BENBROOKWrite, then critique with like-minded groupWriters age 18 and up can attend the Writing Critique Group at the Benbrook Public Library.The group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. All genres of writing are welcome.For more information, contact the library at 817-249-6632. — Bill HannaBURLESONFirst responders honored at police awards banquetSix lifesaving awards, almost a dozen commendations and four awards for meritorious conduct were presented at the Police Department’s annual awards banquet recently.The top yearly awards went to officer Chaz Garrett, rookie officer Andrew Prieskorn, supervisor Bob Sherman and civilian employee Katlyn Martin. Community policing honors went to officers Jonathan Gomez and Mark Pate. Citizens on Patrol assistant coordinator Vicki McElroy won the Ofelia Blair Character Award.Several officers, investigators and other personnel were honored with lifesaving awards.Burleson one of top 20 Texas cities for homeownershipWhat are the best cities for homeownership in Texas, according to NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site? Count Burleson among the top 20.NerdWallet’s criteria included home availability, cost of living and the city’s growth. Burleson, population 39,010, ranked No. 17 out of 20 in the study. The top city was Little Elm, a suburb of Dallas. Other cities in the rankings included Mansfield (No. 9), Allen (10), McKinney (12), Keller (13), Flower Mound (14) and Southlake (18).“The homeownership rate in Burleson is 75.1 percent, well over the state average of 63.9 percent,” said Justin Bond, Burleson’s economic development manager.“The median household income in Burleson is $68,528, nearly 25 percent higher than the state average of $51,563,” Bond said. “At the same time, the median value of an owner-occupied housing unit is more affordable than the state average — $122,800 compared to $128,000.” CASTLEBERRY SCHOOLSMarsh Middle School students stage a one-act playNine students from Irma Marsh Middle School have put together a production of A Point of View, a one-act play by David Campton. The young actors from Castleberry school district will compete in the 2014 Middle School One-Act Play competition Friday at Azle High School.The play is about a woman who outmaneuvers her nieces’ best efforts to remove her from the spare room above their beauty shop, where she has a great view of everything happening in the neighborhood.The five actors and four technicians will present a public performance of their play in the school auditorium, 415 Hagg Drive in Fort Worth, on Thursday at 7 p.m. School schedules family science festivalStudents at A.V. Cato Elementary, part of Castleberry school district in west Fort Worth, will attend a planetarium show at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during the school’s Family Science Night on Feb. 25.The evening’s events begin at 6, and the last planetarium show begins at 7:45. Shows will be presented on a first-come first-served basis, and a hands-on activity station will also be available for students to explore.Each family that attends will receive a coupon good for two adults and two children to go to the museum. DECATURRanch gathering has sessions on horse care, ropingChow down and learn not only how to take care of a horse, but also how to rope at a ranch gathering Monday hosted by the National Roper’s Supply Training Center in Decatur.A free session on horse care and roping at 2 p.m. precedes the gathering, which starts with registration at 5:30 p.m. at the center, at 309 County Road 4228.Arn Anderson will update ranchers on how the area is preparing for animal emergencies.Members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will get a metal gate sign from Bayer Animal Health, and all attendees will get a $20 gift certificate from National Roper’s Supply.To save a spot, call 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Terry EvansEVERMANHistorical group, seniors to meet on ThursdayMembers of the Everman Area Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of Everman Public Library, 100 N. Race St.The society’s mission is to preserve the history of Everman. Members are attempting to find and catalog information about early Everman families, and update the Cemetery Book. They also work to identify and preserve early landmarks.Everman Senior CitizensEverman Senior Citizens will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the City Annex building, 213 N. Race St.Attendees are requested to bring a covered dish for a potluck lunch. After a short meeting, there will games for all.FORT WORTHGolden Gloves weigh-in on SaturdayFort Worth Golden Gloves will have its regional weigh-in Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Northside High School’s Pete Campbell Gym, 2211 McKinley Ave.All boxers wanting to compete