December 31, 2013

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Want to be part of something positive and uplifting? Then the annual Youth Collaboration Breakfast set for Jan. 24. is just the ticket.


Annual Youth Collaboration Breakfast set for Jan. 24

Want to be part of something positive and uplifting? Then the annual Youth Collaboration Breakfast set for Jan. 24. is just the ticket.

“Helping youth reach their full potential” is the unwavering purpose of Arlington Alliance for Youth, which hosts the event.

Guests will enjoy progress reports from youth organizations and applaud the grants being awarded for service projects. What to expect on Global Youth Service Day coming up in April is always an exciting announcement. Keynote speaker is Assistant Police Chief Lauretta Hill.

The breakfast venue is the Arlington ISD Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, at 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.

Learn more at or contact Alliance President Craig Wietz at

— Faye Reeder

Arlington takes on Grand Prairie in Facebook contest

The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has engaged in a little friendly Facebook competition with Grand Prairie.

The Arlington Parks and Recreation Facebook page had to reach more than 10,000 likes before New Year’s Day or Buddy Blue will have to wear Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation attire in the next Naturally Fun magazine edition.

As of Sunday afternoon, the page had 10,063 likes. If Arlington Parks and Rec wins, the Grand Prairie staff will have to wear Naturally Fun gear for a week.

— Monica S. Nagy

Financial planning for special-needs families

Helping Restore Ability is hosting a free seminar on Jan. 16 to provide information on how to protect the long-term financial and legal needs of children with special needs. Parents of children of any age with any type of special needs are encouraged to attend.

The seminar is from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 16, at the offices of Helping Restore Ability, 4300 Beltway Place, Suite 130 in Arlington.

Vicki Niedermayer, CEO of Helping Restore Ability, is a board-certified behavior analyst with over 30 years of experience in social services for people with special needs. She will be sharing information on both public and private programs and support services that are available for children with disabilities, many of which are free of charge and immediately available.

Aaron Shutt is an attorney with the Paup Law Firm in Fort Worth. He will explain how a special-needs trust can help maintain your child’s eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other assistance programs as well as protect assets from predators, creditors and judgments. Shutt will also explain guardianship and the powers of attorney parents may want to have for the care of an adult child with special needs.

Jason Smith is a financial adviser with Edward Jones who has lived with a disability label, having been born without his right hand.

He will cover common strategies used to fund a special-needs trust and share some of his personal story of overcoming the challenges of his disability.

Email to RSVP. Call 817-635-6008 for more information.

— Faye Reeder

To the moon, Big Bird, and they’ll watch you at UTA

The Planetarium at UT Arlington will show One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at 1 p.m. Saturday

Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China, prompting Big Bird and the pair to locate the Big Dipper, the North Star and the moon in the night sky.

The show is set for 5- to 8-year-olds to see that though people may live far away, they all share the same sky.

Tickets are free for those younger than three and up to $6 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth 30 minutes before each show, but advanced sales are not available.

The Planetarium is located in the Chemistry Physics Building at 700 Planetarium Place in Arlington.

— Monica S. Nagy

Half price on UT Arlington hoops during the holidays

The University of Texas at Arlington’s gift to the public this holiday season is Maverick men’s and women’s basketball at a bargain price.

Ticket prices for the Thursday, Saturday and Jan. 8 and 9 home games are half price, with individual ticket prices as low as $3. Tickets are available now at

— Faye Reeder

Connecting business with the UT Arlington community

Want to market directly to students at the University of Texas at Arlington? Spring Activities Fair Day is Jan. 22.

The fair is an excellent way to visit with students about services and products your business offers.

For fee and registration information, contact Marcy Garcia at or call 817-272-0556.

On Feb. 19, the Career Development Center hosts the Spring Job Fair.

The fair offers prospective employers direct access to UT Arlington students, new grads, and alumni who are seeking employment opportunities.

Those interested in participating in the job fair should call 817-272-5201 or email

The annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair, hosted in March by the Staff Advisory Council, is a way to showcase the products, benefits and services of your business to hundreds of UT Arlington employees.

For more information, email staff_advisory_

— Faye Reeder


Free nutrition classes at Family Life Center

If you’ve ever wondered about the nervous system’s healing power, you’re about to be rewarded.

Elevation Health teaches free nutrition classes at the Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Drive, each second Tuesday. At 10 a.m. Jan. 14 the title is “The Healing Power of the Nervous System.”

Call 817-685-1666 for information.

— Terry Evans

Flapjacks, fitness

at open house

A free day of fitness and an inexpensive breakfast are perks for those attending the 9 a.m. to noon open house on Saturday at Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Drive.

The 9 to 9:30 a.m. pancake breakfast is $3 in advance or $5 at the door. But anyone with ID showing they’re a Euless resident may use the fitness center for free.

Try out fitness classes in free demonstrations, get a tour of the center and the new indoor pool, discover and register for programs.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be activities for kids. Call 817-685-1666 for information.

— Terry Evans


Recycle that noble fir into mulch until Jan. 10

Repurpose that gorgeous holiday evergreen as garden mulch for the common good.

Christmas tree recycling in Grand Prairie continues through Jan. 10 at three locations; the Home Depot parking lots at 3850 Carrier Parkway and 5280 State Highway 360, and the Grand Prairie landfill at 1102 MacArthur Blvd.

Rule No. 1: Artificial trees or trees sprayed with artificial snow cannot be accepted for recycling. Rule No. 2: Make sure all ornaments, stands and plastic bags have been removed from the tree.

Trees will be recycled into mulch. Free mulch is available at the landfill to all Grand Prairie residents.

Trees will also be collected at curbside on normal garbage collection days, but they will not be recycled into mulch. They, as well as artificial and snow-sprayed trees, will be collected as garbage.

For more information please call 972-237-8061 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Get creative, stay active, or act up

Adult programs in 4- to 8-week sessions start up the first full week of January at Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive.

Stay active for independence, sweat it off in boot camp or on stationary bikes, learn belly dancing or zumba, be a clown, master yoga, judo or tae kwon do, create clothing or oil paintings.

Most programs are under $50 (way under) and descriptions are found at, or call 817-788-7325.

— Terry Evans

Tennis improvement in Hurst, anyone?

Tennis players are tough, but if your game isn’t quite where you want it to be (or nonexistent) Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive, has programs to get you there. For youth, Quickstart Tennis, Junior Beginner Tennis and Intermediate Junior Tennis are four-week, Monday-afternoon programs that start Monday. Adult Beginner Clinic and Adult Intermediate Clinic also are four-week programs Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 8. The Men’s 4.0 & Above Drop-in Drill is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday beginning Feb. 20.

— Terry Evans

Sign up and play ball, either basket or soft

Winter League Basketball and Spring League Softball teams may register at Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Information at Or call 817-788-7320.

—Terry Evans

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