FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue cook-off and all-night 4×4 riding is Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest OHV Park. Live music featuring Cody Wells, Cody Robbins, Fezzent and Phil Hamilton starts at noon. There will also be washer pitchin’ and horseshoe tournaments and a kids’ area. Entry fee for the Lonestar Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off is $75. There is $3,000 in guaranteed prize money. For more information or to register, call Kyle Bloodworth at 940-372-0134 or Amber Fogelman at 940-683-3404. All proceeds benefit the Bridgeport VFD.
HORSESHOES AND WASHERS – Register teams of two for the horseshoe and washers tournaments at the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue cook-off Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest OHV Park. Cost is $20 per team per tournament. First-place in each event receives 40 percent, and second-place gets 20 percent. Pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 16, by calling Terry Long at 940-210-9495 or Amber Fogelman at 940-683-3404. Or you can register that day at 11 a.m. for the horseshoe tournament, which begins at noon and 2:30 p.m. for the washers tournament that starts at 3 p.m.
FALL FESTIVAL – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host Spooktacular 2013 Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event includes candy, games, rock wall, inflatable, euro bungee, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon animals and face-painting. There will be magic shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. and a costume contest at 6:15 p.m.
COSTUME PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween parade is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. It will begin at the Bridgeport Stage and proceed down Halsell Street. For more information, call 940-683-3404.
RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN – The Bridgeport Salvation Army Unit is looking for bell-ringers for the Christmas 2013 Red Kettle campaign. One-hour slots are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 6, 12, 18 and 21 at Walmart; and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 30 to Dec. 22, at Brookshire’s and Market Place. To sign up, contact email@example.com or 940-683-2780.
DRAGON SHOOTOUT – The junior class at Chico High School will host a sporting clay event Friday, Oct. 18, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. To enter, call Traci Umphress at 940-644-2228, Leanna Moss at 940-393-1177, Wanda Tate at 940-389-7007 or Fossil Pointe at 940-393-6402.
CHICO FEST – Chico Fest is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, on the Chico Square. There will be a children’s pageant, stickhorse rodeo, church booths, bingo, a cake walk, a slide, a jump house and booths selling food, jewelry, homemade baked goods, crafts and services. A Thompson Center Venture 300 Win Mag rifle and a porch/yard swing will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are available at Sheila’s Hair Palace, Wise Feed, Muggs & Juggs, GTG Solutions and Chico Butane Company, and proceeds benefit the Chico High School scholarship fund. For booth information, call Fleta Barrett at 940-644-2515.
CHICO FEST PAGEANT – Register for the 3rd Annual Lil Miss/Mr. Chico Fest pageant – to be held Saturday, Oct. 19 – by calling Kelly Laney at 940-389-8286 or visiting the Chico Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The fall-themed pageant awards prizes in four age divisions for boys and girls up to 10 years. Proceeds go to scholarships awarded annually.
BOOT CAMP BENEFIT – JRobs Sports and Fitness is hosting Sweat for a Cause 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at its Decatur gym. The boot camp benefits Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, and any donation will be accepted including diapers, wipes, car seats or money. For more information, call JRobs at 940-627-3505.
FLU SHOTS – Certified CVS pharmacists are holding a flu shot clinic at Decatur City Hall 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Walk-ins are welcome. For billing purposes, bring Medicare A, B and D cards, along with other insurance cards for flu vaccines. Cash cost for the shot is $31.99.
FALL FESTIVAL – Governor’s Ridge in Decatur will host a fall festival 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There will be free hot dogs and chips, bounce house, games, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, face painting, cotton candy and prizes.
DECATUR SWIRL – Decatur Swirl is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in historic downtown Decatur. There will be wine, food, music and shopping. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.decaturswirl.com or at iCopy.
BUCKLE SHOW – Decatur FFA Buckle Show is Saturday, Nov. 2, at Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. The show starts at 9:30 a.m., but entry cards with weigh-in are due by 8:30. Steers, heifers, sheep, goats and hogs will be shown. Entry fee is $25 per animal, $5 for showmanship. Custom buckles will be awarded to the grand champion in each species, and embroidered duffle bags will be awarded to the reserve grand champions. All paid entries receive a free meal ticket. For more information, call Jim Allsup at 940-393-7286 or 940-393-7200.
“HAPPY DAYS” THEME – Newark’s 26th Annual Cruisin’ Days Oct. 18-20 will feature a carnival and midway, live music, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, bingo, craft booths, concessions and a barbecue dinner Saturday evening as the Newark Volunteer Fire Department presents its annual awards prior to a dance. The event benefits the fire department and auxiliary. Booth vendors and sponsors are still being sought. Call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLASS REUNION – The Paradise Classes of the ’60s will have a reunion 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the high school. Students that did not graduate or attend during those years are invited to the catered meal. Tickets are $10. Mail checks to The Sixties Reunion, c/o Jan Stanfield, P.O. Box 1108, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Lunch will be served at noon, awards will be presented at 1 p.m. and class pictures will be taken at 2. For more information, call Don Niblett, 940-627-3557; Sue Laurent, 214-215-8472; or Kathy Horton, 940-389-4196.
HEALTH FAIR – The 2nd Annual Weatherford College Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the college. There will be free health screenings, flu shots, immunizations and community health organizations and vendor booths. For more information, call 940-626-3282.
GENEALOGY SOCIETY – Wise County Genealogy Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday. Oct. 17, in the Fireplace Room at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51. Patti Gillespie will talk about how to start a chronological research. Memberships will be available for $20 per individual or $25 per family.
THINK PINK – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, on the Courthouse Square in Decatur. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and a pink-line ceremony. Lunch will be served for $5 a plate. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call 940-626-6158 or 940-626-1384.
HORSE CLINIC – The Wise County Stock Horse Extravaganza is Oct. 26-27 at the NRS Training Center in Decatur. There will be a stock horse clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, the 26th, and a stock horse competition at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the 27th. Pre-registration and payments are due Friday, Oct. 18, to avoid late fees. Mail entries to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Attn: Karen Brown, 206 S. State St., Decatur, TX 76234. For more information about the costs of the event, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 or email email@example.com.
DRIVERS NEEDED – Metroport Meals On Wheels in Roanoke needs drivers. The organization serves southwest Wise County including Aurora, Newark, Boyd and Rhome. Meals are picked up from Tater Junction and delivered during the lunch hour Monday through Friday. Drivers may volunteer one day a week or just a few days per month. For more information, call Amy Bennos at 817-491-8534.
CALENDAR FEEDBACK – Northwest ISD requests community feedback on the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school calendar options. Now through Oct. 31, go to www.nisdtx.org/calendaroptions to view the calendars, a list of frequently asked questions and to complete the survey. The NISD school board will vote on the final school academic calendars in December.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 18th Annual Northwest ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Marriott Champions Circle in Fort Worth. For more information, visit events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7xatkqy5f3cdbf7.
CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee and danishes will be served in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.
SHREDDING EVENT – The Better Business Bureau is hosting Secure Your ID Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Frost Bank Building, 1300 Summit Ave., in Fort Worth. Consumers and small businesses can bring up to two boxes of paper documents, CDs or floppy discs with private information to be shredded for free.