Events of interest to all Parker County residents
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 www.summersstudio.com.
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 http://www.summersstudio.com/process.html.
Wed, 10/30/2013 - 7:00am - 6:00pm
The Parker County Hospital District and Holland Lake Nursing Center will be providing free flu shots with a canned food donation from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The shot or FluMist are available to anyone 6 months and older. The Outreach Program will be providing the flu vaccine and nurses and Holland Lake will be hosting the drive thru event at their facility, located at 1201 Holland Lake Drive, Weatherford.
The PCHD Outreach Program started administering the flu vaccine the first of September. In the last seven weeks they have given over 8500 shots/mist in all the county schools and many businesses. “Working this season with the motto of Protect yourself, Protect your family and Protect your community, the Outreach Program wants to make sure that anyone who wants the flu shot can get it,” Outreach Director, Lisa Franklin stated. Knowing this event could attract a lot of residents the collaboration with Holland Lake Nursing Center was a perfect fit. Donna Tillman, Administrator at Holland Lake said, “The overall health of the community is so important that we knew we had to be a part of this day long event.”
Thu, 10/31/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Clark Gardens BOOtanical will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. The community-wide event will support local animal shelters, C.A.R.E., Center of Life Mineral Wells and Center of Hope Weatherford.
Activities designed for children 12 and younger include trick or treating, arts & crafts, games, a “Walk on the Wild Side”, an old-fashioned cake walk, a fortune teller, ghostly movies, DJ music and food. The goal of the event is to (1) provide a safe, fun family Halloween event, (2) stock local food banks’ pantries and support local animal shelters and (3) provide education on nature and environmental resources.
There will be a costume contest for dogs, children and adults. People costume contests begin at 6 p.m. and the dog costume contest begins at 7 p.m. Dog costume winners will be crowned Mr. and Mrs. Barker County and Mr. and Mrs. Palo Pinto Paws County. Bonus points are given to dogs that have a platform or cause they are campaigning for.
Admission to the event is free with the donation of a nonperishable food item or pet food. Otherwise, regular admission fees apply ($7 for adults, $5 for children and free for children 4 and under). For more information, visit http://www.clarkgardens.org/events/bootanical.html.
Sat, 10/26/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Jerry’s Fall Festival, a family-friendly free event, will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the parking lot behind Durant Toyota. Activities include a ring toss, tattoos, a petting zoo, bounce houses and prizes. There will be a costume contest at 7 p.m.
Texas artist Ron Cheek will be the guest artist for the Weatherford Art Association meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Firehouse Gallery. Ron A. Cheek is the founder and director of the Texas Academy of Figurative Art. Cheek is a contemporary realist painter whose work reflects an academic, Old Master quality combined with contemporary subject matter and content. Cheek is from Texas and began his career in architecture and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. Cheek also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University. In 1997 Cheek went to Florence, Italy, to study full time at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art. In 2001 Cheek returned to Texas to paint full time. In 2007 Cheek founded the Texas Academy of Figurative Art with a handful of students who were seeking a true realist based art education.
Parkinson's Support Group of Tarrant County will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Broadway Baptist Church, Third Floor, 305 W. Broadway, Fort Worth. Visitors are encouraged to attend and are certainly welcome. The program will be a presentation of "Punching Out Parkinson's", a fun new specialized exercise program for Parkinson's patients to help maintain mobility and balance. For information, call 817-275-1909 or visit website PSGTC.Com.
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Talking Tombstones Tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Old City Greenwood Cemetery, 300 Front St. in Weatherford. This year’s theme is “Men of the Cloth.” Period-attired presenters will share their life stories with docent-supervised tour groups. Tours begin at 1 p.m. and will begin every 15 minutes with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. Tour length is approximately 75 minutes. The entry fee is $10 for children over 10 and adults and $5 for children 5-9. The tour is not recommended for small children or those requiring walking assistance. No strollers will be allowed. Sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society, the event’s proceeds will go toward the preservation and maintenance of Old City Cemetery. For more information, visit www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Business Women of Parker County will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, the Railhead Barbeque in Willow Park. Members will be attending the East Parker County Business Expo at Willow Park Baptist Church together at 5:30 p.m Members and guests are invited to the meeting and enjoy networking with other women in Parker County
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Clark Gardens’ Cathy Villa and Jodi Tolleson will lead a Flower Arranging Class from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19. Cathy and Jodi will take you on a guided walk to collect foliage and flowers and then share their secrets for affordable, beautiful fresh foliage arrangements (think pumpkins!). Space is limited. Reservations are required and must be made by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. The cost is $15 for garden members and $25 for non-members. Register online at clarkgardens.org or by phone at 940-682-4856.
Sat, 10/12/2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
The second annual free health fair sponsored by the Parker County Medical Society will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12 at North Side Baptist Church, 910 N. Main in Weatherford. Multiple vendors and stations will provide free flu shots, cancer awareness information, cholesterol screening, free children's helmets and t-shirts, an ask-a-physician station and door prizes. For more information, call 817-599-6222.