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Fort Worth Zoo to host sensory-friendly day

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On Sensory-Friendly Day, guests can join the zoo's interpretive specialists and zookeepers throughout the park for Wild Encounters as they share facts and stats about zoo animals.

The Fort Worth Zoo will host its first Sensory-Friendly Day on Feb. 8. The zoo will open an hour early – at 9 a.m. – for those participating in the day.

Sensory-Friendly Day is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as those who have sensory sensitivities. Some sensory-sensitive accommodations will allow these individuals to enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo with their families and caregivers.

Participants have access to quiet rooms in the zoo's education centers for breaks as well as quiet zones inside the zoo, which are available to create relief from any overwhelming situations. Other accommodations will include keeper chats throughout the park, educational activities in multiple locations as well as animal encounters.

"Animals can reduce stress levels for all of us, but especially for those with autism, and we're looking forward to devoting a day to these specially-designed activities," said Kathy Dorris, the zoo's director of education.

Learn more on the Fort Worth Zoo website.

Tickets available for Visit Fort Worth annual meeting

Posted Dec. 27, 2019 T Bone Burnett stands in front of a painted building

With 50 years' experience in music and entertainment, T Bone Burnett has earned a reputation as an innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artists' advocate.

Show your love for Fort Worth at the seventh annual meeting of Visit Fort Worth on Valentine's Day.

The event will feature keynote speaker and music producer T Bone Burnett, a Fort Worth native honored with Academy and Grammy Awards. Mayor Betsy Price will receive the annual Hospitality Award for her efforts to promote the city. A new service award will recognize an outstanding employee working for a hotel, attraction or other organization that welcomes visitors.

The breakfast meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston St.

The event will highlight action on the Destination Master Plan, the community's roadmap for tourism. Progress in sports, marketing, conventions, music and filmmaking are growing Fort Worth's $9.4 billion visitor economy.

"From the new Dickies Arena to the renovated Stockyards, Fort Worth is giving visitors more reasons to see Fort Worth," said Bob Jameson, president and CEO of Visit Fort Worth. "With consistent visitor growth, we now need to help more people stay longer and spend more."

Major landmarks in the visitor economy lie ahead in 2020, including:

Beginning design work on the Fort Worth Convention Center expansion. Nationally-televised sporting events at Dickies Arena. Unprecedented hotel growth downtown and in the Stockyards.

The annual Hospitality Award spotlights individuals and organizations who promote Fort Worth and help grow the visitor economy. Mayor Price, serving her fifth term, has logged tens of thousands of miles selling Fort Worth for tourism and economic development.

"Our local economy has benefitted from the growth in tourism under Mayor Price's leadership," said Rosa Navejar, chairman of the Visit Fort Worth Board of Directors. "We want to recognize her efforts promoting Fort Worth around the world and improving our reputation as a healthy, active city."

To secure seats at the meeting, Register online by Feb. 13.

Delve into the future of mobility at Feb. 14 Summit

Rasheq Zarif

Rasheq Zarif

Transportation issues have an immense impact on quality of life, especially in Tarrant County, one of the nation's fastest-growing corridors. Beyond the time that sitting in traffic takes away from the time we'd rather spend with our families, the issue has deeper implications on economic development, air quality, and health and physical safety.

As the region continues to grow, mobility will be a key concern in the sustainability and enhancement of quality of life. The Tarrant Transportation Summit, hosted by Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, has grown to become one of the premier transportation events in Texas and provides one of the region's best venues for ongoing dialogue and proposed solutions to the most pressing transportation problems.

Join fellow North Texans at the summit, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst.

This year's event will feature these topics:

A keynote address will be presented by Rasheq Zarif, managing director of the Future of Mobility Tech Sector for Deloitte. He will discuss the current transportation transformation and the opportunities the North Texas region can leverage to be the global leader in the space.

Individual seats at the summit are $75, which includes a light breakfast buffet and keynote luncheon.

To learn more, contact Rebecca Barksdale at 817-581-3600.

Street maintenance coming to Ramey Avenue

Posted Jan. 14, 2020

Residents in the Ramey Avenue area will soon see construction activities. Crews are repaving Ramey Avenue from Miller Avenue to East Loop 820 to prevent further deterioration of the roadway and extend its life.

Make plans to attend the project meeting scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sweet Home Baptist Church, 5225 Ramey Ave., to find out about the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Tariqul Islam at 817-392-2486.

2020 Census

Woodhaven Neighborhood Association Association has scheduled an informational Census meeting on Thursday, January 30th for Woodhaven apartment owners/managers & residents at the East Regional Library from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Assistant County Administrator, Jay Singleton and NPO Del McNeal who are both on the WNA STEERING COMMITTEE have taken the lead with this critically important meeting.

Clairita Porter

Neighborhood Events

Food For All!


Saint Luke in the Meadows and 4-Saints Episcopal Food Pantry are asking for additional neighborhood volunteers to help with the Tarrant Area Food Bank distribution of groceries at Meadowbrook Elementary School, 4330 Meadowbrook Drive, on Saturday, January 25, from Noon to 3pm. NO documents are required to receive food, Bring your own bags/containers.

Please contact Rhonda at 817.683.1534 or email at rhonda(dot)grundy at gmail.com

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