AZLESting Fling Festival to have array of family activitiesThe sixth annual Azle Sting Fling Festival will have something for every member of the family Sept. 28.The festival includes arts and crafts booths, car shows, a 5K run, wiener dog derby, horseshoe tournament, children’s section and more.Funds raised will be used to support community projects, including the Christmas parade and the high school scholarship fund.The event runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Azle, 404 W. Main St. For a list of events, including times, and to register for the race or tournaments, visit www.AzleChamber.com. — Taylor PraterBENBROOKChamber will hold monthly membership luncheonThe Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership luncheon Thursday at Mira Vista Club. Guest speaker will be Benbrook Fire Chief Tommy Davis.Arrival and networking begin at 11:30 a.m.; lunch begins at noon. Information: www.GoBenbrook.com or 817-249-4451.BOYDFirst United Methodist will hold Lord’s Acre festivalFirst United Methodist Church is holding its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival on Oct. 12, featuring a morning of wholesome family fun.Activities include a flea market, arts and crafts, homemade baked goods for sale, a turkey dinner, and children’s activities and games.A live auction will start at 1:30 p.m. with unique items such as handmade quilts. A raffle will start at 2 p.m. for a $500 Wal-Mart or Cabella’s gift certificate.Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The even starts at 9 a.m. at the church, 540 S. Allen St. — Taylor PraterBURLESONLibrary to collect pantry items for Harvest HouseThe Burleson Public Library is spearheading a drive to collect pantry items for Harvest House in Burleson.The food drive will be from Sept. 23 to 28 at the library, 248 SW Johnson Ave.Anyone who gives one pantry item will receive a used paperback book; anyone who gives two items will receive a hardcover book. The books and paperbacks are from the Friends of the Library.Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.For more information, call 817-426-9210. — Domingo Ramirez Jr.CROWLEY SCHOOLSTrustees vote to replace scoreboards at high schoolsThe Crowley school board has approved an $800,000 package to replace all athletic scoreboards at both high schools.The district hopes to have them ready for use by next fall. Replacements will be made to eight scoreboards at the football, baseball and softball fields, as well as two on auxiliary fields.The screens will be high-resolution, and the cost will include cameras and other equipment for operation. — Taylor PraterEVERMANChurch’s 50th annual Lord’s Acre set for Oct. 5 Everman United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th annual Lord’s Acre on Oct. 5. The first was held in 1963, with church members donating an acre of their crops or maybe a calf to help raise funds for the church. The day begins at 9 a.m. with an antique car display by the Johnson County Car Guys, hay rides, a bounce house, prize walk, gift card drawings, scouts making and selling funnel cakes, and a bake shop.A catered lunch by Hickory Stick BBQ will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Price is $10, which includes a brisket plate, drink and homemade dessert.The main event, a live auction, begins at 1 p.m. The church is at 530 Townley Drive. For more information, email email@example.com.FORT WORTHFirst Better Block party slated for SaturdayCity leaders soon will kick off a Better Block celebration to commemorate Bluebonnet Circle.Mayor Betsy Price and SteerFW, the city’s emerging leaders initiative, will host the celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Bluebonnet Circle, 3500 S. University Drive.The goal is to bring together residents and businesses to celebrate and reimagine the circle in a free, open-to-the-public afternoon-long block party. There will even be a temporary dog park in the middle of the circle as well as a kids zone with face painting and more.“You’d better believe the SteerFW urban development task force is going to do our first-ever Better Block right,” Price said. “The team of young leaders has put so much hard work into this event and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.”The event will showcase local artists, groups and merchants. — Anna M. TinsleyLibrary will mark 50th anniversary of JFK visitThe Fort Worth Public Library will commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death with a special exhibit on Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, Lee Harvey Oswald’s connection to the city and the planning of the JFK Tribute.“JFK in Fort Worth: A Lasting Impression,” will run Thursday through Dec. 6 at the Central Library at 500 W. Third St. downtown.In conjunction with the exhibit, CBS News anchor Tracy Kornet will interview veteran journalist Bob Schieffer about the day Kennedy was assassinated and how the event continues to affect us today. Schieffer was a reporter at the Star-Telegram who covered the assassination. “Remembering John F. Kennedy” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Central Library. Special guests at the presentation will include U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. On Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy delivered his final two speeches to audiences in Fort Worth. “Due to the tragic events that unfolded that day, President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth is often overlooked,” said library Director Gleniece Robinson. “We hope this exhibit will provide additional context to that period in history.” — Steve CampbellSeminar will focus on handling griefTexas Health Resources is sponsoring a Faith Community Leadership Summit focusing on embracing grief and finding the path toward healing on Sept. 24.The event will feature Tim VanDuivendyk, a chaplain and healthcare executive, who will give insight for professionals who care for people dealing with grief.The event runs from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. at University Christian Church, at 2720 S. University Drive. Free breakfast will be provided.To register, email AmandaHughes@TexasHealth.org. — Taylor PraterDate set for 2014 Cowtown BallThe 21st annual Cowtown Ball has been set for April 26 at La Paloma, a historic Fort Worth ranch.The ball is held to raise money for the American Cancer Society; over the past 21 years, close to $6 million has been raised.The evening will include dinner, dancing, casino gaming and auctions.To stay updated on the event as it is planned, contact Joy Donovan Brandon of the American Cancer Society at Joy.DonovanBrandon@cancer.org. — Taylor PraterPARKER COUNTYClark Gardens Spiciest Festival Around Oct. 5One of the most anticipated events west of Weatherford blends the aroma of homemade chili with the sensations of fall as Clark Gardens Spiciest Festival Around fires up at a botanic masterpiece just east of Mineral Wells and north of U.S. 180.Amid seasonal displays of mums, brilliantly colored trees, hay bales, pumpkins and eclectic scarecrows, the festival brings a chili cook-off that attracts some of the finest cooks.Events at the Oct. 5 festival also include a half-marathon and 5K by Palo Pinto General Hospital through the scenic countryside and Clark Gardens’ enchanting trails. Cash prizes and trophies that are handcrafted from sandstone and metal are the awards.Vendors, children’s crafts, tailgating on the Bowling Green, karaoke, hayrides and a game truck equipped with HDTVs augment the action. Bands and dancing troupes pump up the entertainment.The fifth annual festival begins early Oct. 5. Call 940-682-4856, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.clarkgardens.org for more information — Terry EvansSAGINAWComputers added to kids’ section of libraryThe Saginaw Public Library has added six computers to the children’s area. The addition gives the section 10 computers used with TumbleBooks, a program with educational games based on children’s books. Visit the library’s website at www.saginawlibrarytexas.org. — Taylor PraterWEATHERFORDTheater Off the Square presents ‘Bus Stop’Theater Off the Square presents Bus Stop, a comedy by William Inge and directed by Cynthia Daniels. In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and the weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. The show runs through Sunday with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Information: 817-341-8687. — Lance WinterRegionCattle raisers will hold gathering Sept. 30The 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 email@example.com to reserve a spot. — Monica S. Nagy
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