Fort Worth

December 15, 2013

City by City: Fort Worth area

The Centennial High School choral department presents Sounds of the Season, a wide-ranging winter concert featuring songs and carols from across the ages and around the globe.


Centennial High School singers to salute the season

The Centennial High School choral department presents Sounds of the Season, a wide-ranging winter concert featuring songs and carols from across the ages and around the globe.

The free concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Centennial High School is at 201 Hurst Road.


SAT makeups scheduled

in wake of winter storm

Makeup dates and sites in Fort Worth have been announced for the SAT testing originally planned for Saturday.

The makeup test is scheduled for Saturday at the following test centers:

• Paschal High School, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-814-5000.
• O.D. Wyatt High School, 2400 E. Seminary Drive, Fort Worth, 817-815-8000.
• Carter-Riverside High School, 3301 Yucca Ave., Fort Worth, 817-814-9000.
• Eastern Hills High School, 5701 Shelton St., Fort Worth, 817-815-4000.
• North Side High School, 2211 McKinley Ave., Fort Worth, 817-814-4000.
• Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, 1411 Maydell St., Fort Worth, 817-815-0000.

The new testing date will be Jan. 11 for Arlington Heights High School, 4501 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-815-1000.

Testing centers in Alvord, Arlington, Azle, Bridgeport, Brownwood, Burleson, Eastland, Everman, Flower Mound, Justin, Mansfield, Roanoke, Saginaw and Valley View were also scheduled to hold the test Saturday.

Refer to the College Board for updated information at

— Shirley Jinkins

North Side High’s culinary facility to be dedicated

North Side High School will dedicate a new culinary arts facility on Monday.

The campus is officially opening the new North Side High School Culinary Arts Facility, which includes two full production kitchens, two demonstration kitchens with six learning stations, and four culinary classrooms.

The new space also includes a dining hall that seats 150, outdoor dining for 20, 17 classrooms and a writing lab.

The district broke ground on the project in September 2012. The construction cost an estimated $11.2 million and was funded from savings from the 2007 bond program.

— Diane Smith

Cowboys players to deliver new books to students

Dallas Cowboys player George Selvie and teammates will deliver 1,000 new books to students at Western Hills Elementary on Tuesday.

“I enjoy motivating and inspiring kids to strive to achieve academic success,” Selvie said in a press release. “Since reading is a fundamental skill necessary for any success in life, donating books made sense.”

Students  will also  be  encouraged to participate in an essay contest based on books donated.

Prizes will include an autographed football, T-shirts, caps and bags.

The donations were made possible through Athletes for Charity and First Book, the nonprofit that helped coordinate the event and get books from publishers.

— Diane Smith


It’s 38 years for the ‘Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival’

The 38th anniversary of the magnificent Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival will be celebrated in University Christian Church’s sanctuary, located at 2720 S. University Drive, on Jan. 4 and 5, twice each day, at 3 and 5 p.m.

The local cast of 300 brings to life one of Fort Worth’s most enduring holiday traditions, based on an ancient celebration that began in England’s grand manor houses and traveled to colonial America.

All performances of the pageant are free and open to the public. Plan on arriving at least an hour early to find seats.

This celebration of the victory of good over evil is perhaps the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season. The pageant is based on an old legend, that of an Oxford student who kills a wild boar when it interrupts his studies. When the church adopted the festival, it gained a new Christian significance: The wild boar, symbolic of evil, is overcome by good through the teachings of Christ.

Marching companies, in rich authentic costumes of Renaissance England, sing the ancient songs of Christendom as they carry in the gaily bedecked head of the wild boar.

The second part of the program follows the original Christmas story, as shepherds and Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.

Randol Alan Bass, the original composer of the festival music, will conduct the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra at this year’s festival.

A limited number of festival patron seats are now available for purchase. Cost is $15.

Carols by Candle Light concert set for Dec. 23

The annual Carols by Candle Light concert, sponsored by the hand bell ministry of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, will be presented Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Bell Conte and Foster Murry ringers will be joined by the Grace Notes Women’s Ensemble, along with additional singers to complete the program.

The community is invited to come and hear the familiar carols of the season surrounded by candles in the beautifully decorated sanctuary. The hand bell choirs and singers will be accompanied by organ, piano, flute, string instruments and a wide variety of percussion instruments.

A Christmas reception will follow in the church atrium.


A few kids still left on center’s Angel Tree

Shopping on Monday?

It’s short notice to pull off a holiday miracle, but a few children’s Christmas lists are left on the Saginaw Recreation Center’s Angel Tree, in part because of the bad weather that curtailed operations last week.

Each year, the center partners with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district during the holiday season on an Angel Tree that benefits children are in need.

Here’s the plan: Call the center at 817-230-0350 on Monday morning before going out to shop. If there are angels still left, swing by the center at 633 W. McLeroy Blvd. and pick up a child’s list. Purchase the items during your regular shopping and return them to the center on your way back home.

The center’s Monday hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

— Shirley Jinkins


Hurst to give away $250 gift cards to North East Mall

Want a chance at a $250 gift card to any shop at North East Mall?

The city is giving away four of them in a Monday drawing, in hopes of making the effort to get around the road construction a little more merry.

Open to everyone except city employees and officials, the drawing will be made from forms available at the mall’s guest services booth and at City Hall, 1505 Precinct Line Road, Hurst.

No purchase is necessary to enter.

The forms must be dropped off at the guest services booth by today.

— Terry Evans

Kids can go ‘camping’ during winter break

Winter break is almost here, so take time from shopping, wrapping and cooking and register to send those vacationing students “camping” at Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd in Arlington.

Elzie Odom’s winter break camps run from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, and there are two sessions from which to choose.

The “Snowed-In” camp Dec. 23-27 is all about games, activities and sports.

It runs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. except for a 3 p.m. dismissal Dec. 24.

Children who are into nontraditional sports like cotton  ball  relays,  scavenger hunts and capture the flag should  enjoy  “My Adventure” camp from Dec. 30 through  Jan. 2 from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There is no  camp on  New Year’s Day, and  dismissal is at 3 p.m.  New Year’s Eve.

In addition to those camps, there are always arts and crafts, basketball, rock climbing, skating and soccer.

For more information or to register, call 817-459-5474 or contact Ernie Smith at 817-459-6442 or

— Shirley Jinkins

Haltom City garden gets a fresh look

Haltom City employees and volunteers have replanted a Texas native demonstration garden next to the Tarrant County College Haltom City Northeast Center, at 3201 Friendly Lane.

The garden is designed to give residents ideas on choosing hardy plants for their yards.

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