July 3, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

Mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold drinks, and fun, funky music, and you get the Market Summer Bash from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.


It’s time for farmer’s market’s Summer Bash

Mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold drinks, and fun, funky music, and you get the Market Summer Bash from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The free family-friendly event includes a kids’ scavenger hunt, grilled beef hot dogs, fresh produce, music from local bands and more.

The market’s festivals have become a local tradition, organizers say. The Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market is open every Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. year-round at 215 Front St., across the railroad tracks near the library.


Picasso, Einstein slated for Onstage in Bedford

Onstage in Bedford presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Play in 1996.

Production dates are July 18 through Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Opening night includes a dessert reception. American Sign Language sign interpreters will be available at the July 19 performance.

Melanie Mason directs this long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy, which places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before Einstein’s theory of relativity and Picasso’s cubism.

It plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects. The many bystanders include Picasso’s agent, an elderly philosopher, an idiot inventor and “The Visitor,” warped in from a later era.

The principal cast includes Albert Cooke as Einstein, Matthew Stepanek as Pablo Picasso and Travis Cook as the Visitor.

Onstage in Bedford performs at Trinity Arts Theater at the Bedford Boys Ranch. Enter at Forest Ridge Drive. In the ranch, turn left onto R.D. Hurt Parkway. The Trinity Arts Theater is on the right.

The production is rated PG-13. Tickets are $14.99 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and Bedford residents. A service charge will apply to all credit/debit card transactions.


Chill out with ice cream competition on July 12

Summer is officially here, and there’s no better way to cool down than with homemade ice cream.

The Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St., will churn out homemade frozen treats on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during its first Main Street Freeze Out homemade ice cream competition.

Ice cream makers from all over the Metroplex are encouraged to enter their creamy concoctions, and ice cream lovers are urged to come to taste-test and vote for the best flavors.

Awards will be given for Best Overall Ice Cream, Most Unique Ice Cream and People’s Choice. Prizes range from $75 to $25, trophies and plaques.


Alpha 1-5 Marines minireunion planned

The A-1-5 Marines will hold their annual minireunion Friday. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Vince and Cheryl Rios residence with outdoor patriotic music followed by a flag-raising and memorial service at 11 a.m.

Picnic-style food and potluck will be available after the formalities, at about 11:45 a.m.

All A-1-5ers from all wars are welcome. The abbreviation stands for Alpha Company, First Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

To RSVP and get more information, email Vince Rios at


Celebrate the Fourth before the fireworks on Friday

Thousands of residents and visitors will party on Friday at the annual Northeast Tarrant Family 4th Celebration, which precedes the city’s fireworks show.

Food, fun and entertainment will start at 5 p.m. with kid’s activities, inflatable fun, the event’s second annual corny dog eating contest, a salute to veterans, stage performances and plenty of food and drink. Later in the evening, enjoy the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

The Family Fun and Big Top area starts at 5 p.m. at The Hills Shopping Center, 6351 Boulevard 26, south of Loop 820 near the intersection with Broadway Avenue.

Food trucks and booths for this year include Aloha Shaved Ice, Chile Pepper Grill, Cup Cakin, Eat Jo Dawgs, Kona Ice, Lean Machine, Ty’s Tasty Treats, Utopian Flavors, Wayne’s Flame Catering, and What’s Cook-N Chef.

The event and parking are both free, and parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

No outdoor cooking or grilling devices, no alcohol and no personal fireworks will be permitted. In the event of inclement weather, all festivities will be rescheduled to Sunday.

This free event is supported by the cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga .

For more information and updates on the schedule of events, visit and click on “Community Events.”


Star-spangled fun scheduled for Friday

The city will hold its fourth annual Independence Day Celebration from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday at the City Municipal Complex, 3200 Diana Drive.

The community parade begins at 9 a.m., and parade entries are welcome.

Hog dogs, snow cones, and children’s activities will proceed through the morning, and a musical concert by Vocal Trash will begin at 10 a.m.

More details are available at

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