City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

02/18/2014 12:26 PM

02/18/2014 12:27 PM

ARLINGTON

Arlington Life Shelter luncheon set for March 6

Arlington Life Shelter’s inaugural You Are the Key fundraising luncheon will be held March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arlington Sheraton, 1500 Convention Center Drive.

Former residents will share how shelter services have improved their lives, and the shelter’s plans for future growth will be presented.

“The generosity of our neighbors this winter has been overwhelming. At times, as young families and individuals kept arriving, there was concern that financial resources might not be available to serve everyone,” said Becky Orander, executive director. “Sustainable, long-term funds must be raised to ensure that the shelter can better prepare for extended periods of bad weather and the increased need for care.”

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Call 817-548-9885, ext. 2004, for reservations.

Euthanization of stray cats on the decline

Friends of Arlington Animal Services members are celebrating a dramatic reduction in the number of stray cats being euthanized since the launch of the city’s trap-neuter-return policy last fall.

Since August, hundreds of outdoor cats in the city have been neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped before being returned to their neighborhoods, which FAAS co-director Kelli Eaves says is a cost-effective and humane way to control the feral cat population.

“Many people do not understand that every street in the city has outdoor cats. If these cats are neutered and vaccinated for rabies, the colonies will become stable and eventually the numbers start to decline instead of continually multiplying,” Eaves said.

Eaves said January was a record month, with only 24 of the 270 cats brought in the shelter being euthanized. Before the trap-neuter-return policy, less than half of the cats brought to the shelter left alive, live-release statistics show.

Nearly all of the thousands of feral cats that are trapped and brought into the animal shelter were euthanized before the policy. Now the city allows nonprofit animal rescue groups such as FAAS to sterilize and vaccinate trapped feral cats and then release them back into their neighborhoods with the promise of long-term care.

FAAS, a nonprofit group, also expects to be able to neuter 100 feral cats a week at its new Snip and Tip spay and neuter clinic, Eaves said. To learn more, visit the Friends of Arlington Animal Services Facebook page.

Arlington residents who need assistance with feral cats in their neighborhood or who would like to volunteer can contact FAAS at faastnr@gmail.com.

— Susan Schrock

BEDFORD

Residents should state their satisfaction or lack thereof

Residents who received an invitation to participate in Bedford’s citizen satisfaction survey are urged to go online at the website — or call the phone number provided — in the instructions.

The University of North Texas is conducting the survey that will assist the City Council to decide future policies. All responses are confidential.

— Terry Evans

GRAPEVINE

Holy Trinity Catholic School preview event

Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine is hosting Lunch on the Run, an admissions preview event, on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Visitors can come at anytime during their lunch hour to tour the school and receive a box lunch that they can eat with the school president as an opportunity to ask questions or take back to the office.

Holy Trinity is at 3750 William D. Tate Ave. and serves 340 students from pre-K through eighth grade.

For more information or to schedule a private tour, call 817-421-8000, ext. 121, or email admissions@holytcs.org.

HALTOM CITY

Hot cars can help kids with school supplies

Kids need stuff for school, and now an event designed to help get them the stuff needs help itself.

Haltom City Car Show for Kids organizers hope local business owners will sponsor the fundraiser, which generates money to buy school supplies for elementary and middle school students.

The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at Haltom High School, 5501 Haltom Road. It will have competitions for cars, trucks and motorcycles in more than 20 categories.

But there also will be concessions, bounce houses, a coloring contest and a bike safety rodeo coordinated by Haltom City Police Department.

Last year, this event brought in enough dough to take care of 1,556 students.

Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. Call 817-222-7767 or email fburns@haltomcitytx.com for information.

— Terry Evans

HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD SCHOOLS

Meetings planned on performance report, federal funds

Hurst-Euless-Bedford school officials will hold a public hearing Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the administration building, 1849A Central Drive, Bedford.

The hearing is regarding the Texas Academic Performance Report. Contact Lydia Scozzari for more information at 817-399-2080.

The district will have an additional public meeting concerning federal funds at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in the administration building.

Contact Mary Morris, coordinator of federal programs, at 817-399-2082.

— Kathy Hailey

MANSFIELD

Credit union employees assemble bikes

Three hundred employees from Texas Trust Credit Union spent Presidents Day assembling bicycles during a Wheels for the World charity workshop.

Fifty students in the Mansfield school district will be the recipients of the bikes.

The exercise reinforces teamwork, encouraging participants to use their interpersonal and critical problem-solving and communication skills to work together on assembling a bike from scratch.

Each Texas Trust team built a 20-inch Huffy bike.

The Wheels for the World charity workshop is part of Texas Trust’s annual all-employee training day, which integrates training, fun, and community service.

— Shirley Jinkins

REGION

Free class will help seniors avoid debilitating falls

Falls are among the most debilitating accidents for adults 60 and older, leading to hospitalizations and loss of mobility and independence.

Fall prevention strategies will be presented at A Matter of Balance workshops scheduled through April at Texas Health Harris Methodist Alliance Hospital, 10864 Texas Health Trail, Fort Worth.

The free workshops will be held Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 through April 16. To register, call 877-847-9355. Space is limited.

— Shirley Jinkins

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