July 16, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant

Symphony Arlington will be presenting its KidsNotes program at the Southeast Branch of the Arlington Public Library at 2 p.m. July 24.


KidsNotes connects children with orchestra

Symphony Arlington will be presenting its KidsNotes program at the Southeast Branch of the Arlington Public Library at 2 p.m. July 24.

KidsNotes is a one-hour program that begins with the reading of a book such as Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin or The Remarkable Farkle McBride that introduces different families of instruments. Next, students play age-appropriate games that involve musical concepts like pitch, rhythm and timbre.

Then a professional musician from the symphony introduces and plays the instrument. To finish up, the Instrument Petting Zoo allows children to try out instruments and discover their own favorites.

Early exposure to music and the arts is crucial to developing the creative spark in children, and evidence has shown that children engaged in musical education perform above national classroom standards.

KidsNotes is offered at many area schools, libraries and bookstores throughout the year. Thanks to donors, the program is offered free of charge to the community.

Youth council teaches students financial skills

High school students interested in leadership development and personal financial education can apply for the fall term of the Texas Trust Credit Union youth advisory council. Nominations are being accepted until July 31, and as many as 20 students will be selected.

The council provides leadership training and teaches students basic financial skills. The council also participates in a service project and volunteers at community events sponsored by Texas Trust.

High school students living in Arlington, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Kennedale and Mansfield are eligible to join the council, which will hold bimonthly meetings at Texas Trust headquarters at 5850 W. Interstate 20, Suite 100, in Arlington.

Council members receive a stipend for their service upon completing all of the monthly requirements.

Eligibility requirements and an online application are available at the Texas Trust Credit Union website,

Questions can be directed to Jessica White at 972-595-1776.


Art comes to the storefronts at Bedford Meadows

The city and the Cultural Commission have announced a new storefront art program designed to bring additional arts and culture to residents and visitors. This program will kick off at a Storefront Gallery Event on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Artwork selected by a jury will be displayed in storefront windows at the Bedford Meadows Shopping Center, at the corner of Central Drive and Harwood Road, through Aug. 9.

The kickoff exhibition will be a one-time event with a come-and-go celebration that is free and open to the public. There will be live music from the Barron Brothers band, a motorcycle show by Adam Smith’s Texas Harley-Davidson, food trucks and local artists to discuss their showcased art.

The new program is part of Bedford’s initiative to make arts and culture a priority. The program will continue throughout the year.

Teens can take a course, save a life

Whether you are a baby sitter, lifeguard or just want to learn CPR, the American Red Cross first aid and CPR courses can help save lives.

Classes are July 25 through Sept. 20 at the Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.

The class will help students 11 to 15 years old gain knowledge, skill and confidence to care for infants or young children. Cost is $60.

For students 13 and older, the standard first aid and CPR course is available. Cost is $65.

For more information, call 817-952-2323.


Phat Daddy’s featured in social media campaign

Phat Daddy’s, a popular casual barbecue restaurant, has announced that it is one of the selected businesses to partner in a million-dollar multimedia campaign spearheaded by Albertsons grocery store and Inside Hollywood, a magazine reaching over 20,000 homes.

Phat Daddy’s was tapped to not only be included in the campaign but to have its ad on the front cover of the magazine because of its commitment to serving the community. The barbecue and soul food eatery will also be among the featured businesses on a national television commercial airing on local and cable networks, and an online ad at for a full year.

Phat Daddy’s provides free meals to hungry children through its Phat Packs weekend meal program. Phat Packs include two nutritious breakfasts, two lunches and two fruit snacks.

For more information about Phat Daddy’s, visit

Readers can meet four young-adult authors

The Grand Prairie Libraries presents “Electrifying Authors for Teens” at the Main Library, 901 Conover Drive, at 2 p.m. July 26.

Teens and adult readers of young-adult fiction will enjoy these four hot new writers, who will talk about their work, fans and more.

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is the featured author. The South Texas native has written three novels for teens and produced nearly a dozen short films and music videos. Her first book, Prizefighter En Mi Casa, won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor. Her latest book, Fat Angie, won the 2014 Stonewall Award and was a 2014 Rainbow List Book.

Other authors appearing include Mary Gray, author of The Dollhouse Asylum; Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex and The Fear Trials; and Krissi Dallas, who has published three novels in the Phantom Island series.


School health fair scheduled

Haltom City, the Birdville Council of PTAs and Birdville school district are partnering for a back-to-school health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at Haltom High School.

The event is only for Birdville students living in Haltom City. The first 1,000 eligible students will receive backpacks. There will be free vision and dental screenings, free family photos and information from various vendors and businesses.

For information, call 817-831-6464 or email or


Fest finds new location this year

The third annual Pantego Fest is planned for Sept. 26–28, with a new twist. This year, the festival will take place at the Park Row West Shopping Center, 2229 W. Park Row Drive. The move is expected to allow local businesses to play a bigger part in the event and remain open for shoppers.

Pantego Fest will feature events appealing to all age groups and interests. Friday evening starts the weekend off with live music featuring cover band Le Freak. Saturday morning brings a 5K race and fun run, and attendees will enjoy a bounty of activities each of the three days. Local businesses and vendors will be on hand with their wares, and the weekend will be filled with music from live local bands offering a safe and fun concert atmosphere.


Market Street to host one-day job fair

Market Street stores in North Texas, including two stores in Northeast Tarrant County, will host a one-day job fair on July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each of the seven Market Street locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Positions will be available at each location depending on the store’s needs, including department clerks, bakers, cooks, floral designers, stockers, meat cutters, checkers and sackers.

Tarrant’s Market Street locations are at 5605 Colleyville Blvd. in Colleyville and 3800 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound. Flower Mound is in both Denton and Tarrant counties.

Although walk-ins are welcome, job seekers can speed up the process by completing an online application prior to the job fair at Interviews will be conducted on-site during the job fair.

Market Street locations can be found in Allen, Amarillo, Colleyville, Coppell, Flower Mound, Frisco, Lubbock, McKinney, Plano and Wichita Falls.

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