March 21, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

The University of Texas at Arlington is bringing TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading to the local level through its TEDxUTA filmed event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.


TED Talks on the local level

at UT Arlington on Saturday

The University of Texas at Arlington is bringing TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading to the local level through its TEDxUTA filmed event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The independently organized TED event will take place at the Rosebud Theater in UT Arlington’s University Center at 300 W. First St.

TEDxUTA’s featured speakers include:

• Michael S. Brown, who discovered the LDL receptor with his colleague and won the Nobel Prize.
• UT Arlington film guru Bart Weiss, who is the producer for Frame of Mind on KERA.
• Third-year doctoral student Jarryd Willis, a student and teacher in experimental psychology at UT Arlington with research focused on interpersonal relationships for the LGBT and heterosexual communities.
• Smitha Rao, UT Arlington research associate who helped develop tiny windmills that could one day power wireless sensors.

Tickets are available at for $15 for students and $35 for the general public.

— Monica S. Nagy

Downtown Farmers Market resumes today till 1 p.m.

The Downtown Arlington Farmers Market is relaunching Fridays starting today.

Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, offerings will include artisan-style breads, goats’ milk soap and lotions, eggs, tamales, hand-sewn and crochet crafts, jams and jellies, honey, jerky, gourmet dog treats, baked goods and homemade candles.

A free nutrition lecture on “The Top 10 Things to Avoid on Food Labels” will begin at 10 a.m.

The indoor/outdoor farmer’s market is at 215 E. Front St. and has free parking.


Whodunit and dinner for a satisfying Saturday evening

Theo and Missy are the hottest couple in the game show world. But when they get going with The Murder Game, well, who knows what attributes become important.

Try to figure things out over mushroomed chicken with green beans and loaded mashed potatoes — or at least before you finish your banana pudding. Murder Mystery Dinner at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, is $80.12 per couple, or $43.19 single. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinner is at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8.

— Terry Evans

Clean Up Bedford on Chunk Your Junk Day on March 29

People who can prove they live in Bedford may carry their nonhazardous junk to Meadow Park Athletic Complex from 8 a.m. to noon March 29 where it will be collected and dealt with.

If you feel the need to clean up the town, meet in the park at 8 a.m. to pick up supplies, be assigned to a team and hasten to an area that needs cleaning.

Those areas include major streets, parks, parking lots, City Hall, police and fire stations, post offices, the library, Old Bedford School and other public spots.

While only residents can chunk their junk, anyone at any age can volunteer to pick up the town’s junk. All volunteers will return to Meadow Park for pizza, sandwiches, beverages and a raffle for prizes like one night’s stay at Homewood Suites, Murder Mystery Dinner, Onstage theater tickets, Simonize carwashes, Splash passes, dinners at several local eateries and oil changes.

Volunteers should register by calling 817-946-7291 or emailing

Hold onto your hazardous waste for Crud Day, April 29.

— Terry Evans


Name-dropping at genealogy meeting

Why are so many of the same names used over and over in related families? Bernard Meisner will be speaking on that and other naming tips in his talk, “Applying Family Naming Conventions to Your Genealogy Research.”

This event will take place at the April 3 meeting of the Mid-Cities Genealogy Society at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Room.

The society meets every first Thursday of the month at the Euless Public Library.

Contact Evelynn Kelly at for more information.


School district gets new graduation venue

The Keller school district will hold 2014 graduation ceremonies on May 31 at College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The venue is expected to offer an intimate view of the ceremony, a large video board display, free parking and live streaming of the ceremony that allows friends and family to view via the internet.

The district also announced a new ticket process that gives each family nine graduation tickets.

There is also a system being implemented that identifies families that need more or fewer tickets. Once a number of available seats are identified, there will be random ticket drawings for those available seats, according to the district.

More information about the process and required forms are available on the district website:

— Diane Smith

Keller Central gets yearbook award

Central High School’s yearbook, The Bolt, was recently recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens Look Book, a collection of the top yearbook designs.

The Bolt was one of 426 yearbooks chosen from about 3,000 entries. A panel of judges composed of journalism teachers and award-winning yearbook advisers selected the best yearbook spreads and covers for the 2014 Look Book.

“I am incredibly proud of the yearbook created by this staff,” said Natalie Brown, CHS yearbook adviser. “They worked together to cover every event that took place at Central during the year and created a beautiful book that truly encompassed all that it means to be a Charger.”

The Bolt staff received a copy of the 2014 Look Book and a certificate from Jostens recognizing their achievement.

— Sandra Engelland


City schedules spring cleaning events

The city water department and Keep Mansfield Beautiful Commission have set up a free disposal event for bulky items from 7 a.m. to noon on March 29 in the R.L. Anderson Stadium parking lot, 1016 Magnolia St.

Eligible waste includes broken appliances, couches, mattresses and box springs, basic junk, scrap metal, car batteries, appliances, tires and bicycles.

Tree limbs and brush have to be dropped off at 24 N. Mitchell Road.

The agencies require proof of Mansfield residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

City staff will help unload private vehicles, but loose trash should be bagged in advance, project officials said in a press release.

People who want to donate gently used furniture or clothing before the event should take it to the Wesley Mission Center Thrift Shop at First United Methodist Church, 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive.

Elderly or handicapped residents can call Arianne Shipley at 817-477-2248 by March 28 to arrange for pickup assistance.

A household chemical waste disposal day will be held May 17 in the City Hall parking lot, 1200 E. Broad St., from 9 to 11 a.m.

This is a second hazardous waste disposal event, following one held earlier this month.

Eligible toss-aways include paint, automotive fluids, fertilizers, pesticides, pool chemicals and household cleaners.

— Robert Cadwallader

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