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Spring into some good, clean fun at Trash Bash

The fourth annual Spring Trash Bash comes on the heels of a successful fall event that saw thousands of volunteers pitching in.

Each year tons of trash and debris from urban areas and roadsides wind up in the river after a rainfall. Help clean up our river during the Trinity River Spring Trash Bash, 8:30-11 a.m. May 19.

Groups, families and individuals can volunteer to clean trash along the Trinity River. Organizers are looking to break last year’s record of more than 4,000 volunteers. Just choose an assignment location and register, then come ready to work on May 19.

When the trash is all bashed, volunteers are treated to an after-party with free food, door prizes and entertainment at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., and Cobb Park, 1600 Cobb Drive. The parties will last until noon.

Spirit Night for Poly

Tuesday, May 22nd, 5 to 9pm at the E. Lancaster Mexican Inn.

There is nothing like mouth watering, yummy salsa, tostados, homemade tamales, or brisket tacos and a ice cold beverage enjoyed at Mexican Inn!

Twice per year, Mexican Inn and Poly partner for a "WIN WIN FUNDRAISER".  Mexican Inn will give back to Poly 20% of their gross receipts on Tuesday, May 22nd, 5 to 9pm at the E. LANCASTER LOCATION ONLY.

We turned out in droves for the last 3 Mexican Inn/Poly fundraisers.  There were times when the parking lot was filled to capacity with alumni waiting for parking spots...just the same for inside seating.  But what the heck, this is for our kids at Poly.

Gather up your spouse, significant other, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, Poly classmates to eat to your heart's delight.

This last Fall, the Mexican Inn/ Poly fundraiser netted Poly $1,000!!  Come on out, show your POLY PRIDE, TUESDAY, May 22nd, 5 to 9pm, E. LANCASTER LOCATION ONLY!

Furniture for Harvey Victims

If you have unwanted furniture sitting in the garage, get it gone and do some good for Texas families still hurting from Hurricane Harvey.

BOHN resident Connie Bally is involved with a group in Houston who are working tirelessly to get much needed furniture to people who are still trying to get their lives together after Hurricane Harvey.

She says "Even though it hit last August, the need is still there. In fact, it’s disheartening to see how many people are still doing without…essentially camping out in what used to be their sanctuaries…their homes.

I am collecting furniture…dressers mostly…fixing what needs to be fixed…and getting them down to Houston. However, I can not do this alone and want to ask you, my neighbors to please donate a dresser (either long or tall) to this worthy cause. We have a small budget and can purchase pieces…up to $50…depending on the size and condition. However, the donations are what is driving this effort.

As you do your spring cleaning, empty out that storage unit or even down size, please keep Houston in mind. If you have a wood dresser or tallboy that you’d like to donate/sell, you can email me at or text to 682.444.1511.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity."

Connie Bally



You are invited to the annual covered dish Awards Dinner for the East Fort Worth 4-H at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 in the Fellowship Hall at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, 3900 Meadowbrook Drive. MUMC members have contributed to the success of 4-H  members in many ways, and we thank you all!  If you plan to attend the dinner, please contact Lois Bogusch at (817)846-7885 by May 25.

Full-, half-distance triathlons coming to Fort Worth

Mayor Betsy Price will welcome athletes from around the world to the second annual Tri Fort Worth this month.

The second Tri Fort Worth on May 20 will include aqua-bike and half-distance races in the heart of Cowtown.

“You’re going to get to see our beautiful city, our trails, our downtown, the river,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and the race experience of a lifetime.”

This point-to-point race begins in northwest Fort Worth at Marine Creek Lake, known to be a favorite among fitness enthusiasts for clean water and spectator-friendly trails surrounding the lake. Athletes will then continue on a fast and moderately hilly bike course through North Texas countryside. The bike course concludes at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. The run course will take participants to the finish line in downtown Fort Worth for a celebration they’ll never forget.

Trained and ready to go? Register today.

To learn more, contact the Tri Fort Worth office at 817-735-8161.

