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06/20/2014 12:00 PM

06/20/2014 12:01 PM


Rangers plan fan sleepover on July 3 at Globe Life Park

The 2014 Texas Rangers Sleepover and Fireworks Show will take place on July 3 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Fans can stay overnight on the playing field or just attend the pre-Independence Day fireworks show.

The Globe Life gates will open at 5 p.m. with the Fox Sports Southwest Rangers Live broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fans with tickets for the sleepover will be allowed on the field at about 8 p.m. with the fireworks show set to patriotic music to follow after dark.

Tickets for the sleepover are $40 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under, with a limit of 2,000 fans. Tickets for just the game activities and fireworks show are $10 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. Tickets are available at

The sleepover concludes at 7 a.m. July 4. The rules for bringing foods and beverages into Globe Life Park are the same as those for a Rangers home games.

Fox Sports’ live broadcast of its pre- and postgame shows for the Rangers game in Baltimore can be seen that night. Other special features will involve on-field promotions, including the popular dot race. Concession stands will be open, selling food and beverage.

Arlington Farmer’s Market now selling native plants

Texas native plants are now among the homegrown squash, okra and tomatoes on sale at the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market, 215 E. Front St.

Urban gardening specialists David and Cara Burk will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the market with a wide variety of ornamental, heirloom, annuals and perennials for sale.

The market is child- and dog-friendly and has free parking.

Guys can pop the question with photos as well as rings

That all-important “Yes” moment can live forever, thanks to a new union available in Arlington between jeweler Robbins Brothers and photography firm Paparazzi Proposals.

Newly engaged customer Nick Barber purchased the novel photo shoot recently as a package deal with the engagement ring he bought.

“I already had an idea in mind of how I wanted to propose but I was anxious and so nervous about everything going as planned,” Barber said in a news release. “I wanted to surprise my girlfriend and propose at the University of Texas at Arlington where we met by making her think we were going there to get interviewed for the school paper.”

Paparazzi Proposals arranged to act as university photographers and took pictures as Barber popped the question, and the couple received their photos within two days.

For more information, visit


Senior center hosts weekly dance on Monday mornings

Let your booty boogie at the 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday Senior Center Weekly Dances.

If your booty can’t boogie, it’s still worth the $6 to listen to a live band and have refreshments at Bedford Senior Center, 2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway. Partners and singles age 50 and up are welcome.

No registration is required. Call 817-952-2320 for information. The schedule includes: Monday, Russ Dorsey; June 30, Pete & Patti; July 7, Gary Lee; July 14, Classic Country; July 21, Bill G Band; July 28, Russ Dorsey; Aug. 4, Gary Lee; August 11, Classic Country; Aug. 18, Bill G Band; Aug. 25, Russ Dorsey.

— Terry Evans

Mad Science Camp makes learning an adventure

Kids find out what science is really about and how it affects everything when they check in at Mad Science Camp at the Old Bedford School and the Boys Ranch Activity Center.

Prices vary. This camp, for kids 3 to 11, runs through Aug. 22.

Go to or call 817-952-2323 for information on classes offered at the Boys Ranch Activity Center. Call 817-952-2290 for information on classes offered at the Old Bedford School.

— Terry Evans

Bedford library to throw itself a 50th birthday party

Wish the Bedford Public Library a happy 50th birthday in a 2 to 4 p.m. June 30 party at 2323 Forest Ridge Drive.

The public is encouraged to reminisce about “the good old days” over cake and lemonade.

Registration is not required for this free event. Go to or call 817-952-2350 for information.

— Terry Evans


Dramatic readings set for Tuesday, July 15 at library

Things will get serious at the Warmack Branch Library in Grand Prairie, during an upcoming two-night series of dramatic readings.

Brandi Andrade from the University of Texas at Arlington’s theater arts department appears on Tuesday and again on July 15. Each event begins at 7 p.m. and is free.

On Tuesday, Andrade will present a dramatic reading of A Jury of Her Peers, a murder mystery by Susan Glaspell, a journalist turned novelist.

On July 15, Andrade will read selections from Pearl Cleage’s The Brass Bed and Other Stories. Cleage is the author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.

Andrade has a doctorate in feminist aesthetics and theater from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a producing partner at Echo Theatre, where she is the artistic director of a popular reading series introducing audiences to the work of significant women playwrights of the past and present.

The Betty Warmack Branch is at 760 Bardin Road. For more information call 972-237-5772.


Council approves do-not-solicit list

The Grapevine City Council recently unanimously approved an ordinance to create a do-not-solicit list.

On June 3, the council found that no-solicitation signs alone as well as the existing regulations were not adequate in preventing “undue annoyance” due to solicitors knocking on doors.

The do-not solicit ordinance addresses this issue by prohibiting solicitors from knocking on the doors of residencies on the list, or face a $500 fine, according to city officials.

The ordinance states that “The City Council endeavors to allow people to be free from interruption at home and to have comfort that unknown persons will not come up to their door and disturb them while at home with their families.”

This ordinance was created as an amendment to the existing city regulations of door-to-door solicitation, which requires solicitors to obtain permits and limits soliciting to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The objective of these regulations is to protect the privacy of Grapevine residents and to prevent crime, city officials said.

The list is available to residents on the city’s website.

Residents may register at or by visiting the city secretary’s office at 200 S. Main St.

This list will be published (without names or email addresses) each week by 3 p.m. on Monday.

— Marty Sabota

Celebrating 170 years of Grapevine history

Sallie Andrews and Pam Price of the Grapevine Historical Society will present a program this month titled, “170 years of Grapevine history: 1844-2014.”

The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. Monday and will chronicle the community development decade by decade to the present.

The program will focus on a pictorial and factual history of people and significant events from 1844 to 2014 that have brought Grapevine from a little farming settlement on the Grape Vine Prairie to a remarkable international city of today.

The free event will be held at the Grapevine Public Library.

— Marty Sabota


Catch family-friendly flick Saturday at park

This Saturday, at Creek Trail Park, the movie Despicable Me 2 will be played at 9 p.m.

The public is invited to bring lawn blankets and bug spray for an enjoyable evening.


It’s bluegrass music

on the plaza in July

Whitehouse Harmony, a bluegrass band noted for its harmony vocals and spirited instrumentals, will be featured in a free concert from 7 to 8 p.m. July 10 at Austin Street Plaza, corner of Oak and Austin streets.

Whitehouse Harmony’s traditional mountain music recalls family groups singing on their front porch or harmonizing with friends at a church picnic.

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the city present free performances like this one on selected evenings throughout the year.


Firefighters set record for muscular dystrophy

The Southlake Fire Department broke its record of collecting funds for its Fill the Boot campaign.

The department raised $33,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The funds will go to help those in the area by funding research and providing medical equipment. The money will also go toward the MDA Summer Camp for children with neuromuscular diseases.

Firefighter Jody Keeler will be a counselor this year.

“I am very excited to be a part of the MDA Summer Camp because it gives back so much to the kids, their parents and everyone in the family,” he said in a statement.

Last year the department raised about $29,000.

— Dustin L. Dangli

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