City by City: Arlington, Mansfield, Northeast Tarrant


Renters may have way to get help to avoid eviction

Beginning this week, Arlington residents at risk of eviction and homelessness can apply for financial assistance through the Homeless Housing and Services Program, a state-funded initiative.

A $289,345 grant will be used to provide short-term rental housing assistance, homelessness prevention and case management services. The city expects to aid about 370 homeless people, or 140 homeless households, through Sept. 30.

The program helps renters who are in immediate danger of homelessness, who meet the eligibility criteria and who have the ability to remain stably housed after they are caught up on rent.

In 2013, the Arlington Housing Authority assisted 139 households with funding from the program.

For more information, contact David Zappasodi at 817-276-6790 or

The application and additional information can be found at

— Shirley Jinkins


Christmas musicals add to cheer

The Uptown Theater at 120 E. Main St. in Grand Prairie is presenting two one-day-only Texas Family Musical productions to celebrate the weekend before Christmas.

The Roy Rogers Christmas Special starring Roy Rogers Jr. and Dustin Rogers with the New High Riders will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Cowboy Christmas stories, familiar movie and Sons of the Pioneers songs, and memories of Roy Rogers Sr. and Dale Evans will be shared by their son and grandson.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The old-fashioned family Christmas show is filled with lighthearted Christmas music as well as religious anthems.

Call 972-905-4555 or go to to order tickets for either production. Prices for The Roy Rogers Christmas Special run from $30 to $35 for adults and $15 to $17.50 for children under 12. Prices for Have a Holly Jolly Christmas are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

— Shirley Jinkins


Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation awards $72,000 in grants

Last week the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, district leaders and drum line representatives from both high schools headed out to surprise the winners of grants awarded by the foundation.

Grants totaling $72,586 for 22 classroom projects were given out.


New-user computer classes

Free computer classes are being offered next month for new users who are 55 and older (Windows fundamentals, email, and more) or more experienced users (digital camera, Facebook, Microsoft Word and more).

Walk-in registration is Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Senior Activities Center, 421 Church St., Grapevine. Call-in registrations will be accepted from 1 to 2 p.m. at 817-410-3465.


Keep on track with a Haltom calendar

Haltom City’s 2014 Community Calendar is available for free at the following Haltom City facilities:

• City Hall, 5024 Broadway Ave.

• Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave.

• Senior Center, 5000 Bernice St.

• Haltom City Public Library, 4809 Haltom Rd.

The calendars feature artwork from the 2013 Images of Haltom City Photo Contest.


Let children act out, in a good way

The Artisan Acting Academy at the Artisan Center Theater, 420 E. Pipeline Road in historic Bellaire Plaza in Hurst, is accepting applications for the spring semester.

The Academy’s series of classes expose children ages 3 and up to performance in a live theater setting and focus on training students to be proficient in acting, dancing and singing.

Classes include audition preparation, musical theater, voice, beginning and advanced acting, dance, technical theater and more. Adult classes are available too.

Classes begin Jan. 6. For more information, call the ACT box office at 817-284-1200 or visit

— Shirley Jinkins


Chamber program helps quiet types network

The Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a program to bring business contacts with different personalities together.

“Networking Tips From Introverts” is the topic for Friday’s program at the group’s regular meeting. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Olive Garden, 2031 N. U.S .287.

Cost is $5 admission plus the cost of lunch. RSVP at or 817-473-0507.