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05/19/2014 11:04 AM

05/19/2014 11:05 AM

ARLINGTON

Clay shoot June 6 to fund environmental education

River Legacy’s fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot is scheduled for June 6 at Beaumont Ranch, 10736 County Road 102 in Grandview.

Featuring 800 acres of rolling hills complete with cattle, longhorns and llamas, Beaumont Ranch provides a beautiful natural setting for a fun day of shooting, competition and camaraderie for the expected 200 shooters. For more information on Beaumont Ranch, visit www.beaumontranch.com.

A morning shoot at 9 and an afternoon shoot at 1 will provide more flexibility in the workday schedule. A Mexican buffet lunch held in the air-conditioned Lone Star Barn will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost for the shoot is is $200 per shooter; cart rental is $125. Sponsorships are still open.

The shoot will benefit environmental education programs at River Legacy Living Science Center.

Shooters will receive drink tickets to be redeemed at the bar after each shoot. The Lewis Class Scoring system will be used, so pro through novice shooters will have an equal chance to win during awards ceremonies.

A live auction will give participants a chance to bid on great items such as a Beretta shotgun, a suite seat at a Texas Rangers game and a crossbow.

A special raffle limited to 60 tickets at $50 each will give participants a chance to win a Beretta shotgun. Other raffle items will include golf packages, a Bass Pro hunting multitool and Rangers tickets for $25 a ticket or five for $100. Fun, free door prizes will also be given.

To sign up, call Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or e-mail her at kristi@riverlegacy.org.

Firefighters create service-based charity

A new charitable nonprofit created by Arlington firefighters is holding its first benefit concert June 6 in Fort Worth.

Organizers are hoping to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 during the concert to support the Random Acts of Kindness program, which aims to improve quality of life for the individuals and families Arlington firefighters encounter during their daily work.

The charity, for example, recently helped a 14-year-old Arlington girl obtain expensive dental surgery that her family couldn’t afford and it is currently working to rebuild a wooden fence for a widow in poor health, organizers said.

The benefit concert, featuring Heather Little, The Aaron Sandoval Band and Clay Thrash, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. June 6 at Queen City Music Hall, 425 Commerce St. in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square.

Tickets are on sale for $20 or $40 at www.queencitymusichall.com.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Arlington Fire Department Random Acts of Kindness Facebook page.

— Susan Schrock

UTA to offer construction management degree

UT Arlington is poised to offer a new master of construction management degree in the fall to help meet industry demands.

The 30-credit-hour-degree will be geared toward students who already have undergraduate degrees in fields including civil engineering, science and mathematics, architecture, engineering technology, construction management and business.

The degree will focus on construction projects in three categories: heavy, residential and commercial construction, and general construction.

Students will be able to take their classes in the evenings and online, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this summer.

The program was recommended by industry leaders who serve on UTA’s College of Engineering advisory board to fill the demand for construction project managers.

An estimated $15 billion to $20 billion worth of transportation projects are underway in North Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

In a statement, Ali Abolmaali, chairman of the civil engineering department, said students would study projects like the multibillion-dollar integrated pipeline that the Tarrant Regional Water District is starting.

Abolmaali said the program would be the only one of its kind in North Texas.

— Monica S. Nagy

Memorial Day service planned in Arlington

Moore Memorial Gardens will hold its 29th annual Memorial Day service and car show at 10 a.m. May 26 at the cemetery, 1219 N. Davis Drive in Arlington. The event is free and open to the public. Call 817-275-2711 for more information.

The service will bring community leaders and veterans organizations together to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The service will begin with an introduction by and the presentation of the colors by the Arlington Police Department Honor Guard, the Fort Worth ROTC and the Republic of South Vietnam Honor Guard. Guests will be Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen. Speakers will be retired Maj. Jon Edomson and Sgt. Stephen Wayne Jackel Jr., a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor recipient

A hot dog lunch will be served after the service with donations benefiting the Carry the Load organization.

The Dignity Memorial network of providers, which includes Moore, has several initiatives for veterans and their families, including the Veterans Planning Guide, a burial program for homeless veterans, educational veterans seminars and special pricing for members of veterans service organizations.

For more information, visit www.MooreMemorialGardens.com.

DENTON

Apple co-founder Wozniak to speak

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, will speak at the University of North Texas at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

The Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist designed Apple’s first line of products and used his personal Apple I computer to go into business with Steve Jobs in 1976.

He is currently the chief scientist for Fusion-io and will speak at the UNT Coliseum as a part of the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 and can be purchased online at studentaffairs.unt.edu/distinguished-lecture-series or at the door.

Tickets for students are free, while tickets for the public are $15.

— Monica S. Nagy

RICHLAND HILLS

Public meeting to unveil park concepts

Check out what a parks improvement consultant has suggested and let the city know what you want in your parks at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Richland Hills Community Center, 3204 Diana Drive.

Several preliminary concept plans for each city park will be displayed. City administrators encourage public feedback on the plans.

— Terry Evans

Capes encouraged at library event Saturday

Enjoy games, crafts, popcorn and cotton candy in a family-friendly event when Richland Hills Public Library, 6724 Rena Drive, hosts Super Hero Day at 11 a.m. Saturday.

— Terry Evans

REGION

Seniors win college money for litter essays

Two Tarrant County high school seniors won college scholarships for promoting the Texas Department of Transportation’s Keep Texas Beautiful campaign.

Caroline Carr, a student at Trinity High School in Euless, received a $3,000 scholarship, and Krystal Johnson, a student at Lamar High School in Arlington, received a $1,000 scholarship.

The two were among 800 Texas high school seniors who applied for the scholarships and wrote an essay detailing their creative solutions to litter problems. A third scholarship was awarded to a Mesquite senior.

Carr worked with the city of Bedford’s Public Works Department to design and install 10 interactive signs at community parks with creeks, asking people to help keep the creeks clean.

Johnson directed, filmed and produced a public service announcement concerning the littering problem at her high school and in her city and worked with her church’s youth group to conduct monthly “Trashenger Hunts” to collect trash in Arlington’s public spaces.

“Winners of the Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship exemplify not only hard work in the classroom but a commitment to litter prevention in their communities,” Margo Richards, director of the department’s Travel Information Division, said in a statement.

—Sandra Baker

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