Fort Worth

June 25, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

Residents can swim at the Burleson Recreation Center’s outdoor pool on the Fourth of July, though the BRiCk itself will be closed for the holiday.


Take a dip at recreation center on July Fourth

Residents can swim at the Burleson Recreation Center’s outdoor pool on the Fourth of July, though the BRiCk itself will be closed for the holiday.

Hours are 1 to 8:30 p.m.

Hidden Creek Golf Course is open for regular play until 5:30 p.m.

The clubhouse and patio will open at 5 p.m. for the 9:20 p.m. fireworks show at Chisenhall Fields.

No alcohol can be brought on the golf course premises.

The Terrace at Hidden Creek — the golf course’s restaurant — will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries and serving watermelon.

All other city facilities — with the exception of the police and fire departments — will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

There will be no trash or curbside recycling collection.


Challenge grant issued

for El Tesoro camp

Camp Fire First Texas’ “Campaign for El Tesoro” has a chance at a $250,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

To receive the grant, Camp Fire supporters must raise $785,859 by April 1.

The campaign has a goal of $10.7 million and has raised $8.6 million. Meeting the challenge grant would bring the organization closer to that goal.

Camp Fire has been raising funds to renovate and update its 81-year-old Camp El Tesoro.

The 223-acre camp has hosted more than four generations of campers, including special-needs and bereaved youth.

The first phase of renovations is complete, including a new challenge course, covered riding arena and equestrian center, dining hall, health house, office and store, multipurpose sports court and renovations to Horizon Lodge.

The second phase includes eight new cabins that opened this summer.

Remaining projects include 12 more cabins, an arts village, staff housing, and pool and infrastructure renovations.

An existing lodge will be remodeled into a Welcome and Outdoor Education Center.

To help the campaign meet the challenge grant goals, make a contribution online at or call 817-831-2111.

Family services fair scheduled for Saturday

Residents in Polytechnic and Eastwood communities can attend a free financial education class and learn about available resources at the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County’s upcoming Family Services Community Fair.

The free event, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sycamore Community Center, 2525 E. Rosedale St.

Exhibitors include Catholic Charities, Job Corps, The Women’s Center, Renaissance Dental, Tarrant County Public Health, Tarrant County WIC and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

Participants who visit each exhibit and attend the financial education class, which will be offered in English and Spanish, will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

For more information, visit or call 817-332-6191.

— Susan Schrock


Second half of property tax payment due Monday

Property taxpayers who chose to pay half  their 2013 property taxes in  November need to make their second payment by Monday.

This penalty-and-interest-free option is available to taxpayers who made the first half payment on their property tax account by Nov. 30 and designated a half payment at that time.

Payments may be made in person at the main office in Fort Worth, 100 E. Weatherford St., or any of the seven subcourthouse locations.

Payments can also be made online at, by calling 817-884-1110 or by mail.

Checks, cashier checks or money orders are accepted by mail and must be postmarked Monday or before.

Property tax payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard, and Discover online, over the phone and in person.

American Express cards are only accepted in person at the county’s eight locations.

All debit and credit card payments are assessed a convenience fee by the credit card companies.


Pre-kindergarten sign-up gets underway in July

The Weatherford school district’s pre-kindergarten registration  begins July 16 at the Bowie Learning Center, 900 N. Elm St.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Weatherford offers state-mandated half-day pre-kindergarten classes for qualifying 4-year-olds.

To be eligible for entry, a child must be age 4 on or before Sept. 1, live in the Weatherford district boundaries and meet at least one of the state-based qualifying criteria.

Those criteria are listed at

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