April 15, 2014

City by City

Neighborhood news from around Tarrant County.


Award-winning illustrator

to speak at library event

Award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney will discuss his career, books and approach to illustration in a free program sponsored by the Fort Worth Library and the African American Museum of Dallas.

Among the honors Pinkney has received are the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Award.

“My intent is to lead the viewer into a world that exists only because of that picture,” Pinkney said.

A reception and book signing will follow the program, and Pinkney’s books will be available for purchase.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Ella Mae Shamble Branch Library at 1062 Evans Ave.

For more information, check

— Steve Campbell


Open registration for swim lessons is approaching

Summer swim lesson sign-up continues at the Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 W. McLeroy Blvd., with open registration beginning Saturday at 8 a.m.

Class offerings include Water Tots/Water Tykes, Level 1 (Water Exploration), Level 2 (Primary Skills), Level 3 (Stroke Readiness) and Level 4 (Strokes and Turns).

Class fees are $49 for Saginaw residents and $59 for nonresidents.

Sessions are two weeks and classes are held Monday through Thursday. Morning and evening sessions are offered.

For class descriptions or more information about aquatic programs, call the center at 817-230-0350 or check out the website at


New highway gets ceremonial opening

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway in Weatherford.

The event is set for 10 a.m. on the highway just north of the new Interstate 20 bridge.

The new 5.6-mile highway, a project of the Parker County transportation bond program, will give Parker County residents access from Farm Road 51, north of Weatherford, to I-20 on the west side of the city.

The project is named for Ric Williamson, who represented Parker and Wise counties in the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1999. He died in 2007 at age 55.

The highway is considered the centerpiece of the $80 million bond program. Construction began in April 2011.

Officials have said the new highway will improve mobility and safety in an area that is seeing sustained growth.

— Bill Miller

Adult sculpture workshop coming in June

A workshop aimed at adult beginner and intermediate sculpture students will take place in June.

Classes will begin on June 4. Wednesday classes will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday classes will be from 3 to 6 p.m.

Students will be using nonhardening clay, which is used for sculptures to be cast in bronze or other media. It cannot be fired but remains pliable for years and can be worked over and over again.

The workshop will cost $125, and materials will be furnished and become the property of the student. There is a $35 nonrefundable deposit required to sign up for the workshop so that materials may be purchased for the first sessions.

A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for each class, and enrollment will end May 21. All balances must be paid in full by the beginning of the first class.

Students will need to bring a flexible measuring tape, a sharp knife for cutting clay, a pair of common pliers, a rag or paper towels for occasional hand wiping and a photo of the image they wish to create.

Make all payments (cash or checks) to Weatherford Art Association or use a credit card through PayPal on the WAA website by clicking on “Make a Payment.”

For more information contact Dale Martin at

— Lance Winter


Heart hospital earns special accreditation

The Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, located at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, is one of an elite group of hospitals across the country awarded a prestigious accreditation for its work to educate the community about, diagnose and treat atrial fibrillation, officials announced.

Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington is one of fewer than 25 hospitals that hold full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital demonstrated exceptional performance in areas including atrial fibrillation community outreach and emergency assessment and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation in the emergency department, according to officials.

Risk factors for atrial fibrillation, which contributes to 80,000 deaths annually in the U.S., include high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, advanced age and hyperthyroidism. The estimated cost for treatment of atrial fibrillation in 2005 was $6.65 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Even though there are a multitude of risk factors related to atrial fibrillation, not everyone will experience symptoms. But one thing is for certain — atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of stroke,” Dr. Hoyt Frenzel, medical director of Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s emergency department, said in a press release about the accreditation. “It’s imperative that we identify and treat a patient’s atrial fibrillation as soon as possible. Helping a patient avoid a stroke or heart failure and return to a normal life is what we aim for, each and every time.”

For more information, visit or call 1-877-847-9355.

