ARGYLE SCHOOLSIntermediate school a finalist in playground makeover contestArgyle Intermediate School is one of five finalists nationwide for Big Al’s Recess Redo from the “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” radio program.The contest gives a grand prize of $10,000 in Home Depot gift cards to purchase supplies in order to re-create the school’s playground.Entries were judged based on the level of need and the impact the prize would have, based on a 100-word essay submission.Argyle Intermediate hopes to use the money to change the playground’s metal structure, provide benches and shade over the play area.ARLINGTONSummit to gather students for leadership, networking skillsThe ninth annual Youth Education Success Summit invites students in grades seven through 12 to learn about leadership and networking for academic and personal success Oct. 12.Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the summit at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St.Topics will include college preparation, entrance requirements, health information, pre-AP and AP courses, financial aid and more.A motivational speaker, exhibitors and an informational workshop will also be available for parents. All student workshops will be attended according to grade level. Breakfast and lunch will be served.Registration is available for the first 400 students. For more information, visit www.yessummit.myevent.com. — Taylor PraterChurch to host informational Medicare discussionFirst Christian Church of Arlington will host a program detailing Medicare 2014 plans on Oct. 16.The meeting will start at 11 a.m. at the church, 910 S. Collins St.Stephanie Perez, the benefits-counseling program manager for the Area Agency on Aging, will present information on changes in this year’s plans.A light lunch will be available at noon, with presentations resuming afterward until 1:30 p.m.The event is open to the public, but RSVPs should be made to email@example.com. — Taylor PraterTeddy Bear Clinic to educate children on emergency room proceduresMore than 100 kindergartners from Speer Elementary School will visit Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital on Wednesday to learn about what happens inside an emergency room.Starting at 8:30 a.m., doctors and nurses will teach the children about normal emergency room visits, hand hygiene, nutrition, bicycle safety and dental hygiene, all using teddy bears as guinea pigs.The clinic aims to help ease children’s minds about the stress of being in a hospital with the comfort of their favorite furry friends.Children will also be able to view an ambulance and firetruck during the visit. Each child will receive a teddy bear upon arrival.Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is at 800 W. Randol Mill Road. — Taylor Prater Special Halloween Spider-Man event to gather comic fansWild West Comics and Games will host a special Halloween-inspired Spider-Man event for fans of all ages.The event is at noon Sunday at the comic store, 1215 S. Cooper St.The day will feature a never-before-seen screening of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man. Participants can enjoy Spider-Man games and activities, a kids costume contest, rare merchandise and specials on products.The event is part of Marvel’s “Share Your Universe Initiative,” which encourages comic fans to share their favorite activities with their families.All are invited to attend the free event. — Taylor Prater State education commissioner will speak at chamber eventEducation Commissioner Michael Williams will speak at the new Arlington Chamber Young Professionals’ inaugural luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21. The event, which will have a “Future of Education” theme, is in conjunction with the Arlington school district and will take place at the Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.Information: arlingtontx.com. — Monica S. NagyBEDFORDSixth Godtoberfest features local praise bands, carnivalConcordia Lutheran Church’s sixth annual Godtoberfest will feature a day of praise music, carnival activities, food and more.The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3705 Harwood Road.A kids carnival will run from 1 to 4 p.m. with games and prizes. Free food and drinks will be available throughout the day.For adults, a bazaar and bake sale will serve as daylong entertainment. Carter BloodCare will be on site from 1:30 to 5 p.m. for donations, and the North East Emergency Distribution food bank will collect donations as well.Special guest Carleton Hurdle will perform as Elvis Presley at noon.The event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.concordialutheran.org. — Taylor Prater BIRDVILLE SCHOOLSHigh school yearbook inducted into publishing galleryHaltom High School’s 2013 Buffalo yearbook has been inducted into Walsworth Publishing Co.’s Gallery of Excellence.The gallery includes books published by Walsworth that showcase comprehensive coverage, innovative design, and superior copy and photography.The Buffalo yearbook will be loaned to schools nationwide to serve as an idea generator and be put on display at regional, state and national conventions and workshops.Excerpts from winning yearbooks will be used as example illustrations in Walsworth educational and resource materials.For more information, visit the Birdville website at