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American Legion will honor hero at ceremony Saturday

American Legion Post 356 will be renamed the Houston M. Taylor Memorial Post 356 during ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday at Azle High School.

Taylor, an Army staff sergeant who attended Azle High, was killed in action on Oct. 12, 2011, in Anbar province while serving in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division.

The public is invited to the ceremony.

— Shirley Jinkins


Haunted house, hayrides, movie slated for park

The city will have a Halloween-themed event in the park beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday followed by a movie at 7:30.

The event will include a haunted house, hayrides and a costume contest from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

The movie will follow with complimentary popcorn.

The park is at 1824 Fagan.


Program for low-income homes targets lead paint

Low-income families living in older Fort Worth homes are encouraged to apply for assistance through the city’s lead-based-paint remediation program.

Families living in homes built before 1978 may be facing lead-based-paint hazards.

Funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development provides income-eligible households with free home inspections, risk assessments and lead hazard reduction services.

For a home to qualify, a child under 6 must live there or spend significant time there.

Fort Worth residents can contact Tarrant County Housing Partnership at 817-924-5091 or at to learn more about income eligibility and other program requirements.

A Lead Safe Kids Community Celebration is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Carroll Peak Elementary School, 1201 E. Jefferson St., in the Morningside-Hillside neighborhood.

The event will feature free flu shots and lead-paint-screening information for kids, community resource booths, hot dogs and family-friendly activities.

For more information about the event contact the Morningside Children’s Partnership at 817-814-0770.

— Sandra Baker

Persistence in weight loss pays for Fort Worth couple

For years, Buddy and Ruth Calzada had struggled with their weight. For years they had tried to diet.

Two years ago, they finally got serious. The Fort Worth couple started rigorous workouts and with the help of the Weight Watchers, lost 170 pounds between them. In 2012, they finished a half-marathon.

“We, as a family, adopted a whole new mindset,” the couple said. “We weren’t losing weight to be thin. We were losing weight to be healthy. Our kids, [ages] 9 and 13, started to attend weekly Weight Watchers meetings with us.”

The Calzadas recently were named one of four grand prize winners of Weight Watchers’ 50 Years of Success contest.

“Together, Team Calzada has beaten obesity,” the couple said. “It’s a choice we are making together daily. It has changed us forever.”

— Tim Madigan

Microbrewery will hold Halloween-themed tour

The Martin House Brewing Co. will hold its inaugural Halloween Boo-ery Tour with live music, a costume contest and beers from guest breweries on Saturday.

The brewery will have extended tour hours from noon until 5 p.m. Martin House will serve a small-batch Halloween special beer as well as brews from The Collective Brewing Project, Grapevine Craft Brewery, Wahoo Brewing Co., Nobel Rey Brewing Co. and Social Brewing Co.

Music will be provided by the Shady Rest Band, Ole G and Devin Leigh. The $10 entrance fee includes a pint glass and three Martin House samples.

Guest brewery samples are free with paid entry.

The Martin House brewery is at 220 S. Sylvania Ave., Suite 209, in Fort Worth.

For more information, check

— Steve Campbell

Genealogical group hosts WWII workshop Saturday

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 Saturday 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

Fort Worth hopes to land title of state’s healthiest city

Fort Worth is aiming to be the healthiest city in Texas, according to one measurement, but has to surpass San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Corpus Christi to get there.

Fort Worth ranks fifth in the metro category of the H-E-B Community Challenge, an eight-week contest to get communities and individuals across the state committed to healthy living.

With about three weeks left to compete, Keome Rowe, aide to Mayor Betsy Price, said Fort Worth officials hope to hold off Dallas, which beat them last year.

“We are trying to do as much as we can to lead the pack in our own back yard,” Rowe said.

Schools, churches, neighborhoods and individuals can visit to sign a pledge and post pictures of healthy activities to earn points for their city.

— Caty Hirst


Schoolyard Harvest Dinner set for Nov. 7

Fort Worth school students will get a chance to feast on gourmet food that they’ve grown themselves during the annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at GRACE Restaurant, 777 Main St.

