Fort Worth

May 9, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

Visitors are invited to the Garden Party on the Prairie, celebrating 25 years of the East Parker County Library, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the A.J. Hood Pioneer Home in Aledo.


Party on the Prairie to raise funds for library

Visitors are invited to the Garden Party on the Prairie, celebrating 25 years of the East Parker County Library, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the A.J. Hood Pioneer Home in Aledo.

The event will include barbecue, music by Clear Fork Jazz, an art tent, a book walk, storytime under the trees, Lucy and Linus the Reading Dogs and a magician.

Tickets are available at the library, located in Aledo. The goal is to raise $25,000 for upgrades to the computers used by patrons.

Call 817-441-6545 for more information.


DAR chapter to honor five residents May 17

The Eagle Mountain chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will honor five Azle residents for various contributions to their community at an awards banquet May 17 at Vance Godbey’s restaurant.

Each honoree was selected through community input and then submitted to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awards committees covering specialized areas of service to the nation. The winners were approved unanimously at the local, state and national levels.

• J’Nell Pate, author and retired Tarrant County College history professor, will receive the DAR Women in American History Award for her many contributions to education and American history.
• John Behm, an engineer and firefighter in the Azle Fire Department, will receive the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for contributions to the defense, security and continued freedom of his community and state in an exceptional manner.
• Michael Aaron White, a member of the Azle Police Department Explorer Post 203 and a student at Azle High School, will receive the DAR Youth Citizenship Medal for leadership, courage and patriotism in fulfillment of his duties as a member of the Azle Explorers.
• Larry C. Reed, chief of the Briar Volunteer Fire Department, will receive the DAR Community Service Award for outstanding voluntary service to his community, recognizing his achievement in humanitarian, cultural, environmental, patriotic and benevolent endeavors.
• Andrew Leeth, cadet staff sergeant of the Azle Civil Air Patrol and a student at Azle High, will receive the DAR Outstanding Cadet Medal, honoring achievements of a cadet who has distinguished himself through outstanding leadership, honor, service, courage and patriotism.

The awards banquet is open to the public; tickets are available for $20 each.

The deadline for reservations is Saturday. Email for information.


Free diabetes class will be offered in Spanish

Spanish-speaking adults with type 2 diabetes are invited to participate in an upcoming free educational class about how to manage their condition through steps such as meal planning, exercise, stress-reduction and medical care.

The one-hour class is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 20 at the Texas Health Hugueley Fitness Center Amphitheater. The hospital’s address is 11801 South Freeway in Burleson. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and no RSVP is required.

Dr. Luis Retamozo, nurse Gloria Steelman and diabetes program coordinator Janet C. Yates will be available to answer questions. Translators will be available.

The class will also include a 15-minute DVD show in Spanish in basic skills for controlling diabetes.

Parking is free, and goodie bags and door prizes will be available. For more information, call 817-568-5319.

— Susan Schrock

Library to open house for home schoolers

The Burleson Public Library is hosting a special open house for those considering home-schooling. It is set for noon to 2 p.m. May 17 at 248 SW Johnson Ave.

Immediately afterward, a presentation will be given to showcase library resources available to home schoolers, such as the youth robotics lab, online databases and the interlibrary loan system.

Marc Marchand, the city’s director of library services, said in a statement that as the interest in home-schooling grows, the library is positioned to help families be successful.

“Whether a child is in public school, private school, or home school, we want to help parents be their child’s first teacher,” he said. “Having access to quality learning materials and the ability to network with one another is critical. Through library resources and programming, parents and children have an opportunity to learn not only from books but from one another.”

— Elizabeth Campbell


Information night for Global Prep Academy

The Crowley school district’s Global Prep Academy is hosting an open house on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bill Johnson CTE Center,at 1033 McCart Ave. in Crowley.

Global Prep Academy, a district digital-learning community, is a virtual school for seventh- through12th-grade students who are looking for an engaging online program customized to their unique talents, challenges and schedules.

The program features online classes held inside the school district’s state-of-the-art career and technology center.

— Diane Smith


Housing authority sets employment fair

The Fort Worth Housing Authority’s spring employment fair is just around the corner.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the housing authority’s offices, located at 1201 E. 13th St., over 20 employers will be on hand to talk to residents looking for jobs.

The participating companies vary from professional driving companies and cooking companies to schools.

The participating agencies include Arlington school district, Quadco Management Co., Amazon, Boy Scouts, Charter Communications, Waffle House, Platinum Drivers and State Farm Insurance.

For more information, call Glenn Nixon with the housing authority at 817-333-3523 or email him at

— Caty Hirst

Memories in the Making art gala

On June 12, Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence will host the second annual Memories in the Making Spring Art Gala.

Artists from TCU will showcase their work alongside Garden Terrace residents who participate in a program called Memories in the Making. This unique program allows those who have lost the ability to express themselves to have a creative outlet while carrying out memories and thoughts from their intriguing and moving past.

These are people that have accomplished great things, received distinguished honors, fought in wars and maintained successful and fulfilling careers. To be able to trigger these memories and bring to light the amazing things they have accomplished is an honor.

Last year’s gala raised $1,700 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“It was a pleasure to be part of the first gala at Garden Terrace,” TCU alumna Caitlyn Ngyaart, who will be curating this year’s event, said in a statement. “I love seeing art make a difference. What I loved the most was seeing the Memories in the Making paintings. I think it shows that art is more than a learned ability; it is an innate part of who you are. Art is about more than making a statement; it is about making a connection.”

Live music, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and valet parking will all be available to guests.

The artwork will be on display June 9-12. All artwork featured in the gala will be for bid with Memories in the Making, proceeds going to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. TCU artist, alumni and students, will also have their work for sale.


Run the Rails 5K and Fun set for June 7

Run the Rails 5K and Fun run is taking place on June 7 at the Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 West McLeroy Boulevard. The event is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and is the annual race on a flat and fast USATF certified course, which runs through Willow Creek Park. Early registration prices are good through June 3. Go to to learn more.

— Yamil Berard


Weatherford College commencement

Weatherford College will celebrate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, in the Jerry Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School.

More than 200 students are expected to graduate, according to a press release. The ceremony for Associate in Arts, Associate of Science and Associate in Arts Teaching begins at 10 a.m. while the ceremony for Associate of Applied Science and certificate recipients is scheduled for 2 p.m.

All guests need a ticket, provided by a graduate, to enter the auditorium.

Clarin Gniffke, WC alumnus and Outreach Representative for U.S. House of Representatives member Kay Granger, will address the graduates.The Faculty Member of the Year will also be announced during the ceremonies.

— Diane Smith

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