— Susan Schrock

Town hall set on crime rate, safety measures

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson is scheduled to present information about the city’s crime rate and public safety initiatives during a town hall meeting Monday.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Municipal Airport, 5000 S. Collins St. in southwest Arlington. For more information or to request special accommodations, call the Office of the Mayor and City Council at 817-459-6122 or 817-459- 6141.

— Susan Schrock


Chew on this: A murder mystery and dinner

While the body digests a pulled-pork dinner produced by Texas Roadhouse, the mind may digest a murder mystery performed by U.S. Actors Company.

The dinner, which includes salad, corn, green beans and strawberry cheesecake, begins at 7 p.m. April 26 at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane. The show, Reservations for Murder, begins at 8 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $43.19 per person, $80.12 for couples or $291.12 per table. Go to for information.

— Terry Evans


Theater department to perform ‘The Wiz’

Tickets are available for the Carroll theater department’s production of The Wiz.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. April 30 with more productions on May 2 and May 3 at the Carroll Theatre Auditorium at Carroll Senior High School.

The musical is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

This will be the final stage performance for many graduating seniors.

Those interested can purchase tickets for $10 online at

— Dustin L. Dangli


How-to classes offer springtime hobbies

A series of free how-to classes called “Lives Change @ Your Library” are being held throughout the spring to acquaint Grand Prairie residents with new hobbies and activities.

On Thursday Kurt Purdy will present “Intro to Digital and iPhone Photography.” Participants should bring their point-and-shoot digital cameras, camera phones or smartphones and learn basic tips. Handouts will be included.

The free session is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Warmack Branch Library, 760 Bardin Road. For more information, call 972-237-5770.

On Saturday Amanda Purdy will present “Jewelry Making” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Warmack Branch.

Participants will make a necklace as they learn about beads and simple jewelry-making tools.

Sign-up is required and is limited to 10 students. Call 972-237-5770 to make a reservation.

Forget eggs, hunt for golf balls on Easter

Easter weekend golf specials will be offered Friday through Sunday at Prairie Lakes Golf Course, 3202 SE 14th in Grand Prairie.

Green fee and a cart are $25.95, with a chopped sandwich lunch and chips for $5 on Friday and Saturday, and a ham plate with mashed potatoes and green beans on Sunday.

Call 972-263-0661 for tee times.


Church to host clothing swap, community fair

Swap, don’t shop, except at the Clothing Swap and Community Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 3 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Hurst.

Bring gently used clothes to exchange for “new to you” clothes. One coupon will be given per donated item to be used to pick out a swap item.

There is no cost to participate. The event also has a free bounce house, public health information table, and child identification registration table.

Clothing will be sorted by size and gender on the day of the sale. Those with nothing to swap, or those who run out of tickets, may purchase clothing items for $2 each; money will be donated to a deserving group. Please bring exact change.

All types of clothing (season and size) and shoes are accepted — but no socks, underwear or swim wear. Items donated must be clean, without extreme wear, tears, markings or holes. No items can be returned after donation. Clothing considered unsuitable will be rejected.

The swap will be held in the front parking lot of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 504 W. Bedford Euless Road in Hurst. In case of rain, the swap will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Shoppers should use the rear entrance.


Healthcare forum for residents is April 24

Residents hoping to learn more about healthcare, from initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud and waste to the current status of all healthcare mandates, can attend a town hall.

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, has organized the town hall scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Keller Middle School, 300 College Ave. in Keller.

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Coppell, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek will be among the speakers.

For more information, call 817-431-5339 or send an email to

— Anna M. Tinsley


Hometown heroes to be honored Thursday

The Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce will honor 30 hometown heroes Thursday for making a difference in their communities.

The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, 9200 Mid Cities Blvd. in North Richland Hills.

Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown along with WNBA and U.S. Sports Ambassador Tamika Raymond are co-hosting the event and are helping celebrate the local efforts of over 30 Hometown Heroes.

