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02/26/2014 6:19 PM

02/26/2014 6:20 PM


Botanic Garden offers free landscaping tips March 8

A free informative seminar designed to provide beneficial ways to use water wisely in home landscapes will be offered next month at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The program, called “Yard Smart,” will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 8 at the Garden Center Lecture Hall at the Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The seminar is hosted by officials of the Fort Worth Water Department.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Butterflies of Asia featured in exhibit at Botanic Garden

Need to see a gorgeous butterfly?

The butterflies of Asia will be featured in the 2014 butterflies in the garden exhibit at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The exhibit will be from Saturday through April 6 at the glass conservatory, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Cost is $10 per adult, $8 for people 65 and older and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 get in free.

No strollers are allowed in the conservatory.

Walkers and wheelchairs are permitted.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Young artists needed for 2015 Fort Worth calendar

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is looking for young artists to help design the 2015 Emergency Preparedness calendar.

Fort Worth public school students in the third through fifth grades are eligible to participate.

Artists are asked to to design a severe weather scene or manmade hazard and how to prepare for it.

Winners will have their artwork featured in the 2015 KnoWhat2Do Emergency Preparedness calendar.

Deadline is April 4.

For more information call 817-392-6170.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Exhibit uncovers Indiana Jones and archaeology

The most interesting archaeologist in the world is the centerpiece of “National Geographic Presents Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition” at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St.

The exhibition, which opens March 8, uses the Indiana Jones film series as a starting point and a backdrop to introduce the science of field archaeology.

Items from four collections will far exceed movie props. Visitors will see the evolution of archaeology from early 20th-century exploits depicted in Dr. Jones’ films to what’s happening today.

— Terry Evans

Tour the Plains Indian exhibit with a guide

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in March will host a special guided tour of the exhibit “Hanskaska: The Shirt Wearers — Plains Indian Art of Cathy A. Smith.”

The event will be 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the museum, 1720 Gendy St.

Smith, the Santa Fe, N.M.-based artist, will be inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame earlier that day at the organization’s 38th annual induction luncheon.

The exhibit opened in October and continues through April 27.

According to the museum, this exhibit is a collection of the “precise recreations of the regalia of 12 historically important Plains Indian leaders.”

Among them are Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph and Quanah Parker.

These recreated headdresses, shirts, leggings, moccasins, weapons and other items are on loan from the estate of the late television executive and art collector R. Michael Kammerer Jr.

Smith created the “Hanskaska” collection for Kammerer.

She works in painting, beadwork, quillwork and costume design, and she worked on the films Dances with Wolves, Comanche Moon and Geronimo.

For information, call 817-336-4475 or visit

— Bill Miller

Library to celebrate Women’s History Month

The Fort Worth Library is celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a series of programs on women of character, courage and commitment.

Among the programs are “Fierce Famous Females,” which focuses on leaders who fought for the rights of women, children and workers.

In another presentation, Carol Kloceck, executive director of YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County. will discuss how poverty affects women in the United States.

Andrew Walker, director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will present a program that will examine how Ruth Carter Stevenson’s determination and strategic thinking turned her father Amon G. Carter’s idea into an institution of cultural distinction.

All of the programs are free and open to the public.

Visit for times, locations and additional information.

— Steve Campbell

Check out Handley’s big new firetruck March 15

Handley Neighborhood Association and the Fort Worth Fire Department will host an open house and welcome party March 15 for the city’s new quint truck to Station No. 24 at 3101 Forest Ave.

Hours are 10 a.m. to noon.

A quint truck performs support services for firefighters, including several ladders, one capable of extending as high as 105 feet; hoses; a 500-gallon water tank; and a pump that can deliver 2,000 gallons per minute.

The truck will service all of the eastern Fort Worth area. Amid the fellowship and festivities, neighbors can get to know some of the firefighters who serve them daily in their community.

— Shirley Jinkins


Exhibit of ghostly images opens at Tarleton on Thursday

Beginning on Thursday, Tarleton State University’s Langdon Center in Granbury will host a monthlong “Haunted Granbury” exhibit.

It will feature photographs of “possible ghostly images taken around town by visitors, locals, and ghost hunters,” according to the Tarleton website. It will run until March 26.

For more information on “Haunted Granbury,” go to or contact the Langdon Center at 817-279-1164.

