Benefit concert to aid family devastated by house fire
The Brock High School National Honor Society is sponsoring the first annual Brock Benefit Concert on Saturday to raise funds to help the family of former teacher and football supporter Donnie Collier, who was killed in a house fire two days before Christmas.
The Collier home was a total loss. The rest of the family made it out of the fire, including Collier’s wife, Marsha, and their four sons, all of whom attend Brock schools.
The concert will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the high school. Brock residents Bailey Cockburn and Colin Cooper will perform.
There will be a dance floor, seating area, concessions and a live auction. The auction will include two 2014 season tickets to Brock High football games and two Brock FFA Adirondack chairs.
Tickets are on sale during school hours through Friday at the school and at the door on Saturday.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.
— Shirley Jinkins
New equipment to boost emergency communications
Burleson is implementing new public safety radio equipment for its Police, Fire, Public Works, Animal Control, Code Enforcement and Public Information departments. The new system is planned to be operational in February.
The goal of upgrading the equipment was connectivity. The new equipment not only connects city departments but also puts its first responders on the same system as the cities of Fort Worth, Crowley, Benbrook and Forest Hill; Med-Star; the Tarrant and Johnson county sheriff’s departments; Joshua, Godley, Grandview and Alvarado police; and all fire departments served by the Johnson County Emergency Services District.
Voters approved the use of $1.8 million for the equipment in a November bond election.
School district seeks substitute teachers
Crowley schools will be host a Substitute Teacher Job Fair on Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the district administration building, 512 Peach St.
Prospective subs must first submit an online application to be considered. Applicants who meet the qualifications will be contacted with an appointment time.
Biker club gives thousands of dollars to agency
The Chula Chaser organization of benevolent bikers has worked all of 2013 to raise a significant amount of money for a donation to MHMR of Tarrant County, their charity of choice.
Their efforts worked. They will hand over a check for $56,237.52 to the agency at 6 p.m. Jan. Friday at the Score Sports Bar, 7709 Camp Bowie West.
In the past, the Chula Chasers have been one of the largest donors to the Big Texas Toy Run to support MHMR, but members have decided to begin making their donations directly to MHMR of Tarrant County.
The Chula Chasers, their families and friends have all donated volunteer time to a wide range of fundraising events to come up with the amount.
The Chula Chaser organization has already begun working to increase the amount raised for their 2014 donation.
— Shirley Jinkins
Hangman’s awards final year’s $51,000 to charities
Hangman’s House of Horrors has turned screams into smiles by awarding $51,000 to local charities this month, the net proceeds from the 2013 Halloween season. It was the haunted house attraction’s 25th and final season.
A $10,000 gift was given to each of five charities, with an additional $1,000 awarded to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Reserves. During its 25-year run, Hangman’s donated more than $2 million to local charities and welcomed half a million patrons.
Hangman’s beneficiaries include the American Cancer Society, A Wish With Wings, Cenikor Foundation, Victory Therapy Center (formerly Rocky Top) and SafeHaven of Tarrant County. All funds will remain in Tarrant County for local programs and services.
The attraction at Interstate 30 and Forest Park Boulevard has been recognized for over two decades as the top charity-benefiting haunted house in the nation.
More than 1,500 volunteers and 260 companies supported the project in 2013.
New YMCA branch serves southeast Fort Worth
Two branches of the YMCA in southeast Fort Worth have merged into one newly renovated facility. The new branch, McDonald Southeast YMCA at 2801 Miller Ave., features new cardio and strength equipment, exercise rooms with classes for all ages, and a child watch program.
The McDonald YMCA at 2400 E. Berry St. closed in December.
Those joining the McDonald Southeast Y before Jan. 31 can pay a $10 special fee that covers both the joining fee and the first month’s dues. Joining fees are regularly $60 to $150.
At the new facility, the YMCA is also offering a “Reach and Rise” mentoring program, designed to connect at-risk youth with adult mentors. Adult volunteer mentors will create individual relationships through service projects, field trips and other activities.
Adults interested in becoming involve can contact Debra Rockmore at 817-534-1591.
— Tim Madigan
First Presbyterian to hold traditional Scottish service
First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., will hold its annual Kirkin’ of the Tartans service, celebrating the Scottish heritage of the denomination, on Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
A colorful procession of tartan banners and the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums will open the service. Guest clergy will be Sam Wells, parish priest from St. Martin-in-the-Fields and visiting professor of Christian ethics at King’s College in London.
Lunch will follow in the church’s Great Hall featuring Highland dancers.
