Fort Worth

August 27, 2014

City by City: Fort Worth area

The 22nd annual Benbrook Trinity Trash Bash happens Sept. 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Clean up the Trinity, have fun doing it

The 22nd annual Benbrook Trinity Trash Bash happens Sept. 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 in the parking lot behind Benbrook Community Center/YMCA at 1899 Winscott Road. Cleanup begins at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are assigned specific areas in the park to pick up litter and debris. Gloves and trash bags are provided.

Call 817-249-6008 to register before the event.

Trash Bash volunteers will receive free T-shirts and giveaway items, and everyone is eligible to win door prizes. Again this year, a free hot dog lunch is served by 4 PAWS volunteers at 11 a.m.

Trinity Trash Bash is an annual volunteer cleanup of the Trinity River and its tributaries. As a member of the Trinity River Environmental Educational Society or TREES, Benbrook is part of a network of municipalities that participate in the environmental effort each year. About 6,500 volunteers participate annually in 25 area events, collecting as much as 335,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

For more information or to register, contact Cathy Morris at 817-249-6008 or

Check the city’s website calendar for more information and volunteer release forms:


Workshop is today for tax-funded grants

City officials will be hosting a workshop for people applying for tax-funded tourism grants at 3:30 p.m. today at Burleson Visitors Center and Museum, 124 W. Ellison St. Attendance is optional for grant applicants.

Guildelines and applications are online at for those wishing to apply for hotel/motel occupancy tax fund grants. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sept. 3.

The city is seeking proposals for tourism-related projects that are specifically designed to attract overnight visitors to the area. The hotel/motel occupancy tax revenue is generated within the Burleson city limits.

Hotel/motel occupancy tax funds may be spent on projects involving visitor information, facilities and registration of visitors, advertising and promotional programs, arts promotion, historical restoration and preservation, and tourist transportation.

For more information, call economic development manager Justin Bond at 817-426-9684 or economic development coordinator Alex Philips at 817-426-9613.

City Hall will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

Program will cover aging, digestive issues

The Senior Class group at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South invites people who are 65 or older to attend a presentation on common digestive health problems that may arise with age. Titled “Common Digestive Issues,” the presentation will be held Sept. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at Texas Health Huguley, 11801 South Freeway in Burleson.

Dr. Muhammad Memon, gastroenterologist, will share information on why common digestive issues occur and what people can do to keep their digestive systems running smoothly.

Common Digestive Issues will cover topics related to gastrointestinal symptoms, heartburn medications, constipation, and incontinence.

Admission is free. Contact Vanessa Longoria at 817-551-2652 to reserve a seat.


Snowball Express 5K coming up

A 5K race benefiting Snowball Express, the DFW-based nonprofit that serves children of fallen military heroes, will take place Sept. 27.

Early registration for the Snowball Express 5K is $20 by Monday. Regular registration, through Sept. 24, is $30. Race day registration is $40, according to a city news release.

A free 1-mile kids’ fun run will be at 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk is at 8:30 a.m.

All of the events will be at the Police and Fire Memorial in Trinity Park at 2300 W. Seventh St.

Snowball Express will bring nearly 1,800 children and surviving parents from around the country to Fort Worth on Dec. 11-15 for special events planned just for them.

Registration for the event is open at

— Caty Hirst

‘Jerusalem’ documentary to open at Omni Theater

Filmed for the first time for giant-screen theaters, Jerusalem immerses audiences in one of the world’s most beloved cities. This tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions, as illustrated through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who live in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem opens at the Omni Theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Sept. 12.

Noted archaeologist Jodi Magness was given unprecedented access to the city’s holiest sites and even traveled underground to solve some of the city’s greatest mysteries. Rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land illustrates why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem continues to stir the imagination of billions of people.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch narrates the 40-minute film.

The film has taken five years to make with the support of many leading institutions and foundations, as well as the blessing of all the communities in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 817-255-9540.

