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Program on end-of-life care open to veterans Saturday

First Presbyterian Church in Arlington is hosting the Coalition for Quality End of Life Care program Saturday for all area veterans.

The program is called “Let’s Talk Choices for Veterans,” with topics including “The Heart of a Veteran,” “Veterans Benefits” and “What Happens When You Don’t Have a Plan?”

The program is free for all veterans, families and caregivers inside the church’s fellowship hall, at 1200 S. Collins St.

For more information and to register, call 817-247-1776 or email

— Taylor Prater


Church craft fair Oct. 12 open to all residents

St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church will hold its annual craft fair Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Booths will be laid out throughout the church featuring different handmade crafts. Other features include a bake sale, quilt raffle, gift baskets and barbecue lunch.

A silent auction will feature items such as restaurant gift cards and more.

The church is at 3001 Forest Ridge Drive. For more information, contact Annette Wells at

— Taylor Prater


Trash bash, environmental fair scheduled for Saturday

Volunteers are being called forth for the annual fall Trash Bash and Environmental Fair on Saturday.

The trash bash will have volunteers cleaning up the town’s parks, trails, waterways and roadways from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Supplies will be given.

Afterward, participants will be given a free lunch by the Summit Club.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mound Foundation will host a free environmental fair at The Home Depot. The fair will include kids activities; door prizes; free document-shredding services; and booths promoting conservation, recycling, composting and more.

Anyone interested can register at

Participants will meet at The Home Depot, 852 International Parkway.

— Taylor Prater


Public meeting on smoking ordinance set for Oct. 8

The Grand Prairie City Council is hosting a public meeting Oct. 8 to discuss proposed changes to the city’s smoking ordinance.

Changes would include eliminating smoking in restaurants, city facilities and other commercial buildings.

All residents are welcome to attend or submit an email expressing their opinions through Oct. 18. Emails may be sent to

For more information, contact Cindy Mendez at 972-237-8055.

— Taylor Prater

City’s Christmas light show is finalist for state award

Grand Prairie’s Lit on Main has been named a finalist in the Best Promotional Event category of the 2013 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards Program.

Lit on Main brought residents and visitors to historic Main Street for a holiday party showcasing the street’s Christmas lights.

The award will recognize excellence in creation and execution of downtown or commercial district promotional events. Other finalists include Dogtoberfest of Beaumont and 6x6@110 of Tyler.

The winner will be announced Nov. 7 at an awards gala in Bastrop.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Senior center to hold spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Haltom City Senior Center is hosting a public spaghetti dinner and fundraiser Oct. 17.

Proceeds will help fund special events, entertainers and day-to-day supplies.

Homemade baked items will be available for purchase.

A silent auction will also take place throughout the evening.

Serving time is 5 p.m. at the center, at 5000 Bernice St. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and may be purchased at the senior center. For more information, call 817-834-8021.

— Taylor Prater

Event at library will note battle’s 150th anniversary

Haltom City City Council member Jack Dyess will give a presentation on the Battle of Sabine Pass, honoring its 150th anniversary.

The battle occurred in September of 1863 in Jefferson County during the Civil War, where 47 Confederates defeated a Union force of more than 5,000.

The presentation will take place Oct. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 4809 Haltom Road.

For more information, call 817-222-7787.

— Taylor Prater


High schooler chosen for special TED talk Oct. 18

Keller High School student Blayke Drury is one of three students who will give a special talk at the TEDxKids conference Oct. 18.

Drury was one of six finalists in a public vote for the spot. Her submission video, Pants on Fire, briefly explains the physiological effects of lying.

TEDxKids is a TED Talk event through SMU that invites middle schoolers to listen to speakers in their peer age group. The event is free but requires a service project in exchange.

Kevin Kim, another Keller High School student, was among the six finalists as well with his video, The Effects of Bullying.

For more information on TEDxKids and to watch finalists’ videos, visit

— Taylor Prater


Sculpture exhibits in two public libraries

Libraries in Hurst and Haltom City will feature the Sculptureworks exhibits through the calendar year.

The Sculptureworks Sculpture Exhibit & Sale at the Hurst Public Library includes works from national sculptors Bill Bond, Herb Mignery, Rosetta and Hollis Williford.

Featured pieces showcase traditional Western themes, animal artistry, interpretive realism and more.

