Misc Community Events
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm
The Parker County Heritage Society will have its 31st annual Candlelight Tour of Homes from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Weatherford. Participants step back in time to see historical homes decorated for the holidays. Registration is not required and comfortable shoes are suggested. For more information visit www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.
Light the Way to end Alzheimer’s will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Clark Gardens, 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, Texas 76088. Participants can show support by making a memorial gift or honoring a friend or family member by lighting a luminary. For a donation of $10 or more, Clark Gardens will place a name and personalized message on each of your luminary bags. The tree lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. with the luminary dedication to follow at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend and light luminaries that will shine throughout the holiday celebrations.
A Hanging of the Greens family Advent celebration will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at University Christian Church on University Drive in Fort Worth. Youth of the congregation will lead an evening worship, and there will be children’s choirs, hand bells and a children’s moment in this traditional decorating of the sanctuary with greenery and seasonal décor. For more information visit www.universitychristian.org.
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
An 'Elements of Drawing" workshop will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Firehouse Gallery at 119 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford, TX. This one day workshop, offered by local artist John Stout, will have an emphasis in Perspective, Composition/Contour, Line drawing, Contrast, Shading, Texture, and Ellipses.
John Stout, son of a sign painter and inventor in League City, Texas in the 50s and 60s, first honed his artistic skills in his father's sign shop at age 14. In the Army 1961-64, John was assigned to painting murals in Europe in addition to his regular military duties.
He discovered his love for carving nearly 25 years ago, when his first wife asked him to carve some toys as Christmas gifts for their children. Later he moved to reproducing carousel horses for private collectors around the country.
"People who know me for my murals and paintings are always surprised to find out I can carve. But carving is just another art form. My dad taught me that if I know the arts, what field or what materials I work with are irrelevant. My focus is always on artistic elements, no matter what project I do," Stout said.
John studied art in the U.S. and Europe. His accomplishments as a painter and graphic artist are many and varied and his work is represented in private collections in Israel, Germany, England, Canada, France, Alaska and several states in the United States.
The Weatherford Art Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Firehouse Gallery, 119 W. Palo Pinto in Weatherford. Guest artist, Dana Strittmatter, will have an art critique at 6 p.m., and all members are encouraged to bring a piece of art for the critique. The general meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with guest artist John Stout presenting a drawing demonstration as a precursor to a drawing workshop he will offer on Dec. 8. For more information on the workshop, visit weatherfordart.com.
Donny Edwards will perform a special matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Texas Opry in Weatherford. Edwards is a two-time world champion Elvis Tribute Artist, who has performed on hit television shows such as NBC's "Next Best Thing" and "The Young and the Restless." He has also played with some of Elvis's original band members such as D.J. Fontana, Elvis' drummer, and his back up group the Jordanaires.
"We are going to come through there and bring back the spirit of Elvis, with his persona and the atmosphere,” Edwards said. “That's the difference between me and other tribute artists, we are very authentic and even sing in Elvis' original key. And we have a good time doing it.”
Edwards said being Elvis has always come naturally for him and that from an early age people would mistake him for the King.
"My mom said when I was a kid and an Elvis record would come on I knew how to shake my leg. I was an avid Elvis fan and it always stuck with me. When kids were jamming out to Bon Jovi, I viewed Elvis as the best,” Edwards said. “As I got older, people started to comment on my look. When I hit my teenage years I started to look more like him and people said, ‘Hey Elvis.' It’s funny because I was always drawn to it."
Edwards was working as a manager at a Target in Houston when he was contacted by a talent scout who wanted him to work as a 50s-style Elvis Tribute Artist in Oregon.
Fri, 11/09/2012 (All day)
Pets for Vets
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter (WPCAS) will have “Pets for Veterans” from Friday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 17. Under this promotion, veterans with proof of military service will be allowed to adopt one dog or cat for free. This includes all the same services normally included with a traditional adoption: spay or neuter, microchip, Rabies and other core vaccinations. For more information visit http://weatherfordtx.gov.
Sun, 12/02/2012 - 10:30am
A Walk of Gratitude will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Fort Worth Stockyards to honor the sacrifice of families of fallen military heroes. Nearly 2,000 children and surviving parents will walk as the community shows them their support and that they are not forgotten. Participants can bring signs, banners and flags to show support. For more information, to donate to the cause or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.snowballexpress.org or email Bob Wood at email@example.com.
The 37th anniversary of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival will be at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan 6 at University Christian Church’s Sanctuary, 2720 South University Drive in Fort Worth. The pageant is based on an old legend, that of an Oxford student who kills a wild boar when it interrupts his studies. When the church adopted the Festival, it gained Christian significance: the wild boar, symbolic of evil, is overcome by good through the teachings of Christ. The second part of the program features the original Christmas story, as shepherds and Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ Child. Family and friends are welcome to this no cost event. Free seating is limited, and festival patron seats are available for purchase beginning Nov. 26 for $15. Ticket holders should arrive 30-45 minutes early to be seated. Standing room is available in the back balcony.
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Classical Conversations will have an open house and workshops from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at The Summit in Aledo. Classical Conversations combines the classical tools of learning with a biblical worldview. Workshops are for those home schooling or thinking of home schooling children ages 4 years to graduates, and will include labs, dissections and a writer’s workshop. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to RSVP call Kristy Bell are 817-584-8651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tina Vanlandeghem at 937-532-6189 or email email@example.com.