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08/27/2014 8:57 AM

08/27/2014 8:59 AM


Volunteer ESL teachers for adults needed

Wesley United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers to teach English as a second language classes that start Sept. 9.

The free classes, which teach adults how to read, write and speak in English, are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The church is at 2201 E. Park Row Drive.

For more information, contact Teresa Sims at or call 817-366-8049.

— Susan Schrock


Bedford Bluesfest

Blues and barbecue are taking center stage Labor Day weekend with plenty of live entertainment and food.

Five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland are among the headliners at the two-day festival, which kicks off Friday night and continues through Sunday.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive across from City Hall.

Festivalgoers can buy individual tickets and passes online at General admission lawn passes are $7 online and $10 at the gate. Guests who bring a canned food donation will receive a $1 discount.

The Bedford Bluesfest opens Friday featuring two stages of entertainment with the Barron Brothers and Petty Theft, a Tom Petty tribute band.

The music continues Saturday with R&B greats Joe Louis Walker, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas kick off Sunday evening with their special brand of swamp funk and Louisiana blues. Copeland and Cray close out the Bluesfest.

The Bluesfest isn’t complete without barbecue. Pit masters from around the world will compete for prize money in a cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

— Elizabeth Campbell

Retired HEB educators to meet

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Retired School Employees will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Pat May Center, 1849 Hoot Smith Drive in Bedford. The program will be presented by Alicia McGlinchey, president of the HEB ISD Education Foundation. McGlinchey will explain the mission of the foundation.

After the meeting, club members will host a luncheon for new and prospective members. All retired school employee members and prospective members are welcome.

For more information, call 817-571-5705.


Labor Day closings don’t include outdoor pools

Grand Prairie administrative offices will be closed Monday, along with libraries, water bill payment offices, the Taylor, Shotwell and Dalworth recreation centers, and the Summit 50+ Adult Activity Center.

The landfill, animal shelter and municipal court will also be closed. Garbage collection and recycling will not be conducted on Monday; affected residents should put out their trash and recyclables on the next scheduled pickup day.

However, Monday will be a good day to play golf or swim.

Prairie Lakes and Tangle Ridge golf courses will be open, along with Tyre, McFalls and Bowles pools and Splash Factory Water Playground.

Kirby Creek Indoor & Outdoor Pool will, however, be closed.

The Tourist Information Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Grapevine Opry debuts its fall shows

Looking for family-friendly entertainment on a Saturday night? Check out the Grapevine Opry Show’s fall schedule. Performed at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., these fall shows feature country music, rock ’n’ roll, comedy and dancing, performed by some of the best local talent in North Texas.

Style Me Country, Sept. 6, 20, and Oct. 4, highlights the evolving sounds and styles of country music, including bluegrass and Western swing, to rockabilly, outlaws and today’s contemporary country.

The iPod Shuffle on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11 includes a wide-ranging playlist of ’50s favorites, country hits, ’80s rock, ’60s Motown, ’70s disco and easy listening. The Grapevine Opry Show promises a fun and refreshingly random night of music to please everyone.

Fan Favorites on Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8 will be a custom-made event. Fans and audience members will choose the selection of songs on social media and also during live shows at the Palace Theatre via ballot. Special guests include the Opry’s summer talent contest winner Chris Coltson on Oct. 25; Nashville vocalist Nathan Belt on Nov. 1, and Michael Hix and his show group on Nov. 8.

Show tickets are $25 a person and may be purchased at

The schedule is being finalized for A Grapevine Opry Show Christmas Spectacular in December. Follow The Grapevine Opry Show on Facebook at for updates.


Chronic disease workshop series coming up

Haltom City Senior Center will host the Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Condition Self-Management workshop on Tuesdays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The class is oriented to people 35 and older who have a chronic condition, those who are at risk of developing a chronic condition, and caregivers.

Topics include healthy eating, physical activity, fall prevention, medication management, depression and difficult emotions, sleeping better, action planning to achieve health goals, and relaxation techniques.

Registration is required and limited to 20 participants. People who would like to register for the class may contact Bobbi Arthur, Haltom City Senior Center director, at 817-834-8021. Adults 60 and over will receive a free lunch after every class.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management program was developed by Stanford University School of Medicine and is administered in Tarrant County by Senior Citizen Services through the Area Agency on Aging and the United Way.

Senior Citizen Services is at 1400 Circle Drive, No. 300, Fort Worth. Call 817-413-4949 or visit for more details.


Medication disposal events planned across area

Fort Worth’s next Take Back Meds event, where unused and expired medications can be dropped off for disposal, is set for Sept. 27, according to a city news release.

The drop-off locations will accept the medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Saginaw Fire Station No. 1, Richland Hills Fire Department and the Haltom City Police Department.

Several Walgreens are also accepting the medications, including 3100 McCart Ave., 6205 Westcreek Dr., 4325 Golden Triangle Blvd., 3809 East Belknap St., 2400 Jacksboro Highway, 9625 White Settlement Road, 6346 Camp Bowie Blvd. and 3100 Miller Ave.

Permanent drop boxes for Fort Worth residents only are located at 350 W. Belknap St., 1100 Nashville Ave. and 3525 Marquita Drive.

Items not accepted at the event include oxygen tanks, inhalers, needles, IV bags and thermometers.

— Caty Hirst


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