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Castleberry High School Pathway Night is Monday

Irma Marsh Middle School will host a Castleberry High School Pathway Night on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents of eighth-graders will learn about the new high school foundation graduation plan.

Parents will also hear from Castleberry High counselors and career and technology education teachers who will discuss courses and pathways offered at the school.

Parents will be able to ask questions about their child’s high school plan and learn how they can help prepare their student to be successful after graduation.

Over the past few weeks, district eighth-graders have spent time researching the choices they have for their high school education. Parents are strongly encouraged to look over the new graduation plan before the meeting.

The graduation plan, along with information about the eight endorsements offered at Castleberry High, are available at


Foundation donates more instruments to district

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation continues its support of music education in the Fort Worth school district by awarding an additional $102,047 in instruments to four middle school band and orchestra programs.

In 2013, the district and the foundation entered into an agreement, with the first award of instruments and repair totaling $192,719 at six secondary schools.

“We are deeply grateful to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for their generosity and continued partnership with our district,” said Superintendent Walter Dansby. “This donation will directly benefit 76 students by providing not only a new instrument but also a sense of pride.”

Fort Worth schools pre-qualified and received campus visits and interviews from foundation members in September. Four received an award of instruments, including Leonard Middle School, $23,580; W.C. Stripling Middle School, $23,742; Wedgwood 6th Grade Center, $22,965; and Wedgwood Middle School, $31,760.

Gospel choir concert marks Black History Month

The Fort Worth ISD Gospel Festival will celebrate the genre of gospel music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with a free concert at Trimble Tech High School, 1003 W. Cannon St.

Thirteen Fort Worth high school choirs will perform. Then they will combine for a mass choir of more than 400 students under the direction of Raymond Wise from Indiana University.

This concert is free and open to the community. Students from elementary, middle school and high school choral programs are encouraged to attend.

“We want to bring our high school students together to enhance their enjoyment of music while expanding their knowledge of good gospel music and the techniques of singing it correctly,” said Don Devous, choral and general music specialist. “By offering the performance to all of our campuses, I hope to instill in all students the importance of maintaining this style of music and learning the history that developed it into the music that they listen to today.”

The gospel festival has been a school district tradition for many years and is held in conjunction with Black History Month.


Green comes to Stockyards on March 15

Chances are good that green will be the color next month in Fort Worth, and one way to see it will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Stockyards.

The annual Cowtown Goes Green parade will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 15.

The event at 130 E. Exchange Ave. will feature free activities for kids such as pony rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, games and contests.

Residents also will be treated to live music.

For more information on the parade, call 817-625-9715.

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Needle arts make a point at Thistle Hill this week

Historic Fort Worth is hosting “A Needlepoint Love Story at Thistle Hill,” showcasing the needlework of more than 60 stitchers and more than 500 needlepoint works.

A champagne reception to meet the stitchers is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave. Cost is $75.

The exhibit is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10.

Parking is located directly west of Thistle Hill. On Thursday and Friday, additional parking is at the Woman’s Club, 1316 Pennsylvania Ave., with a free shuttle to the mansion.

— Sandra Baker

Get an early ticket for Willie Nelson’s picnic

Willie Nelson will once again host his Fourth of July Picnic in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The North Forty will be the site of the highly anticipated all-day outdoor concert on Independence Day.

Two stages will provide nonstop entertainment from noon until night. Special areas including a VIP tent and sky box will add to the concertgoing experience and provide guests with a place to stay cool.

Tickets are $20 to $250 and can be purchased at, or by calling 817-624-7117. Willie’s Picnic enthusiasts will have the option to purchase a $20 general admission ticket before any of the headliners are announced.

Those tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and may be purchased through Sunday.

Announcement of the preliminary artist lineup will be Monday at 10 a.m., and public tickets for general admission, VIP and sky box go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.

Final artist lineup will be announced at 10 a.m. April 14.

— Shirley Jinkins

Church’s walking group seeking members

The Walkie Talkies walking group at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7605 S. Hulen St., is inviting potential members to join one of the daily sessions at the church’s indoor track area over the Great Room.

Members walk from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Participants walk at their own pace, can stop for a rest if needed and can walk the entire hour or just a bit. They may use walkers, canes or wheeled devices if needed.

For more information contact Judy Clarke at 817-292-9555 or


No stranger danger in a Blind Date with a Book

Looking for adventure, mystery or just some comfort for your heart on the weekends? Then go to John Ed Keeter Saginaw Public Library for a Blind Date with a Book.

The meet-up is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the library, 355 W. McLeroy Blvd.

A selection of books will be on display and wrapped up to conceal their true identities until they are checked out and unwrapped at home. Readers may find a lifetime of love or just a simple friendship in the books.

All books have received a background check and their identities have been verified at the library.

For more information, contact the library at 817-230-0300.


Summer job fairs for water lovers

If you’re looking for a summer job, Hawaiian Falls needs more 1,000 workers for seasonal jobs at its five North Texas water parks.

Starting March 1, the job fairs will be held at the following locations:

Hawaiian Falls offers jobs to people 16 and older who want to work in a safe, family-oriented atmosphere. Positions include lifeguards, cabana waiters, camp counselors, ticket-takers and ride attendants.

Candidates must complete an application at for consideration. Applications will not be accepted at the parks or by mail.

Candidates will then need to attend a job fair for a short orientation about Hawaiian Falls and interview on the spot. Candidates should plan to spend up to two hours to complete the process.

For questions, email or call 972-268-9219.

— Elizabeth Campbell

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