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Achtung, y’all! Oktoberfest
Fort Worth is Sept. 21 – 23

Oktoberfest Fort Worth will take place at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, which includes a large bier hall and two biergartens.

Oktoberfest Fort Worth is a Munich-style celebration so authentic you’ll forget you’re in Texas. Guests will enjoy traditional German food, music, dancing and more Sept. 21-23 at The Shack at Panther Island, 395 Purcey St.

New for 2017 is the Oktoberfest Midway with rides the whole family will enjoy. The festival kicks off with Thursday’s ceremonial Tapping of the Kegs, and the fun continues through Saturday with dachshund races, German-style competitions, the Oktoberfest Olympics, traditional German vendors, the Oktoberfest Run und Ride and more

Entertainment will include traditional German music, on multiple stages, from entertainers like Brave Combo, Alpenmusikaten, Walburg Boys, Alpine Village Band, Das Ist Lustig and more.

Spaten beer will be served, along with other fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country. Traditional German food offerings such as bratwursts, pretzels, crepes, strudel, schnitzel and German potato pancakes will be available. Festival goers can enjoy the air-conditioned Spaten Hall as well as multiple outdoor and tented biergartens.

Festival tickets range from $5-$15 and are available for purchase through Sept. 20.

Everyone is invited to attend
Poly's Homecoming Parade
Saturday Sept. 30

Polytechnic High School announces its annual HOME COMING PARADE.  This years event kicks off 11am sharp, Saturday, Sept 30th from Poly High School.

  • Dignitaries perched on convertibles
  •  3 mounted riding clubs
  • 56 vintage/ antique/ and muscle cars
  • 6 alumni floats
  • 1 fire truck
  •  3 motorcycles
  • Southside Bank
  • Foodland Markets
  • Pride of Poly Marching Band
  • Poly Cheerleaders
  • Poly Athletes
  • Poly JROTC
  • Poly AVID
  • Poly Polyette Dancers
  • Meadowbrook Middle School AVID


Entries from the Poly Pyramid Schools

  • Wm. James Middle School
  • Morningside Middle School
  • T.A. Sims Elementary
  • Carroll Peak Elementary
  • D. McRae Elementary
  •  S. S. Dillow
  • Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause riding their sleigh
    with all the bells & whistles



     Departing Poly High School, East on Rosedale, at Ayers travel around round-a-bout, West on Rosedale back to Poly High School.



    1.  Polytechnic United Methodist Church, Collard @ Rosedale

    2.  Foodland Market @ Ayers and Rosedale (park closest to Ayers)

    3.  Boys & Girls Club, Vaughan at Ave G

    4.  Please DO NOT PARK at Wm. James or any lots at Poly

         These areas are reserved for some 300+ parade participants



    1.  Poly Parking lot runs parallel to Rosedale closest to Beach

    2.  New Mt. Carmel Missionary Church parking lot that faces Rosedale

    3.  Poly lot just below baseball field Vickery @ Beach

    4.  Please DO NOT PARK anywhere on Conner Ave or in any

         parking lots off of Conner.  NO PARKING @ Wm. James or

         anywhere on Nashville or any lots on Nashville as these areas

         will be utilized for staging.



    Let's continue with fun and merriment!  Everyone invited to Mexican  Inn, E. Lancaster location, for "Dutch Treat" and lots of POLY STORIES!


Community Town Hall will focus on race, culture Oct. 2

Posted Sept. 19, 2017 – Share your input at a Community Town Hall meeting discussing issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. The meeting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St.

For those who cannot attend, the town hall will be streamed live.

 Residents are encouraged to submit comments and questions. If time allows, submitted questions will be answered during the meeting, if not, comments will be given to the Task Force and someone will follow up.

About the task force

In August, the City Council appointed a 23-member task force to advise on issues related to race and culture in Fort Worth. The task force is calling this initiative and the community input phase One Fort Worth.

Co-chairs are Rosa Navejar (presiding co-chair), Lillie Biggins, Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Bob Ray Sanders. Task force members: Charles Boswell, Walter Dansby, Robert Fernandez, Miriam Frias, Robert Goldberg, Yolanda Harper, Bishop Mark Kirkland, Nima Malek, Rattana Mao, Arturo Martinez, Roxanne Martinez, Judy McDonald, Terry Mossige, Cory Session, Katie Sherrod, Ty Stimpson, Jennifer Trevino, Monica Vasquez and the Rev. Tim Woody.

The task force has been asked to engage Fort Worth residents in a series of healthy conversations about race and culture, draw conclusions from these conversations and make recommendations to the City Council. The task force will also review information to determine if there are disparities in how municipal services are provided, then advise councilmembers on a strategy to promote racial and cultural equity.

The task force will also advise City Manager David Cooke on appropriate leadership training dealing with race and cultural issues.

For more information on the task force, visit their website You can also follow them on facebook and twitter.

Hear about proposed improvements to East Loop 820 on Oct. 5


Posted Sept. 19, 2017, Fort Worth – View the planned improvements and share your input on the proposed reconstruction of Loop 820 just north of Pipeline Road/Glenview Drive, to approximately south of Randol Mill Road. Attend an open house at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Link, 6750 Baker Blvd. in Richland Hills. A formal hearing presentation will follow at 7 p.m.

