City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

08/22/2014 2:57 PM

08/22/2014 2:59 PM

ARLINGTON SCHOOLS

School board makes it to state honor board finals

The Arlington school board was named one of five boards from across Texas selected as Texas Honor Boards by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Honor boards are selected by a committee of superintendents that looks at criteria including support for educational performance, improvement projects and commitment to ethics.

Arlington is among the Houston Clear Creek, Plano, Waco Midway and Culberson County Allamoore school districts to make it to the association’s convention in Dallas for interviews. The final Outstanding School Board of the Year will be named on Sept. 27, while the others receive recognition.

— Monica S. Nagy

ARLINGTON

Four UTA professors are honored by system

The University of Texas System board of regents awarded four faculty members at UT Arlington with Outstanding Teaching Awards.

The four were selected among 96 others across UT System institutions for their innovative approach and dedication. Each winner will receive $25,000.

UT Arlington’s winners are: Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology; Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history; Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science; and Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

Forty-five faculty members have received the award since it was started in 2008.

— Monica S. Nagy

‘Whodunit’? Theatre Arlington knows

Theatre Arlington will kick off its 42nd anniversary season on Sept. 12 with the regional premiere of the musical comedy Whodunit…the Musical by Ed Dixon.

The show is based on The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart, and it first premiered in 2011, pleasing audiences and critics alike.

Whodunit is described as a sophisticated musical that pokes fun at genre cliches, with music compared with Gilbert and Sullivan, with a little Sondheim.

Dennis Yslas is director, with music direction by Richard Gwozdz and choreography by Darius Robinson. The cast will feature Nancy Lamb, Jacque Campbell, Mike Hathaway, Diane Powell, Joshua Sherman and Michael Durington.

Opening night curtain time is 8 on Sept. 12, followed by a reception with the cast and crew. Performances will continue through Oct. 5 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Theatre Arlington is at 305 W. Main St.

Tickets are $22, with discounts available for students, seniors, groups of 10 or more or with the Star-Telegram Press Pass.

Box office number is 817-275-7661. Visit the website for more information, www.TheatreArlington.org.

EULESS

‘Disney Favorites on Ice’ comes to Star Center

The Dr. Pepper Star Center Euless presents “Our Disney Favorites on Ice” at 7 p.m. Friday at the center, 1400 S. Pipeline Road.

The show features U.S. national champion Ashley Cain and Russian junior national champion Alex Krasnozhon, and upcoming champions.

For tickets and information, call 631-662-7373 or 817-267- 4233, ext. 229.

Reserved seats on the ice require advance purchase at $15 per seat. General admission is $3 per person. Kids under 2 are free.

Tickets include a skate session with the cast and skate rental.

— Elizabeth Campbell

GRAND PRAIRIE

‘Bark to School’ adoption specials through Saturday

Does your child need a study buddy (or someone to blame for his missing homework)?

During the Bark to School adoption special through Saturday, all dogs and kittens at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 2222 W. Warrior Trail, will be $35. Cats ages 1 year and older will be free.

Regular price adoptions are $70. Adoptable pets will be sterilized and will receive a microchip, rabies vaccination, flea treatment, the 5-in-1 and kennel cough vaccinations for dogs and the 3-in-1 FVRCP vaccination for cats. All adult dogs will be heartworm tested.

Those wishing to adopt must complete an application and be approved before receiving their pets. Up to two pets per household may be adopted. This offer is valid only for new adoptions.

The Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s operating hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)

The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the Bark to School adoption special, call 972-237-8575.

GRAPEVINE

Nash Farm switches September event date

Grapevine’s Nash Farm is switching its usual First Fridays event to Thursday in September.

The heritage craftsmanship educational experience set for 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 4 is designed to teach life skills that were important to a Texas farm in the 19th century. Demonstrations and activities by Texas artisans will include pottery, woodworking, spinning, weaving, textile dyeing, sewing and more.

The family-friendly First Friday Series is normally held on the first Friday of the month. Friday sessions will resume in October and take place Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Daily life in Texas during the late 1800s required knowledge of a number of skills, methods and even recipes that will be demonstrated during the monthly sessions. During the series, participants work alongside the Nash Farmhands to learn these life skills.

Nash Farm is at 626 Ball St.

Participation fee is $3 per person over the age of 3. Pre-registration is suggested but not required.

For more information about Nash Farm events and workshops, visit www.NashFarm.org.

KENNEDALE

Replica of Lincoln coffin to be on display

Lovers of presidential history can check out a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s custom coffin on display next month at Emerald Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Kennedale.

The coffin is one of five replicas made 10 years ago by Batesville Casket Co. of Indiana, built from the only known surviving photograph showing Lincoln lying in state in 1865.

Lincoln’s coffin, which measured 6 feet, 6 inches long, was known as the one of the most elaborate of its time. The solid walnut coffin was lined with lead, covered with expensive black cloth and decorated with sterling silver handles and studs along its sides.

One replica of Lincoln’s coffin is part of the permanent collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The other four are displayed at funerals homes across the nation.

Visitors can see the replica coffin for free at Emerald Hills, 500 W. Kennedale Sublett Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11-14.

— Susan Schrock

SOUTHLAKE

Southlake Boulevard to light up with new signs

Southlake Boulevard intersections will have a little more shine after crews finishing installing illuminated street signs.

Crews will install the signs at some of the intersections along the roadway through the week of Aug. 25. This will cause lane closures along the boulevard.

The illuminated signs will be placed at 14 intersections including Kimball and Carroll avenues.

— Dustin L. Dangli

A back-to-school reminder from police

The Southlake Police Department issued a reminder to drivers that students will return to class Monday.

The department asks drivers to plan ahead on their commute and be extra cautious of traffic patterns.

Police officers will also monitor traffic near schools.

“Drivers are reminded to take extra precautions and watch for children crossing streets, intersections and crosswalks near school zones,” Police Chief Stephen Mylett said via press release. “We want everyone to do their part to make sure students arrive to school safely.”

— Dustin L. Dangli

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