January 6, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Internationally acclaimed Italian pianist Francesco Attesti and Italian organist Matteo Galii will perform at the Wings of Peace concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 22.


‘Wings of Peace’ concert set for UT Arlington on Jan. 22

Internationally acclaimed Italian pianist Francesco Attesti and Italian organist Matteo Galii will perform at the Wings of Peace concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 22.

The concert is a part of the Rotary Club of Arlington Great Southwest and Rotaract Club at UT Arlington’s fundraising efforts.

Tickets are $30 for floor seating and $75 for VIP seating. The concert will be at Irons Recital Hall, at 700 Greek Row Drive.

— Monica S. Nagy

Symphony Arlington begins new year of performances

Symphony Arlington continues its 2013-14 season, “Shall We Dance?,” on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

The program features guest conductor Alberto Correa and American-born pianist Stephen Beus performing Liszt’s Totentanz.

A winner of several recent international piano competitions, Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and has toured the country. He has also performed worldwide with orchestras and as a soloist in many countries, including Russia, Germany, France, China, Italy and Switzerland.

Symphony Arlington season tickets begin at $60. Single tickets range from $16.50 to $46.50. All are available by calling 817-385-0484, faxing 817-274-3593, or emailing

Group discounts are available.

For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Health screening packages available at church event

First United Methodist Church of Colleyville, at 5601 Pleasant Run Road, will host Life Line Screening on Jan. 14.

The fee-based medical screenings are being sponsored by DFW Vascular Group and are intended to help people reduce the risk of a stroke or bone fracture.

Preventive ultrasound screenings can identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs.

A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered for both men and women.

Screening packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 877-237-1287 or visit the website at

— Shirley Jinkins


Sherlock Holmes event won’t leave teens clueless

“I am Sherlocked,” a two-part sleuth celebration for Grand Prairie teens ages 13 and older, can be investigated at 5 p.m. Monday at the Warmack Library, 760 Bardin Road, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Shotwell Library, 2750 Graham St.

The case opens on the first night with games, trivia, crafts and fun. Closing the case on the second night will be a Sherlock Holmes film, games and activities.

The Warmack session is first come, first seated in a limited space, and the Shotwell session requires advance registration due to space limitations by calling 972-237-7540.

For more information call the Warmack at 972-237-5770 or the Shotwell at 972-237-7540.

Scuttle your cares with a night of pirate culture

Everyone can have a maritime at the Pirates on the Prairie III concert on Feb. 1 at the Uptown Theater. Expect a night of pirate music, swashbuckling fun and nautical nonsense suitable for the whole family.

The evening stars Grand Prairie’s own pirate band, the Bilge Pumps, in an event that will speak to everyone’s inner buccaneer. The band will be joined by its pirate-poetry-dispensing shipmates, the Seadog Slam, who will be in the lobby pre-show and during intermissions with salty rhymes.

Drop anchor at the Uptown Theater at 120 E. Main St. when the lobby opens at 5 p.m. Theater doors will open at 5:30 for seating, followed at 6 p.m. by the sea-salted music and comedy of the Bilge Pumps.

The show will be recorded for possible inclusion on the band’s forthcoming album.

The Bilge Pumps’ unique music ranges from nautical songs and sea chanteys, to Celtic airs.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Tickets are for general seating and can be purchased in advance by calling the Uptown box office at 972-237-8786, at the theater on the day of the event, by visiting the online box office at tickets.htm, or by visiting

— Shirley Jinkins


Give city officials a piece of your mind in online surveys

Hurst residents should sound off about the city.

“We take feedback from our residents seriously and this is their opportunity to let us know how we’re doing,” said city spokeswoman Ashleigh Johnson.

Quick, easy and vital surveys are online and may be done at, or in specially designated kiosks at Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, or Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive, through the end of February.

— Terry Evans


Foundation to give classroom grants

Keller ISD Education Foundation will present 31 grants at 29 campuses on Tuesday and Thursday.

The surprise presentations provide teachers with grants of financial aid to fund innovative projects that inspire students in their classrooms. Teachers submit their ideas as proposals to the Foundation in hopes of winning a grant.


Construction to begin on busy intersection

Work is scheduled to begin Monday on signalization of the Rufe Snow Drive and Johnson Road intersection in Keller.

The $333,800 project will feature installed traffic signals, widening of Rufe Snow and restriping Johnson Road at the intersection, providing safer lane widths and turning points as well as dedicated turn lanes onto Rufe Snow.

Congestion issues were highlighted in early 2012 during the city’s Master Thoroughfare Plan update process. Public Safety Director Mark Hafner identified the intersection as the most pressing need.

Lanes will close as needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but both roads will remain open throughout the project. The projected completion date is April.

Questions may be directed to Public Works at 817-743-4080.

— Taylor Prater

Arts program to show printmaking works

The Keller Public Arts Program is starting its 2014 series of art shows with work from 21 printmakers, all members of the North Texas Printmaking Guild.

The show goes up Monday and will be on display for free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Jan. 30.

The show will feature a collection of the artists’ etchings, wood cuts, lino cuts, silkscreens and more.

The opening reception will be Thursday at Keller Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 817-743-4000.

— Taylor Prater


New preschool breaks ground in Southlake

An upscale preschool concept, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse of Southlake will be coming soon, though no opening date has been announced.

The official groundbreaking was held last week at the site, 600 Zena Rucker Road. Tentative plans submitted to the city in mid-2013 call for an 8,400-square-foot facility.

This is the company’s first location in Texas. The Southlake school’s franchisee is Justin Bates.

Little Sunshine schools are already located or in development in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; University City, Mo.; and Ozark, Mo.

School officials say its philosophy focuses on building self-esteem through the arts and sports, a limited student enrollment and an upscale environment described as “old-world” and “a magical playhouse.”

Visit for more information.


Take a unique musical trip to western Europe

A Dallas band’s traditionally based art music is being offered to Fort Worth audiences Saturday.

Flamenco y Mas combines Spanish Flamenco, French Chanson, Portuguese Fado, Italian opera and American popular music to create a unique musical adventure.

Flamenco y Mas members infuse their music with vocals, guitars, piano, harmonica, cello, cajon and percussion.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 2481 Forest Park Blvd.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the  door.

Call 817-926-9642 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

— Shirley Jinkins

Board of Education candidate forum set

Three candidates running for the State Board of Education District 11 seat will speak during a 912 Project Fort Worth meet and greet at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The meeting is at the Elks Lodge, 3233 White Settlement Road.

Incumbent Pat Hardy and challengers Eric Mahroum and Lady Theresa Thombes will talk to the group and potential voters.

— Anna M. Tinsley

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