Fort Worth

February 5, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

Aledo’s First Fridays events are being scheduled and vendors being sought for the summer community series beginning June 6 with a night of fireworks.


First Fridays season taking shape; vendors sought

Aledo’s First Fridays events are being scheduled and vendors being sought for the summer community series beginning June 6 with a night of fireworks.

A July Fourth car show and an Aug. 6 family fun fest are also on the calendar. A live concert series will be an added attraction.

Food vendors, artisans and craftsmen to show and sell their wares are encouraged to contact Lori Wedgeworth with the city at or call 817-300-1576.

First Fridays is sponsored by the Aledo Economic Development Corp.

— Shirley Jinkins


Braille Awareness Day event is Saturday at bookstore

There will be a Braille Awareness Day event at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The informational event is open to everyone: totally blind, visually impaired and sighted.

Blind students will be reading Braille books throughout the day, and James Goin, who has been blind for many years, will read the life story of system developer Louis Braille.

There will also be a demonstration showing how Braille is written. Anyone wishing to have their name written in Braille may watch as it is done by a member of the Fort Worth chapter of the American Council of the Blind.

Proceeds from this event will be used by The Greater Fort Worth Council and the American Council of the Blind of Texas for scholarships, Braille books for children and other projects to assist the blind community.

For more information about blindness and The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the American Council of the Blind, or The American Council of the Blind of Texas, contact Sheila Derrick, 817-507-3964; e-mail or visit

— Shirley Jinkins

Texas Health Huguley volunteers to stage sale

It all happens at Texas Health Huguley’s Volunteer Auxiliary Masquerade sale on Feb. 20 and 21. All scarves, watches, totes, headbands, wallets, and other accessories will sell for $5 per item.

“The Masquerade sale is everyone’s favorite, and they are amazed by the variety of merchandise available for just $5,” said Judy Hollis of the Huguley Volunteer Auxiliary in a news item about the sale.

The sale will be held in the hall between the main lobby and the emergency department, and is open to the public. Hours on Feb. 20 are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Feb. 21 are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The volunteer auxiliary donates proceeds from the sale to Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South for medical equipment and hospital programs.

In addition to this sale, Texas Health Huguley volunteers raise money throughout the year with vendor sales of books, uniforms and art, as well as sales of volunteer-made crafts, coffee, popcorn, baked goods and mums.

— Shirley Jinkins

Business assistance firm IDEA Works FW launches

IDEA Works FW, a public/private partnership of the city of Fort Worth and the Business Assistance Center Education Foundation, launches today.

Described as a business assistance operation for emerging businesses, IDEA Works FW is located at the Guinn Complex at Interstate 35W and Rosedale Street that includes the Business Assistance Center and Tech Fort Worth.

Technology Team, a relocation expert of corporate technology equipment, will be the anchor tenant, leasing more than 900 square feet of the complex.

Technology Team’s mission is to protect assets, control risks and minimize down time in handling the logistics of critical IT moves. Technology Team helps businesses assess and manage the risks of relocation.

At full strength, IDEA Works FW is expected to assist and strengthen the city’s entrepreneurial development and create jobs, specifically in l businesses of two to nine employees that have the potential for growth.

— Shirley Jinkins

Volunteers needed to help with Cowtown Marathon

Volunteers are still needed for the 36th running of the Cowtown Marathon, scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Fort Worth.

Approximately 4,000 volunteers come out each year to help motivate, encourage, and assist the runners.

There are still opportunities to help as course monitors and at the marathon expo packet pickup and more.

This has been a great opportunity in past years for companies, groups, and families to participate and be a part of a proud Fort Worth tradition.

For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Community Clothes Closet marks second year

The Community Clothes Closet, 209 W. Fifth St. in Justin, will be celebrating its second year of operation on Sunday, providing families a warm and friendly atmosphere where shopping can be fun again.

The nonprofit faith-based organization has provided more than 36,900 items of free clothing and shoes to needy families since its opening in July 2012.

The closet is open the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m. for anyone needing clothing.

Volunteers work every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sort and hang donated clothing. Donations are accepted anytime the closet is open.

In 2013 the closet served on average 54 families each Sunday of operation and gave away over 25,000 items of free clothing and shoes to people in Justin, Ponder and the surrounding area.