in the Fort Worth Regional Golden Gloves must attend. The event will be Tuesday through Feb. 22 at the Watt Arena in the Will Rogers Complex.Competition will begin every night at 7. For more information call the Golden Gloves office at 817-336-1313.Peter Max exhibits, receptions setA newly curated retrospective collection by legendary pop-art icon Peter Max will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a dual presentation next month in Fort Worth.Max will make special appearances from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Milan Gallery of Fort Worth, 505 Houston St. on March 7. Admission for all registered guests is complimentary. Exhibit previews begin Feb. 28 at both Milan Gallery in Fort Worth and Road Show Co. in Dallas, and the exhibition extends through March 8.Max has painted for five U.S. presidents, and his art is on display in presidential libraries and in U.S. embassies across the globe. He has been the official artist of five Super Bowls, the 2006 Olympics, World Cup USA, the World Series, the U.S. Open, the Indy 500, and the Kentucky Derby.RSVP for the Fort Worth appearance to 817-338-4278. For more information about this event, contact the gallery at www.milangallery.com.For more information about Max, go to www.petermax.com. — Shirley JinkinsCity waives collection fees during warrant roundupDuring an upcoming warrant roundup by the Fort Worth Municipal Court Services Department, collection fees will be waived assuming the tickets are in collection, paid in person and paid in full. The roundup, in conjunction with a statewide warrant roundup, will be from March 1 to 9, according to a city news release. An online database of outstanding warrants updated daily can be found at www.fortworthgov.org/applications/warrantsonline.Payments are accepted at A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.; Southwest Municipal Court, 3741 SW Loop 820; and Satellite Customer Service Center at Carnival Food Store, 102 NW 28th St.Residents can call 817-392-6700 with questions. — Caty HirstRegionSeveral events at Arlington Museum of Art The Arlington Museum of Art’s current exhibit, “Artists in Motion,” ends Sunday.The exhibit includes artwork by Texas artist Donray and costumes from designers Ric Leal, Masako Parshall, and Judana Lynn.Meanwhile, the deadline for the museum’s photo contest, which has a theme of “The Image as Art,” has been extended to Feb. 28. The contest is being held in conjunction with an Ansel Adams exhibit coming this summer.Those wishing to participate or wanting more information may visit the museum website, www.arlingtonmuseum.orgTimeless Concerts will perform a Valentine’s Day concert at the museum on Saturday. Tickets are still available.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.timelessconcerts.com.Fun run to honor veterans, benefit cancer researchTwo sisters are honoring their late father, Army veteran Erron Papillion, with the first annual Run With Our Vets & Beat RCC 5K on March 29 at the University of Texas at Arlington.“Our dad was a decorated Army veteran who served our country in the Vietnam War. Among his many medals of honor were four Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross,” said race organizer Trishonna Papillion-Winston. “This is our way of keeping his legacy alive while at the same time helping those that have served our country just as he had.” Her sister is Nikesha Papillion-Hall. They both live in Arlington. Papillion died in March 2011 from a rare form of renal cancer.Run With Our Vets & Beat RCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial, moral and community support to disabled veterans and to help raise awareness for renal cell carcinoma. The event will feature a 1-mile walk/run and 5K race beginning at the Maverick Activities Center and continuing through nearby neighborhoods.A medals and awards ceremony will follow the races, which are open to both children and adults.For more information, go to www.runwithourvetsandbeatrcc.com. — Shirley JinkinsA helping of murder, followed by dessertIn murder-mystery dinner theater, you can pretty much count on someone getting whacked. The question is who will die in Murder Overboard, performed and served Saturday at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.Will it be Capt. X. Ron Valdez, who’s getting his Circus Cruise Lines ship in shape to get underway? Or does the ship’s doctor, C. Alice Hardin, busily stocking the pharmacy, have a date with the Grim Reaper? Magician Davey Copafield is excited about entertaining the women among the passengers. Is one of them his femme fatale?What’s certain is that guests will dine on 6-ounce sirloins, green beans and loaded mashed potatoes, followed by chocolate cake.Dinner’s at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.Get tickets at www.oldbedfordschool.com/performances/mystery.htm. — Terry Evans3 Redneck Tenors return to their rootsThe 3 Redneck Tenors will perform as the headline act for the OhLook Performing Arts Center Gala at the Concourse in Grapevine on March 1.Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson and Jonathan Frugé are in Texas to sing for their supper and benefit the nonprofit theater, OhLook Performing Arts Center. “We just love all the folks at OhLook and are looking forward to singing for them right back where we started,” said Lord, the group’s founder.This will be the only performance for the 3 Redneck Tenors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this year. They will be introducing material from their new show along with favorite classics. Their resident venue is the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo.The event is one night only. Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, entertainment and a live and silent auction. Dress is cowboy chic, and there will be a cash bar. Those reserving a table for eight will receive complimentary champagne and glasses. Tickets are available at www.ohlookperform.com.To find out more on the group, go to www.3rednecktenors.com. — Shirley JinkinsPecan trees star in Arbor Day celebrationFind out what makes trees important and what keeps them happy in North Texas at the Haltom City Arbor Day Celebration.Beginning at 10 a.m. March 8, the program at Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane, focuses on Texas’ official state tree: pecans.Officials also will dedicate memorial trees to Richard Garcia, a councilman who died in office, Travis Royal, a community volunteer and former Library Board member, and Evelyn Haws, a charter member of the Haltom City Garden Club.Free and open to the public, the event is hosted by the garden club and Keep Haltom City Beautiful. Call 817-222-7767 or go to www.haltomcitytx.com for information. — Terry EvansBaby-sitting class set for SaturdayRegistration is open at Keller Pointe for the next babysitting class, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The course includes planning for baby-sitting jobs, different child personality types, preventing accidents, supervising children, selecting toys and games, changing diapers, basic first aid and feeding.For more information, call The Pointe at 817-743-4386 or email email@example.com. — Mitch MitchellCommunity Band to play favoritesSouthlake Community Band members will kick back and perform their own favorite pieces on March 6 at a 7 p.m. concert in the White’s Chapel United Methodist Church sanctuary at 185 S. White Chapel Blvd.Music will include Procession of the Nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Variations on Scarborough Fair by Calvin Custer, Fantasia in G by Timothy Mahr, Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon by Percy Aldridge Grainger and Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew by James Curnow. Music selections are subject to change.Admission is free. For more information on the band, check www.southlakeband.com or contact it at Contact@southlakeband.com.Installment tax payments still an option for someFor those who qualify for the disabled homestead exemption or an over-65 homestead exemption, there is still a chance to pay your property taxes in four quarterly installments.Property owners who qualify can still make their first quarterly payment by Feb. 28 to keep the right to pay in four installments.But property owners will incur a penalty and a 7 percent interest charge for not making their first payment by Jan. 31. The remaining three payments will not incur any penalty and interest if they are made on or before March 31, May 31 and July 31.For more information, go to the Tarrant County tax office website at www.tarrantcounty.com or call 817-884-1100. — Bill HannaNavy Band to perform in Fort Worth on TuesdayFort Worth is one of 22 cities in six states selected to host a performance by the Navy Concert Band during its 2014 national tour.The band’s performance is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Paschal High School, 3001 Forest Park Blvd.Music will include marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. These national tours return after a year in which sequestration and its impact on outreach spending forced several of them to be suspended. Pentagon officials announced a plan last fall that enables the military services to resume conducting public outreach activities in 2014, at a reduced capacity.The band will travel more than 5,300 miles, traveling by bus and truck an average of more than four hours each day.All Navy band performances are free and open to the public. For ticket information, check the band’s website at www.navyband.navy.mil/tour_concert_band.shtml.
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