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December 29, 2013

City by City: Fort Worth area

Families can game-in the New Year together at the Benbrook Library, 1065 Mercedes St.


Are you game for New Year’s Eve at the library?

Families can game-in the New Year together at the Benbrook Library, 1065 Mercedes St.

New Year’s Eve family game night starts at 8 Tuesday and runs until 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. Participants can choose from the library’s array of family games or bring their own favorites.

The library will provide sparkling cider for a nonalcoholic New Year’s toast, as well as party favors. Guests are asked to bring a snack to share; suggestions include apples, pastries and anything chocolate-covered. All types of snacks are welcome.

Questions? Call the library at 817-249-6632 or email

— Shirley Jinkins


Smokers can learn how to quit at free class Jan. 7

Residents who smoke can save money as well as their lungs by kicking the habit with help from a how-to classes sponsored by the Crowley Recreation Center, the American Lung Association and Tarrant County Public Health.

The free class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the center, 405 N. Oak St.

There is no charge for the session.

— Shirley Jinkins


Tarrant sheriff to speak at January AARP meeting

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson will speak to the Southwest Fort Worth Chapter of American Association of Retired Persons on Jan. 15.

Anderson will describe the role and duties of a sheriff’s office in an urban environment.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with coffee, and the program follows at 10:30 a.m.

The meeting is at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St. Call 817-921-6717 for more information.

USS Fort Worth commander to make last visit in that role

Over the next few days, Navy Cmdr. Warren Cupps will be in Fort Worth for his final visit as commander of the USS Fort Worth.

Cupps will be report for duty as maritime branch head at Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., after turning over command of USS Fort Worth in March.

Crew members have been invited to attend the Armed Forces Bowl on Monday.

— Shirley Jinkins


New year brings recreation activities to city’s families

Roanoke residents have a world of sports and fitness choices, as well as creative pursuits through membership in the Roanoke Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Road.

• One of the newest adult activities is the Filipino martial art modern arnis, which teaches people how to use empty hands, weapons and everyday objects as defense against attackers. Classes for men and women ages 16 and up meet three times a week and cost $73 to $85. The first sessions are Wednesday.
• Those who received a digital camera for Christmas can take a digital photography workshop on Tuesdays and go beyond the automatic settings to use ambient light, flash and backgrounds to compose memorable pictures. Four classroom sessions and one hands-on outdoors session cost $123 to $135. Students should be 14 and older. The first session is Jan. 7.
• Children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 can get going toward fitness and have an introduction to gymnastics fundamentals with the Just 4 Flips series of classes that stress stretching, terminology and drills on equipment such as bars, beams, springboards, trampolines, barrel mats and parachutes. Cost for four sessions is $46 to $58.

Check or call 817-837-9930 to register.

— Shirley Jinkins


New Volkswagen dealership opens in Parker County

Veteran auto dealer Charlie Gilchrist has recently expanded his line and opened Volkswagen of Weatherford at his 5-acre auto complex at 2951 Fort Worth Highway.

Gilchrist is the owner of Southwest Auto Group, which also sells Ford, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

“Volkswagen is expanding and this was a good opportunity for us to pick up the franchise,” Gilchrist said. “This is a great area for Volkswagen.”

The dealership is located where Gilchrist’s Mitsubishi franchise was, an area that will hold more than 100 new Volkswagen cars. The Mitsubishi dealership is moving next to the complex’s pre-owned-sales building.

“People who have purchased Volkswagen in the past are very attached to their cars and have become very loyal to the brand,” Gilchrist said. “We’re very excited about this.”

— Lance Winter


Town seeks input on comprehensive plan

The town wants to involve residents in the process of reviewing and updating its comprehensive plan, in place since 1992.

A town-appointed steering committee will hold the first of three public workshops at 6 p.m., Jan. 15 at Westlake Academy Performance Hall, 2600 J.T. Ottinger Road.

Other workshops will be held March 5 and May 7.

The plan’s purpose is to promote sound development including land use and neighborhood protection and to serve as a guideline for transportation, open space, utilities and economic sustainability.

Residents and others interested in Westlake’s future are encouraged to attend the sessions to give input.

For more information, go to www.westlake-


Feed your mind over lunch at Hurst library

Lunching with literature at noon each first Thursday, the Brown Bag Book Club enjoys informal discussions in the reading alcove of the Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

January’s focus is Learning to Swim, by Sara J. Henry. In February, Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. March’s read is Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith. April looks at The Returned, by Jason Mott.

— Terry Evans

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities

The kids are out of school and your babysitter already has party plans. What’s a parent to do? Here are some options for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fun for the whole family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

• Radio Disney at Main Event

Main Event and Radio Disney will have a huge balloon drop at noon and lots of prizes and giveaways. Someone at each Dallas-Fort Worth location will win a Wii U game system. Special pricing for activities including laser tag, bowling and billiards is available for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Good to know: Free party favors! No reservation required.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to midnight Wednesday

Where: 4801 Citylake Blvd. E., Fort Worth; 407 W. Texas 114, Grapevine

Cost: $17.95 per person, per session, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 31; $21.95 per person, per session, 4 p.m. to close, Tuesday, December 31; Prices starting at $15.95 per person, per session Wednesday, January 1.


•  Noon Year’s Eve at Legoland Discovery Center

Children will don their New Year’s hats and watch the Lego brick ball drop at noon while enjoying sparkling grape juice while supplies last. You can also then let them explore the fun center, which includes Lego play stations, the Legends of Chima 4-D cinema, Forest Ranger car ride and Merlin’s Apprentice ride. Don’t miss the Star Wars miniland Lego display.

Good to know: All annual pass holders are invited to bring a friend for free Tuesday.

Recommended ages: 12 and younger

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine

Cost: $18; children 2 and younger are free.


•  Alley Cats

The family entertainment venue in Arlington is offering two packages for families. The early evening family party, which sells out quickly, provides fours hours of activities, including glow bowling, unlimited laser tag, rock climbing, billiards and unlimited video game play. You also get party favors and 90 minutes to eat at the pizza and fajita buffet and soft drinks. The countdown party includes glow bowling, billiards, unlimited laser tag and rock climbing and a $5 fun card.

Good to know: Win prizes at the party including an Apple iPad Air.

Recommended ages: All

When: Family party, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday; Countdown party, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday

Where: 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington

Info: 817-784-2695,

• Adventure Landing

The family-style celebration offers children unlimited miniature golf, laser tag and go-karts. A balloon drop at noon features age-appropriate prizes inside each balloon.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 17717 Coit Road, Dallas

Cost: $20

Info: 972-248-4653,

— Maricar Estrella

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