City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

06/22/2014 10:48 PM

06/22/2014 10:50 PM


Help rebuild a family’s home

The last day to cast a vote is Monday to help the Condron family of Arlington get a new roof for their burned-out home on Land Rush Drive.

The Condrons are one of four North Texas families (from 50 nominations) who are finalists in the No Roof Left Behind program.

The house burned on June 2, 2013, taking the life of homeowner Joe Condron’s 2-year-old granddaughter. Friends, neighbors and charitable groups have helped clean out the debris and prepare for the rebuilding job. The Condrons had no insurance.

To vote, go to — Shirley Jinkins

Home buyers’ workshop with how-to

A home buyers’ workshop titled “A Home for Everyone,” will be held Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 3929 Canton Jade Way in Arlington. The site is a model home in the Viridian master-planned development north of Collins Street and Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard.

The event is open to the public and will be an opportunity to learn from experts about the real estate market and how to use a systematic approach to buying a home. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book The Ten Commandments of Buying a House and have an opportunity to meet with professionals in real estate, mortgage lending, insurance and title closers.

For reservations, call 817-680-0720. Seating is limited. The workshop is presented by Judy Williams and Jan Pestinger, Realtors with Ebby Halliday.

3-on-3 basketball returns to its birthplace

Hoop It Up, the nation’s top 3-on-3 basketball tour, continues its silver anniversary season with a tournament wrapping up today at the Arlington Convention Center. Many of the best players from the region will be featured.

Hoop It Up began in Dallas in 1989 and has grown into a nationwide network of tournaments. The season culminates with the national championships in Washington, D.C., over Labor Day weekend.

The stakes are high as winners and runner-ups in selected male and female divisions have the opportunity to qualify for the USA Basketball National Championships in the spring.

Hoop It Up is owned and operated by the North American Sports Group and is aligned with USA Basketball and FIBA, the international governing body of basketball. Together, these organizations are working to make 3-on-3 basketball an Olympic sport.

More information can be found at

Learn yoga basics for free

A free primer for those interested in learning the basics of yoga will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arlington Meditation Center.

Participation in this introductory course is free and open to the public. Organizers say those attending will learn techniques to detach themselves and rid their minds of negative influences and develop their inner powers. The center is at 1016 Davis Drive.

For information, call 817-704-3298, email dallas or visit — Mitch Mitchell

Warm up to the accordion at Levitt

The Tejas Brothers will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington.

Since their first album in 2008, the Tejas Brothers have been making the accordion cool with an original sound born on a little stage in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The concert is free. For more information, call 817-543-4308 or visit the Levitt website at

— Mitch Mitchell


Ham radio operators to have a Field Day

Amateur radio operators will try to contact as many other operators across America as they can over a 24-hour period when the Bedford Amateur Radio Club competes in the Amateur Radio Club Contest beginning 1 p.m. June 28.

Operating out of the Bedford Law Enforcement Center, 2121 L Don Dodson Drive, members will accrue points based on the number of contacts.

Such events allow the operators to gain practical experience in long-distance communications and to be better prepared to provide communications for emergency managers in Bedford and throughout Tarrant County in the event that normal means of communications are not working.

This event is open to the public, and members urge folks to come and meet the operators, learn what amateur radio is about and discover the services the Bedford club provides to the city and Tarrant County. Go to for information.

— Terry Evans


‘American Brides’ exhibit opens

Steven Porterfield, a guest appraiser for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will give a gallery talk at 11 a.m. Saturday to introduce an exhibition featuring more than 40 wedding gowns from 1840 to the present. The exhibition, titled “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity,” features dresses trimmed in lace and silk and a plethora of colors to tell the story of American brides past and present.

Admission is free for both the gallery talk and the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 24 at the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts at 400 E. Hickory St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Most of the wedding gowns come from the University of North Texas’ Texas Fashion Collection, while some are on loan from Porterfield himself, who owns the Cat’s Meow vintage store in Midland.


Art show features legends, sports stars

Keller’s art show will return in July and is going to focus on one of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s biggest entertainment hotspots.

Southlake artist Lamberto Alvarez will showcase his paintings of the Texas Rangers baseball team and other Texas legends on uly 7-30 at Keller Town Hall.

“Moments at the Ballpark and Texas Legends” features mostly canvas artwork of players including Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, manager Ron Washington and more. The Texas Legends series includes portraits of Barbara Bush, Willie Nelson, Billy Bob Thornton and Billy Joe Shaver.

For information contact representative Doreen Chanay at — Taylor Prater

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