Immerse your children in nature at Fort Worth Nature Center's summer camp

Campers exploring watersheds

Summer campers explore watersheds, see the water cycle in action and meet some of the inhabitants that call the water home.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge summer camp registration is now open.

The Nature Center offers half-day Friday morning experiences for children entering kindergarten and four-day, full-day camps for children entering first through sixth grades. Space is limited.

The cost for kindergarten classes is $20 per class per child ($15 for members). The cost for first- through sixth-grade camps is $160 per session per child ($140 for members).

Register online or by phone at 817-392-7410.

Spend some thyme at the Herb Festival


Fresh herbs and everything required to grow and enjoy them will be offered for sale during the Herb Festival.

On May 19, the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society will host its 32nd annual Herb Festival.

This fun event, held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, can be equally enjoyed by gardeners and non-gardeners because the festival isn’t merely a plant sale — it’s a day sprinkled with interesting speakers and vendors offering handmade herbal soaps and lotions, handcrafted baskets, pottery, ceramics, artwork, jewelry, nature crafts, garden décor, herbal pet products, specialty kitchenware and household products.

A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., Cherissa Scott, owner of Pablo’s Lotus Garden and Apothecary, will tell “The Story of a Healing Herb.” At 1 p.m., an herbal demonstration will be presented in Redbud Hall.

Festival hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $4 per person (cash only). Children under 12 are admitted free.

Want to learn about local entrepreneurs? Let's get crawlin'!

The inaugural Fort Worth Startup Crawl is all about finding out what cool businesses are being built right under your nose. The event also gives participants an opportunity to view the life of an entrepreneur.

Startup Crawl FW is like a pub crawl for startup resources in Fort Worth. Start the crawl at one of several locations that offer services and resources to entrepreneurs and startups. Each location is throwing a party just for Crawlers that includes food, drinks, entrepreneur showcases and fun activities throughout the night. Participants travel from location to location via regularly scheduled shuttle buses over a four-hour period.

An after-party will be at the T&P Tavern, 221 W. Lancaster Ave. The crawl is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

Participating locations are Tech FW, IDEA Works, Business Assistance Center, Connex Fort Worth, Ensemble Coworking, Common Desk-Fort Worth, UNT Health Science Center, Texas Christian University and WeWork Clearfork. Participants may start at any location. Get signed up!

Local Texan author Joe R. Lansdale

Joe has more than 40 published titles, 30 literary awards, and has been praised by The New York Times Book Review. He's also behind SundanceTV’s hit series Hap and Leonard, now in its third season.

On May 29, 2018 he's releasing his first-ever short story collaboration with his daughter Kasey Lansdale - an author and country music singer who released a record under John Carter Cash and has performed alongside Wynonna Judd. The new book is titled Terror is Our Business and features dynamic female supernatural detectives.

Joe Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale at the Toronto Film Festival.

Call for artists for upcoming public art projects

As recommended by the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update, a new pre-qualified list of artists will be established for upcoming projects.

Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) has two categories within the 2018 pre-qualified list of artists based on artists’ residency and experience in public art. Each list has a separate application process and will be reviewed by the panel independently. The pre-qualified public artist list includes eligible local, regional and national artists. With the recently approved 2018 bond program, there is the opportunity for many new public art projects at locations such as parks, libraries, community centers and streets.

Application submissions for the 2018 pre-qualified public artist lists will be available to artists through CAFÉ. All interested artists should submit an artist statement, letter of interest, resume, three references and 10 images of completed past artwork, public or otherwise.

Artists who have previously been on the FWPA Pre-Qualified List are required to reapply through CAFÉ.

Learn more.

Rockin' the Town!

Levitt's second week of free concerts

features The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker

  Bass Hall of Famer and former Stray Cat, Lee Rocker

The Stray Cats with Lee Rocker on bass, sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, and were music video pioneers of MTV. Their worldwide mega hits, "Stray Cat Strut," "Sexy and Seventeen" and "Rock this Town" have become part of the fabric of rock 'n' roll, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included "Rock this Town" as one of the 500 most important songs in rock.

