City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant


Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park starts Saturday

Holiday in the Park starts Saturday at Six Flags Over Texas, with thousands of lights and decorations, special holiday shows and productions, seasonal treats to enjoy, and of course, thrilling rides.

Hours of operation are 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday as well as on Nov. 27, 29 and 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 23, and 26 through 30. Days begin later, 4 to 9 p.m., on Nov. 24 through 26, and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 20 and 22.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 13. Times switch to daytime hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Dec. 31 through Jan. 6.

Though regular park offerings including the Gotham area, parts of the Tower Section, Aquaman and El Aserradero aren’t available during Holiday in the Park, guests can go to Johnny Rockets restaurant and the Batwing and Crazy Legs rides in the Gotham section on Saturdays.

Holiday in the Park individual ticket prices onsite are $64.99 general admission, $49.99 for children under 48 inches in height, and free for children 2 and under.

Credit Union signs on as sponsor of UTA athletics

The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Trust Credit Union have joined in a seven-year, strategic partnership that is the largest sponsorship agreement in UT Arlington athletic program history.

Through the agreement, Texas Trust gains marketing and promotional rights through the University’s athletic programs. Texas Trust is headquartered in Mansfield.

The credit union will open a branch in the university’s 20-acre College Park District in spring 2014 and will place ATMs in various campus locations. Texas Trust also will market a variety of UT Arlington branded debit cards that will provide a cash reward to the University.

Texas Trust will also provide financial tools and resources for educational purposes to support the UT Arlington Student Money Management Center, which educates students about money, savings and credit awareness.

The Texas Trust Credit Union campus branch will open at 510 S. Center St., at West First Street.

‘Tuna Christmas’ comes to Theatre Arlington

What would a Texas holiday season be, without a hilarious journey to the mini metropolis of Tuna, Texas, the fictional “third-smallest” town in the state?

A Tuna Christmas, which debuted in 1989, is the second in a series of four iconic comedic plays, that include Greater Tuna, Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas. The plays offer a satirical, affectionate comment on small-town life and attitudes, and are remarkable for the format: two men who play the entire cast of more than 20 eccentric characters of both genders and various ages.

Theatre Arlington’s Eric Dobbins and Shane Strawbridge will each play 11 characters. They became Theatre Arlington audience favorites by co-starring in earlier productions Seven in One Blow and The 39 Steps.

Theatre Arlington’s preview performance for A Tuna Christmas will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, and the show will officially open on Dec. 6.

Performances will continue through Dec. 22 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20. The play is recommended for mature audiences due to language and adult themes. Visit Theatre Arlington at

— Shirley Jinkins


Holiday gift market in Grapevine

Spend a fun shopping day at the 11th annual Canton In The City Holiday Gift Market inside the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 South Main St. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

There will be 78 vendors in the 23,500 square-foot convention center, offering goods such as personalized holiday and home décor, adults’ and childrens’ apparel, framed art, packaged dry goods, kitchen accessories, candles, perfumes, purses, educational toys, jewelry, and bath and beauty items.

Two-day admission is $5 for adults, $1 for middle and high school students, and free for children under 11.

Parking is free.

Print out a $1 adult discount admission coupon at

Shopping hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1


Campus program, Education Foundation car raffle

Birdville Elementary in Haltom City is hosting a Family Math and Science Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The “Wildlife on the Move” guys will be there with live animal interactive stations and there will be math and science activities for everyone.

All students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Birdville Education Foundation’s car raffle for a chance to win a 2014 Ford Fiesta is still in full swing. The car has been donated by Five Star Ford. Purchase tickets, 1 for $25 or 5 for $100, through Dec. 6 on their website at

Only 1,500 tickets will be sold and proceeds benefit the Foundation in its mission to offer grants to BISD educators. The car will be raffled Dec. 7 at the Northeast Richland Lion’s Basketball Tournament at Thomas Coliseum.


Seventh annual

Apron Celebration

The North Richland Hills Public Library will host the 7th annual NRH Apron Celebration on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. More than 70 vintage aprons will be on display. There will be a 30-minute narrative history of the humble garment at 11 a.m. followed by a "share and tell" session.

Wear an apron and share its story because every apron has a story, organizers say. Prizes will be given at the wear and share. Admission is free. The Library is located at 9015 Grand Ave. For more information, contact Curator Kathleen Brown at

— Shirley Jinkins

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ this weekend

The Tarrant County College Opera Workshop, the Tarrant County College Opera Club and the Richland Hills United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti on on Friday and Saturday.

The performance will be held at Richland Hills United Methodist Church, 7301 Glenview Dr., North Richland Hills at 7 p.m. both evenings and is free to the community.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a tale of a young disabled boy and his struggling mother. Amahl and his mother's lives are changed forever when the Three Kings, who are traveling to see the Christ Child in Bethlehem, ask for shelter at their home.

Since its first performance on Christmas Eve 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has become a holiday classic. This popular American opera has been performed on every continent and in many languages.


