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08/22/2014 2:54 PM

08/22/2014 2:56 PM


Back to School Bash helps over 500 students

Over 500 free backpacks filled with school supplies were handed out at the district’s annual Back to School Bash on Friday.

Most of the bags of supplies went to families with students entering pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, as they accounted for over 300 of the participants.

“It was a joy to see the excitement on our students’ faces when they picked out their backpacks full of supplies,” Lori Nunez, the district’s special programs director, said in a news release. “It was a true team effort in collecting donations, buying supplies and inviting vendors. We cannot thank our local businesses and churches enough for their donations. It wouldn’t have been our largest Back to School Bash without them.”

Families were also able to get vision and hearing screenings, sign up for vaccinations if they had not already, visit with the transportation department about buses and visit 29 vendors from the area that were giving haircuts and had information ranging from doctors to nutrition.

All of the supplies were provided through donations from local businesses and churches.


Don’t sweat this social hour at Texas Health Huguley

Senior Class at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South invites people 65 and up to join members for a cool social hour at Pinocchio’s Gelato, Coffee & Paninis in Burleson on Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Beat the heat this summer and enjoy a sweet treat under the summer sunshine with community seniors who are looking to improve their complete health — mental, physical, spiritual and social.

Attendees get a 20 percent discount on gelato, plus a free summer care kit from Texas Health Huguley.

Admission is free. For questions, contact Vanessa Longoria at 817-551-2652.

Pinocchio’s is at 217 W. Renfro St.

Senior Class members attend health screenings, lectures, social events and more throughout the year.


Goodwill adds two attended donation stations in area

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has added two attended donation centers to the Fort Worth area.

The 1,540-square-foot center at 596 Altamere Drive in west Fort Worth began accepting public donations Aug. 2, while the 1,197-square-foot center at 3250 Hulen St. in south Fort Worth will open in September.

“Goodwill puts 93 cents of every dollar earned by the sale of donated goods back into programs and services that help the greater Fort Worth community,” David Cox, Fort Worth Goodwill’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Through education, training and career services, we helped 42,768 local individuals with disabilities or other barriers to work gain independence in 2013.”

For a full list of locations, visit center.

— Sandra Baker

Fort Worth Academy a ‘Common Sense School’

Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has certified Fort Worth Academy as a “Common Sense School” for educating its students to be safe, smart and ethical digital citizens.

The school demonstrated a commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn while limiting perils such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

“We applaud Fort Worth Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Media, said in a news release. “Fort Worth Academy deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

New soccer league targets 65-and-over players

Still interested in getting some kicks out of life? Join us on Friday at 7 p.m. at YMCA Legends Fields, 4320 Altamesa Blvd., for an organizational meeting for a noncontact soccer league. Bring water, regulation soccer ball, and white and navy shirts. We will probably adopt a 4-on-4 format.

For additional information, contact John Nagely at 817-991-3939 or

Quilt show will take place Sept. 19-20 in Fort Worth

Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild presents its 32nd annual Quilt Show titled, “Holidaze Galore.”

The show will be Sept. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Amon Carter Hall in the Will Rogers Convention Center.

There will be more than 250 quilts, a live auction, drawing for the 2014 donation quilt and a vendor mall. Admission is $7, and Fort Worth city parking is 10.

For more info go to


Check out wildlife after dark at Fossil Rim

Visitors can enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, watch the stars and listen to the nighttime sounds of the park from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 12 during a Discovery After Dark tour.

Participants will learn about both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife. The tour is $35 per person and includes admission to the Scenic Wildlife Drive.

Reservations are required. To register, call 254-897-2960. For more information, email or visit

The park is at 2299 County Road 2008.


School seeks vendors for craft market

Trinity Christian Academy is seeking vendors for its third annual Gift & Craft Market to be held Nov. 8 and 9 at TCA in Willow Park.

Vendor applications and guidelines are available at


Historical group plans preservation summit

The Tarrant County Historical Commission announces its 2014 Historic Preservation Summit to be held Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Resource Connection in south Fort Worth at 2300 Circle Drive.

Area history museums will be the exhibitors this year.

Recognition is given to outstanding individuals in the field of history preservation.

The William E. Jary Award is given for tireless effort in preserving the history of Tarrant County.

The Tom Vandergriff Award is given for outstanding public service and leadership contributing to the history of the county.

The Debbie Reynolds-Hazen Award is given to a young person who has shown exemplary service in preserving Tarrant County history.

Nomination forms for any of the preservation awards may be requested from or by calling 817-884-3271. All nominations must be received by Sept. 4.

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