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18th annual Eggroll Festival set for Saturday

A family-friendly festival to celebrate Asian cultures, arts and foods opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church, at 801 E. Mayfield Road.

Activities at the festival feature cultural performances by the Maharlika Dancers performing routines by groups from Philippines, Thailand, China, India, Indonesia and Laos.

Exhibitors will include businesses, the Arlington school district, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus and Arlington police. Concessions will be available at a number of food and restaurant vendors.

A highlight of the day is the eggroll competition. A showcase of eggrolls of every description will be judged by a panel, with winners in several categories.

Oscar Macaraeg, chairman of the Tarrant County Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, says about the event: “This is a day of celebration of Asian culture, arts and food. We hope people will come and experience a little bit of Asia right here in Arlington.”

Flu shots for $15 will be offered, along with screenings for cholesterol, glucose, liver and kidney functions for $20. Booths set up by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and JPS Health Network will provide information and answer questions.

Admission is free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit or contact Liem Tran at 214-531-3839, Yen Nguyen at 817-797-9144 or Merna Parcon at 972-971-9993.

— Faye Reeder

Adopt a homeless dog for $50 during October

During National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, residents can adopt a canine pal for a discounted rate of $50 from the Arlington animal shelter. The adoption fee, normally $100 for a dog, includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, appropriate testing and a city license for Arlington residents.

The special rate will run through the end of October. Arlington Animal Services is at 1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd.

For more information, call 817-459-5898 or visit

– Susan Schrock

World of Beer festival runs today and Saturday

World of Beer’s two-day WOBtoberfest, a craft beer and music festival, is set for today and Saturday.

The event, to which admission is free, will feature 15 Oktoberfest drafts, live music, games, food and drawings. Today’s events, which run from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., include special guests Chad & Christian and Jerico.

Saturday’s events, scheduled from noon to 2 a.m., include performances by Manny Trevin and Big Joe Walker.

World of Beer is at 5005 S. Cooper St. For more information, call 817-471-1101 or visit

— Susan Schrock


American Legion Auxiliary to host pancake breakfast, more

American Legion Auxiliary in Bedford will host its ninth annual cancer research pancake breakfast starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The event takes place at 1245 N Industrial Blvd.

Other activities will include a balloon release, silent auction and several televisions available to watch football.

The Bedford unit has the only American Legion Auxiliary cancer research program in Texas.

All proceeds from the event will benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Information: or 817-267-6047.

— Taylor Prater


Two events Saturday hold promise of star power

• Learn about the lights in the night sky from experts when the Noble Plantearium staff joins the Euless Parks and Community Services Department to present “Stars Over Euless.”

Powerful telescopes will be set up in Bob Eden Park, 901 W. Mid-Cities Blvd., from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. As guests gaze into outer space, astronomers will explain the order of stars and planets.

Lawn blankets are recommended. Call 817-685-1666 for information.

• An out-of-this-world story combines with an astronomical craft and planetary snacks as the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive, hosts Star Story Time.

It’s free and open to the public at 2 p.m. Saturday.

— Terry Evans

Festival will celebrate all things Greek

It's the 22nd annual Mid-Cities GreekFest in Euless, where saganaki (flaming cheese), pastichio (Greek lasagne) and spanakopita (spinach pie) are served within feet of tables laden with such desserts as baklava and loucamades (fried dough with honey). And everything tastes better with a cup of Greek coffee.

In the central tent on the parking lot of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, is a stage where traditional and modern Greek dances are performed by the parish youth. Between the shows are plenty of chances for dancing with the Greeks to music played by Laand.

Elsewhere in the big tent, Greek jewelry, gifts and parish paraphernalia (like T-shirts) are sold.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Oct. 12 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Several times each day, Father Vasile Tudora leads tours of the parish’s Byzantine-style cathedral.

— Terry Evans


Market Square event features fall-flavored foods

Grand Prairie’s Market Square will host its harvest fair Oct. 12, featuring a morning of fall food, festivities and fun.

The fair starts at 8 and runs until 1 p.m. at 120 W. Main St.

Activities will include a polka band, harvest photos, pumpkin bowling, a turkey toss, face-painting, mini-pumpkin decorating and a bounce house.

Foods featured will include roasted corn, sausage on a stick, brats, sauerkraut, a beer garden and several food trucks.

For more information on the free event, visit

— Taylor Prater

Animal adoption trailer will make several appearances throughout October

Prairie Paws’ Adoption Center Waggin’ Wagon will hit the road every Saturday through October with up to 21 cats and dogs available for adoption.

The wagon’s next stop will be at The Home Depot at 3850 S. Carrier Parkway from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday.

The wagon is air-conditioned and heated with animals at $70 each for adoption. Most are sterilized and have their rabies vaccination. Adult cats will be free for adoption in October.

The wagon accepts cash, checks and all credit cards except American Express.

For a list of future appearances, visit

— Taylor Prater


More than 70 tables covered with the works of craftspeople, community groups and vendors make the Hurst Senior Activities Center Craft Sale a not-to-be-missed shopping opportunity.

