ARLINGTONGenealogical society to hold Christmas party TuesdayThe Arlington Genealogical Society is holding its annual Christmas party Tuesday for all members and their guests.The party is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Library downtown. The party will feature a potluck dinner with ham, covered dishes and more.Guests can also take the opportunity to share recipes or stories from their ancestors from past Christmases.The society meets every second Tuesday of the month, except July and August.For more information on the free event, visit www.arlingtonlibrary.org. — Taylor PraterEvent to celebrate parents writing stories for their kidsThe final Stories to Our Children event is up Saturday with a celebration commemorating each parent’s journeys toward writing a own book for their kids to read.The celebration is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mac Bernd Arlington ISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.Parents who went through the five sessions to write, refine and illustrate stories for their families will receive a copy of the book they wrote.To celebrate the accomplishments, Jose Luis Orozco, a bilingual educator, recording artist and children’s author, will honor the families.For more information, visit www.arlingtonlibrary.org. — Taylor PraterAnderson Cooper’s UTA appearance rescheduledAnderson Cooper’s Maverick Speakers Series event at UT Arlington has been moved to Feb. 10 after cancellation of the original Nov. 11 appearance.The new date was made to accommodate Cooper’s investigation into Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in November.Cooper, an anchor for news station CNN, will return for the 7:30 p.m. start time in February.Guests who had general or preferred tickets to the lecture can claim or buy tickets to the new date beginning Jan. 14. Instructions will be sent to those people by email.All other tickets will be available to the public starting 10 a.m. Jan. 16.For more information, contact the UT Arlington Box Office at 817-272-9595. — Taylor PraterLights at Interlochen start annual holiday run SaturdayStarting Saturday, visitors can view beautiful lights and holiday displays as part of the Lights at Interlochen tradition.Each night through Christmas night, more than 200 homeowners in the northwest Arlington neighborhood near Interstate 30 will activate their Christmas decorations.Arlington police will direct traffic from 7 to 11 each night.Police ask that the left lane be kept open for emergency vehicles and Interlochen residents. Weekdays draw less traffic than weekends,police say.For information on how to enter the neighborhood from any direction, visit www.myarlingtontx.com. — Taylor PraterFinancial report recognized for fifth year in a rowArlington’s Annual Financial Report is being recognized for the fifth year in a row for outstanding achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association.The report uses narrative and art to explain information found in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the general public.The city was first recognized for the report during the 2008 fiscal year and was one of only 13 organizations in Texas to receive the award last year.For the award, the city’s report had to receive an average score of 75 percent or higher from the judges, and it ended up with a score of 92. The score is based on reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity, achievements, overall quality, usefulness and more.For more information and to view the report, visit www.myarlingtontx.com. — Taylor PraterGRAND PRAIRIEChristmas tree recycling encouraged for residentsGrand Prairie residents have a little more than two weeks’ time to recycle their Christmas trees for free and help keep the city beautiful.The city is offering the service Dec. 26 through Jan. 10, when homes will be finding ways to remove their Christmas trees after the holidays.Tree drop-offs will be at Home Depot, 3850 S. Carrier Parkway or 5820 Texas 360 at any time through those 16 days. Another drop-off point, the Grand Prairie Landfill at 1102 MacArthur, will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Residents must remove all ornaments, stands and plastic bags from the tree before dropping it off. From there, the city will dispose of it properly.For more information, call 972-237-8061. — Taylor PraterShining Star awards honor the city’s best in artThe 2013 Shining Star/Ruthe Awards are returning Saturday to honor the city’s best in the arts.The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Uptown Theater Art Gallery Lobby.The awards are named after the late Ruthe Jackson, a longtime Grand Prairie resident who was the city’s first Shining Star during the awards’ initiation in 2007.Award categories include best actor and actress, best musician, best event technician, best youth participant, a leadership award and more.This year’s nominees have not yet been announced, but will be published at the event’s website.For more information, visit www.artsgp.org/shining-star- ruthe-awards.html. — Taylor PraterRegion Mary Martin’s 100th birthday to be celebratedMary Martin will be remembered and celebrated on what would have been her 100th birthday in her home town.Beginning at 2 p.m. today, a retrospective of the Peter Pan star’s life will be presented at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.The Mary Martin Centennial Exhibit will be opened, providing an enhanced look into the life of the Broadway star, as well as her letters, clothing and keepsakes. A special talk by Mary Martin historian George Dansker, titled “The Real Mary Martin in Words and Music,” begins at 3 p.m.Dansker will stay after his presentation to answer questions and attendees can view items from his personal Mary Martin collection.Written remembrances and oral histories of one of Weatherford’s favorite daughters will be collected during the event. The event is free to the public and ends at 5 p.m.The Centennial Exhibit will run through August, kicking off a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the Mary Martin/Larry Hagman Gallery. Hagman was Martin’s son and was the popular star of the television shows Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie.The Doss Heritage and Culture Center is located at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford. Phone number is 817-599-6168.For more information on current exhibits and activities at the museum, visit its Facebook page or website, www.dosscenter.org. Registration is on for TCC Senior Education ProgramRegistration is open for qualifying residents to sign up for Tarrant County College’s Senior Education Program.Classes begin Jan. 27.More than 150 courses are offered each fall/spring semester at all five campuses and include areas such as languages, creative writing, quilting, tai chi, weight training, water exercise, photography, computersand games.Residents who are at least 55 prior to the start of classes are eligible. A $20 registration fee, per semester, allows program participants to enroll in an unlimited number of classes. There is an additional $10 lab fee for each hands-on computer class. First-time TCC students must register in person. Catalogs are available on each campus and courses are also listed online at www.wa.tccd.edu. For additional information or to request a catalog, call the senior education offices at each campus:• TCC Northeast 817-515-6502• TCC Northwest 817-515-7759 • TCC Southeast 817-515-3760 • TCC South 817-515-4538 — Shirley JinkinsChristmas meets history in Granbury displayMrs. Claus and her workshop will be operating at the Granbury Yeats-Duke Museum & Gift Shop, 214 N. Crockett, on every Saturday afternoon in December. Mrs. Claus will be greeting visitors, and a detail of elves making teddy bears can be seen in the workroom.History buffs will get a chance to see an authentic 1850s-era cabin preserved inside the museum. Admission is free. — Shirley JinkinsHoliday party today for blind children from areaChildren who are blind and from Tarrant and adjacent counties are invited to attend a holiday party hosted at the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth in conjunction with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services and the Colleyville Heritage Lions today from 6 to 8:30 p.m.The celebration will happen at the Lighthouse, 912 W. Broadway Ave., and will include dinner, crafts and tactile art, games, music and a visit from Santa. The Lighthouse hopes to provide an opportunity for blind children of all ages to socialize and celebrate together this holiday season.To RSVP or to find out more, contact Leslie Ware at 817-529-7786.Visitors invited to see holiday decorationsEdgecliff Village residents are busy planning and putting up Christmas lights for the city’s annual holiday decorating contest. Organizers invite visitors from surrounding Tarrant County and beyond to drive through the town, just south of Interstate 20 and just west of the South Freeway, and enjoy the beautiful decorations.Information: Jackie Luther, firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-739-7511.