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The Christian Samurai Karate Program at Meadowobrook 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.

Run draws attention to household water leaks —  run 5k on March 17

Leaks can run, but they can't hide when you participate
in the fourth annual Chasing Leaks 5K.

The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks. Across the country, household leaks can add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year.

The City of Fort Worth is partnering with the Fort Worth Runners Club to host the fourth annual Chasing Leaks 5K run on March 17. The event kicks off Fix a Leak Week and raises awareness about the importance of fixing household leaks.

Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Trinity Park Pavilion No. 1, 2300 W. Seventh St., adjacent to the Police and Firefighters Memorial. Race-day registration is $25, but you can save $5 by preregistering.

The event includes a free 1K kids fun run at 7:45 a.m., the 5K run at 8 a.m. and a free 5K fun walk at 10 a.m. There will also be booths, music, giveaways, demonstrations and more.

About Fix A Leak Week

Fix A Leak Week, the third week in March, is an annual reminder to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Common types of leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and leaking showerheads. All are easily correctable.

Fixing leaks saves water and reduces water utility bills by about 10 percent. Start saving today with these leak-detection tips:

  •  A good way to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
  •  Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  •  One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Be sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.

Building Blocks to the Future

by Jason Ray, President/CEO
Clayton Youth Enrichment

Out of school time provides a tremendous opportunity to give children experiences that don’t fit in the school day schedule.  At Clayton we are constantly looking for ways to capitalize on this opportunity by providing fun experiences that build skills and create teachable moments.


My favorite example of tying all these things together this year is the firefly activity from our Clayton Quest curriculum.  This activity teaches about the varieties of fireflies (biology) and how they communicate with their lights.

Using a paper firefly, the students build circuits (science) that light up their firefly’s light.  Once the fireflies are operational, the students have fun experimenting with bug communication by flashing their lights in patterns to friends across the room.  This experiment is a great conversation starter and is used to talk about the importance of good communication and how we need to read signals from other people (interpersonal skills).

The kids have a lot of fun with their fireflies. They aren’t aware that activities like this are powerful building blocks for their future. They don’t know that learning new things, thinking creatively, and interacting socially with other students is teaching them skills they will use to succeed in school, with their families and in their careers.

But the staff at Clayton does understand and making the most of these opportunities is how we are working to fulfill our vision of preparing children for great lives.

Main Office:

1215 Country Club Lane

Fort Worth, TX 76112

Phone: 817.923.9888

Office Hours/ Lobby hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Phone hours:

Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm


* Jason Ray is the newest board member of the East Fort Worth Business Association. in his younger days
In his reflection on how he would change the world, President/CEO Jason Ray, would "change the world one child at a time. With more than 7,000 children coming to Clayton for enrichment programming, we have a tremendous opportunity to change the world by positively altering the trajectory of these young lives."

Simlarly, Chairperson Kimberly Coleman, would  "prepare children for great lives by focusing on education in its most natural form–social and emotional learning".

8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 24

Every year thousands of volunteers join Keep Fort Worth Beautiful to make a huge impact on communities across the city by cleaning litter from parks, right of ways, rivers, and other public areas. You can join this effort by registering yourself or a group to help clean areas near you.

    Choose your own area to clean, or join in at “Cleanup Hubs” - pre-selected areas throughout the city that need volunteers.

  • Gloves and trash bags will be supplied to all registered volunteers.
  • Event T-shirts are limited to the first 7,000 volunteers.
  • Lunch will be provided at Earth Party for all volunteers.

Registration opens Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 28.

