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Events of interest to all Parker County residents

County hosts meeting on East Loop alignment

October 17, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:30pm

Parker County invites area residents to attend a county commissioners meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Tison Middle School cafeteria to discuss the future of the East Loop and its potential alignment.
The Eastern Loop is an approximate 6-mile continuation of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, which runs from I-20 west of Weatherford and ends at FM 51 north of Weatherford.
Maps of the potential alignment will be available from 6:30-7 p.m. Freese and Nichols, Parker County’s engineering firm handling the county’s 2008 bond program, will then give a short presentation on the roadway, followed by a brief question and answer session ending at 7:30.

Emergency response training course

October 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:30pm

Parker County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an all-hazard training team that is looking for interested residents to join the program designed to help protect families, friends and neighbors and our county in an emergency situation.
The fall 2014 CERT 317 class well be held Monday evenings from 6:30-9:30 Nov. 3, 10 and 17, as well as on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15.
CERT volunteers are trained in basic disaster skills to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger. The level of training equips CERT members to function as a first responder during a disaster until professional fire, police and EMS arrive on scene which could be a couple of minutes or hours.

Countywide cleanup

March 24, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:00am

The Countywide Cleanup is Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at all county precinct barns.
All Parker County residents are encouraged to clean up their personal property and, if possible, form neighborhood groups to clean and mow roadsides, public areas and assist disabled persons in cleaning around their homes.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet neighbors and enhance the formation of networks throughout the county, which can actively support a number of worthwhile projects from crime watch to helping neighbors in need.
Cleanup day is for private citizens, not commercial disposal. Residents are required to bring some form of proof of residency, as the clean up is for Parker County residents only.
Commissioners' precinct barns will have areas or receptacles designated for the following items: aluminum, iron, glass etc.
newspapers, cardboard
tires (rims removed)
dried paint cans
lumber, limbs and brush
batteries, oil filters, and oil
No flammable liquids, shingles, paint or chemicals will be accepted. As a courtesy to workers, separate items and bag securely to speed unloading and reduce labor. Please do not expect them to unload loose garbage.
All Parker County residents may go to the closest collection site. Directions to precinct barns are as follows:
Precinct 1 - Commissioner George Conley, 817-220-7218 - 3000 Veal Station Rd. Weatherford, TX. 76085.
Precinct 2 - Commissioner Craig Peacock, 817-594-4022 - 3033 FM RD 1885, Weatherford, TX 76088.

Book signing

December 4, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Parker County native Laurie Chance Smith will sign copies of her first book, Snapshots, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Agape. She has worked as a nationally and internationally published writer for many years. Her stories, articles, essays, and photographs have graced the pages of children's and adults' magazines such as Parker County Today, The School Magazine, Sasee, Kids' Ministry Ideas, Listen, Boys' Quest, Fun for Kidz, BackHome, and TWINS Magazine. Her first book is Snapshots, a collection of photos from nature stories in the Bible. Visit Laurie’s website at and follow her on Facebook for more information.

Thanksgiving Trot

November 13, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/28/2013 - 8:00am

The annual Thanksgiving Trot in Aledo will benefit AISD student Dylan Hancock, who is recovering from a heart transplant. The 1 mile run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
To register for the Thanksgiving Trot, visit and click “Get Registered” in the bottom right corner. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children by Nov. 21. The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children after Nov. 21. Race day registration is available. T-shirts are first come, first serve on run day. The packet pickup will be held at 7:30 a.m. on race day, Nov. 28, at 505 South Point Court, Aledo, the site of the run.

Parkinson's Support Group meeting

November 4, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 1:30pm

The Parkinson's Support Group of Tarrant County will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at the Broadway Baptist Church, Third Floor, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth. Caregivers and patients will meet separately to share ideas and concerns. Veterans Home Care will present information on the VetAssist program. Visitors are encouraged to attend and are certainly welcome. For information call 817-275-1909 or visit the website at PSGTC.Org.

The Hinkle Family concert

November 4, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/10/2013 - 6:30pm

New Faith Baptist Church welcomes “The Hinkle Family” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The concert is free. For more information, visit the Hinkle Family website at For worship times and other information about the church, visit

Catholic Daughters Craft & Vendor Fair

October 30, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/09/2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ Fourth Annual Craft & Vendor Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Stephen Church – Holy Spirit Center, 1802 Bethel Rd, Weatherford. Many crafts and some vendors representing Scentsy, Watkins, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Juice Plus, handmade baby quilts, jewelry, Trinkets and Treasures, wooden crosses and many more items will be available. Vendors may contact for forms and registration. For more information, call 817-596-9585.

Belk Charity Sale

October 30, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/09/2013 - 6:00am - 10:00am

Parker Paws will be participating in the semi-annual Belk Charity Sale dedicated to supporting local non-profits from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. This is a fundraiser opportunity. Parker Paws received 200 tickets to sell, sells them for $5 and keep the $5 and customers receive 20-70% off purchases during those 4 hours, in addition to applying the $5 ticket price to their purchase. Tickets purchased at Belk on the day of the sale with in-store ticket revenues being equally divided among the participating charities. On the morning of the sale, the first 100 customers will receive a Belk gift card ranging in value from $5-$1000.

Celebrate the Arts festival

October 30, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/02/2013 - 10:00am

World-renowned artist and sculptor Robert Summers will open the new Cultural Arts Complex in Cleburne with a “hearth blessing” at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Celebrate the Arts festival at 425 Granbury Street in Cleburne.
“I am flattered you would want me to do this,” said Robert, who was born in Cleburne and is a longtime resident of Glen Rose.
The Celebrate the Arts festival and hearth warming will be the first major event at the JN Long Cultural Arts Complex. Cleburne Friends of the Cultural Arts has leased the former JN Long elementary campus at 425 Granbury Street from CISD for development into a major arts center. The main three-story structure was built in 1915. The separate cafeteria, gym and annexes were built later. Adult Ed will continue to use the annexes this year.
Two of Robert Summers most famous sculptures are the three cowboys and 70 Texas Longhorns on the Trail Drive in Dallas, and the 9-foot statue of John Wayne in the Orange County airport. Other works are in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the state capitol in Austin, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in Roswell and Artesia, New Mexico, and many other locations. See the website at
Robert had no formal training in art except a short course in mixing colors at age 15. He was soon told he had surpassed the instructor and was wasting his time. Robert's natural talent has been combined with a lot of hard work. His website shows the daunting process of making a sculpture at

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