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School district recognized for energy conservation

The energy management efforts of the school district were a source of discussion at the World Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., recently.

Conference attendees talked about how the school district’s energy committee saved money for the school district, and how other school districts, governmental entities and businesses could use the same practices.

Trustees approved an extension in September to the district’s electricity contract, which ends in May 2016. The district will save more than $130,000 during the extension term and more than $7 million compared to its 2012 rate.

Through diligent efforts of several employee groups this summer, the district realized its lowest electricity usage in June compared with the previous five years and a 26 percent lower July consumption than the previous lowest July.

— Monica S. Nagy


UTA pep rally planned at The Parks at Arlington

A University of Texas at Arlington pep rally is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Parks at Arlington shopping mall.

Bands will line up at different parts of the mall and march to the Samsung Center Court, where cheerleaders, spirit squad, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and fans will cheer on the Mavericks.

— Shirley Jinkins

Fall Crawl on Saturday will support city library system

Residents can receive discounts at some of their favorite downtown bars and restaurants and support the public library Saturday.

The Arlington Public Library Foundation is selling $5 wristbands for the third annual Fall Crawl The wristbands are good for discounts or specials at Grease Monkey, Old School Pizza and Suds, Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Twisted Root, J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, Maverick’s Bar and Grill and Hooligans.

Wristbands and a list of specials and discounts will be available at the Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., between 5 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wristbands can also be purchased at

Proceeds benefits the Arlington Public Library programs and the summer reading program. About $1,300 was raised last year, library officials said.

— Susan Schrock

‘Line Drives and Lipstick’ at Arlington Museum of Art

There are three days left to check out the exhibit on women in baseball at the Arlington Museum of Art.

“Line Drives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball” showcases more than 48 photographs and graphics, as well as more than 15 artifacts like three-fingered gloves, A League of Their Own script and uniforms.

The exhibit chronicles years from the creation of the first all-girls baseball team in 1866 to the establishment of a women’s league during World War II when the uniforms were changed to short skirts.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and adults over 65, and free to children under 12 and musuem members.

The Arlington Museum of Art is at 201 W. Main St.

— Monica S. Nagy

Adult nature hike, story time for children and tykes

Learn about native flora and fauna at River Legacy Parks via the River Legacy Living Science Center.

A master naturalist will lead an hike for adults at 8 a.m. Saturday. Children of all ages are later welcome at an 11 a.m. seasonal story time with a librarian from the Arlington Public Library.

Craft and other activities will follow.

Both events are free, but reservations are required and may be made by calling 817-860-6752.

— Monica S. Nagy


Pink Out Night is Friday at football game

Carroll’s fifth annual Dragon Pink Out football game is Friday.

During this event, Carroll schools and members of the community join the fight against breast cancer.

Dragon fans can watch the game against Keller from the Community Box located on the second floor of Dragon Stadium. The box is being auctioned now on

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. District employees can wear jeans on remaining Thursdays in October with the purchase of this year’s official Dragons Pink Out T-shirt from the Dragon Den.

— Diane Smith


Historic preservation summit Wednesday

Tarrant County Historical Commission is hosting its 10th annual Tarrant County Historic Preservation Summit from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Texas Star Conference Center at 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless.

Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served, and awards for historic preservation will be presented.

Earlier in the day, the Euless Historical Commission will conduct “The Fab 4 Tour” of Euless historic sites from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The tour begins at the Ruth Millican Community Center, 201 Cullum Drive in Euless.

This tour at Heritage Park consists of the Euless Historical Museum, the Fuller House, the Himes Log House and the McCormick Barn.

Participants in the day’s events should register in advance by calling 817-884-3271 or by email at

— Shirley Jinkins


Birdville Baptist marks 160th anniversary

Birdville Baptist Church, the second-oldest church in Tarrant County, will celebrate its 160th anniversary Oct. 27 with a day of homecoming activities.

Past members and ministers are invited to attend a special anniversary service at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a lunch in the church’s family center.

Birdville will host its annual fall festival the same day until 4 p.m.

“We’ve already heard from several former ministers who’ve told us they plan to attend,” said Tom Howe, the church’s pastor since 2005. “This should be a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships and praise God together in a special way.”

Former Associate Minister Don Williford will present the sermon at the service. Williford is dean of the Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary at Hardin Simmons University.

Birdville Baptist Church is at 3141 Carson St. For more information, call 817-831-0586.

— Shirley Jinkins


Chamber Ballet performance Nov. 7

Southlake’s Apex Arts League will present for the first time in Southlake a performance by the Colleyville-based Avant Chamber Ballet.

The performance will be at Whites Chapel Church, 185 S. Whites Chapel Blvd., Southlake, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

The ballet company’s artistic director, Katie Puder, and music director, David Cooper, emphasize a collaboration between ballet and live chamber music in their programs.

