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Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn will answer questions about the upcoming November bond election at a Come-and-Go Hangout co-hosted by the Willow Park Citizens Group and the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. The event will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Café 23:5, 337 Shops Blvd (Suite 104) in Willow Park.
Members of the Bearcat Growth Committee will also be available to answer questions directly.
For more information, visit willowparkcitizens.org or eastparkerchamber.com.
Fish Creek will host a donation station to benefit Parker Paws from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Patrons can use the free wi-fi to make an online donation or leave a donation (minimum $5) and receive a $5 Fish Creek gift card.
There will also be having a silent auction. For more information, call 817-441-1746.
The ninth annual Free Community Health Fair will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church, 303 S. Main in Weatherford.
Free blood work (CBC, Lipid, TSH, blood sugar and PSA for men) will be offered from 8-10:30 a.m. only. A 10-hour fast is recommended for the blood work (morning meds, black coffee, and water are acceptable). Blood work is processed free by Palo Pinto General Hospital Laboratory; collected by Weatherford College Phlebotomy students.
Flu Vaccines will be offered by the Parker County Hospital District Outreach Program: The vaccine is free (no deductibles or out-of-pocket) for 6 months-18 years with a parent present. For those 19 and older, PCHD can file most commercial insurance and Medicare. Cost $20 for those without insurance. Quadrivalent Injection and High Dose flu vaccines are available. (NO FluMist available this year.)
Other services/features include medical specialists, chiropractors, dentists, hospice, home health, children’s fingerprints, fire safety program, and more.
Photo opportunities for children include McGruff, the police dog (10-11 a.m.); Weatherford Firemen and fire truck (10 a.m. to noon).
There is no admission charge, but organizers request one canned or dry food item for the local food bank.
For more information, call or text Kitty Bartlett, coordinator, at 817-597-7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aledo United Methodist Church will host its Lord’s Acre festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the intersection of Oak and Pecan Streets in Aledo.
Activities include a live auction, Kids Zone, vendors, silent auction, live music, dancing, games, and food. Featured events include bounce houses, a climbing wall, joisting beam, and a petting zoo.
Additional activities include Dunking Booth (featuring Principals/Counselors/Coaches from Aledo ISD, )Kidwell BBQ Food Trailer, Casseroles and baked goods for sale, YPC sandwich wraps, Live and Silent Auction, Vendor Fare, Live music, and Bingo.
Wristbands for the Kids Zone are on sale for $10 at the church ($15 the day of the event). Otherwise, admission is free. Proceeds benefit mission activities.
For more information, visit the Aledo United Methodist Lord's Acre page on Facebook.
Parker Paws has announced a cat adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Weatherford PetSmart, (I-20 exit 408). For more information about adopting dogs and cats, call Parker Paws at 817-694-5718 or visit www.parkerpaws.org.Find out more »
Ex-Students’ Association Banquet
The Aledo ISD Ex-Students' Association will hold its banquet on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Don R. Daniel Ninth Grade Campus cafetorium. Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m.
All ex-students of Aledo ISD are encouraged to attend.
The cost will be $20, which covers the meal, expenses and $3 for dues.
If you did not receive an invitation and would like to attend, send a note to Aledo Ex-Student's Assn., P. 0 . Box 737, Aledo, Texas 76008.
For more information, call Lillian Haile at 817-441-8862.
The Shops at Willow Park will host the second annual Oktoberfest from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 210 Shops Blvd. in Willow Park.
At least three breweries have been confirmed: Parker County Brewing Company, Panther Island Brewing, and Edgewise Eight.
Food will include offerings from Cafe 23:5, Drakes Yoke, Orange leaf Frozen Yogurt, Parker County Brewing Company, and The Beignet Bus.
The Rocky Lott Band and the Fender Benders will provide musical entertainment.
Admission is free, but tickets will be sold for beer.
For more information, visit theshopsatwillowpark.com/event/oktoberfest-2019.
Many Texans know this little trick to amaze the kids — find a prickly pear cactus pad with fluffy white stuff on it, mash the white stuff between your fingers and watch them become dyed a bright crimson. But there’s way more to that phenomenon of nature — the cochineal insect — than you probably knew.
The rest of the story is the topic for the October meeting of the Native Plant Society’s Cross Timbers chapter in Weatherford. Wildlife biologist Ricky Linex will present a program titled “In Search of a Perfect Red — The Story of How the Insect Cochineal and Prickly Pear Cactus Forged a Dyeing Industry that Lasted For Centuries.” The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford.
Five hundred years ago, Linex said, the Spanish conquistadors arriving in what is now Mexico discovered the Aztecs selling a red dyestuff in open markets. When the dye was shipped back to Spain it created a sensation as the brightest red color that was known, and this dye ruled the color trade in textiles for 350 years. But it took several hundred years for Europeans to figure out where the dye came from — a scale insect called cochineal. Linex’s talk will explore the fascinating history of this insect and its dependence on the common prickly pear.
Linex is a wildlife biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service headquartered in Weatherford and is well known across the 52 counties in North central Texas where he works. He is the author of “Range Plants of North Central Texas, A Land Users Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management,” a plant identification book for Texas.
Visitors are 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 Aledo High School cheerleaders will host a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Aledo High School.
Items available will include homemade décor, wreaths, crafts, holiday items, and gifts. Admission is $2 (children 12 and younger admitted free).