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Chili supper, auction will benefit community center

A 41-year tradition continues on Jan. 25 with Aledo’s annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction benefiting the Aledo Community Center.

Hours for this year’s chili supper and auction are 5 to 8 p.m. at the Aledo Community Center, at 104 Robinson Court, across the street from City Hall.

The popular community ritual began in 1973 as a celebration of the completion of the tennis and basketball courts. Each year the chili supper has grown, and it continues to benefit the maintenance and beautification of the Aledo Community Center.

Tickets may be purchased at City Hall, the East Parker County Library or the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. Adult tickets are $5; tickets for children 8 and under are $3.

Silent auction items have been donated from businesses, artisans, craftsmen, and culinary pastry makers in the east Parker County area.

For more information, contact Lori Wedgeworth, community events planner, at 817- 441-7016 or email

— Shirley Jinkins


Corral some tickets for Benbrook Day at the Rodeo

The Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce has tickets available for Benbrook Day at the Fort Worth Stock Show for the Feb. 8 matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the chamber office for $25 a ticket.

It will be the final day of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, so tickets will go fast. .

Contact the chamber at 817-249-4451, or drop by 8507 Benbrook Blvd. to purchase tickets.

— Shirley Jinkins


Carve out a new hobby for 2014 with woodcarvers

The Nolan River Woodcarvers Club will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Cleburne Senior Center at 1212 Glenwood Drive.

For more information, call 817-645-8644.

—Bill Hanna


City to host first-ever

bridal show in new facility

Find out all you need to know to tie the knot in style in 2014, and check out a beautiful new community landmark.

Forest Hill will host its first-ever bridal show on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the city’s new Civic and Convention Center, at 6901 Wichita St. Vendors will include bridal dress shops, men’s wear, caterers and samplings, wedding cake and cupcake bakers, event planners, florists, photographers and more.

Admission is $10, but the event planners are offering two-for-one admissions with this City By City listing.

For more information about booth space or attending, call 817-532-2687.

— Shirley Jinkins


It’s Christmas tree disposal season; here’s what to do

Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup following the holidays, according to a Fort Worth news release.

Trees must be less than eight feet long or cut in two pieces.

All lights and decorations must be removed and the tree must be off the tree stand.

Artificial trees are not accepted as part of the yard waste collection.

Residents can also take trees to one of the city’s three drop- off stations at 2400 Brennan Ave., 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway and 6260 Old Hemphill Rd.

— Caty Hirst

La Posada nativity event commemorates Epiphany

Arlington Heights United Methodist Church at 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd. will host a unique event, La Posada, on Sunday.

The public is invited to the evening of free activities celebrating the Epiphany, which Christian tradition says is when the Magi (Three Kings) arrived to worship the baby Jesus.

La Posada consists of a worship service, a parade, a petting zoo, a festival, and a live Nativity.

The worship service and parade are held in collaboration with Grace United Methodist Church at 4028 Calmont.

Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be shuttle buses running from Arlington Heights to Grace UMC for a 10-minute worship service at 5:30 and a processional walk back to Arlington Heights.

The walk will end there with the arrival of the Baby Jesus, along with angels, camels, sheep, goats, other animals and people in costume.

A petting zoo, free food and drinks, and other family fun activities will continue until 8 p.m. For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins

Ride the The T to today’s Cotton Bowl Classic

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority will operate its $10 cash round-trip Cowboy Coach bus shuttles today from Fort Worth to the Cotton Bowl Classic football game between Missouri and Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Cowboy Coach service will depart from the Trinity Railway Express T&P Station Park and Ride lot at 200 W. Vickery Blvd. from 3 to 4 p.m. The game begins at 7 p.m.

The $10 round-trip ticket must be purchased for cash only at the station lot prior to boarding. Transit passes are not valid, and parking costs $5.

People may also hitch a ride to the T&P Station boarding area from Molly the Trolley stops near major downtown hotels at no extra charge. Cowboy Coach will make three downtown circulations at 3, 3:20 and 3:40 p.m. beginning at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel followed by pickups at additional trolley hotel stops along Commerce, Second and Houston streets.

