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Eastside Community Garden's
Open House, Saturday, Sept. 5

Gather * Garden * Grow

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If you haven't seen our new Eastside Community Garden – or driven by it in the last two or three weeks-- we urge you to drop by from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, September 5, for hot dogs, watermelon and a tour of the rapidly growing garden at 2521 Clairemont Avenue in Fort Worth.

The garden, founded by Fort Worth landscaper and Master Gardener Tom Blanton, is quickly becoming a community gathering spot for dozens of East Fort Worth residents, many who didn't know each other before June, when a small garden committee began meeting at the Meadowbrook-Poly UMC Scout Hut.

So far, at least 90 people have joined the Eastside Community Garden group on the NextDoor West Meadowabrook site. More than 25 people from at least six East Fort Worth neighborhoods have become active committee members, working their own plots and preparing the garden for others.

Once the church Leadership Team approved the use its property for the garden, Blanton, Scout leader Paul Rodman and other garden committee members began building several sizes and types of raised garden plots to be leased for six-month fall and spring gardening seasons. The garden now contains more than 20 plots, most already leased, with more being built to order.

Other members with skills ranging from plumbing to finance are doing tasks including fundraising, building a website and social media platforms, and sprucing up the playground next to the garden for children to play and work on their own garden plot.

The garden area should be open by 8 a.m. for members to have a short planning meeting and work in their gardens (pictured above) while cooking hot dogs to be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon. If you have questions, email Tom Blanton (Teacher's Lawncare) at tomblanton@aol.com or leave a message at 817.822.0756. You can also check Eastside Community Garden group on Next Door West Meadowbrook site.

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Neighbors can support the Garden by renting a plot of land. Prices range for small standard 4ft x 4ft plot, for $20, up to a deluxe 4'x8' plot for $80.

The $20 fee is for 6-month lease or rental -of the standard (low to the ground) 4 by 4.

The 4x4 deluxe (higher up with metal) is $40 for 6 months; the 4 x 8 standard is $40 and the 4 x 8 deluxe is $80. All are for 6 months --the idea is 6 months for fall garden; ;6 months for spring.

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Your plot includes raised beds, quality soil, seeds or seedlings (when available), use of tools, water is available for hand watering, professional gardening advice and encouragement, as well as fun and fellowship with other gardeners.

During the current Covid pandemics, a few rules are in place for the health and safety of everyone participating. Wear a mask if others are nearby.

If you have questions, email Tom Blanton (Teacher's Lawncare) at tomblanton@aol.com or leave a message at 817.822.0756.


Eastern Hills High School Construction update


New Window Air Conditioners installed in Stop Six for Seniors and Veterans

Darryl Washington and his team of volunteers install much needed air conditioning units in homes of Senior Citizens and military Veterans.

No matter what the weather, First Responders are all together!

Air conditioners were installed for the third group of Senior Citizens and Veterans on Thursday August 6, 2020 at 9:00am. and again on August 20th.

Photos by Lloyd Jones

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Volunteers gathered at the MLK Center at 5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112. Many of the volunteers come from these supporting Sponsors:

Due to the Corona virus, all volunteers must meet outside in the MLK parking lot. Per the City of Fort Worth, there can't be any entrance into the MLK Center. Face masks are required during the installation and volunteers should stand at least 6 feet apart when possible.

For more information, contact Darryl Washington at 817.935.7464.


Neighborhood Events

Giving Day is Sept. 17

Please consider a donation to one of the smallest organizations that makes a big impact for good in the lives of those less fortunate.

Eastside Ministries

Gather your crew for a new approach to the Trash Bash, Sept. 19-20

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The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD)'s Trash Bash returns Sept. 19-20 and now stretches across North Texas from Lake Bridgeport to Cedar Creek Lake and other locations in between.

Choose a favorite destination and make the commitment to clean up anytime Sept. 19-20. Available cleanup sites include the Trinity Trails, Marine Creek Lake, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Bridgeport and Cedar Creek Lake.

With COVID-19 precautions in mind, organizers are working on processes to ensure the TRWD Trash Bash follows all safe distancing guidelines. Social distancing efforts will include drive-thru early packet pickup with the TRWD team wearing masks, multiple cleanup/dumpster locations, several interactive activities for those who prefer to stay home and a new support local initiative replacing the traditional after-party.

Distanced, but together, residents can still make an impact on North Texas waterways.

Sign up today for more information and join the TRWD Trash Bash all weekend long.


Texas Wesleyean Theater

Theatre Wesleyan's 'Six Plays At Six Feet' semester of fall programming continues with an outdoor production of an original play written and directed by professor of theatre Connie Whitt-Lambert. The production will be performed on the lawn of the Kay Granger Mall at Texas Wesleyan University (1201 Wesleyan Street, 76105) from Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4. This production will not be available to stream.

At A Distance uses inspiration from the most prolific authors, poets, philosophers and playwrights to tell the story of two strangers who discover a shared appreciation for solitude and a love of classical literature. The play includes additional material by writers including Sophocles, Aristophanes, William Shakespeare, Molière, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, and more.

