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Councilwoman to host town hall to give project updates

City Councilwoman Sheri Capehart will host a town hall meeting updating residents on street and water projects and improvements planned for District 2.

Projects include Tri-School street improvements, a possible dedicated right-turn lane on Bowen Road south of Interstate 20 and updates on the residential street rebuild program.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Police Service Center, 1030 SW Green Oaks Blvd.

District 2 predominantly covers southwest Arlington but does include a portion of southeast Arlington. A map of council districts is available at

— Susan Schrock

National award honors UTA nursing professor’s work

Daisha Cipher, associate director of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for Nursing Research, has been honored nationally for her work on a study of ways to support injured veterans in the workforce.

Cipher was part of a research team that recently received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing in Rehabilitation Medicine.

The paper recognized was titled, “Effectiveness of Supported Employment for Veterans With Spinal Cord Injuries: Results From a Randomized Multisite Study.”

UTA math department gets $600,000 for scholarships

A new $623,608 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant to the UT Arlington mathematics department will help undergraduates with up to $10,000 in stipends, tuition and fees as they pursue their future in teaching, research or other math-based professions.

S-STEM stands for “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

UT Arlington’s S-STEM program is called SURGE or “Scholarships for Undergraduates to Reach Goals in Education.” To be considered for the SURGE scholarship, students must have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need and be pursuing a math degree in the UT Arlington College of Science.

‘Jane Eyre, The Musical’ at Epworth United Methodist

Epworth United Methodist Church will present Jane Eyre, The Musical with performances starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 1-3 in the church auditorium.

The audience will experience a musical retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. The show’s stars are Kirsten McCormick and Chris Wagner.

“Last spring Epworth put on the musical Godspell. It was an amazing success, so we upped our game and have decided to put on another inspirational, family-friendly classic,” McCormick said. “This show not only requires more elaborate sets and costumes but is more musically intense and demanding. But the cast and crew have risen marvelously to the challenge. The voices are beautiful and the storytelling is lovely.”

Others working on the production include Nancy Bennet, Ruth Lawrence, Janet Gray and Andrew Maughan.

Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. Tickets are available in advance. The church is at 1400 S Cooper St.

To inquire, contact McCormick at 469-595-6422.

— Faye Reeder


Math homework help for teens offered at library

The Bedford Public Library is offering free math homework help for teens.

Students can get tutoring from Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district math teacher Marsha Davidson.

The class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the teen room at the library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.

For more information, call 817-952-2370.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

City seeks residents for boards, commissions

The city of Bedford is looking for citizen-volunteers who are interested in serving on its boards and commissions.

Membership is open to Bedford residents who have lived in the city for at least a year unless otherwise prescribed by an ordinance, bylaws or regulatory provisions of that board or commission.

Applications may be submitted in person at City Hall, by email to or by fax to 817-952-2103.

Applications may also be mailed to the attention of the city secretary, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 76021.

— Yamil Berard

Free irrigation system evaluation available

Bedford residents have an opportunity to participate in the WISE Guys Irrigation evaluation program with the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Residents who sign up will be contacted by a licensed irrigation company, which will provide a free irrigation system evaluation without soliciting the homeowner.

Residents will have the option to use that company or any other company to perform repairs to the system.

Residents can sign up at

— Yamil Berard


New dance academy teaches several genres

Dance Axiom has opened at 1009 Cheek Sparger Road.

Owner Devin Cash said she has the passion for teaching and the professional experience to help her students achieve their personal artistic goals, whether professional or recreational.

Dance Axiom offers all levels of ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and drill team prep.

For more information go to

— Sandra Baker


‘Original Broadway Musical’ at Uptown

The Grand Prairie Arts Council and Studio Theater Production will present An Original Broadway Musical at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 9-10 at the Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. downtown.

A news release describes the production as a show about “two guys writing a show, about two guys writing a show.” The story is about Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, who recruit their friends to write and perform their show at a musical theater festival.

The musical received a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

The cast includes Shannon Walsh, Tripp Jackson, Amy Jackson, Cody Martin and Kristin Spires

Admission is $15.

The show is not appropriate for younger children.

Purchase tickets at, or call the box office at 972-237-8786.

— Faye Reeder


Students will hear Symphony Arlington

Symphony Arlington will treat Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district students to Sousa’s Washington Post March, Leroy Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Tchiakovsky’s Waltz from Sleeping Beauty next month.

The symphony’s annual Young People’s Concert, set for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, is designed to educate, inspire and entertain young students and introduce them to the orchestra through a live performance.

Symphony Arlington, which established the youth concert program in 1996, reaches more than 7,000 elementary students each year through tours.

To learn more about Symphony Arlington, visit

— Susan Schrock


Racing favorite to appear at Fossil Ridge

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will visit Fossil Ridge High School in Keller from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 to visit with students, be interviewed and participate in a question-and-answer session.

The NASCAR driver and team owner will be accompanied by representatives from the National Guard, his Sprint Cup series sponsor.

— Shirley Jinkins


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.

They include the 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

Hair salon will hold Pink Out on Saturday

To send Breast Cancer Awareness Month out with a bang, Tangle Salon & Boutique and the Kirkwood Agency are holding their second annual Pink Out event Saturday.

The hair salon at 255 S. Main St. is opening up its boutique from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving door prizes, holding a silent auction on gift baskets and offering pink hair extensions.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Cruise to the Cure.

— Andrea Ahles


Fatoberfest Saturday at Fat Daddy’s

Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe at 781 W. Debbie Lane has announced plans for Fatoberfest on Saturday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Live music indoors by Vanilla Ice begins at 11:30 p.m., and the headliner band for outdoor entertainment is the Velcro Pygmies performing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Music by a disc jockey will wrap around the live performances.

Visit Fat Daddy’s to enter a contest for a chance to win a meet-and-greet session with Vanilla Ice.

Spokeswoman Molli Samuels says guests at the event will enjoy competitive fun in a jalapeño-eating contest for guys and a Little Frankie-eating contests for gals.

— Faye Reeder


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.

Tour participants are outfitted with patented eyewear that distorts vision, audio equipment that alters hearing and devices that alter sense of touch in the hands and feet, allowing caregivers experience the physical and mental challenges that those with dementia face.

“We are excited to be able to offer this unique resource to our community and caregivers,” Mary King, executive director of Metroport Meals On Wheels, said in a news release. “The Virtual Dementia Tour is a powerful and enlightening experience to help families and professionals truly experience what it is like to walk in the shoes of an older adult who is struggling with dementia.”

Participants must pre-register by calling 817-491-1141. For more information go to

— Susan McFarland

Apple giveaway marks National Food Day

Thousands of Tarrant County residents will celebrate National Food Day on Thursday by participating in Apple Crunch events to be held in area schools and outside the Tarrant County Courthouse and city offices.

Some 6,000 apples will be given away along with information on the newly formed Tarrant County Food Policy Council.

— Shirley Jinkins

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