www.schools.birdvilleschools.net. — Taylor Prater EULESS Get a taste for police, firefighting work at event Saturday Climb through firetrucks and police cars, find out what it’s like to be a firefighter or police officer, tour the police station and Fire Station No. 3 when the facilities at 1102 W. Euless Blvd. and 202 S. Main St., respectfully, conduct public safety open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.Bounce houses, safety demonstrations, clowns from the SAFETY Troop and members of the Citizen Emergency Response Team, Citizen’s Fire and Police Academy Alumni and Citizens on Patrol round out the fun at this free event. — Terry EvansGRAND PRAIRIEPumpkin Run will feature fall flavorFun runs and 5Ks will get a little more fall festive with Grand Prairie’s 27th annual Pumpkin Run coming up Oct. 12.Events include a fun run at 8 a.m. and 10K and 5K runs at 8:30 a.m., all held at Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway.An awards ceremony will feature medals and cash prizes for the top runners.Other activities include a school and team challenge, free pumpkin decorating, free blood pressure checks, a pancake breakfast and more.All proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association and local charities.Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at $30 per person. Early registration is available for $20 through Friday at www.pumpkinrun.us. — Taylor PraterFirst Rejebian Book Review Club meeting scheduledEver wanted to join a book club, but don’t have time to actually read the book?In that case, Rejebian Book Review Club is just for you.Rejebian book clubs feature an expert book reviewer who must read, review and study a novel or biography. They then present their review in an entertaining way.In Grand Prairie, the book review Friday will feature a one-man, first-person interview with Edgar Allan Poe at the moment of his death, presented by Ken Freehill, an actor, playwright and entertainment director for the Army.Guests are welcome to attend the 2 p.m. meeting at the Woman’s Club of Grand Prairie, 1 Park Square North.For more information, call 972-264-2320. — Taylor PraterHALTOM CITYChurch’s fall craft show takes place SaturdayGrace Church is holding a fall craft show that is free to the public on Saturday.The show will have more than 50 vendors featuring food, jewelry and clothing. There will also be free door prizes. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the church’s worship ministry.The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church’s gymnasium at 4740 Western Center Blvd. — Andrea AhlesHURST Fire Fighters Steak Dinner set for Oct. 12A dinner party with a five-year reputation for good food and fun, the Fire Fighters Steak Dinner is also known for raising money that helps make Hurst residents safer.Hurst Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association hosts the 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 dinner at Fire Station No. 1, 2100 Precinct Line Road. It’s $15 per person, and advance tickets are available at the fire station.Last year’s proceeds paid for a fire safety house, a mobile teaching facility used at schools and special events. — Terry EvansKELLER SCHOOLSIntermediate school classroom creates cardboard arcadeMatt Cook’s fifth-grade class will participate in the Caine’s Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge on Friday.The arcade is open to students and parents from 9:20 to 10 a.m. at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, 3500 Keller Hicks Road.The challenge is inspired by the film Caine’s Arcade, depicting a young boy’s dream to create a cardboard arcade.Students will create their own games out of cardboard and recyclable material, encouraging them to harness their imagination in their creation.For more information about the challenge, visit www.cardboardchallenge.com. — Taylor Prater First-ever Marching Expo scheduled for Tuesday nightAll district bands will gather Tuesday at Keller ISD Athletics Complex for a night of musical celebration. During the first-ever Marching Expo, each of the four high school marching bands will perform a portion of its 2013 marching show. Between the high school shows, middle school bands will perform.The evening will be capped off by a musical piece performed by all band students in grades 7-12. Gates open at 6 p.m.; show starts 6:30.Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate or in advance from a band student. All proceeds support the district’s music enrichment program. — Andrea AhlesKELLERResidents can apply through Oct. 18 to serve on city boards, commissionsApplications are available for residents interested in serving on the Crime Control and Prevention District Board, Keller Economic Development Board, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Arts Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.Applicants must be Keller residents and qualified voters. Applications are available from the city secretary’s office at Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway. Applications are due to the city secretary by 5 p.m. Oct. 18.For more information, call 817-743-4004. — Susan McFarlandPastaPalooza fundraiser for senior center set for Oct. 12PastaPalooza returns to Keller with a pasta dinner, silent auction and live music Oct. 12.The event, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Keller