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05/14/2014 3:04 PM

05/14/2014 3:06 PM


Small Cities Council to convene in Burleson

Burleson will host elected officials from more than a dozen states next month when the National League of Cities’ Small Cities Council holds its summer meeting June 11-14.

Burleson Mayor Pro Tem Stuart Gillaspie chairs the council.

The council is composed of more than 150 representatives from member cities with populations of 50,000 or less.

June is also Small Cities Month. The designation draws attention to the importance and accomplishments of small cities and celebrates their efforts to build better communities.

During the June meeting, small-cities’ elected officials will share best practices and discuss the implications of federal policy and funding decisions on small cities and towns.


Retired educators plan spring lunch Wednesday

Members of the Fort Worth Retired School Educators’ Association will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fort Worth Woman’s Club, 1316 Pennsylvania Ave., for their annual spring luncheon.

Reservations must be paid for no later than Friday. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Contact Myrtis Parker at 817-292-3759 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Student groups get new Tandy Hills field guide

School groups going on class trips in the Tandy Hills Natural Area have a new field guide to use, courtesy of the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area.

The group has sponsored an outdoor education program called Kids on the Prairie for four years, in partnership with the Fort Worth school district, Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, and the Cross Timbers Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

The group introduced the newly designed field journal this week to Meadowbrook Elementary School students. The journal and the Kids on the Prairie program are aligned with National Science Foundation, Next Generation of Science and state standards.

The 160-acre Tandy Hills Natural Area, located at 3400 View St. in the heart of Fort Worth, is primarily managed to preserve a rare tall-grass prairie remnant and is easily accessible for many schools.

The group pays for bus transport, field journals, a picnic lunch and other costs for hundreds of Fort Worth students to learn about their native habitat. Members also assist any schools visiting the park independently.

— Shirley Jinkins

Fire marshal speaking to AARP chapter Wednesday

Tarrant County Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Ebel will speak to members of the Southwest Fort Worth chapter of American Association of Retired Persons at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The talk will be preceded by coffee at 10 a.m. at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth.

Ebel will outline the duties and responsibilities of the county fire marshal’s office, including law enforcement, the prevention and investigation of fires and explosions, and the protection of Tarrant County residents.

He will also discuss safety hazards and the storage of hazardous substances.

For more information, visit or call 817-921-6717.

Panther City feral cat group scheduled to meet May 22

Members of the Panther City Feral Cat Coalition will meet at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Southside Preservation Hall, 1519 Lipscomb St.

The group’s aim is to humanely reduce the numbers of feral and community cats in Fort Worth and surrounding areas through public education and the use of a method known as trap, neuter, return.

The informal meeting is for people who would like to find out more about the organization or who would like to get involved with helping feral cats. The group is also recruiting volunteers for a wide variety of duties, from help with trapping or transporting cats, to website maintenance.

For more information, visit or


Fossil Rim tour goes wild after dark on Friday

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center at 2299 County Road 2008 outside of Glen Rose will be hosting a night tour on Friday.

Called Discovery after Dark, the tour will allow participants to see the stars and learn about animals’ nocturnal activities.

The tour is recommended for children ages 7 and up. It will last about three hours and departs from the Eco-Center Building at the Outlook.

Cost is $35, and advanced reservations are required.

For more information, call 254- 897-2960.

— Bill Hanna


It’s time for YMCA swimming lessons

The Joshua YMCA will be hosting swimming lessons this summer for children who want to learn to swim. Besides swimming lessons, the YMCA will also have child care available this summer.

For more information, contact the YMCA at 817-645- 9622.

— Bill Hanna


Book sale set for Saturday at library

A dollar will go a long way in Springtown this Saturday.

That’s when the Friends of the Springtown Library will hold their first book sale of the year beginning at 9 a.m., and nothing is priced more than a dollar.

The sale includes all types of books, from fiction and nonfiction selections to titles for children and young adults. Adult hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Some DVDs, videos and CDs are also available.

The sale will be at the Springtown Public Library, 626 N. Main St. For more information call 817-523-5862.


Tarrant tax offices close for training today

All Tarrant County tax offices will close for the second annual staff development today.

Offices will reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m.

The staff will hear presentations from Tarrant County departments and undergo customer service training.

“Closing the offices for Staff Development Day is a great way to get out important information to all of our employees,” Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright said in a statement. “Please complete a Customer Comment Card any time you are in our offices and let us know how we are doing.”

— Bill Hanna

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