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SafeHaven seeks donations for use at fall carnival

SafeHaven of Tarrant County is seeking donations of candy, new and gently used Halloween costumes and costume accessories that will be used for its annual fall carnival.

The carnival, which includes games and trick-or-treating, benefits the more than 70 children who are currently staying at the domestic violence shelters, officials said.

Donations, which are needed by Thursday, can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Berry Good Buys, 1701 W. Berry St. in Fort Worth, or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Arlington Resource Center, 401 W. Sanford St., Suite 1400, in Arlington.

For more information, visit r call 817-535-6462.

— Susan Schrock

Early voting starts Monday in local option election

Early voting begins Monday in the Nov. 5 local option election to determine whether Rangers Ballpark in Arlington can sell wine on a permanent basis and whether package liquor stores can open within the Arlington city limits.

Early voting ends Nov. 1.

To see a list of early voting locations and a sample ballot, visit and click on “Election Information” on the left.

— Susan Schrock

Arts and crafts festival at Downtown Farmer’s market

The Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market at Front Street east of Mesquite rolls out its popular fall arts and crafts festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Among items to be purchased are soaps, lotions, gift baskets, jewelry, photographic art, gourmet pet treats, artisan breads, crochet hats and accessories, local honey, homegrown salsas and jams, holiday decorations and sports memorabilia in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Children’s activities include a 10 a.m. costume contest, safe trick-or-treating, hula-hooping, beanbag toss and sidewalk art.

For more information, visit the festival Facebook page at

— Shirley Jinkins


Community car trunk sale for food pantry is Saturday

In Britain it’s called a “car boot sale,” or boot fair, where vendors sell goods flea-market-style from their car trunks.

Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities in Bedford is borrowing the tradition and hosting a community car trunk sale Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. to raise money for its benevolence ministry and Mission Central, a nonprofit organization and food pantry in Hurst.

The sale will be at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.

Members will be selling housewares, adult and children’s clothing, arts and crafts, tools, electronics, sports equipment, toys, baked goods and more.

Residents may also sell goods from their car trunks.

They can register their vehicle in advance by emailing with their name and phone number.

Sellers are asked to pay a $5 fee and, if possible, donate half of their sale proceeds to the ministry and Mission Central.

Admission is free for shoppers.

Cathedral of Hope is a congregation of the United Church of Christ.

For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins


District needs parents for health advisory committee

The district is looking for more volunteers to serve on its School Health Advisory Committee.

The committee advises school officials on development of a coordinated school health program that reflects community values and integrates health education, health services, physical education, nutritional services, school safety and parental involvement.

The majority of members must be parents.

For more information, visit the district website or email Sally Ross at


Residents can dispose of unused medication Saturday

Colleyville will host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

The community is invited to come from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to Market Street, 5605 Colleyville Blvd., and safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs.

Police Department staff will be there to assist the public.

The take-back is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national initiative.

The day is in addition to the city’s year-round secure disposal program at the Colleyville Justice Center.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Market Street job fair

kicks off this week

A hiring fair begins Wednesday for the new Market Street set to open in December at 3800 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound.

As many as 320 new jobs will be filled during the fair, which runs through Nov. 8 at Grace Community Assembly of God, 2525 Forest Vista.

Times are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

Positions include department clerks, bakers, cooks, floral designers, stockers, night stockers, checkers and sackers.

Walk-ins are welcome, but job-seekers may also complete an online application and set up an interview time in advance at

Training for successful candidates will be held Nov. 4-22.

— Shirley Jinkins


Students learn about value of proper nutrition

Grapevine-Colleyville schools recognized National School Lunch Week last week.

The week aims to promote the importance of nutrition and highlight school lunch menus.

Schools added nutrition information to daily announcements, some decorated lunch lines and cafeterias.

Cannon Elementary invited families to join in the fun for bring-your-parent-to-lunch day.

“GCISD school meals offer a great variety of food, including lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and fat-free milk,” Leigh Anne Critzer, the district’s registered dietician, said in a press release. “The options for celebrating with our students were endless, and our schools didn’t disappoint with their ideas.”

— Dustin L. Dangli


Central PTA adds food trucks to homecoming

When you think of homecoming, mums, dances and football games come to mind.

How about food trucks?

This year, as part of Keller Central High School’s homecoming parade, the school’s PTA is having a food truck festival at the high school’s parking lot from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Several local businesses will have food trucks there including Lee’s Grilled Cheese, OinknMoo BBQ and Gepetto Pizza.

— Andrea Ahles


West Nile traps have no positive results

Southlake Department of Public Safety says none of its West Nile virus traps showed positive results.

This news follows four weeks of positive results starting on Sept. 11.

On Oct. 10 and 11, the city ground-sprayed a half-mile radius around the trap located at 870 Shady Lane.

Every week the city sends traps to Tarrant County Public Health to be tested.

Kyle Taylor, Southlake’s assistant to the emergency management director and emergency management coordinator, said the city, with county suggestion, plans to continue trap surveillance through mid-November, when mosquito activity and risk is expected to wind down.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Tennis tournament for breast cancer month

Southlake Tennis Center invites players to use their backspin to benefit breast cancer awareness.

The Center will host Serve for Care Tennis Benefit doubles tournament Nov. 12-14 at the center, at 450 W. Southlake Blvd.

Proceeds from the event go to Fort Worth-based Cancer Care Services, who will use the finds for women receiving breast cancer treatment in Tarrant County.

“We want to show our support for breast cancer in a big way and CCS will make sure the money gets to the women in our community who really need it,” Mia Gordon-Poorman, Southlake Tennis Center’s general manager, said in a press release.

In addition to the tournament there will be a silent auction.

Qualified players can register by Nov. 1 at the center or online at

Cost is $50.

— Dustin L. Dangli

— Shirley Jinkins

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