December 29, 2013

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will be featured at UT Arlington baseball’s First Pitch Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. In addition to Ryan, the night will include the presentation of the Mavericks’ 2013 WAC championship rings.


UT Arlington baseball program hosts a big night

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will be featured at UT Arlington baseball’s First Pitch Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. In addition to Ryan, the night will include the presentation of the Mavericks’ 2013 WAC championship rings.

Members of the 2014 baseball team and former players will be in attendance.

The event will be held at Capital One Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

For more information about sponsorships, go to www.utamavs.comor contact Craig Shaver at 817-272-9608.

New Year’s Day races kick off a runner’s year right

For Arlington running enthusiasts, there are two big events at River Legacy Parks in January.

On Wednesday, a brand-new event, A New Year Renewal Race III 5K/1-mile, will be held at Legacy Pavilion, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd.

It is the first official race on the newly certified 5K course at River Legacy Parks.

The 1-mile race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 10 a.m. Fees are $5 for the 1-mile and $20 on race day for the 5K. A New Year Renewal Race will benefit Community Food Bank.

Call 817-265-4578 for more information or register, visit

The 11th running of the MLK Day & Dream 5K/1-mile will be Jan. 20. Fees are $20 for the 5K, which begins at 10 a.m., and $5 for the 1-mile, which begins at 9:30 a.m..

Proceeds will benefit Arlington’s Blanton and Crow elementary schools.

More information, including online registration, is available at

— Shirley Jinkins


School district retirees to hear mission director

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Retired School Employees will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13 at the Pat May Center, 1849 Hoot Smith Drive. The program will be presented by Scott Sheppard, executive director of the 6 Stones Mission Network.

All retired school employee members and prospective members are welcome.

For more information, call 817-571-5705.

— Shirley Jinkins


Turn those dead Douglas firs into Chris-mulch

Is your Christmas tree dropping needles?

Don’t toss it in the trash like ripped wrapping paper. Euless takes trees that have been cleaned of lights and ornaments and mulches them not only for use in the city’s parks but also for residents’ use.

Through Saturday, take your tree to the Euless Family Life Aquatic Park parking lot, 300 W. Midway Drive. When there’s a pile of chips, you can fill whatever bag you bring with fresh mulch for your garden.

Call 817-695-1650 for information.

— Terry Evans


Black-eyed peas now might save a black eye later

Good luck will ensue if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Eve, the old superstition goes.

You won't care whether it's true when you have the peas for free with a chunk of cornbread at noon Tuesday at Hurst Senior Center, 700 Heritage Circle.

— Terry Evans

Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiasts won’t want to miss game night

Yu-Gi-Oh masters, novices and the merely curious in sixth to 12th grades should flock to an event devoted to the game that was born in Japan in 1996. Mentors will be at Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, for Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game Night on first and third Thursdays from 6 to 8: Thursday and Jan. 16; Feb. 6 and 20; and March 6 and 20.

— Terry Evans

Feed your mind over lunch at the Hurst Public Library

Lunching with literature at noon each first Thursday, the Brown Bag Book Club enjoys informal discussions in the reading alcove of the Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

January’s focus is Learning to Swim, by Sara J. Henry. In February, Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. March’s read is Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith. April looks at The Returned, by Jason Mott.

— Terry Evans

Recreation center has learning programs for kids

Eight-week programs for young artists, athletes, dancers, gymnasts, musicians and thinkers begin Jan. 6 at Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive.

Programs are divided into age groups of 3 and younger, 3 and older (up to 6), and youth (5 to 12) and generally are $30 or less and may be seen at or call 817-788-7325 for information.

— Terry Evans


Chamber names interim president

MK White-Ramsey, membership director of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim president and CEO of the organization by the board of directors.

The chamber's previous president and CEO, Amanda Miller, resigned in October to accept a position with TXI Industries.

White-Ramsey has been the chamber's membership director since 2012. She has previous nonprofit experience with Crisis Intervention of Tarrant County, where she was employed for 12 years.

She assumes her new role immediately.

No time frame has been set for her interim status.


Smokers can learn to quit at free class

Residents who smoke can save money as well as their lungs by kicking the habit with help from a how-to classes sponsored by the Crowley Recreation Center, the American Lung Association and Tarrant County Public Health.

The free class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the center, 405 N. Oak St.

There is no charge for the session.

— Shirley Jinkins

Sheriff to speak at January AARP meeting

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson will speak to the Southwest Fort Worth Chapter of American Association of Retired Persons on Jan. 15.

Anderson will describe the role and duties of a sheriff’s office in an urban environment.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with coffee, and the program follows at 10:30 a.m.

The meeting is at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St. Call 817-921-6717 for more information.

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve events

The kids are out of school and your babysitter already has party plans. What’s a parent to do? Here are some options for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fun for the whole family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

• Radio Disney at Main Event

Main Event and Radio Disney will have a huge balloon drop at noon and lots of prizes and giveaways. Someone at each Dallas-Fort Worth location will win a Wii U game system. Special pricing for activities including laser tag, bowling and billiards is available for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Good to know: Free party favors! No reservation required.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to midnight Wednesday

Where: 4801 Citylake Blvd. E., Fort Worth; 407 W. Texas 114, Grapevine

Cost: $17.95 per person, per session, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; $21.95 per person, per session, 4 p.m. to close, Tuesday, December 31; Prices starting at $15.95 per person, per session Wednesday, January 1.


•  Noon Year’s Eve at Legoland Discovery Center

Children will don their New Year’s hats and watch the Lego brick ball drop at noon while enjoying sparkling grape juice while supplies last. You can also then let them explore the fun center, which includes Lego play stations, the Legends of Chima 4-D cinema, Forest Ranger car ride and Merlin’s Apprentice ride. Don’t miss the Star Wars miniland Lego display.

Good to know: All annual pass holders are invited to bring a friend for free Tuesday.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine

Cost: $18; children 2 and younger are free.


•  Alley Cats

The family entertainment venue in Arlington is offering two packages for families on New Year’s Eve. The early evening family party, which sells out quickly, provides fours hours of activities, including glow bowling, unlimited laser tag, rock climbing, billiards and unlimited video game play. You also get party favors and 90 minutes to eat at the pizza and fajita buffet. The countdown party includes glow bowling, billiards, unlimited laser tag and rock climbing.

Good to know: Win prizes like an Apple iPad Air.

Recommended ages: All

When: Family party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday; Countdown party, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington

Info: 817-784-2695,

• Adventure Landing

The family-style celebration offers children unlimited miniature golf, laser tag and go-karts. A balloon drop at noon features age-appropriate prizes inside each balloon.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 17717 Coit Road, Dallas

Cost: $20

Info: 972-248-4653,

— Maricar Estrella

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