May 16, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will host Texas 101 Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.


Community issues workshop on Saturday

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will host Texas 101 Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event at Sam Houston High School, 2000 Sam Houston Drive, is meant to give residents a chance to talk about key issues affecting them.

Turner will briefly give a report about the state of the district, and then attendees will divide into groups to talk about specific issues ranging from public transportation to payday lending.

“The goal of Texas 101 Day is to give attendees a voice and the opportunity to work together to find solutions to issues impacting so many in our community,” Turner said in a statement.

To RSVP, call 817-459- 2800.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Golfers, sponsors sought for tournament

The Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, a not-for-profit organization, is looking for golfers and sponsors for its June 9 golf tournament at Shady Valley Country Club, 4001 W. Park Row Drive.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and play begins at 8 a.m. The club provides curbside bag drop service.

The tournament will be in four-member-team-scramble format with prizes for the best three scores. There are two long-drive fairways and two par 3 greens with awards for best shot.

Men and women will compete separately for gift cards. There is a $25,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a par 3 and a raffle for a one-time chance to sink a 50-foot putt and win $2,500.

Included in the entry fee is a fajita buffet prepared by the club.

There will be drawings for prizes and an auction that includes a Troy Aikman-autographed football and four Texas Rangers tickets.

The website has a link to an entry form and sponsor information.

For more information, contact Art Dennis at 817-288-3918 or Paul Goodman at 817- 937-2512.


AirHogs set to open minor-league season

The Grand Prairie AirHogs’ home opener is Monday at 7:05 p.m. versus the Lincoln Saltdogs. The AirHogs play at QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie.

It’s also Military Monday, when fans can get two free reserved tickets with a military ID.

Tuesday and Wednesday AirHogs games against the Saltdogs begin at 10:35 a.m. The AirHogs will play the Laredo Lemurs at 7:05 p.m. on May 22, 23 and 24, and at 2:05 p.m. May 25.

General tickets are $8, and box seats in the first eight rows are $12. Parking is free.


Triathlon comes with an island twist

All-around athletes can test their skills in the inaugural Tiki Tri, starting at 7 a.m. Sunday at Hawaiian Falls.

The triathlon features a 289-meter swim in the lazy river, 11.53-mile bike ride and 3.09-mile run.

Cost ranges from $77 to $80, or $90 for a sprint relay team. Registration fee includes admission to the park, which will be closed to the general public for the day.

Packet pickup is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Hawaiian Falls, 490 Heritage Parkway.

On Saturday, the public can dive into the wave pool and watch Teen Beach Movie from 2 to 5 p.m. for Flick & Float. Vendor booths and concessions will be open. Admission is free.

For more information, call 817-804-5785 or go to To register, go to

— Amanda Rogers


New city secretary

has a familiar face

Alicia Richardson will leave her city secretary post in Southlake to fill the job vacated in February by longtime North Richland Hills City Secretary Patricia Hutson’s retirement.

Richardson’s move, effective in June, is actually a return to the city, as she was assistant city secretary from 1998 to 2006, before becoming city secretary in Highland Village from 2006 to 2011.

The City Councilpicked Richardson from more than 90 candidates.

— Terry Evans


Lighthouse grant to fund training

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth plans to turn an $11,500 ToolBox Grant from the Community Foundation of North Texas into a training program for adults who work with sight-impaired children.

More than 300 significantly sight-impaired infants and children are enrolled in special programs throughout public schools in Education Service Center Region 11.

The Lighthouse and service center plan to bring together a coalition of individuals and organizations to develop advocacy and training programs for parents, educators and other professionals who work with sight-impaired children.

The foundation distributed over $300,000 to 24 local agencies. The focus of all the ToolBox Grants was to provide high-quality early learning opportunities for the children of Tarrant County.

— Shirley Jinkins

Dog park’s ice cream social for owners, pets

Bring the family hound out for an ice cream social and fun afternoon on Saturday at Happy Tails Dog Park, for a serious cause.

The Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Pantry is hosting their spring fundraiser for pets and their owners that includes dog-friendly games, activities, costume contest and more.

Happy Tails Ice Cream in the Park is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Trinity Park Pavilion at West 7th St. in Fort Worth. Admission is $4 per human, $2 per dog.

Tarrant County to hold auction on Saturday

Tarrant County will hold an auction at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Windy Ryon Rodeo Arena in Saginaw.

This is a departure from previous years when Tarrant County held two auctions rather than one.

Purchasing Officer Jack said in a press release that he hopes the mild weather this weekend will increase turnout.

For a list of items, go to Look for the links under the title “Tarrant County, Texas – Joint Live Auction.”

The arena is north of Meacham Airport on North Main Street and is just north of West Loop 820 in Saginaw. Most of the merchandise will be available for inspection today from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

— Bill Hanna


Hospitals to promote stroke awareness

Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center Burleson and Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South have joined together for an educational lecture to promote stroke awareness on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

The lecture features emergency physicians Heather Beard of Texas Health Burleson and Stephen Hamilton of Texas Health Huguley. They will discuss the different types of strokes, what causes them and who is at risk.

A light lunch will be provided. The event will be held on the campus of Texas Health Huguley in the Fitness Center Amphitheater, 11801 South Freeway.

To register, call 877- 857-9355 or visit Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Library to help grant-seekers

The Burleson Public Library is opening a grant resource center.

Nonprofit organizations, college-bound students, schools, educators and others looking for grant funding now have access to a new collection of databases and print resources at the library.

Reference librarian Amanda Goshey is implementing the initiative.

The library’s program, dubbed the Burleson Funding Information Center, will offer free access to the Foundation Center of New York’s detailed information on grantmakers and applying for grants. The center’s core collection of resources includes Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 110,000 U.S. grantmakers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Philanthropy In/Sight, print directories and proposal-writing guides.

Library staff will also be hosting training sessions on how to use the resources and about the grant-seeking process.

A “Grant Seeking Basics” workshop is planned for June 25 from noon to 2 p.m. Call the 817-426- 9207 to register or for more information. The library is at 248 SW Johnson Ave.

Related content



Editor's Choice Videos