News Briefs for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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OPEN HOUSE – Wise County ESD No. 1, Fire Station 12, will host a cornerstone dedication and open house 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. The new fire station is at 545 S. Allen St. in Boyd.


MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will host a Mother-Daughter Tea Party 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Bridgeport Community Center. There will be a finger food lunch, photos and crafts. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter and are available at City Hall. For information, call 940-683-3480.

HEALTH UNIT – The Texas Health Wellness for Life mobile unit will be in Bridgeport 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, as part of the Rodeo Pink festivities during Butterfield Stage Days. The mobile unit provides screening digital mammograms and well-woman exams and take-home colon cancer screening kits. To make an appointment, call 1-855-318-7696. Patients will need to bring their insurance card and a form of identification. Insurance will be direct billed for those who have it; women without insurance may qualify for sponsored screens.

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, stickhorse 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

RIB COOKOFF – The 2nd Annual Rib Cookoff at the Butterfield Stage Days Festival is Saturday, May 10, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. The Judges Pick Winners will earn $750 cash for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Entry fee is $75 per team. There will also be an appetizer category where the winner will win $150 cash. For information, contact the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076 or

PRCA RODEO – The 8th Annual Butterfield Stage Days Karl Klement PRCA Ram rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly Bridgeport Riding Club Arena, 691 FM 920. Tickets are $10 if purchased before May 9 at the Bridgeport Chamber Office. Entry at the gate is $12 nightly. Children 5 and under are free.

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 is $30. 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

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will have a free showing of “Frozen” Saturday, May 17, at Harwood Park. There will be concessions, activities and games at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk.

SWIMMING LESSONS – Mama Fishy Swim School at Bridgeport City Pool begins June 10. Cost is $70 per child and $65 for each additional child. Registrations received by May 2 save an additional $10 per class. Sessions are June 10 to June 20, July 8 to July 18 and July 22 to Aug. 1. There are five levels beginning with parent and guppy. For information, call 940-683-3480.

SWIM TEAM – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation swim team will practice 10 to 11:40 a.m. Tuesday through Friday this summer. Participants will compete in four circuit meets and regionals. Cost is $80. To register, call 940-683-3480.

KIDS CAMP – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Kids Camp is 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 9 to Aug. 15, at Bridgeport Elementary. Participants will take field trips to the Fort Worth Zoo, AT&T Stadium, Keller Pointe Water Park, the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and Go Bonkers. Weekly cost is $75 per child. For information, call 940-683-3480.

JUNIOR GUARD – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Junior Guard classes are 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday this summer. The class is not a lifeguard certification program. Participants learn basic skills and will compete with other Junior Guard programs. Cost is $80. Call 940-683-3480 to register.

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.

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.


BASKETBALL CAMP – Coach Drew Coffman and staff will host the Decatur Eagle Mini Basketball Camp with the following sessions: Shooting Skills, May 12; Ball Handling Skills, May 19; and Overall Skill Development, May 26. Each session is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur High School gym, and boys enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate. Cost is $20 per night, or $50 for all three. Register 30 minutes prior to the start of a session or mail registration before May 8 to Drew Coffman, 601 Valleyridge Ct., Decatur, TX 76234.

3-ON-3 – The second annual Back to Summer Bash 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Friday, May 23, at Decatur High School. Check-in is at 4 p.m., and games start at 5. All entries must be received by May 22. Those registering by May 15 will get T-shirts. Divisions include men, women, coed and youth, divided by grade level. Cost is $150 for adult teams and $100 for youth. Register online at and search Back to Summer Bash Decatur TX. For information, email or call 817-707-1130. Proceeds benefit the Decatur boys basketball program.


KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Slidell Elementary Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5-16. Bring your child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot records, proof of residency and a parent’s driver’s license or identification. For questions, call Kristi Hankins at 940-466-3118, ext. 233, or email


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.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Road in Decatur. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family; a parent must be present and the child must be VFC eligible. Parents are asked to bring the child’s shot record. For information, call 940-665-9315, option 5.

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.


STEM SHOWCASE – The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) invites community members to the annual STEM Showcase 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Northwest High School in Justin. From engineering to mathematics projects, students will showcase their best work from this school year.

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