January 21, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

The Levitt Pavilion has announced four acts already signed for the 2014 concert season, beginning May 31 with Deryl Dodd.


First 2014 Levitt Pavilion acts are announced

The Levitt Pavilion has announced four acts already signed for the 2014 concert season, beginning May 31 with Deryl Dodd.

The Boogers will perform June 25, Radney Foster on July 12, and Firefall will return for the July 3 Light Up Arlington! show.

The summer concert season will run from May 23 through July 13. Fall shows run Aug. 29 through Oct. 5. The benefit concert, a paid-admission show, will be Oct. 4.

Opening weekend, May 23-25, will feature the third Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival.

The Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram St. in Founders Plaza. All concerts are free except for the October benefit concert.


— Shirley Jinkins


Free income tax help available at the library

From February until April, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are expected to provide free tax preparation during the 2014 tax season in the Discovery Room of the Bedford Public Library.

To guarantee an appointment, register by calling 817-952-2346. The dates and times for preparation are the following: 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Feb 3 to April 14; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 8 to April 12.

—Yamil Berard


300 get flu vaccinations at Carroll’s second clinic

Carroll school district hosted its second flu clinic of the season last week.

The district distributed 300 vaccinations in a two-hour time period at its administrative building.

School board member Erin Shoupp took her children to the clinic.

“I was generally concerned about the amount of flu cases and how those have been increasing,” she said.

Her two boys got flu mists.

The district’s lead nurse, Karen Flexer, said the district wanted to ease parents’ concerns about the flu and thought hosting a clinic would be the best way.

The district normally hosts a flu clinic in October. This past October, the district administered about 400 flu vaccines.

—Dustin L. Dangli


Colleyville Boulevard gets flashier yellow arrow

The Texas Department of Public Transportation will install flashing arrow signals at intersections along Texas 26.

The department will install the signals on seven intersections in the city through the month.

The flashing-yellow-arrow left-turn signals make drivers aware that they must yield to oncoming traffic before turning left.

According to a media release, research has shown that the flashing yellow is better understood by drivers than yield-on-green signage.

The signals will be added at the intersections of Tinker Road, Hall-Johnson Road, Church Street, Main Street, Glade Road, Centerpark and Mid-Cities Boulevard.

—Dustin L. Dangli


Student art contest calls for entries through Feb. 3

Students throughout Grand Prairie are invited to submit a piece of original artwork representing the theme “What Does Unity Look Like?”

Artwork will be displayed and awards announced during the ninth annual Grand Prairie Unity Coalition Banquet at the Ruthe Jackson Center,

Contest groups include elementary, middle school and high school. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. Entry cost is free.

Entries must be received by Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. at the reception desk in the lobby of the Grand Prairie school district Education Center, 2602 S. Belt Line Road.

For more information, call 214-364-0156 or visit


Road race gears up for 28th running on Feb. 8

It’s been a long run indeed for the Haltom Stampede 5K and fun run.

The 28th annual event is coming up on Feb. 8, and both runners and sponsors are needed.

The race will start and finish at the Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave.

The fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m.

The Stampede’s famous handmade ceramic buffalo trophies make their return for first-, second- and third-place male and female finishers in 13 age groups.

Register early and save: cost is $15 for the fun run, $20 for the 5K untimed and $20 for the 5K timed through Jan. 31. Prices change to $20 and $25, respectively, after Jan. 31.

Register as a team of 10 or more by Jan. 31 and save $5 per runner.

Online registration is available at or download a form from, fill it out and return to the recreation center with the entry fee.

For more information, call 817-831-6471.


Low-cost spay/neuter clinic opening in Hurst

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will open its fourth low-cost pet sterilization and vaccination clinic in mid-February at 1856 Precinct Line Road.

The coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost preventative animal care in North Texas and operates storefront spay-and-neuter clinics in Denton, Fort Worth and Burleson.

It also travels to more than 20 locations to provide services.

All veterinarians and vet assistants are licensed.

Prices for pet sterilization range from $20 to $85. Pets can also receive rabies vaccinations for $5 during the clinic’s walk-in vaccine hours.

In celebration of opening the new Hurst clinic, all surgeries will cost $20 with the purchase of a full set of vaccines until the end of February.

To learn more about the coalition and its new Hurst clinic, visit or call 817-837-4500 for an appointment.

— Shirley Jinkins


District offers sessions meant to help parents

All Keller parents are invited to a Parent Support Session titled, “Finding Community Resources,” on Feb. 3, the first of four informational programs planned throughout the spring.

Parent Support Sessions are monthly programs designed to educate parents about different subjects regarding students of all ages.

All presentations are designed to be interactive and feature speakers from Teen Lifeline, as well as Keller school district employees.

Attendees must register in advance by emailing Tishara Robinson at or by calling 817-744-4486.

All sessions are held at the Keller Learning Center, 250 College Ave., across from Keller Middle School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the sessions start promptly at 6:15 p.m.

Upcoming topics include “Anti-Bullying & Anti-Harassment,” March 3; “Preparing Your Child for the Next Step,” April 7; and “Managing Stress,” May 5.

— Shirley Jinkins


City changes animal control ordinance

The City Council has been working toward changing many sections of the animal control ordinance and has made the finalized changes available on the city website.

Residents have been coming to the council with different concerns about owning and trapping animals; the new guidelines answer those questions.

Residents may now register their pets for free through the city, but if their pets are caught unregistered, residents will have to pay a fine.

Anyone who wishes to trap an animal may use a free city-provided trap. Private traps will now cost an extra fee.

Homeowners in some single-family areas may now own up to 12 hens per quarter acre as long as they are kept in an enclosure 5 feet from any property line.

Other changes include vaccination requirements to permit one-year or three-year rabies serum for dogs and cats, a three-day limit for animal impoundment before being placed for adoption, allowing community organizations to display nonhazardous exotic animals for educational purposes and more.

A full list of these changes can be found at

— Taylor Prater


Library plans a month of sweetheart deals

February is Love Your Library month, and the North Richland Hills Public Library is celebrating all month long.

Bring children to the library on Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for crafts, prizes, games and stories during the annual Take Your Child to the Library Day celebration.

The Love Your Library Concert Series will be featured each Saturday in February in the lobby from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Concerts are free and will be the perfect accompaniment to a quiet Saturday afternoon browsing the library.

First concert on Feb. 1 is HarpEssence harp quintet, followed by Bows & Strings string quartet on Feb. 8.

The series takes a trendy turn on Feb. 15 with jazz guitarist Alex Neal, and on Feb. 22 with the TCU Jazz Combo.

Other ongoing activities through the month will keep the romance alive. Create a valentine at any service desk describing why you love your library and be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card.

Anyone looking for love can go on a blind date with a mystery bag of romance books for just $1.

Visit online at or call 817-427-6800 to learn about all the library’s upcoming programs.

— Shirley Jinkins

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