Fort Worth

April 25, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

The Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division is hosting an auto-etching event for residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Northside Community Center.


Police Department offers free VIN etching

The Fort Worth Police Department’s North Division is hosting an auto-etching event for residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Northside Community Center.

Etching a car’s vehicle identification number on all the windows in a car makes that vehicle less likely to be targeted by criminals, said Rosalinda Mendoza with the department’s crime prevention office.

“The person who takes the time to layer that vehicle with protection, they will benefit from that because the criminal will see the VIN number and won’t want anything to do with that car,” she said.

The etching usually takes about five to seven minutes, she said.

— Caty Hirst

Cowtown Cleanup

sets records this year

A record-breaking 5,728 volunteers participated in the 29th Cowtown Great American Cleanup on March 22, according to a city news release. The city had 5,254 volunteers participate in 2013.

The volunteers came from 190 groups, including scouts, schools, neighborhood associations, churches and civic organizations.

The volunteers collected 4,220 bags and 105,000 pounds of litter, compared with 4,028 and 103,800 pounds of litter in 2013.

Residents can continue efforts to keep Fort Worth beautiful by pledging to pick up 10 pieces of litter every Tuesday at Reverse Litter at or by organizing a cleanup any time of the year.

Residents can contact Keep Fort Worth Beautiful for trash bags and gloves at

— Caty Hirst

Contest helps families take care of the Earth

After five months of recycling, making sustainable home improvements and even taking green vacations, the two families who went head-to-head in Fort Worth’s Green-Off competition said they have changed their lifestyles.

As decided in online voting, the Watson family won the contest and were rewarded at Tuesday’s Fort Worth City Council meeting with a smart thermostat.

“The reason we are doing this is because we want our girls to have clean drinking water that comes out of faucets regularly and a beautiful world like we have today. That is going to take visionary leadership from you guys as well as choices on our part,” Ginger Watson told council members, thanking them for recently making the watering restrictions permanent.

Ginger Watson, her husband, Steve, and their two daughters live in a historic home in Fairmount.

Dan Parker, his wife Ann and their son, Drew, said the family learned “going green” is about doing the little things, like recycling correctly.

To begin the challenge, both families received a $500 gift card to Lowe’s, a recycling container, low-flow aerators for their faucets, litter grabbers, draft busters, compact fluorescent light bulbs, rain gauges, soil moisture meters and composting bins.

— Caty Hirst

Memorial Day event to feature recollections

The Beta Tau Lambda (Fort Worth Alumni) Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Jubilee Theatre are sponsoring “Frats of War — A Memorial Day Recollection” at 5:30 p.m. May 22.

The event at the Fort Worth Central Library Auditorium, 500 W. Third Street, will last until 7:30 p.m. as military officers representing three generations talk about their experiences.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email or or call 817-690-8571 or 817-239-7198.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Transportation town hall set for Wednesday

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and state Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, are hosting a Transportation Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive.

The meeting is to give area residents a chance to “participate in a wide ranging conversation with policy makers and traffic experts on transportation topics that affect all Texans,” according to a statement.

For more information on the free event, or to RSVP, email or call 817-996-7003.

Visitor parking is across the street from the union at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Church plans to host free May Day picnic

Grace Lutheran Church, 7900 McCart Ave., will host a free May Day Picnic for the neighborhood from 5 to 9 p.m. May 3.

As part of the church’s “God’s Work. Our Hands” program, members hope to reach out to neighbors at McCart Avenue and Columbus Trail with the event. Grace will provide hot dogs, chips, drinks and games.

Activities will include basketball, soccer, three putting greens, croquet games and footballs to toss. Kites and frisbees are welcome.

The church is also kicking of its summer shoe drive to provide new or used shoes, sandals, flip-flops and other footwear to donate to microenterprises in developing countries like Haiti, Uganda and India.

The goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes by the end of August. Shoe donations are not required at the picnic.


‘Godspell’ continues through May 18

The historic and newly renovated Granbury Opera House will present Godspell through May 18.

Performances are at 7 :30 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Call the box office 817-579-0952 or visit for tickets

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Tickets are $15 to $20 and group discounts are available.


Johnson County cities set for KRLD spotlight

The Johnson County communities of Cleburne, Alvarado and Burleson will be featured on News Radio 1080/AM KRLD during the seventh stop on the station’s Your Hometown Tour.

KRLD news anchors will broadcast live from Caddo Street Grill, 211 S. Caddo St. in Cleburne, on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. During that time, they will highlight unique people, places and topics of local interest such as transportation, economic development and area history.

