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The Aledo Community Lions Club meets from 12-1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Aledo Community Center. The public is invited. For more information call Bob Carlson at 817-718-4902.Find out more »
The Rotary Club of Aledo meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Sunny Street Cafe, 229 Shops Blvd., Ste. 103 in Willow Park. For more information, visit aledorotary.org.Find out more »
The Parker County Aggie Moms’ Club has announced that the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, aka “The Voice of Aggieland,” will hold a concert for the first time in Parker County at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Dr. in Aledo.
Tickets are $11.26. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2LcyQ6r.
The Comanche Peak prairie clover, which is only found in a few counties in this area, is so rare that it is at high risk of extinction. That has drawn the attention of Tarleton State University grad student Seth Hamby, who is doing research on how to save and restore the species, formally known as Dalea reverchonii.
Hamby will discuss his research project at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas in Weatherford. The plant is only found on certain limestone soils in North Central Texas. It shares that habitat with other species that have evolved to handle hot, dry conditions and Hamby says such plants “may play an important role in re-vegetating areas affected by a changing climate.”
He was awarded a $2,000 research grant in 2018 for his project from the Native Plant Society.
Hamby grew up in rural South Carolina, where his appreciation of plants first blossomed. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tarleton in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences and is working on a master’s degree there. While at Tarleton, he created the Bosque River Nature Center and founded the Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist chapter, where a partnership with Tarleton has allowed students to get college credit for master naturalist training, a first in Texas. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in botany at Oregon State.
The program will be Thursday, Jan. 10, following the chapter’s monthly business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The regular location of the chapter’s monthly meetings has changed. The meetings will now be held at the restored Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford. Visitors are always welcome, and light refreshments will be available.
The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research, and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach and example. For more information, visit http://npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.
The Parker County/Weatherford NAACP Branch 6321 will hold a general membership meeting from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Historic Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford. For more information, visit facebook.com/NAACP6321/.Find out more »
The Parker County Texas Democratic Women will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles Street. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Jeannie Lockett at 817-596-3315.Find out more »
The Parker County Active Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the 20th Century Club, 321 S. Main in Weatherford. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. with meeting starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more info, call Claire Olson at 817-443-3546.Find out more »
The Zonta Club of Parker County will host its Centennial Launch at the Amelia Earhart Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Individual tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Price for an Amelia Earhart table is $400.
To register, visit www.zontaparkercounty.org or call Mary Helen McDow at 817-629-1447.
The public is invited to a kickoff reception for the year-long celebration of Weatherford College's sesquicentennial from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Texas Hall of the Alkek Fine Arts Center.
The event will include a historic photo show, food, music, giveaways, and the launch of Jon Vandagriff’s book “Weatherford College: The First 150 Years.”
Events for the 150th celebration have been a work in progress for more than a year thanks to the collaborative efforts of a committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners spearheaded by Katie Edwards, WC’s director of creative and graphic services.
“I have been looking forward to preparing for WC’s 150th-anniversary celebration for the past 10 years, and it has been exciting and overwhelming in equal turn,” Edwards said. “It has been an amazing experience to work with members of the community, alumni, faculty, and staff across WC’s campuses to celebrate and mark this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Other upcoming sesquicentennial events include the Spring Student WC Birthday Party on Jan. 28, WC Basketball Reunion and Family Night on Feb. 16, and the Coyote Family Picnic on March 23. Visit WC150.com for more information on these and the many other events scheduled for 2019.
The Aledo High School Theatre Department will present Rock of Ages, High School Version, Jan. 24-27 in the AHS Auditorium. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
This show takes place at the end of the ‘80s in Hollywood, and the party has been non-stop! Big hair, Aqua Net, Lycra, and Heavy Metal have just about run their course on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.
This version takes place at the Snake Pit, where legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx is preparing for his last hurrah. Amid the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big rock-n-roll idol. He is head over heels for Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes.
But the rock-and-roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another cookie-cutter strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the Pit – and themselves – before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.
Rock of Ages HS version is a slightly different storyline than you may have seen. This version’s subject matter has been adjusted to be appropriate for families and a high school audience. PG rating.
General Admission seating is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors or students. Aledo High School Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Concessions will be available. Tickets available at the door, cash or check only, or buy online from Aledo Theatre Boosters website.