Weatherford College officials are gearing up for another Coyote Chase Race Saturday, Nov. 23, and it’s a big one – the 20th anniversary of the popular 5K and 1-mile timed race. The Weatherford College Foundation hosts the race as a fundraiser for its scholarship program.
This year’s race will impact even more college students with scholarships, since every dollar raised will be matched by a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Elementary schools are invited to participate in the annual “School Challenge” and are encouraged to bring as many students, family members, teachers and friends to compete for trophies and recognition. The school bringing the most runners will win a large trophy and bragging rights for the next year.
“It’s a tradition for many of our area runners, especially the elementary schools, to run the Coyote Chase Race,” said Brent Baker, race director. “We have runners of all ages competing, and we always have a good time.”
Online registration is available at www.coyotechaserace.com. RunTime Racing Services will handle the event’s timing and course layout.
First Financial Bank will provide trophies for overall finishers, medals for the top three finishers in more than 40 age categories, and ribbons for all children 12 and under. All runners will receive a Coyote Chase Race T-shirt and other goodies.
Registration is $20 per runner through Nov. 22; race day registration is $25. Children 12 and under are $15, no matter when they register. The 1-mile run will begin at 9 a.m., and the 5K will start at 9:30 a.m.
Thu, 11/21/2013 (All day) - Sun, 11/24/2013 (All day)
WC presents “Return to the Forbidden Planet” Nov. 21-24
“What could be more fun than combining Shakespeare with rock music (and outer- space)?” asks Nancy McVean, Weatherford College theatre director.
The community will have an opportunity determine for itself Nov. 21-24, as McVean and her drama students and crew bring “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” by Bob Carlton to the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with quotes from several of his other plays, the setting is reminiscent of the B outer-space and aliens movies of the 1950s, combined with the old-time rock ‘n roll music of the same era.
“We blast off on a routine space flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria, and somehow, with perfect logic, the songs are worked into the plot,” said McVean. Shakespeare and rock and roll? Absolutely!”
The cast includes Gatlin Douglas as Captain Tempest; Stephen Sullivan as Prospero; Kylar Dobbs as Ariel; Delace McMahan as Miranda; Seth O’Bannon as Cookie; Salone Sasser as Gloria; Cole Lucas as Bosun and Joshua Davis as the navigational officer.
Rob Laney is the music director. Technical director is Joseph Nicikowski and costume designer is Diane Simons.
Mon, 11/11/2013 (All day)
Weatherford College will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Ed Kramer Veterans Flag Plaza. Organizers have planned a fitting tribute to the men and women in the Armed Forces.
The ceremony will start with music by the WC Howlin’ Brass band. WC President, Dr. Kevin Eaton, and WC Board of Trustees Chair Frank Martin, veterans themselves, will offer welcoming remarks and recognitions. The College choir, led by Rob Laney, will lead the attendees in the singing of the National Anthem, and a solo performance by Doug Jefferson, WC executive director of student life, who will sing “America the Beautiful,” will highlight the morning’s ceremony. Brent Baker, WC vice president of institutional advancement, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Representatives of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines will post the military flags as a medley of the branches’ signature themes will be played.
“Altogether, truly a fitting tribute for our men and women who have and are serving our country in one of our military forces,” said Ralph Willingham, director of admissions and VA Affairs. “We invite the entire community to come out and enjoy the ceremony with us.”
Sat, 11/02/2013 (All day)
The Weatherford College Early Childhood Program will conduct a seminar for area childcare providers in the Doss Student Center on the Weatherford College campus Saturday, Nov. 2.
The theme is “Encouraging a Peaceful Community of Learners.” Sessions will focus on meeting the needs of children with challenging diagnoses, working with parents and supporting brain development.
Speakers will include Courtney Boggs Martin; Dena Silvers; Penny Chandler; Samie Williams; Carolyn Boggs and Sandra Hartnitt.
This seminar offers seven clock-hours of training for child care providers. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Oct. 25. The cost for this workshop is $25, which includes lunch. For more information, call 817-598-6446.
Sat, 10/19/2013 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
The Weatherford College Drama Department is holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the WC Allek Fine Arts Center, basement entrance. Costumes for sale include everything from wedding dresses to Farmer Brown and range from 50 cents to $25. For more information, contact Nancy McVean at 817-598-6307.
