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05/07/2014 4:12 PM

05/07/2014 4:14 PM

BENBROOK

Police will hold Bicycle Safety Rodeo on Saturday

The Benbrook Police Department will host its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo on Saturday.

The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at Westpark Elementary School, 10117 Westpark Drive in Benbrook. It will include free bicycle safety checks, safety instructions, and helmet checks. Children can ride unlimited laps on the obstacle course until the event ends.

There will also be a bicycle giveaway.

For more information, contact Sgt. Darek Gray at 817-249-6089.

— Bill Hanna

CLEBURNE

Museum helps put toll road in historical perspective

The long-awaited Chisholm Trail Parkway toll road connecting Tarrant and Johnson counties is almost ready for its debut.

Learn more about the legendary cattle drive route at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, at 2929 W. U.S. 67.

Also on the grounds are Indian teepees and the oldest log courthouse in Texas. Attendees may take tours of the museum, watch Terry’s Texas Rangers firing cannons and see gunfights by the Ghost of Buzzard Flats.

In addition, a nature trail, the blacksmith’s shop, the Nolan River One Room School, and the sheriff’s office and jail will be open.

Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Information: bit.ly/1jx7LYG.

FORT WORTH

Photo exhibit will show lives of ranch women

A new exhibit of black-and-white photos depicting the lives of ranch women in the American West opens May 15 at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.

“Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women,” features the work of photographer Barbara Van Cleve.

The exhibit features photos of 29 ranch women, including five Hall of Fame honorees, according to information from the museum. “Visitors will be able to enjoy a guided tour of the exhibit using mobile devices, and hear the remarkable stories behind several of the photographs directly from Van Cleve.”

The honorees featured in the exhibit are Van Cleve, Jan Youren, Ruby Gobble, Gretchen Sammis, Bobby Brooks Kramer, and Linda Mitchell Davis.

“We are thrilled to have Barbara Van Cleve’s ‘Hard Twist’ exhibit featured at the museum,” Diana Vela, the museum’s associate executive director of exhibits and education, said in a statement. “The photographs of ranch women, during ordinary moments in their day, are really quite extraordinary in their ability to capture personal moments in the midst of some rather difficult ranch tasks.”

The exhibit will continue through Sept. 11 at the museum, 1720 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. For information, visit www.cowgirl.net or call 817-476-3263.

— Bill Miller

Friendship Force of Fort Worth hosts Australians

Members of the Friendship Force of Fort Worth are welcoming an international exchange group from Blue Mountains, Australia this week.

The group from eastern Australia arrived on Sunday for a weeklong stay in members’ homes. Daily activities include visits to museums, downtown, the Stockyards and the Fort Worth Botanic and Japanese Gardens. The group will also visit a ranch near Stephenville; take a day trip to the Chandor Gardens, the Doss Museum and the historic courthouse in Weatherford; and ride the Trinity Railway Express to Dallas. Welcoming and farewell dinners are also planned.

The purpose of Friendship Force is to change the the community sees the world through personal contact with people of other countries and cultures.

More information is available on the club’s website www.fffw.org.

— Patrick M. Walker

TCU students to show results of hunger work

Hundreds of TCU students are learning about hunger, poverty, and community action up close. Through a partnership between the M.J. Neeley School of Business department of management, entrepreneurship and leadership and the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, future business leaders are getting hands-on experience in ways to help end hunger in the community.

During the spring semester, students have visited Community Food Bank multiple times, learning about the challenges that poverty and hunger pose not only to individuals and families but to the community as a whole. Working in teams, they have explored creative solutions employed by nonprofit organizations attempting to serve struggling residents with dignity and compassion.

The students will present how they learned and applied material in class through their experiences to Mayor Betsy Price, Community Food Bank Executive Director Regena Taylor and TCU faculty members at 2 p.m. Thursday in Room 104 of the Smith Building, 2805 W. Lowden St.

“We are thrilled by the wonderful turnout of TCU students eager to use the business principles they are learning to help us feed hungry kids,” Taylor said in a news release. “TCU has been a leader for many years in education and volunteer services, and I believe that classroom work and service leadership can be a pathway to success. It is great for these students to see what really goes on here in the real world, apart from their daily lives. This type of collaboration will help ensure that they become compassionate, community-minded, true business leaders.”

Veasey to participate in health fair Saturday

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will participate in a health fair Saturday to try to promote health and fitness.

The health fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

For more information, call 817-920-9086 or email alejandro.hukill-aris@mail.house.gov.

— Anna M. Tinsley

WEATHERFORD

Author to visit Parker Tea Party on Thursday

Author Kevin Freeman, who writes about cyber-economic warfare and terrorism, will be the guest speaker Thursday at the May meeting of the Parker County Tea Party.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Education Building at Victory Baptist Church, 1311 E. Bankhead Highway in Weatherford.

Freeman’s work includes Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again and his most recent title, Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack.

For information, visit parkercountyteaparty.com.

— Bill Miller

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