Fort Worth

March 14, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

Pooch Punch and homemade dog treats are among the highlights for the fourth annual Yappy Hour at Lost Oak Winery.


Yappy Hour comes back in

April at Lost Oak Winery

Pooch Punch and homemade dog treats are among the highlights for the fourth annual Yappy Hour at Lost Oak Winery.

American Idol contestant Nick McCord also will provided entertainment for the free event.

Yappy Hour is from 7 to 10 p.m. April 25 at the winery, 2116 Farm Road 731.

The program is being sponsored by the Burleson Animal Shelter and Lost Oak Winery. Shelter staff will have adoptable pets at the event, ranging from $55 to $65.

Guests can bring their own pets, but leashes are strongly advised. Winery staff will sell Pooch Punch (white sangria) and homemade dog treats. A large grassy area will be available for pets, and owners are asked to clean up after them.

For more information call 817-426-6625 or 817-426-9283.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


Cowtown Cleanup’s coming up, along with a party

The 29th annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup is scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. March 22, with an Earth Party planned for after the cleanup.

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, the event organizer, is planning an Earth Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sundance Square. The party is a zero-waste event, with everything used at the party being recycled or composted.

There will be an alternative-fuel car, composting exhibits, children’s activities and entertainment by stomp-band Vocal Trash at the event. In addition, The Home Depot will distribute tree saplings, shelter pets will be available for adoption and the Fort Worth Master Composters will demonstrate how to compost.

Over 5,000 people volunteered for the cleanup last year, according to a city news release.

Though registration deadline for this year’s cleanup was March 10, volunteers can still visit for details on participation.

For those who missed the deadline, the site says cleanup supplies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 8 and 11 a.m. March 21, the day before the cleanup.

Prizes are also offered in several categories, such as the neighborhood association with the biggest participation, business with the largest participation and most number of trash and recycle bags filled.

Volunteers will collect litter in designated neighborhoods, along the Trinity River, in parks and in commercial areas.

— Caty Hirst

Play golf, help kids with learning differences

A golf tournament on March 31 at Ridglea Country Club will honor the memory of Jerry Alexander, a principal and broker for Transwestern and an active golfer at Ridglea.

Proceeds of this tournament will benefit The Learning Center of North Texas, a 13-year-old Fort Worth nonprofit organization that provides testing, resources, and hope to families struggling with various types of learning differences. Transwestern is the title sponsor.

The event format is an 18-hole scramble. Cost is $250 per player or $800 per foursome. A box lunch will be served, with prizes and dinner after the tournament. There are 144 spots available, and players can register online at

Deadline to register is March 26.

Children’s authors to give readings Saturday

Young book lovers can attend readings on Saturday at the Wildcatter Exchange: Children and Young Adult Literature Author Series.

Among those taking part in readings will be children’s author Patricia Vermillion, young adult writer and 2012 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, along with 2005 Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach, who will read from his book Smurglets.

All of the visiting writers are published through TCU Press.

After the readings, Tarrant Makers will be designing confetti rockets for children.

The readings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Landers Machine Shop, 207 E. Broadway Ave. For more information, go to

— Bill Hanna

Goodwill Industries continues expansion

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has signed a lease for its 21st store in the Fort Worth area.

The 8,872-square-foot store will be at 3124 Townsend St. off West Berry Street. The store is expected to open in late April after renovations of flooring, fixtures and repainting.

“Every retail store that Goodwill is able to open means more revenue to support our job training and placement programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment,” David Cox, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, said in a statement.

The store opening is part of Goodwill’s expansion strategy to reach as many residents as possible in Weatherford, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth and surrounding areas, the organization said.

Adding locations increases Goodwill’s ability to expand their services to more individuals with disabilities and special needs.

To contribute items, visit for a list of drop-off locations.

— Sandra Baker

Finish spring break fun with scavenger hunt

It’s not too late to spend some spring break time at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and scouring other museum and historical sites too.

The cowgirl museum is holding a wide-ranging Western scavenger hunt for children under 12 through Sunday.

Kids will use the “Handbook of the West” booklet to find the items in the scavenger hunt located in the cowgirl museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Western Heritage Parking Garage, the Sid Richardson Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards.

After completing the hunt, which begins in the cowgirl museum, participants will bring their completed booklet to the museum’s gift shop to claim their prize.

Booklets are $3 each.

For information, call 817-336-4475 or go to

— Shirley Jinkins


Stock up on blooms at benefit flower sale

Godley Lions Club Benefit Flower Sale will be March 22 at the pavilion in Godley City Park.

Orders should be in by Monday. Questions or special orders should be directed to Ken Knudson, 817-992-6818.

Photos of past years’ available flowers can be seen at Some varieties are sold by the flat, others by the pot or bowl. Order forms are available from Lions, stores, restaurants and schools.


Reception will honor town’s go-to employee

When Diane Chambers went to work for the town of Lakeside on March 27, 1989, no one knew that 25 years later, she would have “done just about everything at Town Hall,” according to Town Administrator Randy Whiteman.

Chambers’ title is court and water clerk, but she has also served in such roles as acting town secretary and a meter reader.

“Through the years, despite turnover in personnel and changes on the council, Diane has been the one constant fixture at Town Hall that the citizens could count on,” Whiteman said.

The City Council has proclaimed March 27 as Diane Chambers Day. At 1 p.m., Chambers will be honored with a reception at Town Hall, 9830 Confederate Park Road.

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