News Briefs for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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BOONSTOCK – Boonsville-Balsora VFD will host its annual fundraiser and open house, Boonstock, Saturday, May 17, in downtown Boonsville. A barbecue lunch will be served starting at noon and will be followed by the auction of baked goods and craft items, including two handmade knives by Eugene Canova and two boot boxes by Floyd Davis. There will also be a bounce house for the kids.


GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Grayson Garrett Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 17, at Bridgeport Country Club. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a “Miracle Van” for Kayla Morrow Nichols. There will be a golf ball drop, silent and live auctions and awards for the top three teams. Cost per three-man team is $300 and includes lunch. Tee off is at 10 a.m. For information, call Dwayne Garrett at 940-393-1940, Ryan Murphy at 940-284-0502 or Betty Kleam at 940-577-1080.

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.


YOUTH FOOTBALL – Decatur youth football and cheer sign-ups are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 12-30 at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Cheer fundraising packets are also available at the front desk.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Decatur Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served, and there will be genealogical sharing and games.

ART SHOW WINNERS – Winners of the Wise County Art Association’s Youth Art Show are on display at Decatur Public Library, 1700 FM 51 South, through Monday, May 19. The annual art show was held at Decatur Civic Center May 3. For information, call the library at 940-393-0290 or visit

BASKETBALL CAMP – Coach Drew Coffman and staff are hosting the Decatur Eagle Mini Basketball Camp. The last two sessions include 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.

3-ON-3 – The 2nd 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.

GRASS BASH – The 4th Annual Decatur Volleyball 4-on-4 Co-ed Grass Bash is Saturday, May 31. Teams should sign up by Friday, May 23. For information packets, see Coach Benedict, Coach Mayfield or any volleyball player.


MEMORIAL DAY – The city of Rhome will have a Memorial Day celebration 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Rhome Veterans Park, 100 S. Virginia Lane. J.D. Clark will be the keynote speaker. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served at the Family Park, 400 S. Virginia, and there will be a bounce house.


KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Slidell Elementary Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Friday, May 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


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.

COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Face-to-face advising and registration started May 12 for summer 1 (June 2-July 8), summer 2 (July 9-Aug. 14) and fall (beginning Aug. 25) courses at Weatherford College Wise County. Schedules can be viewed online at For information, call 940-627-2690 or email

LOW COST VACCINATION – Weatherford College Wise County will host a low-cost vaccination clinic 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, sponsored by the Texas AHEC (Area Health Education Centers). This clinic will include the meningitis vaccination required for college enrollment. Vaccines are offered at cost by the Parker County Hospital District, which accepts most insurance and will verify coverage at the time of vaccination. You may be responsible for part or all of the cost, depending on your coverage. The PCHD accepts cash, check or money order, which is due at the time of the vaccination. The cost of vaccinations is: Hepatitis B (series of three doses), $35 per dose; Hepatitis A&B (Twinrix a series of three doses), $55 per dose; Hepatitis A (series of two doses), $30 per dose; Vericella (chickenpox), $110; Meningococcal (MCV4), $100; MMR, $60; Tdap (tetanus with pertussis), $35; T.B. Skin Test, $10. The PCHD also provides the Texas Vaccination For Children program to students 18 and younger. These vaccines are offered at no cost for those who meet program criteria.

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.

BILINGUAL COLLEGE SEMINAR – Northwest ISD and North Central Texas College will host the Bilingual Parent College Seminar 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Northwest High School Lecture Hall. The presentation will provide Spanish speakers and first-generation college bound students and their parents information on admissions, financial aid and more. For information, call Norma Garcia at 817-698-1324. All middle school and high school parents are encouraged to attend.

MEMORIAL DAY CLOSING – Northwest ISD district offices and campuses will be closed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day. Classes resume Tuesday, May 27.

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. 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 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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