December 12, 2013

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Levitt Pavilion of the Performing Arts officials remind supporters of their free concerts to make donations this month in order to receive a year-end tax break.


Levitt offers incentives

for end-of-year donors

Levitt Pavilion of the Performing Arts officials remind supporters of their free concerts to make donations this month in order to receive a year-end tax break.

It is also a chance to become a Rock Star (for a $1,000 gift). Other levels of giving include a Producer ($5,000), a Legend ($2,500), a Headliner ($500), a Rising Star ($250), a Groupie ($100) or a Fan ($50).

Donations made at the Groupie level or higher by midnight Dec. 31 will entitle the donor to an invitation to join Texas blues artist Ruthie Foster for a special night of music Jan. 27.

More than 90 percent of the nonprofit Levitt’s operating funds come from corporate sponsorships, foundations and grant support and individual donors. These gifts help underwrite the venue’s free concert seasons and outreach activities.

For more information visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Students ask for socks, skivvies for needy peers

Students at Colleyville Elementary, 5911 Pleasant Run Road, need help collecting socks and underwear.

The students have started a “Drop Your Drawers” campaign to collect underwear and socks for underprivileged children in the area.

Drop boxes are now at the school; Pur Fit Gym and Cross Fit Colleyville, 99 Main St.; Obstetrics and Gynecology of North Texas at the Baylor Professional Building, 1600 W. College St.; and Metroplex Self Storage, 1801 Industrial Blvd.

Cash donations also are accepted.

The campaign ends Jan. 31.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


Genealogists can learn how to put family lore in print

Got reams of ancestral research and no clue about what to do next?

Guest speaker Marilyn Hay will give tips on how to get their research into book form at the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meeting Jan. 2 at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the group’s short business meeting at 7.

The society meets every first Thursday of the month at the library.

For more information, email Evelynn Kelly at


Library event will show kids fun of playing with trains

Fascinated with trains? Got kids? Bring your tiny engineers and conductors to Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 or Jan. 16 to build train cars from boxes and poster board. Decorate the cars with a variety of things the library will provide.

Then, parade your creations in the Kids’ Express at 11 a.m. Jan. 18. The exhibition will be followed with a party. Call 817-788-7300 or check out the online magazine “Where We Live” at

— Terry Evans

Shelter pets make lifelong gifts, police lieutenant says

With a couple of caveats, Hurst police Lt. Jennifer Hall said that a pet from the animal shelter would make a great Christmas gift.

“You have to make sure that the person you’re giving the pet to wants whatever it is,” Hall said. “But you must also find out if that person is ready for a full-time emotional and financial commitment to something that could live 16 years or more.”

A family has to look at getting a pet as a family thing, so the kids will take care of the animal, too, Hall said.

“You should be ready to share your home with an animal, so it isn’t just relegated to the back yard and never interacts with the family,” Hall said.

The reward for doing that is a kind of love unmatched by anything those who have never shared their lives with dogs or cats can imagine, Hall said.

The shelter can’t guarantee that there will be puppies or kittens available on a given day, but it’s never empty.

“We always have dogs and cats, and occasionally birds, bunnies, rats, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs,” Hall said.

The $100 adoption fee for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccine, and a heartworm test for dogs that are at least six months old.

Call 817-788-7216, or drop by 891 Cannon Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, or go to

“If you can’t adopt right now, the shelter needs volunteers to play with the animals, and we could use donations of food, blankets and newspapers,” Hall said.

— Terry Evans


Spanish Club surprises custodians with gift

Kennedale High’s Spanish Club showed its gratitude to the school’s nine custodians by surprising them with gifts earlier this week.

A gathering was held in the high school library to surprise the janitors with gift baskets containing turkeys and all the trimmings.

“The custodians do so much for us every day, and their hard work often goes unrecognized. We want them to know how much we appreciate them and all that they do for the students, faculty and staff here at Kennedale High School,” said club sponsor Monica Stephens. “We are so excited to be able to do something nice for them this holiday season.”

— Shirley Jinkins


Christmas Spectacular set for Saturday

The Mansfield Christmas Spectacular will stage two performances on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., at the Mansfield ISD Center for Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane.

The variety show includes sacred and secular Christmas music, orchestra, soloists and adult and children’s choirs. Guest appearances will be made by children’s favorites Frosty, Santa and Mrs. Claus and Rudolph.

The show is produced by Mainstage Class Theatre and First United Methodist Church Mansfield.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for Common Ground Network, a network of churches and other assistance agencies in the Mansfield school district that provide assistance to families in need.

Tickets should be downloaded and printed from

— Shirley Jinkins

Hometown Holidays, home tour rescheduled

Residents will still be able to celebrate the festive season at a combined Hometown Holidays event set for Saturday. The rescheduled activities have changed slightly but still offer Mansfield residents a fun way to kick off the holidays.

