May 7, 2014

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Free writers’ workshop May 24 at Cornerstone Baptist

The ninth annual Writer’s Breakthrough Workshop sponsored by Grace LaJoy is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 5415 Matlock Road.

The workshop will cover:

• How to begin writing your book
• How to protect your writing
• Steps to produce your book
• Steps to publish your own book
• Ways to have your book printed
• Ways to market your book
• How to make your book available to the world
• What other resources are available to help you publish your book.

Registration is free but must be done by Monday. Register by email at or call 816-318-1388. Information:

— Patrick M. Walker


Legoland hosts junior model building competition May 17

Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine will host its Junior Model Builder competition during the city’s 30th annual Main Street Days, which will take place May 16-18 historic downtown.

To compete, children ages 5-12 must pre-register online by visiting the events page at

Applicants will be contacted Monday through May 14 to confirm their competition time slot.

Competitions begin at 10:30 a.m., with heats concluding at 3:30 p.m. The competition is judged in two age categories, 5- to 8-year-olds and 9- to 12-year-olds.

A winner from each category wins the title of 2014 Legoland Discovery Center Junior Model Builder, with his or her creation displayed at the Grapevine attraction for two weeks.

Winners receive a Lego trophy, family four-pack of annual passes to Legoland Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth (at Grapevine Mills mall) and four one-day passes to Legoland California.

Other activities at the three-day festival include open builds, visits with Bertie the mascot, the Sea Life Aquarium touch tank and giveaways.

Legoland is at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway. Admission is $18 for ages 3 and up, free for kids 2 and under. For information, call 877-818-1677.

— Marty Sabota

GameStop helping make ill kids’ wishes come true

Grapevine-based GameStop Corp. has launched its first-ever in-store donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish.

During May, GameStop is providing customers an opportunity to donate to Make-A-Wish with each in-store purchase they make.

GameStop‘s goal is to raise at least $100,000 in charitable donations.

Customers who shop at GameStop, or Spring Mobile until May 31 can donate $1 or more to Make-A-Wish with their purchase. As part of its in-store donation program, GameStop is committed to raising at least $75,000 in charitable donations on behalf of Make-A-Wish.

GameStop and Make-A-Wish have a long-standing relationship in which the video game retailer and more than 40,000 of its store associates have supported more than 1,000 video gaming and shopping spree wishes for wish kids.

“Wish kids are such an inspiration to me personally, and I’m excited to be able to offer our loyal customers an opportunity to show their support for this great organization by giving to those children in need,” Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer of GameStop and a Make-A-Wish North Texas board member, said in a statement. “The money we raise during the month of May will all go towards wish experiences, which have the potential to medically and psychologically change the lives of wish children forever.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Wish experiences can be game-changers for both the children and their families, helping wish kids feel better mentally, and in some cases, even get better physically,” David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America, said in a statement. “We are thankful for the generous support of GameStop. By bringing strength and joy to wish kids across the country, GameStop is really taking its ‘Power to the Players’ slogan to a whole other level.”

— Marty Sabota


Youths are winners in state fish art contest

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has announced the winners for the Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest, and several Tarrant County-area youths were among them.

In the K-3 category, winners were: first place, Tatyana Panchishna of Flower Mound; second place, Isha Goel of Flower Mound; third place, Livia Thomas of Coppell.

In the grades 4–6 category, winners were: first place, Madeleine Alexander of Keller; second place, Sarah Slater of Coppell; third place, Alina Ponomarenko of Lewisville.

In the grades 7–9 category, Savannah Walker of Keller finished second and Jacob Litsey of Northlake finished third.

Texas artists will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens on July 12

First-place winners will advance to the national level and compete against winners from other states. National winners will be announced at an expo Aug. 15 and 16 in Columbia, S.C. One outstanding piece of artwork each year is selected for the Art of Conservation Award, and a commemorative stamp featuring the artwork is produced for sale. Proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to fund conservation projects.

“This year the Texas contest had more than 1,100 entries, more than any other state and a quarter of all the entries nationwide,” Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, Texas contest coordinator, said in a statement. In addition to scholarships, Texas first-, second- and third-place winners receive fishing gear and other prizes.

Honorable mentions went to Joey Zhu of Southlake, Riya Jadeja of Flower Mound, Lauren Assenheimer of Southlake, Sara Busch of Flower Mound, Nikita Madhavaram of Coppell, Sneha Mathew of The Colony, Skylar Stevenson of Coppell, Samantha Parrot of Flower Mound, Rachel Alvey of Flower Mound, Audrey Damaske of Copper Canyon, Daria Ludlow of Roanoke, Noah Irby of Midlothian, Emily Shirey of Keller, Anna Brock of Coppell and Daniel Heaney of Keller.

The State-Fish Art Contest is a project of Wildlife Forever, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage.

— Patrick M. Walker

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