Cowboy Coaches will begin their return to the T&P Station after the end of the game as each bus is filled, with the last bus leaving no later than an hour following the game. The buses also will return riders to downtown Molly the Trolley stops.

Cowboy Coach buses park in a dedicated lot about a 10-minute walk to the stadium entrance. Riders are urged to review AT&T Stadium’s bag and purse guidelines as they may not leave possessions on the Cowboy Coach bus during the game.

For more information go to or call customer service at 817-215-8600.

— Shirley Jinkins

Meeting to discuss ‘gassing’ of wildlife

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing an amendment to the Parks and Wildlife Code that would make it illegal to use noxious substances such as gasoline and ammonia to disturb or capture wildlife, a practice commonly called “gassing.”

Six meetings to allow for public input on this proposed amendment have been set for January, including one Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road.

People licensed for structural or agricultural pest control would be exempt from the rule.

The practice has come under scientific scrutiny, according to Parks and Wildlife information, not only for the impact on the affected creatures but possible harm to ecosystems, animal populations, and non-targeted species.

If the amendment is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas would become the 30th state in which the practice is partially or completely prohibited, including its neighbors Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to take action on the proposed amendment at its Jan. 23 meeting.

— Shirley Jinkins


All-breed dog show is a real hoot — and howl

Canine fans, take note: the Nolan River Dog Show is one of the largest dog shows in the State of Texas and is a cluster show of all breeds.

Check it out this weekend at the Somervell County Expo Center at 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd. in Glen Rose.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

More information can be found on

— Shirley Jinkins


Historical Society to hear Civil War program

Members of the Lake Worth Area Historical Society will gather to hear an update from Ester Sims on the Texas Civil War Museum and what’s new for 2014 in its collection.

The museum is at 760 N. Jim Wright Freeway, Fort Worth.

The group will meet for the program and a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Lake Worth Multi-Purpose and Meeting Facility, 7005 Charbonneau Road.

A number of events are being planned by the society in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of Lake Worth.

Visit for more information.

— Shirley Jinkins


Varmin Hunting Contest comin

The Painted Post Chapter of Legacy Outfitters announces its first annual Varmint Hunting Contest. The hunt will take place Jan. 25-26.

The event features 80 percent payback, with 20 percent benefiting the Painted Post Chapter of Legacy Outfitters, a Christian-based organization whose goal is to enrich the lives of men so they are better husbands, fathers, and community members.

“Hunting is allowed anywhere in the state of Texas that you have permission to hunt or on state land where varmint hunting is legal and you have the necessary permit and license,” event organizer Monty Mitchell said, adding that participants must have a valid Texas hunting license and follow all relevant laws.

Hunters in groups of up to 4 receive points for mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and hogs.

Prizes include a Remington 700 VSF 22-250 with a Vortex Viper scope and Wicked Lights marksman kit donated by Bargain Hunters Outdoors of Weatherford, as well as a bobcat mount donated by Backwoods Taxidermy in Mineral Wells.

The event also features special prizes for hunters younger than 17 and several optional side pots.

Mitchell encouraged hunters of all ages to sign up for the event. Non-hunting family members are invited to a free luncheon at the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Posse at weigh-in, set for noon Sunday, January 26.

For a complete list of rules and to register, visit the “Events” section of In addition to presenting sponsor Bargain Hunter Outdoors, the Varmint Hunt is sponsored by Backwoods Taxidermy, Arrow Air Conditioning, and Corner Post Financial Planning.


Recycle that old Christmas tree

Residents of Stephenville will be able to recycle Christmas trees on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Optimist Jaycee Park.

For more information, call Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department at 254-918-1295.

—Bill Hanna


New voter registration certificates in the mail

The Tarrant County Elections Office is mailing new voter registration certificates to all active registered voters in the county as required by state law.

The new certificates were due to be mailed no later than Dec. 31 from Fort Worth and are valid from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015.

The new cards, which are orange and white in color, replace the current yellow and white cards which expired at the end of 2013.

Only those registered voters whose registration is active and current will receive the new cards.

Any person who has been previously registered in Tarrant County and does not receive a new voter registration certificate by Jan. 7 should contact the Elections Department at 817-831-8683 to check the status of their voter registration.

— Shirley Jinkins

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