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07/30/2014 1:35 PM

07/30/2014 1:36 PM

FORT WORTH

Revel in science, art of photography

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will host “iPlay: Picture This!,” a festival celebrating the intersection of science, art and technology in the Innovation Studios.

Museum guests will have the opportunity to explore photography from different perspectives and experiences. All guests are encouraged to BYOD (bring your own device) to create stop-motion animation videos, participate in “Appy Hour” and more.

They can also team up with local filmmakers to experiment with time-lapse photography and take part in a community project.

Additional activities include light-painting, or making creative images with a camera and light sources; and sun-based science, creating art with the power of the sun.

Photography Primer helps guests explore photography apps and programs and find spots to take fantastic photos, and Optical Explorations shows how to bend, twist and combine light in varying ways to create fanciful photographs.

Nick Bontrager, an assistant professor of new media art in the School of Art at Texas Christian University will be leading two experiences with guests. On Friday , they will create huge inflatable sculptures that will be displayed throughout the day. On Saturday, Bontrager will set up a 3-D scanning station to create a virtual copy of guests, which they can take home.

Activities are offered on a rotating basis, and many are best suited for guests ages 8 and above. All activities are included with paid exhibit admission.

HASLET

Blood drive on Thursday at library

The Carter BloodCare Bus will be onsite at the Haslet Public Library from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to collect blood donations.

The library is located at 100 Gammill St.

WEATHERFORD

Pet shelter plans adoptions, fundraisers

Parker Paws will be showing off adoptable pets at the Weatherford PetSmart from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. during several dates in August. The dates include Saturday and Aug. 9, 16 and 30.

PetSmart is located at Interstate 20 Exit 408 in Weatherford, in the shopping center just south of the Interstate. Contact Parker Paws at 817-694-5718 for more information about adoptable dogs and cats.

Two Parker Paws fundraisers are also scheduled during August.

On Aug. 9, Parker Paws will be participating in Belk’s Kidsfest, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. There will be a fashion show and fun activities for children. Belk store is located off I-20, Exit 408 in the shopping center.

A Dog Dayz of Summer celebration will be hosted by the Cup & Cake Coffee House and Bakery, 109 N. Main St., from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 23.

Kids can decorate cookies, parents can enjoy coffee and tasty baked items. Everyone gets to meet Parker Paws adoptable dogs. Cup & Cake is located on Main Street on the north side of the square. For directions or more information call 817-599-4422.

REGION

Save money, the

planet with new app

A new smartphone app is aimed at keeping vehicles road-ready and saving money at the gas pump.

Along with helpful hints for keeping vehicles operating efficiently, the “Roadcents” app from the Texas Department of Transportation also offers tips for reducing tailpipe emissions that contribute to air pollution.

“Roadcents” is a Web-based app for a mobile device or computer that gives drivers the tools to track vehicle maintenance and calculate how much they can save by changing their driving habits. Drivers also can receive email alerts when their vehicles are due for maintenance; find nearby repair shops and gas stations; and learn what to do in case of a roadside breakdown or accident.

Driving a car that needs maintenance can add more than $100 to annual gas spending. Underinflated tires increase vehicle emissions and can add an extra $90 a year to fuel costs. Poor driving habits such as speeding and rapid starts and stops also can cost a driver as much as $900 a year in gas.

To use “Roadcents,” visit www.DriveCleanTexas.org, create an account and enter vehicle information.

Week will honor minority organ donors

Donate Life Texas celebrates Aug. 1-7 as National Minority Donor Awareness Week.

The nationwide observance honors multicultural donors and their families, while also publicizing the critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

In Texas, nearly 12,000 people, 8,000 of whom are minority patients, are waiting for an organ transplant and many others are waiting for a tissue transplant.

Last year in Texas, there were 648 deceased organ donors; 299 were from minority backgrounds. During the same time period, there were 478 living donors and of those, 237 were minorities.

In Texas, prospective donors can register electronically through the website www.donatelifetexas.org or when they renew or obtain their driver license at any Department of Public Safety office. They can also register to be a donor when applying for updated vehicle tags through the Department of Motor Vehicle online portal.

To register as a donor or for more information, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.

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