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05/27/2014 11:18 AM

05/27/2014 11:19 AM


D-Day anniversary program June 6 at National Archives

There is still time to reserve a spot at the National Archives’ D-Day anniversary program from noon to 1 p.m. June 6.

Archivist Michael Wright and education specialist Jenny Sweeney will take a look at D-Day 70 years ago through the records at the National Archives. In addition to some of the more famous records, the presentation will offer insight into documents that very few people have seen.

Location is the National Archives at Fort Worth-Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. Seventh St., Suite 162.

The program is free, but attendees should reserve a seat by calling 817-831-5620 or emailing

— Steve Campbell

Volunteer archivists wanted for 3 days, training given

The National Archives’ June Citizen Archivist program is Tuesday through June 5.

The archive is seeking three volunteers to spend three days learning how to be an archivist.

Training tasks will focus on indexing and digitizing slave manifests from 1808 to 1860. All of the work will be conducted at the John Burgess location, 1400 John Burgess Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested people should send their contact information and a paragraph stating why they would like to participate to Apply by Thursday.

— Steve Campbell

Nash Elementary students can earn free college degree

Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington recently renewed their challenge to Charles E. Nash Elementary School students to commit to earning a college degree, free of charge.

The initial agreement was made in 2009, five years ago. Some of the first group of Nash children are already taking college courses.

The challenge is simple. Parents give TCC permission to track their children’s progress while they attend Nash Elementary and the Fort Worth school district. Students and parents attend yearly meetings at TCC’s Trinity River Campus, which is the district sponsor for Nash.

Students must meet the requirements, including promotion from Nash Elementary and graduation from a Fort Worth district high school.

TCC will provide a full-tuition scholarship, including books, to the graduates. For Pell Grant-eligible students who go on to complete an associate degree at TCC, UT Arlington will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by other grants and scholarships for two years.

Evening Bible school set

for June at Mayfield Baptist

Vacation Bible school at Mayfield Baptist Church, 2101 Amanda Ave., will be held June 10-13. Classes are held in the evenings, from 5 to 8.

All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact the church at 817-535-7398 or Barbara Malone at 817-457-5210.

Free summer meals, day camp offered at church

Parents are invited to a kickoff party from 1 to 3 p.m. June 8 to introduce them to Grace Tabernacle’s free summer meals and day camp program.

Moms and dads can taste a sample meal and register their children for day camp.

Teens and children 18 and younger may join the program for free food and fun from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 9 and running through Aug. 21.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m., day camp activities are held from 9 a.m. through noon, and lunch is provided from noon to 1 p.m.

Grace Tabernacle is at 6301 Granbury Road. Phone number is 817-420-9822.

Volunteers are needed to monitor meal service, lead activities, assist with cleanup and help children cross the street.

Volunteers can help for a day, a week or longer. Email family outreach coordinator Tiel Jenkins at by Saturday.

— Shirley Jinkins

Meadowbrook meal site, day camp starts June 16

A free summer camp and meal site serving children and teens in Meadowbrook and east Fort Worth will begin June 16 at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

Free breakfast and lunch will be served to all minors and those with disabilities.

Last year the site served more than 5,000 meals during the summer months, and more than 150 youths participated in camp programming, which includes sports, field trips, science and engineering, movie making and Kid MD, which gives lessons on anatomy, nutrition and fitness. A daily moral lesson is also offered.

The camp activities are for youths 5 to 13, and those 13 and up are considered volunteers.

The camp is hosted by a local nonprofit organization named The Heroes ( and held at the Community Life Center at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church.

The camp begins June 16 and continues through Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Get rid of old electronics at city/county event June 7

Somervell County and the city are holding an electronic pickup day on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items will be accepted at the corner of Bo Gibbs Boulevard and Commerce Street.

Computers, TVs, non-alkaline batteries and other electronics are among the the items that will be accepted.

Items that won’t be taken include light bulbs; flammable liquids; tires; paint; animal waste or remains; and materials from any commercial enterprise.

Some electronic items will not be accepted. Contact Joan Meeks at 817-300-6958 or City Hall at 254-897-2272.

Proof of Somervell County residency may be required.

— Bill Hanna


Justin Fun Day to kick off June 7 at Community Park

The fun begins mighty early — a 5K Color Run at 8 a.m. — for Justin Fun Day on June 7 at the Community Park.

It has to, in order to pack all the activities for kids and adults into just one day.

By necessity, the barbecue cook-off begins at 6 p.m. June 6 in the North Field. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. June 7.

A pair of events have been added to the lineup this year, including a classic car show running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cars will be located in the front parking lot of the park; overflow autos will be parked on the grass area.

Stagecoach rides are also a new attraction, to be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a small fee and taking place on the east side of the parking lot.

The children’s activity area will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the East Field, with a zip line, bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, jousting and church activities.

The West Field will include competitions such as stick horse barrel racing at 11:30 a.m. in the arena. Sign-ups start at 10 a.m. at the information area. All participants will receive a ribbon and belt buckle.

Mutton busting is at 4 p.m. in the arena, where registration will begin at 1. There is a $25 registration fee for riders 50 pounds and under.

Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. in the arena.

Musical entertainment gets started at noon, with times to be determined for Tyler James, Zac Wilkerson, Joey Green and Austin Allsup. Headliners are Deryl Dodd at 5 p.m. and Charlie Robison at 6:30 p.m.

Visit the event page at for more information, vendor permits and sponsorship applications.


Gander Mountain store to open this fall

The nationwide outdoor specialty retailer Gander Mountain will open its 17th Texas store in Lake Worth this fall.

Gander Mountain will be located in a new 45,600-square-foot store in the Landmark Quebec development north of Loop 820, near the intersection of Quebec Street and Northwest Center Drive.

The Lake Worth store will join existing locations in Amarillo, Beaumont, College Station, Corsicana, Houston, Lewisville, Lubbock, Mesquite, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sherman, Spring, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Tyler and a newly opened store in Arlington.

Gander Mountain’s Lake Worth store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Texas, according to Gander Mountain officials, along with gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery. The store will offer an extensive selection of men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel and active footwear.

Details on special events, activities and promotions that will be a part of the store’s grand opening will be available at


Run the Rails, help students on June 7

The fifth annual Run the Rails 5K race, a popular event in Saginaw, is set for June 7.

“Over the past few years, our event has grown from 300-plus runners our first year to almost 900 runners in just four short years,” said Keith Rinehart, director of recreation and community services for the city.

The race is timed by RunTime Racing Services and is a USA Track and Field certified course. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district scholarship fund.

The race begins at the Saginaw Recreation Center at 633 W. McLeroy Blvd., runs through Willow Creek Park and then returns to the recreation center. The course is flat and fast.

A 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m., and the chip-timed 5K begins at 8.

Fees are $25 per runner for the 5K (timed) and $20 (untimed), $15 per runner for teams of four or more and $12 per runner for the 1-mile run.

For information and to register, check out

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