City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

02/19/2014 12:00 AM

02/18/2014 12:19 PM

ARLINGTON

Research projects ready for History Day

About 300 sixth- through 12th-grade students from Tarrant County will display their history research projects at the University of Texas at Arlington during the Region 21 History Day.

The event, to be held March 1, is hosted by UT Arlington’s Honors College and history department.

This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities.” Exhibits will be open to the public from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

First- and second-place winners in five categories will advance to Texas History Day held in May in Austin.

For information, contact Juliann Warner at jwarner@aisd.net.

— Diane Smith

Senior health fair offers screenings, demonstrations

The ninth annual senior health fair is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 5 at the YMCA of Arlington Cooper Street Family Center, 7120 S. Cooper St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Designed to provide older people with a variety of information, the free event will feature a free diabetes screening provided by the YMCA’s diabetes prevention program. Additional health screenings, free foot massages, demonstrations and door prizes will also be available.

Hospitals, doctors, nutritionists, travel agents, real estate agents, financial planners, insurance advisers, assisted-living centers and other local businesses will be on hand to visit with attendees.

For more information, contact Kim Bay at 817-419-9629, ext. 208, or kimb@ymca-arlington.org.

Tea lovers’ shop opens in mall

Teavana, which sells loose-leaf tea, opened at The Parks at Arlington mall this month.

Teavana offers tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs a unique retail experience.

Teavana’s Wall of Tea offers a wide range of loose-leaf teas and tea blends, including white, green, oolong, black, herbal, mate and rooibos.

The store also offers an assortment of tea gift sets, including a wide variety of teas, tins, mugs and other convenient and creative tea accessories.

Teavana is located on the upper level across from the food court.

— Sandra Baker

BEDFORD

Puppy kindergarten offers training, cuteness

Bedford is offering puppy kindergarten as part of a four-week class that covers all things puppy.

The class is expected to teach the early development skills for puppies so that he or she can grow up into a well-adjusted adult dog.

Puppies 12 weeks to 8 months are invited. The cost is $95 per dog; handlers must be age 12 and up.

The training sessions will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays beginning March 20 and ending April 10 at Bedford Boys Ranch.

For more information, call 817-952-2323.

— Yamil Berard

Old Bedford School seeks history-loving help

Old Bedford School is looking for volunteers who love history, teaching and children.

The volunteers will present scripted presentations of artifacts and history of Old Bedford School, which dates to 1915.

Applicants are required to be interviewed and undergo background checks. For more information and an application, contact Amy Bourquin at 817-952-2292.

For more information about the Old Bedford School, call 817-952-2290 or visit oldbedfordschool.com.

— Yamil Berard

Feral cat advocates regroup after city’s vote

A group of Bedford residents will meet today to discuss how to save feral cats from being euthanized after the city decided not to move forward with implementing a trap-neuter-return policy.

Other North Texas cities, including Fort Worth and Arlington, have adopted such policies, which allow volunteers to trap stray cats, neuter and vaccinate them and then return the ear-tipped cats back to the area they were found.

Advocates say such policies are a more cost-effective and humane way to control the feral cat population versus euthanasia.

Those interested in the topic can attend the meeting, set for 7 p.m. at Spring Creek Barbeque, 1509 Airport Freeway in Bedford.

For more information on the effort, visit “ TNR4BedfordTX” on Facebook.

— Susan Schrock

BIRDVILLE SCHOOLS

Founders Day dinner salutes PTA

Have dinner and celebrate Founders Day with the Birdville Council of PTAs.

The event that commemorates the establishment of the Parents and Teachers Association begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Ave.

The Birdville High School Vocal Edition show choir will provide entertainment during dinner, and a program recognizing students who won the PTA Council level of the Reflections Arts Program will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

— Terry Evans

EULESS

First United Methodist plans family dinner, auction

Euless First United Methodist Church preschool and kindergarten will host its 25th annual family dinner and auction Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Vendor booths, a silent auction and children’s activities begin at 10. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The live auction starts at 2.

Lunch includes a hamburger, hot dog, or grilled cheese sandwich, along with chips, beans, salad and a drink. Dessert is sold separately.

Cost for adults is $6; children 12 and under are $3.

Live auction items include bed-and-breakfast accommodations in Jefferson, a family suite at Great Wolf Lodge, a white-gold diamond necklace, a tea service and autographed sports memorabilia including baseballs by Nolan Ryan and Ian Kinsler and game day bats by Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano.

Silent auction items include gift certificates to local restaurants, theaters, museums, and family fun activities; toys; games; electronics accessories; and household items.

GRAPEVINE-COLLEYVILLE SCHOOLS

District to open language assessment center

The school district hopes to improve the experience for students who speak other languages.

The district plans to open a language assessment center this summer to help new students whose primary language is not English transition into the district.

“The opening of the language assessment center will allow new students and their families to have a positive, customized experience as they seek to make the best decisions for their children’s education,” Jodi Cox, world languages director, said in a news release.

Employees will review records, conduct tests and talk to parents to gauge what campus a student will be placed in with a program that fits his or her needs.

The center will be part of Timberline Elementary School.

— Dustin L. Dangli

MANSFIELD SCHOOLS

Try something new at the second annual multicultural festival

The school district will hold its second annual multicultural festival March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane.

This year’s event will include a wide array of activities, games, food, and student showcases and performances.

The public is invited to attend this free community event.

MANSFIELD

Free drop-off of brush, limbs for residents Saturday

Mansfield residents can drop off limbs and brush at a collection site at 24 N. Mitchell Road on Saturday morning.

The free, one-time opportunity is from 8 a.m. to noon, and city officials will request a utility bill, driver’s license or other proof of residency in Mansfield.

The site only accepts “woody plant material such as tree and shrub debris,” Arianne Shipley, city education specialist, said in a statement. Trash, building materials, grass clippings and leaves are not allowed.

Limbs will be mulched and given to Mansfield residents at Mulch Madness, which kicks off March 22 and repeats every other Saturday through May.

For more information, call Shipley at 817-477-2248.

— Robert Cadwallader

RICHLAND HILLS

Baker Boulevard church marks 50 years

Baker Boulevard Church of Christ at 7139 Baker Blvd. in Richland Hills is celebrating its 50-year anniversary on March 1 and 2.

In 1955, Westworth Church of Christ in White Settlement purchased the site to establish another congregation. Construction began in 1963, with much of the work done by members themselves.

The first worship service was at 3 p.m. March 1, 1964, with 375 in attendance.

Anniversary activities will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. March 1, and worship is set for 11 a.m. March 2. A special anniversary celebration will follow at 3 p.m.

Alvis Fisher, the church’s first minister, will speak at both services March 2.

Original founders George Gray, Alvin Doggett and Dewey Feeler are still members.

Kent Benfer is the church’s current minister.

SOUTHLAKE

Sign-ups open for Southlake’s Relay for Life

People can start signing up for this year’s Relay for Life.

The all-night event brings people together to raise money for the American Cancer Society on May 2 at Carroll High School.

Last year’s festivities hosted more than 1,200 participants on the campus’ track and field, and those combined efforts raised more than $120,000 for cancer research and relief.

In addition to teams walking all night for the cause, there are other events like music, games and an auction.

Those interested can sign up online at www.relayforlife.org.

— Dustin L. Dangli

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