News Briefs for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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BAND BOOSTERS – Bridgeport High School Band Boosters is currently accepting nominations for officers for the 2014-15 school year. Email to submit a nomination. Available positions include president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and reporter.

WINE AND CHOCOLATE – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a Ladies Wine and Chocolate Walk 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bridgeport Country Club, Cost is $30 per person, and $5 goes to the club’s charities. There will be four wine stops on the course with a group photo opportunity, a cheese and cracker appetizer, light dinner and chocolate dessert table. There will also be a $5 wine cork raffle. Dress is casual. Forms are available at the Country Club.

BUTTERFIELD FESTIVAL – The 32nd Annual Butterfield Stage Days Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Contests include the second annual rib cook-off, the Battle of the Boot pancake-eating contest, stick horse rodeo and the Rodeo Pink 5K Run/Walk. There will also be food and craft booths, bounce houses, live entertainment, a petting zoo, kiddie train, carnival, Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters, a Stagecoach photo op and touch-a-truck. For information, call the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076 or visit

RODEO PINK 5K – The Rodeo Pink Fun Run/Walk is Saturday, May 10. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Harwood Park pavilion. There will be a survivor celebration walk at 7:45 a.m. around the Harwood Park loop. Cost, with a shirt, is $25 if received by April 25. After that date, cost increases to $30 and doesn’t include a shirt. Registration forms are available at the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce, Bridgeport City Hall, The Community Bank in Bridgeport, Angel’s Health Care in Decatur or online at, or For information, call 817-201-5000 or email

BUTTERFIELD BOOTHS – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications through May 3 for vendor booths for the Butterfield Stage Days Festival, which is Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park. Fees for members are $50 for food/drink spaces without electricity or $55 with electricity; and $20 for art/craft/merchandise/game booths without electricity or $25 with electricity. For non-members, food/drink booths are $100 without electricity or $110 with electricity; and $40 for art/craft/merchandise/game set-ups without electricity or $50 with electricity. For information, call the Chamber at 940-683-2076 or email

SELECT SOFTBALL – Angels Fast Pitch is seeking area players. Practices will be held on Sundays in Bridgeport. For information, visit or call the coach at 940-389-1407. The team’s purpose is to assist local softball players in their hunt for scholarships.


EGG HUNT – The Chico Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at the park off McCracken Street, behind City Hall.


EASTER EVENT – Decatur Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. Children are invited to attend either time for an egg hunt in the Priddy Reading Garden, story, crafts and games. To register your child for the Easter egg hunt, stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South, leave a message on Facebook (decaturtxlibrary) or call 940-393-0290.

FUN RUN – Carson Elementary in Decatur is hosting the Rabbit Run 1K and 5K fundraiser race Saturday, April 26. Register at or call 806-773-6205.

42 CLUB – Domino players in Decatur are starting a 42 club that will play at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 817-371-5580.


EGG HUNT – There will be an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Rhome Family Park, 400 S. Virginia. There will also be games, a bounce house and refreshments. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around giving out candy and posing for pictures with the kids, and at 12:30 p.m. the Air Evac helicopter will be on display and available for tours and photos.

EGG DROP – Movement Church in Rhome is having Operation Easter Egg Drop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Chisholm Trail Middle School on Farm Road 3433. There will be a helicopter dropping a total of 9,000 eggs in three rounds, each for a different age group. They will also be passing out tickets to be put into a drawing for one of two kids’ bikes being given away Easter morning at Movement Church. For information, visit

CANDIDATES AND COOK-OFF – A chili cook-off and candidate event is noon Saturday, April 26, at Rhome Family Park, 400 S. Virginia. Cook-off judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. It’s free to enter, eat and vote. Sodas and water will be for sale. There will be a candidate forum at 1:30 p.m. featuring city council and mayoral candidates. The audience will be allowed to ask questions.


GOOD FRIDAY – All administrative county offices will be closed April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

AGGIE MUSTER – The 2014 Cross Timbers Aggie Club Muster Ceremony is 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The Muster Ceremony will begin around 7:15 p.m., and Dr. Charles Cocanougher of Decatur will be the guest speaker. RSVP by April 16 to Scott Hiler at 940-389-7752 or by April 16th.

RELAY CAPTAINS – A Relay For Life of Wise County team captains’ meeting and bank night is 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. This is the final meeting before the event, which is Friday, April 25, at the Decatur Middle School track. For information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

QUICKBOOKS CLASS – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will be offering an intermediate Quickbooks class beginning April 22. The course will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks. Cost is $149, which includes the required textbook. For more information, call the college at 940-627-2690 or email

CANCER FACT SIGNS – Relay For Life of Wise County seeks sponsors for cancer fact signs. For $50, the sponsor’s name will be displayed on a sign that includes a fact about cancer. Sponsors also have the opportunity to dedicate the sign “in memory” or “in honor” of anyone who’s battled cancer. The signs will line the track on which participants will walk for the all-night event on Friday, April 25. Contact Kathy Hughes at or at 940-255-2944.

