May 23, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday for the Sam Provence Award, which is presented annually by Helping Restore Ability, an Arlington-based nonprofit that provides services for people with disabilities.


Nominations due Monday for Sam Provence Award

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday for the Sam Provence Award, which is presented annually by Helping Restore Ability, an Arlington-based nonprofit that provides services for people with disabilities.

Provence founded the agency and was an enthusiastic advocate for people with disabilities. The award was established in honor of his efforts.

Nominees for the award should have done work that has had an impact on people with disabilities over a meaningful period of time.

Nomination forms and additional information are available at, or call Vicki Niedermayer, CEO, at 817-469-1977.

Levitt Pavilion to host Center Stage Music Festival

Spend the holiday weekend enjoying food, art and free music by some of Texas’ best musical acts at the third annual Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival, today through Sunday at the Levitt Pavilion.

The O’s return to the Levitt stage at 7 p.m. today with their folksy sound. Austin singer/songwriter Bob Schneider performs at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the opening lineup includes Barrett Baber at 5:30 p.m. followed by the folk/rock sound of Luke Wade & No Civilians at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., it’s Grammy-winning blues guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan as headliner.

The festival ends Sunday with the hard-driving rhythms of the Brandon Steadman Band at 5:30 p.m. 95.9/FM The Ranch morning co-host Charla Corn will follow with her skillfully crafted songs. Cody Canada & the Departed bring their Texas-hot sound to the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The music festival kicks off Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s free Summer Concert Series, which continues through July 13.

For a calendar, directions, parking maps and more information about visiting the Levitt, visit

Amateur radio club to take part in National Field Day

As part of National Field Day, the Arlington Amateur Radio Club will welcome the public at 501 W. Sanford St. on June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Throughout the country, ham radio operators will be setting up radio stations in unusual locations and making contact with others as a display of their emergency communications capabilities.

Amateur radio operators provide emergency communications for many government and civic organizations in disasters. In addition, they provide supplemental communications when normal systems are rendered inoperable or overloaded.

At the event, club members will have brochures, information packets and other materials made available through the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, explaining their work.

For more information, contact the club’s public information officer, David Lucas, at 817-781-7256 or visit


Free concert Thursday night stars Hazard County band

Arts Council Northeast and the city of Bedford will sponsor the band Hazard County for a free concert on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.

Established early in 2013, Hazard County is made up of top musicians who have toured regionally and internationally and have shared the stage with top names in country, pop and rock music.

All members have now made North Texas their home. Hazard County brings a fresh versatile approach to the DFW music scene with a mix of top Nashville country, Texas/red dirt country, Southern/classic and modern rock as well as rhythm and blues.


Church safety conference May 31

A faith-based crime prevention conference for area churches is scheduled this month in Denton.

The free one-day event is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 31 at the Denton Police Department’s new training facility, 601 E. Hickory St.

The conference is for church staffers and members to help them organize a safety team, respond to emergency situations and handle confrontations in places of worship.

Videos with confrontational situations will be used during the conference.

Last year, staffs and members from more than 30 places of worship attended the conference.

If interested in attending, contact officer Shane Kizer to RSVP at 940- 349-7241 or

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


Veterans’ 5K run to benefit two groups

Peaceful Tomorrows With Our Troops & Vets is the title of a 5K and 1-mile run/walk scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday (5K) and 9 a.m. (1 mile) at Mike Lewis Park, 2410 N. Carrier Parkway.

The run benefits two organizations, the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans for Peace.

Fees are $15 per runner if purchased at The Runner, 3535 W. Pioneer Parkway Arlington, or online before Saturday. They are $20 on race day.

The 1-mile run costs $5 to enter at any time.

The 5K course map is available at

For more information or to pay fees and submit a race registration visit or call 817- 265-4578.


Library plans photography classes

The Haltom City Library at 4809 Haltom Road will present a series of three photography classes during June, free to participants with a refundable deposit.

All classes will run from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

The first class, on June 14, will be an introduction to photo equipment. Bring a camera and manual, but no cellphone cameras.

The second class, on June 21, will introduce digital photography.

The third class, on composition of photographic images, will be on June 28.

The classes are for adults 19 and older, and registration is required. Seating is limited to 20 students.

A deposit of $5 is required for each class and will be refunded upon completion. Sign up for all or for just one class.

For more information, call 817-222-7787.


Get ready to sing along with Trout Fishing

Popular musical duo Trout Fishing in America will be playing a free lunchtime concert from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on June 13 at the Hurst Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

All ages are invited to come.

Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood met more than three decades ago in Houston as members of an eclectic folk/rock band called St. Elmo’s Fire. By the time that band broke up in 1979, Idlet and Grimwood had their own musical vision of writing, recording and performing happy songs for children and adults, and Trout Fishing in America was born.

The show is part of the Arts Council Northeast’s MasterWorks concert series.


Police to focus on lake safety this weekend

Area police officers and sheriff’s deputies will be out in force this Memorial Day weekend as part of the Safe Lake Program.

Additional officers and deputies will be stopping anyone operating motor vehicles, boats and jet skis if they believe the drivers are under the influence of alcohol.

This also is a no-refusal weekend.

Local, county and state law enforcement agencies will also be out at area lakes July Fourth and Labor Day.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Colonial golfer playing for kids with arthritis

PGA pro golfer Daniel Summerhays is partnering with the 34 Dallas-Fort Worth Massage Envy Spas at the 68th annual Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Summerhays will play for Massage Envy Spa’s national charity, the Arthritis Foundation. For every birdie he cards during the Colonial, five Massage Envy Spa gift cards will be donated to the North Texas Arthritis Foundation and given to juveniles who are battling arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, juvenile idiopathic arthritis is considered the most common form of arthritis and involves swelling in one or more joints, lasting at least six weeks. It begins before age 16 and has been diagnosed in children as young as 2.

It may include a variety of symptoms such as muscle and soft tissue tightening, bone erosion, joint misalignment and changes in growth patterns. Not all symptoms are shared by all children with the disease. Moreover, the symptoms can change from day to day.

Claire Unruh, a 15-year-old Southlake resident and member of Massage Envy Spa Southlake East, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis with psoriatic complications at age 10. Clair’s mother, Shelly Unruh, said in a statement: “I see the change in her demeanor when she comes out of massages. Imagine the mental strain of it all — school, sports, dealing with the arthritis.”

Summerhays will sport a Massage Envy Spa-branded golf shirt during play at the Colonial.

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