Celebrate dad at your local community center

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of special events for kids of all ages to celebrate their dads.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Father’s Day Cookout at Eugene McCray Community Center: 10 a.m. June 13, 2019; Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger.

Father’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 8:30 a.m. June 14, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

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Celebrate mom at your local community center

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of luncheons, teas and other ways for kids of all ages to celebrate their moms.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Mother’s Day Luncheon at Hillside Community Center: 11 a.m. May 4, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Southside Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 7, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 8, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mothers and Tea at Riverside Community Center: 9:30 a.m. May 9, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Dia de la Madre – Mother’s Day Celebration at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. May 9, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Diamond Hill Community Center: 10 a.m. May 11, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Como Community Center: noon May 11, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Mom and Son Night of Fun at Greenbriar Community Center: 6 p.m. May 11, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at your local community center

Enjoy a little sugar, spice and everything nice at an upcoming Valentine’s Day event hosted by one of Fort Worth’s community centers.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Valentine’s Day Dance at Greenbriar: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Family Valentine’s Party at R.D. Evans Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Rd..

Daddy Daughter Dance at Riverside Community Center: 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Sweetheart Social at Hillside Community Center: 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Sweetheart Social at Thomas Place Community Center: 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2019; Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill.

Love Muffins’ Day at Diamond Hill Community Center: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Valentine’s Dance at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mother Son Date Night at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Chisholm Trail Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 2019; Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

Spring Recreation Catalog

The Spring Recreation Catalog should be available at all city community centers by the end of February. Use it to sign up for spring classes and programs, find out information about upcoming special events, and learn more about the many services offered by your nearest center.

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Legends Hall Named One of 2019’s Top Local Event Venues in Society Life Magazine

Readers of Society Life Magazine, the exclusive magazine of Northeast Tarrant County, have named Legends Hall one of the top three event venues in the area.

Legends Hall at The Marq recently celebrated its third anniversary as Southlake’s premier special event venue. Each year, the Legends Hall team has aspired to exceed guest expectations, going above and beyond to ensure each client’s event is run perfectly.

In the January 2019 issue of Society Life Magazine, Legends Hall was named one of the top three event venues as part of their annual “Tops in Tarrant” list. “Tops in Tarrant” is a web survey where members of the Northeast Tarrant County community vote for the 100 best local businesses across 34 carefully selected industries. We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and clients as one of the best venues around!

To celebrate this recognition, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day. Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our wonderful clients, guests and staff. We feel blessed to find ourselves listed among the “Tops in Tarrant” and look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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Local floodplain policy to help protect what matters

Floods can happen anywhere, at any time.

Due to the extensive reported flooding risks citywide outside of the FEMA-regulated floodplain, and the limited resources for reducing these risks, Fort Worth’s Stormwater staff has been working with a community stakeholder group to develop a policy to inform the community of flood risk areas outside of the FEMA regulatory floodplain.

Development of a policy for identifying, communicating about and regulating construction activity in these “local floodplains” would provide city staff and the community with guidance to better protect people and property from flood risks in these areas.

To hear about the draft recommendations for a local floodplain policy and to share feedback, make plans to attend one of these public meetings:

  • Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., University of North Texas Health Science Center, EAD Building, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fifth Floor, Room 506.
  • Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

To find out if the area around your home or work is at risk of flooding before the next storm hits, enter your address on OneAddress. Make an informed decision when you take steps to protect what matters.

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Visit Fort Worth announces initiatives to market local music

Visit Fort Worth and its affiliate Hear Fort Worth announced several initiatives, including travel grants and a recording opportunity with nationally-recognized studio Niles City Sound, to help local musicians develop their talent and reach more people.

Visit Fort Worth also celebrated the third anniversary of the Fort Worth Film Commission, which has assisted hundreds of local film projects and supported several nationally noted films.

