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04/25/2014 1:54 PM

04/25/2014 1:55 PM


Annual family expo is slated for Saturday at TCC campus

Families with children of all ages are invited to participate in a free expo Saturday with live cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and activities designed to promote physical and financial health.

The 18th annual Arlington Family Expo is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway. Activities for kids, teens and adults are planned, and free breakfast and lunch will be served for registered participants.

The expo, themed, “Securing Our Health and Building Our Wealth,” is sponsored by Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Arlington Foundation for the Excellence in Education in partnership with the Tarrant County College business department. For more information or to register, visit and click on “Arlington Family Expo” or call 214-425-2298.

— Susan Schrock

Survey looks at police use

of social media in Arlington

Researchers with the University of Texas at Arlington are conducting a study regarding the use of social media by law enforcement.

“The purpose of this research is to better understand City of Arlington residents’ views of the Arlington Police Department (APD) and its use of social media,” police said in a news release. “You will be asked questions related to your use of social media, your perception of APD, your current fear of crime, and your community/neighborhood involvement.”

Residents can participate by completing an “online, anonymous, and confidential questionnaire,” police said.

“You do not have to answer a question to advance to the next question,” police said. “You may skip questions and return to them if you wish. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.”

Participants must be 18 years or older and be a resident of Arlington.

To join in the effort, go to

— Bill Miller


Police will accept unused medication at drop-off

Ditch outdated prescription drugs, unsafe syringes and old over-the-counter medicines the right way Saturday during the free National Take Back Initiative.

Bedford Police Department’s community services and police volunteers will set up disposal boxes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot, 2121 L. Don Dodson Drive.

Call 817-952-2440 for information.

— Terry Evans


Athletic physicals for 2014-15 to be offered

Athletic physicals for the 2014-15 school year for Richland High School and North Ridge and North Richland middle schools are Wednesday in the Richland gym.

Physicals begin at 2:30 p.m. for all high school athletes. North Ridge and North Richland athletes begin at 4:30 p.m., with doors closing at 6:30 p.m.

All middle school athletes must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Physicals are $10 if purchased today or $15 after.

If financial assistance is needed, contact athletic trainers Dean Broxterman at 817-547-7089 or Cynthia West at 817-547-7506 before the day of the physicals.

Porter PTA to get help honoring teachers

Public servants including Hurst Mayor Richard Ward, firefighters, police officers and soldiers take turns visiting classrooms at W.A. Porter Elementary as the PTA recognizes the school’s teachers.

The Birdville High School cheerleaders also plan to visit, said PTA spokeswoman Lori Dickerson.

The teachers will receive gifts donated by PTA members and businesses in Hurst, North Richland Hills and the vicinity.

The May 5-9 teacher appreciation week ends with a Friday luncheon for which PTA members serve the school’s staff with donated dishes and desserts.

— Terry Evans


Parish seeks items for garage sale Tuesday

Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville wants helps preparing for its parish garage sale.

Good Shepherd will take used newspapers, paper shopping bags and hangers starting Monday, and any gently used items like household goods, clothing and furniture for its garage sale, on Tuesday.

Those interested can drop off their items at the porch by Parish Hall at 1000 Tinker Road.

Good Shepherd will hold its garage sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its large hall.

For more information, call 817-421-1387.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Saturday is church’s Make a Difference Day

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Southlake invites people to its annual day of volunteering.

The church will organize its Make a Difference Day on Saturday throughout Northeast Tarrant.

Volunteer activities include clearing a therapy horse trail, installing a chain link fence, painting offices and hallways and more for local nonprofit organizations.

“For several years our members have been out in the community working on projects,” church Pastor Tim Galligan said. “But we felt a designated day was a way for all of our hearts and hands to work together to magnify the mission and service to our local area.”

Those interested can call the church at 817-442-8983 to sign up.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Butterfly Buddies flock to Hulen Mall in May

Families with small children are invited to learn about some of nature’s most colorful creatures — butterflies — through songs, stories and crafts at the Hulen Mall next month.

The mall, at 4800 S. Hulen St., is hosting Butterfly Buddies at 11 a.m. May 8. The free event, held at Kids Club on the lower level near the play area, is designed for children ages 2 to 6, but all ages are welcome.

Parents and caregivers will be required to stay with their children.

Adults bringing five or more children are asked to call Fara Reid at 817- 294-1205, ext. 7021, in advance.

For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock

Cattle Raisers meet to discuss livestock thefts

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will host a ranch gathering Tuesday at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse building in Weatherford.

Registration for the free event begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner.

The building is at 2251 Mineral Wells Highway.

Special ranger Wayne Goodman will update ranchers on cattle thefts in the area and how they can better protect their livestock and equipment.

Please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or

The gathering is sponsored by Novartis Animal Health, Livestock Nutrition Center and Lone Star Ag Credit.

A free metal gate sign courtesy of Bayer Animal Health and New Holland Agriculture will be given to people who join TSCRA at the event.

— Diane Smith

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