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City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant


Research your past at free family history fair Saturday

Experts from the National Archives at Fort Worth will be among the speakers at a free family history fair on Saturday.

Aaron Holt of the archives will discuss the secrets of American Indian research, and Meg Hacker will present a program on the holdings of the federal facility in Fort Worth at the fair, sponsored by the Arlington Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The fair will feature 18 programs designed to help people research their family history, said Merry Shaw, director of the Arlington Stake Family History Center.

The fair will be at 3809 Curt Drive in Arlington. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the first class starts at 9. Classes are scheduled throughout the day.

Information: 817-600-3357 or

— Steve Campbell

Sessions to look at options for older homeowners

Ingrid Sullivan, co-owner of the Sullivan & Sullivan Team at Keller Williams Realty in Arlington, has scheduled two sessions in April to help seniors learn about living options.

The 90-minute sessions are called “Downsize Your Home to Upsize Your Lifestyle.” Sullivan said she gives seniors a framework for getting started on a plan and helps them look at all of the options available for having a place to live with less maintenance.

“In many cases, homeownership proves to be a heavy weight and a source of isolation for seniors,” Sullivan said. “While remaining in the home may have been a goal earlier in life, by the time homeownership starts to feel unmanageable, the prospect of evaluating other options and actually moving can feel completely overwhelming.”

One session is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 10 at Town Village, 1250 W. Pioneer Parkway.

The second session is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 12 at Watercrest Mansfield, 250 E. Debbie Lane.

In 2013, homeowners over 65 accounted for 25 percent of homes sold nationwide, she said.

— Sandra Baker

Whitley to present Tarrant outlook for 2014 March 27

The 2014 State of the County address will be March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Arlington, 1500 Convention Center Drive.

County Judge B. Glen Whitley will speak about the highlights of the past year and the forecast for 2014 to business, civic and city leaders.

Pay water bill using city’s new smartphone app

Arlington residents and business owners can now pay their water utility bills with an app on their smartphone.

Arlington Water Utilities partnered with Check, a mobile payment company, to create another way that its 101,000 customers can track and pay their water bills.

“We’re constantly listening to customers,” Laurie Foreman, Water Utilities customer services manager, said in a news release. “We took note that mobile payments are more convenient for our customers, so we are excited about providing them with this new payment service.”

Customers can pay other bills through the Check mobile app using a variety of payment methods. Customers can download the app through Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

“Check is a wonderful service for our customers,” Foreman said. “Partnering with Check helps the city of Arlington get started with mobile payments without additional taxpayer investment.”

— Susan Schrock

Children’s show coming to Levitt to film documentary

Get ready for vociferous veggies on March 9 when the Super Sprowtz tour comes to the Levitt Pavilion for a free 2 p.m. performance.

A documentary film crew will be recording the concert, so audience members will be asked to sign a release in case they are caught on film.

The Super Sprowtz Eat Your Super Powers U.S. tour stop will include a 45-minute interactive show with the Sprowtz — Colby Carrot, Brian Broccoli and Erica Eggplant — leading the audience through superhero training camp featuring songs, dancing and games. Super Sprowtz aims to make learning about nutrition and wellness fun and to prompt young children to begin thinking about their food choices.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and coolers with snacks and beverages will be allowed.

Visit the Sprowtz at


Museum preserves history of schools, community

History buffs and researchers can bone up on Birdville-area history with a visit to the Birdville school district’s museum located in the Shannon Center, 6030 Walker St. in Haltom City.

The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum houses a unique collection about the 1800s Birdville community, Tarrant County and Birdville school history.

The collection includes all high school and many middle and elementary school yearbooks, several hundred genealogy research books and written family histories and Fort Worth Genealogy Society’s “Footprints” publications dating back to the 1960s.

The personal belongings of Benjamin Franklin Barkley, one of the first lawyers in Tarrant County, are also on display.

The museum also maintains a growing collection of news articles about the area.

Admission to the museum is free, and tours are available upon request.

Call 817-547-5498 or email

— Shirley Jinkins


Colleyville hosts spring cleaning for April 5

Colleyville invites its residents to do a bit of spring cleaning.

The city will offer trash drop-off and waste disposal from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 5 at Heritage High School. The site will feature bulk trash drop-off, electronics recycling and document shredding.