Help for musicians

In music, four new programs will spotlight emerging talent:

  • A new program called Studio Sessions, in partnership with Niles City Sound, will select four emerging artists to develop and produce a record single. Niles City will announce the artists at the Visit Fort Worth annual meeting Feb. 6, 2019.
  • To help artists beginning to tour, Hear Fort Worth will offer travel grants of up to $500 each. Applications can be made through Sept. 30, 2019, while funds last.
  • A new Artist Showcase will feature a different musician each month on social media channels and online by Hear Fort Worth and Visit Fort Worth.
  • Hear Fort Worth will reimburse musicians who apply to play a showcase at SXSW 2019. This is made possible by a generous grant from 95.9 The Ranch.

Learn more about the music initiatives.

In 2017, Fort Worth was named the first music-friendly city in Texas by the Office of the Governor. The program recognizes cities working to support the music industry and promote its economic impact.

Film Commission successes

Visit Fort Worth celebrated the third anniversary of the Fort Worth Film Commission with highlights from recent activity:

  • Assisted more than 500 projects in the first three years.
  • Secured filming for The Old Man and The Gun, starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck.
  • Secured filming for Miss Juneteenth, a project under development by Fort Worth’s Channing Godfrey Peoples, named one of 25 filmmakers to watch by Filmmaker Magazine.
  • Secured filming for Never Goin’ Back by DFW’s Augustine Frizzell, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018.
  • Supported production of the Fort Worth Stories film series.
  • Featured in Variety magazine.

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Carroll Dragon Band Succeeds in Local Competitions Ahead of UIL Assessments

The Carroll Dragon Band has spent the month of October preparing for UIL competition by participating in the Tournament of Champions in Carrollton and the Renegade Review in Tulsa, OK. Surviving rainy performances and long travel days, the Dragon Band competed against other bands from around the state and country as they fine-tuned their competition performance piece “Rooftops.”

On Saturday, October 6, the Carroll Dragon Band competed against other bands from the DFW area at the Carrollton “Tournament of Champions” Invitational Contest. The original format of the included Prelims performances and Finals performances from the top-scoring bands. However, inclement weather at night prevented Finalists bands from performing. The contest hosts ultimately decided to use prelims scoring for final rankings, and with a Prelims score of 84.28, the Dragon Band finished in 4th place,. During this competition, the Carroll Colorguard was awarded “Best Colorguard.”

The following weekend, the Carroll Dragon Band traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the “Renegade Review Championship” sponsored by the Union HS Band. Once again the students were challenged by rain and delays, but they handled themselves with professionalism and poise, earning 6th place out of 17 bands, and finishing 4th in their class.

The trip to Tulsa was the Carroll Dragon Band’s first attempt at a regional level contest and competitive marching band trip, and they placed ahead of, or very close behind, State, Regional, and National Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Champions from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

The Carroll Dragon Band will perform at the Region 31 Region Assessment on Monday, October 22, at 7:45 p.m. at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

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Carroll ISD and Ozarka Spring Water Team Up To Help Local Community Outreach

For the third straight year, the Carroll ISD community has shown that compassionate service is more than just one of the district’s core values. Last week, Carroll ISD and Ozarka Spring Water challenged all 11 CISD campuses to participate in a gift card drive to benefit a local outreach program for women and children.

This year, the campus that raised the most total dollars amount in gift cards would receive the 2018 Compassion Cup. This year’s “Ozarka Give Back Challenge” was benefitting our neighbors at The Gatehouse in Grapevine, a supportive living community where women and children leaving a crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent positive change.

The previous two years of the “Ozarka Give Back Challenge” saw the community step in huge ways to donate over 6,000 pounds of food to local Dallas-Fort Worth food pantries in 2016 and donate over $36,000 dollars in gift cards to school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

During a five-day period from September 10-14, CISD students, staff and families donated more than $12,000. Added to that total was Ozarka’s donation  5,000 bottles of water to The Gatehouse in Grapevine.

