News Briefs for Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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CHAMBER LUNCH – Bridgeport Area 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.

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.

CAVEMAN CRAWL – The 4th Annual Caveman Crawl is Saturday, June 14, at the Bridgeport OHV Park with courses for ages 4 and up. The race benefits the development of hiking and biking trails at the OHV Park. Register at


BABYGARTEN PROGRAM – Chico Public Library is bringing back the BabyGarten program. The six-week summer session will be 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.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The chamber meeting is noon Tuesday, June 10, at the Senior Citizens building in downtown Chico. County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Steven Wren will be the guest speaker.


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 subject 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.


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.

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 W. Bennett in Decatur.


WIDOWS JAMBOREE – A Denton-Wise County Widow-Daughter Tea and Generations Past/Present Program will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Carriage House Assisted Living Dining Room, 1357 Bernard in Denton, with LaDonna Koerner as keynote speaker. All area widows and their daughters or “adopted daughters” for the day are invited to hear two special speakers and enjoy a satire on 1950s fashion, a plant-crafts-bake sale, skits, humor and music. There will be door prizes, a personal gift and the opportunity to learn what widows have in common. Tickets for the tea and program are $6 per person. Widow and daughter photos will be available at $1.50 for a 4 6 and $3 for a 5 7. To request a reservation and order tickets for the annual event by Wednesday, June 4, call Fran Massengale at 940-566-2963 or Curina Morris at 940-648-2540. (After June 4 reservations will be accepted if space is available.)

CEMETERY HOMECOMING – Sweetwater Cemetery homecoming is Sunday, June 8. Preaching starts at 11, followed by lunch and a business meeting.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp For Kids with Disabilities is June 9, 10 and 11 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. To register as a camper or a volunteer, go online to or call Elaine Huff at 940-627-4222 or Andrea Duwe at 940-395-3356.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP – Decatur volleyball camp is June 9-12. All girls entering second through eighth grade are welcome. Forms are available at any Decatur school office, or you can email You can submit forms until May 31, sign up the first day of camp, however a late fee will be applied.

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, June 10, at the First Baptist Church Education Building, 1200 Preskitt, in Decatur. A parent must be present and they should bring the child’s shot record. Participants must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. For information, call 940-665-9315, option 5.

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.

BLIND COMMUNITY – Telena Graham, who lost her vision 15 months ago, is looking to build community with others in Wise County who have gone blind. She envisions meet and greets, game nights, fundraisers for research, dances, discussions and support for loved ones affected. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating or helping, contact her at 817-988-0478 or

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.


EARLY RELEASE – Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6, are scheduled early dismissal days in Northwest ISD. School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. for elementary; 1:05 p.m. for Steele Accelerated High School; 1:15 p.m. for Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools and 2 p.m. for middle schools. The last day of school is Friday, June 6.

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

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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