FORT WORTHPanther Club’s chili cook-off will support Boys & Girls ClubsThe weather is perfect for a hot and spicy chili competition, so join the fun at the Cowtown Cook-Off this evening at River Ranch in the Stockyards.The event brings chili lovers from across the city together for the competition, with a $2,500 top prize at stake. Attendees have the opportunity to taste chili, vote for their favorite and wash it down with complimentary margaritas and beer provided by Coors Distributing of Fort Worth.Poo Live Crew will headline the event, which also features dancing, an auction and casino.Panther Club’s young professionals have supported and raised funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth since 1998, raising $100,000 a year to support disadvantaged youth.“Panther Club loves working with and for the kids,” said Tara Hall, event co-chairwoman. “Boys & Girls Clubs is a passion for us all, and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to present an all-new event that will help advance the club’s mission, especially an event that gives attendees a chance to stretch their taste buds!”The event starts at 6 p.m. with chili awards at 8. Single tickets are $75. Tickets can be purchased at www.FortWorthKids.org, by calling 817-834-4711 or at the door. — Faye ReederMasonic lodge will hold ‘Feed the First Responders’ meal Oct. 26-27Tabernacle Masonic Lodge No. 1195, at 5320 Woodway Drive on the southwest side of Fort Worth, will host its annual “Feed the First Responders” meal starting at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26.All law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMTs are invited to have a free meal prepared by the lodge. A breakfast of eggs to order will be served until 10:30 a.m. Barbecue brisket and chicken with all the trimmings will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 4 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast will be served again Sunday morning from 4 to 7:30.The event is the club’s way of saying thank-you to those who protect and serve the community.Information: Jack Ward, email@example.com or 817-263-9273.Girls Inc. to mark International Day of the GirlSome 300 to 500 girls garbed in red Girls Inc. T-shirts plan to march down Main Street in downtown Fort Worth starting at 7:45 a.m. today.They will be celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl.Mayor Betsy Price and Girls Inc. CEO Judy Vredenburgh are expected to join the march. Participants will march from the Fort Worth Convention Center along Main Street to the Tarrant County Courthouse, according to a news release.Girls Inc. of Tarrant County invited Girls Inc. of Dallas and other sister agencies to take part in the March on Main Street. Girls Inc. aims to inspire young women to be strong and bold through life-changing programs and experiences. — Diane Smith Hip Pocket Theatre will open season-ending show FridayHip Pocket Theatre is capping its 37th season with an original production, Fuzzbug Follies, running for two weekends during October at the Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road in Fort Worth.The play, featuring pantomime, dance, and popular music of the 1940s, is written and produced by Johnny Simons. The nine-member cast includes Frieda Austin, Julie Ballew, Jozy Camp, Jessica Duncan, Jennie Lynn Godfrey, Lori Sundeen Soderbergh, Gracey Tune, Lindsey Villari and James Warila.Adult tickets are $15, with reduced rates for students, teachers, military and seniors.Performances are Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 27-29 at 8:15 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for The Backyard club area with live music, food, beer and wine. — Shirley JinkinsNolan Catholic High School hosting robotics competitionNolan Catholic High School is the site for regional BEST Robotics Competition.BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a national program for middle and high school students.They learn to analyze and solve problems through the project-based program, as well as demonstrate technological literacy skills.Nolan Catholic students have competed in the event for four years.Twenty teams will compete this weekend for a chance to move on to the national competition.Each team has constructed a robot over a six-week period that can fabricate a computer central processing unit.Teams have also prepared business presentations, built displays and kept engineering notebooks documenting their work. — Shirley JinkinsSAGINAWSaginaw Library Boosters fall sale takes place SaturdaySaginaw Library Boosters will host a fall Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in back of the John Ed Keeter Public Library, 355 W. McLeroy Blvd.Proceeds from the sale will help support the library’s activities. Last year’s sale enabled the Library Boosters to donate $1,500 to the Summer Reading Club, $500 to the English as a second language and adult literacy program, and purchase a new portable public address system. — Shirley JinkinsWEATHERFORD SCHOOLSVolleyball Pink Out is today at high school gymWeatherford High School’s volleyball teams will host Arlington Martin today their Pink Out games in the gym, at 2121 Bethel Road.Everyone is encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.The freshmen “A” and junior varsity teams will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the freshmen “B” and varsity games at 6:30 p.m.Between the games, the Lady Roos will present a check for the proceeds from the Bleed Blue Think Pink T-shirt sales to the Parker County Health Foundation. — Melissa Winn Craft fair to be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday will mark the fifth annual WHS Kangaroo Craft Sale and Vendor Expo, and the organizers are hoping to set a record attendance of 1,000 people.The craft sale and vendor expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a major fundraiser for the senior prom. There is no cost to attend the event, which will be held in the Weatherford High School cafeteria, at 2121 Bethel Road. For more information, contact Christine Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Melissa WinnRegionCook Children’s Heart Center will offer free EKGs through OctoberIn awareness of Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, the Fort Worth and Arlington clinics of Cook Children’s Heart Center will offer free EKGs through October with a primary care doctor’s referral.Tests will be given from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Any child can receive an EKG referral from his or her regular doctor.For more information, visit www.cookchildrens.org/heartcenter. — Taylor PraterLight the Night cancer walksThe Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is sponsoring three walks in North Texas this month to heighten awareness and raise research funds for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.The casual walks can be completed by children, seniors and other adults. Anyone can participate, but organizers do require walkers to raise funds through donations.The walks are held at twilight, and participants carry red, white and gold illuminated balloons.The Fort Worth Light the Night walk is Oct.20 and will originate in the West 7th Street development. — Shirley JinkinsGarcia appointed to retirement system’s boardTarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as a trustee on the Texas County and District Retirement System’s nine-member board.Garcia, who was elected county clerk in 2011, joined Tarrant County as a senior administrator for the Sheriff’s Department in 2002. Before that she owned the Garcia Group, a public relations firm.Trustees oversee the retirement system’s operations, including the annual budget, governance policy, legislative proposals and investment policy. The system helps more than 235,000 Texans plan for their future, partnering with counties and districts to provide retirement, disability and survivor benefits.Garcia replaces board member Ed Miles, Jr., who died in 2012. Her term as a trustee expires Dec. 31, 2017. — Steve CampbellTax assessor’s office to hold public tax forumsThe Tarrant County tax assessor’s office will hold two public forums this month to answer questions about tax issues.Residents can find out how property values are determined, if they qualify for exemptions, how to transfer car titles and how to get a TollTag as well as tax office payment plans.A forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Worth Multi Purpose Facility at 7005 Charbonneau Road.Another will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arlington Subcourthouse at 700 E. Abram St.For more information, call 817-884-1100. — Steve Campbell
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