Selections include Jean Francaix’s Francaix Marelle, The Dying Swan by Camille Saint-Saens, Igor Stravinsky’s Italian Suite, and Exactly Woven by Dimitri Shostakovich.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and Apex members, and may be purchased at athe Apex website,, or at the door.

The goal of the Apex Arts League of Southlake is to promote and create a home for the arts in the Southlake area.

— Shirley Jinkins


Christmas home tour slated for Dec. 8

The Trophy Club Women’s Club’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes will ring in the holiday season on Sunday, December 8, featuring five lavishly decorated residences.

This year’s theme is “The Magic of Christmas 2013.”

The tour runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Premier Academy, 915 Trophy Club Drive, will provide child care for a fee from 3 to 8 p.m. For a child care reservation, visit or call 817-491-8562.

A silent auction will be held from 3 to 7:45 p.m. at the academy, and from 5 to8 p.m. there will be desserts, a raffle, a wine pull, and a handcrafted ornament sale. Copies of the Trophy Club Women’s Club cookbook will also be on sale.

Beginning Nov. 11, tickets can be purchased for $15 at the Tom Thumb in Trophy Club, Roanoke Pharmacy, Sassy Flamingo, Sadie’s Resale Shop, or from Trophy Club Women’s Club members.

Tickets can also be purchased through PayPal. The day of the event, tickets can be purchased for $20 at the Premier Academy or at each tour home.

For additional information or to assist with sponsorship, contact Terri Lane at, call 817-491-8562, or visit

Proceeds from the tour and related events will benefit Tarrant and Denton County charities, including Metroport Meals on Wheels and the Roanoke Food Pantry.

— Shirley Jinkins


Save the Children marathon relay

Students in the Dallas-Fort Worth-based Junior World Affairs Council will take part in Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the international relief and development organization.

The World Marathon Challenge is a global relay in which teams of children from around the world challenge themselves and each other to complete a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles, and attempt to break the world marathon record of two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds.

Events will be held throughout the month worldwide, with hundreds of teams running simultaneously on Wednesday, a global day of action. Fifty-thousand children in more than 60 countries will take on the challenge.

The race participants will receive certificates. All funds raised from the event will go to Save the Children’s programs in the United States and globally.

Save the Children’s vision is to make sure all children survive and thrive. To learn more, visit

JWAC students from Parish Episcopal School, L.D. Bell High School, Brighter Horizons Academy, Trinity High School, Central Junior High, North Hills Preparatory and Cedar Hill High School will compete.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity High School, 500 N Industrial Blvd., Euless.

— Shirley Jinkins

Golf tournament to aid homeless shelter

The Presbyterian Night Shelter will host the third annual Bring Awareness to Homelessness golf tournament Monday. The event will be held at Mira Vista Country Club.

“We have seen an increase in the number of homeless families seeking shelter this year, so the support from the community is truly making a difference for so many mothers and children,” said Toby Owen, night shelter executive director.

Golfers will sample offerings from food trucks throughout the course, as well as have the chance to win various prizes.

In-N-Out Burger will be grilling on site to benefit the cause.

Live music and a raffle will follow the tournament.

Some 4,150 men, women and children spend at least one night at the shelter during the year. The shelter is the largest provider of services for the area homeless population, supplying meals, beds and basic care, case management and employment services to an average of 625 homeless clients nightly.

Since its inception in 1984, it has provided over 6 million nights of stay and 13 million meals to the homeless.

Golfers and volunteers can still participate. Contact Jenny Ebeier at 817-632-7470.

— Shirley Jinkins

Hispanic assembly to hear Jerry Patterson

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a candidate for lieutenant governor, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Tarrant County Republican National Hispanic Assembly on Tuesday.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 S. University Drive in Fort Worth. This will be an opportunity to ask direct questions of Patterson and get an in-depth perspective on his views and plans for Texas.

— Shirley Jinkins

Genealogical group hosts WWII workshop

A free workshop on “African-Americans in World War II: A Legacy of Patriotism and Valor” will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Oct. 26 at Baker Chapel AME Church, 1050 E. Humboldt St. in Fort Worth.

Sponsor of the workshop is the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society.

Seating is limited, so contact the society at or phone 817-332-6049 to reserve a spot.

— Shirley Jinkins

Rocky Mountain rail adventure at the Omni

Fans of train travel will be very excited to see the Omni Theater’s new film offering, Rocky Mountain Express, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Low’s interpretation of the building of the nation’s first transcontinental railway.

A present-day steam-train journey through the Canadian Rockies is told in thrilling IMAX technology.

Rocky Mountain Express begins its run on Friday, Oct. 25.

The Omni Theater is at 1600 Gendy Street in Fort Worth.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children 2 to 12, and seniors over 65.

Visit the museum web site at

— Shirley Jinkins

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