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Weekend events to bring two street festivals at once

Arlington residents should clear their calendars for the weekend of Sept. 27, because two street festivals will be hitting the city.

The inaugural three-day South Street Art Festival will feature 75 artists from across the country.

Pieces featured will include ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography and sculptures.

The free festival will also share the final weekend of the Levitt Pavilion’s free fall concert series, which will feature music from Deryl Dodd and the Homesick Cowboys, and Mingo Fishtrap, Sept. 28 and 29, respectively.

The festival’s musical headliners for the weekend are Buddy Whittington, Jon Christopher Davis and Lone Star Attitude, and Led Zeppelin tribute band Swan Song.

On Sept. 28, the 10th annual Front Street Festival will feature a daylong, old-school-style celebration. Activities include living-history demonstrations, archaeological digs, schoolmarm presentations, corn husk dollmaking and blacksmithing.

Live stage entertainment will also be featured throughout the event. Admission is $3; free for children 12 and younger.

The Front Street Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 W. Front St. The South Street Art Festival will be at 300 E South St.

For more information, visit and

— Taylor Prater


Free computer classes available for senior citizens

Grapevine Senior Activities Center is offering free computer classes for anyone 55 or older Sept. 30.

New-user classes will teach participants about programs including Windows Fundamentals, email and more. A higher-level class will cover digital camera operation, Facebook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and more.

Walk-in registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and call-ins are available from 1 to 2 p.m.

The center is at 421 Church St.. Information: 817-410-8130.

— Taylor Prater


Haltom High Class of 1963 plans 50-year reunion

The Haltom High School Class of 1963 will gather in Haltom City on Sept. 26-28 for its 50-year reunion.

The three-day celebration will kick off Thursday as classmates join other Haltom High fans in the annual homecoming parade. On Friday, classmates will attend the homecoming game against rival Richland High School. The festivities will conclude Saturday at the Haltom City Moose Lodge where teachers and coaches from l963 will join the class.

Contact Gayle Wood at 817-428-6522 or


Citizens Fire Academy alumni set dinner fundraiser

The Euless Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association is hosting its second annual steak dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26. It takes place at Fire Station 3, at 202 S. Main St.

The dinner is being catered by Outback Steakhouse. The meal, which costs $14, will include an 8-ounce steak, baked potato, caesar salad, green beans and dessert.

Fire officials and the firefighters on duty will serve as waiters.

Tickets must be ordered by Oct. 11. Call Jerri Balkon at 817-323-0718 or email


City budget expected to increase by $535,000

The city will enhance senior services and buy about $180,000 worth of equipment for police and firefighters, add an employee in code enforcement and give all employees a 2 percent cost-of-living salary increase with a budget that’s expected to get final approval Tuesday.

But Hurst’s property tax rate will remain unchanged: 60.84978 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Approved last week on its first reading, the $32.16 million operating budget for 2013-14 represents a $535,000 increase over the 2012-13 budget.

Hurst’s net taxable value went up 2.8 percent in 2013, from $2.135 billion to $2.195 billion.

That makes the proposed tax rate 4.7 percent higher than the effective rate — the tax rate that would have raised the same amount of revenue as last year.

Residents’ water bills will increase about $2 per month on average, under the budget that starts Oct. 1, due to a 16 percent increase in wholesale water from Fort Worth. — Terry Evans


Rock the Park event

to promote wellness

Bear Creek Park in Keller will play host to one of the city’s largest health and wellness events of the year Sept. 28., promoting health and wellness with free recreational fun.

Rock the Park returns in 2013 with a day of arts and crafts, sand volleyball, games, a climbing wall, zip lines, laser tag and more. Most activities are free, but select ones will require tickets available for purchase.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., participants can enjoy a day that will also feature a food truck festival and fireworks at night.

Vendors and sponsors will be on site.

For more information, call 817-743-4050 or visit

— Taylor Prater


Classes on gardening with hardy slated

The city Water Department is hosting a series of classes in October on planning a garden and choosing the right plants, especially those that need little water.

The program, which is free for Mansfield residents, will show participants how to garden in a way that saves time and money while protecting and conserving water sources.

“Starting from Seeds,” the first installment of the Texas SmartScape series, takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the water treatment plant, at 707 Pleasant Ridge Court.

The remaining classes — “Rain Barrels & Drip Irrigation,” “Irrigation Quick Fixes” and “Gardening with Kids.” — will follow on Thursdays in October.

To register, call 817-477-2248 or email

— Robert Cadwallader


‘Petstravaganza’ slated for Oct. 5 at library

The North Richland Hills Public Library is expected to celebrate “Petstravaganza“ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The event, which all pet owners are encouraged to attend with their furry friends in tow, will offer tips on pet care, a chance to create pet-themed crafts and a photo opportunity for owners and their pets.

The North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center will also have pets available for adoption.

The library is at 9015 Grand Ave. For information, call 817-427-6800.

— Yamil Berard

Fall community cleanup set for Oct. 5

Residents can get rid of unwanted bulky items Oct. 5 during the annual fall community cleanup.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon in parking lot E at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road.

Proof of residency must be presented. Residents may get rid of brush; furniture; stoves; washers; dryers; dishwashers; containerized bricks, rocks or concrete; and other bulky items.

Goodwill Industries will be on site to collect donations. Televisions, computers, printers, small electronics and aluminum cans may also be dropped off for recycling.

Residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded and then recycled. This service will be available from 9 a.m. to noon or until the truck is full.

Hazardous waste will not be accepted. For more details, call Code Compliance at 817-427-6663.

— Yamil Berard


Lego academy will take place at bookstore

The Southlake Town Square Barnes & Noble, at 1430 Plaza Place, invites Lego fans 8 and older to come out for a morning of designing and building.

The Lego Master Builder Academy, set for 11 a.m. Sept. 28, will have official experts who create models out of the popular toy bricks. Children will be able to create their own models.

Participants may bring their own Legos or use a supply at the event.

— Taylor Prater

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