FORT WORTH SCHOOLS
School retirees fundraiser features popular reviewer
Fort Worth Retired School Employees Association invites club members, guests and others to schedule 10:30 a.m. Friday to hear Dallas-based book reviewer Rose-Mary Rumbley, a sought-after speaker who averages about 600 talks a year. Her presentations often involve dramatic performance based on the book, and include inspiration and humor.
Rumbley will speak on David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell, a book examining triumph over adversity that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for several weeks.
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The event, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., is a major fundraiser for the group’s scholarship fund, and tickets are $5 per person.
Applications for the Don Rhoten Scholarship for future educators are in Fort Worth high school guidance centers. The application deadline is April 25.
Salvation Army needs items for fundraiser garage sale
Search your closets, attics and garages for stuff you don’t use and can donate to the Salvation Army for the Texas-Size Garage Sale.
Whatever you have that you don’t need — from clothes to furniture to appliances to linens to jewelry to cars — the Sally wants.
Drop everything off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at any Salvation Army collection point, or call 817-344-1825 to have big stuff picked up. Tax receipts are available.
Then, check out the sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 and 29 at 229 E. Felix St. in Fort Worth (one block west of Interstate 35W, South Freeway).
— Terry Evans
Speaker at TCU will discuss bipolar disorder, suicide try
Kevin Hines tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge at age 19. Now 14 years later, he is speaking about his bipolar disorder and changed life to an open audience at Texas Christian University.
Hines authored the book Cracked Not Broken and now travels the country to let people know that his attempted suicide was the biggest mistake he ever made.
The 90-minute event takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown-Lupton University Union, third-floor ballroom at 2901 Stadium Drive. Barnes & Noble will have copies of his book for signing after the lecture.
The lecture is put on through a partnership with TCU’s suicide prevention campaign, RUOK? and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of North Texas.
— Monica S. Nagy
Fort Worth parks selected for national fundraiser
Oakmont Community Park and Northside Community Park were selected for Macy’s “Heart your Park,” a national program to raise money for parks across the country, according to a city news release.
Through March 31, Macy’s customers can donate to the parks at the checkout register, with Macy’s planning to match the customer donation across all stores up to $250,000.
“Parks are vital to building a strong, thriving community,” said Mayor Betsy Price in the release. “This public-private partnership not only provides support to help grow and maintain our urban green spaces but also strengthens the relationship between those spaces and the people who use them.”
Donations made at the Macy’s in Hulen Mall at 4650 S. Hulen St. will go toward Oakmont Park, and donations made at the the Ridgmar location at 2000 Green Oaks Road will go toward the Northside Park, according to the Macy’s website.
Originally dedicated in 1981, Oakmont Community Park is a 127-acre park in southwest Fort Worth near Lake Benbrook.
The Northside Community Park, 15 acres, was dedicated in 1946 and is in northwest Fort Worth adjacent to the Northside Community Center.
— Caty Hirst
Food pantry’s grand opening is Saturday
Community Link Mission will be celebrating the grand opening of its new facility at 300 S. Belmont St. from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The food pantry serves six ZIP code areas, more than 164 square miles of northwest Tarrant County. Clients are located in Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Blue Mound, Lake Worth, Sansom Park and River Oaks. The pantry serves an average of 400 families every month.
The pantry’s original 1,100-square-foot facility has been replaced with a new 8,500-square-foot building that is complete and open.
Community Link Mission hopes to offer medical/dental outreach clinics, tutoring, English classes, nutrition classes, job search assistance and a backpack program for nutritionally insecure children at their new facility.
To learn more or help support Community Link Mission’s vision, call 817-847-4554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the latest information on prostate cancer at free seminar on Tuesday
Dr. Jerry Barker Jr., a physician with Texas Oncology, will present a free seminar on the latest information about prostate cancer at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church, 910 N. Main.
All men and their families are welcome to attend. For more information about the seminar, call John Thompson at 817-368-2525.
Go online to avoid driver’s license renewal traffic jams, DPS suggests
Expecting an increase in business in the weeks surrounding spring break, the Texas Department of Public Safety is encouraging customers to use online services or a driver’s license megacenter to avoid waits.
“Many customers are eligible to completely forego a trip to an office by renewing online,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a news release, or they can visit state-of-the-art megacenters, which feature technology that allows customers to get in line before arriving.
To learn more about online renewal, visit www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/OnlineServices.htm and www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/getinlinebeforeyougo.htm.
— Deanna Boyd