Haltom City’s library includes Tuck Langland’s Come Read With Me sculpture of a woman reading a book and Kevin Robb’s Crosswinds, which greets visitors at the entrance. Hurst’s exhibit will run through November, and Haltom City’s will run through Dec. 31.

For more information, visit, or

— Taylor Prater


Festival will celebrate small-town charm

Pantego Fest is coming up Oct. 4, 5 and 6, and those planning to attend should expect a weekend full of varied, small-town fun.

The first night kicks off with live entertainment on Park Row Drive. Featured acts throughout the weekend include The Roomsounds, Mingo Fishtrap, Bomb Atomic and ZZ Top tribute group Trio Loco.

The second day starts with a mile fun run and 5K race. Bounce houses, bungee runs, slides and a mechanical bull will be featured throughout the weekend for people of all ages.

Weekend passes are available for $10, while one-day tickets are $5 each. Children 6 and younger are free.

Passes may be purchased at the gate or at

For more information, search “Pantego Fest” at

— Taylor Prater


Tour de Metroplex plans trip to Six Flags

Children in fourth, fifth and sixth grade in Southlake can join the Tour de Metroplex program before Oct. 19 for a trip to Six Flags Fright Fest.

That day, buses will pick up students at 6 p.m. at Durham Intermediate School for a trip to the amusement park. Buses will return at 10 p.m.

The program cost is $45 per trip, with the next trip Nov. 9 to a Dallas Stars hockey game. Parents must provide money for snacks.

Pre-registration is required at, or at the Southlake Community Services office, 1400 Main St., Suite 210.

For more information, contact Junior Camacho at 817-748-8022.

— Taylor Prater

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest Saturday

The city is inviting boys and girls ages 6 to 15 to participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition Saturday.

The event is nationwide, with about 3.5 million participants annually. Boys and girls compete in the three events based on distance accuracy.

Competition is divided in five age groups, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. All local champions, in each age and gender division, will advance to one of 11 sectional competitions in October.

The national championship will be held at an NFL playoff game in January.

The Southlake event will be at North Park, 200 E. Dove Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Junior Camacho at

— Taylor Prater


Open house for flight attendant jobs

Spirit Airlines is looking for new flight attendants, and anyone interested can attend open houses Friday and Saturday.

Participants will be able to learn more about the job and the airline, as well as meet current flight attendants to discuss their careers.

Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day, with sign-in starting one hour before.

Those interested should bring a résumé, two forms of identification, a valid passport, original Social Security card and driver’s license, copy of a high school diploma or GED certificate, and proof of eligibility to work in the country.

To learn more about Spirit Airlines careers, visit

— Taylor Prater


Meeting for cattle raisers starts today

A three-day meeting will be held Wednesday through Friday for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Events include Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples speaking at 1 p.m. Thursday and Texas Water Development Board member Bech Bruun speaking about the board’s new structure and Texas water issues Friday.

To view a schedule of events, visit egistration will be available on-site.

— Taylor Prater

Billy Bob’s starts family dance lessons

Dust off your cowboy boots and gather the kids, because Billy Bob’s Texas is offering special dance classes for families.

On Sunday and Monday, dance instructor Wendell Nelson will offer beginners classes in country, swing and cha-cha.

Anyone 17 and younger must attend with a parent or guardian and bring their own dance partner. Cost is $5 per person per class, and leather sole shoes must be worn.

Beginner country will be taught Sunday at 5 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. Intermediate swing will be Sunday at 6 p.m., and beginner cha-cha Monday at 8 p.m. For more information, call 817-923-9215.

— Taylor Prater

Three winners in home landscape contest

The Fort Worth Water Department, partnering with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, sponsored a residential landscape contest, and three residents have claimed their titles.

The contest consisted of residents with 1,000-square-foot or larger front yards who competed based on aesthetic appeal, plant variety, mix according to color and use of native and adaptive plants.

The idea of the contest was for participants to create water efficient landscapes.

First place went to Betty Porter of Haltom City, second to Kathy Clark of Fort Worth and third to Rick Tucker of Fort Worth.

Each winner will receive a sign and BRIT membership.

Porter also received a compost bin and 50-gallon rain barrel.

A public tour of the winning landscapes will take place at 11:30 a.m. today starting at 2517 Ryan Ave.

For more information, contact Hilda Zuniga at

— Taylor Prater

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