BURLESONCity employees honored for excellence, years of serviceFive people who work in various city departments were recognized as employees of the year during an awards luncheon last week.Seven employees were also recognized for 20 or more years of service with the city.The employees of the year are: Brandi Rendon, utility customer service supervisor, Public Works; Guadalupe Fajardo, athletic field maintenance, Parks and Recreation; Mary Longbotham, Hidden Creek Golf Course; Kristina Johnson senior accountant, Finance; and Kim Peckler, animal control supervisor. — Elizabeth CampbellFORT WORTH‘Tissue trees’ will take care of schoolroom snifflesEmployees of Jacobs Engineering in Fort Worth participated in a unique tissue drive to benefit the Women’s Policy Forum committee’s adopt-a-school efforts for Maude Logan Elementary School.During the first part of December, the firm’s staff began collecting boxes of facial tissue, and it was decided to create a competition among employees to see which floor could create the most impressive “tissue tree.” — Shirley JinkinsBank employees give gifts to needy students, familiesOmniAmerican Bank employees delivered truckloads of gifts this week to Luella Merrett Elementary School for 26 needy families they have adopted. Each adopted family has at least one student attending the school.Hundreds of brightly wrapped packages included age-appropriate toys such as dolls and accessories, sports gear, board games and small electronics. Gifts also included sweaters, shirts, school uniforms, undergarments and socks.This is the fifth consecutive year OmniAmerican employees have adopted families from Merrett. Bank employees also visit with students each spring to teach them basic financial lessons as part of the American Bankers Association’s Teach Children to Save Day. — Shirley JinkinsFort Worth-born musician to play for Meals on WheelsFort Worth native and rising music star Hudson Moore’s benefit concert for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is Thursday.Moore, 23, and his five-piece band headline their third annual holiday concert at Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd.The Marshall Young Band and Kirk Searcy will open at 8 p.m., with Moore following at 9.Tickets are $15 per person and are available at www.outhousetickets.com or www.hudsonmoore.net.Tickets may also be available at the door on Thursday, space permitting.Moore’s guitar-driven Texas music has appeared with Alan Jackson, ZZ Top, Rascal Flatts, Pat Green and the Eli Young Band. His single Fireworks topped Texas music charts recently. — Shirley JinkinsSAGINAWPlayAway audiobooks coming to city libraryStarting in January, the John Ed Keeter Public Library will offer PlayAway audio books for members to check out.The devices, which are about half the size of a deck of cards, come preloaded with entire audiobooks. Library customers will no longer have to carry around a box of CDs, download an audiobook to their mobile devices or worry about scratched discs. Upcoming PlayAway titles for January include Mummies in the Morning, High Time for Heroes and The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone for children.Young adults can hear Impossible Knife of Memory, Blindsided (Sisterhood), First Love and Enders (Starters).Adult titles include Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection, Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel, Fear Nothing, A Feast of Crows and Hazardous Duty.For more information, visit the library at 355 W. McLeroy Blvd. in Saginaw. — Shirley JinkinsWEATHERFORD SCHOOLSHall Middle School students help Stuff the Bus with giftsChildren of Parker County will be the happy recipients of more than 100 Christmas gifts donated by the students at Hall Middle School to the Manna Storehouse’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign. Members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society led the campus in the collection of the toys. RegionDeadline approaches for 4-H retreat registrationNorth Texas 4-H members ages 13-19 will have an opportunity to hone their leadership skills during several 4-H programs at the 2014 Teen Leadership Retreat on Jan. 10-12 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood.The retreat will have volunteers, specialists and college professors conducting hands-on workshops with 4-H members from throughout the state, organizers said. The program will concentrate on increasing knowledge and skills in the areas of entomology, fashion, consumer decision-making, dance and wildlife habitat.Deadline for registration is Dec. 31.To register, go to the center’s website, texas4hcenter.tamu.edu. Registration is $115 for youths and $80 for adults and includes two nights’ lodging, four meals, snacks and all program supplies.Each county is requested to provide adult chaperones for the weekend. If there is no chaperone, one will be provided for a $90 fee.For more information, contact Mark Carroll at 325-784-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org. — Shirley JinkinsChristmas musicals add to cheerThe Uptown Theater at 120 E. Main St. in Grand Prairie is presenting two one-day-only Texas Family Musical productions to celebrate the weekend before Christmas. The Roy Rogers Christmas Special starring Roy Rogers Jr. and Dustin Rogers with the New High Riders will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.Cowboy Christmas stories, familiar movie and Sons of the Pioneers songs, and memories of Roy Rogers Sr. and Dale Evans will be shared by their son and grandson. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The old-fashioned family Christmas show is filled with lighthearted Christmas music as well as religious anthems.Call 972-905-4555 or go to www.uptowntheatergp.com to order tickets for either production. Prices for The Roy Rogers Christmas Special run from $30 to $35 for adults and $15 to $17.50 for children under 12. Prices for Have a Holly Jolly Christmas are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. — Shirley JinkinsDel Frisco’s Grille open soon in SouthlakeThe new Del Frisco’s Grille at the northeast corner of Carroll Avenue and Southlake Boulevard is scheduled to open later this month for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The restaurant’s al fresco dining will open in the spring.The two-story, contemporary building in Southlake Town Square seats 265 inside and an additional 150 on two outdoor patios.As home to its corporate headquarters, the Southlake Del Frisco’s Grille location will serve as a training facility for the operations team and test kitchen for culinary staff. For more information, call or go to www.DelFriscosGrille.com. Foundation awards $72,000 in grantsLast week the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, district leaders and drum line representatives from both high schools headed out to surprise the winners of grants awarded by the foundation.Grants totaling $72,586 for 22 classroom projects were given out.Let children act out in a good way at theaterThe Artisan Acting Academy at the Artisan Center Theater, 420 E. Pipeline Road in historic Bellaire Plaza in Hurst, is accepting applications for the spring semester.The aademy’s series of classes expose children ages 3 and up to performance in a live theater setting and focus on training students to be proficient in acting, dancing and singing.Classes include audition preparation, musical theater, voice, beginning and advanced acting, dance, technical theater and more. Adult classes are available too.Classes begin Jan. 6. For more information, call the ACT box office at 817-284-1200 or visit www.ArtisanCT.com. — Shirley JinkinsHighland Street closed for work SouthlakeHighland from North Kimball to Sunshine Lane will be closed to traffic today and Thursday so construction crews can install water and sewer utility lines. Message boards will alert drivers, and the city asks people to plan alternative routes during this time. — Monica S. Nagy Renters facing eviction may have helping handBeginning this week, Arlington residents at risk of eviction and homelessness can apply for financial assistance through the Homeless Housing and Services Program, a state-funded initiative.A $289,345 grant will be used to provide short-term rental housing assistance, homelessness prevention and case management services. The city expects to aid about 370 homeless people, or 140 homeless households, through Sept. 30.The application and additional information can be found at www.arlingtontx.gov/housing/evictionprevention.html. — Shirley Jinkins
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