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Master Chorale to audition vocalists

Auditions for the 42nd season of the Arlington Master Chorale are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 11 and 12 in the choir room at First Baptist Church of Arlington, 301 Center St.

To schedule an audition time, contact Randy Jordan by email at Auditions take about 15 minutes and include checking voice range, tone quality, pitch memory and sight reading skills.

There is no requirement for a prepared solo piece for the audition.

The Arlington Master Chorale, established in 1973, is dedicated to performing outstanding choral music for audiences in Arlington and surrounding communities and to music education by featuring student choirs in high-quality choral performances.

The chorale performs three concerts a season — fall, winter and spring — along with specialty performances with symphonies and other musical companies at venues that have included Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

For more information, visit


Bash with a Splash at Bedford pool

Teens 14 to 17 can say goodbye to summer from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at a Back to School Bash with games, prizes and music at Bedford Splash, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive.

Admission is $5.

For more information, visit or call 817-952-2323.

Tennis at the Boys Ranch, anyone?

Anyone looking to learn the basics of tennis, join a tennis camp or just improve that backhand can check out the Wilder tennis classes offered to students of all ages beginning Monday.

Classes will be at the Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. For information on prices and classes available, call 817-952-2323.


Education day coming up for homebuyers

The Grand Prairie Homeownership Fair is on the calendar for Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Parkway.

Prospective buyers can attend free educational sessions on how to buy a home, foreclosure prevention, home maintenance, homebuyer assistance programs, mortgage lending, credit repair and more.

Participants can pick a session or stay all day for free food, giveaways and activities for the kids. Children’s activities include sessions on savings and checking, budgeting and credit. Fun activities will include a gaming truck with Xbox and HD flat screens, face-painting, balloon artists, the Waggin’ Wagon on-site animal adoption center, temporary tattoos for kids and on-site radio personalities.

Exhibitors will include local real estate agents, mortgage and loan officers, housing and credit counselors, home inspectors, appraisers and title companies.

To preregister, call 972-237-8173 or visit

The event is sponsored by Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services.

Bee knowledgeable about bee hives

Grand Prairie Farmers Market will present a beekeeping class sponsored by Round Rock Honey from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

For more information, call 972-237-4599 or visit

Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St., features fresh produce weekly and is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through December.


Vendors needed for church fair

St. Andrew Lutheran Church is seeking vendors for its first annual Holiday Craft Fair, planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

Booths will be available inside and outside the church, at 504 W. Bedford-Euless Road. Registration is now open for anyone wishing to set up a booth to sell crafts and goods. No food vendors please.

Go to the link “craft fair” on the church website at and download a registration form and a letter detailing availability and booth fees. All spots are first come, first serve, so forms should be submitted as soon as possible.

Call the St. Andrew church office at 817-282-3607 or send an email to for more information or any questions.

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Woodwind concert to close out August

The Philharmonic Winds Woodwind Quintet will perform for an Aug. 28 concert at the Hurst Public Library.

Admission is free.

The Philharmonic Winds Woodwind Quintet was formed out of the New Philharmonic Orchestra in response to a need for small ensembles.

The group performs a variety of woodwind quintet music from classical to pops. The Philharmonic Winds plays not only in performance settings, but also for weddings, receptions and as background music for meetings.

The members are Janice Spooner, flute; Rashaad Calaham, oboe; Fran Harris, clarinet; Ralph Wilson, horn; and Sue Wilson, bassoon.

Through the MasterWorks Series, Arts Council Northeast and the city present free performances on selected evenings throughout the year.


Empty the Shelter Day for pet lovers

Richland Hills Animal Services will participate in Empty the Shelter Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16, a one-day pet adoption event that will involve many North Texas animal shelters.

Adoption fees will be waived that day.

The Richland Hills shelter is at 7049 Baker Blvd., 817-616-3769.

Senior Lunch Bunch offers food, fellowship

The city hosts a free monthly senior activity and lunch for Richland Hills seniors on the second Thursday of each month at the Richland Hills Community Center, 3204 Diana Drive.

Next up is an Aug. 14 lunch of hot dogs, chili, accompaniments and dessert.

Food is served from noon to 1 p.m. with a number of scheduled activities following lunch.

For more information about planned meals and activities contact Anne Bruton, 817 -616-3820, or email

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