Cleanup Locations

Arlington Heights High School  4501 West Freeway  76107

Bradley Center  2601 Timberline Drive  76119

Echo Lake Park  6300 South Freeway, Cole St.  76110

Eugene McCray Park  3400 Quail Road  76119

Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods  818 Missouri Ave.  76104

Lake Worth  exact meeting place TBD  76135

Northside High School  2211 McKinley Ave.  76164

Polytechnic High School  1300 Conner Ave.  76105

Volunteer instructions and contests

Volunteers will receive further instructions on supply pickup and where to meet after they register. Individuals and groups who turn in their cleanup forms and information by March 30 will be entered into the following contests:

    Most bags of trash/recycling collected

    Most miles of roadways/waterways cleaned

    Wacky trash

    Most youth volunteers

Note to teachers

Supplies will be made available to teachers who need to host a cleanup at their school on March 23. Anyone participating on Friday is welcome to attend the Earth Party for the volunteer lunch and celebration.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Frances Cooke Van Zandt Chapter of Fort Worth invite the public to attend the grave marking of Aaron Trice (A.T.) Castleberry a Citizen of the Republic of Texas.

Ceremony to place a special marker on the grave will be held at
10 a.m. at the Nelson Cemetery, 850 N Cardinal Rd in Azle, Texas on March 24, 2018.


Royal Wedding Fever Comes to Metroplex!

There’s a wedding taking place in Windsor, England on May 19 – perhaps you’ve heard of the couple – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?  There will be much celebration surrounding this Royal Wedding, but how many of us in North Texas are anticipating getting an invitation?

Universal Health Resources, a non-profit hospice organization is bringing the celebration to Keller’s Bowden Events and Weddings.

A Regal Affair: An Evening with The Royal Chef, being held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, will feature Chef Darren McGrady, former Chef to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

Chef McGrady will prepare a 3 course gourmet meal plus passed canapes and then will regale the guests with stories from life and service at the palace.  Guests will have the opportunity to purchase and have autographed Chef McGrady’s new cookbook, The Royal Chef at Home- Easy Seasonal Entertaining.  Books of Congratulations will also be available for guests to write their best wishes to the happy couple.

In conjunction with the event, UHR is raffling off a cruise for two aboard the luxurious Queen Mary 2 for a Trans-Atlantic cruise from New York City to Southampton, England.  Upon arrival in England, the lucky winners will enjoy a two night stay in Windsor at a four-star hotel.  Tickets are being sold 1 for $25, 5 for $100 and 10 for $175.

Universal Health Resources provides financial assistance as well as grants last wishes for terminally ill patients.  All proceeds from the event will provide assistance with paying for high utility bills, medications, minor home repairs, rent, or grant a patient’s wish to be reunited one last time with a loved-one.

For more information or to purchase raffle or event tickets, please visit or call 682-233-5620.



FORT WORTH, TX – On Saturday, March 24, 2018, The Potter’s House of Fort Worth (TPHFW) will host a free education resource conference making the statement that education is not just the work of the school, but the work of its local church community. Pastor Patrick Winfield II and the Education Taskforce of TPHFW invite people of all ages who want to make a difference to an event that promotes education as the first step towards transformation.

“We have planned EduFEST to inspire, inform and empower leaders in the community.” Pastor Winfield highlights, “EduFEST is a way to reinforce the mission of our church to be a place of transformation by modeling to students and families the value of being a constant learner.” The purpose of EduFEST is to provide an environment for people to learn to become a solution to issues influencing our educational system.

EduFEST convenes industry leaders in the areas of Health & Wellness, Technology, Business, Sports and Education to facilitate workshop sessions and model to children and their families what is needed to become transformational leaders and entrepreneurs. Retired NBA player, Sam Perkins, along with other panelist from other professional sports organizations will discuss topics related to Sports & Education. Latoyia Dennis, of Motivated Moms, will offer inspiration to mothers with dreams of purpose and financial freedom.  The event’s keynote motivational speaker is Brittani Bo Baker, the co-inventor of the Patented Boneless Ribs with her father former NFL great Al Bubba Baker. Their company was created with Shark Tank star & branding expert, Daymond John.

The event, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free to the public with lunch provided. For more event information, including event registration or how to become a sponsor, please register at For additional information, contact Tiffany Brinkley at or call 817-446-1999.



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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