News Briefs for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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CRAFTING BEE – Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280, in Alvord will have the MZ Bee 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Bring any type of craft project to work on and your lunch, snacks and soft drinks or bottled water. Fee is $10 to benefit the church food pantry missions. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941; or the church, 940-627-5103.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The 2016 Alvord Watermelon Festival will be Aug. 12-13 at Elm Creek Park. The festival invites all vendors to participate. The cost is $20 for both days. Call Linsey Taylor at 940-399-9743.


ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Bridgeport will offer physicals for athletes Tuesday, July 19, at the high school training room by the auxilliary gym. Physicals for girls start at 5:30 p.m. and boys 6:30. The cost is $20, cash only. All athletes entering the 7th, 9th and 11th grades must have a new physical before the first day of practice for their sport. All athletes entering the 8th, 10th and 12th grades that have had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery within the past year must also have a new physical this year. All student athletes are encouraged to get a physical every year. Students may also get a UIL physical form from Coach Newsom to have their family doctor perform the physical (these forms can be downloaded from the UIL website).


SCIENCE TRUCK – Texas’ only interactive science and engineering museum on wheels will visit the Chico Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 15. The 40-foot exhibit trailer houses a variety of engineering and science exhibits. The event is free. For information, call 94-644-2330.

MAD SCIENCE – Chico Public Library is having Mad Science – Energy Burst! at 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday July 28. In this fascinating lab, young scientists learn all about the transferable energy of objects. Explore the energy of motion – potential versus kinetic energy – and how energy can be conserved. Learn about the different forms of energy, and watch it come to life in your very own experiments using tools such as radiometers. Space is limited and registration is required. For information, call 940-644-2330.


ENGLISH LESSONS – First Baptist Church in Decatur is holding a conversational English time for adults Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30 am. The children will be provided fun activities in a Christian safe place. For information, call 949-735-0361.

ACTING CAMP – Texas Theatre for Young People is holding an acting camp at the Decatur High School Theatre 7-9 p.m. July 18-22. Sign-up is available now, and space is limited. The instructor is Joe Sturgeon, a professional actor, director and playwright. He has been resident director and director of theatre for youth at Casa Manana. Register online at

ALCOHOL PETITION – A signature drive is now underway to call an election for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages, in the city of Decatur. You must be a resident living inside the city limits of Decatur to sign. The petition is located at Patti’s Hair Parlor, Rooster’s, Cary Bohn Insurance and Rhine Realty. Nearly 450 signatures are needed by July 20.

WASHER TOURNEY – The 2016 Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is Wise County Old Settlers Reunion Washer Tournament is Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the pavilion at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion grounds. Registration runs from 5 to 6:45 p.m.. For information, call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 940-627-3107 or visit

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The next Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Trevor Brazile, 23-time world champion and 13-time PRCA All-Around Cowboy World Champion.

CHESS CLUB – Decatur Public Library hosts a Chess Club 6 p.m. each Monday. Learn how to play, improve your strategies or just enjoy playing the game of kings. The club is open to all ages and all levels. No registration required. Call 940-393-0290, or visit

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge has started. There will be an activity at 4 p.m. every Thursday with door prizes at each event. Call the library, 940-393-0290.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – Children are invited to Decatur Public Library on Tuesdays for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (STEAM)-based activity. Kindergarten through second graders can participate at 2 p.m., and third through fifth graders can participate at 6:30 p.m. The program started this week and continues through the month of July. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 or visit

YOUTH SPORTS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is creating a section on its website for youth sports sign-up and contact information. Details about Decatur ISD summer camps will also be included. Anyone with current information on any local youth sports league is asked to call the Chamber, 940-627-3107 or email

BINGO PRIZES NEEDED – Small gifts for bingo prizes are needed at Senior Care in Decatur. Call Kathy, 940-626-2817.

CRAFT GROUP – The Decatur Public Library open crafts group meets 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 940-393-0290.


COMMUNITY CHORUS – The newly-formed Paradise Community Chorus is seeking singers of all talent levels. The choir is open to anyone in seventh grade or older. No audition is required. The music style ranges from contemporary to classical with preparation of a major classical work planned for the near future. Rehearsals are held 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. every Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, 501 Main St.


SINGING TRYOUTS – Auditions for Voice of Rhome are held the fourth Saturday of every month. The Voice of Rhome contest will be at the Rhome Fall Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Call Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or email

SUMMER READING – Rhome Public Library’s schedule for the summer reading program is as follows: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, ages 6 to 12; 5 p.m. Tuesday, ages 13 to 18; 11 a.m. Wednesday, preschoolers; 11 a.m. Thursday, toddlers and babies.


FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veteran`s Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES – Expect traffic delays on County Road 4511 east of Decatur due to ongoing road work. County engineer Chad Davis suggested drivers take alternate routes. Davis said the project is expected to take three weeks to complete.

BUILD-A-BUSINESS – A business planning workshop is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at Weatherford College Wise County. Host is Cheryl W. Jones, economic development specialist with the city of Fort Worth Economic Development Department. The event benefits the scholarship funds of the Paradise Chamber of Commerce and Wise County Area Business Women’s Network. Reserve a spot by contacting Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434,

TASTE OF WISE – The sixth annual Taste of Wise is Thursday, August 25 at the Decatur Civic Center from 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Tickets are $10.


BIBLE SCHOOL – Grace Baptist Church, 600 S. Trinity, in Decatur is having Vacation Bible School Aug. 1-4 for ages 4 through 12th grade. The event is 7 to 9 p.m. nightly. For a ride, call 940-627-7558.

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