The three schools with the most total donations were announced during the first half of the football game on September 14. Carroll Senior High School raised $2,525, Carroll Elementary raised 2,692.08, and Johnson Elementary brought in $3,955 in gift cards. Johnson Elementary will receive the Compassion Cup during an upcoming assembly on campus, unfortunately, they were not able to be announced that the football game due to a lengthy weather delay.

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As a natural resource company providing a healthy bottled beverage, Ozarka® and its parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, are dedicated to producing high quality bottled water in a sustainable way. This includes reducing the amount of plastic in its bottles and packaging, investing in hybrid transportation technology, increasing internal recycling, regionalizing bottling facilities, constructing LEED® certified buildings, and sponsoring recycling initiatives nationally. Nationwide, Nestlé Waters manages spring sites across the United States and maintains nearly 14,000 acres of natural watershed area. In East Texas, Ozarka® preserves more than 2,000 acres of land and operates LEED® certified bottling facility that employs more than 230 people.

 

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Local weather could lead to upswing in West Nile virus activity

Fort Worth has been fortunate this year to have seen low activity in the number of positive West Nile virus cases. However, Tarrant County Public Health reported that there have been four confirmed West Nile virus positive mosquito samples collected this week.

The University of North Texas-Health Science Center, School of Public Health reports that current and upcoming weather provides perfect conditions for increased virus activity.

To help reduce the mosquito population, take a few moments to ensure your house is free of standing water that could become a breeding spot for mosquitoes:

  • Remove standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, gutters, etc.
  • Maintain your swimming pool.
  • Keep your grass mowed.
  • When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET.
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.

If there’s an issue with standing water at a location that is not city property, report it to the city’s Customer Care Center at 817-392-1234.

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Southlake Historical Society to Honor Local WWI Heroes with Exhibit and Reception

The Historical Society’s upcoming Town Hall exhibit tells the stories of farmers, cowboys, tradesmen and other small-town Texans who fought in one of the most significant wars in modern history.

During World War I, nearly 200,000 Texans served in the armed forces. “The Yanks Are Coming: How Texans Helped Win the Great War” will take you to the battlefields and into the hearts of the families left behind. The free exhibit can be seen July 7 through August 30 in the Town Hall lobby and the Southlake Library (1400 Main Street). Exhibit hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The public is invited to join the Southlake Historical Society for a free exhibit reception with music and refreshments on Sunday, July 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.

WWI Texas Soldier

Image courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

“When the U.S. entered the war in 1917,” said Anita Robeson, historian and archivist of the Southlake Historical Society, “nearly 1 million Texans registered for the draft. More than 5,000 died in battle or of disease. Like all Americans, Texans back home made sacrifices. They bought Liberty Bonds, supported the Red Cross, conserved food and, if a loved one fell, mourned.”

World War I was a windfall for Texas business. The Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest equine market in the world. More than half of the U.S. military’s mobilization and training facilities for the war were in Texas. “Texas became a place on the map,” Robeson said.

Accompanying the exhibit will be authentic WWI items collected by Southlake Carroll grad Paul Porter, who became intrigued with WWI at age 11 after reading a book he found in study hall. On display in the Library will be the uniform and personal belongings of a combat infantryman, gas masks, helmets, hats, assorted medals, a U.S. field radio and “trench art.” Soldiers and prisoners of war frequently recycled shell casings, spent bullets and other refuse to create personal art, jewelry and decorative items such as ornately-carved artillery shells and painted helmets.

“We have partnered with the Southlake Library for several years now during our exhibits,” said Connie Cooley, president of the Southlake Historical Society. “The Library opens their doors to us so we can extend our exhibit area and showcase more memorabilia, books and art.” Visit the Southlake Library’s website to learn more about their programs, events and collaborations.

For more information about the Southlake Historical Society and their upcoming WWI exhibit, visit www.SouthlakeHistory.org.

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