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Craft & Speciality Show is Oct. 12 and 13 at Martin High

The 20th annual Craft & Specialty Show produced by the Martin High School Baseball Booster Club is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. The school is at 4501 W. Pleasant Ridge Road.

The show features exhibitors with art; baby items; home decor; cosmetics; candles; apparel and jewelry.

Other products include garden accessories; gourmet food; perfumes and bath products and Martin spirit wear.

The Warrior Cafe will be open throughout the show selling Warrior Dogs, hamburgers, nachos and drinks. Home-baked items will be on sale in The Sweet Shop.

Admission is $3. Children under 2 years of age and Arlington school district employees are admitted free.

— Faye Reeder


Dez Bryant seeks members for Alzheimer’s walk team

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant created Team X as a fundraising method for Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Arlington.

The walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at UT Arlington’s Maverick Activities Center, at 701 S. Nedderman Drive.

Participants will learn about the disease and how to get involved. A ceremony will also honor those struggling with it.

Supporters that join Team X and donate at least $25 have a chance to win two tickets to a Cowboys game. Fans must be present to win, and Bryant asks that they wear their Bryant jerseys.


— Monica S. Nagy


Adult computer classes start Monday, run until Nov. 20

Fall adult education classes designed to empower individuals to become self-sufficient and give them skills necessary for future employment and personal success start Monday and continue through Nov. 20.

Classes are: “Introduction to Computers,” “Computer Applications” and “Web Basics.”

They run from 6 to 8 p.m. Register by calling 817-547-3800.


Police, fire departments will play ball for alumni groups

Colleyville’s annual Texas Night Out features the city’s police and fire departments going head to head on the baseball diamond.

The departments’ citizen academy alumni associations invite the community to the fundraiser for the organizations at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Colleyville City Park.

In addition to the softball game, there will be public safety vehicles, demonstrations and local vendors.

Texas Night Out coincides with the National Night Out program, which encourages events where residents can learn more about public safety.

— Dustin Dangli

Creator of robotic seal used for therapy slated to speak

The inventor of a therapeutic robot will speak at a U.S. Memory Care luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. Takanori Shibata created Paro, the robotic seal, while he worked as a research scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan.

He also worked at artificial intelligence labs at MIT and the University of Zurich.

The seal is used for patients with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Paro is supposed to reduce stress by interaction via its lifelike responses to sight, sound and touch.

Shibata’s research focuses on human-robot interaction and therapy. The event is at 8100 Precinct Line Road.

RSVP by calling 817-500-5006.


— Monica S. Nagy


Elementary school to hold fall festival this week

The Meadow Creek Elementary fall festival kicks off Tuesday at Johnny Carino’s.

A rib-eating contest between students and faculty members will be the highlight.

The event will also include face-painting and other activities for the children.

Johnny Carino’s will donate 15 percent of sales to the school.

The festival continues Thursday at the school.

Contact PTA President Shannon Rosson at


High school theater to put on quirky Southern play

The Keller Timber Creek High School theater will perform a spunky Southern production for four days in October.

Dearly Departed is a play about the lives of a Southern family dealing with the death of their patriarch, Daddy Bud.

Performances run Oct. 3-5 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for Keller school district employees.

— Taylor Prater

Students contribute 12,000 pieces of art

Keller ISD Fine Arts is partnering with a Dallas nonprofit art organization to contribute 12,000 pieces of art commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will have their pieces installed in more than 140 venues Saturday through Nov. 22.

Most of the art will be featured along the route in which Kennedy was traveling before he was assassinated.

The project, called the Dallas LOVE Project, will collect more than 20,000 pieces of art with the theme of unconditional love.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Retirement planning to be topic of free event

A free event Tuesday for anyone within five to 10 years of retirement will educate participants on how to begin the planning process for the golden years.

“Creating Your Retirement Plan” will be presented by certified financial planner Jean Keener.

Keener will talk about how to maximize tax-efficiency in saving, assessing the right time for retirement, building a budget and making decisions on long-term-care funding needs.

The meeting will be held at Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, email Keener at

— Taylor Prater


St. Jude’s to host 37th annual family festival

Good food, family fun and kids activities will be the focus of St. Jude Catholic Church’s 37th annual festival.

Special attractions include the Boy Scouts’ new game and Mansfield’s new tennis association for kids.

Crafts, bounce houses, raffles, prizes and rides are also available for all ages.

The free event is from 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at 500 E Dallas St.

— Taylor Prater


District cashes in on credit union program

Mansfield and four other school districts have received more than $225,000 from Texas Trust Credit Union thanks to their students using their Spirit Debit Reward cards.

Each card swipe earns 15 cents for the school of the participant’s choice. The Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Athens school districts also shared the funds.

The current one-year program started in August. Texas Trust has donated nearly $340,000 since Spirit Debit Reward was founded in August 2011.

The Mansfield and Grand Prairie school districts more than doubled their takes from the first year, earning $72,130 and $89,722, respectively. Next highest were Cedar Hill with $47,857 and Athens with $19,161.

Mansfield has collected $103,202 since the program began. Mansfield High School took in the most — $27,923 to date — among the five traditional high schools. Timberview has collected $19,485; Legacy $12,501; Summit $12,492; and Lake Ridge $6,911.

— Robert Cadwallader


Gold Card luncheon

for seniors Tuesday

The district’s annual Gold Card luncheon for residents 65 and older is Tuesday.

The card gives members free entry into district-sponsored events, performances and athletic competitions.

To join the program and reserve a seat at the luncheon, call 817-215-0175.


Oktoberfest headed to Southlake Town Square

For its 12th year, Oktoberfest returns to Southlake.

The festivities run from Oct. 4 to 6 in Southlake Town Square and offer a variety of events, food and drink.

The famed wiener dog race takes place Oct. 5. Last year more than 180 dogs participated.

The event also features arts and craft vendors, German and American food, a children’s play area and plenty of live entertainment.

— Dustin Dangli

Dallas Symphony Orchestra to play

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is returning to Southlake for a performance Oct. 3 with APEX Arts League.

Conductor Rei Hotoda will perform with the orchestra in pieces such as Candide overture by Bernstein, The Barber of Seville overture by Rossini and more.

Tickets are $16 or $26 at The performance will be held at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., at 7:30 p.m.

— Taylor Prater

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