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River Legacy Parks opens play trail near main playground

Two new playground areas with equipment resembling bugs, fish and frogs are now stationed along the trail loop connected to River Legacy Parks’ main playground area.

The play trail, recently completed with funding by UnitedHealthcare and EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program, is designed to promote healthier communities, city officials said. Families walking the half-mile wheelchair-accessible trail in north Arlington are encouraged to stop at the nature-themed playground spots, which include educational signage with fun facts and activities. The play spots include a dragonfly seesaw, spinners shaped like a turtle and a chrysalis, and climbers shaped like a butterfly, caterpillar, frog and fish.

River Legacy Parks is located at 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.

— Susan Schrock

Two daylong concert series coming to Rangers Ballpark

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will host two daylong concerts series — the Eli Young Band House Party and the Spirit Fest DFW — early next month.

Tickets are still available for both family-friendly events, which are the first stand-alone concert series held at the ballpark.

The Eli Young Band’s House Party, which starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 9, includes the Josh Abbott Band, Thompson Square and Easton Corbin. Tickets range from $52.50 for field passes to $32.50 for club reserved seats if purchased in advance or from $60 for field passes to $40 for club reserved seats if purchased at the gate. For more information, visit

Spirit Fest DFW runs from noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 and will feature two stages of live music and children’s activities. Christian music acts include Third Day, Switchfoot, Peter Furler and Flame as well as local contemporary Christian bands. Tickets start at $25; children under 16 get in free with adult general admission tickets. For more information, visit

Parking is $10 per car for both events.

— Susan Schrock

Little League to have free movie night, charitable drive

Arlington Southwest Little League will hold a free family movie night today at Martin Luther King Jr. Sports Complex, 7001 Golf Club Drive.

Miracle, the inspirational story of the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s 1980 gold medal win over the Soviet Union, will be shown starting at dusk. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.

On Saturday, ASWLL Gives Back Day, the league is collecting gently used baseball equipment and canned food to be given to charity and is sponsoring a Carter BloodCare drive beginning at 9 a.m. Appointments to give blood can be made at by clicking on “Programs.”

Chamber Women’s Alliance to host speed-networking event

The Women’s Alliance is holding its second annual speed-networking event Tuesday. The fast-paced event will be held at The Sanford House, at 506 N. Center St., from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Attendees will exchange business information in a preset period of time. According to spokeswoman Letatia Teykl, “All participants are guaranteed to broaden their connections and increase business exposure. It’s a fun, exciting and effective way to make initial business contacts and gain referrals.”

The Women’s Alliance, an outreach of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, focuses on empowering and uniting women through business and community endeavors.

The public is invited to the event, and attendees will have an opportunity to join the Women’s Alliance. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Alliance member Beth Owens said: “This speed-networking event is all about broadening connections and increasing business exposure. Guests will walk away having met dozens of new women, and new business opportunities and collaborations will result from this event. This was one of our most popular and successful events last year.”

Register at or call the chamber office at 817-275-2613.

— Faye Reeder


St. Vincent’s Cathedral and School plans family festival

The 36th annual family festival at St. Vincent’s Cathedral and School will take place Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Vincent’s is at 1300 Forest Ridge Drive.

The festival will feature a craft fair, chili cook-off, jackpot bean competition, the Dallas Stars slapshot cage and Ice Girls, video game truck, live music from two bands, bounce house, giant slide, jalapeño-eating contest, children’s games and more. All proceeds will benefit St. Vincent’s School.

Admission is free, but tickets are required for chili tasting and games. For more information, contact Donna Baker at 817-354-7911 or or go to


Gym aimed specifically at overweight opening in Hurst

Downsize Fitness, which bills itself as the first gym specifically for overweight people, plans to open a Hurst location by Dec. 1 at 920 Melbourne Road.

The gym says it only accepts members who need to lose at least 50 pounds and aims to help them go about it in a “fun, results-oriented way” in a “comfortable, nonjudgmental place.”

Downsize Fitness says members can participate in fitness classes, nutrition programs and a support system for long-term weight loss. The chain also has locations in Dallas and Illinois.

— Jim Fuquay


Second annual 5K and fun run benefits local charities

The second annual Run for Triumph 5K and fun run returns Saturday at Keller Town Hall.

The mile run begins at 8 a.m., while the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m.

The event, sponsored by Northwood Church, will benefit Traffick911, a local organization dedicated to preventing child sex trafficking, as well as Triumph House, a long-term home for child trafficking victims.

Registration costs are $30 through today and $35 on race day.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

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