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Catholic school seeks new students with open house

St. Joseph Catholic School, formerly Holy Rosary Catholic School, will host an open house for prospective families from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Prospective families will be given a tour of the school with current students and will meet administration.

St. Joseph school is located at 2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd.

On Feb. 3, prospective students in first through eighth grades can partner with a current student during Shadow Day. The half-day event will represent the first part of the school day, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in class and lunch time.

For parents with children 4 to 6 years old, Pre-K and Kindergarten Intro Day on Feb. 5 will allow students and parents an opportunity to see the classrooms in action from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Interested families may RSVP by email to or by calling 817-419-6800.

Open registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the school.

Visit for more details on these and other events.

— Shirley Jinkins

Former columnist to talk about book on city’s history

Former Star-Telegram columnist, Arlington Citizen-Journal publisher and author O.K. Carter will discuss his new book, Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington, at the Friday meeting of the Friends of the UTA Library on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.

His talk will be in the Central Library sixth-floor parlor at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend Carter’s program, which will explore the city’s history, from the days when Caddo Indians lived in the countryside that became Arlington, through its periods of growth and development. Copies of the book will be available.

The talk is free, but RSVPs are requested at 817-272-1413 or to

Spend the summer at

Six Flags, and get paid

It’s not too soon to start thinking about a job at Six Flags Over Texas.

The Arlington theme park said it will hire about 1,000 employees for the 2014 season and will begin doing so at job fairs Saturday and Sunday, and again on Jan. 18 and 19.

There are a variety of job opportunities available for those interested in learning more about the theme park and hospitality industry, including games, rides, retail, food services, admissions, entertainment, guest relations, marketing research and security, the park said.

Interested applicants should first go online to and complete an online application. Interviews are scheduled by appointment for eligible candidates. Interviews begin at 10 a.m.

Pay starts at $7.25 to $9 an hour. Training begins in February. The park opens March 1.

— Sandra Baker


Tickets on sale for chamber awards dinner Jan. 25

The 2014 Sterling Awards ceremony of the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce will be Jan. 25 at Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive.

Awards to be conferred include Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Leadership Award and GCISD Employee of the Year. Chamber awards include Ambassador of the Year, Member of the Year and Business of the Year.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Just Jazz.

Tickets for the 38th annual event are $65 per person or $120 per couple. A table for 10 may be reserved for $600.

Reservations are required and can be made online at Call 817-488-7148 for more information.


Havana NRG to rock library with Cuban music Monday

There will be no shushing the library crowd when Arts Council Northeast and the city of Euless bring in Cuban band Havana NRG (New Rhythm Generation) for a concert on Monday at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

The MasterWorks Concert Series offering begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

This highly charged and energetic group is not your typical tropical orchestra. Havana NRG has managed to set its own trend by producing not only hot salsa-themed music but also very intense Cuban timba, merengue, bachata and a first-time rap titled Wrap the Mambo.

Its original music has been added in heavy rotation to more than 150 radio stations and major satellite radio, such as DMX, XM Radio, Sirius, and Radio at AOL, which has afforded Havana NRG massive exposure to millions of fans worldwide.


‘Get Fit GP’ health initiative launched

The city of Grand Prairie and community partners introduce “Get Fit Grand Prairie,” a citywide wellness initiative connecting residents to local resources for improving health through physical fitness and healthy food options, especially for children.

The program features a website,, with tools, tips and community resources for residents to get up, get out and get fit. To kick off the program and to celebrate January as Healthy Resolutions Month, Get Fit GP is offering residents a coupon for a free day pass to any city recreation center in January.

To participate and to learn more, visit


Library’s movie nights move to 2nd Monday

Haltom City Library’s monthly family movie night has moved to the second Monday of each month, but showtime at 6:30 p.m. is still the same.

January’s feature, Monsters University, will be shown Monday.

The G-rated 2013 release tells the story of the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University, when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. The film runs 104 minutes.

For more information, visit


Citizen Police Academy open for registration

Keller residents interested in knowing about police work will have the opportunity to participate in the Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy class starting Jan. 28.

The class serves as a prerequisite for joining the Volunteers in Policing unit and runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday for 12 weeks at the department headquarters, 330 Rufe Snow Drive.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, live within the city limits and have no felony arrests on their record.

Application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 17. For more information, contact officer Amanda Baker at 817-743-4504.

— Taylor Prater

Daddy-daughter dance registration now open

The Keller Pointe has chosen “Adventures in Wonderland” as this year’s theme for the annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Ball.

Registration is now open for the Feb. 8 event.

Advance registration is required and tickets are limited at $9 a person.

To grab a ticket, call 817-743-4050 or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department at Keller Town Hall.

— Taylor Prater


Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

NRH2O Family Water Park will be hosting the annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 25 benefiting Special Olympics Texas-Greater Fort Worth area. Intrepid souls can pre-register and create a fundraising page at

Registration on plunge day begins at 8:30 a.m. and the plunging will start at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Doug Ray at 214-943-9981 or Proceeds help support more than 4,200 Special Olympians in the greater Fort Worth area.

Free AARP Tax-Aide help available to all

The North Richland Hills Public Library is pleased to offer AARP Tax-Aide, a free service to help taxpayers of any age file their personal income tax returns. Trained AARP volunteers will assist in electronic filing of the 1040 tax form and basic schedules.

This service will be offered at the library between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each Monday and Thursday from Feb. 3 through April 14.

An appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, stop by the library, at 9015 Grand Ave., or call 817- 427-6800 or 817-427-6814.

Dads, daughters can show off dance moves

The NRH Centre will host a Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance in the Grand Hall on Feb. 8. Daughters ages 3 to 7 are invited from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and those from 8 to 16 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at the NRH Centre, 6000 Hawk Ave. Call 817-427-6600 for more details.


Football game to honor MLK, first responders

The nonprofit Friends of Cobb Park, along with other community partners, are observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a football game Saturday, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters MLK Bowl.

The North Texas Panthers of Denton will square off against the Texas Renegades of Fort Worth at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive in Fort Worth, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at or call 817-915-0685 for group sales of 20 or more. Gates open at 1 p.m.

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