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ARGYLE

City seeking interested parks board members

The town of Argyle is looking for citizens interested in serving on the Parks Board.

The board is responsible for making recommendations to the town council on planning and developing public parks and receation space.

Interested applicants should fill out an application to turn in to Town Hall, 506 E. Front St.

To download an application, visit www.argyletx.com.

— Taylor Prater

ARLINGTON

UT Arlington ranked among best schools for veterans

UT Arlington is ranked No. 70 out of 120 institutions nationwide considered a good school for veterans to attend, according to Military Times.

The list rates a school’s offerings for vets at four-year universities, two-year colleges and online institutions.

The 120-school list was culled from 600 potential candidates, judged on the basis of service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, availability of specific programs for service members and academic rigor, according to the study.

Reasons for the university’s ranking include a new Student Veterans Assistance Center, a collaboration placing a full-time, experienced vocational counselor in the center, a federal grant in support of increased enrollment and graduation rates for vets, a new social work program and grants to enhance sports programming for disabled vets through the school’s wheelchair basketball team.

UT Arlington has about 2,900 student veterans enrolled this fall, according to the university’s website.

Other ranked Texas schools include University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio at No. 6, Texas A&M at No. 11, Texas State at No. 14, Texas Tech University at No. 31, The University of Texas at El Paso at No. 32 and Angelo State University at No. 39.

For more information, visit www.uta.edu or www.militarytimes.com.

— Taylor Prater

Turkey Bowl to benefit shelters

Insurance agent Lezlee Liljenberg came up with a novel idea to help victims of local disasters for the holidays.

“In the insurance industry we experience tragedy every day; fires, flooding, automobile accidents,” she said. “This year I wanted to do something to help, and bring some fun into it for those that are giving.”

She decided on a Turkey Bowl, a game where a frozen turkey is the ball, liter bottles serve as pens and the floor is the bowling lane.

The Turkey Bowl will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Delectable Delights Cupcakery, 6204 S. Cooper St., Suite 108. Call Kelly Marin at 817-794-5887 for more information.

Players must bring a frozen turkey or other nonperishable items for local shelters, or donate $5.

Teams may play as well as individuals.

GRAND PRAIRIE

Famous fitness dachshund to make appearance

Obie the Dachshund is famously known for being one of the nation’s largest dogs of his kind, weighing in at 77 pounds in 2012.

On Thursday , he’ll make a pit stop on his nationwide tour with his owners, who will talk about his journey toward a healthier life and the trials he has gone through.

Obie has been on the path to losing at least 40 pounds. His weight gain began with his original owners, who simply allowed him to eat whenever he wanted.

Now with his new family, Obie has been traveling through the country for fans to see his transformation.

Stop by Prairie Paws Animal Adoption Center on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. to visit with Obie and hear his story.

The free event is located at 2222 W. Warrior Trail. For more information, call 972-237-8575 or visit www.obiedog.com.

— Taylor Prater

MANSFIELD

Holly Days celebrates holidays

No need to run all over town to get some new decorations to spruce up your Christmas décor. You can find all sorts of unique items at the vendor show set up on the main floor at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E. Broad St.

Gift show vendors will have all sorts of unique merchandise including home décor; clothing; jewelry; purses; gift baskets; homemade scarves, pickles, jams and jellies; and much more. There’s also a country store.

Christmas music will be playing to put shoppers in the mood, and yummy holiday snacks will be served.

Holly Days Celebration will be open on Fri., Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p. m. All proceeds benefit Women’s Health Services at Methodist Mansfield.

To inquire, contact Mary Anne Moore at 682-622-7301.

-Faye Reeder

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

Library sponsors Hunger Games event, fun run

The North Richland Hills Public Library is marking the release of the second Hunger Games movie with the Catching Fire Challenge from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday . The event is open to ages 11 through 18.

Challenge activities include games, trivia and a make your own survival meal competition. Find new books to enjoy at book talks and watch book trailers. The Library is located at 9015 Grand Ave. Call 817-427-6800 for directions or more information.

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Run Run Rudolph Family 5K Run & Walk on December 7, starting at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of NRH2O Family Water Park. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 5 to 15) with registration by Nov. 30. This year’s event will benefit the North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center. Visit www.nrhtx.com/RudolphRun to get more information and register online.

REGION

Alliance plans countywide Thanksgiving service

Tarrant Area Community of Churches is sponsoring a countywide ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.

The service will take place at First United Methodist Church of Hurst, 521 W. Pipeline Road.

The Tarrant community-wide worship service is open to everyone.

Nick Billardello of Abiding Grace Lutheran Church will offer the message and members of area churches will join together and sing as a community choir.

Those desiring to be a part of the community choir may email melindav@tarrantareacc.org for more information and to get on the choir list.

For more information on the service and the Tarrant Area Community of Churches, go to www.tarrantareacc.org

The Tarrant Area Community of Churches board of directors voted this year to have a first annual Tarrant area Thanksgiving ecumenical service in response to their observations that many individual churches no longer offer separate Thanksgiving services, said a spokesperson.

It is their desire to have services at five different locations of the county next Thanksgiving.

— Shirley Jinkins

Internationally ranked Christian music tour hitting Fort Worth

Winter Jam 2013, featuring some of the biggest names in Christian music, is hitting Fort Worth Nov. 24.

The show features 10 peforming artists including headliners the Newsboys, Passion with Kristian Stanfill, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Building 429, and New Song. The admission charge is $10.

The Pre-Jam Party features Love & The Outcome, Everfound and Dara Maclean and Nick Hall, the featured speaker.

Admission may be purchased at the door of the Fort Worth Convention Center before the show at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.west.jamtour.com or call 817-392-6338.

— Taylor Prater

Polar Pajama Parties promote holiday bonding

Kids and adults alike can put on their favorite PJs for an evening of holiday fun with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Every Saturday from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23, families are invited to Polar Pajama Parties.

Activities will include hot chocolate, winter wonderland games and a screening of The Polar Express at the IMAX theater.

Admission is $11 for adults and children and $10 for all MAX members Dec. 20 through Dec. 22. The event starts at 6 p.m.

On all other Saturdays, admission is $10 per adult, $9 per child two to 12 and seniors. Prices are $2 cheaper for MAX members and showtime is 9 a.m.

For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org/polar-express.

— Taylor Prater

Museum hosts program on Kennedy visit

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is hosting a special program Thursday detailing the Kennedys’ 1963 trip to Fort Worth.

Art historian Scott Grand Barker will guide guests through the exhibit to explore artworks in the Hotel Texas exhibition and discuss the historical events surrounding the visit. The tour starts at 6 p.m. at the museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.

For more information, visit www.cartermuseum.org or call 817-738-1933.

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