Toastmasters celebrating 10th anniversary this month
The Cleburne Toastmasters Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and would like to celebrate by inviting new members.
Three charter members are still active with the club, including Everett Stokes, Charlotte Gorman and Bart Cannon. County Judge Roger Harmon was also a charter member.
The group invites those interested in improving their oral communication skills to attend the group’s meetings at noon Wednesdays at Susannah’s Restaurant.
— Shirley Jinkins
Children, mayor team up
for fundraising bicycle ride
Teams of bicycle-riding schoolchildren will join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on Saturday to raise funds for the Tarrant Area Food Bank and its Food for Kids programs.
Price will lead the noncompetitive ride from 8 a.m. until noon at Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave. The Ride for Kids goal is to raise $250,000 from sponsors.
Children and adults are invited to bicycle, tricycle or stroll for up to 5 miles. A Kids for Kids relay race will take place around a quarter-mile course. Entertainment and special activities for younger children will be provided.
Prizes for top fundraisers and teams will be new bicycles to donate to children in schools where Tarrant Area Food Bank provides meals. The winners will make the presentations at the schools at a private celebration.
Children and teams can sign up for the ride at tafb.donorpages.com/rideforkids2013. Sponsors may also sign up to support individual riders or teams.
— Shirley Jinkins
Tin Can Sailors plan Christmas dinner
The Tin Can Sailors of North Texas will hold their annual Christmas dinner Dec. 10 in the Hospitality Room of Coors Distributing located at 2550 McMillan Parkway, Fort Worth.
Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. There is no charge for current members. Meals for non-members and guests are $10.
Reservations are required. Contact Larry Morris at (817) 249-1439 to make a reservation. Due to
limited seating capacity there will be a maximum of 30 non-member and guest spaces available.
Tin Can Sailors of Texas was founded in 1990 in Fort Worth. The purpose of the organization is to stimulate interest among those who have served on United States destroyers or similar vessels, commonly referred to as "Tin Cans". This includes several different types of ships, such as DD’s, DMS, DE's, Frigates, and more.
— Shirley Jinkins
Golf tournament raised $128,000 for Goodwill
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has announced that the sixth annual Goodwill Classic held this month raised $128,000.
Since its inception in 2008, the tournament has raised over $725,000. More than 144 golfers participated alongside tournament co-chairmen Nolan and Ruth Ryan and Mike and Rosie Moncrief at Ridglea Country Club.
Money raised through the tournament helps thousands of individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment achieve their maximum independence through Goodwill’s job training and placement programs.
— Shirley Jinkins
School trustees approve extension of pre-construction contract
The company hired to help draft the Fort Worth school district’s $490 million bond program will continue to work with the district through Dec. 10.
Voters recently approved the bond program.
Projects were recommended by the consulting firm AECOM, which managed the 2007 bond program. In November 2012, the district hired AECOM to provide support services.
The district is requesting proposals for professional services and program management. The district will look at what companies have to offer.
The AECOM contract’s term ended Thursday. However, work continues on the new Young Women’s Leadership Academy, so the company will stay on to complete that project at no additional fee, according to the district.
This week, the board of trustees approved the AECOM extension. AECOM's extension runs through Dec. 10.
Catholic school to have preschool/kindergarten open house
St. Andrew Catholic School will have a preschool and kindergarten open house and coffee for parents of prospective students today from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 3304 Dryden Road in the TCU area.
Free nursery is available by reserving a spot in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be personal tours, information sessions, refreshments and more. St. Andrew Catholic School has operated for 60 years and accepts students from preschool through eighth grade.
Interested parents who cannot make the open house may call Development Director Rose Hall at 817-292-4355 for personal tours or questions.
— Shirley Jinkins
Opera Guild meetings announced
Members of the Opera Guild of Granbury will close out 2013 with a Dec. 3 meeting, and then kick off their new year on Jan. 7. Both luncheon meetings will be at DeCordova Bend Club House, 5301 Country Club Drive.
Social time for both meetings begins at 10:30 a.m.; the programs are at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at noon.
The December program includes A Christmas Carol ensemble singing selections from the show. This production opens Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 23 at the newly renovated Granbury Opera House, 133 E. Pearl St.
Entertainment for the January meeting will be a fashion show presented by Bella Rosa Consignment Shop, followed by a silent auction.
Those planning to attend and have lunch with the group are asked to RSVP by Nov. 28 for the December meeting and Dec. 28 for the January gathering.
For lunch reservations call 682-936-9572.
— Shirley Jinkins
City launches voluntary curbside recycling
River Oaks residents can sign up to have recyclable items picked up on Wednesdays. To participate in the free program, residents must sign up at City Hall, 4900 River Oaks Blvd.
Items should be placed in blue bags on the curb for pickup on Wednesdays. There is no charge for the service. The blue bags are available at many retail outlets.
Materials that are accepted include paper, phone books, junk mail, glass, aluminum cans, plastic and food containers, except for Styrofoam. Items that won’t be accepted include paint, pesticides, herbicides and plastic containers containing motor oil.
For more information, contact James Hatley at 817-626-5421, ext. 332.
New food pantry to have grand opening
The Community Link food pantry would like to invite the community to the grand opening of its new 8,500-square-foot building at 300 S. Belmont St. in Saginaw on Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Community Link is a food pantry that serves six ZIP code areas covering 164 square miles of northwest Tarrant County.
Organizers hope to provide more than food assistance in their new facility, including medical/dental outreach clinics, tutoring, English classes, nutrition classes, job search assistance and a backpack food program for needy children.
Community Link is seeking donations for a silent auction that will take place the day of the grand opening.
All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Community Link.
To learn more or to offer help, call 817-847-4554 or email email@example.com.
Church to hold auction benefiting charity
First Baptist Church Springtown is bringing back its annual auction, benefiting the Lottie Moon Offering.
The auction runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 500 N. Main St.
The auction will include custom-made items for most ages, holiday gifts and more. Some will be priced, while others will be part of the silent auction or oral auction.
The Lottie Moon Offering supports international missionaries from Southern Baptist churches.
For more information, visit www.firstbaptistspringtown.com.
— Taylor Prater
Church alliance plans Thanksgiving service
Tarrant Area Community of Churches is sponsoring a countywide ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service on Tuesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 spokeswoman.
It is their desire to have services at five different locations of the county next Thanksgiving.
— Shirley Jinkins
UT Arlington among best 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.
— Taylor Prater
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.
Drop-off 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. 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.
Anyone 17 years or older needs a fishing license to fish, and no more than two poles may be used while fishing.