For more information on the project, go to the movie’s website,

To make group reservations, call 817-255-9450. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

Laura Bush to speak at reading benefit

Former first lady Laura Bush will be guest speaker at the 2014 Read2Win Dinner on Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Fort Worth Convention Center.

An Evening With Laura Bush will benefit the literacy initiative Read2Win, which matches at-risk first-grade students with caring volunteer reading coaches. The vision of Read2Win is to partner local churches with all 85 Fort Worth elementary schools to mentor every struggling first-grader in thedistrict.

Last school year, 50 churches affiliated with TarrantNet (Networking Churches Reaching Tarrant County) partnered with 36 schools to provide each child with a reading coach.

Individual tickets to the dinner are $150. For more information, call 817-738-0607 or email

Conservationist’s bird paintings on view for free

“Ephemera: Winged Creatures of Texas” opens Friday in the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in advance of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Fall Gallery Night on Sept. 6.

This is “Ephemera’s” first U.S. showing. Admission is free.

“Ephemera” highlights the artist’s inspired observations of nature and explores patterns and ways in which they occur. The artwork has been showcased and acquired by museums throughout Texas including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The opening reception for Ephemera will also be Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

Admission to the exhibit and the reception is free.


Medication disposal events planned across area

Fort Worth’s next Take Back Meds event, where unused and expired medications can be dropped off for disposal, is set for Sept. 27, according to a city news release.

The drop-off locations will accept the medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Saginaw Fire Station No. 1, Richland Hills Fire Department and the Haltom City Police Department.

Several Walgreens are also accepting the medications, including 3100 McCart Ave., 6205 Westcreek Dr., 4325 Golden Triangle Blvd., 3809 East Belknap St., 2400 Jacksboro Highway, 9625 White Settlement Road, 6346 Camp Bowie Blvd. and 3100 Miller Ave.

Permanent drop boxes for Fort Worth residents only are located at 350 W. Belknap St., 1100 Nashville Ave. and 3525 Marquita Drive.

Items not accepted at the event include oxygen tanks, inhalers, needles, IV bags and thermometers.

— Caty Hirst


Aquatic Center open on Labor Day

Saginaw city offices will be closed Monday, but the Aquatic Center at 605 W. McLeroy Blvd. will be open for Labor Day swims.

Aquatic Center hours will be noon to 7 p.m. Monday. Fees to swim are $5 for Saginaw residents and $10 for others.

Also in Saginaw, normal Monday garbage collection and recycling schedules will not be affected.


Library Friends auction accepts pocket change

Help out the Springtown Library, 25 cents at a time. The Friends of the Springtown Library is sponsoring a Quarter Auction fundraiser on Tuesday.

The auction will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 1070 N. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Those in attendance must be 18 or older.

More than a dozen vendors are providing auction items, including Pampered Chef, Tupperware, TomBoy Tools and handmade items.

Here’s how it works: bidders must purchase a numbered paddle for $2.

When an item comes up for auction, the auctioneer will announce how many quarters (one to four) each person must bid. Bids are made in quarters only.

There is only one round of bidding per item, and no one bids more than the number of quarters the vendor set. The quarters enter the bidder into a drawing for the prize.

After all the bids are in, a number is drawn to decide the winner. The numbers correspond to the paddles the bidders are using.

Bidders may purchase as many paddles as desired, but they must put in quarters for each paddle in order for that paddle number to enter the drawing. Bidders may also buy a chance to win half of all quarters bid.

Vendors will be giving away door prizes at the event.


Retired Teachers begin a new year

Parker County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for lunch, followed by a noon business meeting and program.

The meeting will take place at Central Christian Church Cuppett Hall, 1602 S. Main St., in Weatherford.

A representative from CASA will present the program. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in the foster care system.

Lunch for $8 will include barbecued chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, jalapeño cornbread, and cake, prepared by the Food Service Committee.

Call 817-594-5748 to make a lunch reservation and to get more information.

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