News Briefs for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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CHAMBER LUNCH – Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Bridgeport Community Center. Extension agent Tanya Davis will give a Dinner Tonight cooking demonstration. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles, and cost is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday, June 18, to or 940-683-2076.

MOM/SON EVENT – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host a mom/son ice cream and pool party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Bridgeport City Pool. There will be games, ice cream sundaes, swimming and giveaways. Cost is $10 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets are available at City Hall and the pool.

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.


BABYGARTEN PROGRAM – Chico Public Library is bringing back the BabyGarten program. The six-week summer session is 11 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. BabyGarten is an opportunity for infants, toddlers and their parents/caregivers to get together with friends, enjoy story time, singing and crafts. The theme for the summer session is the five senses. For information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.


FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is beginning its semi-annual search for new members. Applications are being accepted now through July 5. New applicants are subjected to a background check, interviews and an orientation before training begins. Applications are available online at or at the station. Business meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call 940-433-5055 and leave a message.


JUNETEENTH PARADE – The East Side Alumni will lead a Juneteenth parade 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in Decatur. A celebration will follow at 1 p.m. at Ida Lou Willis Park, and at 4 p.m. a historical marker will be dedicated at the site of the original East Side school. For information, call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Police Department and the Decatur Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association are accepting team registration and sponsorship forms for the 2nd Annual Back The Blue coed softball tournament to be held Saturday, June 28, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Call the Decatur Police Department at 940-393-0300 for information. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Decatur High School students.

EDC SURVEY – The Decatur Economic Development Corp. invites residents and those who work in the Decatur area to participate in a survey that will be used by consultants to help the EDC identify target audiences and develop strategies for improving the community’s business climate, quality of life, education, workforce development, infrastructure and marketing activities. The survey is at, or it can be accessed through the EDC’s website at by clicking on the Avalanche Consulting Survey button in the upper left corner.

SEEKING DONATIONS – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of costume jewelry for crafts and its Residents Country Store. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800, ext. 114, or drop off donations at 701 West Bennett in Decatur.


GARAGE SALE – The Rhome Senior Citizen garage sale is June 26-28 at 401 East Hickory St. To donate items, call Bill Childress at 817-946-7522.


WARM CLOSED – WARM (Wise Area Relief Mission) will be closed this week. Normal distribution times will resume Tuesday, June 24.

FIELD TRIP – The Wise County Genealogical Society is going to the Dallas County Public Library to work in their genealogical section Thursday, June 19. The group will be departing at 9 a.m. from Decatur Church of Christ. Bring a sack lunch and a $5 donation to the driver for gas. The group will return at 2 p.m.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon Energy will host the 7th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot Friday, June 20, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and shooting starts at 9. Cost is $500 for a five-person team, and all proceeds benefit United Way of Wise County. Call Fossil Pointe at 940-393-6402 to sign up or email

GOLF SCRAMBLE – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is having a four-person scramble Friday, June 20, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost is $100 per person or $400 per team. There will be a putting contest at 12:15 p.m., and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A meal, awards, raffle and a silent auction will follow play. For information or to register, call April at 940-255-2225 or Robin at 817-368-2170. All proceeds will help build a custom-designed, rubberized, latex-free field that accommodates wheelchairs and other devices while helping prevent injury.

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 the Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. To register or for information, call Susan Miller at 940-627-7658.

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.


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 is Dr. Sheryl Absire, chief technology officer of Calcasieu Parish Schools, and there will be 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

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