BURLESONElection filing packets for council candidates readyFor residents interested in running for office, packets became available Tuesday for the May 10 election.The packets are available at City Hall, 141 W. Renfro St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Candidates can also pick up the filing forms at City Council meetings on Feb. 3 and 17.The first day to file for office is Wednesday, and filing ends Feb. 28.The four seats on the ballot include Place 2, held by council member Rick Green; Place 4, held by council member Matt Aiken; Place 6, held by council member Ronnie Johnson; and mayor, held by Ken Shetter. Because of the voter-approved change to the charter in November, candidates who fill the four spots on the council in May will be serving three-year terms instead of two-year terms. — Elizabeth CampbellFORT WORTHDoctor sponsoring lifestyle conference Feb. 7 and 8 Lifestyle changes can change your life, says Dr. Errol Bryce, a Fort Worth internist who is sponsoring a “New Steps Lifestyle Conference” on Feb. 7 and 8 at Colonial Country Club.“Defying the Aging Process” and “Food Seduction Kills” will be among topics at the conference, which will include an address by Dr. Edward M. Phillips, director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School.The conference theme is “Transforming Our Brain, Ourselves and Our Patients.” Among those attending will be physicians, healthcare providers, corporate administrators and patients.Bryce, an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, has been encouraging patients to change their lifestyles for more than a decade, and that emphasis has evolved into a series lifestyle conferences.Other speakers from Harvard Medical School will be Drs. Jo-Anne Rizzotto and Rani Polak. Both are with Harvard’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Also speaking along with Bryce will be Dr. Timothy R. Jennings, president of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.Included in the conference are several meals that will be designed as heart-healthy models.Call 817-920-0924 for registration information. The conference is open to the public. — Jim JonesBBVA Compass will honor nonprofits, others FridayBBVA Compass Fort Worth City President Brian Happel will host a “Building a Better Fort Worth” reception on Friday to honor the nonprofit and community partners with which the bank teams up to make the city a better place to live and work. BBVA Compass will recognize nonprofit grant recipients such as Trinity Habitat for Humanity and the Tarrant Area Food Bank, among others.The lunch and program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at One Museum Place, 3100 W. Seventh St., Suite 310. — Faye Reeder Police award foundation announces board changesThe Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation announces three new board members and the election of new officers. Brian Williams of BNSF Railway Police; Todd Miller of Worth Benefits and Consultants; and Kenneth Jones, a retired attorney, bring new ideas and energy to the foundation board.Newly elected board officers are: Chairman Larry Anfin, Coors Fort Worth; Vice Chairman Tim Gilpin, Lonestar Land Services; and Secretary-Treasurer Robert J. Glaser Jr., recently retired from American Airlines. Anfin is a longtime member of the board and the grandson of one of the founding members, John V. McMillan.The board remains committed to the foundation’s mission of recognizing and promoting professionalism and excellence of Fort Worth police officers. Board members are drawn from community leaders who are excited about the support and partnership between residents and Fort Worth police.Founded in 1981, the foundation is the first and only organization of its kind in the U.S.: dedicated to providing support for more than 30,000 police officers who work day in and day out to keep Fort Worth safe. The Panther Club, the newest addition to the foundation’s programming, is a unique initiative aimed at strengthening the partnership between the Fort Worth public and police officers. Information: www.fwpoliceawards.org/panther-club. — Patrick M. WalkerHip Pocket Theatre will have fundraising event Feb. 23Hip Pocket Theatre announces a benefit event for its 38th season. The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Rebecca Low Sculptural Gallery and Studio, 6708 Camp Bowie West.It will be an afternoon of music, performance, hors d’ouevres and beverages. Activities and entertainment will include live music, a selection from the 2013 production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, live and silent auctions, and information about the history, goals, outreach and ongoing work of Hip Pocket Theatre.In honor of its 38th season, tickets for the fundraiser are $38. To purchase tickets, make a donation or for more information, visit www.hippocket.org.More information about the Rebecca Low Sculptural Gallery and Studio can be found at www.rebeccalow.com. — Patrick M. WalkerSAGINAWSaturday nights with Planet Kidz Saginaw Recreation Center rocks every Saturday night for the popular Planet Kidz youth program from 7 until 11 pm. All children in third through eighth grades (typically ages 8 to 14) are welcome. This program strives to provide the high-energy entertainment kids have come to expect.Activities include prize giveaways, inflatable bounce houses and other interactive items and a live disc jockey with popular music, a fog machine, a bubble machine, an awesome light