CLEBURNE SCHOOLSGED, ESL classes planned in Alvarado, BurlesonAdults that would like to work on a GED or learn more English can take advantage of the Cleburne school district’s outreach classes in Burleson and Alvarado during January. GED preparation classes in Alvarado will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, with orientation at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.English as a Second Language classes in Alvarado will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15.All classes will be in the Administrative Annex, Room 213, 102 S. Bill Jackson Drive.GED preparation in Burleson will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, with orientation at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 in portable building rooms 80 and 81.Classes will be at 900 Hillside Drive.English as a Second Language classes in Burleson will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13.ESL classes will be held in the Burleson Public Library, 248 S.W. Johnson Ave.For more information call the Cleburne school district’s learning center at 817-202-1108.FORT WORTHColorectal support group meets monthly at centerColorectal cancer patients, survivors and their families are invited to join the Fort Worth Colorectal Support Group for monthly meetings to share information and experiences.Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month; the Jan. 14 meeting will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Location is the Moncrief Cancer Institute, 400 W. Magnolia, parking behind building.For more information contact Jodi Jeffords at 817-820-4835. — Shirley JinkinsSacred Harp singing event marks 30 years on Jan. 25The 30th annual William J. Reynolds Sacred Harp Singing will be held Jan. 25 in the rotunda of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Cowden Hall, 1809 W. Broadus.The all-day event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes mid-afternoon.Sacred Harp is done a capella by singers who sing traditional four-part hymns and anthems from shape-note Sacred Harp books. It is sometimes referred to as religious folk music. The tradition was born in colonial singing schools and is not affiliated with any particular denomination, though it has deep spiritual significance for many who grew up singing it in churches.Attendees may also view the Bowld Music Library’s collection of historic 4- and 7-note tune books between 1 and 5 p.m. The library adjoins Cowden Hall. — Shirley JinkinsGallery 440 opens exhibit of Larry Townsend’s workA collection of works by Fort Worth artist Larry Townsend will be on display at an opening reception at Gallery 440 on Jan. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The art will remain on exhibit through Jan. 31 at the gallery, located at 440 S. Main St. Townsend, who is Senior Vice President and Chief Escrow Operations Officer at Rattikin Title, where he has worked for 36 years, took up painting only during the last decade.In the past 10 years, he has produced more than 50 paintings and has completed commissioned work for private collectors in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas as well as the Fort Worth Board of Realtors’ office.Townsend employs drywall texture and oil paint to produce abstract form paintings on large canvas. He begins by defining shapes and structures with drywall and then complements the form with mixed earth-toned colors, providing for a textured and harmonious composition.Gallery 440 hosts a permanent collection of more than 100 mid-century modern works, primarily paintings from regional artists. In addition to the permanent collection, Gallery 440 hosts shows that highlight work from talented local artists. For more information, please call 817-335-0100 or visit www.gallery440.net. — Shirley JinkinsStudents can win gift cards for video pitchesFort Worth students are being asked to promote the district’s new Motto, Mission, Vision and Values (MMVV) via social media, and perhaps win a gift card for the effort.Students are asked to create a short Vine - a mobile service that allows students to capture a six-second looping video. Students should post their work using the hashtag #MMVV2ME.Students in grades six through 12 are eligible to enter the competition. A winner will be chosen each week for 10 weeks, according to the district.Each will receive a $100 Target gift card. A grand prize winner, chosen from the pool of`10 winners, will get a $250 Target gift card.The weekly contests start on Monday. Each contest will focus on a specific part of the district’s message. A student may only win the weekly prize once, according to a press release from the district.Contests begin midnight on Monday and end at 7 p.m. the following Thursday. Each weekly winner will be announced Friday at noon.A grand prize winner will be announced on April 4.To be eligible to compete, participants must be secondary students in the Fort Worth school district. They must tag entries with #MMVV2ME and #FWISDnation.Students must follow the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and have downloaded the district’s mobile app.For more information, visit www.fwisd.org/pages/FWISD. — Diane SmithGRANBURY Independence Day celebration plannedDavy Crockett Chapter No. 47 of the Sons of the Republic of Texas will focus their Thursday meeting on expanded plans for Granbury’s Texas Independence Day celebration in March.Program guests will be representatives of the Texas Heroes Foundation who will be appearing in character, including Cullen Crisp (Col. Travis), Boots Hubbard (Sam Houston), and Teresa Sims (Susannah Dickinson).The dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Spring Creek Barbeque, 317 E. Hwy 377, on the south side access road next to Hoffbrau Steak House.Sons of the Republic of Texas members are direct lineal descendants of those who settled the Republic of Texas prior to Feb. 19, 1846 when Texas joined the United States.For more information contact Larry Martin, vice president, at Martin3930@charter.net.Chamber celebrates best businessesGranbury Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Best of Business (BOB) Awards Banquet on Feb. 14 at the Granbury Resort Conference Center, 621 E. Pearl St.The theme is “Casablanca.”Each year chamber members nominate businesses and individuals that have set the standard for business excellence and exceptional community service. The chamber will also recognize outgoing board members and swear in its 2014 board of directors.Chamber members can purchase tickets for $75. Sponsorships and tickets may be purchased by contacting the chamber at 817-573-1622.JOSHUAJoshua’s new police chief to be sworn inTom Cowan, the city’s new police chief will officially take office Monday during a swearing in ceremony.The ceremony will take place 11 a.m. Monday in the Joshua Police Department’s training room, 102 S. Main St. Mayor Joe Hollarn will conduct the swearing in of Cowan.Cowan comes to Joshua with over 40 years of law enforcement experience. He served as Burleson’s police chief for 12 years, and before that was chief in Cleburne, Haltom City and Keller.“I believe this to be a great opportunity,” said Cowan in a news release. “Joshua is in a great position for growth and development, and I’m excited about building the department and working with the officers there.” — Elizabeth CampbellROANOKEFamily Valentine dance is mighty sweetEveryone at home except the dog can come for an evening of food, dancing, family photos, prizes and more at “An Evening in Roanoke: the Family Valentine’s Dance.” The fun unfolds on Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roanoke Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Road.Admission is $10 for families and $5 for singles. For more information, visit www.roanoketexas.com or call 817-837-9930.WESTLAKEStudents return for diploma ceremony Recent graduates of Westlake Academy, a public charter school, will return to campus to participate in a special event that takes place each year during the college winter break.The Class of 2013 IB Diploma Ceremony and Reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Westlake Academy gym, 2600 J.T. Ottinger Road.The students completed the school’s rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum that is designed to develop independent thinkers within an international academic framework. The previous year’s IB diploma recipients and graduates will join together for a time of reunion by visiting teachers, enjoying a meal together and participating in the informal ceremony while wearing their college apparel. Afterward, graduates will join students in grades 11 and 12 to share stories about their college classes and give details about how the IB diploma program and Westlake Academy helped prepare them for the future. Graduating students from the Class of 2013 received more than $3.8 million in scholarships and grants.For more information, visit www.westlakeacademy.org.