The first 50 cars are guaranteed access to dispose of hazardous waste including paints and pesticides.

Colleyville residents must show proof of residency.

— Dustin L. Dangli


Historical-fiction author set to speak

Local author Kathleen Kent will be the speaker for the March 6 meeting of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society at the Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

Kent will spotlight her newest book, The Outlaws, historical fiction set in 1870 Texas and will also discuss two prior books written about her family.

She is a 10th-generation descendant of Martha Carrier, who was executed as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials, the subject of her first book, The Heretic’s Daughter. Her second book, The Traitor’s Wife, is the prequel to the first book.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the group’s short business meeting at 7.

The society meets every first Thursday of the month at the Euless Public Library.


Help for health insurance enrollment

Get free help to navigate the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace from an enrollment specialist from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 19.

Seating at Haltom City Public Library, 4809 Haltom Road, is limited, and reservations are encouraged at 817-222-7787.

— Terry Evans

Preschool’s craft show scheduled for March 22

Craft show vendors who include area artisans and sellers of such products as Origami Owl, Tupperware, Scentsy, Silpada Designs, Stingy Turtle and Premier Jewelry are part of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22 spring craft show and silent auction hosted by St. Philip Preschool of Hurst.

It’s located on the corner of Precinct Line Road and Pipeline Road, 2 miles east of North East Mall.

The auction items include a seven-night stay and a four-night stay in Red River, N.M.; Rangers game tickets; NRH2O pass, green fee and cart for Iron Horse Golf Course and many gift cards.

Call 817-282-0557 for information.

— Terry Evans


Landscape classes to inspire gardeners

Whether you want to lean about low-maintenance plants, attract birds and butterflies or fix a leak, the Mansfield water department has a class for that.

The department is teaming with the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association to host a series of free Texas Smartscape classes for Mansfield residents next month.

The four classes will be conducted at the Mansfield water treatment plant, 707 Pleasant Ridge Court, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in March.

The series starts March 6 with a course on choosing Texas native and drought-tolerant plants for landscaping that needs little watering.

Learning how to create a “backyard sanctuary” using plants known to attract birds and butterflies is set for March 13.

Do-it-yourself repairs of leaky toilets, showers, sinks and irrigation systems is the subject for March 20.

The final class features the city’s nature education specialist, Sam Kieschnick, who will teach how to choose plants that thrive in the unpredictable weather of North Texas.

Register by calling 817-477-2248 or emailing More information on this type of landscaping can be found at

— Robert Cadwallader


Engine repair shop doubles space

Mitchell Automotive is relocating to a new spot in the Pantego Auto Mall after just one year.

The engine repair shop is moving into 5,624 square feet of space, with four 20-foot drive-through doors and a 600-square-foot office at 2103 Pioneer Parkway. The space is being vacated by a boat repair shop.

Mitchell Automotive had been located in 2,730 square feet in the center, which was developed in 1988.

“We already have prospects for Mitchell Automotive’s space and the balance of the center,” said Judy Nitzinger with Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW. Nitzinger represented the landlord, 2101 Pioneer Parkway LP.

— Sandra Baker


Crud Cruiser comes to Southlake on April 19

April 19 is spring cleaning time in Southlake.

The city will host a massive cleanup event from 9 to 11 a.m. at Dragon Stadium, 1085 S. Kimball Ave.

The mobile Crud Cruiser will take hazardous waste including cooking oil, automotive fluids and more.

There will also be electronic recycling, minus televisions; and document shredding.

The event will run until trucks are full.

— Dustin L. Dangli

Art in the Square marks anniversary

Art in the Square 2014 will be an anniversary celebration of the juried fine arts festival’s 15 years in Northeast Tarrant County.

Dates are April 25-27.

The Southlake Women’s Club sponsors the event, which has raised $2 million for local charities that help women, families and children.

Festival highlights include Artist Plaza featuring over 150 world-class, emerging and area high school artists; two stages showcasing national headliners and local performers; art experiences for children in the Kid’s Korner; and The Zone, with children’s activities including a bounce house, rock climbing wall and bungee jump.

Le Bistro sells food and drinks, and a new attraction called Destination Alley helps travelers plan the trip of a lifetime.

Festival hours are 4 to 10:30 p.m. April 25, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 27.

Free admission and parking.

Learn more at

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