Fort Worth

June 6, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

Burleson’s Old Town district is the place to be for plenty of rock, disco, country and blues.


Old Town District schedules Friday concerts

Burleson’s Old Town district is the place to be for plenty of rock, disco, country and blues.

The Hot Sounds of Summer concert series features bands playing the music of the Beatles, Bon Jovi and other popular artists on Friday nights in June at 124 Ellison St. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Old Town restaurants will serve food. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Glass bottles are strongly discouraged for safety reasons.

The concert lineup has Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi tribute band) on Friday, Le Freak (disco) on June 13, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band (Beatles) on June 20 and Tejas Brothers (honky-tonk country) on June 27.

Make plans to attend the July Fourth concert and fireworks celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Chissenhall Fields featuring the band Metal Shop.

For more information, contact David McDowell at 817-426-9104.

— Elizabeth Campbell


Plan for Goodwill Job Fair in August

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth is seeking businesses needing to fill jobs for participation in the upcoming Goodwill Job Fair.

The fair will be Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Fort Worth headquarters, 4005 Campus Drive.

Goodwill hopes to attract more than 40 employers to participate in the fair. The job fair will provide successful companies and skilled individuals the opportunity to meet.

“Our job fair is meant to open doors for individuals seeking employment with employers looking to hire,” said Kevin Williams, director of Goodwill Fort Worth’s North Texas Institute for Career Development and Career Services.

Employers interested in participating should contact Williams at 817-332-7866, ext. 2060, or by July 24.

CandleWater troupe auditions coming up

CandleWater Players is auditioning young actors on Saturday and Sunday for the benefit play Hello Dolly.

The auditions, for ages 8 to 21, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Theatre Arlington’s education building, 316 W. Main St., Arlington.

On Sunday, auditions will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South in Fort Worth.

The musical will be performed July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3 at the Todd Theatre at Paschal High School in Fort Worth. Rehearsals begin June 22.

In past seasons, CandleWater actors have come from Arlington, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Dallas, Duncanville and Fort Worth.

CandleWater Players is a nonprofit acting troupe that has contributed profits for safe water, self-sustaining gardens and disaster relief. This year, profits will help fund efforts to end slavery and human trafficking.

For more information, call 817-523-1995 or e-mail

Hip Pocket Theatre picks up with Pinocchio

Hip Pocket Theatre opens its 38th season on Friday with Pinocchio Commedia in a four-weekend run at the Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road.

There are three performances each weekend through June 29. All are at 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Gates open at 7 p.m. for The Backyard, featuring live music and catered barbecue, salads and drinks available for purchase.

Adult tickets are $20, with reduced rates for children, students, teachers, military and seniors. A Hip Pass costs $100 and covers 10 adult admissions. Call 817-246-9775 or visit for more information.

Mental health event focuses on youths

Parents of teens and young adults are invited to attend a free mental health awareness event Monday in Fort Worth.

The community conversation is part of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Speak Your Mind, Texas initiative.

Half of all mental health issues start by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, according to the department. Families are invited to learn how to recognize warning signs of mental illness and substance abuse, what actions to take and what local resources are available.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. at The Women’s Center, 1723 Hemphill St. in Fort Worth.

For more information or to register, contact Patsy Thomas at 817-307-7001 or

— Susan Schrock

Mozart piano festival runs through June

Experience “The Miracle of Mozart” at this year’s Piano Texas Festival, a series of piano concerts at Texas Christian University through June 29.

The concerts will be presented every night, featuring Mozart’s concertos, chamber music and solo works.

Festival highlights include Sean Chen, bronze medalist of the 14th Van Cliburn Competition, on Tuesday.

Alexander Shtarkman returns to Fort Worth after 25 years on June 17. Shtarkman won local hearts as a finalist of the Cliburn in 1989

Joyce Yang, silver medalist of the 2005 Cliburn, will be in concerto on June 21 with the Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by John Giordano.

Paul Badura-Skoda will be featured in an all-Mozart recital on June 22.

Check out festival details at

Parkinson’s support group plans holiday lunch

Parkinson’s Support Group of Tarrant County will meet at 11:30 a.m. June 23 at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Ave. The event is the group’s annual Patriotic Luncheon, with a special presentation on “Women Were There.”

Lunch will be provided by The Staton at Museum Way. Visitors are welcome.

For information call 817-275-1909 or visit

Frisco Heights neighbors plan party

The Frisco Heights Neighborhood Association is turning its June meeting into an open picnic and citywide food drive called Neighbor to Neighbor.

The picnic will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 13 on St. Stephen Presbyterian Church’s upper parking lot at the corner of Lubbock and McPherson streets.

Frisco Heights neighbors will serve hot dogs and provide entertainment, and attendees should bring nonperishable food items to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank.


Benefit concert for young cancer survivor

Sean Mitchell & Big City Music Revue will perform a Rally For Riley benefit concert from 5 to 7 p.m. June 29 at Granbury Live Theater, 114 N. Crockett St., at the east side of the courthouse.

It will be a fun-filled afternoon of music, humor and a celebration for Riley, 13, who has battled cancer twice. Proceeds will go toward defraying his medical costs.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be ordered by going to or or by calling 855-823-5550.

Concessions are available, or guests can eat nearby at The Fillin’ Station, where 10 percent of the tab will benefit Riley.

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