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Experience holiday merriment at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is festooned with poinsettias of all colors this holiday season.

A visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is always a breathtaking experience, especially during the holiday season when the halls are decked with trees, poinsettias and greenery. The garden staff has planned three special activities during the holiday season:

Santa’s Wonderland

From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, join Santa and Mrs. Claus for crafts, games, story time and holiday treats at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for children up to age 12. Please limit four children per adult. RSVP to Stephanie Sellers at 817-392-5535.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

City Sponsored Meetings

Dec. 18, 2017  5:00pm

Task Force on Race and Culture
Oak Hall, Deborag Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.  See the AGENDA here.


Jan. 8, 2018 6:30pm

West Meadowbrook Water & Sewer Line Replacement Project Meeting, Sycamore Community Center, 2525 E.Rosedale St.
A community meeting to discuss replacement of water and sewer lines in the West Meadowbrook area.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas January Meeting

Frances Cooke Van Zandt Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet Monday, January 15 at 1p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth.

The program will be “Tales of Texas: Kiowa Indian Raids of 1867” presented by Dawn Youngblood ,PhD., Tarrant County Archives.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas are descendants of men and Women who lived in and/or fought for Texas independence from Mexico in the Republic period, 1835-1836.

For information please call Kelly Miller 817-366-2524


Texas Rangers spreading holiday cheer through Cowboy Santas

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino Deshields is this year's honorary chair for the ball club's Cowboy Santas toy drive.

The Texas Rangers are participating in the 2017 Cowboy Santas toy drive, the seventh consecutive year in which the team has been involved in the City of Fort Worth’s holiday charity.

Through Dec. 18, supporters can drop off new unwrapped toys or books at the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park in Arlington or the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop, 316 Main St., during regular store hours. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth police and fire stations.

On Monday, Dec. 18 from 4-7 p.m., the Rangers will sponsor a Cowboy Santas toy drive at Globe Life Park in Arlington in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area. Current and former Rangers players will sign autographs. Holiday movies will be shown on the video screen, the Rangers KidsZone will be open and drink and food specials will be provided. Other activities will include face painting, crafts, a photo booth and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Fans attending the Dec. 18 event may park free in Lot B and enter Globe Life Park through the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop. To learn more, call 817-273-5207.


Program Airs This Weekend On Stations Nationwide

New York, NY -- This is MUST SEE TV for any and every veteran, their families, friends—their entire “ecosystem.”

With more than 250,000 veterans transitioning every year from military to civilian life—it’s one of the nation’s hottest topics.

Highlights from the  recent “Town Hall” meeting “Keeping America’s Promise”— organized by  WorkingNation-- will be aired this weekend (Dec. 15-17) on HIRING AMERICA—the only television show created and devoted to giving veterans transitioning to civilian life the tools, information and direction to find meaningful job and careers.

The 30 minute special features a panel discussion with some of America’s top corporate and veteran organization employment experts.

The original event—capsulized in the TV show— was held in front of a live audience at the George  W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX.

The program can be seen on nearly 200 TV stations nationwide and the American Forces Network.

(In the DFW viewing area it will air on  KHPK-DT  sat 12pm. KHPK  broadcasts on channel 28 (antaenna tv). It is not available on either Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, or Verizon FiOS at this time.)

“The Town Hall meeting was an incredible exchange of ideas and meaningful, impactful dialogue,” said

Art Bilger, founder and CEO of WorkingNation. “It proved to be a great way  of sharing insights on how we can best deliver on the promise of a good life/good career and job for those who have served in the military. I’m thrilled we can share this with millions of TV viewers.”

Panelists included former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr and executives from such entities as IBM, 7-Eleven, The Home Builders Institute and veteran organization DAV.

“Every potential employer is looking for people who can  problem solve, who are team players, are task directed, have solid leadership skills—and are driven to be successful” observed General Casey.  “And those qualities are found in almost all transitioning veterans.”

Bottom line: They make for excellent employees.

“Hiring America is very proud to be airing this show,” related Bill Deutch, creator  and executive producer of Hiring America.  “We think our viewers will find it very engaging and insightful”

A second part to the Town Hall meeting will be aired on Hiring America in early 2018.

The event was perhaps best summed up by Jeff Hall, national employment director for DAV.  “A veteran wants to get up and going every day with purpose.”

The town hall meeting was designed to help ensure just that.



Founded by philanthropist and venture capitalist Art Bilger, WorkingNation exists to expose hard truths about the looming unemployment crisis and bring the country together to create new jobs for a changing economy. Bilger serves as CEO of WorkingNation and has assembled a team of talented journalists and media and non-profit executives to carry out the mission.  WorkingNation’s efforts include a series of original programming from award winning directors and producers as well as other forms of interactive multimedia outreach to everyday Americans.

For more information, visit



Hiring America is the first employment TV program for transitioning veterans and their families. Our mission is to help them connect with companies that have jobs available and organizations that support the military community. Visit us at


Outdoor Exercise and Workout Sessions

Eastside Trainers:  Beverly Sims & Charla Kelsey


Nolan Catholic
High School
4501 Bridge St.,
Fort Worth, 76104

T, Th 5:30am

Beverly Sims

Lowery Rd. Elementary
7600 Lowrey Rd.
Fort Worth, Tx 76120

T, TH. 5:00 pm
& 6:15 pm
Charla Kelsey

Bethel Temple
6801 Meadowbrook Dr.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76112

M, W, F.  5:30 am
Beverly Sims

Meadowbrook Middle School
has moved to
Oakland Lake Park

 1645 Lake Shore Dr.,
Fort Worth, Texas 76103

M, W at 5:30pm Beverly Sims

Primary Trainer - Fort Worth

P: 817-980-0576

Partner Trainer - Fort Worth
cell 817-307-0258

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