First Fridays will bring families out for music, fun
Summer 2014 kicks off Friday with the fourth annual First Fridays Summer Concert Series in historic downtown.
The family fun runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and includes a fireworks extravaganza, car show, festival and live music by Sophie Clark and The Southern Heritage Band and local artist Katy Keenie.
First Fridays brings awareness to Aledo’s small-business owners and promotes a sense of community. Downtown merchants as well as specialty vendors and artisans will be open during the event, as will a number of restaurants.
Fire Department offers first aid, CPR class
The Fire Department is offering monthly classes on Saturdays for people who want to learn first aid and CPR basics.
The classes will take place at Fire Station No. 1, 828 SW Alsbury Blvd. from 9 a.m. to noon. The dates are June 14, July 12, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.
Participants must be at least 15 years old to take the three-hour course. Everyone who completes the course will receive a certificate.
Classes are open to the first 30 people who sign up. Call 817-426-9170.
— Elizabeth Campbell
Fundraiser for HOPE Center will feature unique bartenders
Three elected to the state House will serve as celebrity bartenders at a Tuesday fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for the Fort Worth HOPE Center, which provides food, educational programs and medical-referral assistance to adults and families in need.
The event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace restaurant, 777 Main St.
State Reps. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, and Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, as well as state Rep.-elect Ramon Romero, D-Fort Worth, will serve as bartenders.
— Anna M. Tinsley
Knit, crochet to bring comfort during crisis
Knitters and crocheters, or those who have always wanted to learn the needle arts, are invited to Heartmenders.
The group of handcrafters makes prayer shawls, scarves, lap robes, chemo blankets and other items for people in crisis. It meets every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Springtown United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 109 W. Third St.
The group meets for fellowship, knitting, crocheting, learning and all-around good times, organizers say.
Those who used to knit or crochet can join the group to regain rusty skills. Learners can find crafters with all levels of skill available for assistance.
Art shows capture rural life in Texas
Images of rural life in Texas will be on display in two University of North Texas exhibitions running June 16 through July 19 in Denton.
The exhibitions are “Diane Williams: Life on the Blackland Prairie” and “Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers ,” according to a UNT news release.
The exhibitions are sponsored by the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the UNT Libraries Special Collections.
A reception for “Blackland Prairie,” which features photographs of rural landscapes of the prairie, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 16 at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.
The Blackland Prairie stretches from North Texas to the San Antonio area. Williams, an architectural historian based in Santa Fe, N.M., is expected to attend the reception.
A reception for “Horse Country,” which depicts life in the quarter horse industry in North Texas, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 19, also at UNT on the Square.
The images were shot by Ray Bankston, Don Shugart and John Stryker and archived in the UNT Libraries.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
For more information, call 940-565-2108.
— Bill Miller
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