February 5, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Symphony Arlington will feature violinist Stephen Page when its season, themed “Shall We Dance,” continues on Feb. 13 at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.


Violinist to perform with Symphony Arlington

Symphony Arlington will feature violinist Stephen Page when its season, themed “Shall We Dance,” continues on Feb. 13 at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

Page, who is a composer/arranger for chamber and orchestral music and a founding member of the Texas String Quartet, will have a solo performance of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise. The symphony will also perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Ravel’s La Valse.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Single ticket prices are $16.50, $26.50, $36.50 and $46.50. Group discounts are available and season tickets can be purchased starting at $60.

For information, call 817-385-0484 or email

— Susan Schrock

Indoor trampoline park bouncing into Arlington

Flight Deck Trampoline Park is planning a May opening of a location at Interstate 20 and Cooper Street in south Arlington.

Flight Deck, which opened a trampoline park in west Fort Worth in May, has leased the 25,000-square-foot building that most recently was a Bassett Furniture store.

Owner Daren Connel said he is completing the permit process with the city and hopes to begin an interior renovation in a few weeks. When opened, the park will have about 100 employees.

The trampoline park will feature six venues and wall-to-wall trampolines, he said. A main court will have 60 individual trampolines that guests jump on individually or from one to the next, a foam pit to jump into off the trampolines, two dodge ball courts, two basketball goals and an area for smaller jumpers.

The venue will be available for birthday parties, lock-ins, special events and also offer fitness classes, Connel said.

It will also feature a frozen yogurt store offering 24 flavors.

— Sandra Baker


District launches initiative for parents with toddlers

The Arlington school district recently launched a citywide initiative to help parents and their toddlers up to 4 years old with development.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to sign up for the ReadyRosie program at to watch literacy, oral language development and math instructional videos.

The two-minute videos are to help prepare future Arlington ISD kids.

The Arlington school district is the largest district in Texas to receive a Texas Literacy Initiative grant for the program.

— Monica S. Nagy

Parent University slated for Saturday at Arlington High

The Arlington school district is sending parents and guardians to school on Saturday for its inaugural Parent University event.

More than 100 classes, workshops and videos are geared toward helping parents be stronger educational advocates.

Sessions in English and Spanish will include exploring career education topics, House Bill 5 and school district graduation requirements, home math help, social media and how kids are using it, writing with children in grades K-2, GED and ESL resources, and how to communicate with your child’s teacher.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will take place at Arlington High School, 818 W. Park Row Drive.

— Monica S. Nagy


Parties to tickle new, old valentines are coming up

Fresh love stories and time-tested lovers trip the light fantastic at a pair of parties.

Little Valentines dance with their parents from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Boys Ranch Activity Center in a fathers-and-daughters, mothers-and-sons soiree.

Refreshments and themed activities make this worth the $18 per couple/$10 per person admission. Get tickets in advance at 817-952-2323.

Fifty and older folks have the Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Bedford Activity Center.

The Doc Gibbs band plays and refreshments are served. Advance tickets are $5; admission at the door is $7.

Call the Senior Center at 817-952-2326 for more information.

— Terry Evans


Valentine luncheon today

at Texas Roadhouse

The Grand Prairie United Charities Valentine Luncheon and Fundraiser is today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 2536 W. Interstate 20.

Tickets are $25 each.

For more information, email

— Shirley Jinkins

Grand Prairie Arts Council kicks off 35th season

The Grand Prairie Arts Council has announced its 2014 theater season, which is also its 35th anniversary season. All productions are presented at the Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. in downtown Grand Prairie.

The Motown-inspired musical Dreamgirls runs Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, followed by the turn-of-the-20th-century treat Hello, Dolly! June 13-15 and 20-22.

Public performances of Aladdin, Jr. on Aug. 1-2 will be part of the Summer in the Arts Musical Theatre Workshop & Production.

The classic comedy Noises Off runs Oct. 3-5 and 10-12, and the timeless family tale The Wizard Of Oz, Dec. 5-7 and 12-14.

