ALVARADOFirst United Methodist plans Lord’s Acre on Oct. 26The First United Methodist Church of Alvarado will have its annual Lord’s Acre on Oct. 26.The activities will start at 4 p.m. at the church, 301 S. Spears, with an Angel Food Bakery that will have fresh baked goods, jams, jellies and casseroles. There will also be a free activity area for the children that will include a bounce house.From 5 to 6:30 p.m., a fajita dinner catered by Chili’s will be served. The cost for the dinner is $8 per person or $30 per family. A live auction will start at 6:30 with handcrafted items. All proceeds will go to missions here and abroad. FORT WORTHBack Porch Poetry set for Saturday in Riverside Arts DistrictStarting at 7 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to read original works of poetry or poetry by their favorite author at the Riverside Arts District, 2902 Race St.The readings will last until dark. Readers will perform on-stage behind Studio 1.16 and are limited to five minutes. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, beverages and snacks. — Sandra BakerYoung adult literature discussions for parents, teensParents and teens can spend quality time together discussing family-oriented books focusing on young-adult literature. Teens may attend by themselves, but adults must be accompanied by a teen.The next gathering is at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Teen Center in the Central Library, 500 W. Third. St. — Anna M. TinsleyOnline safety for youths to be discussed at Central LibraryTeens can learn about the Internet and online safety — everything from how to protect against cyberbullies and whether it’s safe to announce where you are on social media — during an upcoming meeting at the Fort Worth Central Library.The gathering is at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Teen Center in the Central Library, 500 W. Third. St. — Anna M. TinsleyFort Worth Academy invites public to truck festivalBig rigs and heavy haulers are the stars of Fort Worth Academy’s fifth annual Touch a Truck event from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at 7301 Dutch Branch Road.Admission is free, but visitors should bring a canned food donation for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.Participants can get in the driver’s seat, honk the horn and explore all kinds of trucks, as well as meet the police officers, firefighters and others who use trucks to serve and protect residents.For more information visit www.fwacademy.org. — Shirley JinkinsSurgeons conference will be hosted by JPS Health NetworkSurgeons from the nations’ top trauma centers will be in Fort Worth on Oct. 18 for the third annual JPS Health Network Trauma Conference. Speakers will include Dr. Timothy Nunez, trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University, who will discuss his experiences at surgical posts at Iraq and Afghanistan and how lessons learned there can help patients at home.Arthur Eisenberg, a forensic DNA analyst and co-director of the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, will speak on the role of DNA databases in solving criminal and medical mysteries.Baltimore surgeon Carnell Cooper, known for incorporating violence intervention into emergency room care, will give a medical perspective on street violence. The conference will be held at the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College. Physicians and nurses may earn continuing education credits, and the cost is $125 for physicians, $75 for nurses and $50 for other healthcare providers.The program and registration form are available from www.jpshealthnet.org/trauma. — Shirley JinkinsJOHNSON COUNTYChurch will host fall festival Oct. 19Cahill United Methodist Church will have its annual fall festival Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cahill, built in 1890 and still a community fixture in Johnson County, is located just a few miles east of Interstate 35W at Farm Road 917 County Road 604.Activities will include a big yard sale, quilt raffles, door prizes, cake walks and horseshoes. A barbecue lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.There will also be children’s games and activities such as face-painting and a fun maze.A live auction begins at 1 p.m.WEATHERFORDWeatherford College to have Safe Halloween event Oct. 31Weatherford College officials are busy on final plans for the Safe Halloween community event to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31.The free event is sponsored by campus police and is aimed at providing a safe Halloween destination for youngsters. Almost 600 people attended last year. The first hour of the event is devoted to children with special needs.Children can enjoy a bounce house, game booths, face-painting and costume parades.Participants are asked to bring along food donations for agencies that serve the needy.Call 817-594-1731 for more information. — Shirley Jinkins
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