An aerial photograph shows proposed reconstruction (roadways marked in yellow) of two major roadways in Tarrant County.


There are two segments in the proposed project:

The north segment extends from the northern I-820/State Highway 121/State Highway 183 interchange south to Trinity Boulevard. The proposed project would reconstruct this segment to include up to five northbound and six southbound general-purpose main lanes, in addition to auxiliary lanes. The proposed project would also include one managed toll lane in each direction and continuous frontage roads that would vary from one to three lanes in each direction along this segment.

The south segment extends between Trinity Boulevard and Randol Mill Road. The proposed project would reconstruct this segment to include five general-purpose main lanes in each direction.

Additional work would involve State Highway 121, from I-820 to Handley-Ederville Road. The proposed project would reconstruct this segment of State Highway 121 to include three general-purpose main lanes in each direction, one managed toll lane in each direction and continuous frontage roads varying from one to three lanes in each direction.

Texans will celebrate the 34th Annual
National Night Out on Oct. 3

The Fort Worth Police Department invites all residents to participate in the celebration. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors, public safety officers and other city personnel.

Last year, National Night Out involved 38 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2017 is expected to be the largest ever.

National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten awareness of crime prevention.

Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts.

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

To learn more, contact the crime prevention specialist for your division: East Division: Michael Grigsby, 817-980-8441.


Double the Classic Rock!

Kansas comes to Arlington with special guest, Starship
featuring Mickey Thomas


Classic rock icons, Kansas, perform Sept. 23
for the Levitt's annual benefit concert

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. They bring their hits, plus music from their new album - the first one in 16 years - when they perform Sept. 23 at Levitt Pavilion Arlington for the pavilion's annual benefit concert. Presented by Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, the benefit concert helps the Levitt provide more than 50 free concerts a year for everyone to enjoy.

 Joining Kansas as their special guest, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, performs at 7:30 p.m. Kansas takes the stage at 9 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Abram and Pecan streets.

 Kansas, a "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 and has gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. With a catalogue that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, Kansas is best known for its two 1-million-selling gold singles, "Carry On My Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind." Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the '70s and '80s. "Carry On My Wayward Son" continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and "Dust in the Wind" has been played on the radio more than 3 million times!

 Last year, Kansas released The Prelude Implicit, their 15th studio album and first album in 16 years. The band, comprised of original drummer, Phil Ehart; bassist/vocalist, Billy Greer; keyboardist, David Manion; vocalist/keyboardist, Ronnie Platt; violinist/guitarist, David Ragsdale; guitarist, Zak Rizvi; and original guitarist, Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of enthusiastic audiences around the world. The band has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games, Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs' inclusion in various television shows, such as Supernatural and South Park, and films like Old School and Anchorman.

Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, performs before Kansas on Sept. 23

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the '80s and '90s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Thomas established himself as one of rock music's most recognizable stars. He made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, he joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. With a new sound and powerful vocals, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits, including "No Way Out," "We Built This City" and "Sara" and scored an Oscar nomination for the number one hit, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from the movie, Mannequin. Other top hits include "Find Your Way Back," "Stranger," "Laying It on the Line" and "It's Not Over Til It's Over," which became Major League Baseball's theme in 1987. Thomas is backed by the band, Starship, featuring Jeff Adams (bass), John Roth (guitar), Phil Bennett (keyboards), Darrell Verdusco (drums) and Stephanie Calvert (vocals).

 Tickets for the Kansas concert featuring Starship are $45 for general admission tickets and $185 for VIP Experience tickets. The VIP Experience, sponsored by the United Service Association for Health Care, includes a reserved parking area, a preconcert dinner and live auction, silent auction, dessert during intermission, and reserved seats in the VIP section for the concert. Tickets are available online at

 The Levitt Pavilion's annual benefit concert is sponsored by Texas Health/Arlington Memorial Hospital, the United Service Association for Health Care, the Levitt Foundation, Blue Mesa, MillerCoors, Peyco Southwest Realty, Tarrant County College, Bonnie and Alan Petsche, Candlelite Inn, Total Wine & More, Wade Funeral Home, First Rate and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Levitt Pavilion Arlington is located at 100 W. Abram St. in Downtown Arlington. Concertgoers for the benefit concert are seated on an open lawn on chairs provided for them. General admission tickets are first-come, first served seating. VIP ticket holders have reserved seats. Free parking is available all around the pavilion. For the Kansas concert, audience members are asked to NOT bring chairs, coolers, outside food or beverages, or pets. Concessions will be sold at the concert. The concert is rain or shine. The Levitt has a 24-hour information line at 817.543.4301.


Outdoor Exercise and Workout Sessions

Eastside Trainers:  Beverly Sims & Charla Kelsey


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

M, T, TH. 5:30 am
Charla Kelsey

Lowery Rd.
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
2001 Ederville Rd. S.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76103

M,W at 5:00 pm
Beverly Sims

Primary Trainer - Fort Worth

P: 817-980-0576

Partner Trainer - Fort Worth
cell 817-307-0258

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