Life and Community
August is one of the most difficult months to adopt pets, but the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter has plans to make this August one of the hottest adoption months yet.
Aug. 16 the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter will work in conjunction with 33 other animal shelters in the Metroplex to host an “Empty the Shelter Day” event across North Texas. For this one-day event, the WPCAS will waive all fees associated with adoptions for approved adopters. That’s correct, adopt for free. And to make it easier for potential adopters, the shelter will be opening early at 10 a.m. and will stay open until 5 p.m.
As always, adoptions from WPCAS will include the animal’s spay or neuter, rabies and other core vaccinations, microchip, and discounted pet insurance from petfinder.com.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsChurch members, county dignitaries and former pastors of Aledo United Methodist Church were in attendance Sunday afternoon for the unveiling of the church's historical marker. Click on the photo above for a gallery of photos from the event, and check the Nov. 8 issue of The Community News for more details.
Rev. Dr. Mitzi Ellington, a pastoral counselor at Aledo UMC, will lead a six-week group aimed to provide women an opportunity to foster personal growth and make the life changes they wish to make by re-authoring their life story. Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5. Opportunities will be provided to identify and address emotional concerns and issues that might hinder one from taking action on behalf of one's self; discover mutual empowerment and support from other women; and engage stories of Jesus and his encounters with women from empowering perspectives based on the book, Do What You Have the Power to Do by Helen Bruch Pearson. Book purchase is not required. The fee is $50. Register through the church by calling Kim at 817-441-8329.
Special to The Community News
On Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, the first antique and art show in the American west will welcome shoppers for the 50th year at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center. Few cities in the world host an antique and art show that is 50 years old, especially one whose customers range from former First Lady Laura Bush to “Storage Wars Texas” star Moe Prigoff.
Owned by Aledo resident Jan Orr-Harter, the former “Dolly Johnson Show” has taken a new name for its 50th anniversary. The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art has also expanded into a larger space, added 25 more exhibitors to its mix and teamed up with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for the show’s Benefit Booth. There is even a rumor that Will Rogers himself will attend.
The Will Rogers Memorial Center has been home to the Fort Worth Show since it was founded in 1963. In 2009 the Johnson family sold the show to the Parker County antiques dealer and Fort Worth native Orr-Harter.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsMore than 2,000 Aledoans participated in Saturday morning's Cowtown Cook Children's 5k in Fort Worth. Click on the photo above for a gallery of photos from the start of the race.
Click here for photos from the end of the race.
Aledo Athletics Inc has announced that online registration will be available through Jan. 31 for players returning from 2012. In-person signups for new or all other players will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at the McAnally Intermediate School cafeteria. New players should take a copy of his/her birth certificate for age verification. Fees are $140 for ages 5 and up, and $80 for ages 3-4 (honkball). Tryouts will be Feb 9-10 at times to be announced. For more information, visit www.aledoathletics.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free community event
By Linda Bagwell, Weatherford College
Weatherford College will once again be a spooky (but well-lighted and safe place, of course) for all the little ghosts, goblins, zombies, mummies and monsters and assorted others to Trick-or-Treat this Halloween night, Oct. 31. The annual Safe Halloween, sponsored by the College’s Police Department, has attracted thousands of people over the years, and officials are expecting at least 4,000 trick-or-treaters this years.
Safe Halloween is a free event for the public to enjoy an evening of worry-free, safe trick-or-treating. Dainty princesses and brides, tiny soldiers, cowboys and little police officers, firefighters, alike, can join in the fun with a huge bounce house, game booths, face-painting and costume contests throughout the evening and "go home with more candy than they can have eat in a month,” said WC Chief of Police Paul Stone, who coordinates the annual event.
"Last, year, we distributed more than a ton of candy donated by area merchants, service clubs, WC staff and community members, and we collected well over a thousand cans of food (“admission” is one can per attendee), which we delivered to a local charity.”
Randy Keck/The Community NewsAledo United Methodist Church held its annual 5k AmazinGRace Sunday afternoon at Bearcat Park. According to organizer Staci Smith, the race had record participation. Proceeds from the event help pay for youth mission projects. More on the race can be found in the Oct. 26 issue of The Community News.
The Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland will rehearse from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Bearcat Stadium in Aledo in preparation for their performance Saturday, Oct. 20 during the Texas Tech vs. TCU football game.
Funeral services for Jamie and Mallory Evans will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. A graveside service will follow, and then lunch will be served at the church.
A special service will be held at Greenwood Funeral Home at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.