ALEDOCircus coming to town for two performances SaturdayThe Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Aledo on Saturday forperformances at 2 and 5 p.m. at Bearcat Park.Live animal acts will include tigers, zebras, elephants, llamas, pygmy goats and dogs.Feats of skill include performers doing trapeze acts, juggling, elevated balance beams, music, dance, acrobatics, aerial stunts and fire manipulation.A midway will be open prior to showtime with concessions, games, bounce houses and animal rides on ponies, camels and elephants.Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $15 and $7, respectively.Advance tickets can be purchased at Aledo City Hall, East Parker County Library, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, Interbank, Aledo National Bank, Reading Friends and Brookshire’s Grocery. FORT WORTHGet your Irish on and dance at St. Patrick’s Day partyThe leprechauns are dusting off their pots of gold and the wee people are getting ready for the Widowed Persons Service St. Patrick’s Day dance. The annual dance will be held Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Handley Meadowbrook Lions Club, 6013 Craig St.Cecil Knight, disc jockey for the evening, will provide music for the Irish jig and take requests for other music.Sandwiches and soft drinks will be available. No alcohol will be allowed on premises.Cost is $10 per person at the door. Call 817-551-2922 to make reservations.Group to hear of changes in small-claims court rulesMembers of the Southwest Fort Worth Chapter of AARP will learn about changes in small-claims procedures during their March 19 meeting at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St.Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Russ Casey will speak.The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with coffee, and the program follows at 10:30 a.m.For additional information, call 817-921-6717.Discussion on women in poverty set for ThursdayA discussion on how poverty affects women will be this week at Fort Worth’s Central Library.Carol Klocek, executive director/CEO, YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County, will lead the discussion on how poverty affects women in the United States and how the YWCA is working to help area women.The event is for adults.The discussion is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St. — Domingo Ramirez Jr.Concert combines youth orchestras in one showThe Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra in a concert performance at 7:30 p.m. today at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St.Tickets are on sale at the Bass Hall box office for $20.For more information, contact Willa Dunleavy at 817-923-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Retired school employees to hear historian March 19The Fort Worth Retired School Employees Association will hear the facts and folklore of Fort Worth’s Western beginnings from local historian Doug Harmon during its next meeting.The March 19 meeting will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.For more information, contact Glenda Gibson at email@example.com or 817-834-1494.WestBend expansion begins along University DriveConstruction to expand WestBend, a mixed-use development along University Drive just south of Interstate 30, has begun.Crews are demolishing a parking garage at the southeast corner of the development to make room for an 81,150-square-foot building, which includes a grocery store anchor on the ground floor and 57,560 square feet of office space above.WestBend will add a walkable urban experience to the University Drive area, said Trademark CEO Terry Montesi, WestBend’s developer.“We will have several restaurants on the Trinity Trail with large trail-side patios and additional shaded public spaces,” Montesi said in a statement.WestBend is across University Drive from University Park Village shopping center.When completed, WestBend will have 95,000 square feet of retail and dining, and 183,000 square feet of office space. — Sandra Baker GRANBURYGeneral Granbury’s Birthday Celebration next weekendGranbury will host a birthday party for the town’s namesake on Saturday and Sunday.The 36th General Granbury’s Birthday Celebration includes a bean, rib and brisket cook-off. Activities include arts, crafts and entertainment, along with bean eating and bean spittin’ contests.The Granbury Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum and Gift Shop, at 214 N. Crockett St., will offer spinning and weaving demonstrations from 2 to 4 p.m. during Gen. Granbury’s birthday weekend.It is one of the oldest homesites in the area. The Yeats family’s log cabin, built in 1858, was purchased in 1877 by attorney William Ed Duke, who built his house around it to preserve it.Granbury itself was named after Confederate Gen. Hiram Bronson Granbury, who was killed in action Nov. 30, 1864.On Nov. 30, 1893, his remains were reinterred in Granbury, according to the Handbook of Texas. All events for the birthday celebration will take place at the downtown historic square.Visit www.granburytx.com for more information. — Bill HannaWEATHERFORDTheater students earn high ratings The Weatherford College theater group is back home this week after a successful trip to Blinn College in Brenham where their performance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer won an overall excellent rating at the Texas Community College Theatre Festival. Kylar Dobbs, Seth O’Bannon and Delace McMahan each received an excellent rating for their acting. Stephen Sullivan was rated superior in acting, Kelsie Bruce was rated superior in stage management, and the costumes were recognized as excellent. “We were loved by all,” Director Nancy McVean said. “It is so nice to brag about the work of these amazing students. We all had a great time and made new friends.”REGIONFunding for parks included in budget A national parks fund is fully funded in President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2015, something Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been supporting campaigning for. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, financed primarily through offshore oil and gas royalties, provides matching grants to state and local governments for parks and open-space projects but is scheduled to end in September 2015 unless Congress continues the program. Price co-chairs Mayors for Parks, a national group of mayors campaigning for the fund and created by City Parks Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.“Mayors across the country are pleased that the president kept his promise to fully fund LWCF in his proposed budget,” Price said in a statement. “A fully funded LWCF will mean that in Fort Worth, and in cities across America, mayors will be better equipped to rise to the challenge of providing enough open space to sustain vibrant communities.”The president’s proposed budget calls for little deficit reduction, however, and is likely to face opposition in Congress.The mayors also want to ensure that all of the money committed to the fund actually goes to land and water projects, since less than 50 percent of the money set aside for the fund have been used for such projects. The rest has been redirected to the general treasury for other uses. Fort Worth has received about $4.5 million since the fund was created in 1965, and Texas has received over $500 million.The last substantial grant Fort Worth received from the fund was $1.69 million for Gateway Park in 1999, according to city records. That grant money was leveraged with an additional $1.71 million for park improvements. — Caty Hirst Western dance classes for family at Billy Bob’sDust off those boots and mosey over to Billy Bob’s Texas for spring family dance classes.Two beginner country classes will be offered, at 5 p.m. today and the same class on Monday at 7 p.m. Beginner country cha-cha classes for country music with that Latin flavor will be held at 6 p.m.today.The club’s most requested class, intermediate three-step for those who already know basic three-step, will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday.Cost is $5 per person per class, with a $2 admission. Parking is free. Leather sole shoes work best.Children 17 and under must be with a parent or guardian and bring their own dance partner. Solo dancers who are 18 and up will be paired up with a partner if available.
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