In January it served an average of 67 families and gave about 2,564 items away. Eighteen new families visited the facilities on those two Sundays.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Joanna Johnson, 940-453-0959, or Gwen St. Clair, 940-291-8872. Email is “Like” the closet on Facebook for the latest information.

— Shirley Jinkins


Tommy Cash to pay tribute to Johnny

Johnny Cash fans, listen up. The Texas Opry Theater, 315 York Ave., is presenting his little brother Tommy Cash in concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

Cash’s show will be “A Tribute To My Brother, Johnny Cash.”

In pre-show interviews, Cash said he will never forget growing up in northeast Arkansas, the youngest of seven children.

“I remember Mama and Daddy working long hours to provide for us and give us a good Christian home,” he said. “Most of all, I remember a whole lot of love. My brother Johnny and I were the only two who made a career in the music business, and I’m proud to do a special tribute to my brother, the legendary Johnny Cash, in every show I perform.”

Reviewers have praised Tommy Cash’s show as “energetic” and “always entertaining” as well as nostalgic.

Call the Texas Opry Theater office at 817-341-1000 to order tickets by phone to pay with check, cash or credit card.

Tickets can be mailed, emailed or picked up at the Texas Opry office. Tickets are $20 or $25.

— Lance Winter

Parker County Republican Women to hear Starnes

The Parker County Republican Women will meet Feb. 13 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center at 1400 Texas Drive.

The speaker for February is Deon Starnes, the new state Republican executive committee member for District 30.

A former government teacher in Denton schools and North Texas Central College, Starnes has attended the Republican state conventions as a delegate since 1992. She has been a precinct chair, worked on various committees at the state conventions since 2006 and on various senatorial committees since 1994.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the business meeting will start at noon. The lunch and meeting are open to the public.

Lunch is $15, and reservations can be made by calling Sonja Davis at 817-443-3870, or by email at

— Lance Winter


Civil-rights activist Griffin to speak at Dallas museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s Living History Series will highlight Black History Month this month when it presents civil-rights activist Eddie Griffin. The Fort Worth native will share his memories of President John F. Kennedy and the turbulent 1960s at the museum at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on Nov. 21, 1963. He later attended Arlington State College (now the University of Texas at Arlington) and was involved in on-campus civil-rights activities.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Griffin traveled across the country and became active with the Black Panthers. While with the group, he was involved in a bank robbery and served 12 years in prison; he was named a “Prisoner of Conscience” by the World Peace Council.

Admission for the Living History Series is $10 for the program only, or $5 with Museum admission. Advance tickets are available at

Each presenter in the monthly series has contributed to The Sixth Floor Museum’s ongoing Oral History Project. The collection includes more than 1,200 candid, informal interviews that recount the life and death of Kennedy, the history and culture of Dallas, and the 1960s.

The museum is at 411 Elm St. in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to or call 214-747-6660.

— Shirley Jinkins

Violinist to play with Symphony Arlington

Symphony Arlington will feature violinist Stephen Page when its season, themed “Shall We Dance,” continues on Feb. 13 at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St.

Page, who is a composer/arranger for chamber and orchestral music and a founding member of the Texas String Quartet, will have a solo performance of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise. The symphony will also perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Ravel’s La Valse.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Single-ticket prices are $16.50, $26.50, $36.50 and $46.50. Group discounts are available and season tickets can be purchased starting at $60.

For information, call 817-385-0484 or email

— Susan Schrock

Indoor trampoline park jumping into Arlington

Flight Deck Trampoline Park is planning a May opening of a location at Interstate 20 and Cooper Street in south Arlington.

Flight Deck, which opened a trampoline park in west Fort Worth in May, has leased the 25,000-square-foot building that most recently was a Bassett Furniture store.

Owner Daren Connel said he is completing the permit process with the city and hopes to begin an interior renovation in a few weeks. The park will have about 100 employees.

The park will feature wall-to-wall trampolines, he said. A main court will have 60 trampolines that guests jump on individually or from one to the next, a foam pit to jump into off the trampolines, two dodge ball courts, two basketball goals and an area for smaller jumpers.

The venue will be available for birthday parties, lock-ins, special events and also offer fitness classes, Connel said.

It will also feature a frozen yogurt store offering 24 flavors.

— Sandra Baker

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