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Eyes on H-E-B: Beach party July 29 to benefit United Way

Commissioner Gary Fickes invites residents to cool off at the Northeast Tarrant County Courthouse in Hurst on July 29.
Commissioner Gary Fickes invites residents to cool off at the Northeast Tarrant County Courthouse in Hurst on July 29. Courtesy photo

Instead of letting the summer heat get you down, put on your coolest island attire and head on over to the Northeast Tarrant County Courthouse in Hurst on July 29 for the annual Summer Fun Beach Party.

The fun-loving staff of Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes invites the entire community to drop by and grab a frozen cherry limeade and relax for a while in the 68-degree shade in the tropical oasis also known as the community room at the courthouse.

“Join Commissioner Gary Fickes and his team for a hamburger and hot dog cookout,” said precinct administrator Rebecca Barksdale. “Play a game of horseshoes, enter the best-dressed tropical outfit/Hawaiian shirt contest, win some door prizes, bid in the silent auction, and enjoy some cool tropical music by a steel drum band.”

Silent auction and door prizes include all sorts of entertainment packages including tickets for the Brahmas, Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor, Casa Mañana, Fort Worth Zoo and a trampoline park. Restaurant and hotel packages along with movie passes and even a pizza oven are among the cool items still arriving from generous donors.

“We really appreciate Commissioner Fickes and everyone who is making this event possible to support United Way’s investment in education, income and health,” said United Way CEO Tim McKinney. “Last year alone, United Way-funded programs helped people in Northeast Tarrant County more than 69,000 times.”

Party guests can enjoy delicious hamburgers or hot dogs along with chips, beverage and dessert for a donation of $8 that will go to support the United Way. Organizers hope to raise $5,000.

“Our Precinct 3 Beach Party will allow us to support our community through the United Way of Tarrant County all while enjoying summertime fun,” Fickes said.

The courthouse is at 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst. For information, call the office at 817-581-3600.

Get retro at Ice Cream Social on Sunday

Bring back the good old days from 1915 when a party to celebrate the completion of the Old Bedford School House involved the whole community. No reason for the ice cream socials of that era to fade away, so another ice cream social is planned for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We are bringing back this event to help celebrate the historical landmark 101 years later,” said city spokeswoman Natalie Foster. “The event is free, and there will be live music, tours of the Old Bedford School, fun for kids and adults, and of course, ice cream.”

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Summer drama camp for kids

Kids ages 6-12 can learn the fundamentals of theatrical performance from Rover Dramawerks at drama camp Aug. 1-5 at the Old Bedford School. Students will learn the basic skills of creating a character, vocal performance, movement, improvisation and more.

“This camp provides a solid introduction to theater and also challenges experienced actors,” said spokeswoman Natalie Foster. “Each class member performs in a short play that is rehearsed during the week and presented to family and friends at the end of the final class.”

Students need to have reading skills adequate to learn simple lines. They may also be asked to provide their own simple costume for the play.

Classes are from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and cost $115 per child. Pre-registration is required. Check it out at or call 817-952-2290 to inquire.

Vendor call for two upcoming events

Registration for vendors opens Aug. 15 for the Holiday Market and Craft Fair set for Oct. 21 in Hurst. Anyone interested should contact Michelle Varley at the senior center at 817-788-7712.

Vendors are also welcome to apply for a spot at the Oct. 7 Empowering Seniors Expo hosted by Tarrant County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes. Apply immediately at as slots are expected to be filled by Aug. 1.

Sock hop July 28 will be a rockin’ good time

For those fun-seekers 55 and older, a sock hop July 28 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. sounds like a blast.

“Be there or be square,” says Linda Provence, the activities coordinator at the Hurst Senior Center. “We will have a twist contest, dance host and light refreshments. Now and Then will be playing good old rock ’n’ roll music. We hope everyone will come and enjoy our beautiful dance floor and meet new friends.”

Admission is $5 at the door. The center is at 700 Heritage Circle. Call 817-788-7710 to inquire

Nonprofits invited to apply for grants by July 31

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is accepting neighborhood grant applications through July 31. This grant program is available to local nonprofit organizations in the neighborhoods where Sprouts Farmers Market operates.

Applicants must demonstrate mission alignment with at least one of the foundation’s giving areas. Applications and guidelines at or send an email to

Rock and Ride event benefited liver disease

The TA Behm Family Charitable Foundation, a brand-new charity founded by H-E-B native Tom Behm, held its first fundraiser last month.

Rock and Ride, a fun motorcycle ride, departed from Adam Smith Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford and finished at Bronco’s Sports Bar in Hurst. After the ride, a speaker talked about the importance of organ donation. The evening wrapped up with five bands performing a variety of music genres.

Behn started the charity in honor of his mother, who passed away from liver disease while awaiting a transplant. Proceeds from the event were given to the American Liver Association.

To learn more about the charity and to find out when the next event is, visit or send an email to

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