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City by City: Fort Worth area


Hazardous and e-waste collection set for March 22

The spring household hazardous waste collection event in Benbrook is scheduled for March 22 at the Dutch Branch Park Complex off Winscott Road, in the rear parking lot behind the par-three golf course. Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. or until the collection trailer is full.

Proof of Benbrook residency such as a water bill or driver’s license is required.

Acceptable items include acids, aerosol cans, antifreeze, all batteries, brake fluid, craft and hobby materials, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizer, herbicides, household chemicals, light bulbs, motor oil, oil filters, paint/stains, paint thinners, pest strips, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents, transmission fluid and varnishes.

Innovative Electronics will also be on site to collect electronic waste (such as computers, monitors, printers, scanners, appliances, fax machines/copiers, radios/telephones, televisions, smoke detectors, and gaming systems.

For more information, go to or contact City Hall at 817-249-3000.

— Shirley Jinkins


Free diabetes management classes offered on Tuesdays

Enhance your knowledge and empower yourself through the nationally recognized Stanford diabetes self-management program.

A free class will address the challenges and obstacles in self-managing this chronic disease.

Light refreshments will be available.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 4 through April 8 at Burleson Senior Center, 216 SW Johnson Ave.

Admission is free, but RSVP is required because class size is limited to the first 22 people. Call 817-568-5319 to reserve your seat. — Shirley Jinkins


Green will come 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.

Church’s walking group seeking new 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 — Shirley Jinkins


Belly dance classes slated at senior center

Free belly dance classes are held each Thursday at L.O. Bud Irby Lake Worth Senior Center, 7005 Charbonneau Road.

Come join other fun-loving adults 55 and over for a great cardio workout, and find that shimmy again.

It’s located near your waist, reminds Community Activities Coordinator Cheryl Vess.

Senior center hours are 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Call Vess for more information on this and other classes at 817-237-3281, or email her at

— Shirley Jinkins


City unveils free app

to report problems

The city recently launched a new smartphone mobile app called Weatherford 311.

The free app gives residents the ability to identify civic issues and report them to the city.

Austin Nichols, a geographic information systems analyst for the city, said the app uses the built-in GPS in a smartphone to automatically report the problem’s location.

“[This simplifies] the reporting process while increasing the reliability of the problem area for service crews," he added.

— Tim Madigan


UNT speaker will tell his DWI horror story

On Thursday night, University of North Texas students and the public can hear from a man who knows as well as anybody the horrors that drunken driving can bring.

Mark Sterner of CampusSpeak will give his account of how his life changed after he caused a drunken-driving crash that killed three of his fraternity brothers during a spring break trip years ago.

Sterner will talk at 7 p.m. at the UNT Coliseum. The event is free.

For more information, visit

— Monica S. Nagy

Multicultural festival

in Mansfield on March 1

The Mansfield school district will hold its second annual multicultural festival March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane.

The free event will include activities, games, food, and student showcases and performances.

Richland Hills church to mark 50th anniversary

Baker Boulevard Church of Christ at 7139 Baker Blvd. in Richland Hills is celebrating its 50-year anniversary on March 1 and 2.

In 1955, Westworth Church of Christ in White Settlement purchased the site to establish another congregation.

Construction began in 1963, with much of the work done by members themselves.

The first worship service was at 3 p.m. March 1, 1964, with 375 in attendance.

Anniversary activities will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. March 1, and worship is set for 11 a.m. March 2. A special anniversary celebration will follow at 3 p.m.

Alvis Fisher, the church’s first minister, will speak at both services March 2.

Original founders George Gray, Alvin Doggett and Dewey Feeler are still members. Kent Benfer is the church’s current minister.

— Shirley Jinkins

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