Among the offerings are home decor, quilted designs, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass art, garden art and wood crafts.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at 700 Heritage Circle in Hurst. Cash and checks will be accepted. Call 817-788-7710 for information.

— Terry Evans


Education foundation will hold annual golf fundraiser

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation will host its 17th annual golf classic Oct. 17 at the Marriott Champions Circle.

Proceeds will support the programs and scholarships provided to district teachers and students.

For more information or to register:


Women’s club gardeners will present fall home tour

The Trophy Club Women’s Club Gardeners will present its 2013 Garden Tour from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Five homes will be featured, as well as Trophy Club Park. The tour will include colorful fall gardens, seasonal refreshments, a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event, and $5 for children younger than 12. Tickets may be purchased at the Trophy Club Tom Thumb, the Roanoke Pharmacy or by contacting Teri Nickells at

For more information, contact Mary Hampton at

— Taylor Prater


Local winery celebrates new season with Harvest Festival

Sunset Winery of Burleson will celebrate fall with some seasonal activities paired with wine specials Saturday.

The festival will last from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1535 S. Burleson Blvd.

Activities will include a grape stomp, crafts, a Lucille Ball look-a-like contest, pumpkin stump contest and live music by the Everybody’s Darlin’ duo.

Burgers with sides and dessert will be served at 6 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 12. Some proceeds from admission and the wine sale will go toward Wings of Hope, a nonprofit equestrian therapy program based in Cleburne.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Baylor SportsCare will offer free demonstrations on how to use an automated external defribrillator, or AED, at five Dallas-Fort Worth area high school football games this month.

The survival rate for those who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital is 5 percent. But if an AED is used within the first two minutes after an arrest, the person’s chance of survival increases up to 30 percent, Baylor SportsCare representatives said. October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Demonstrations are set this Friday at the Grapevine High School vs.Colleyville Heritage High School game at Mustang-Panther Stadium in Grapevine and at the Newman Smith Trojans vs. Creekview Mustangs game at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. Demonstrations are also set for Oct. 18 at McKinney Boyd High School vs. Plano High School at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney and on Oct. 25 at Castleberry High School vs. Kennedale High School in Kennedale and Nolan Catholic High School vs. Trinity Christian at Nolan Catholic in Fort Worth.

– Susan Schrock

Virtual gravesite tour website launches for veterans

Just in time for Veterans Day, has launched, allowing families and friends of deceased American heroes to virtually tour national gravesites.

Families may place orders online for a specific gravesite. American Remembrance will then offer flower deliveries and virtual tours.

Customers may post memories, photos and stories of their loved ones on the site to create a small, online memorial.

Prices start at $150, with a portion of every purchase benefiting veteran nonprofit and service organizations.

National cemeteries in California, Hawaii, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Virginia, Florida and San Antonio are featured, alongside Dallas/Fort Worth.

For more information, visit the website at

— Taylor Prater


Safe Kids Fair scheduled

A fire safety house, fire truck tours and bicycle safety sessions are the highlights for the city's annual Safe Kids Fair set for Oct. 17.

The fair is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of H-E-B, 165 NW John Jones Drive.

The fair will include bicycle safety sessions by Burleson police, tours of fire trucks by the Burleson Fire Department and a fire safety house.

Texas Health Huguley Hospital will be at the fair with its mobile bus and a MedStar ambulance crew also will at the fair.

For more information, call 817-426-9682.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Old Town Boo Bash on tap for children later this month.

The scary season will get into full swing on Oct. 26 when city officials hosts the sixth annual Burleson Old Town Boo Bash.

The event hosted by the city's parks and recreation department which will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is open to children from birth to 12-years-old.

The free trick or treating evening will be on Ellison Street, between Main Street and Johnson Avenue. Children need to be in costume with a Halloween bag.

Civic groups, churches and local businesses will set up booths and decorate vehicles for the trunk-or-treat event.

Entertainment will include the Recreation Center and Performers Unlimited Group at 6 p.m. and Frances Lea Dance Academy at 6:45 p.m. at the City Stage.

Mayor Ken Shetter will read a story to children at 7:15 p.m. which will be followed by a costume parade across the stage at 7:30 p.m.

To sign for booths, call Neal Jones 817-447-3522 or 817-343-2589.

For more information about the event, cal 817-426-9104.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


Church to hold 48th annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will hold its 48th annual Lord’s Acre harvest Festival Oct. 19.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. at the church, 1200 West Kilpatrick.

Activities will include a country store, sweet shop, entertainment from the Baggy Bottom Boys and a live auction.

A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at $8 per adult and $4 per child.

The event will support Operation Christmas Child, Community Mission Outreach and United Methodist Missions.

For more information, call the church at 817-645-2373.

— Taylor Prater


City to host Haunted Hayride for canned goods

The city of Crowley will hold a haunted hayride through the park in the spirit of Halloween, all for the price of one canned good.

Hayrides will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bicentennial Park.

Admission to the event is one canned good per person. All goods will be donated to Crowley House of Hope.

