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Town invites public to check out holiday decorations

Residents are busy planning and putting up Christmas lights for the city’s annual holiday decorating contest. Judging will take place Dec. 17, and the winners will be announced the next day.

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, or 817-739-7511.


Partnership to provide free child car seat inspections

The Fort Worth Fire Department has partnered with Safe Kids Tarrant County and Fort Worth Fire Fighter Charities to bring free car seat inspections and installations to residents.

“Every year, firefighters see the devastating outcomes of children not properly secured in child car seats,” officials said in a news release. “Needless injury or death could be prevented by ensuring [that] your child is safely restrained in an appropriately fitting and installed car seat.”

Each Wednesday, Safe Kids Tarrant County hosts the free car seat inspections, alternating between Fire Station 12, at 120 NW 22nd St., and Fire Station 3, at 4700 Ramey Ave. The inspections are held from 9 a.m. to noon.

To schedule an appointment, or to find out which of the two stations to go to, call 682-885-2634.

Those without appointments will be seen on a first come, first seen basis.

Children who ride in the seats must be present unless the mother is pregnant.

— Bill Miller

AARP meeting will include presenting Toys for Tots

The Westside AARP Chapter 1266 will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Broadway Plaza at Westover Hills, 6201 Plaza Parkway in Fort Worth, to turn over its donations for Toys for Tots to a member of the Marine Corps.

Members are also collecting winter coats for those in need and food donations for West Aid.

After a short business meeting, brunch will be served, compliments of Broadway Plaza, and the annual gift exchange will conclude the holiday festivities.

Visitors and guests are welcome.

Retired school employees will have holiday celebration

The Fort Worth Retired School Employees Association choir will make its debut at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Beautiful Christmas carols will delight members and guests, who are invited to wear their favorite holiday attire.

A silent auction will raise money for the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation. Lovely gifts will be available for purchase, just in time for Christmas giving.

For more information, contact Glenda Gibson at or 817-834-1494.

Holiday party today for blind children from area

Children 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.


Mary Martin’s 100th birthday to be celebrated

Mary 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 at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.

For more information on current exhibits and activities at the museum, visit its Facebook page or website,

Phone number is 817-599-6168.


Holiday pet adoption special at Prairie Paws

Prairie Paws Animal Adoption Center, 2222 W. Warrior Trail in Grand Prairie, is offering half off on adoption fees during December.

More than 150 dogs and cats will be available for adoption during the “Love Pets Like the Dickens” special, which started last week. All adoptable animals will be $35, half off the regular $70 fee.

All adoptable cats older than 6 months will be free.

The $35 adoption special ends Dec. 31.

Prairie Paws’ normal operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information call 972-237-8575 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins

TCC senior education classes enrolling now

Registration 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, computers, and 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. They may register online after their first semester is completed.

Catalogs are available on each campus and courses are also listed online at

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 Jinkins

CNN anchor’s UTA appearance reset

Anderson 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 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 Prater

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