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Winery to hold photos with Santa benefiting children in need

Sunset Winery of Burleson will hold a special holiday Photos with Santa event Saturday with proceeds benefiting children in need.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., children and families can have their photos taken with Santa at the winery, 1535 S. Burleson Blvd.

A $10 “sitting fee” per individual or group will go to Heart for the Kids foundation. The fee includes a digital photo emailed to the subject, a free mulled wine sample for adults and free juice for children.

Photos may also be turned into a custom label for select wines purchased at the event. Additional prints may be purchased from photographer Brooke Lowther.

Reservations should be made today from noon to 7 p.m. at 817-426-1141.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

Burleson police offer safe shopping tips

Burleson police and members of Citizens on Patrol will be out in force on Thanksgiving and Nov. 29, patrolling major retail areas to help shoppers.

Traffic officers also will be out watching for unsafe drivers on the roads and highways. Officers will direct traffic at congested roads such as Hidden Creek Parkway at the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Burleson police advise shoppers to stay alert and follow these tips:

— Domingo Ramirez Jr.


JFK’s Fort Worth ride to visit the city again today

The white 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible used during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth 50 years ago will once again be on the city’s streets this morning.

The car is on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. at Dallas Love Field, through this weekend.

The car was designated “Limo One” as it transported Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally from the Hotel Texas to Carswell Air Force Base, where they boarded their short flight to Dallas on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.

This morning, the car’s current owner, Jim Warlick, will be at the hotel, now known as the Hilton Fort Worth, for a chamber of commerce breakfast commemorating the event Kennedy attended 50 years ago.

Also present at the breakfast will be former House Speaker Jim Wright and Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who jumped onto the back of the president’s limousine seconds after the fatal shots in Dallas.

After the breakfast, the convertible will be returned to the museum, where it will be on exhibit through Sunday with a 47-foot replica of Air Force One, a Boeing 707 fuselage refurbished to resemble Kennedy’s plane in 1963.

The automobile has had the original engine replaced and body work and paint done, but most of the interior, including the red leather seats, is in its original condition.

Admission for the exhibit is $10 for museum members, $12 for nonmembers and $7 for children 3 to 17.


— Faye Reeder

Club to display exhibit on gender-based violence

Zonta Club of Fort Worth on Dec. 10 will present its “Zonta Says NO” exhibit about gender-based violence in Texas.

The exhibit will display a pair of shoes representing the 114 Texas women killed in 2012 by their intimate partners, as well as five pairs of children’s shoes to represent the children slain with them.

The free outdoor exhibit will be in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse on Weatherford Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information about each woman and child will be included in the exhibit.

The first 200 people in attendance will receive an orange “Zonta Says NO” wristband.

Monday starts the 16 Days of Activism global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence on an international level.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

Fort Worth Jaycees club ready for reactivation

The Fort Worth Jaycees club for young men was reactived Thursday, according to the organization’s president.

Logan Swords, president of the Fort Worth Jaycees Past President and Fellow’s Club, is inviting anyone interested in joining to meet at the Coors hospitality room, 2550 McMillan Parkway at Interstate 35W.

Men ages 21 to 40 are invited to join the organization, which provides the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others.

Women are also invited to join.

Former club traditions include the planting of the Christmas tree in Burnet Park, Labor Day rest stops, Easter egg hunts, the Miss Fort Worth Pageant and more.

For more information, contact Swords at 817-429-3780.

— Taylor Prater

McDonald’s of North Texas donates Happy Meal Books

McDonald’s of North Texas is celebrating the company’s Give a Hand campaign today by distributing 700 Happy Meal Books to parents attending the 4:30 p.m. production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Give a Hand is an annual November fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Restaurant customers may donate a Hand in $1, $3 and $5 denominations.

All money collected in the restaurants for RMHC is split, with 75 percent going to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Fort Worth and 25 percent going to the national RMHC. Last year, Give A Hand raised $4.5 million nationally.

More than 4,000 Happy Meal Books will be donated in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to literacy programs and events through Dec. 31.

— Shirley Jinkins

Order of nuns marks 150 years of service

More than 300 people attended a Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth last week to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival in North America of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur.

The order was founded during the 1830s in Belgium. Msgr. Stephen Berg presided over the Mass.

Afterward, the sisters hosted a reception and were greeted by many former students and friends who have supported them in their educational and service ministries.