During the past 11 years, the chamber has recognized over 300 Northeast Tarrant County residents who have given their time and talents to make their communities better places to live.

Seating for the luncheon is limited. To make reservations contact 817-281-9376 or visit

— Elizabeth Campbell


Mail thefts prompt increase patrols

Southlake Police Department is increasing neighborhood patrolling efforts.

The initiative is in response to an increase in thefts from residential mailboxes. From March 27 to April 2 residents reported six cases of mail theft.

Assistant Police Chief James Brandon said residents should be vigilant to protect theft.

“The main thing people can do is make sure they get their mail every day,” he said.

He also suggested that residents that plan to be away from the house for an extended period of time sign up for the city’s House Watch program at HouseWatch. Addresses that are listed will receive extra attention from safety officials.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Plant sale offers advice with the blooms

Grapevine Garden Club’s Strive and Thrive spring plant sale on April 26 offers a morning of gardening info along with great deals on plants. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St.

Seminars conducted by garden club members and Master Gardeners at the Pewett Educational Pavilion include raising drought tolerant plants (9 a.m.), building rain gardens to conserve rainwater (10 a.m.) and planning year-round color in the garden (11 a.m.).

Gardeners can purchase many types of special-purpose plants for their home gardens, including those suited for problem areas, drought tolerance or time-tested heirloom plants. Nectar and host butterfly plants will also be available at the sale, to aid in butterfly survival and migration.

The sale, a cooperative venture between Grapevine Parks and Recreation and the garden club, has raised $91,000 toward the construction of a greenhouse at the botanical gardens.

Children can accompany their parents to the sale and take a walk in the gardens, feed pond fish and play on Heritage Park’s playground equipment at the north end of the gardens.

— Shirley Jinkins

Keller school to host ‘Millionth Mile’ event

Liberty Elementary School’s The Morning Mile program will host a One Millionth Mile Celebration on April 29 as it celebrates 1 million miles run by students in schools across the world.

The Morning Mile is a before-school walking/running program that gives students the chance to start each day in an active way while enjoying music and friends.

With more than 150 schools in the United States, Canada and Japan participating, The Morning Mile is a powerful force in the fight against childhood obesity and an excellent tool for disease prevention.

The One Millionth Mile Celebration is scheduled to take place from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Liberty Elementary is located at 1101 McDonwell School Road West in Colleyville.

Those planning to attend should RSVP as soon as possible to or 352-870-2571. For more information, visit

Time to sign up for Summer Arts College

Arts Council Northeast presents its annual Summer Arts College, a unique opportunity for children ages 6 to 16 to learn from some of the area’s top artists.

Elementary camp dates and locations for ages 6 to 12 include June 16-19 at Keller’s Shady Grove Elementary, 1400 Sarah Brooks Drive; June 23-27 at St. Vincent’s School, 1300 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford; and July 14-18 at First Methodist Church Grapevine, 422 Church St.

Elementary camps include two hands-on visual arts classes; musical theater including songwriting, vocal performance, dance and acting skills; and set design and creation. The week concludes with a performance.

Teen camp for ages 12 to 16 runs July 14-18 at First Methodist Church Grapevine, 422 Church St.

Teen camp includes drama, dance, music, set design and playwriting. Students will experience the excitement of producing their own show by week’s end. Classes will provide students with the opportunity to explore acting through short scenes, monologues, and improvisation. Students will design and create sets, while learning songwriting and playwriting.

Early bird pricing of $87.50 per student is available through April 30. Scholarships are available to students who are financially unable to attend.

Registration forms are available at

— Shirley Jinkins

Grow your family tree with genealogy workshop

Finding your family can start May 1 at the Watauga Public Library, 7109 Whitley Road, with a workshop on beginning genealogy for adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Led by the Mayflower Society’s Velda Reed, the workshop will include research strategies and tips to get started researching your family tree.

Reservations are required for the space-limited workshop. Call 817-514-5865 for information.

—Terry Evans

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