14 without a property tax rate increase.

The City Council last week gave final approval to a $41.9 million budget that will include funds to buy public safety vehicles, provide a 3 percent merit raise for city employees, and add five dispatcher and three street maintenance positions.

The council took its third and final vote Wednesday on the budget and a tax rate that would remain at 71 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

The new expenses mark a thaw in the city’s finances as the local economy makes its way out of the Great Recession, officials said.

— Robert Cadwallader


Fall Fix It Blitz will

help neighbors in need

North Richland Hills’ Neighborhood Initiative Fix It Blitz will be held Oct. and 20.

During the Fix It Blitz, volunteers will complete numerous community service projects to help those who are less fortunate.

Projects will include exterior home repairs, painting, fence repairs/replacement and yard work for the elderly, mentally or physically challenged and single parents.

To volunteer, register at or contact Neighborhood Services at 817-427-6651 or

Volunteers should sign up by Oct. 4.


Youth council to hold first meeting Tuesday

Pantego students interested in learning more about local government and leadership are welcome to attend the first Pantego Youth Leadership Council meeting of the 2013-14 year.

The program helps students in grades seven through 12 develop leadership, problem-solving and communication skills while encouraging community service, civic participation and philanthropy.

Students will learn about the workings of a municipality, day-to-day life of an elected official or board member, study town hall meetings, learn about budgets and more.

The program is open to all students who fit the age requirement. The first meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a meet and greet beforehand at 6 p.m.

For more information, call the city secretary’s office at 817-617-3706.

— Taylor Prater


Cattle raisers will hold gathering Sept. 30

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will host a ranch gathering at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to talk cattle thefts in the area and teach ranchers how to protect themselves.

Everyone is invited to the free event featuring a complimentary beef dinner.

The event takes place at the Johnson County Cattle Auction, at 3119 N. Main St. in Cleburne, where a legislative update will also be given. Attendees who sign up for association membership will receive a free metal gate sign courtesy of Bayer Animal Health.

Email to reserve a spot.

— Monica S. Nagy

Senior fair offers chance to volunteer

Interested in a volunteer opportunity that’s fun and worthwhile? Need community service hours for an employment or college résumé? Then the senior citizens fair, aka the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, has a place for you.

This year’s fair opens Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 12 at Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive. Volunteers may help during, before and/or after the fair. Shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12.

For details on volunteering, visit or call 817-573-0234.

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