— Bill Hanna


Summer job fair slated for teens at YMCA on Saturday

For teenagers looking for a summer job, the Joshua YMCA will host a job fair on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

The YMCA will be looking for lifeguards for its new pool that will open Memorial Day weekend. The Joshua YMCA is also looking for swim instructors and staff for summer day camps.

Lifeguard applicants must be at least 16. Swim instructors and summer day camp staff must be at least 18.

For more information, contact the Joshua YMCA at 817-645-9622.

— Bill Hanna


Free eye screenings at Lions health fair

Saginaw Lions Club is sponsoring a health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district’s Hollenstein Career and Technology Center, 5501 Marine Creek Parkway.

Free vision screening will be available for adults, and Carter BloodCare will be on hand for blood donations.

Medical personnel will give information and answer questions on a variety of subjects.

Admission is free.

— Shirley Jinkins


Penny auction to raise dollars for scholarships

There’s family fun to be had for not much cash at the annual Zonta club’s Penny Auction on Saturday.

Bring the penny jar and come to the Stephenville Park Recreation Hall at 378 W. Long St. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction game starts at 6.

For pennies on the dollar, participants can buy items donated by individuals and local merchants. Funds raised by Zonta Stephenville go to support eight scholarships for students, and other community causes.

Food and drinks will be available.


Historic courthouse south entry to close

Although the main south entrance to the historic Tarrant County Courthouse will be closed for several months, the public will still be able to enter the courts and offices through doors on the east side of the building.

Workers will be replacing tiles and bricks around the steps of the courthouse that face down Main Street, said facilities director David Phillips in a news release. Work on the south side of the courthouse will take place while the restoration of the portico on the west side of the building continues.

During the renovation period, which is expected to be finished by early 2015, the entrance that provides compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act will be moved to the east side, too, he said.

When the renovation is complete, the ADA entrance will be moved permanently to the west side, and new ADA parking spaces will be provided along Houston Street.

Medical center uses new stroke treatment

Plaza Medical Center has announced that it is the first hospital in Texas and one of the first in the U.S. to have access to new technology for treating patients who have suffered acute ischemic strokes.

Ischemic strokes, which are caused by a blood clot or other blockage in one of the arteries that supply blood to the brain, account for more than 85 percent of all such brain attacks. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Trevo XP ProVue clot-retrieval device is inserted into the patient’s arterial system through a keyhole incision in the upper thigh and advanced along a catheter until it is positioned at the site of the blockage. It then integrates into the blood clots and removes them, thereby restoring blood flow.

The device is designed to give physicians better visibility during the procedure and allows for easier deployment of the catheter, which results in a shorter procedure time for the patient.

At Plaza Medical Center, Vallabh Janardhan and the interventional neurology team were the first in Texas to use the ProVue for successful treatment of a stroke victim. No details of the patient, the date or the procedure were disclosed.

Junior livestock show has record high entries

The 2014 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair will begin Thursday and run through Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

This year’s show has the largest number of exhibitors and entries to date: 599 Tarrant County 4-H and FFA exhibitors and 1,376 livestock and Youth Fair entries.

Last year’s show drew 552 youth exhibitors and 1,324 livestock and Youth Fair entries.

Livestock divisions include cattle, equine, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine.

Youth Fair divisions include Ag Mechanics (welding), baked goods and decorated cakes, crafts, horticulture, leathercraft, photography, Pee Wee/Clover Kids, sewing and handwork.

The Tarrant Ag Scholarship Committee will award $19,000 in scholarships to senior youth exhibitors. The committee hosts an annual scholarship gala in April.

Events begin at 9:45 a.m. Thursday with Youth Fair judging until 2 p.m. Livestock arrival and weigh-in is from 2 to 6 p.m.

The poultry show begins at 6 in the Swine Barn show arena.

Friday’s schedule begins at 8 a.m. with the livestock show in the Swine Barn.

A VIP luncheon begins at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Sheep Barn. Taste of Texas is at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the horse show begins at 8 a.m. in the Cattle Barn show arena. Buyers registration is at 10 a.m.

The Parade of Champions is at noon in the Swine Barn show arena.

Premium sale is at 1 p.m. in the Swine Barn show arena.

All events are free and open to the public.

— Shirley Jinkins

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