Season tickets are now on sale, with packages priced at $44, $59 and $74 for all five shows. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Uptown Theater box office at 972-237-8786.

For more information visit GPAC’s website at www.artsgp.,org or call the Grand Prairie Arts Council at 972-642-2787.

— Shirley Jinkins

Tech Cafe serves up coffee and answers

The Grand Prairie Libraries will offer a Tech Cafe once a month to help patrons access digital content including ebooks, emagazines, and eaudiobooks.

Bring your own wireless device (e-reader, tablet, laptop or phone) to any of the three Grand Prairie Library locations and learn how to access the newest apps and electronic services. Enjoy coffee and cookies while library staff answer questions.

Cafe sessions will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on the first Wednesday of each month at all Grand Prairie Library locations. Drop by between 10 a.m. and noon. Tech Cafe starts Wednesday and continues on first Wednesdays through June.

Want to get a head start and see what the libraries have to offer? Visit us at and click on Everything Electronic! You may need your library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number). Access ebooks, digital magazines, and a variety of helpful databases and online services.

Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive, Betty Warmack Branch Library is at 760 Bardin Road, and Tony Shotwell Branch Library is at 2750 Graham St.


Forum Feb. 20 updates city’s plans, projects

The city’s future and a good part of its present are subjects of the annual town hall forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive.

The event will include presentations on projects throughout the city. Utility company representatives will meet with residents.

Light refreshments will be served and parking is complimentary.

An online survey is being conducted at Click on “In The Know” and look for the checkmark.

— Terry Evans


Fat Daddy’s benefit to help general manager

A Fat Daddy’s music jam has been organized for Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. to help one of their own.

Alex Valdez has been Fat Daddy’s general manager since 2010. He has been fighting leukemia, and the benefit will help defray his mounting medical bills.

Featured bands include Lookout, Vegas Stars, Mullet Boyz, Live 80, Hip Hip Hooray, The Last Dragons, T.J. Broskoff, Jesse Jennings, Jason Custer, Southern Sky, Austin English and more.

A live auction and raffle will also take place. Donations will be taken at the door for admission.

Fat Daddy’s is at 781 W. Debbie Lane. Call 817-453-0188 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Civil-rights activist to speak at museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s Living History Series will highlight Black History Month this month when it presents civil-rights activist Eddie Griffin. The Fort Worth native will share his memories of President John F. Kennedy and the turbulent 1960s at the museum at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on Nov. 21, 1963. He later attended Arlington State College (now the University of Texas at Arlington) and was involved in on-campus civil-rights activities.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Griffin traveled across the country and became active with the Black Panthers. While with the group, he was involved in a bank robbery and served 12 years in prison; he was named a “Prisoner of Conscience” by the World Peace Council.

Admission for the Living History Series is $10 for the program only, or $5 with Museum admission. Advance tickets are available at

For more information, go to or call 214-747-6660.

— Shirley Jinkins

Van Cliburn concert set for Sundance Square

The Cliburn, with Sundance Square, will host a special memorial concert in honor of its inspiration and namesake, Van Cliburn, on Feb. 27, the one-year anniversary of his passing.

The tribute will be held in the new Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature recitals by eight Cliburn Competition award winners. 2001 silver medalist; Yakov Kasman, 1997 silver medalist; Alexey Koltakov, 2001 finalist; and Steven Lin, 2013 jury discretionary award winner.

Performance times and repertoire will be an

— Shirley Jinkins

Justin clothes closet marks second year

The Community Clothes Closet, 209 W. Fifth St. in Justin, will be celebrating its second year of operation on Sunday, providing families a warm and friendly atmosphere where shopping can be fun again.

The nonprofit faith-based organization has provided more than 36,900 items of free clothing and shoes to needy families since its opening in July 2012.

The closet is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m. Volunteers work every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sort and hang donated clothing. Donations are accepted anytime the closet is open.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Joanna Johnson, 940-453-0959, or Gwen St. Clair, 940-291-8872. Email is Like the closet on Facebook for the latest information.

— Shirley Jinkins

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