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Eyes on H-E-B: Daystar light display in Bedford

Be sure to drive over to see the beautiful Christmas light display at the Bedford headquarters of Daystar television network at 3901 Texas 121.
Be sure to drive over to see the beautiful Christmas light display at the Bedford headquarters of Daystar television network at 3901 Texas 121.

Be sure to drive over to see the beautiful Christmas light display at the Bedford headquarters of Daystar television network at 3901 Texas 121.

“Each year during the Christmas season, Daystar strings up hundreds of thousands of bright white LED Christmas lights across the property — visible from state highway 121 to passers-by, and this year’s display is better than ever before,” said spokeswoman Sarah Leff in a news release.

“With over 500,000 pure white LED lights to light up the night, and festive Christmas music playing in the background, this is one display not to miss this Christmas season.”

“This year’s display will also feature a full, life-sized nativity scene directly in front of the building. The 20-piece outdoor nativity scene features majestically crafted old-world style, life-size figures, depicting the scene of that first Christmas night many years ago in Bethlehem, when Jesus was born into the world,” Leff added.

The free event is open to the public around the clock. Contact Leff at 817-799-2247 or visit

Hurst Senior Center to host Christmas and New Year’s events

Attention Hurst seniors: If you haven’t joined the Senior Activities Center, now is the time so you can participate in the fantastic holiday events planned at the lovely venue.

On Dec. 22 members can bring their grandkids to a Christmas lunch that includes plenty of kid-friendly foods and a slew of experiences for those lively grands to make some memories with grandma and grandpa.

“Activities will include Zumba dancing to holiday music, reindeer-crafting stations, decorating a mini-Christmas tree with icing and candy, and photo opportunities with Santa,” said spokeswoman Michelle Varley.

“We have a special lunch planned that kids and grandparents can enjoy while they watch the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Each child will receive a special treat to take home." Admission is $5 per person, and adults must be members of the center.

Later, on New Year’s Eve, make sure you begin 2016 with a lucky black-eyed-pea luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“What started out as a small cup of peas, has turned into a much-anticipated gathering,” said Varley. “We expect over 100 of our members to converge on the senior center on New Year's Eve for their share of lucky black-eyed peas.”

“Parkwood Retirement has partnered with the senior center to make this event happen. There will be plenty of peas and cornbread for everyone to enjoy. It is a great opportunity to close out 2015 with good friends,” Varley added.

Admission is free, but members should register in advance so that food quantities can be planned. Contact Varley at 817-788-7712.

Christmas fun at two events in Euless on Saturday

Before you head out for shopping Saturday, start the day with something extra-special for the kids at the Texas Star Conference Centre. The Jolly Old Man himself will be there to enjoy a delicious breakfast with everyone who stops in. And not only that, but he’s bringing the elves to have fun with the kids as they do holiday crafts together. And bring your camera so you can get a great photo with Santa.

Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Send an email to or call 817-685-1859. Tickets for adults are $10, children up to age 10 are $8, and under age 2 is free. Walk-in prices increase by $2. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Later on over in Heritage Park, a family Christmas Celebration will feature live holiday music performed by local choirs, a petting zoo and a chance for kids to make their very own Christmas ornament.

“A blacksmith will be on-site demonstrating his skills, and the Texana Living History Association will be doing period demonstrations around the log house. We will also have pictures with Santa while Mrs. Claus reads stories to kids,” said spokeswoman Suzanne Hendrickson. “Cookies, hot chocolate and lemonade will be served. And we’ll have kettle korn sampling and larger bags for purchase.”

The Himes log house, McCormick barn and the Fuller House will be decked out in holiday splendor, and folks from the Euless Historical Preservation Committee will conduct guided tours of the 160-year old structures.

“This is a family-fun holiday event for all to relax, celebrate and learn a little Euless history along the way. We hope that you can drop by for an hour or so and see what we have to offer at Heritage Park,” said Hendrickson.

Heritage Park is at 201 Collum Drive, and the Christmas Celebration is from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 817-685-1666 for more information.

Events at a glance

▪ The Daughter of St. Nicholas is showing at OnStage in Bedford through Dec. 20. The charming story is based on a Russian folk tale and follows a group of Russian actors as they present the legend of Snegorka, who must find the missing reindeer and help Santa save Christmas. Purchase tickets at or at the door.

▪ Holiday Dance at the Hurst Senior Center is Thursday at 7 p.m. A 16-piece orchestra — Nobles of Note — will play great music for dancing and listening. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person. Direct inquires to Linda Provence at 817-788-7717.

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