It’s the season of giving, and the Texas Rangers baseball team wants to do its part for the countywide Cowboy Santa Toy Drive. On Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., come on out to Globe Life Park in Arlington for a party, and bring a new, unwrapped toy for boys and girls, newborn to age 12.
“Rangers personalities will be on hand to sign autographs for the occasion,” a spokesman wrote in a news release. “Holiday movies will be shown on the video screen, the Rangers KidsZone will be open, and drink and food specials will be provided by Sportservice.
“Other activities will include face-painting, crafts, a photo booth, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Additionally, complimentary holiday tours of Globe Life Park will be offered every half hour during the event.”
If you can’t make it to the party, you are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys or books to the Rangers Gram Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park anytime through Tuesday. An alternate drop-off location is the Rangers Team Shop at 316 Main St. in Fort Worth or any Fort Worth police or fire station.
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The Cowboy Santa Toy Drive annually distributes thousands of toys to children from low-income families in Tarrant County.
Parking for the event is in Lot B. Enter for the party through the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop. To inquire, call 817-273-5207 or visit texasrangers.com.
Nonprofits invited to submit grant applications by Jan. 15
Charitable organizations that serve women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County are invited to apply for funding from the 2017 Art in the Square by Jan. 15. The grants are administered by the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation.
“Since 2000 the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation has raised and given over $2,500,000 to philanthropic organizations across NE Tarrant County,” said spokeswoman Sherri Whitt. The organization awarded more than $190,000 last year to 30 beneficiaries.
The three-day Art in the Square festivities at Southlake Town Square are set for April 28-30. Named as the eighth-best fine arts festival in the country by The Art Fair SourceBook, the juried show features more than 150 artists in all categories of visual arts. All proceeds from Art in the Square are put back into the surrounding communities.
“Color your world by being named one of the beneficiaries of the 2017 Art in the Square,” Whitt said. Beneficiaries will be presented at the “Strokes of Art in the Square” reception on Feb. 19. Grant application and guidelines are available at www.ArtintheSquare.com. Contact Whitt at 817-944-4408 or Sjwswc1@aol.com.
- Today is the last day to see a display of more than 1,000 nativity sets from all over the world in the Faye Landham collection in the Concert Hall of the Langdon Center, 300 E. Bridge St. in Granbury. Hours are 12:30-6 p.m. Admission is free.
- Apex Arts League’s Baroque Holiday Concert is Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd. in Southlake. The concert features the chamber orchestra and soloists from the symphony musicians of Fort Worth and will include Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other festive holiday favorites. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and APEX members. Purchase at apex-arts.org or at the door.
- The Tarrant Area Food Bank will receive a donation from every sale of the Kitchen Stories Cookbook: Comfort Cookin’ Made Fascinating and Easy, by Linda Altoonian and Lael Morgan. The book features delicious regional dishes that can be prepared with only six ingredients that are easy and economical to prepare. Each recipe has a history or story about the authors’ kitchen adventures. Altoonian is a former Star-Telegram columnist. Details at kitchenstoriescookbook.blogspot.com.
- A holiday party hosted by the southwest Fort Worth chapter of AARP is Wednesday at 10 a.m. and will feature a performance by the Paschal High School choir at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St. Call Stephen Ehrlich at 817-921-6717 to inquire.
- Santa is coming to Upscale Resale on Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Photo opportunities, refreshments and a performance by the Keller High School Show Choir. Proceeds benefit the Community Storehouse. The shop is at 309 N. Main St. in Keller. Call 817-431-3340.
- A shout-out to Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine for awarding 10 local charities $40,000 each at its annual giving ceremony. Since 2012, Classic Chevrolet has raised $1,620,000 through generous personal giving from their employees and from the Steve Thompson Classic golf tournament. Owners Tom and Susan Durant matched the $210,000 raised at this year’s golf event so that the $420,000 could be granted to local nonprofits.
- Keller Police Citizens Academy applications are due Jan. 20. Anyone interested in learning more about the Keller Police Department and the role of law enforcement in Keller is invited to apply. It is a prerequisite for joining the Volunteers in Policing unit. Classes begin Jan. 31 and continue through May 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday at police headquarters, 330 Rufe Snow Drive. Visit www.cityofkeller.com to see criteria and get an application. Call officer Amanda Baker at 817-743-4504 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.