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06/25/2014 6:09 PM

06/25/2014 6:11 PM


Blood drive scheduled at Levitt Pavilion on Friday

Greater Texas Federal Credit Union, sponsor of the Cas Haley concert on Friday, invites concertgoers to sign up to donate blood before the concert from 5 to 8 p.m. A Carter BloodCare bus will be at the pavilion to take blood donations that could save lives.

Sign up at

The Levitt Pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St.

Ditto Golf Course public meeting planned tonight

Residents are invited to a public meeting to help shape the future of the Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in north Arlington.

The city is planning an estimated $16 million in renovations to the municipal golf course, which was built in 1978 at 801 Brown Blvd. Residents can learn about the overall redevelopment plan for the golf course, new practice facility and clubhouse and other improvements at the meeting, scheduled at 6:30 p.m. today at Sherrod Elementary School, 2626 Lincoln Drive.

Arlington is seeking residents’ input on the plan, which includes numerous hole redesigns to improve playability and a state-of-the-art practice facility with an expanded driving range and practice hole. A majority of the course’s features, such as the greens, cart paths and practice range tees, have surpassed their life expectancy, the city has said.

“We will always consider public feedback so we can design a facility that the users and neighborhood value,” Assistant Parks Director Gary Packan said.

Packan said the timing of the renovations depends on how quickly money becomes available. The City Council is weighing whether to include $3 million for the golf course in a proposed November bond election.

“Availability of funding is the key. It is the desire to complete the project at one time to be more efficient and effective with construction and operational dollars,” Packan said. “The city is evaluating a number of funding scenarios at this time.”

For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock


Kids’ class shows how

to draw animal ’toons

For kids who just can’t get enough of cartoon animals comes a class where they’ll learn to draw their own.

The Animal Cartoon Drawing Workshop is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 28-31 at Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. It’s $69 and open to children 5 to 12 years old.

Over the course of four days, the students will learn how to draw animals of all shapes, sizes and colors. They will learn how to personify ordinary animals, transforming them into fully realized cartoon characters.

Call 817-952-2323 for information and enrollment.

— Terry Evans

Families can multitask

on recreational activities

Watch a movie in a pool with your family when Flick & Float at Bedford Splash makes its debut July 11 for a three-Friday run. The floating begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive; the flick starts at 9 p.m. on a 16-by-21-foot screen.

The event is repeated July 25 and Aug. 15.

The movie is included in the Splash admission price, and the concession stand will be open.

Go to for information.

— Terry Evans

Let kids dance the summer away with ballet and tap

Give your child extra shots of poise, coordination and rhythm, the fundamentals of ballet and tap, as well as boosts to group interaction skills, self-esteem and image. Jo-Ann Little Dancers Ballet and Tap Classes are Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Boys Ranch Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.

Sessions designed for 3- to 12-year-olds are $40 for four weeks.

Ballet and tap shoes, leotards and tights are required for all dance classes.

Ages 3-5 are 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Ages 6-12 are 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Call 817-952-2323 for information.

— Terry Evans


Colleyville will celebrate Fourth of July early

Colleyville’s annual Red, White and Sousa celebration makes its seasonal appearance on Friday.

The music-based event begins at 6 p.m., covering the grounds of the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. A portion of Riverwalk will be blocked off as food trucks will park along the street.

A patriotic concert by The Vocal Majority begins at 8 p.m. The choral group will perform a selection of American, Broadway and movie songs.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Whole Foods schedules grand opening July 8

The much-anticipated Whole Foods grocery will open its Colleyville location on July 8.

The store, at 4801 Colleyville Blvd., will open with a ceremonial bread-breaking at 7:30 a.m. with doors open for shoppers at 8 a.m.

To celebrate the grand opening, the store will donate 1 percent of net sales to Friends of the Colleyville Public Library.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Church offers teens a

car care workshop

Crown of Life Lutheran Church and School, 6605 Pleasant Run Road, will offer a free car care workshop for young drivers on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn how to change a tire, check fluids and perform other maintenance; auto care and cleaning; buttons, knobs and switches; and safety tips. They should bring along their auto’s owner’s manual.

They will be entered in a drawing to win an Alpine car sound system, and other door prizes will be given away.

For more information, call 817-421-5683 or visit


Find a familiar face from the past at genealogy workshop

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors looked like? The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society may be able to help you find out.

Terri O’Neill is presenting “Finding the Portraits of Your Ancestors” at 6:30 p.m. ] July 3 at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

The society meets at 6:30 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at the library.

Contact Evelynn Kelly at for more information.


Expert looks at future of space exploration

The Grand Prairie Main Library presents “Eyes on the Skies: Space Exploration from the Moon and Beyond,” a free program at 7:30 p.m. July 8.

Raymond Benge, an astronomer with a special interest in eclipsing binary stars, will discuss the past, present and future of space exploration.

Benge, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, found his passion for space while growing up in Houston during the height of the early Space Age.

After the program (weather and sky conditions permitting), members of the Tarrant County College Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up on the lawn by the parking lot to view the moon, planets and other objects. Viewing starts about 30 minutes after the program ends. The library cannot be re-entered after 9 p.m.

This program is part of “Literary Elements,” an adult summer reading program. Participants earn the chance to win a Kindle Fire. A grand prizewinner will be drawn for each of the three libraries at the end of the summer.

For more information, call 972-237-5700 or visit The Grand Prairie Main Library is at 901 Conover Drive.


Area’s first patient gets MRI-safe pacemaker

The first pacemaker approved as safe for use with magnetic resonance imaging scans has been implanted in a patient at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, officials said.

After about six weeks, the patient would be able to undergo an MRI scan without risk of complications with her pacemaker.

Cardiologist Darien Bradford implanted the Entovis ProMRI, the first such pacemaker approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“We are thrilled to be the first hospital in the North Texas region to offer the state-of-the art pacemaker to help heart patients get back to life,” John Phillips, president of the Mansfield hospital, said in a statement.

Previously, patients with single-chamber pacemakers had to forgo MRI scans because of safety concerns, leaving them without the primary diagnosis tool for many injuries, diseases and conditions.

“Now, with our MR-Conditional pacemaker, we have the ability to detect health issues that may otherwise be difficult to diagnose,” said Alan Taylor, a staff cardiologist at the medical center.

— Robert Cadwallader


City office hours

to change Thursday

Starting on Thursday, Richland Hills city offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, the city offices will be open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The city will operate using this schedule on a temporary basis through the month of July to determine if it is beneficial to residents to extend operational hours Monday through Thursday.


Southlake to mark independence early

The city’s annual Stars and Stripes celebration makes its return on July 3.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Southlake Town Square with music on three stages. Musical acts including the Southlake Community Band, Limelight and Derek Anthony are scheduled to perform.

At 9:30 p.m. the city will have a fireworks display. Those interested cannot set up and claim a spot until 7 p.m. July 2.

For more information, visit stripes.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Homes to get needed repairs for free

Two homes on Rickee Drive and one each on Rosalyn Drive and Echo Hill Drive will be repaired at no expense to the owners through the Watauga Improving Neighborhoods Program this week.

Working with volunteers from the nonprofit World Changers organization, the city is helping families make improvements.

The program — designed for residents who are unable to make needed repairs to their homes because of circumstances beyond their control — kicked off Tuesday with an expected completion on Friday.

Call 817-514-5806 or contact Watauga Public Works, 7800 Virgil Anthony Blvd., for information.

— Terry Evans

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