The restaurants owners, Adam and Carolin Jones, and Executive Chef Blaine Staniford will visit classes at Meadowbrook and D. McRae elementary schools today and T.A. Sims and I.M. Terrell on Thursday.

Those schools were the four selected this year to grow food in learning gardens on their campuses sponsored by the REAL School Gardens nonprofit organization.

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— Shirley Jinkins


Events to raise funds for first responders

The Justin Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 40th annual catfish fry to raise funds starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $13 for adults and $7 for children and include all-you-can-eat catfish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, beans and desert, as well as a drink.

Singin’ and Swingin’ at Mule Barn will take place Sunday, and a golf tournament at Tour 18 is set for Monday.

Information: or Justin Volunteer Fire Department, 940-648-2561.


Class of 1963 will have 50th reunion Saturday

The Weatherford Class of 1963 is celebrating its 50th reunion Saturday as part of homecoming festivities.

Members will meet and mingle at 5 p.m. at Canyon West Country Club, with dinner to follow at 6:30. Cost is $35.

The class will have an entry in the homecoming parade, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Members will sit in Section D at Kangaroo Stadium for the homecoming football game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Information: Toni West Masterson, 940-325-2632 or


Extension service to show apple cooking

October is prime time for apples and you can learn about their nutritional benefits and how to prepare them in recipes at two cooking demonstrations this month hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Tarrant County.

The demonstrations cost $10 per person and will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 29 at the extension service office in the Tarrant County Plaza Building at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

For more information, call the extension service at 817-884-1945 or contact Markena Minikon at

— Steve Campbell

Former first lady to speak fundraiser

Former first lady Laura Bush will speak during the Great Conversations dinner on Thursday to benefit the Children’s Alliance.

The benefit dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Fort Worth Club’s Horizon Room, 306 W. Seventh Street.

Other special guests include George P. Bush; Gary Cogill, former WFAA movie critic; retired Lt. General Brett Dula; former Defense Secretary Gordon England; and Johnny Rutherford, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

To purchase tickets, contact Katy Tomlinson at 817-335-7172.

The alliance, formed in 1992, is dedicated to the protection and healing of child abuse victims.

— Elizabeth Campbell

Pet food charity announces officers

Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank has announced its 2013-14 officers. They are:

• President: Amber Blair, Pier 1 Imports

• First Vice President: Susan McConocha, Pier 1 Imports

• Second Vice President: Patti Chiaramonte, Mercedes-Benz Financial

• Treasurer: Leigh Atkinson, Thomson-Reuters

• Development Coordinator: Terry Woodfin, Amon G. Carter Foundation

• Immediate Past President: Michael Parker, Lockheed Martin

The mission of Don’t Forget to Feed Me is to keep pets with their families. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, it hopes to provide an option to surrendering a pet.

For more information, visit

KellerFest raises $3,000 for groups

Despite rainy weather during KellerFest this year, Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce officials said volunteer organizations fared well at the event, with $3,000 paid to 11 groups.

The organizations include the Sertoma Club-Yellow Rose, Burkburnett; Sertoma Club of Fort Worth; Sertoma Club of Watauga; Keller Middle School; Watauga Citizens Police Academy Alliance Association; Bear Creek Middle School; Ministering Wholeness Christian Church; Shreveport Church; Remnant of Faith Church; and Christian Performing Arts Center.

This year’s event was moved from Keller to Texas Motor Speedway.

Brenda DeVore, interim president of the chamber, said the festival drew visitors from all over North Texas.

A final headcount and proceeds earned by the chamber was unavailable.

— Susan McFarland

Virtual Dementia Tour is Nov. 1 in Roanoke

Caregivers can experience the realities of living with Alzheimer’s and dementia at a Nov. 1 event sponsored by Metroport Meals On Wheels.

The Virtual Dementia Tour will run every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 428 N. U.S. 377 in Roanoke.

Participants must pre-register by calling 817-491-1141.

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