News Briefs for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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CHRISTMAS EVENT – A parade and tree lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown.


CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s 6th annual Christmas Cards in the Park will be displayed Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park. There is no fee, and it is open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (940) 683-3480 for more information.

EAT WITH SANTA – Breakfast with Santa is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Bridgeport Community Center. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for kids at the door (cash and check only). No advance tickets available.

HOLIDAY EVENT – Bridgeport’s Winter Wonderland holiday event is 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown. Events include pictures with Santa 4 to 5:30 p.m. at State Farm, wassail tasting 5 to 8 p.m., the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m., tacky/ugly sweater contest at 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Stage, and Holiday Shopping Frenzy and window decorating winners announced at 8 p.m. Parking will be available on Stevens, 11th, 9th and Cates streets and all side streets. Halsell Street will be closed 2 to 8 p.m. The event is hosted by Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (940) 683-3404 or (940) 683-2076.

LIGHTED PARADE – Bridgeport’s lighted Christmas parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in historic downtown. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland, and all entries must be lighted. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. For an application or more information, call (940) 683-3404.

SHOPPING FRENZY – Holiday Shopping Frenzy sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. There will be drawings for two $500 cash and two $50 Brookshire’s gift cards. Participants will be entered for visiting and for every $20 spent at any participating business C&O Communications/AT&T, Maria’s Gift and Flower Shoppe, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing, The Hope Chest, Terra Cotta Boutique, Bright Ideas Lighting and More, Ink ‘N’ Stitch, Valu-Rite Pharmacy, All Wise Garden Center and Landscaping, Skin and Body Works Spa, Sassy Frass, iCopy and Pronto’s Italian Restaurant. The drawing will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. Participants do not have to be present to win.

HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICY REVIEW – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual and five-year plan policy changes and utility allowance are now available for a 45-day public review. A meeting to discuss the review will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1508 Cobb St.


BAKE SALE – The Chico 4-H Club is having a bake sale 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, outside Market Place in Chico.

ANGEL GARDEN – The first day to set up an angel in the garden on the Chico Square is Saturday, Nov. 24. Bring your lighted angel with remembrance plaque, four tent stakes and an outside extension cord. Angels should be removed by Saturday, Jan. 5. For more information, call Tammy Sosa at (940) 393-1726.

LIGHTED PARADE – A Christmas parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Line-up for the parade is at 5:30 p.m. at the high school, and it will travel through the Square. The angel garden will be lit following the parade.


BOOT CAMP BENEFIT – JRobs Thanksgiving Boot Camp is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Middle School track. Cost is a minimum $15 donation, and all proceeds will benefit the Red Cross/Hurricane Sandy victims.

LUCKY 7 – Merchants will be open for holiday shopping 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, and will offer specific discounts throughout the day. Some businesses may open earlier or stay open later.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Parade of Lights in Decatur is Saturday, Dec. 1. Line-up begins at 5 p.m., judging is at 5:30, and the parade begins at 6:30. It will pass through the Decatur Square. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (940) 627-3107 for more information or a parade entry form.

MOONLIGHT MADNESS – Stores will be open late citywide Saturday, Dec. 1, and Santa Claus will be on the Square to visit with children. Parents may bring their own cameras for photos. The choirs from the First Baptist Churches of Alvord, Decatur and Paradise will perform as one group – Voices of Christmas – along with other live music performances.

TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets cost $15 and are on sale at iCopy in Decatur, North Texas Bank, Patti’s Hair Parlor & Etc. and all Decatur Women’s Club members. Four TAPS busses will offer transportation to each of the stops on the tour for an additional $10. Reserve your seat now at Patti’s Hair Parlor, where the bus will also pick up riders at 12:30 p.m. the day of the tour. From 1 to 6 p.m., businesses on the Square will offer special promotions and discounts to Tour of Homes ticketholders. Participating businesses are Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Sweetie PIe’s Ribeyes, X-Chan Thai-Asian Bistro, Corina’s Boutique, The Corner Place, Embellish’d Boutique, Main Street Antique Mall, Memory Lane Antiques, Nooks ‘n Crannies Antiques, A Ray of Flowers, The Swanky Shack Boutique, Sunshine Square, Trinity River Furniture and Viva Capelli Salon.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department will accept applications for the Santa Cops program through Monday, Dec. 3. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 17. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at (940) 393-0300.

BOOK FAIR – McCarroll Middle School is hosting a book fair Dec. 3-7 in the library. There will be a coffee bean guessing contest, and winners will be given gift certificates to the fair.

BOOK CLUB – McCarroll Middle School students and parents are invited to join the Intergenerational Book Club. The group will discuss “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the seventh and eighth grade library. Find the book in the Decatur Public Library or download for free from iBooks.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department is hosting a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the fire hall. Bring your own camera for photos.

SOCKS FOR SENIORS – Donate pairs of new, adult socks for residents in area nursing homes at Market Place in Decatur from now until Dec. 22. Market Place personnel will distribute them for Christmas. Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is also collecting Socks for Seniors. For more information, visit


CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will have its board meeting noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Bridgeport Country Club. All members are asked to attend and vote for next year’s directors. For more information, call (940) 433-3288.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Pictures with Santa Claus are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street.


COOKIES WITH SANTA – Santa Claus will be at City Hall 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be cookies, hot chocolate, a free raffle and free pictures with Santa.

FOOD DRIVE – South Wise Spirit of Christmas volunteers are collecting canned goods for needy families. Canned goods can be dropped off at the Rhome City Hall and the Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS – A myriad of decorations will be lit Thanksgiving night. Decorations will include a 14-foot tall set of praying hands and three crosses just before the U.S. 380 bridge, trees in front of Runaway Bay Community Church, an angel garden just past the city’s entrance and a moving reindeer near the back exit on U.S. 380.


TREE LIGHTING – A Christmas tree will be lit, and a beans and cornbread supper will be served in downtown Sunday, Dec. 9. Time is TBD. There will also be a parade.


CO-OP BRISKETS – Pick-up of holiday briskets and hams ordered from Wise Electric Co-op is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

GROUNDWATER MEETING – The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s regular board meeting is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the district office, 1250 E. Highway 199, in Springtown. The public is welcome.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two-hour slots are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. All money collected stays in Wise County. To sign up your group, call Tana Fedric at (940) 627-5859. If you have already signed up, call Fedric to confirm your time.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Those with a pesticide applicator’s license can earn five continuing education units at a workshop 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive one hour, laws and regulations; two hours, integrated pest management; and two hours, general. Lunch is included. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 to reserve a seat.


THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed through Friday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving break. Classes resume Monday, Nov. 26.

ANGEL TREE – There are more than 600 children on the NISD Virtual Angel Tree waiting to be sponsored this holiday season. Visit, make your selections and click the ‘Submit Adoption’ button. On the next page, click the ‘Get Angel Details’ button and print. The Angel Tree items, along with a printed copy of the details, are due Monday, Nov. 26, to the NISD Administration Building. For more information, call the NISD Partners in Education program at (817) 215-0172.

REINDEER ROMP – The 5th annual Reindeer Romp 5K race benefiting the Northwest ISD physical education departments is 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd., in Trophy Club. To sign up, visit

BOARD MEETING – The Northwest School Board meets 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the board room at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Dr., in Justin.

WINTER BREAK – Northwest ISD offices and campuses will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 19, to Tuesday, Jan. 1, for winter break. Wednesday, Jan. 2, is a student holiday. Classes resume Thursday, Jan. 3.

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