Life and Community
The Parker County 4-H will host two Kitchen Boot Camps designed to help youth develop the basic skills needed to appreciate the culinary and baking arts, but will also educate them with the cuisines of different cultures. The camps will be held at the Texas AgriLife Extension office on 604 N. Main Street in Weatherford.
Lil’ Chefs, which is geared for kids 7 to 10 years old, is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 14-16. Kids venture into a delightful experience creating foods based on the three award winning books “Ratatouille,” “Strega Nona” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Our Lil’ Chefs will take these books and a recipe book home.
Passport on a Plate is for 11-18 year olds and is from 2-5 p.m. March 14-16. This is for kids who want to travel the world through a culinary adventure. This year students will work with recipes from Thailand, the Polynesian Islands and Mozambique. The young chefs expand their palates, reinforce academic and social skills, and learn about food safety and knife skills while experimenting high quality flavors and ingredients. This camp is packed with culinary excitement and tasty adventures!
Classes will fill-up, with 20 students maximum in each session. Registration is $55/child, and no spots will be held without payment.
For more information, call the Extension office at 817-598-6172.
Special to The Community NewsFriends of the Weatherford Public Library recently drew for the winner of a beautiful quilt donated by the Bluebonnet Quilt Bee. Reta Kinyon was the winner. A total of 1,823 tickets were sold and raised $1,541 for the library. Shown are (front row, from left) Katherine Dykes, Gail Greenfield and Reta Kinyon and (back row) Donna Napier, Donna Stewart, Peggy Bull and Betty Nuss.
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Recently some Aledo students decided they would make it a habit to wave at every Aledo bus driver as they passed. They were impressed at how often driver Peggy Kennedy waved back, and then she started waving first as she recognized their car. The students chose to paint the pictured sign to tell her. Old buildings and sign space in Aledo have been painted and repainted for years and years. But this may be the first time an Aledo ISD bus driver has received kudos on one! Mrs. Kennedy, driver of bus 22, has driven for the District for more than five years. Always smiling and friendly, Peggy often waves to those she passes, and they often wave back.
Peggy was surprised to see the pictured sign, and even more surprised it wasn’t painted by the riders on her bus. Gabe and Joel Bogdanoff, and friends Brittany Cranford and Kelly Mintor, enjoy their daily enchanges with Mrs. Kennedy and other drivers around town.
Mrs. Kennedy is just one of the smiling faces behind the wheel of Aledo buses. Give them a wave!
The Zonta Club of Parker County is accepting applications for its general scholarship awards and is inviting qualified persons to apply. Deadline is March 1.
The scholarship may be awarded to qualified Parker County residents who aspire to further their post-secondary education, who can demonstrate leadership and academic promise and who possess a commitment to advance the status of women. Scholarship awards may vary based on need. Recipients must provide verification of college or university enrollment prior to the award, and must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours to be eligible to receive scholarship funds.
Zonta Club of Parker County has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships to 42 students in the last three years. Its major fundraiser is the annual Casino Night, scheduled this year on March 23 at the Wild Mushroom Steakhouse in Weatherford. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, and club members also are accepting silent and live auction items. Call Angie Martin at 817-598-5422 for more information about Zonta Casino Night.
For more information about the scholarship opportunity offered by the local Zonta chapter and others offered by Zonta International, contact Dr. Arleen Atkins, chairperson of the scholarship committee, at 817-598-8822, or visit www.zontaparkercounty.org. A downloadable application form for the ZCPC general scholarship is available.
January 20, 2012The Jan. 20 issue of The Community News is at the printer. Coverage includes Aledo's plans for FM 1187, the Hudson Oaks Liquor petition and a lot more. For the baby boomers among our readers, check out Randy Keck's Retro-TV quiz on page 6. Remember Sam Drucker? Click the "E-Version" link above for a free preview.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Community News. Enjoy some of our local students!
Students in local schools smiled for us as we gathered photos for one of our favorite newspaper features: "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth."
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The East Parker County Library will host Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Children will be treated to a story and craft time with their families. The East Parker County Library is located at 201 FM 1187 North in Aledo.
The City of Aledo has announced that Christmas Tyme in Aledo activities have been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 3.
However, at this time plans are to proceed with the annual Crafts Fair at Aledo Community Center from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Saturday.
Representatives from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce said the city's Christmas on the square will go on as planned, rain or shine.
At the current time plans are still in place to hold Christmas Tyme in Aledo on Saturday, Dec. 3. Because of predictions of rain, some activities that were scheduled for outdoors may be moved indoors.
The annual Craft Fair at the Community Center is being held as scheduled from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m.
Check back at www.community-news.com for updates related to the event.
AUSTIN, TX—Nov. 22, 2011—The National Federation of Independent Business, Texas’ largest association representing small business owners, is calling on Texans to reserve the day after Black Friday for a trip to their nearest small business.
“There is only one way out of this recession, and that’s when small businesses – not big corporations – start ringing up sales. Period.” said the group’s executive director, Will Newton.
In its latest Small Business Profiles for States and Territories, the U.S. Small Business Administration pegs small-business employers as constituting 98 percent of all of Texas’ employers, providing more than half of all private-sector jobs.
But NFIB has been doing its own research on issues particular to small businesses for seven decades. In its latest NFIB Small-Business Optimism Index, a key bellwether economic measurement used by Federal Reserve chairmen and Congress, it found the No. 1 problem facing small businesses continuing to be “poor sales,” followed by government regulations and taxes. (Download the full report at http://www.nfib.com/sbetindex.)