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Burleson High will host winter art camp Saturday

The Burleson High School art department is hosting a winter art camp for elementary students Saturday.

The cost is $35 for the day. Registration is limited to 75 students. Register online at

Proceeds will will be used to purchase high-quality art materials and pay for field trips and contest entry fees.

Information: Lindsey Pearce,, or Jessica Key,

— Shirley Jinkins


Students to view exhibit on contemporary art of Mexico

About 270 students from Polytechnic High School will visit the Modern Art Museum on Tuesday through Thursday to see the “Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990” exhibition.

Teachers will lead the small groups through writing and drawing activities designed by the museum’s education staff.

Polytechnic teacher Krista Miller spearheaded the collaboration and worked with Beverly Fletcher, head of the school district’s art department, to get approval.

The exhibit will run through Jan. 5.

With 60 works by 23 artists, it is billed as one of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions in over a decade to examine contemporary art of central Mexico and Mexico City from the 1990s to the present day.

The exhibition, organized by curator Andrea Karnes, is said to be the first of its kind to be presented in North Texas.

— Shirley Jinkins


Nominations open for neighborhood awards

Residents can now nominate an individual or neighborhood for the 2014 Fort Worth Neighborhood Awards.

People and neighborhoods can be recognized for beautification and revitalization efforts, social and cultural events, collaborative projects and communication tools. New categories for nomination this year include the Mayor’s Civic Engagement and Community Collaboration Award, the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Award and the Neighborhood Newsletter Award, according to a city news release.

Residents can call 817-392-6201 for nomination forms, which are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 30. Winners will be recognized Jan. 15 at the Neighborhood Awards Dinner.

— Caty Hirst

Nonprofit group’s Christmas garage sale rescheduled

The date for the Christmastime Treasures Community Garage Sale has been changed.

The sale, benefiting Love Never Fails International, will now take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Church, at 5617 Diamond Oaks Drive South, Fort Worth.

Shoppers will find garage sale treasures, eclectic and original Christmas gifts, a bake sale, free hot cocoa, Christmas music and a special Christmas section with fun and games for the kids.

Love Never Fails International is a charity serving at-risk and impoverished children through after-school mentoring programs in the Fort Worth area.

For more information, visit

To donae new or gently used items, send an email to or call 817-831-8877.

— Shirley Jinkins

Veasey slated to speak about U.S. trip to Israel

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will speak about his recent trip to Israel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road.

Veasey was part of the congressional delegation that traveled to Israel in August to learn more about issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship and international security.

He and others met with Israeli and Palestinian opposition members, peace negotiators, defense and economic experts and government officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Harbor Club marks 60 years with open house

For 60 years, self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous have had a place to meet in downtown Fort Worth to help those struggling with drinking problems.

In celebration, the Harbor Club at 3000 W. Fifth St. is hosting an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the building will be conducted.

The Harbor Club is a private-membership, nonprofit corporation that was formed in 1948 by a group of residents. The club built the facility in 1953.

Information: 817-336-5255.

Trinity Valley, science museum team up

Trinity Valley School and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History recently formed a collaborative venture to foster digital learning.

During Computer Science Education Week this week, the two groups coordinated activities to introduce people to code and encourage current coders to grow.

The museum will host activities on Saturday with Trinity Valley students and teachers in recognition of computer science education week.

Students in elementary and middle grades will have coding practice at the museum via iPad instruction. Parents will be invited to participate.

The museum will also offer code classes to Fort Worth-area high school students. A morning and an afternoon class will be offered.

— Shirley Jinkins


Science fun will usher in Worth Learning site

Marshmallow shooters? Stomp rockets? It may sound like warfare, but it’s really science.

Children and adults will build and test these launch-worthy gadgets and learn about physics in the process during the first-ever Worth Learning Science Extravaganza on Jan. 4.

Participants will also dissect crustaceans and disassemble everyday electronics and toys during their learning experiences.

The extravaganza, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will introduce Worth Learning’s new permanent location at 5124 Tulane Ave. in River Oaks.

Families can register to attend at


Garbage rate increase takes effect in city

Garbage collection rates increased 2.7 percent for residents beginning Dec. 1.

Progressive Waste Solutions, which contracts with Saginaw for residential and commercial trash collection, requested the increase at the Nov. 5 council meeting.

Progressive Waste is allowed to request annual rate increases subject to the terms of the contract and approval by the City Council.

The city says customers will be seeing a slight increase in their monthly bills.

For further information please contact City Hall at 817-232-4640.

— Shirley Jinkins


County to screen farm license plate applicants

The Tarrant County tax office is reminding farmers and ranchers that a new state law requires them to show their state comptroller-issued Texas agriculture or timber exemption registration number before obtaining a farm license plate.

“The law will help ensure [that] no one can infringe on the privileges extended to our qualified farmers and ranchers who deserve them,” said Ron Wright, county tax assessor-collector.

“Unfortunately, as the state has grown, so has the number of reports of people abusing the farm plate and permit privileges,” he said in a news release.

The new law will weed out those taking advantage of the system that offers farmers and ranchers reduced vehicle registration and some sales tax fee exemptions.

Vehicles that do not qualify for farm plates include regular passenger vehicles, those used for driving to and from work or for hire, vehicles owned by farmer cooperatives and ones used to transport livestock for nonretail purposes.

For more information on farm plates, go to

— Steve Campbell