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Hip hop event will help open youth center today

Recording artist Aquile will perform his latest single, Control, at a free community event today designed to celebrate the upcoming opening of the North Texas Youth Education Town at the Arlington Salvation Army.

The event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. at 712 W. Abram St., features not only Aquile, a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, but also DJ Dr. Rev-D of the M Bar and professional hip hop dancers.

The North Texas Youth Education Town, partially funded by the National Football League as a Super Bowl XLV legacy project, will officially open Oct. 14.

The center will provide educational and recreational opportunities after school and on weekends for disadvantaged youths as well as enrichment programs for adults and high school students preparing for college. Participants can register for hip hop, African, Latin and line dance classes. Special spoken word, drum line and drill team ensembles will also be formed, and a recording studio is set to open in 2014.

For more information call 817-860-1836 or visit

— Susan Schrock

Ex-Ranger to kick off Miracle League season

Miracle League DFW will start its fall season Saturday, and with former Texas Rangers pitcher Jose Guzman will throw out the first pitch at noon at Randol Mill Park.

Miracle League DFW is the local chapter of a statewide group that aims to empower children and adults with special needs through the game of baseball.

Games last two innings, and players rely on a buddy system where volunteers help the players play the game. Max’s Wine Dive will provide lunch.


— Monica S. Nagy


St. Michael Catholic Church plans annual parish feast

St. Michael Catholic Church is holding its annual parish feast day on Sept. 28.

The day’s events include food, games, a silent auction, cake walk and volleyball matches.

The event runs from noon until 5 p.m. at the church, 3713 Harwood Road.

For more information, call 817-657-7979.

— Taylor Prater


Taste of Grand Prairie is Thursday at QuickTrip Park

The fifth annual Taste of Grand Prairie event Thursday will feature samples of food, drinks and other products from more than 50 vendors.

Children can play in the Wild World of Parks kids zone at QuikTrip Park, jump in bounce houses and more.

Adults may bid on items at the silent auction or hang out at the Fieldhouse Sports Bar & Grill.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, and free for kids 5 and younger. Bring a canned good to donate for $1 off admission.

Parking is free.

Senior citizens hour is from 4 to 5 p.m., and the event runs until 8:30 p.m.

Quiktrip Park is at 1600 Lone Star Parkway.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Garden club meeting will prepare members for fall

The Haltom City Garden Club will hold its “Fall Color” program Oct. 8 to ready members for their fall season gardens.

The meeting will be held at Calloway’s Nursery in Hurst and will have two $25 Calloway’s gift certificates for giveaway.

The club is celebrating its 26th year and welcomes the public to attend.

The nursery is at 760 Grapevine Highway.

— Taylor Prater


District will host North Texas rodeo teams

The Keller school district rodeo team will host other teams from across North Texas for a weekend-long competition Friday through Sept. 29.

The Keller team comprises students from Central, Timber Creek, Fossil Ridge and New Directions high schools. Members train on rodeo basics and on strengthening their physical and social lives through the sport.

Events start at 8 p.m. Friday, at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with a free dance to follow, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 29.

The event will be held at the North Texas High School Rodeo Arena, 6209 Windy Ryon Way in Saginaw. Admission is $5.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

Triathlon calls for city’s sport-loving children

Kids ages 4 to 13 are invited to the school district’s CBS 11 and TXA 21 Kids HealthWatch Triathlon for a day of swimming, biking and running. The event early Sept. 28 will benefit the Keller ISD Athletic Fund. Triathletes will swim in the district’s natatorium, bike on a closed Bear Creek parkway and run along the Keller trails. Course lengths vary by age group.

The entry fee is $35, which includes a T-shirt and finisher’s medal.

For more information and to sign up, visit

— Taylor Prater


Society welcomes folk music lovers Saturday

The Keller Folk Music Society is inviting professional and nonprofessional musicians and folk music lovers to share their music Saturday.

The group normally meets at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday the month at the Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


City plans recreational coed softball tourney

Sanger Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a one-day softball tournament in October, and the registration deadline is Friday.

The Spooktacular Softball Tournament takes place Oct. 12 at Sanger Sports Park. The format is recreational coed slow-pitch elimination.

Games start at 8 a.m. and run one hour each. The winning team will be awarded T-shirts.

The fee is $280 per team. Register at the parks office, at 201 Bolivar St., or by calling 940-458-2059.

— Taylor Prater


Pulitzer-nominated author to sign books

Charles McNair, author of Land O’Goshen, will hold a book-signing at the Southlake Barnes & Noble, 1430 Plaza Place, at 6 p.m. Thursday.

McNair was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1994 for the story of a boy and his friend growing up in a mythical Southern town, mixed with romance, adventure and horror genres.

— Taylor Prater


Forums slated in four cities across Tarrant

Tarrant County tax officials will hold four forums in the coming weeks to talk to residents about property values, tax rates, toll tags, car titles and other issues.

The meetings are scheduled for:

• 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 8, North Richland Hills Library, 9015 Grand Ave.

• 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10, Poly Subcourthouse, Griffin Building, 3500 Miller Ave., Fort Worth

• 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15, Lake Worth MultiPurpose Facility, 7005 Charbonneau Road

• 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 17, Arlington Subcourthouse, 700 E. Abram St.

For more information, call 817-884-1100.

— Anna M. Tinsley



Haslet Hustle to have glowing 5K, mile runs

Get your bell-bottom jeans and glow-in-the-dark jewelry ready, because the Haslet Hustle Glow Run is coming up Oct. 12.

The one-mile fun run and 5K will have several age divisions. T-shirts are available for all participants, and medals are awarded to the first- and second-place finishers. The first 150 runners registered will receive a glow bracelet, necklace and ring.

From 8 to 11 p.m., an “After Glow” party will feature music, dancing and drinks. Awards will be given for the best male and female disco outfits.

Proceeds benefit the Haslet Parks and Recreation Scholarship, given to a National Honor Society high school senior in the city.

The 5K race begins at Haslet Community Park at 7 p.m.; the fun run starts at 6:30. Registration is $35 at

— Taylor Prater

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