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06/16/2014 7:31 AM

06/16/2014 7:32 AM


Residents can cool off in three YMCA pools for free

The YMCA’s fifth annual Community Swim program for Fort Worth residents is underway.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is making three of its outdoor pools available to Fort Worth residents to cool off this summer without paying membership costs.

The pools are at the Eastside YMCA, 1500 Sandy Lane; E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA, 4750 Barwick Drive; and Westside YMCA, 8201 Calmont Ave.

Fort Worth residents will be able to access these YMCA swimming pools from 2 to 4 p.m. daily through Aug. 17. No membership dues are required. Daily admission is $1 for children 17 and under, and $2 for adults.

‘Party on Crockett’ series ends Saturday evening

In trendy West 7th language, it’s “Block pARTy on Crockett,” the finale to a three-installment, art-meets-street series of showcase events that began in April. Events will be going on from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the restaurants, clubs and shops along Crockett and West Seventh streets.

The art includes paintings, photography, line drawings, multidimensional works and an interactive art exhibition. Live bands, disc jockeys and street performers, plus beer and wine tents, restaurant specials and a wine walk will add to the festivities.

Highlight of the night will be extended hours for the recently opened Art7 Crockett Community Gallery at 2956 Crockett St. It is operated by the Fort Worth Community Arts Center as a satellite gallery.

A special showcase of art that was created on-site during the April and May pARTy on Crockett events will be displayed along with existing pieces from arts center artists. More than 20 artists will be showcasing and selling their works at the gallery.

The special exhibit opens Tuesday and runs through June 28. Art7 is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 8 p.m.

— Shirley Jinkins

Student artwork helps beautify Fort Worth buses

Art created by students in the Fort Worth school district will brighten the exteriors of 10 Fort Worth Transportation Authority buses throughout the summer. The art is by winners of The T’s annual “Expressions That Move You” contest.

They include elementary grand prizewinner Cung Nei Sang of L. Clifford Davis Elementary. Two other Davis students, Niang Kim and Rohan Magar, also won, as did Sacora Brooks and Se’ Maj Terrell of A.M. Pate Elementary.

Secondary students included grand prizewinners Carolyn Senyszyn of W.C. Stripling Middle School and Kayla Smith of Dunbar Middle School plus Rebecca Langston of Stripling, Daisy Guerrero of Kirkpatrick Middle School and La Tayah Jackson of Handley Middle School.

School supply donations sought for college students

United Way of Tarrant County is collecting donated school supplies through Friday to assist 58 college-bound members of its partner agency Girls Inc.

Items such as flash drives, backpacks, reams of paper, gas gift cards, pens, notebooks and highlighters can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way office in Fort Worth at 1500 N. Main St., Suite 200. Other items on the college wish list are laptops and printers.

Donations of money to purchase school supplies can be made online through Thursday at

Volunteers will assemble the supplies for the college-bound young women on Saturday, United Way’s annual Day of Action.

Fort Worth to celebrate Juneteenth on Thursday

Fort Worth’s Juneteenth celebration will be in Mosier Valley this year, which was founded by former slaves Robert and Dilsie Johnson and 10 other emancipated slave families.

The celebration will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at 11220 Mosier Valley Road in Euless. A reception will follow at St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 3324 House Anderson Road, according to a city news release.

Admission is free.

Juneteenth celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Though the emancipation proclamation was official Jan. 1, 1863, the news did not travel to Texas until several months later.

— Caty Hirst

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