Other activities will include face painting, a cookie walk, carnival games and more.

For more information, call 817-297-2201.

— Taylor Prater


Church to hold free annual harvest fest

Christian Center of Fort Worth will hold its free annual Harvest Fest Oct. 31.

The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the center, 4301 NE 28th St.

Activities will include food, games, bounce houses, music, door prizes and an appearance from the Haltom City fire truck.

For more information call 817-834-5595.

— Taylor Prater

Parkinson’s support group welcomes public to exercise program

Parkinson’s Support Group of Tarrant County will hold a specialized exercise program for Parkinson’s patients Oct. 28.

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Broadway Baptist Church third floor, 305 W. Broadway.

The program, “Punching out Parkinson’s” will help Parkinson’s patients to maintain mobility and balance.

Visitors are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 817-275-1909.

— Taylor Prater

Church will host family fall festival

McMillan United Methodist Church will host its fall festival Oct. 12.

The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3401 Mountcastle Dr.

Activities will include vendors, a food court, bounce house, face painting, bingo, cake walk and more.

— Taylor Prater


Epiphany Boutique has leased 1,463 square feet at 2956 Crockett St. in the West 7th development and will open this month.

Epiphany is a lifestyle boutique that showcases an eclectic mix of apparel and accessories for men and women, plus handmade jewelry, shoes, college T-shirts and a wide selection of hats.

Owner Sherry Andrus operates two other locations, Epiphany Boutique for Women and Epiphany for Men in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District.

— Sandra Baker


Longtime Arlington restaurateur Tony Leland has opened a location of Tony’s Pizza Pasta & Subs at 609 S. Jennings Ave. in Fort Worth.

Tony’s has operated in Arlington since 1981.

The Fort Worth location is 4,200 square feet and is in the former Cosmoz Cafe location, at the southeast corner of Jennings and Pennsylvania avenues.

— Sandra Baker

Going for Gold luncheon to bring awareness of young adult cancer

The Rutledge Foundation, a non-profit committed to finding a cure for young adult cancer, will host its annual luncheon to raise awareness for research.

The luncheon will be Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at River Crest Country Club.

Speakers will share medical breakthroughs and collaborative efforts in finding a cure. This year’s speaker will be Paul Bowman, chairman of pediatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

The Rutledge Foundation has given more than $100,000 to sarcoma research and young adult patient needs.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

Hopsital’s mobile health program will offer free mammograms

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is utilizing its mobile health program throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Fort Worth Fire Department is teaming up with the hospital for its “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” initiative, with firefighters wearing pink throughout the month.

Free mammograms will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Station No. 24, 3101 Forest Ave. and Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station No. 17, 212 E. Felix St.

Each screening will last about 15 minutes, including a four-view screening mammogram and breast health education.

Mammograms are read by a board-certified radiologist from Texas Health Fort Worth. Results will be sent to the patient and her physician.

To be eligible, women must be aged 40 or older, have no personal history of breast cancer, no breast implants, no known breast problems, not be pregnant or nursing in the past six months, and not have had a mammogram in the past year.

Women without insurance may qualify for a funded mammogram. For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


Lions Club will host community pancake supper

Godley Texas Lions Club will hold a community pancake supper Oct. 19.

The supper will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Godley Park Pavilion, FM Road 817 and Allen St.

The program will help support community projects in Godley.

For more information, contact Ardelle Hopper and 817-309-3328.

— Taylor Prater


First Walmart location open to shoppers

Haslet community members welcomed the addition of a new Walmart store Wednesday.

The store is now open for business at 2401 Avondale-Haslet Road.

The store helped create about 300 new jobs, both full-time and part-time.

— Taylor Prater


Art Association will feature local artist at meeting

The North West Art Association will hold its next meeting Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Edge Coffee Shop.

Local artist Brad Jensen will be the demonstrator for the month. Guests and new members are welcome to attend.

For more information, email Lynn Mcdaniel at

— Taylor Prater


Library will host workshop about Affordable Care Act

The John Ed Keeter Public Library in Saginaw will host an information workshop about the U.S. Affordable Care Act Oct. 24.

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the library, 355 W. McLeroy Blvd.

A 20-minute PowerPoint presentation will be given about the act, paired with questions from citizens in the community.

Certified trainet Marketplace application assisters will then help attendees search the Marketplace or complete an online application.

The event is free, but RSVPs should be made to 817-230-0300.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater


A Weatherford church is among 12 businesses and organizations recognized by the state for community involvement in public schools.

The State Board of Education handed out Education Excellence Awards to recognize employers to encourage staffers to volunteer and serve as mentors in local school, according to a news release from the Texas Education Agency.

North Side Baptist Church has worked for five years serving as mentors at Seguin Elementary School in the Weatherford school district. Three years ago, the church launched a Backpacks for Children Program, filling bags with food for students to take home and eat over the weekend. The program has grown from serving meals to 15 students per week to 100 students each week. The church also provides food, clothes, shoes, and supplies for students.

— Jessamy Brown

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