For more information, email or call Ann Biggs at email@example.com or 817-735-8548.
Glenn Beck to speak at Reagan Day Dinner
On Feb. 1, Glenn Beck, popular multimedia personality, will be the keynote speaker for the Parker County Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day Dinner, party Chairwoman Zan Prince said.
“It is exciting to have Glenn Beck,” she said. “He is a patriot and grassroots activist for the conservative principles that our Founders based our nation on. He reflects the Republican principles of less government, personal accountability and the value of all life.”
Beck will greet and participate in a photo opportunity for the event’s hosts during the 6 p.m. Reagan Day Council reception. Beck will speak at 7 p.m. followed by a catered dinner by the Fire Oak Grill. He will share his humor and insights to the current state of our country.
The dinner will take place at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, at 2201 Mineral Wells Highway.
For more information, go to www.parkertxgop.org or call Prince at 817-594-5029.
Skatium to host Mid America Speed Meet
More than 150 speed skaters, including 25 from the DFW Speed Team, will compete at Arlington Skatium in the Mid America Speed League Meet on Jan. 19.
Arlington Skatium, at 5515 S. Cooper St., is the practice headquarters of the DFW Speed Team.
Other competitors will come from skate clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
More information on the meet is available at www.dfwspeed.org.
USA Roller Sports-sanctioned speed skating is a noncontact sport, requiring skaters to display their skills to maneuver cleanly through the pack and into winning position. Skaters are disqualified for pushing, blocking, forcing another racer out of position, or using their arms, legs, or hands in any way that impedes the progress of other competitors. For added safety, skaters are also required to wear approved helmets.
For more detailed information about speed skating visit usarollersports.org/speed-skating.
— Shirley Jinkins
Program aids students interested in nursing
Texas Health Resources’ Youth Prodigy Program offers substantial opportunities for high school seniors interested in a nursing career. The program offers paid training, tuition assistance and part-time employment at a Texas Health hospital while students complete an associate degree in nursing.
Find out more at an information session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd., in Arlington.
A reservation is required. To make a reservation or to apply for the program, visit www.TexasHealth.org/Prodigy.
— Shirley Jinkins
‘Artists in Motion’ exhibit opens
Beautiful costumes worn by members of Texas Ballet Theater and Dance Theatre of Arlington, along with artwork from local artist Donray, will be on display at the new “ Artists in Motion” exhibit running through Feb. 16 at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.
Donray’s unique painting style emphasizes color and motion that complement the costumes of noted designers Ric Leal and Masako Parshall. His work has been on exhibit in New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, London and Dallas.
Several programs, artist workshops and lectures will accompany the exhibit to enhance the experience.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and adults over 65, and free to members and children under 12 with an adult.
For more information, visit www.arlingtonmuseum.org or call 817-275-4600.
— Shirley Jinkins
Nurture nature during Bird Sanctuary Week
It’s officially Bird Sanctuary Week on Jan. 19-25 in Grapevine, a city that appreciates its feathered residents and wants human homeowners to assist wild birds through care, feeding and protection from predators.
The Grapevine Garden Club is sponsoring three free bird-friendly activities during the week in cooperation with the Grapevine Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department.
A bird hike on Jan. 18 featuring naturalist Ray Chancellor is the kickoff event for Bird Sanctuary Week. Hikers will discover wintering birds and interesting aspects of the local ecology from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 335 E. Bob Jones Road.
At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport biologist Cathy Boyles will share entertaining stories about finding, identifying and dealing with wildlife on the airport’s grounds, as well as her efforts to promote wildlife strike awareness to minimize hazards to aircraft.
The program will be at the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way. Call 817-410-3404 for more information.
Children are invited to create a tissue roll bird feeder while visiting the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. Supplies and instructions will be near the children’s gardens . For more information call 817-410-3350.
— Shirley Jinkins
Ted Cruz to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner
The Tarrant County Republican Party will host a Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 8, featuring guest speaker U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
The event, at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., includes a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. and ends with a 7 p.m. dinner and live auction.
For more information, call 817-595-0303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Anna M. Tinsley
Anderson Cooper to make up UTA date
Tickets for the Feb. 10 Maverick Speakers Series appearance of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at utatickets.com. Cooper’s appearance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at UT Arlington’s College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.
People who had general or preferred tickets to the original Nov. 11 lecture will have an opportunity to claim or buy tickets for the new date beginning Tuesday. Instructions will be sent via e-mail.
The Nov. 11 event was postponed so that Cooper couldreport on the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines.
For more information, visit www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers or call the UTA Box Office at 817-272-9595.