Fort Worth

December 27, 2013

City by City: Fort Worth area

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter will host a town hall meeting to discuss recent seismic occurrences in North Texas. He will listen to residents’ concerns and outline what he plans to do.


Town hall meeting will discuss earthquakes

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter will host a town hall meeting to discuss recent seismic occurrences in North Texas. He will listen to residents’ concerns and outline what he plans to do.

Other state and local officials will be in attendance.

The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Azle High School, 1200 Boyd Road.

— Shirley Jinkins


Sundance Square Plaza’s New Year’s Eve plan

See the old year out in a brand-new space as Sundance Square Plaza hosts its first new Year’s Eve celebration, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Make dinner reservations at one of Fort Worth’s downtown eateries, then stroll over to the plaza after dinner to begin counting down 2013 with Professor D, often called one of America’s best party bands.

Sundance Square Plaza is a multipurpose 55,000-square-foot space between Third and Fourth streets and bounded by Commerce and Houston streets. Main Street between Third and Fourth streets is permanently closed to traffic.

Champagne, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.


— Shirley Jinkins

Porcelain Arts Club begins year with demonstration

Fort Worth Porcelain Arts Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday to hear a presentation by artist-speaker Kay Markum.

Visitors may attend the meeting at Central Christian Church, 3205 Hamilton Ave., view the exhibits of porcelain art displayed by club members and enjoy the demonstration brought by Markum,

Club meetings are regularly scheduled on the first Friday of each month.

— Shirley Jinkins

Christian Art Museum honors retiring docents

The Christian Art Museum held a luncheon Dec. 16 honoring three retiring docents. Margie McDaniel, Jo Darden and Mable Wells have been docents with the museum since its opening in 2009. Museum Administrator Ed Malone presented them with gifts and thanked each of them for their contribution and their work with the museum.

Malone also recognized Janie Davis for a hand-painted Nativity that she created for the museum.

— Shirley Jinkins

Fort Worth library hours to change beginning hursday

In an effort to better accommodate the schedules and needs of its customers and provide more equitable services throughout the city, the Fort Worth Library is changing the hours of operation at 10 of its branch libraries beginning Thursday.

All branch libraries now will be open to the public 40 hours each week. The Central Library will continue to operate 52 hours per week.

The hours at the Central, Diamond Hill/Jarvis, Riverside, Ridglea, Wedgwood and East Regional libraries will not change.

Hours and days will change at Butler Outreach Library Division, Cavile Outreach Opportunity Library, East Berry, eSkills Library and Job Center, Northside, Northwest, Seminary South, Ella Mae Shamblee, Southwest Regional and Summerglen.

Check the new hours at

— Shirley Jinkins

TTI looking to hire sales professionals

TTI, a global electronic components distributor, will host an open house for sales professionals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at the corporate headquarters, 2441 Northeast Parkway.

The open house will provide an introduction and company overview. A hiring event, scheduled only by appointment, runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7, also at the company’s headquarters.

TTI, recognized as the leading authorized distributor specialist in electronics distribution, has sales openings.

Applicants will be pre-screened before the hiring event. Selected candidates will attend a seven-week training program that begins Feb. 17. Interested candidates are requested to submit a résumé and salary requirements to

— Sandra Baker


Donate to Goodwill before tax deadline

The tax deadline for 2013 charitable donations is Tuesday, and Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth is offering an online donation impact calculator to help potential donors to easily determine the social and environmental benefits of their tax-deductible donations.

Find out more at

— Shirley Jinkins

The perfect tomato may be in your garden

The spring conference of the Tarrant Master Gardeners Association will be about all things tomato on Feb. 8, with tips for novice and experienced gardeners.

“Tomato Roundup: All you ever wanted to know about growing tomatoes” will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run to 4 p.m. at the Resource Connection, 2300 Circle Drive in Fort Worth.

Retired Texas AgriLife Extension agents Bill Adams and Tom LeRoy will discuss the best tomato varieties, planting locations, grafting, fertilization, irrigation, insects, diseases and weed control.

Cost is $45 including lunch.

Check the website at for registration information, or contact Pam Braak at 817-488-5665 or

— Shirley Jinkins

Apex Arts League to offer French program

North Texas musicians will come together to perform an afternoon of French chamber music on Jan. 26 at Southlake’s White’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m.

Performing chamber music from different French periods, the ensemble finale will be the suite from the lighthearted ballet La Revue de Cuisine by Bohuslav Martinû.

The musicians include members of the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera orchestras, as well as University of North Texas faculty. A sextet including piano, winds, brass and strings will add to the musical mix on the ballet finale.

For more information, visit Contact Apex at

— Shirley Jinkins

Holiday trees at Arlington art museuem

Gift wrap may be in the trash by now and ham sandwiches on the menu at home, but it’s never too late in the season to see awesome Christmas trees in full decor.

The Mitch Wilson Memorial Festival of Trees is in its last two days at the Arlington Museum of Art. There is still time to stop by and see the artfully decorated trees, along with Santa Claus illustrations and paintings by nationally recognized artist Tom Newsom.

Wilson was a longtime backer of the arts in Arlington.

Also, the hand-drawn Western artwork of D.O. Smith is on display through Jan. 4 in the museum’s rooftop gallery.

The Festival of Trees continues through Sunday at the museum at 201 W. Main St.


— Shirley Jinkins

Candidates expected at forum in Ellis County

The Ellis County Tea Party will host a candidate forum at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane.

Organizers say U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and challengers Eric Wyatt, Reid Reasor and Kenneth Cope indicated that they will attend. Candidates for state attorney general who have confirmed their invitation are Dan Branch and Barry Smitherman, organizers said, as have statewide candidates running for state comptroller, land commissioner and lieutenant governor.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and challenger Frank Kuchar have also agreed to attend, organizers said .

For a full schedule, visit

Information: Bill Carson, 469-223-3090 or

Planned Parenthood to hold annual luncheon

Reserve a seat early for Planned Parenthood’s 2014 annual luncheon in Fort Worth.

The luncheon will be held at the Texas Ballroom at the Omni Fort Worth on Feb. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Keynote speaker will be Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker, speaker, former actress and advocate for women, girls, and their families.

Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance award-winning film Miss Representation, which explores how inaccurate portrayals of women in the media and in entertainment can lead to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

Most recently, she was executive producer of The Invisible War, an investigative documentary about the issue of rape in the U.S. military.

The annual luncheon is Planned Parenthood’s signature event in Fort Worth, and the proceeds support its healthcare and education services for women and families in North Texas.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Danielle Wells at or 214-302-8330.

— Shirley Jinkins

Go on a road trip courtesy of NTTA

Got the post-holiday wandering bug? The North Texas Tollway Authority could help with that. Enter the NTTA’s Open Road Sweepstakes in January for a chance to win a Texas road trip.

Five winners will receive grand prizes of a fully paid seven-night RV road trip for four within Texas.

Four other entrants each will win a weekend mini-road trip. Prize perks include daily allowances for gas, hotel, meals at well-known restaurants and admission to landmark venues or exhibits.

TollTag customers can enter the sweepstakes beginning Jan. 13. Any customers opening new TollTags will be automatically entered for a chance to win. Winners will be announced in the spring to coincide with the opening of the 27.6-mile Chisholm Trail Parkway.

More details at the NTTA website, Facebook and Twitter.

— Shirley Jinkins

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