Mon, 08/26/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Open auditions to the public for new singers in Weatherford College’s upcoming presentation of “The Messiah” will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 in Room 106 of the Alkek Fine Arts Center on the College’s Weatherford campus. Singers must be able to sight read. Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings, starting Monday, Sept. 9, from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information, call Rob Laney at 817-598-6237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu, 05/16/2013 (All day)
For the fifth consecutive year, local restaurants and caterers will gather in one place with one goal in mind: to make sure no one leaves the “Taste of Parker County” hungry. The event, scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Clubhouse, is a fundraiser for the Weatherford College Foundation and its “The Time is Now for Your College” capital campaign.
With the purchase of a $35 advance ticket ($40 at the door), patrons can enjoy samples from all of the participating vendors, and can even go back for seconds...or thirds.
“This is one of our favorite nights of the year,” said Brent Baker, executive director of the WC Foundation. “No speaker, no program…the star of the night is the food.”
Several vendors are returning for the fifth consecutive year, including The Wild Mushroom, Golden Moon, Rosa’s Café, City Kitchen, Chicken Express, Yesterdays Sandwich Shop and Buffalo Wild Wings, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Ben E. Keith Beverages, Boo-Rays of New Orleans, 2 Outlaws, Taco Cabana, Starbucks and Yogurt Story.
New vendors this year include Copper Creek Restaurant and Short Chef Creations Catering. Other vendors have also expressed interest.
“Last year, we sold out of vendor spaces, and we expect to do the same this year,” Baker said. “There’s no way anyone is leaving this event hungry.”
Sponsors this year are Southwest Auto Group, First National Bank of Weatherford and Plains Capital Bank.
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
A reception for the artists featured in the Weatherford College Student Art Exhibition will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15, in the Marjorie Black Alkek Center. The public is invited to meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments and works on display.
Works cover a wide range of subject matter and techniques, featuring a variety of media, including ebony, charcoal, scratchboard, acrylic, oil, watercolor, colored pencil, clay, copper, plaster and mixed media. Some artwork will be offered for sale.
WC art students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, cultures and hometowns. Students come from as far away as Germany and as near as Weatherford and span a wide range in ages.
“Always, the reception is a highlight for these artists as they have the opportunity to share their art with the public,” said Myrlan Coleman, art instructor. “This is an exceptional group of students who has produced unique and exciting works. Each student seems to work in his or her own individual style and technique and yet they all seem to be excited about learning to try new things and are looking forward to having the opportunity to exhibit their talents and skills.”
The exhibition will be open through April 19. For more information, contact Coleman at email@example.com.
The Weatherford College Homecoming Awards Dinner, which will be held at 5 p.m. on April 27 in the lobby of the WC’s new Academic Building. WC alumni and members of the general public are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact 817-598-6272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Weatherford College will honor three former students with the highest honors bestowed on alumni at the dinner.
Dr. Christa Johnson Mars, Class of 1971, a surgeon in the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin, will be recognized as WC Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Eldon Clary Jr., Class of 1960, dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University, and Duane Durrett, Class of 1968, dean of WC Wise County, will be honored as Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Mars graduated from WC as the valedictorian, completing pre-med courses, and enrolled at Texas Wesleyan University. After her junior year, she was accepted into medical school at the University of Texas, where she graduated four years later in the top five of her class. Recognized as the first woman surgeon in the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. Mars’ career through the years finally took her to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin, where she was recruited to build a surgical program in that area. Dr. Mars has done extensive advanced training in minimally-invasive surgery, endoscopy, ultrasonography and breast surgery. She performs 350-600 surgeries annually.
Fri, 03/29/2013 (All day)
The Weatherford College Criminal Justice Club will host the annual Parker County Officer of the Year and Awards banquet Friday, March 29, at the Parker County Posse Grounds Clubhouse. The club is engaged in active fundraising to support the banquet and to fund a criminal justice educational field trip.
The banquet will include a silent auction. Auction items are being sought and will be accepted up until the day before the event.
Tickets are available from club members for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Vance Godbey’s will cater the event and will offer a variety of entrees and sides. For more information, contact Tim Poston, Criminal Justice coordinator, at 817-598-6450.