News Briefs for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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SKEET SHOOT – The Delaney Mancil Memorial Skeet Shoot is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, on County Road 1270 south of Oakhill MX Raceway in Alvord. The event is a 50/50 split, and .22 rifles will be given away in addition to giveaways throughout the day and a silent auction. Concessions will be available, including barbecue. Bring chairs and shade. Shoot is open to kids and adults.


EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Eggstravaganza carnival and egg hunt is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Bridgeport Community Center and the Lawdwin Ballfields. There will be games, candy, face painting and inflatables. The egg hunt starts promptly at 2 p.m. For information, call 940-683-3480.

PRE-K PREVIEW – Bridgeport Elementary invites all children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to participate in Pre-K Preview. Registration is 3:45 to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15, in the BES cafeteria, and classroom activities are 3:45 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 21. For registration, bring the child’s birth certificate, shot record, Social Security card, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.), proof of income and a picture I.D. of the adult enrolling the child.

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 $20 if received by April 10 and $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 – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur will host an egg hunt 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The Easter Bunny will be present for photos, and there will be a bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. All ages are welcome, but participants must bring their own baskets. For information, call 940-626-2800.

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 join us at 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 Farm Road 51 South, leave a message for us on Facebook (decaturtxlibrary) or call 940-393-0290.

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.

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.


EASTER CELEBRATION – The 4th Annual Community Egg Hunt sponsored by the city of Newark is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Newark City Hall, 209 Hudson St. There will be more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs. Games and prizes will follow the hunt, and grand prizes will be awarded to those that find prize eggs during the hunt.


FIREFIGHTER BASH – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department’s annual firefighter bash is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Paradise Fire Station. There will be bingo and hot dogs at noon, a baked goods auction at 2 p.m., a barbecue supper at 3 p.m. and live music at 6 p.m.


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.

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.


EGG HUNT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Decatur Civic Center. The event is for ages 5 and younger. Bring an Easter basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Hot dogs, chips, snacks and drinks will be provided.

COMPUTER COURSE – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will be offering a beginning computer course through its continuing education division. The course will meet 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks beginning April 15. Cost is $175, and individuals over age 65 can enroll in the course for free. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or for information.

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.

PAYING IT FORWARD FOR PROM – Donations of formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and cash are being collected at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur through Thursday, April 10, for the third drive of Paying It Forward for Prom. Through the program, boys and girls who couldn’t otherwise afford prom expenses volunteer six community service hours in exchange for formal wear and accessories, hairdos, manicures and pedicures and makeup application. It’s open to all Wise County students. Girls can pick out their dresses 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Crossroads Church in Decatur. To apply, email For information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN – Cecilia Abbott, wife of gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, will be the guest speaker at the Wise Republican Women’s meeting 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Chisholm Trail Room at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to or call 940-644-1846.

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 Farm Road 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.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the First Methodist Church Wesley Center in Decatur. A potluck dinner will be served. For information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

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.


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 on 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 who need extra assistance 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

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