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01/06/2014 12:09 PM

01/06/2014 12:11 PM


New internship would pair Crowley students, police

Crowley school trustees recently approved an internship program that will give high school students a chance to check out what a career in the Police Department offers.

A maximum of seven students each six weeks period would spend four hours a week at the Crowley Police Department observing routine operations.

Eligible students would come from junior- and senior-level law enforcement classes at the Bill R. Johnson Career and Technology Education Center. Prospective interns would have to pass background checks and would not have contact with criminal suspects or those arrested by police officers.


Take a unique musical trip to western Europe

A Dallas band’s traditionally based art music is being offered to Fort Worth audiences Saturday.

Flamenco y Mas combines Spanish Flamenco, French Chanson, Portuguese Fado, Italian opera and American popular music to create a unique musical adventure.

Flamenco y Mas members infuse their music with vocals, guitars, piano, harmonica, cello, cajon and percussion.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 2481 Forest Park Blvd.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Call 817-926-9642 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

— Shirley Jinkins

New Year’s resolution: scoot more boots

A new round of family dance lessons begins Monday at Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza.

Cost is $5 per person per class. Participants must wear leather sole shoes.

Beginner country class is at 7 p.m. Monday. Intermediate three-step is on Sundays at 6 p.m. and beginner swing (jitterbug, said to be the most popular dance in the world) is on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Dancers younger than 17 must be with a parent or guardian and bring their own dance partner. Singles 17 and older will be paired with other solo participants.

For more information contact Wendell Nelson, or 817-923-9215.

— Shirley Jinkins

State Board of Education candidate forum planned

Three candidates running for the State Board of Education District 11 seat will speak during a 912 Project Fort Worth meet-and-greet at 6:45 p.m. Monday. The meeting is at the Elks Lodge, 3233 White Settlement Road.

Incumbent Pat Hardy and challengers Eric Mahroum and Lady Theresa Thombes will talk to the group and potential voters.

— Anna M. Tinsley

School leaders back computer coding initiatives

Fort Worth school leaders recently asked students and staff to support The Hour of Code 2013 - a national push to promote computer coding.

The Hour of Code took place last month and gained worldwide attention. Participants were asked to spend just an hour teaching themselves computer code.

The Fort Worth school district’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy signed up to participate, according to a district announcement.

Fort Worth district leaders said coding is important because computer science provides a foundation for many careers. They urged the public to visit

—Diane Smith

Football game to honor MLK, first responders

The nonprofit Friends of Cobb Park, along with other community partners, are observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a football game Saturday, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters MLK Bowl.

The North Texas Panthers of Denton will square off against the Texas Renegades of Fort Worth at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive, at 3 p.m. Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead will do the pregame coin toss.

This is also an effort to recruit more matches for Big Brothers/Big Sisters while showing appreciation to first responders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond.

First responders will be able to attend the game free wearing their uniforms or presenting their IDs at the ticket booth.

This event will also allow for one child or student with ID to get in free with an adult ticket purchase.

Tickets are on sale at or call 817-915-0685 for group sales of 20 or more. Gates open at 1 p.m.

Advertising agency tapped for 2014 Opera Festival

Immotion Studios advertising agency said it has been hired to handle all televised publicity for the Fort Worth Opera to promote the 2014 Opera Festival.

Immotion Studios said it specializes in film and television. The agency also supports the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and produces videos for Bass Performance Hall and the Dallas Summer Musicals.

“Fort Worth Opera is such an incredible company, especially for those who don’t yet know they love opera,” said. Katherine Rose Watson, Immotion Studio’s public relations and social media manager. “I’m delighted to share Fort Worth Opera’s innovation with the public.”

— Sandra Baker


Comedy opens year at Granbury Opera House

It’s a new year and a new life for the recently renovated and reopened Historic Granbury Opera House, 133 E. Pearl St. The opera house dates back to 1886.

The farcical comedy Noises Off will be presented by the Granbury Theatre Co. through Jan. 25. It’s a look behind the curtain at a dysfunctional company of actors who flub lines, miss cues, forget props and deal with each others’ bad habits and personality flaws.

Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call the box office at 817-579-0952 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Friend to Friend Party will discuss breast, cervical cancers

To help women have a better understanding of breast and cervical cancer and the best way to prevent these cancers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County along with coalition of local partners will conduct a Friend to Friend Party at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at First United Methodist Church, at 301 S. Main St. in Weatherford.

The party will include a presentation on breast and cervical cancers by medical professionals, and there will be a discussion of the obstacles women may encounter when trying to access mammograms and Pap tests locally. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with exhibitors that conduct these screenings and the exhibitors will have staff members available to make screening appointments for participants.

Information will be available on how those who qualify can access financial assistance if the cost of the screening prevents them from getting a screening.

Participants who pre-register will have their name placed in a drawing for a $50 gift card.

For more information, call Parker County AgriLife Extension at 817-598-6168.

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