ARLINGTONFirst-ever Police Palooza is today at J. Gilligan’sThey may not exactly be The Police, but members of Arlington’s finest will croon, wail and possibly even scream during the first-ever Police Palooza from 3 to 10 p.m. today at J. Gilligan’s.Organized by a small group of Arlington Police Department employees, family and friends, the event is described as a charity concert at which “several undercover rock stars” will take the stage to showcase their off-duty talents and entertain residents. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. All proceeds benefit the Arlington Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the community safe.For more information, visit facebook.com/policepalooza2013.CARROLL SCHOOLSDistrict receives grant for astronomy observatoryThe Carroll school district has received an $80,000 grant to build an astronomy observatory aimed at enhancing science classes.The grant comes from The Hudson Foundation, according to the district’s curriculum and instruction department. Once the observatory is built, students will be able to view planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. The observatory will have a roll-off roof and will be located at a site to be announced later.Activities at the observatory will eventually include stargazing parties, astronomy clubs and community special events. — Diane SmithGRAPEVINERestaurant will celebrate 30th anniversary todayFerrari’s Italian Villa & Chophouse will throw a 30th-anniversary party from 5 to 9 p.m. today with a complimentary buffet and cash bar.Francesco and Jane Secchi opened the first Ferrari’s Italian Villa in downtown Dallas in October 1983. It was one of the first restaurants to open in the West End and introduced Dallas-Fort Worth to authentic Italian cuisine with recipes that have been in the Secchi family for more than 100 years. In the last 30 years, the family has expanded the brand with multiple restaurant ventures, including its main location in Addison, a casual-dining concept in Plano, and its latest and most adventurous restaurant in Grapevine.For more information, visit ferrarisrestaurant.com.HURSTSt. Paul Methodist schedules fall craft fairSt. Paul United Methodist Church is having its annual fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9.There will be vendors, crafts, a bake sale, food and drinks. Admission is free. The church is at 852 W. Bedford Euless Road. Call 817-284-7181. KELLER SCHOOLSCentral High schedules annual gift and craft show Get a jump on Christmas shopping at Central High School’s 11th annual fall gift and craft show. The show, sponsored by the Central Lightning Dance Team, will have over 200 vendors, live entertainment and a silent auction. The dance team will also be collecting food items such as single-serve bowls of cereal, granola bars and juice boxes for Backpack for Kids for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the high school. — Andrea AhlesMANSFIELDMeeting to let public weigh in on bike-friendly plansResidents can weigh in Tuesday on bike-friendly measures the city is considering, such as broadening its trail plans, designating lanes for bicyclists to share with motorists and building separate bike lanes on current and future streets.The 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., is part of an ongoing consultant study looking at options and costs of building a bike mobility master plan.The plan would map out future trail systems that would tie into the Walnut Creek Linear Park – the backbone of the city park system — and identify streets that could be expanded for bikes or striped for sharing.The City Council meets at 5 p.m. Monday for an update on the study. The work session is open to the public but not for citizen comment. — Robert CadwalladerWATAUGAFood drive will erase overdue book finesOverdue library book fines up to $3 per card will be forgiven with each donation to the annual holiday food drive sponsored by Friends of the Watauga Library.Suggestions for the drive, which runs Friday through Dec. 6, include frozen turkeys and gravy mix, green beans, corn, mushroom soup, french fried onion rings, pumpkin or other pie filling, cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, cornbread or biscuit mix and stuffing, as well as staples like flour, sugar and evaporated milk.Donations will be accepted at the library, at 7109 Whitley Road. Call 817-514-5865. — Terry EvansRegion Conservatives town hall set for TuesdayThe Texas Conservative Coalition will hold a town hall meeting with “Courageous Conservatives” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Worth Club, 306 W. Seventh St.The group said Republican state Reps. Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake, Craig Goldman of Fort Worth, Stephanie Klick of Fort Worth, Matt Krause of Fort Worth, Jonathan Stickland of Bedford and Bill Zedler of Arlington are scheduled to participate.For more information on the free event, call 512-474-1798. — Anna M. TinsleyAuthor, analyst will discuss book about JFKLarry Sabato, political analyst and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, will speak about his book The Kennedy Half Century, during a World Affairs Council program at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fort Worth Club, 306 W. Seventh St.Sabato’s book explores the impact that President John F. Kennedy had on the country, including his encouragement to Americans and the cultural change he brought to the nation.Tickets are $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Register for the event at www.dfwworld.org/kennedy or call 817-212-2696. — Anna M. Tinsley
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