Fun, Facts and Fossils!
Historical driving tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
East Parker County Library will host a self-paced historical driving/biking tour of 10 sites in the library’s One Book/One Community selection, “Parker County Prairie Sketchbook,” by local artist and author Homer Norris. The “Stop and Do” sites will provide facts, fun and food, and most will have docents to answer questions about their significance to the history of East Parker County. Map/tickets may be purchased at EPCL, one ticket per car $25/$10 single occupant. All proceeds go to EPCL. For more information, call 817-441-6545.
Parker County commissioners have set April 5, as the day for the annual Countywide Cleanup. All county residents, including those who live inside city boundaries, are allowed to participate and may bring their disposables to the nearest precinct barn. Most items will be accepted, including aluminum, iron, glass, dried paint cans, lumber, limbs and brush, newspapers, cardboard, furniture, appliances and tires (rims removed).
Unacceptable items include commercial waste, chemicals, shingles, wet paint and flammables. As a courtesy to precinct workers, items should be bagged securely — no loose garbage — and separated to speed unloading and reduce labor. For more info, contact Precinct 4 at 817-596-0004.
Back the Bearcats 5K
• 8:30 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run
• 9 a.m. 5K
• AHS Stadium, 1000 Bailey Ranch Road
Sponsored by Bearcat Bootcamp, Back the Bearcats 5K is a community-inspired event that gives residents the opportunity to get fit and give back! One hundred percent of all proceeds go to the Aledo Athletic Booster Club, which raises money for student-athlete programs and scholarships for Aledo ISD. Register online at www.bearcatbootcamp.org.
Physical Fitness Equals Fiscal Fitness
East Parker County Chamber of Commerce will host Dr. Stephen Newman, Heart Center of North Texas, as the speaker for the April 9 monthly luncheon. Dr. Newman has been voted to FW Top Docs, America’s Top Physicians in Cardiology by Consumers Research Council, Leading Physicians of the World, Vitals Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. His philosophy is that doctors must treat the whole person and that sleep, nutrition and physical activity are necessary to maintaining a healthy heart and vascular system. Short Chef will cater the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New River Fellowship, 3252 E. I-20 South Service Road, Hudson Oaks. Register online at www.eastparkerchamber.com or for more information call the East Parker County Chamber, 817-441-7844.
The Parker County Master Gardeners’ plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, in the parking lot/lawn of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office, 604 N. Main St., Weatherford. There are tremendous selections of perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, annuals, shrubs and roses available. Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and assist with plant selection. Demonstration booths will feature information on drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting. Proceeds from the annual sale go toward providing horticultural education to Parker County residents and promoting sound practices in everyday gardening. For more information, visit www.pcmg-texas.org or call 817.598.6168 to speak with a Parker County Master Gardener. Mark your calendar and come early!
The 12th annual Moritz Ride for Heroes in Aledo is April 19. There are five scenic bike routes, ranging from 8 miles to 70 miles. All races begin at 8:30 a.m., with start and finish lines on the Aledo High School campus. The entry fee — discounted through April 12 — includes a post-ride lunch of grilled hamburger or hot dog, chips, and drink. The popular event benefits the Aledo Fire Department, Hudson Oaks Fire/Rescue, Willow Park Fire/Rescue, Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve, the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and the Parker County Center of Hope. For more information, go to rideforheroes.org.
Bearcats ‘N Boots dinner, auction and entertainment
• 6:30 p.m. at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth.
• Catered by The Wild Mushroom; entertainment by Four Day Weekend.
• Tickets cost $100; sponsorship opportunities available.
• Benefiting the Aledo ISD Education Foundation
• For more information, go to aledoef.org.
Interested in helping your community? Consider joining the Parker County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The next CERT classes will be held Mondays, May 5, 12 and 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, May 10 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Parker County EOC, 215 Trinity Ave., in Weatherford. To sign up call Kit Marshall at 817-598-0969 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.