The parade will roll along its downtown route starting at 3 p.m. The tree-lighting will take place at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., at 5:45 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in their house ready for visits during the afternoon. There will be arts and crafts, entertainment, horse-drawn-carriage rides and food vendors on hand.

The events are still free and open to the public, although there will be a cost for concessions. For maps and other details, visit the city website at

The Mansfield Women’s Club Holiday Tour of Homes has also been rescheduled to Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m.

For tickets and other information, visit the website at

Zoning OK’d for eatery in historic home

A zoning change for plans to open an upscale steak-and-seafood restaurant in a 109-year-old historic home won final approval from the Mansfield City Council on Tuesday.

Juan Rodriguez, currently executive chef at the Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth, plans to convert the Wright House at 302 W. Broad St. into what he has tentatively named Broad Street Bistro.

Rodriguez, who is teaming with investor and co-owner Scott Ringnald,[ cq] has a crew already at work and said many of the house’s historical features are being restored. The house was damaged by fire in the 1960s and was not rebuilt to its original appearance.

The plans include remodeling the porches for outdoor dining and using the large yard for a beer garden and the basement as a wine cellar.

Ringnald projected the restaurant would open next summer, about the same time as a Mellow Mushroom pizzeria that is under construction at Broad and Main Streets.

“We’re excited that they’re opening,” Ringnald said, adding that he has talked with the pizza restaurant’s owners. “We’re not competing. We feel that it will be a greater draw for downtown Mansfield.”

— Robert Cadwallader


Breakfast with Santa set for Saturday

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Iron Horse Golf Course on Saturday.

Reservations are required for 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. seatings. Prices are $10.95 for adults, $6.95 for children under 12 and free for kids under 3.

Bring a camera for free photos with Santa. Call 817-485-6666 to reserve a table.

Toys for Tennis tournament Saturday

Richland Tennis Center will host a Toys for Tennis Tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Participants are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the NRH Santa Cops program.

The Richland Tennis Center is located at 7111 NE Loop 820. Call 817-427-6680 to sign up or get more details.

New Year’s Eve dance to take place at center

The NRH Senior Center will host a New Year’s Eve Dance on Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the NRH Centre.

Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at the Senior Center.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

For more information, stop by the Senior Center at 6000 Hawk Ave. or call 817-427-6695.


Holiday Brass concert is Tuesday at church

Apex Arts League is sponsoring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble’s Holiday Brass concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for Apex members, seniors and students.

A full brass choir will perform, including trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba and percussion.

The concert, under the direction of Fort Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, will feature a variety of festive music, including traditional holiday melodies.

For more information, visit

Contact Apex at


Christmas Tour of Homes rescheduled

The Trophy Club Women’s Club Christmas tour of homes has been rescheduled to Sunday after last weekend’s bad weather.

The five beautifully decorated homes may be toured from 3 to 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit Tarrant and Denton county charities. For more information visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Congressman to speak about trip to Israel

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will speak about his recent trip to Israel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road.

Veasey was part of the congressional delegation that traveled to Israel in August to learn more about issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship and international security.

He and others met with Israeli and Palestinian opposition members, peace negotiators, defense and economic experts and government officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

— Anna M. Tinsley

County to screen farm license plate applicants

The Tarrant County tax office is reminding farmers and ranchers that a new state law requires them to show their state comptroller-issued Texas agriculture or timber exemption registration number before obtaining a farm license plate.

“The law will help ensure [that] no one can infringe on the privileges extended to our qualified farmers and ranchers who deserve them,” said Ron Wright, county tax assessor-collector.

“Unfortunately, as the state has grown, so has the number of reports of people abusing the farm plate and permit privileges,” he said in a news release.

The new law will weed out those taking advantage of the system that offers farmers and ranchers reduced vehicle registration and some sales tax fee exemptions.

Vehicles that do not qualify for farm plates include regular passenger vehicles, those used for driving to and from work or for hire, vehicles owned by farmer cooperatives and ones used to transport livestock for nonretail purposes.

For more information on farm plates, go to

— Steve Campbell

Worth Learning shows site with science fun

Marshmallow shooters? Stomp rockets? It may sound like warfare, but it’s really science.

Children and adults will build and test these launch-worthy gadgets and learn about physics in the process during the first-ever Worth Learning Science Extravaganza on Jan. 4.

Participants will also dissect crustaceans and disassemble everyday electronics and toys during their learning experiences.

The extravaganza, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will introduce Worth Learning’s new permanent location at 5124 Tulane Ave. in River Oaks.

Families can register to attend at Extravaganza.html.

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