Weatherford Democrat

April 15, 2014

Calendar of events

Weatherford Democrat

April 19

The East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society invites all who are interested to join them for their monthly meeting and salad luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Willow Park Community Center, Ranch House Rd. and Stage Coach Trail. The program will be a computerized photography collage of Parker County photos by Lorena Friddle, president of the Parker County Women’s and Newcomer’s Society, and a 1930s video of the El Chico Ranch in Willow Park donated by early resident Bob Rothel. The video was made when his father was the ranch foreman. If time allows there will be a showing of an 1920s movie of Aledo donated by the King family.

April 21

Aggies unite for tradition

Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Willow Park for the annual Parker County Texas Aggie Muster to honor Texas Aggies who passed away within the last year, according to Muster Chair Graham Quisenberry ‘77. A social hour (cash bar) at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the muster ceremony at 8 p.m. will be held at Tucker Red’s Banquet Hall, 4971 E. Interstate 20 Service Road North. Muster speaker is Lynn Lawhon, DVM, ‘76, former past-president of the Abilene Area Veterinary Medical Association and the Abilene A&M Club, former NCAA and NFL referee, and current owner of Brookhollow Animal Clinic in Abilene.

For reservations and further information contact Richard Westbrook at 817-441-5831 or

For information about Texas Aggie Muster and other Texas A&M traditions and programs, contact The Association of Former Students at 979-845-7514 or visit

April 24

Bearcats ‘N Boots Gala: 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; table sponsorship opportunities available.

• Benefitting the Aledo ISD Education Foundation

• Title sponsor Buford-Thompson Company  

• For more information, go to

April 21

Weatherford College Student Art Reception

• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alkek Fine Arts Center on campus.

• Reception for student art show. Art will be on display from through April 28 in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Contact: 817-598-6403.

April 22

Ric Williamson Memorial Highway and I-20 Interchange ribbon cutting

• 10 a.m. at the interchange. A ceremony with speakers will take place.

April 24

CASA Fore-The-Kids Golf Tournament

• 12 noon at Canyon West Golf Course, 160 Club House Drive, Weatherford.

• This 3rd annual event will be held at the Canyon West Golf Course with Chairpersons George and Amy Mercer and co-chair John Forrest. Organized by the Friends of Casa Group.

The event begins with lunch at noon from Fire Oak Grill. Shotgun start at 1 pm.

Dinner, awards and door prizes will follow. Sponsorships are still available. The cost for a team of four is $400 and an individual player is $100. Contact: Connie at 817-599-6224.

April 26

Weatherford Blooms Festival

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weatherford downtown square.

• This event is free and open to the public. The event will include more than 80 home and garden vendors. There will also be home remodeling products, services, designers, decor, landscape tools and equipment. Several local nurseries will also be on-site with seasonal plants and flowers.

Food vendors, children’s area, plus local singers and dance groups under the entertainment tent, along with a fascinating display of antique tractors.

• For more information about this event, or to become a vendor at the event, contact Special Events Coordinator Blake Rexroat at: 817-598-4034.

April 28

CASA-Hope for Children free training classes

Two sessions available:

• 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Aledo

• 9 a.m. to noon, CASA office, 701 Palo Pinto St., Suite 701F, Weatherford.

• With an increasing number of cases in Parker and Palo Pinto counties, CASA-Hope for Children has initiated a “call to action” in hopes of attracting volunteers. CASA volunteers help abused children find permanency in an overburdened court system. In 2012, the organization helped to find safe and permanent homes for approximately 175 children.

• For more information about CASA or becoming an advocate to help a foster child, visit or call 817-599-6224.

May 2

EPCWBA Healthcare Panel

• 11:30 a.m.— 1 p.m.

• Tucker Red’s Banquet Hall, 4971 E I-20 Service Road North, Willow Park.

East Parker County Chamber’s Women’s Business Alliance will host a Healthcare Education Panel that will address in-home healthcare and rehab, long-term care and hospice. The panel includes Shirley Smelley, IntegraCare Hospice; Tatum Smith, IntegraCare Home Health; Tami Fitzgerald, College Park Rehabilitation & Care Center; Lynda Keeton, Home Instead Senior Care and Lori Sulak with Martin Crest Assisted Living. The event includes lunch. Register online: or call the Chamber for more info at 817-441-7844.


May 2-3

Annual Deer Creek Plantation and Deer Creek Lakeside garage sale

• 8 a.m.— 2 p.m. daily.

• Facebook Page: Deer Creek Sale Aledo

May 5-17

CERT training

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

May 14

EPCCC Monthly Luncheon

Putting Your Company’s Best Face Forward

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New River Fellowship, 3253 East I-20 Service Road South, Hudson Oaks.

The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce luncheon will feature speaker Linda Pavlik, who will discuss three things every CEO must know about public relations. Pavlik established Pavlik and associated in 1983, specializing in media relations, public policy development, and creating synergisms among entities in the public and private sectors. Register online at or call the Chamber office at 817-441-7844 for more information.

May 31

East Parker County Library Annual Fundraiser

“Garden Party on the Prairie: Celebrating 25 Years in East Parker County”

*11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the A. J. Hood Pioneer Home.

*Music by Clear Fork Jazz. *Art for children and teens. *Stories under the trees. *Croquet, horseshoes & games. *Book walk. *Book sale. *Silent auction items. *Great food. *Summer Reading Program. sign-up. *All proceeds benefit the non-profit EPC Library. *Tickets available at East Parker County Library, 201 FM 1187 N, Aledo, 817-441-6545

June 6

EPCCC WBA Nonprofit Showcase Luncheon

The East Parker County Chamber’s Women’s Business Alliance will hold the third annual Nonprofit Showcase Luncheon at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6th, at Tucker Red’s Banquet Hall, 4971 East Interstate 20 Service Road North, Willow Park. Several Parker County charities and nonprofits will have representatives at the luncheon, and each will share their mission as well as their needs. Each nonprofit’s top three needs can be found on the EPCC website. Attendees can bring donations or they can drop them off prior to the event at the chamber office, 100 Chuck Wagon Trail, Willow Park or Trinity Christian Academy, 4954 E. I-20 Service Road South, Willow Park. Register online: or call the chamber office at 817-441-7844 for more information. The cost is $15.00 for WBA members and $20.00 for non-members.