Holiday website launched

Since November and December can be the busiest months of the year for both retailers and residents, the City of Southlake Economic Development Department has launched its one-stop resource for holiday events and activities:

The festive website is organized into 12 primary categories with descriptions, dates and times for holiday happenings from Saturday’s three lighting through through Dec. 24.

Kicking off the holiday season is the Annual Tree Lighting in Town Square at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Festivities will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include performances by local choirs and the Southlake Community Band, as well as activities for everyone including photos with Santa, carriage rides, snow hill tubing and holiday food and drink. Santa Claus will be around to take gift requests at Santa’s Village through Dec. 24.

A new section this year is Town Hall Events with a full calendar, including breakfast with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, the Carroll school district Show Choir performance, Polar Express Movie Night and holiday crafts in the library.

The Store Events section of the website lists events hosted by Southlake businesses and the Shopping & Dining section links directly to the business directory. The website also lists Black Friday store hours for retailers in Town Square and throughout the city.

Informational sections such as Parking & Directions help visitors to the area.

The website will be continuously updated and businesses and community organizations may submit information for posting to


Gifts being collected for needy children

Eighteen collection sites in the Fort Worth and Arlington areas are currently accepting shoeboxes full of gifts for needy children in other countries as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Anyone can participate by packing empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, then delivering them by Monday to one of the collection sites. The boxes will be delivered to 9.8 million children in more than 100 countries.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call 1-800-567-8580 or visit www.

Dropoff sites include Bethesda Community Church at 4700 N. Beach St. and Christ Chapel Bible Church at 3701 Birchman Ave. in Fort Worth, and Fielder Road Baptist Church, 2011 S. Fielder Road in Arlington.

Local organizers hope to collect more than 50,000 shoebox gifts from this area.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts. It is a project of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham.

Donors can help out year-round by visiting the project’s website at They can select a child’s age and gender, shop through a selection of gifts, and “pack” an empty shoebox online for the next holiday season.

Using special tracking technology, participants can also “follow” their shoebox and discover the country in which their gift will be delivered to a child in need.

Trout stocking to begin in Fort Worth, Hurst

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s popular rainbow trout stocking program will kick off November 29 with the first deliveries of fish to two locations in Fort Worth and Hurst. The stocking is part of the agency’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program.

Stockings will continue until March with some lakes being stocked every two weeks and others on a monthly basis.

Greenbriar Park in Fort Worth will be stocked with trout on Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 27, Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 7 and 21, and March 7.

Hurst Chisholm Park in Hurst will be stocked Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, and Feb. 21.

Channel catfish are stocked from April through October, and rainbow trout are stocked in winter months.

“The reason for stocking some lakes on a monthly basis is to reduce losses of fish to resident cormorants,” said Dave Terre, TPWD’s chief of management and research in a news release. “We hope the less-frequent stockings will keep the birds from patterning our stocking activities and make more fish available for anglers. We will stock the same total number of fish, just less often.”

A recent survey indicated that more than 80,000 people statewide take part in the Neighborhood Fishin’ program. Fish for the program are purchased with funds from the Texas Bass Classic Foundation and local partners.

Anyone 17 years or older needs a fishing license to fish at the Neighborhood Fishin’ locations, and no more than two poles may be used while fishing. The bag limit for trout and channel catfish is five fish per day with no minimum length limit.

Holiday display at Christian Arts Museum

The Christian Arts Museum will display nativities from around the world during the holiday season. These nativities represent cultures from all continents, and most are hand made by local people in their own areas. We also display a large nativity hand-carved and painted in Italy. This nativity has over 30 characters.

These nativities will be on display from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. The museum and its displays are free. Donations accepted.

The museum will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving. The museum will also be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday of each week and is located at the corner of Hamilton and Bailey in the Cultural District of Fort Worth. Groups are welcome. Call for further information at 817-332-7878.

Wild West show saddles up for holidays

The Fort Worth Stockyards will host a historical reenactment of the original Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, starting Nov. 29.

There will be two showings Nov. 29, one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 4:30 p.m. Shows will start at the same times Nov. 30.

The show features trick roping, shooting and riding, cowboy songs and an entertaining historical look back.

Pawnee Bill will “come back to life” to recreate his show for spectators more than 90 years ago, held in Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum in 1909.

Families can enjoy animal shows, rope performances, bullwhips, pistols and singing cowboys.

Tickets are $18 for box seats, $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for kids 12 and younger.

There will be multiple showings again from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

For more information, visit

Tickets may be purchased by calling 817-625-1025.

— Taylor Prater

Children, mayor team for fundraising ride

Teams of bicycle riding school children will join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on Saturday to raise funds for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and its Food for Kids programs.

Mayor Price will lead the non-competitive ride from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth .

The Ride for Kids goal is to raise $250,000 from sponsors.

Prizes for top fundraisers and teams will be new bicycles to donate to children in schools where Tarrant Area Food Bank provides meals for children.

The winners will make the presentations at the schools at a private celebration.

Children and teams can sign up for the ride at

Sponsors may also sign up to support individual riders or teams at that web address.