TITLE I – Alvord Elementary School will host its annual Title I Parent Meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the elementary school cafeteria. Meet the Teacher Night will follow, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
POOL PARTY – A back-to-school pool party for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bridgeport City Pool. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at City Hall and the pool. Tickets at the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.
BARBECUE COOKOFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 13, at Northwest OHV Park. Cook-off entries are currently being taken. This year’s event will include a Local Bragging Rights section and a Kid’s Porkchop Cook-off. Raffle tickets are also available for several items. Call Chief Terry Long, 940-210-9495.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-798-3471.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 17, at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team, and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or email@example.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or email@example.com.
CHISHOLM TRAIL RODEO – The Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at AGvantage Farm and Ranch. Slack is 7 p.m. Thursday and will be free to the public. A rodeo dance with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will follow the Saturday rodeo. For dance tickets, call 940-399-9558.
WESTERN FESTIVAL – A western heritage festival is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on the Wise County Courthouse square. There will be live music, gunfighters, vendors, kids activities and a rodeo parade at 5:30 p.m. Call 940-393-0340.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Decatur Civic Center. Guest speaker is Rod Townsend.
GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur girls fall softball signups are underway through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.
COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 13, at Decatur High School. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $15 for the Fun Run, and $35 for the 5K by Sept. 8. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 12, at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost increases by $5. To register, visit www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com/5k-color-run.html.
BOOTHS AND SPONSORSHIPS – Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and and Fun Run. They include platinum for $250, business name on event T-shirt and sponsorship banner; gold for $100, business name on gold level of banner; silver for $50, business name on silver level of banner. Sponsors are also welcome to submit items for goodie bags distributed to every participant. There will be booth space available at the event for $50. Call Amy Wilson, 817-841-4471.
GUN RAFFLE – Decatur Buyers Association is hosting a dinner and gun raffle 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. One $50 tickets buys dinner and the chance to win one of 25 guns. Only 500 tickets will be sold. There will also be live music, a silent and live auction, cow chip bingo and more. Tickets can be purchased from any buyers association member, 2-K Pawn, North Texas Bank, Wise County Messenger, Sam’s Hair Quarters or Chalet of Jewelry.
CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Auction is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Decatur Civic Center. Cost is $40 per person and includes dinner, open bar and entertainment, provided by Pete’s Piano Bar. Theme is “boots, chaps and cowboy hats.” Contact Misty Hudson, 940-627-3107.
DOMINO NIGHT – A 42 group plays 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St.
FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. In keeping with the theme, “Pioneer Paradise,” Bob and Jennifer Jackson will offer a hands-on experience with authentic period dress, a tent and artifacts. The featured exhibit will demonstrate fire-making techniques, hide-tanning and flint-lock firearms. There will also be a car show, chili cookoff, talent show and quilt show. Contact Donna Weeden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
VENDOR BOOTHS – Vendors are sought for the Paradise Main Street Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. Cost is $50 for professional food, $20 for food and other items. Electrical hookups are an additional $10. For a form, visit www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/upcoming_events.
CHILI COOKOFF – The 2nd Annual Black Kettle chili cookoff is Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Main Street Festival. One winner in each Judge’s Pick and People’s Choice will receive $250 cash. Entry fee is $50. For a form, visit www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/upcoming_events. Contact Adrienne Faulhaber, email@example.com.
CAR SHOW – The 8th Annual Car Show at the Paradise Main Street Festival is Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration is at 8 a.m., with judging at 10 a.m. and awards at noon. Winners in choice and class awards will be recognized. Cost is $15 by Sept. 15 (which includes a T-shirt) or $20 at the event. Additional shirts are $15 each. Contact Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALENT SHOW – The Paradise Historical Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Paradise Has Talent contest Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Main Street Festival. There will be two age divisions and up to a dozen entries per division. Division 1 will include children up to eighth grade, and Division 2 will feature high school students and adults. Cash prizes of $150 and $100 will be awarded in each division. Entry forms can be downloaded at paradisehistoricalsociety.com or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Entry fee is $10. Turn forms in to Karen Bohmfalk by Saturday, Sept. 20. Call 940-210-3181 or 940-969-2131.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber membership luncheon is noon Monday, Sept. 8, at Paradise City Hall. Deborah King will speak on civility in the workplace.
REGISTRATION STARTS – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration is going on now at the main campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offerings, go to www.wc.edu. Contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried, 940-626-3263, email@example.com.
CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Regional Health Foundation Clay Shoot is Friday, Aug. 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch is provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. Call Michelle Stone, 940-626-1384.
FALL SIGNUPS – Registration for the fall season of Wise County Special Needs Baseball is now through Aug. 23. Download a player or volunteer form at wcspecialneeds.com. Fee is $20 and should be mailed with the form to P.O. Box 601, Bridgeport, TX, 76426. Late registration is $35. Meet-N-Greet will be 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13 through Nov. 1.
TOWN HALL – State Rep. Phil King will hold a town hall forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Weatherford College Wise County. He, along with Kathleen Jackson of the Texas Water Development Board and Victor Vandergriff with the Texas Department of Transportation, will discuss water and transportation issues facing Texas.
DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $20 before Sept. 25 or $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.
SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office, 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.
FLIP-FLOPS NEEDED – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is in need of flip-flops of all sizes for men, women and children who have been affected by family violence/sexual abuse and are residing in the shelter. Donations may be dropped off at the outreach office at 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.
TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County are looking for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.
CRAFT VENDORS – Vendors are needed for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. Booths – which include one chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi – are $75 for 10×10 or $140 for 10×20. Additional items are $10 for electricity, $10 for tables and $5 for chairs. Applications are due Oct. 10. Contact Casci Land, 817-336-6565; Tanda Dovel, 817-996-1790; Suzanne May, 817-897-5303; or Deborah Christenson, 817-726-1075.
CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 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, artisan soaps and lotions, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.
RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION – Registration for returning students is now available through the Home Access Center. Parents must have a HAC account, which requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued by the school. A help desk is available at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Justin from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campuses have computers available for use for households without Internet. Call 817-698-1099.
VOLUNTEER CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in Northwest ISD schools must have passed a criminal background check through the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) system. Go to www.nisdtx.org and click the VIPS link under Quick Links. Call NISD Partners in Education specialist Phil Beckman at 817-215-0172.
CHICKEN AND BREAD DAYS – Vendors are needed for the 19th Annual Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Fee is $20 for arts and crafts booths and $35 for food. There is an additional $10 fee for electricity. All vendor spaces are 10×10, outdoor lots. For an application, contact Main Street Bowie, 940-872-6246.