Senior Activities Center, begins at 5:30 p.m. at 660 Johnson Road.Tickets are $6 if purchased before the event and $8 at the door. Four meals can be purchased for $20. Meals to go are available for $6.For more information call 817-743-4370. — Susan McFarlandMANSFIELDFree document shredding for residents to be offered SaturdayA good way to thwart identity thieves is to shred old billing statements and other unneeded personal documents. But a large stack of them could take lots of time and possibly wear out a typical home-quality shredder.But if you’re a Mansfield resident, your city is providing access to a high-powered paper grinder from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.Each household is limited to five bags or boxes of documents, and businesses can’t participate, said Howard Redfearn, city environmental manager.Users must present a a current water bill or a driver’s license with a Mansfield address to prove residency.For more information, call Redfearn at 817-276-4240. — Robert CadwalladerFire Department has big things in store at open houseThe Mansfield Fire Department’s annual open house is a bigger production this time, worthy of its new venue — the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts.The event is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Among the features of the first-ever Mansfield Fire Safety Palooza is the first Junior Firefighter Challenge, in which kids ages 4 to 11 will participate in an obstacle course challenge for scaled-down firefighter training.But the classics also are returning, including the fire prevention clown troupe, which will perform its new show, “Cluck Dynasty,” in the theater.Firefighters also will demonstrate the Jaws of Life by opening a wrecked car to extract would-be victims. The department’s new hovercraft, fire and emergency medical apparatus and an air evacuation helicopter also will be on display.Rounding out the activities are bounce houses, and food and beverages will be offered from several firetrucks.“We are hoping to reach even more people with a lot of activities and safety demonstrations,” Fire Inspector Philip Baker said in a press release. “Having it at the Center for the Performing Arts gives us much more room.” — Robert CadwalladerNORTHWEST SCHOOLSBig influx of students expected, demographer saysNorthwest has been one of the Fort Worth area’s fastest-growing districts in recent years. But the biggest growth may be yet to come. The district has 22,000 future lots planned, the highest total in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to district demographer Bob TempletonTempleton, president of Templeton Demographics, told the school board at its Sept. 23 meeting that the 19,000-student district could expect to gain 7,000 students over the next five years. — Mark WrightSOUTHLAKEFormer first lady to give gala’s keynote speechFormer first lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker Oct. 10 at the Hearts and Hope Gala .The gala begins at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Southlake, 1400 Plaza Place.The gala is a fundraiser for the Community Enrichment Center, a nonprofit organization in Tarrant County. The event will also feature live performances by Rolando Diaz and The Marcus Rockwell Trio.The event has a limited number of individual tickets available at $250 per person. Tables of 10 are available for $2500.For more information on the event or to reserve a seat, visit www.heartsandhopegala.com. — Taylor Prater Farm event scheduled for children with special needsThe Texas Wranglers 4-H Club will hold a farm-style event for children with disabilities in Southlake.The event, called “Down on the Farm,” will feature farm animals, pony rides, games and free snow cones.The Texas Wranglers 4-H Club teaches students 3 and older how to care for and ride horses safely.The event is Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ride With Pride, 480 W. Highland.For more information, call 817-999-8332. — Taylor PraterWATAUGAPuppet theater to give free showThe Dallas Puppet Theater is giving a free show Oct. 24 for people of all ages.The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Watauga Public Library, 7109 Whitley Road.The show will present a musical marionette act with an assortment of music kids and adults alike will know and enjoy.The event is part of the Arts Council Northeast series on free concert series throughout the area. — Taylor PraterCouncilwoman elected in May resignsA special election will be held in conjunction with the May 27 general election to fill City Council Place 3, which was left vacant when Councilwoman Jo Lynn Haussman unexpectedly resigned.“This was out of the blue,” said Councilman Patrick Shelbourne. “She’s been a good member, but she hasn’t been on very long.”Haussman was elected May 11. She didn’t return a phone call seeking her reason for resigning, but in a letter to City Secretary Zoliana Reyes, Haussman said she was “caused to move out of the City of Watauga.”Her resignation was effective Sept. 20, and City Manager Greg Vick said she will be missed.“Ms. Haussmann was a pleasure to work with and was very passionate about the city,” Vick said. “She really cared about the community. She strived to make Watauga a better city during every council meeting.” — Terry Evans
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