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01/13/2014 9:18 AM

01/13/2014 9:19 AM


Career tech fair for parents, students is Wednesday

Have questions about whether career and technical education is a good fit for your student?

Plan to attend the Student Course Fair and Parent Information Night on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Arlington ISD Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Drive. The event is come and go.

The evening is a chance to visit with the school district’s career education teachers and Tarrant County College instructors. Learn more about the 17 technical dual-credit programs and more than 95 different CTE courses available to students.

Informational sessions will be held about eligibility requirements, enrollment procedures and more.

All interested students in grades eight through 11 are encouraged to attend, and seniors are especially invited to come and talk with TCC instructors about college programs and how to enroll as a student after high school graduation.

Visit for more information.

— Shirley Jinkins


Anderson Cooper to make up UTA date on Feb. 10

Tickets for the Feb. 10 Maverick Speakers Series appearance of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cooper’s appearance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at UT Arlington’s College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

People who had general or preferred tickets to the original Nov. 11 lecture will have an opportunity to claim or buy tickets for the new date beginning Tuesday. Instructions will be sent via e-mail.

The Nov. 11 event was postponed so that Cooper could travel to the Philippines and report on the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

For more information, visit or contact the UTA Box Office at 817-272-9595.

Free spay/neuter clinics planned for feral cats

Help cut down on Arlington’s feral cat population in a humane manner.

PetSmart Charities is sponsoring two free spay/neuter clinics for feral cats on Tuesday and on Feb. 4 at the Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd.

The Spay Neuter Network mobile vehicle will be in the center’s parking lot, and Arlington residents may bring feral cats in cage traps for treatment.

The cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and ear-tipped.

The clinic will serve up to 80 feral cats.

Drop-off is 7:30 a.m. and pickup is 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Residents can get more information or reserve a spot on the list by calling 972-472-3500.


Boys Ranch blood drive is scheduled for Jan. 31

The Bedford Wellness Committee and Carter BloodCare are conducting a community-wide blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Bedford Boys Ranch on Forest Ridge in Bedford.

Donors may contact Shayna Yancey at 817-952-2460 or sign up online at

— Yamil Berard

Handy way to store medical information for emergency

Bedford residents who would like to keep handy medical information for firefighters and paramedics in times of emergency can complete a Vial of Life pocket.

The pocket can be kept on the outside of a refrigerator door. It contains medical information and other relevant information that will allow paramedics to better understand a resident’s medical emergency.

The pocket is free to Bedford residents and can be obtained at the Bedford Central Fire Station, 1816 Bedford Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A medical form is included with each pocket.

Extra blank medical forms are also available at the Central Fire Station.

— Yamil Berard


State of the City takes place Jan. 23 at Colleyville Center

The public is invited to Colleyville’s annual State of the City address on Jan. 23.

The event begins with an open house at 6 p.m. and continues with a presentation at 7 p.m. at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive.

During the first hour, residents can meet with representatives from city departments and organizations to gather information.

City Manager Jennifer Fadden will present a review of the previous year and speak about developing initiatives and issues.

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Conversation is main course at UNT dinner

Tickets went on sale Friday for Great Conversations 2014, a popular evening held annually to benefit the Honors College at the University of North Texas.

The event brings together notable personalities from around North Texas to serve as conversation leaders at 30 dinner tables. This year’s lineup includes UNT football coach Dan McCarney; Skip Hollandsworth of Texas Monthly magazine; George Getschow, director and writer-in-residence of the Mayborn Literary Conference; and Pam Minick, owner of Billy Bob’s Texas and a member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Great Conversations will take place Feb. 25 in the Apogee Stadium club room.

Tickets at $65 and can be obtained at

— Tim Madigan


Famed Big Band to tune up at library

Dancing, clapping and singing along will trump reading during the dependably lively Les Elgart Orchestra concert on Feb. 10 at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

The free concert will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Sponsors are the Arts Council Northeast and the city.

The venerable Les Elgart Orchestra is one of few touring Big Bands remaining from the 1940s. The band has won awards in Variety, Billboard and Cashbox polls as the No. 1 dance band in the United States.

Bandleader Les Elgart and his musicians recorded more than 100 albums, and Elgart was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame before his death in 1995.

The orchestra is now under the direction of former band member Russ Dorsey. Dorsey has worked to preserve the sound and style that critics hailed as “the world’s greatest foxtrot orchestra.” Recently, the orchestra performed on the TLC television program The Wedding Story.

— Shirley Jinkins


Self-defense classes for women, teens set

The Grand Prairie Police Department is providing free basic self-defense training for female residents 13 and older.

The four-session course will be offered Feb. 17-20 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Charles V. England Public Safety Training Complex, 310 College St.

Space is limited, and participants must register at by Feb. 7.

While the program is offered free, donations are welcome for Brighter Tomorrows, an agency that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

For more information, visit or contact officer Joanna Briggs at or 972-237-4531.

— Shirley Jinkins


Heritage students will star in ‘Seussical’

High school theater department students will team with Heritage Middle School actors for the Colleyville Heritage High School production of Seussical: The Musical, a quirky and warmhearted play for all ages.

The play opens Jan. 24 and runs through Jan. 31. Evening showtimes on Jan. 24, 25, 30, 31and Feb. 1 are at 7; a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Jan. 25.

Under the direction of Jacquie Devino, Seussical will entertain everyone in the family and will leave them with the certainty that “there is no one alive who is youer than you.”

Tickets are $10 for general seating and $15 for reserved.

For more information, visit www.gcisd-


Dance celebrates Valentine’s Day early

Southlake’s Sweetheart Dance goes into swing on Feb. 8.

The annual dance invites families to fill the Southlake Town Hall lobby for dancing and treats.

The dance runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to a disc jockey playing music, there will be games, photo flip books and sweets.

Limo rides around Southlake Town Square are also part of the event.

Tickets are $12 a person and are available at the community services office or online.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Foundation seeks runners for Cowtown

The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Endurance Team is seeking participants for the Cowtown Marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K races on Feb. 22 and 23 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

The team participates in running, swimming, and biking events to raise awareness and research funds for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.

Neurofibromatosis affects 1 in 3,000 people and can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain.

Currently there are no effective treatments.

Team members will receive personalized training plans, a race day T-shirt, fundraising support and inspiration from children who have neurofibromatosis.

To join the team, visit or contact Angela Auzston at 972-587-7814 or

— Shirley Jinkins

Veasey reschedules job fair for Jan. 24

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, is hosting a 33rd Congressional District Job Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 at the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center, 2300 Circle Drive in Fort Worth.

The job fair, which was rescheduled after the ice storm, is free and open to anyone looking for a job or to change careers.

For more information, go to or call 817-920-9086.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Historian, author will talk to Civil War group

Donald Frazier, history professor at McMurry University in Abilene, will speak to members of the CenTex Civil War Roundtable on Tuesday at a dinner meeting at Spring Creek Barbeque, 317 E. U.S. 377.

The meal will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the presentation at 6:45 p.m.

Frazier is an expert on Civil War campaigns in the Trans-Mississippi and will speak on the Bayou Teche campaign, a series of battles that occurred in southern Louisiana.

His current book, Fire in the Cane Field, deals with the Civil War in Louisiana.

He has written books of regional interest, detailing Confederate activities in Texas, along the Gulf Coast and in the Southwest.

He is best known locally for writing and directing a documentary for the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth.

The CenTex Roundtable meets five times a year and hosts speakers with expertise in many aspects of the Civil War.

— Shirley Jinkins

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