show and an incredible sound system. A sports court with basketball, hula hoop, tug of war and more activities is also available.The snack bar includes candy, soda and pizza.An average of 30 kids or less per adult staff member is maintained for safety and security. A uniformed police officer will be present during the program.For more information, call 817-480-3897. — Shirley JinkinsWEATHERFORDParker County Retired Teachers meet Feb. 4Parker County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 for lunch followed by a noon business meeting and program.The meeting will take place at Central Christian Church’s Cuppett Hall, 1602 S. Main St., in Weatherford.Wally Wallace of Wallace Insurance Agency will give tips on how to save on home insurance.Lunch for $8 includes a barbecue sandwich, chips, and peach cobbler, catered by Baker’s Ribs.Call 817-594-5748 to make a lunch reservation or to get more information. — Patrick M. WalkerREGIONBig Brothers Big Sisters picks ‘Bigs of the Year’Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced that Candy Conway and Tennessee Walker have been named Big Sister of the Year and Big Brother of the Year, respectively. The “Big of the Year” award recognizes outstanding volunteers who provide exceptional and life-changing impact to the children they mentor in their geographic region.“The relationship Candy and Tennessee have with their ‘Littles’ is the epitome of what we hope to achieve for all of our matches,” Robert Roby, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said in a news release. “Their commitment to our program is truly inspiring. We are honored to have them on our team.”Conway was selected as Tarrant County’s Big Sister of the Year because of the tremendous long-term impact she has made in her little sister’s life. In the eight years Conway has been matched with Charity, the youth has transformed from a shy loner who struggled to read into an award-winning poet and writer.Walker was chosen as Tarrant County’s Big Brother of the Year not only for the difference he has made in his little brother’s life but also for his desire to educate and recruit others in his professional industry. In the 2 1/2 years Walker has been a Big Brother, he has worked tirelessly to recruit new Bigs and cultivate donors throughout Tarrant County’s legal community.Regional winners from across the 60-county service areas are automatically nominated for Lone Star awards. The Lone Star service area includes all of North Texas, west-central Texas and the greater Houston area. Winners of that selection process move on to statewide Big Brothers Big Sisters award recognition held in the spring. Texas winners will be eligible for national awards selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. — Patrick M. WalkerArlington black chamber will meetThe Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine, 1020 W. Arkansas Lane. The new chamber is looking for members to help shape it from the ground floor.Information: Charles Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.arlingtonblackchamber.webs.com. — Patrick M. WalkerEasy craft class served up with coffeeCaffeine and creativity combine for a fun midwinter morning.A coffee crafting class will be held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 6 at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, 1917 New York Ave. The class will be in Room 2.Crafts are guaranteed by staff to be fun and easy Pinterest picks. Best of all, the supplies will already be on hand, so everyone can take home a completed craft project.A similar class will be offered on March 6 .Cost is $17 per class. — Shirley JinkinsJoin Arlington library for Chinese New YearCelebrate the “Year of the Horse” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday with stories, displays and crafts.The Chinese New Year is Jan. 31, marking it the Year of the Horse for the sign that represents “clever and confident” folk.The Arlington Southeast Branch Library will host the program, where families cam share their Vietnamese and Chinese customs and learn about new cultural celebrations.The library is at 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd. — Monica S. NagyUTA faculty members help study dronesFour University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute faculty members are helping a Texas team develop safety systems for drones as a part of research for the Federal Aviation Administration.The UTARI faculty members will focus their work on decision and control systems, dynamic remodeling, collision avoidance, positioning and other high-performance issues for civilian, law enforcement and military drone usage.UTARI researchers are being led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, one of six major test sites picked by the FAA.The team includes Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell chairman at the UT Arlington Research Institute; mechanical and aerospace engineering associate professors Kamesh Subbarao and Atilla Dogan; and Brian Huff, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. — Monica S. NagyBirdville plans basketball clinic Birdville High School is hosting a Lady Hawk Basketball Clinic for girls from kindergarten through sixth grade. The free one-hour clinic will run from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the main gym.Register by phone or email to coach Amy Ingram, 817-547-8346 or Amy.Ingram@birdvilleschools.net. Include the participant’s name and grade level in the message.