SWEETWATER CEMETERY – A working day with lunch on the grounds at noon is Saturday, April 26, at Sweetwater Cemetery.

YOUTH ART – The Wise County Art Association Youth Art Show is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and age groups include 6 to 8; 9 to 11; 12 to 14; and 15 to 18. Divisions are two-dimension, three-dimension and photography. There is a limit of three entries, per person, per division. Cost is $5 per entry. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Wise County seniors. Awards will be presented 3 p.m. May 3. For information, call Barbara Pinkerton at 940-627-3127 or Joan Christensen at 940-389-1214.

CLAY SHOOT – Wise County Committee on Aging is having a clay shoot to benefit Meals on Wheels Saturday, May 10, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, 7282 FM 51, between Slidell and Decatur. Registration is at 1:30 p.m., and the shoot starts at 2. Cost is $500 to enter a team of five. Cost to sponsor a station is $125. Small concessions will be available. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event. Pre-register at For information, call Eric at 940-393-1193.

GARAGE SALE – The family of Wise County resident David Ray Crunk Jr., 33, is collecting items for a fundraising garage sale. Crunk is at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix awaiting a heart transplant. The benefit will help pay for medical expenses. Anyone wishing to donate items can call Peggy at 940-389-5665 or Anna at 940-577-8662. Any items are appreciated.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Metroport Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers. The area of coverage is the southeast sections of Wise County including Aurora, Rhome and Boyd. Call Nansii Downer at 817-491-8534 if you would like to help.

PBR TICKETS – The 11th Annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge is Saturday, May 31, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 South Farm Road 51 in Decatur. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at or at Wise Wireless in Decatur.

SAVE THE DATES – The 2015 Wise County Youth Fair will be March 2-7.


SUICIDE AWARENESS – Northwest ISD will host a suicide awareness and prevention meeting 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Justin. Parents of students PreK through 12th grade are encouraged to attend. Phyllis Finley from the Denton County MHMR Center will present parents with a working knowledge of how to identify signs and symptoms of a youth in crisis or at risk for suicide. Interventions as well as community resources will be shared at the meeting.

CAMP ECO – Northwest ISD will hold Camp ECO 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11-13 at the Outdoor Learning Center. Camp ECO (Experiencing the Challenges of Outdoors) is for NISD students entering first- through fifth-grades. From archery and rock climbing to geocaching and fishing, students will explore hands-on activities that will enhance their leadership and survival skills. Cost is $155, and sibling discounts are available. Early drop-off is available, and shuttles will be available from Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools. To register, go to Registration closes April 30. Camp ECO is looking to employ student workers for this year’s camp. Applicants must be 15 years old at the time of employment and must not have graduated. Applications can be found at For information, contact

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES – Registration is now available for a variety of programs offered by Northwest ISD for pre-kindergarten through high school students to enhance their educational experience in the summer. To view a listing of courses and for information on how to register, visit

NIGHT OF NO LIMITS – The second annual Night of No Limits is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Byron Nelson High School. Kindergarten through high school students will present their inquiry projects and problem-based learning experiences. Families can engage in hands-on, interactive exhibits from the Perot Museum, and meteorologist Jeff Jamison will also showcase the Mobile 11 Storm Chasing vehicle.

TECHNOPALOOZA – Northwest ISD will host Technopalooza, a summer conference that teaches educators how to integrate learning with technology July 30-31 at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd., in Trophy Club. The conference will feature presentations for the first-time educator to the veteran teacher; keynote speaker Dr. Sheryl Absire, chief technology officer of Calcasieu Parish Schools; giveaways; T-shirts; food trucks; and the opportunity to pre-register for the 2015 TechnoPalooza Conference featuring keynote speaker Dave Burgess. To register, go to

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Children who will attend kindergarten in NISD this August are asked to register online beginning April 21. To register, kindergarten students must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2014. Kindergarten Roundup is April 28-May 2. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this event to meet staff, tour the facility and provide the necessary documents needed to complete the registration process. Bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency (housing contract, rental agreement, utility bill etc.), Social Security card and license or other suitable photo ID of the parent/guardian. If parents do not have access to a computer at home, computers will be available at the campus during this time.

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT – Beginning April 21, online enrollment will be available for students new to Northwest ISD. In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center (HAC) account. Campuses will have computers available for use for households without Internet. Beginning April 28, an Enrollment Online help desk will be set up at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Justin. Parents of returning students can begin the registration process July 14.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR – Northwest ISD is partnering with Communities in Schools to host the second annual Back to School Fair 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at Northwest High School. This year’s fair will provide school supplies and assistance to families based on their financial need (verified by their registration for free or reduced lunch). To register, go to To make a tax-deductible donation, an in-kind contribution or to sponsor a family, go to


TENNIS LEAGUE – The Bowie tennis league is starting spring play April 28-29. There will be women’s doubles, mixed doubles and men’s leagues. Entry deadline is Saturday, April 26. For information, call 940-841-2822 or 940-642-9113.

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