Fort Worth

February 18, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

A traveling interactive exhibit about the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz, continues through May 11 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


‘Wizard of Oz’ exhibit runs through May 11

A traveling interactive exhibit about the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz, continues through May 11 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

“Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition” arrived last week at the museum, 1600 Gendy St.

The exhibit, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the film, was created by Miami Children’s Museum with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Features include Munchkin Land, the Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City, to name a few. Dorothy’s ruby slippers also will be on display.

Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 2-12 and $13 for seniors 60 and older. Admission is free to museum members.

For more information, go to or call 817-255-9300.

— Bill Miller

Cookin’ for Kids funds musical theater scholarships

The 17th annual Cookin’ for Kids benefit will be a culinary adventure for attendees.

With a box of mystery ingredients, celebrity chef partners from 10 well-known area restaurants including Reata, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fred’s Texas Cafe, and Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine will compete to create the meal of a lifetime on a propane burner in 45 minutes.

The event begins at 5 p.m. March 2 at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway.

Chefs are paired with local celebrities including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; Police Chief Jeff Halstead; J.R. Labbe of JPS Health Network; Andrew Walker, director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth Inc.

The benefit is the single largest fundraising event for Kids Who Care, which provides Fort Worth children with exposure, education and experience in musical theater.

Contact Kids Who Care at 817-737-5437 or visit for more information.

Fort Worth Zoo Run is just weeks away

Runners, joggers and walkers will need to get ready because the 17th annual Fort Worth Zoo Run is just around the corner.

The race is March 29 and includes 1K and 5K fun runs and a 5K race.

Participants will get the chance to work their way through the zoo and nearby neighborhoods in the events.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Spring break camp offered at Fort Worth Zoo

Need something to do for spring break?

The Fort Worth Zoo has a spring break camp for first- through sixth-grade students March 10-14.

The camp includes crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip to the zoo.

Space is limited.

The camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost is $200 for zoo members and $225 for nonmembers.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


Feed hungry pets during February

The Saginaw Public Library is hosting a pet food and kitty litter drive throughout February.

The library is collecting pet food to donate to the Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank and kitty litter to donate to the Saginaw Animal Shelter.

For more information about the pet food bank, visit For more information about the animal shelter, visit


Get a look at great-Grandma’s yearbook

The Weatherford Public Library, in conjunction with the Parker County Library Association, has recently digitized every Weatherford High School yearbook since 1914, and they are available for public viewing online.

Every edition of the Melon-Vine is listed online thanks to the PEACH Project, which stands for Preserving and Enhancing Access to Culture and History.

PEACH is a local history digitization project dedicated to preserving documents, recordings, maps and photographs pertaining to Parker County, and making those items available online.

The Melon-Vine is just one of many digital offerings from Parker County. Each document is a PDF file and may be large in size, but patrons will have an opportunity to view files that may not have been accessible for several years.

To view all the editions of the Melon-Vine, as well as other information about Parker County, go to

Have Parker County historical materials that you would like to share or donate? Contact the Weatherford library at 817-598-4150.


Gallery Night patrons can bond, James Bond

Mark your calendar for this secret agent, art-themed event sponsored by the Westlake Academy Foundation on March 1 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle in Fort Worth.

Enjoy an evening of foreign-intrigue fun with a live and silent auction, gourmet food, complementary beverages (“shaken, not stirred,” of course), and dancing to live entertainment by The Jam Wows party band.

Take on “bidder rivals” sporting your best 007-inspired look — tuxedo, bouffant, villain or Bond girl.

Hot items to be auctioned this year include a getaway for 14 guests to beautiful Watercolor, Fla.; home and carriage house at Santa Rosa Beach; VIP suite for race day at Texas Motor Speedway with a VIP-style helicopter transport included; Fast Car 48-by-60-inch original painting by Trish Biddle; four nights in slope-side condo at four-diamond Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and a week stay for 10 at a ski-in/ski-out home on Big Mountain near Whitefish, Mont.

The Westlake Academy Foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Westlake Academy and raises money necessary for operations, curriculum, teacher training, equipment and technology.

In an ongoing partnership with the Westlake Public Art Society, professional artists-in-residence have been helping the Academy’s primary years students create original pieces of art for your bidding pleasure.

More than a dozen artists are working with students in varied mediums including oil and pastel paint, photography, sculpture and even blacksmithing.

For more information, go to or call 817-490-5722.


Fall prevention for older adults

Falls are among the most debilitating accidents for adults 60 and older, leading to hospitalizations, loss of mobility and the ability to continue living independently.

Fall prevention strategies will be presented at A Matter of Balance workshops scheduled through April at Texas Health Harris Methodist Alliance Hospital, 10864 Texas Health Trail, Fort Worth.

The workshops are free, and are held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 26 through April 16.

To register, call 877-847-9355. Space is limited.

— Shirley Jinkins

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