 Except for the occasional reunion, like the one in Las Vegas in April, The Stray Cats are no more, but their double bassist, Lee Rocker, has gone on to a successful solo career. He brings his Bass Hall of Famer artistry to Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

 From the cover of Rolling Stone to appearing on Saturday Night Live and performing on Broadway, Rocker has seen and done it all, cultivating a loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers. His concerts are a time for Rocker to tell stories about his days on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years, including sharing stories about his adventures lugging a giant piece of equipment around.

 Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, impossibly romantic, fiercely individual, absolutely a slave to songwriting and music. Last year, the 35-year old Texan was chosen Austin Musician of the Year, no small feat when you compete in the Music Capital of Texas. Carll brings his particular style of songwriting to the Levitt stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, presented by Greater Texas Federal Credit Union. Carll and his band, the Gulf Coast Orchestra, have a banged-up take on classic country that's honed by the road and always taking in the vistas and humanity before them.

 During a 10th anniversary season of "greatest hits," Jay Perez is one of the few newcomers appearing at the Levitt this summer. His night of Tejano music with his band (known as "The Band") is 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Known to his legion of fans as "The Voice," Jay Perez has won numerous Tejano music awards since he went solo in the 1990s, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Decade. In February, the flag over the state capitol in Austin was flown in honor of Perez's 25-year career in Tejano music. Perez's concert is presented by Dr Pepper/Snapple brands, 7-Up, Squirt and Clamato.

Levitt Pavilion Arlington's 10th Anniversary Summer Concert Season runs through July 22 with concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A complete summer concert and Family Movie Night schedule is on their website,, and on their free mobile app, Levitt Arlington. The Levitt website includes current information on street closures and parking availability during Arlington's #MyAbram project and Arlington City Hall renovation.

2018 Summer Concert Season sponsors are Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, Arlington Parks & Recreation, Arlington Today, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Bahama Buck's, Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital at Arlington, City of Arlington, Downtown Arlington Management Corp., Dr Pepper/Snapple (7-Up, Clamato, Squirt), Fort Worth Weekly, J. Gilligan's, Levitt Foundation, NEA/Artworks, Nothing Bundt Cakes North Arlington, Pianotex, Sheraton Arlington, Star-Telegram, Texas Commission on the Arts, Thrive Digital Marketing, the University of Texas at Arlington,, Viridian and WFAA.

 Levitt Pavilion Arlington is located at 100 W. Abram St. in Founders Plaza. Audiences are seated on an open lawn and can bring lawn chairs and blankets, picnics, and coolers with beverages. Concessions are sold at the pavilion, including beer and wine. All summer concerts and Family Movie Nights are free and family friendly. Parking is also free. The Levitt has a 24-hour information line at 817.543.4301.


Daughters of the Republic of Texas Meeting

Frances Cooke Van Zandt Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet Monday, May 21st at 1p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Center, 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth.

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


Police Bike Support Group

As many of you already know, our East Division Bike Unit is comprised of seven full-time officers dedicated to crime reduction in our business corridors, and our parks as well as many of our surrounding neighborhoods.

Please take a moment to check out their website and consider supporting this worthwhile organization. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event.

The Christian Samurai Karate Program at Meadowbrook UMC

The Christian Samurai Karate Program is a non-profit self defense class taught at the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church at 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

We teach martial arts class in the Gymnasium every Sunday from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The program is sponsored by Grand Master Richard Morris, 10th degree black belt, and retired FWPD Sergeant. The nominal  fees cover the uniforms and expenses.

Many students are sponsored, no child is turned away because of their inability to pay the low monthly fee of $15.00.  We are pleased to let those in the neighborhood know about this wonderful opportunity to learn self defense in a safe Christian environment.

Need more info? Call RayAnn Tenorio, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Program Manager at 817 939 3788.


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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