Mayor to speak at Vietnam Veterans Celebration
The third annual Vietnam Veterans Celebration will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, 298 E. Renfro St.
Speakers will include Mayor Ken Shetter and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, plus retired Marine Col. Forest Lucy, Air Force Col. William Taylor and Army Maj. Gary Urban.
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Centennial High School’s brass ensemble will play the national anthem and patriotic selections before the program. Rick Owen of St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church will give the invocation, and Boy Scout Troop 275 will present the colors.
“Our purpose and goal is to honor and recognize those who have served,” said Dale Dexheimer, president of the Burleson Heritage Foundation.
Seating will be provided for 125 people, and 200 to 300 guests are expected.
Admission is free.
Check out the Ukrainian Egg Festival for spring rebirth
St. Barbara Orthodox Church, 5201 Altamesa Blvd., will hold its 31st annual Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg) Festival on April 4 and 5; doors open at 9 a.m. both days.
The colorful fundraiser features chicken, goose, duck and ostrich eggs, elaborately decorated with traditional Ukrainian motifs.
These Easter eggs are called Pysanky, which comes from the Ukrainian verb pysaty meaning “to write.” Designs are “written” onto the surface of eggshells with pure beeswax and a writing instrument called a kistka.
Once the initial design is executed on the shell’s surface, the egg is dipped into a dye bath. Beeswax is applied over the part of the egg where the color is to remain.
This process continues until the egg is completed which takes as many as eight hours, depending on the size of the egg, the design being executed and the skill of the Pysanky artist. The wax is removed by hand via applied heat and a chemical solution to reveal the artwork and colors.
Several coats of varnish are applied to give a gloss finish to the miniature masterpieces.
In addition St. Barbara’s will conduct classes on this ancient folk art on consecutive Thursdays, April 25 and May 1, for people 7 years old and up. Cost per class is $50, plus $15 for materials, and pre-registration is required. For more information call 817-294-0325 or visit saintbarbarafw.org.
Clean up the town, your house, your pet
Lakeside’s Spring Clean Sweep will take place April 5 from 9 a.m. until noon at Town Hall, 9830 Confederate Park Road.
Volunteers will be picking up public litter in the town, and individual householders can get rid of clutter, too.
Sierra Shred will perform paper shredding for a minimum fee of $5 per box (up to a large letter size storage box or kitchen size trash bag). Innovative Electronics Recycling will accept unwanted electronics for recycling including computers, television, printers and more.
There will also be a low cost pet vaccination clinic at Town Hall by VCA Animal Hospital, and Town Hall staff will be on hand to process annual pet registrations and licenses for city residents.
Registrations expire annually on May 31.
Other than city licensing of pets, the events are open to anyone, not just residents.
Porcupine Promenade 5K, Fun Run to benefit PTA
The starter’s pistol will fire at 8 a.m. on April 12 to launch the 1-mile Fun Run at Goshen Creek Elementary School, 401 S. Pojo Drive. Although all ages are encouraged to participate, medals will be awarded to children in three age categories ( 6 and under, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12).
Half an hour later, the gun will fire again to signal the start of the fourth annual Porcupine Promenade 5K.
Medals for this contest will be awarded in eight age categories. Trophies will be awarded to the Fastest Male and Female overall, the Fastest Male and Female Masters (age 40 and over), and to the team with the largest participation.
The event is a fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Association of Goshen Creek Elementary. In addition to the races, there will be a vendor area with tables manned by local businesses. Vendor tables are still available for only $25.
For complete details on the event, as well as online registration, go to www.goshenpta.org.
Model trains highlight Spring Festival
Model trains will be chugging along at Clark Gardens Botanical Park on Saturday and Sunday, as the Spring Festival provides activities for Weatherford residents and visitors.
The model train show will take place on the west side of the gardens at Clark Station.
The Clark Gardens G-scale trains came from the inspiration of Billie Clark, who wanted to provide a permanent attraction to the gardens. Since the construction of Clark Station in April 2004, the tracks have grown into a 1,200-foot circuit.
During Spring Festival, Clark Gardens will host three visiting train clubs as well: North Texas T-Trak Modular Railroad Club from Plano, North Texas Garden Club Railroad Club and Tex-N Modular Railroad Club.
Spring Festival has many more activities to offer, including wine and cheese tasting, art, classic car show, motorcycle show, music entertainment, education stations, food, children’s area, plant sales, and vendor shopping.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission into Spring Festival is $10 for adults, $7 for children 5 to 12 years old, children under 4 are free and Clark Gardens members are free.
For more information, contact the office at 940-682-4856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Clark Gardens is at 567 Maddux Road.
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Arc’s special-education seminar offers answers
Rona Statman, an attorney with The Arc of Texas, will present a condensed special education workshop at the April 12 meeting of Our Special Children.
The seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Arc offices, 5765 Westcreek Drive, Fort Worth.
She will discuss important topics, such as ARD (admission, review and dismissal) meetings, IEPs (individualized education programs), independent evaluations, related services, extended school year services (ESY), least restrictive environment (LRE), and Section 504 issues.
The presentation will be an overview and a general discussion of these subjects. Statman will answer parents’ questions and share her contact information with them as a future resource.
Childcare will be available with reservations. For more information, contact Philip Bell at Arc at 817-877-1474 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Victory Over Violence trek gears up April 12
The 18th annual Victory Over Violence Walk/Run takes place April 12, but pre-registration closes on March 31.
This USATF certified 5K walk/run and a 1K fun run starts at Trinity Park Duck Pond near downtown Fort Worth and winds through the park.
T-shirts, food, beverages, a huge children’s area and more are included.
Participants can race for a $5 entry fee if they commit to raising $100 in pledges per person by April 11.
Adult fee is is $18 if pre-registered by March 31, $20 after that, and $25 on race day.
Youths 17 and under fee is $10 pre-register, $12 late and $15 race day.
Teams must be registered by March 31. There is a five-member minimum. Adults are $16 and children are $10.
Registration is available online at vovfw.org or call 817-927-4006.
All proceeds benefit the anti-violence programs of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, serving over 90,000 women, men and children through its employment, counseling and rape crisis/victim services programs.