ARLINGTONTaste of Arlington will gather city’s best foodTaste of Arlington is returning for its yearly food extravaganza Oct. 22.The evening starts at 5:30 at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way.Restaurants, specialty beverage and gourmet food stores will join under one roof for participants to enjoy samples and learn more.Other activities will include a silent auction, live big-board auction and music.Admission is $40. Strollers, pets, and outside food and drink are not permitted.For more information, visit www.tasteofarlington.info. — Taylor Prater Toastmasters group will host open house, give tips on communication skillsThe United Communicators Toastmasters in Arlington will host a free open house for anyone interested in developing communication and leadership skills.The event will be at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St.Toastmasters is a group dedicated to helping people become confident in front of an audience with a supportive, self-paced learning environment. Participants will also learn how to maximize their communication skills for the job market and networking.Refreshments will be included in the 90-minute program. For more information, visit www.toastmasters.org. — Taylor PraterWomen’s chorus invites prospective members to rehearsalsLoneStar Chorus, a Sweet Adeline International chorus, is beginning rehearsals for its Christmas Chorus. All women who love to sing are invited to attend Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Northwest Baptist Church, 1003 Oakwood Lane in Arlington.Voice lessons will be offered for the first four weeks of the season.Contact Bonnie Schuler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Trudie Case at email@example.com for more information. Conference will unite business ownersThe Southeast Tarrant Small Business and Technology Conference will bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs and more to foster local growth Thursday.The conference will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arlington school district’s Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.Aaron S. Demerson, executive director for the Office of the Governor, will serve as the keynote speaker.Topics featured will include the Affordable Care Act, doing business with local governmental entities, improving business through technology, business fundamentals and more.Registration is $35 per person, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments.For more information and to register, visit www.smallbiztechconference.com. — Taylor PraterUTA’s Bed Races return for creative university traditionUTA’s Bed Races return Thursday as the university’s longest-running tradition.The races start at 7 p.m. at the university.Bed Races require participants in teams of five to dress up in creative costumes while racing beds on wheels. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, with women’s, men’s and co-recreational divisions.Two or three teams will race against each other at one time, and teams with the fastest times in their division will advance to the final competition.Awards will include the fastest in each division, most spirited and a field goal kicking champion.The regular registration deadline is Tuesday by noon at $40 per team. Late registration ends Wednesday by noon with a $10 late fee added to the cost. Only UTA students may register.For more information, visit www.uta.edu/excel/events/bed-races. — Taylor Prater BEDFORDMeeting Oct. 17 will go over city bond package before Election DayLearn everything about the $3.2 million general obligation bond issue at a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.Early voting for the bond issue, which targets Boys Ranch Park improvements, begins Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5. Go to www.bedfordtx.gov/bondelection for information. — Terry EvansBedford Big Bazaar set for Oct. 19 at libraryA swap meet like none other brings the Library Friends together with friends in general at the Bedford Big Bazaar. Sell what you got or buy some more.The Bedford Public Library fundraiser features arts and crafts, household goods, antiques, tools, toys and junk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 on the Pennington Field parking lot, 1501 Central Drive.Admission is free. Sales spaces are $20 each through Barbara Sparks, 817-952-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. — Terry EvansEULESSFitness fun run takes place Saturday at Bob Eden ParkWalk, jog or sprint along a 5K fitness course when the Euless Fitness Fun Run brings families to Bob Eden Park, 901 W. Mid-Cities Blvd., at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.A series of 10 fitness activities along the park’s trail will get you dirty and sweaty but make you feel good about yourself — especially when you get a completion ribbon at the course’s end.The 9:30 a.m. flight is an individual run for people 14 and older.During the second flight, teams of two — one adult and one child at least 6 — may split up fitness tasks.It’s a great way for family members to challenge one another.Email Jerry at email@example.com or call 817-685-1449 to register with participants’ names and dates of birth. — Terry EvansResidents can take unused medication to police station Oct. 26 Old prescriptions and other medications that for years have been taking up cabinet space are potentially dangerous and should be disposed of, but not down a drain.The National Take Back Initiative is a joint effort of the DEA and Euless Police Department to give residents an easy way to safely get rid of expired, unwanted and unused pills and liquids.Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes can’t be accepted, but other medicines can be dropped off at the Euless Police Department, 1102 W. Euless Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.Call Cpl. James Gordon at 817-685-1686 for information. — Terry EvansGRAND PRAIRIE Councilwoman plans town hall meeting Oct. 22District 1 Councilwoman Jorja Clemson invites residents to attend a town hall meeting Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Eisenhower Elementary School, 2102 N. Carrier Parkway, to address community interests.“My goal is to periodically host community meetings like this one as an ongoing effort to facilitate open communication with you,” Jorja says.In attendance will be police, fire, environmental services, planning, code and economic development departments to answer questions. KELLER SCHOOLSNew dance program created for students with disabilitiesFossil Ridge High School students and faculty are creating a student-run project for students with disabilities.The Sparkle Effect will give those students the opportunity to cheer and dance at school assemblies and events.The program gives free uniforms and on-site training to its members. The Fossil Ridge program is one of 40 teams in schools nationwide.The team’s first scheduled performance is Dec. 7 at a competition.The program will host an informational meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fossil Ridge Lecture Hall, 4101 Thompson Road, in Fort Worth.For more information on how to get involved, contact Hillary White at 817-744-1962 or visit www.TheSparkleEffect.org. — Taylor Prater KELLERHaunted park trails will bring Halloween frightsThe Bear Creek Park trails will transform into a dark evening of Halloween ghouls, goblins and witches Oct. 26.The trails will be open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting at the south end of the Keller Pointe parking lot.Hayrides will bring participants back to the parking lots.Admission is $5 per adult and $3 per child 12 and younger. Call 817-743-4050 for more information or to volunteer. — Taylor Prater NORTH RICHLAND HILLSShop till you drop at the senior center arts and crafts fairThe senior center craft fair will be held Oct. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NRH Senior Center, 6000 Hawk Avenue. For more information, call 817-427-6695.Kid-friendly Halloween event will bring festival funFamilies are encouraged to bring out their young ones to celebrate Halloween with the city’s “Hoot ’n Howl” event Oct. 26.The festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Green Valley Park, 7701 Smithfield Road.Activities will include carnival games, bounce houses, hayrides, a costume contest and a special appearance by former The Voice contestant Jess Kellner.The event is offered by the city as a safe alternative to trick or treating.For more information, call 817-427-6620. — Taylor Prater SOUTHLAKEGreat Pumpkin competition calls for great decoratorsSouthlake Public Library is looking for residents to celebrate Halloween with a little bit of decorating Oct. 21 to 25.Individuals and families are invited to decorate a pumpkin for the library. Winners will have the chance to earn a photo in Southlake Style Magazine.Kids 12 and younger will receive a Halloween treat bag when they bring in their own decorated pumpkin.All pumpkins should have a Halloween theme and be family-friendly.For more information, contact the library at 817-748-8243. — Taylor Prater RegionLieutenant governor candidate forum slated for Oct. 21The Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club will host a lieutenant governor candidate forum featuring Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and three challengers — state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples — at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.The forum, moderated by David Wells, will be at The Grand Hall at North Richland Hills Centre, 6000 Hawks Ave. in North Richland Hills. — Anna M. TinsleyDemocratic fundraiser will honor party chairwomanCommunity activists will hold a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, 200 Main St., Fort Worth. Guest speakers will include U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.The fundraiser, to honor Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairwoman Deborah Whitlock Peoples, is being hosted by a group of community activists led by Melinda Hamilton and Bishop Kenneth Spears and will generate funds for the local party.Attendees may pay at the event or buy their tickets online. For more information, and to RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. — Anna M. TinsleyDeadline to nominate a best workplace for women is FridayApplications are being taken for the Best Workplaces for Women Award, a program of the the Fort Worth chamber’s Women Influencing Business Committee.The award recognizes companies and organizations that implement best practices for recruiting and retaining top female talent, as well as creating a woman-friendly workplace. Applications are due Friday.The award process is open to any for-profit or nonprofit operating in Tarrant County. The business must be financially stable and have operated for at least three years.Judges will look at such topics as compensation and leave, organizational ethics, work flexibility, training and mentoring, wellness initiatives and community involvement.Applications and instructions are at www.fortworthchamber.com under “Member Groups/Women Influencing Business.”Contact Pennie Blossom, director of member programs, at 817-338-3371 or at email@example.com for more information.Judges will conduct site visits. Winners will be selected in small-, medium- and large-business categories. The awards will be presented in March. — Sandra BakerHospital will offer mobile mammogramsTexas 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 sporting the color.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 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 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 www.texashealth.org/mobilehealth. — Taylor Prater
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