BRIDGEPORT STAGE PRESENTS – Juni Fisher will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at The Stage, 1009 Halsell St. in Bridgeport. Tickets are $15 in advance at the EDC office, State Farm – David Correll, Terra Cotta and Bridgeport Feed in Bridgeport and Western Heritage Gallery in Denton. Tickets at the door will be $18.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – A farewell for David Turnbow, city of Bridgeport director of utilities for 18 years, is 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at City Hall.
LEADERSHIP WEST WISE – Learn about the government, history, education, economy and future of cities in the western part of the county at the Leadership West Wise seminar. Presentations are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Bridgeport Municipal Building, while a tour of sites of interest is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Cost is $60. Register by Friday, Sept. 27, by calling the Chamber office at 940-683-2076.
COAL MINERS – Bridgeport Coal Miners Heritage Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on Halsell Street. Events include the Battle of the Badge Wise County law enforcement donut-eating contest, a chili cookoff, college football viewing, hot dog eating contest, Pitchin’ Coals washer tournament, live entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m., downtown merchant specials and sidewalk sales, pet parade and contest, vendors and food booths, wine tasting and living history demonstrations by the Bridgeport Heritage Museum. The Fall Festival Kids Zone includes pumpkin painting and contest, pumpkin obstacle course, pumpkin bowling, jump houses, rock climbing wall, Pumpkin Patch pageant and a toddler area. Applications for contests and vendor booths and additional information may be found at www.bridgeportchamber.org or by calling (940) 683-2076.
COAL MINERS VENDORS – Vendor applications for the Coal Miners Heritage Festival – Saturday, Oct. 5 – are now available at www.bridgeportchamber.org or by emailing email@example.com or calling 940-683-2076. Cost for a 10-foot by 10-foot space is $40 for arts, crafts, merchandise or informational or $100 for food vendors. Electricity is an additional $10. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 23.
CHILI COOKERS WANTED – Register for the Bridgeport Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival 2nd Annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff and Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 5. Entry fee is $50 per team. Judge’s Pick and People’s Choice winners receive $150 cash, a $100 Brookshire’s gift card and a trophy. For more information, visit www.bridgeportchamber.org or call (940) 683-2076.
PUMPKIN PATCH PAGEANT – The deadline to enter the Pumpkin Patch Pageant at Bridgeport’s Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Turn in entries to Tiffany Evans at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce office, Amber Fogelman at the City of Bridgeport or mail entries to Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Attn: Pumpkin Patch Pageant, P.O. Box 1104, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Cost is $20, and contestants will be judged in four age categories – 0 to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. Theme is fall, and attire is casual. Optional categories are best eyes, best outfit, best smile and best personality for $5 a category or $20 for all. The pageant is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Bridgeport Stage. For more information, call Pam Lanfear at 940-393-5987 or Tiffany Evans at 940-683-2076.
PITCHIN COALS – Register for the Pitchin’ Coals Washers Tournament at the Bridgdeport Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown. Cost is $25 per two-person time before Wednesday, Oct. 2, and $40 if you register the day of the tournament. For more information, call 940-683-2076.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The newly formed Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a golf tournament benefitting Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas Sunday, Oct. 6, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start for the 3-man, 18-hole scramble at 1 p.m. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for each flight, and there will be raffles. Participation costs are $1,000 for title sponsor (two teams and free mulligans per golfer); $500 for gift sponsor (one team); $300 team sponsor (one team); and $100 for sponsor a child. All levels include two beverage tickets and a free burger lunch for players. For more information, call Susan at 940-366-0186.
MINI-DANCE CAMP – Decatur High School presents Dancing with the Eagle Dolls Friday, Sept. 27. It includes a T-shirt, dinner and free admission to the football game. Participants will perform with the Dolls at halftime. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. For more information, pick up registration forms at the elementary school offices.
SAVE THE DATE – The third annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K run. For more information, visit chisholmtrailsteakchallenge.com or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766.
GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Eagles Football Booster Club is seeking sponsors for its Eagle Golf Tournament Sunday, Oct. 6, at The Club at Runaway Bay. (Note the date has changed from earlier published information). Sponsorship levels are $500, $300 and $100. Two food sponsorships will also be available, and raffle items are still needed. To donate or for more information call Sean Manuel at 817-366-8566.
