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Lawmaker will hold town hall on health insurance

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will hold a town hall meeting to talk about health insurance from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus ballroom, 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington.

Those who attend can learn about the Affordable Care Act and how to sign up for coverage.

To RSVP, email or call 817-459-2800.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Two Halloween tours at Rangers Ballpark available

Who needs haunted houses when you can a scare at the stadium?

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is offering two different tours celebrating Halloween. Families are invited to bring their costumed little ones for trick-or-treating on a special kid-friendly tour of the ballpark that includes games on the concourse, craft time in the press box, story time in the media room and pictures in the Rangers dugout.

The tours, which are $20 per child and $10 per adult, are available at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. today; 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 5:30 p.m. Thursday; and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 2. Reservations are recommended.

Older kids and adults are invited to special nighttime tours of the ballpark using flashlights. Tours, set for 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, include a trip to the Rangers bullpen, a walk around the warning track and other activities. Tours are $14 per person, and participants should bring flashlights.

For reservations or more information, call 817-273-5099 or email

— Susan Schrock

Pit Bull Awareness Day at Arlington Animal Services

On Pit Bull Awareness Day, which is Saturday, Arlington Animal Services is hoping to bring awareness to an often feared and misunderstood dog breed with special shelter activities, including a pit bull fashion show.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. in the Arlington Animal Services community room with “Turtle’s Story.” Turtle, a Facebook darling, is a female pit bull who was rescued when she was 2 and weighed only 11 pounds. Her owner, Kristie Miller, will represent RespectABull by teaching attendees about pit bulls and sharing Turtle’s heartwarming story.

The much-anticipated Parade of Pretty Pitties will take place in the grassy area outside the shelter at 2 p.m. The fashion show intends to show the softer side of pit bulls.

Activities will conclude with a pit-bull-themed Jeopardy game in the community room, where attendees will have the chance to win prizes and show off what they’ve learned.

People serious about adopting a pit bull are invited to attend a pit bull ownership class in community room from 6 to 8 p.m. today. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance that will entitle them to a $25 adopting fee for any pit bull mix through Halloween.

Arlington Animal Services is at 1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd. Information:

Going to The Parks mall? Test-drive a Maza6 there

Mazda North American Operations brings its Take6 Ride and Drive program to The Parks at Arlington mall today through Sunday.

Mallgoers can test-drive the Mazda6 during a pressure-free six-minute activity.

Mazda representatives will be on hand from 2 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday in front of Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Dave & Busters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears and the AMC theater.

“We know that Mazda6 customers live an active lifestyle, and one of their passion points in life is a rich dining and shopping experience,” Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda, said in a news release. “The Take6 program meets customers at their passion points and offers an unexpected test-drive opportunity. Our goal with the program is to create a memorable experience, and this unexpected test drive opportunity is just that.”

Participants will receive a gift card to the mall and a Mazda6-branded spice grinder.

‘An Evening in Italy’ to raise funds for Arlington Charities

Arlington Charities hosts “An Evening in Italy” tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at New World United Methodist Church, 2201 N. Davis Drive.

The church has graciously sponsored the evening to raise money for Arlington Charities as the agency enters the busy holiday season when the demand for services is greatest.

Guests will also enjoy a dessert buffet of homemade sweets after the meal. Tickets for a raffle drawing for a $300 cash prize and a gift basket are $5 each or three for $10.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 10. Toddlers and infants get in free.

Call Melanie Gibson at 817-275-1511 with questions.

— Faye Reeder


Keller High theater shows this weekend

The Keller High School theater program will perform Hamlet ESP at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday in the school’s Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

On Sunday, theater student TJ Little, who was diagnosed in February with severe aplastic anemia, will direct and star in Black Angel.

Tickets cost $5, and proceeds will go to the Cook Children’s Medical Center hematology/oncology center

The show starts at 2:30 p.m. in the school’s Fine Arts Center.


Police will collect medication Saturday

The Keller Police Department will accept expired and unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take Back Day.

The event is free and open to the public. Medications will be accepted in the Police Department parking lot at 330 Rufe Snow Drive.

For more information, call 817-743-4533.

Since 2010, the DEA’s national initiative has collected 2.8 million pounds of unneeded medications, helping to prevent diversion, misuse and abuse of the drugs. — Mitch Mitchell

Do you dare to try the haunted trail Saturday?

Bear Creek Park will turn from volleyball courts, baseball fields and fishing holes into a haunted trail of vampires, boogie men and frightening ghouls on Saturday.

Those who dare face the trails will encounter scare stations along the way starting at The Keller Pointe at 405 Rufe Snow Drive.

After completing the trails, participants will be taken back to the parking area on a hayride.

The city is sponsoring Haunted Trails at the park. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The trails may be too scary for kids under 11, so the city is sponsoring a free event on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. called Spooky Kooky Keller Kastle.

The event, which will be held at Johnson Road Park, will have free carnival games and candy for kids under 11.

— Andrea Ahles


Mama’s Pizza opens

on Boulevard 26

Mama’s Pizza has opened its eighth restaurant overall and its third in Northeast Tarrant, this one at 9101 Boulevard 26, Suite 131.

The eatery, two blocks north of NRH2O Family Water Park and Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, opened Wednesday, joining Mama’s pizzerias in Keller and Southlake.

Mama’s Pizza was founded in 1968 in Fort Worth.

For more information, go to


Halloween events today and Saturday

Halloween fun has descended on the Watauga Community Center.

Today and Saturday, the center at 7901 Indian Springs Road will turn into a haunted house and hay maze.

The haunting will cost $3 per person, the hay maze $1.

Also Saturday, the city is hosting a Halloween bash from 6 to 9 p.m. at the community center.

The free event will have bounce houses, games, candy prizes and a $1 cake walk. Concessions will also be available.

— Andrea Ahles


Public invited to water issues conference

Texas is facing serious water issues, and you can learn how to do your part to conserve water at the Texas Water Star Conference on Saturday in Fort Worth.

Hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Service-Tarrant County, the daylong conference will feature an overview of Texas water issues and sessions on landscape design, plant selection and landscape management for water conservation.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Resource Connection of Tarrant County conference center, 2300 Circle Drive.

Cost is $55 and pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Billie Hammack at 817-884-1296 or by email at

— Steve Campbell

Texas Girls’ Choir will perform Saturday

The Texas Girls’ Choir will present its annual “Family” concerts at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the choir’s concert hall at 4449 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Selections will range from classical to popular to Broadway musical, including a special Glee medley of popular songs.

All 156 members will perform. They will be joined for the finale by the 55 members of the preparatory choir.

General admission tickets are $8; reserved seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Information, 817-732-8161.

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