Youth Orchestra to hold online silent auction
The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is celebrating its 15th season with a silent holiday auction through Tuesday.
Items include tickets to Disneyland, a family membership to Frontiers of Flight and a sterling silver and onyx bracelet and more.
All proceeds from the auction will support the orchestra and music education.
Visit www.biddingowl.com/LoneStarYouth for more.
Rangers collecting toys for needy Tarrant children
Between now and Dec. 17, the Texas Rangers hope to collect thousands of new, unwrapped toys for needy children in Tarrant County as part of the annual Cowboy Santas Toy Drive.
This is the team’s third year to participate in the holiday event, which started in 1981. People are invited to drop off unwrapped toys and books for boys and girls ages newborn to 12 during store hours at Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, at the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop at 316 Main St. or at the Rangers Dallas Team Shop at 2222 McKinney Ave., Suite 140.
Donations can also be dropped off at all Fort Worth police and fire departments or the Como Community Center Warehouse, 541 N. Main St. in Fort Worth.
The Rangers will hold a toy drive from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the ballpark’s center field Vandergriff Plaza area. Activities include autographs from current and former Rangers players, holiday movies, face painting and balloon artists, food and drink specials and an appearance by Santa.
Last year, Cowboy Santas provided presents for more than 12,500 children from more than 5,000 families.
Turner to host town hall Tuesday on health insurance
State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will hold a town hall meeting to talk about health insurance from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Recreation Center, 2015 Craig Hanking Drive in Arlington.
Those who attend can learn about the Affordable Care Act and how to sign up for coverage. This is the second town hall meeting Turner has held on this topic. After a brief presentation by representatives from the United Way of Tarrant County, volunteers will be there to help those interested apply for coverage.
The presentation will be given in both English and Spanish.
To RSVP, call 817-459-2800.
Art exhibition by UTA graduating seniors
The Gallery at UTA presents a Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, a showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the University of Texas Arlington’s department of art and art history.
The exhibition opens Monday and runs through Dec. 14, with a reception and awards ceremony set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The fall 2013 exhibition features the work of 40 students demonstrating a wide variety of skills in concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging and visual communication.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.
The gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington.
For more information, contact Benito Huerta at 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658.
Candlelighting service accompanies performances
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine will celebrate the start of the holiday season with a candlelighting service Dec. 8.
The 77th annual lighting will start at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 422 Church St.
The celebration will feature children’s and youth choirs, along with the Chancel Choir.
Admission is free and open to all.
For more information, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org/candlelighting.
Photo contest awards ceremony set for Dec. 7
An award ceremony for the Arlington Conservation Council's FOCUS Nature Photo Contest will be from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, at the River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington.
Those winning an award will be invited to say a few words about their photograph.
The winning photos are on exhibit in the Riparian Viewing Room in the far back of the Living Science Center's exhibit hall.
In its first year, the contest drew 24 entries from Arlington-area students in third through sixth grades.
More information on the River Legacy Living Science Center and the Arlington Conservation Council can be found at www.riverlegacy.org and www.acctexas.org.
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Retirement home to hold craft fair Dec. 7
Atria at Hometown retirement home will hold a holiday craft fair Dec. 7.
The fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all are invited for free.
Guests can browse handmade items and search for their perfect holiday gifts.
Atria at Hometown is found at 6350 Winter Park Dr. For more information, call 817-503-0702.
Decorate the Library Christmas Tree
Children are invited to help the North Richland Hills Public Library decorate its Christmas tree on Wednesday and Thursday between 4 and 5 p.m.
Youngsters can create their own ornament, hang it on the tree and meet Santa.
Parents should bring cameras for children’s photos with Santa. The library is located at 9015 Grand Ave. For more information, call 817-427-6800.
Goodwill stores offer holiday shopping deals
Black Friday bargains don’t end with the major retailers today.
Goodwill will offer 50 percent off every gently used item in all 20 Fort Worth-area locations, including the GW Boutique in Keller, from noon to 3 p.m.
The discount does not apply to new merchandise.
The revenue generated from Goodwill stores supports job training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Goodwill stores are located in Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth, Granbury, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, Lake Worth, Watauga and Weatherford.
Black Friday shopping deals in Glen Rose
Glen Rose merchants present Shopping on the Square today, with extended hours and special offers from a dozen specialty shops and boutiques along Barnard and Elm streets.
Angels With Attitude, the White Buffalo Gallery, Burley’s Trading Post and Rose Creek Montana Siversmiths Jewelry will be offering their wares, along with Carla June’s Back Alley Boutique, the Country Peddler, Junk and Treasure and Texas Treasures Jitters Coffee.