News Briefs for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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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.

CAVEMAN CRAWL – The 4th Annual Caveman Crawl is 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


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.


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

BASKETBALL CAMP – Coach Drew Coffman and staff are hosting the last session of Decatur Eagle Mini Basketball Camp 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the Decatur High School gym. Focus will be on skill development. Boys enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate. Cost is $20 per night. 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. 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 Coed 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.

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 West Bennett in Decatur.


MEMORIAL DAY – The Paradise Historical Society is sponsoring a Memorial Day service 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Paradise. Speaker is veteran Jim Parker. Local veterans who have died in or out of service will be honored, and a partial list of names will be read aloud. Applications will be on hand for family members to fill out for active and veteran duty servicemen to be included on a master list maintained by the Paradise Historical Society. For information, contact Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 or email

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Project Graduation golf tournament is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost for the four-man scramble is $250 per team or $75 per player, which includes breakfast. Organizers are still seeking hole sponsorships for $100. Prizes will be given for closest to the pins and long drives. For information, call Jennifer Heathington at 940-229-9010 or email her at


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.


BLOOD DRIVE – Slidell ISD Student Council will host a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the high school gym. Any donor age 16 or younger will need to provide a consent form signed by a parent. All other donors 17 years old and older are welcome.


KARATE TOURNAMENT – The Monica Lopez Open Karate Tournament is Saturday, May 31, at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. There will be a black belt meeting at 9 a.m. and a rules meeting at 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m. in the following age divisions: 5 and under, 6 and 7 years, 8 and 9 years, 10 and 11 years, 12 and 13 years, 14 and 15 years, 16 and 17 years and all adults. To register or for information, call Stephen Starnes at 940-255-2038. Proceeds benefit Monica Lopez, who is battling stage 4 breast cancer.

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.

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 at or call Elaine Huff at 940-627-4222 or Andrea Duwe at 940-395-3356.

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.

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


AWARD CEREMONY – The Northwest School Board will recognize top students for their achievements in regional, state, national and international competitions 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center at Northwest High School, 2201 Texan Drive, in Justin.

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

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

NIGHT OF NO LIMITS – The 2nd 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

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 service. An Enrollment Online help desk opened April 28 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 2nd 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 help 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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