Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Pet fair and garage sale Sept. 26 will help homeless animals

Trinity GAP Club members with a rescue dog.
Trinity GAP Club members with a rescue dog. Courtesy photo

Is it time for you to show a little extra love for your beloved doggie? Or perhaps you are looking to add to your family by adopting a new dog or cat? Well, you are in luck because the Trinity High School GAP Club is once again presenting its annual pet fair Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school at 500 N. Industrial Blvd. The theme of the fair is “Until they find a home.”

In charge of this 10th fair is Steffenie Vela with help from GAP sponsors Karen Lee, Linda Munz and Beth Pizzuto. Admission is free for this fun family event.

“We are having food, drinks, a special bake sale, pet bathing for a $5 minimum donation, nail trimming for $5, and Pawpawrazzi Spa will have a booth by the dog-station to do minor grooming, nail clipping and nail painting. There will also be a special face-painting booth for kids by the Hurst Junior High cheerleaders,” said Vela. “TCAP will be there to do low-cost vaccinations and Great Dane Rescue will do microchipping for $20.”

Shop for dog bandanas and collars at Muttley Crew and cruise the other vendor booths including Posh Paw Pet Resort, Pup Hub Boarding, Premier Design jewelry, Scentsy, Avon, Origami Owl, Becky Pearce essential oils and Dottie Vickers’ handmade doll clothes for American girl dolls. GAP T-shirts are $15 at the GAP merchandise booth.

Handle your Christmas card photo early by stopping by Jim Stevens’ booth to have a professional shot with your pet for only $10, and all proceeds go to GAP Club. Lucky door prize winners will go home with pet baskets, jewelry, gift cards and other exciting items.

Be sure to bring a bag of dog or cat food to donate to Don’t Forget to Feed Me for needy pets.

Girls Awareness Program is an all-girls club at Trinity designed to give students a positive outlet for their time and to show them positive alternatives for their lives. Their support of the Euless Animal Shelter is legendary. They sponsor as many animals as their funds allow, providing spay/neuter, shots and services for the pets. Adoption fees collected from sponsored pets recycle back into their program so they can continue to vet as many pets as possible. The pet fair is one of their major fundraisers annually.

There is also a gigantic garage sale planned for the morning. Clothing, home accessories, furniture, small appliances, electronics will be for sale. Contact to make arrangements for drop-off or pickup.

Visit for details or email to inquire about becoming a vendor.

Passport to Paradise party is Sept. 24

Escape to the tropics with the whole family at an island-themed party from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hurst Public Library. Live entertainment, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, light refreshments and a bounce house all add up to an exciting, interactive experience.

“”The library is proud to present this year’s Library Showcase featuring Ke Anuenue Polynesian Review performing traditional Hawaiian fire dancing,” said Library Director Jesse Loucks.

“The feature performance will be outdoors in the library park, so there should be plenty of seating. Patrons are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. We will also be featuring a traditional Ukulele musician and singer.”

Chantele Hancock, library program coordinator, has put the event together and invites guests to dress for the island theme if they wish. The entertainment is part of the Arts Council Northeast Masterworks Concert Series. Admission is free. Call the library at 817-788-7353 to inquire. The library is at 901 Precinct Line Road.

Applications now due for Hurst 101 youth and adult programs

For adults who want to know more about your city government and how things work, the upcoming classes that begin in January will appeal to you; but make note that the deadline for applications is Friday.

“Hurst 101 is a dynamic program designed to provide citizens with a better understanding of the workings of our local government,” said spokeswoman Ashleigh Johnson. “The program covers a wide range of topics such as how the annual budget is developed, how public safety resources are deployed and what the city does to promote and support the local economy.”

A few spots are still available in the nine-month course that meets meet every other Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Johnson said class size is limited to 20 members to enable each participant to have a true hands-on, interactive experience. “The goal of Hurst 101 is to better equip the community to fully participate in the process of building Hurst’s future,” Johnson said.

By Friday, fill out the application online at or call Johnson at 817-788-7029.

There’s also a Youth in Government program for high school juniors and seniors who live in Hurst or attend a school in one of the four districts that serve Hurst. The young people enrolled in the program have the opportunity to learn about subjects that involve youth issues with municipal government.

“Designed to give the city’s youth a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at local government, the city of Hurst’s Youth in Government Program gives participants a chance to learn about the inner workings of local government by touring city departments, attending City Council meetings and hearing from city department heads,” Johnson explained.

The program gives them experience for many programs such as International Baccalaureate, senior projects and Texas Scholars and is developed in conjunction with Birdville and H-E-B schools. Classes kick off in October.

“Students have the chance to build valuable friendships while gaining a deeper understanding of how the branches of local government work together. Participants are eligible to earn college scholarships and a paid summer internship at the end of the school year,” said Johnson.

Student applications are due Friday. Complete the application online at

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