The cast of At A Distance includes junior theatre major Kirsten Wagner (The Woman), and senior theatre major Brian Johnson (The Man). Wagner makes her Theatre Wesleyan debut with this production.

The student production team behind At A Distance includes sophomore theatre major Rebeka Chavez (stage manager), freshman theatre major Solomon Alvarez (assistant stage manager), sophomore theatre minor Robyn Bradley (costume design), freshman theatre major Madison Whitney (assistant costume design), senior theatre major Joseph Laws (sound design), sophomore theatre major Xaxala Sanchez (properties design), sophomore theatre major Yajaira Rosales (lighting design), freshman theatre major Abigale Hunt (assistant lighting design), sophomore theatre major Cameron Hatcher (technical director), sophomore Andrea German (assistant technical director), and junior theatre major Taylor Allen (master electrician). Department chair and professor of theatre Bryan Stevenson will serve as scenic designer with freshman theatre major Chase Di Iulio as assistant.

Faculty, staff, and students, as well as audience members who attend At A Distance will adhere to local social distancing guidelines.

The student cast and crew, who are all pursuing either a BFA or BA in Theatre, will participate in a live post-show talkback on Zoom around the time of the production's opening. More details will be available soon on the Theatre Wesleyan website (txwes.edu/theatre) and on Facebook (facebook.com/theatrewesleyan).

All plans and information are subject to change and announcements will be made in the event adjustments are, or need to be, made for the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and audience.

AT A DISTANCE PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:30pm

Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

At A Distance will not have matinee performances.

*Times and outdoor venue subject to change; please check website for more details and updates.

AT A DISTANCE TICKETING & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

All tickets are free and service fees will be waived. Just use the code FREE at check-out to reserve your party of 10 or less.

Reservations for At A Distance will be available online at txwes.edu/theatretickets or by calling (817) 531-4211.

Upon arrival, patrons will be ushered to a spot on the lawn of Kay Granger Mall. All spots will be located 6 to 10 feet away from others. Patrons should bring their own blanket, chair, or seating for the performance. Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed on campus, but smoking and alcohol are prohibited. Unless otherwise specified, all patrons should expect to wear a mask during the entirety of the performance.

If you have questions, please contact the Theatre Wesleyan office at (817) 531-5867.

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Cowtown Brush Up improves property values, creates neighborhood pride on Oct. 3

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Grab a brush and help improve the appearance of some of Fort Worth's older neighborhoods during the Cowtown Brush Up.

Homes will be painted and repaired by hundreds of volunteers during Cowtown Brush Up, a project of Trinity Habitat for Humanity and the City of Fort Worth.

Teams of volunteers from local corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and faith-based organizations are encouraged to participate by painting and repairing homes from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Ladders, water, lunch and snacks are the team's responsibility, but all other supplies will be provided. Volunteers must agree to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Keeping homes in good repair does more than support neighborhood property values — well-maintained homes foster community pride and contribute to the city's overall economic development. Many of the homes that receive facelifts are in Fort Worth's central city neighborhoods and are owned by families who need a helping hand, such as the elderly or disabled.

Register your painting team online.

To learn more, contact Trinity Habitat for Humanity at 817-926-9219.


Since it rained, there is standing water in places.

Mosquitoes & West Nile virus

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they also can carry viruses.

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Reducing the mosquito population and your risk of being bitten by them is the best way to prevent infection.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and those in your home, protect yourself, your family and community

For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Eastside neighbors, businesses donate more than $3,300 in gift cards to first responders

West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association City Affairs chair Mike Phipps presented the first in a series of gift cards from Eastside residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses to Eastside Division Police and Handley and John T White station firefighters.

Phipps spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $3000 for gift cards from area restaurants and a coffee shop to support first responders.

This started as a simple idea: provide a catered lunch from a local business to 30 Fort Worth Police and Code Compliance officers. But the idea expanded to be much more due to COVID-19.

"We wanted our Eastside-area first responders to know that we truly appreciate all they do for us and at the same time support our area's small businesses. Many of them are struggling, and it only seemed fitting to help in more ways than one during this tough time," said project organizer and West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association board member Mike Phipps.

Several Eastside neighborhood associations – West Meadowbrook, Central Meadowbrook, Eastern Hills, Handley and Woodhaven – partnered to purchase 154 restaurant gift cards in $10 to $20 increments as appreciation gifts for first responders and frontline workers. In all, they collected $3,345.

Donations came from the neighborhood associations and local businesses – Medford Remodeling, Pet's Best Friend, Mindset Fitness & Yoga, Darwin & Associates, Lone Star Motors and Gallant Marble & Granite. Funds were also collected from 36 generous Eastside residents.

To continue to support the Eastside community, the associations decided to purchase gift cards from local small businesses. Cards came from a variety of Eastside mom-and-pop restaurants so the recipients could stay in the area and enjoy a meal provided by community members.

In all, 75 firefighters from four stations, 52 police officers from the East Division, 12 Code Compliance officers and 15 MedStar paramedics were given a gift card.

Residents in the Eastside have not only been able to provide a tasty meal to the city's first responders, they also found a way to support local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Station 7 John T White - 12 gift cards

East Division police - 52 gift cards

Station 24 Handley - 27 gift cards