PARK CLASSIC – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 22nd Annual Park Classic golf tournament is Saturday, Oct. 12, at Decatur Golf and Country Club. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee time. Cost for the four-person scramble is $300 a team or $400 for all-inclusive, which includes poker run and mulligans. There will be a raffle, auction and multiple cash prizes, and lunch and beverages will be provided. For more information, to sign up a team or sponsor the event, call Megan Adams at 940-626-0586 or Katie Pierce at 940-393-1670.
GOGO BENEFIT – The Decatur Lions Club is selling tickets for the 2nd Annual Gogo Gumbo Pasta Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13. It benefits the South Wise Services Pantry, and seating times are 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at First Financial Bank in Decatur and Boyd and iCopy in Decatur.
DECATUR SWIRL – Decatur Swirl is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information, visit www.decaturswirl.com.
“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.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, Oct. 7, at City Hall. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles Grandes and costs $10 a plate. Speaker is Rep. Phil King. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4, to email@example.com.
VENDORS NEEDED – The Paradise Historical Society is accepting vendor applications for the Main Street Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, in downtown Paradise. Call 940-969-3680 for a vendor form or download one at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/upcoming_events.php.
FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and it will be followed by the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will include vendor booths, a classic car show, talent show, chili cook-off, quilt show, displays and demonstrations. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-859-3691. The event is hosted by the Paradise Historical Society.
TALENT CONTEST – The second annual Paradise Has Talent contest is Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Main Street Festival. The competition is split into two age groups: youth through eighth grade and teens/adults. Only 10 acts in each age category will perform, and there will be cash prizes of $150 and $100. Entry forms and contest details can be downloaded at paradisehistoricalsociety.com or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Cost to enter is $10, and deadline is Friday, Sept. 20. For more information, call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.
CLASS REUNION – Organizers are looking for Paradise High School graduates to attend a ’60s Decade Class Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19. If you graduated or attended Paradise school and would have graduated in the years 1960 to 1969 and have not been contacted, call Don Niblett, 940-627-3557; Sue Laurent, 214-215-8472; or Kathy Horton, 940-389-4196.
MINERAL PROGRAM – The Extension Livestock and Forage Committee will host a beef cattle mineral supplement program 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The featured speaker is Dr. Jimmy L. Horner with Protocol Technologies. The program is free, and lunch will be provided by Protocol. RSVP before Tuesday, Sept. 24, by calling the Extension office at 940-627-3341.
PARENT CAFE – A parenting program, Parent Cafe, is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St., in Decatur. If childcare is needed, RSVP to 940-627-5080.
OFFICE CLOSED – The Veterans Service Office will be closed this week for fall training. The office will reopen Monday, Sept. 23.
BALLOON RELEASE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will host a ballon release for domestic violence awareness 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Wise County Courthouse. October is domestic violence awareness month. For more information, call 940-626-4855.
HELP WANTED – Volunteers are needed to help with the Wise County Heritage Museum’s production of “Dr. D.K. Molar” 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. To help or to audition, call Lou Ramos at 817-638-2022.
EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD will dismiss early Friday, Oct. 11 at the following times: elementary schools, 12:15 p.m.; Steele Accelerated High School, 1:05 p.m.; Northwest and Byron Nelson High Schools, 1:15 p.m.; and middle schools, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 is a student holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, Oct. 15.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 18th Annual Northwest ISD Education Foundation Golf Classic is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at DFW Marriott at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. For more information, contact David at email@example.com.
CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show if 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.
CRAFT SHOW VENDORS – Vendors are sought for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show Saturday, Oct. 19. Booth fees, which include a chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi, are $75 for a 10×10 space or $140 for 10×20. Additions include electricity for $10; tables for $10; and chairs for $5. Vendors may also pre-order a boxed lunch that will be delivered to the booths. Cost is $10 for a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert. Applications, available at www.leaguelineup.com/nwtexans, are due Oct. 1. For more information, call or email Julia at 940-230-6099 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Melinda at 940-595-6451 or email@example.com; or Deborah Christenson at 817-726-1075 or Sparky3483@sbcglobal.net.