The order maintains missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Tanzania, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

They were instrumental in establishing the North Texas educational institutions Nolan Catholic High School, Bishop Dunne, St. Ignatius Academy, Our Lady of Victory Academy, University of Dallas, and Notre Dame High School.

— Shirley Jinkins


Collection campaign underway to keep residents warm

For the third year, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune is partnering with area businesses to collect new mittens and gloves for residents through winter.

The collection is part of the Becky’s Wish campaign, giving warm clothing to children in need.

A collection box is stationed inside the Empire-Tribune office, 590 E. South Loop. Other locations include Gifford’s TV and Electronics, TexasBank, InterBank and First Baptist Church.

Residents should drop off their donations by Dec. 15. From there, area service agencies will distribute the clothing.

For more information, visit

— Taylor Prater

Run with your pets to benefit local animal rescues

Stephenville is hosting its first-ever 5K and Dog Jog on Saturday to benefit a local animal rescue organization.

Residents are invited to Stephenville City Park at 3 p.m. to participate in the race.

The race benefits the Cross Timbers Animal Guardian Society, which focuses on finding homes for animals likely to be put down.

The event lasts until 8 p.m. and features entertainment by the Cody Gill Band, bounce houses and arts and craft vendors.

To pre-register, call the Animal Guardian Society at 409-276-7297 or email

Pre-registration is $10 per runner, $20 the day of the event.

— Taylor Prater


First Monday monthly event rescheduled for November

First Monday shoppers will still be able to peruse for their holiday gifts despite the typical time block being rescheduled this month.

The event has been moved to today through Sunday in regards to the Thanksgiving holiday. Times will remain at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Santa Fe Drive.

The event averages around 200 to 250 vendors monthly, rain or shine. Walk-in vendors are also accepted, depending on space.

The weekend event will feature more holiday shopping than usual to help residents in their gift shopping lists.

For more information, call Michael Howard at 817-598-4351.

— Taylor Prater

Local college to present free annual fall concert

The choral department of Weatherford College will present its annual fall concert Dec. 3.

“One World, Many Voices — A Call for Peace, Providence and Praise” starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Alkek Fine Arts Center on campus.

The choir will sing Mozart, gospel and more.

Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call choral director Rob Laney at 817-598-6237.

— Taylor Prater


Holiday card service honors friends with charitable donation

Tarrant Area Food Bank is sponsoring a holiday card service, allowing donors to dedicate their contributions to loved ones.

The service runs through Dec. 13 through the food bank website.

Anyone who donates can dedicate the money in honor of a friend or family member by sending them a colored holiday card, featuring a holiday recipe by Chef Dennis McFarlin of Blue Mesa.

Donations may be made for any amount and dedicated to up to 20 recipients.

Online forms are available at

— Taylor Prater


Historic maps make good gifts, save Texas history

Got a hard to please history buff on your gift list?

Historical maps posted on the Texas General Land Office website make good gifts for anyone who loves Fort Worth and the Lone Star State. Best of all, proceeds from the sales go toward preserving historic documents.

Since the office receives no funding for preservation of its historical documents, sales of copies helps raise money for the cause.

Online orders during December are said to constitute the biggest annual funding for the preservation effort.

A perennial top-seller is an 1845 commemorative map showing the full size of the Republic of Texas when it stretched up to present-day Colorado. Another favorite is an 1889 map that shows present-day Texas, decorated with period advertising around the margins.

A bird’s-eye view map of Fort Worth from 1886 and a Fort Worth city map from 1919 are local favorites.

Hundreds of maps can be viewed at Click the “search entire catalogue” button to go to the archive of over 80,000 city, county and state maps. Once on the archive page, select the "Bestselling Maps" search filter in red to see a set of more than 200 attractive maps selected to be reproduced as gifts.

Most maps at cost about $20. Online and phone orders before 5 p.m. Dec. 20 can be delivered by Christmas Day.

Orders can also be called in directly to the Archives and Records Division of the Land Office at 800-998-4456.

Holiday nativity 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.

Encore Club Will Meet Dec. 2

Members of the Encore Club will meet at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club on Dec. 2 and enjoy a lively holiday program presented by the Arlington Woman’s Club performing arts department.

Club president is Nancy York, and Jean Widmann is first vice president. The group meets monthly at various locations in the area. Recently members enjoyed Allan Saxe’s presentation “Keeping Up With UTA” and a program about “Organizing Your Personal Estate” by William Verkest.

The mission of Encore is “to promote friendship among women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities.” To inquire about membership, contact Jo Davis at 817-75-9577.

— Faye Reeder