The live broadcast is open to the public, and members of the community are invited to stop by and meet the KRLD personalities.

The tour began in June.

Wanna go pro in sports? Event will cover tips

Junior high students considering careers in professional sports are invited to participate in exercises and listen to former athletes, trainers and coaches talk about what it takes to get there.

The Gene and Jerry Jones North Texas Youth Education Town, located at the Salvation Army, 712 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington, is hosting the “So You Wanna Go Pro” class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Participants, expected to be seventh- and eighth-graders, are encouraged to register in advance. A registration form is available online at Registration is $5 and can be submitted the day of the class, which will go over the steps students can take in high school toward a college athletic scholarship and a possible professional career.

For more information, call the YET at 817-860-1836.

— Susan Schrock

Quilters’ guild to mark 30 years at show

Members of the Quilter’s Guild of Arlington have been piecing together quite a creative 30-year history, and they plan to celebrate at this year’s Festival of Quilts “Celestial Celebration.”

The annual quilt show of members’ works will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and 3 at Bob Duncan Community Center in Vandergriff Park, 2800 S. Center St.

Admission is $8 per person, cash only. Parking is free.

Some 200 fabric art and quilt entries will be judged and exhibited in the show. A perennial favorite, the miniature quilt silent auction benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be held once again.

There will be an American Quilt Society certified quilt appraiser available this year. To schedule an appointment, contact Jenn at 972-863-1755 or

Insurance, market value and tax donation quilt appraisals can be made.

Quilt enthusiasts can shop many of their favorite vendors’ booths for notions, kits and specialty quilting fabrics. The guild’s “Celestial Beauty” donation quilt will be displayed and raffle tickets will be available.

For more information, visit

— Shirley Jinkins

Art museum will unveil Ansel Adams exhibit

“Ansel Adams: Masterworks” is the Arlington Museum of Art’s blockbuster summer exhibit, opening May 3 and running through Aug. 3.

This extraordinary exhibit contains 47 photographs that Adams considered to be his best work. Printed by the artist himself, these images will be on display at the museum, 201 W. Main St.

Like previous summer exhibits, the museum will also host related programs including lectures, readings, demonstrations, documentaries and photo contests.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and can be purchased at

To prepare for the opening of the exhibit, the museum will be closed to the public from Wednesday until reopening at 10 a.m. May 3.

— Shirley Jinkins

Catholic school to celebrate 20 years

Twenty years ago, Holy Trinity Catholic School opened with 92 students and nine faculty members in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Five modular classroom buildings at St. Michael Catholic Church in Bedford were home until 1997, when the current Grapevine location opened at 3750 William D. Tate Ave.

Holy Trinity’s 20thschool year is this year, and an anniversary reception for past and present families, alumni, faculty, staff, pastors, parishioners, and donors will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 1 at St. Michael, 3713 Harwood Road, to honor the school’s original home.

The 340 current students in pre-K4 through eighth grade will celebrate one day with a traditional birthday party for their school, and Teacher Appreciation Day will include Mass, May Crowning and a special blessing for the 47 current faculty and staff members.

The annual golf tournament in Keller on Monday, all-school panoramic picture, sports banquet, book fair and Grandparents’ Day on May 9 will also be taking place during the two-week celebration, all embracing the anniversary.

For more information, visit

Retirement reception planned for mayor

Euless Mayor Mary Lib Saleh is retiring after a 25-year career in city government, and she will be honored with a farewell reception from 3:30 to 7 p.m. May 16.

The reception will be at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive. City presentations will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by community presentations at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’ oeuvres will be served.

Saleh, known for her support of public art, historical preservation, education, healthcare and transportation initiatives, began her career as a council member in 1989 and was elected mayor in 1993.

Questions regarding the event may be directed to the city secretary’s office at 817-685-1419 or

Main Street Fest rocks it at Market Square

Celebrate spring in a fun, festive, family atmosphere at Grand Prairie’s Main Street Fest, which will be held at Market Square, 120 W. Main St., and surrounding areas.

The festival will run today from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Main Street Fest will include carnival rides and foods, arts and crafts, a beer garden, a kids zone and plenty of fun for all ages. Grand Prairie’s Farmers Market will be open for business.

Entertainment will also include live music from Grammy award-winning artists and high-energy groups, spectacular BMX/skate street shows, and other family-friendly performances on the Community Stage.

For more information, contact the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department at 972-237-8100 or visit

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