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15 Tips to Avoid Storm Damage Repair Scams and Other Rip-Offs

Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the most recent tornadoes and storms. Please pass along this vital information, as sadly there are scam artists attempting to take advantage of an already difficult situation …

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The last few weeks of storms wreaked havoc on much of North Texas, leaving damage and destruction of vehicles, homes, property, and more. To avoid another disaster at the hands of scam artists, be sure to use caution with these useful tips from Fort Worth’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the FTC:

Avoid Home Contractor and Repair Scams

  1. Check with your insurance company first to determine your home and repair coverage and filing requirements; keep their contact information handy.
  2. Be leery of door-to-door workers or telephone solicitors who offer home repairs, inspections, heating/cooling services, or speedy insurance processing.
  3. Shop around for contractors. You may need to make temporary repairs, but permanent repairs made by a contractor should be the result of multiple work bids and contractor research.
    Require written bids that clearly identify the project’s materials, associated costs, labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Be sure that the bids are comparable.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from the contractor’s past customers.
    • Check out the contractor’s history with the BBB and relevant trade association(s). Always research a business with the BBB before you sign any contracts.
  4. Require copies of all contractor licenses, permits and liability insurance prior to any work commencing.
  5. When work is complete, be sure to get a notarized statement that all sub-contractors have been paid in full to avoid a contractors lien on your property.
  6. If you have an HVAC repair, allow heating/cooling units to be cleaned out and dried before determining what, if any repairs are actually needed.

Steer Clear of Vehicle Damage Scams

  1. Similar to home repairs, shop around for a quality vehicle repair service. 
    • Require written bids that clearly show the repair parts, associated costs, mechanic labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from past customers.
    • Check out auto mechanic’s history with the BBB or business review sites like Yelp.
  2. If you are shopping for a used vehicle, look for signs of flood or hail damage like rust, mud, watermarks, discolored upholstery, mismatching carpet or a musty odor.
  3. Request a vehicle report based on the VIN to check for past reported auto damage of any kind.

Protect Yourself From Charity & Financial Solicitation Scams
Take the following precautions to make sure your donation benefits the people and organizations you want to help.

  1. Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  2. Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.
  3. Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.
  4. Find out if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.
  5. Ask if the caller is a paid fundraising company. If so, ask the name of the charity they represent, the percentage of your donation that will go to the charity, how much will go to the actual cause to which you’re donating, and how much will go to the fundraising company.
  6. Learn the basic signs of a Charity scam and more ways to protect yourself at the FTC’s helpful online guide.

Help stay clear of all scams by using the free resources at the Better Business Bureau.  Be sure to check out all businesses and charities online or by phone (800)-621-8566.

If you find yourself a victim of poor workmanship or a scam artist, immediately contact the BBB to try to recover your investment or alert others about the business or individual(s) involved. Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can learn more or file a complaint at fwbbb.org.

 

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2017 FREE Water Smart Landscape, Gardening, and Irrigation Seminars at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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FREE Fort Worth Water Smart Irrigation and Landscape Seminars

The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a series of FREE water smart landscape and gardening seminars throughout 2017. These classes are offered monthly at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and will equip you to make educated decisions in your landscape as well as make efficient use of the latest watering and irrigation technologies.

:: Water Efficient Landscape Design ~ March 2, 2017
Are you on a budget but your landscape needs a facelift? Transform your landscape into a water efficient landscape. You’ll learn basic design principles, plant placement, and hardscape so you can do it yourself!  Register here. »

:: Native and Adaptive Plants for North Texas ~ April 6, 2017
Are you a “Native Texan” or a transplant? Plants are native or transplants too!This program covers a large selection of minimal water use plants that are native and adaptive — ideal for a sustainable landscape or garden. You will learn proper soil preparation, planting and native and adaptive plant selection.  Register here. »

:: Water Efficient Landscape Plants and Maintenance ~ May 4, 2017
Learn to install and maintain a water efficient landscape. Topics include proper soil preparation, plant and hardscape installation, and maintenance.  Register here. »

:: On the Wild Side: Gardening for Wildlife ~ June 1, 2017
In this seminar, you’ll learn about native and adaptive plants that are not only water efficient additions to your landscape, but also beautiful landscape accents that attract beneficial wildlife.  Register here. »

:: Drip Irrigation DIY ~ July 6, 2017
Learn how to water more efficiently with every drop by converting your spray heads and sprinkler system to drip. This hands-on class will teach you how to install drip irrigation tubing from your faucet or convert an existing zone to drip. Drip irrigation for foundation watering will also be covered. Register here. »

:: Water Efficient Irrigation ~ August 3, 2017
In this class you’ll learn how to most efficiently operate your sprinkler system and its components to take advantage of water efficiency best practices.  You’ll also learn how to maintain your home’s automatic sprinkler systems and make basic repairs.   Register here. »

:: Lawn Care Maintenance ~ September 7, 2017
Proper lawn care is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance best practices as well as selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. This class will teach you how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizers and pesticides, too. Register here. »

:: Composting ~ October 5, 2017
This program teaches the benefits of different types and methods of composting.  Register here. »

:: The Edible Landscape ~ November 2, 2017
Why water and mow what you can’t eat? Utilizing areas in your landscape to grow edibles is a way to add food on your table and reduce your grocery bill. This program teaches you how to incorporate edible plants into your home garden and landscape. You will learn how herbs, fruits and vegetables can add to the colors and textures of your permanent landscape combining both aesthetics’ and functionality.  Register here. »


All seminars will take place at:

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. ~ Inside the Iris Room

Do note, that while seminars are FREE, they do require pre-registration as there are limited seats — given on a first come, first serve basis.


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2017 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Discount Tickets — How to Get FREE and 50% OFF Savings

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The 2017 Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off today, and we are back to give you the scoop on how to get discount (or even FREE!)  tickets to this favorite annual community event!  Here’s how:

2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 23 day event (January 13 – February 4) opens its doors today with a schedule packed full of premier livestock shows, daily rodeo (extra ticket needed), live musical entertainment, petting zoo, family friendly exhibits, and lots more. There are fun activities for the whole family, and the list of exhibits and events is fresh each day.

Plan ahead and you can get Stock Show grounds admission for FREE or even 50% OFF rodeo tickets. Here’s how to save:

1.  FREE Grounds Admission, Tuesday, January 17 (Dickies Day) ~ Wear your Dickies logoed clothing item to the gate ticket office and receive FREE general admission to the Stock Show grounds for Tuesday, January 17 only.  Learn more here.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Free and Half Off Tickets

2. FREE Grounds Admission for TCU Fans & 50% OFF Rodeo Tickets for TCU Students & Staff, Thursday, January 26 (TCU Day) ~ Wear any TCU  logoed gear on TCU day to receive FREE general admission to the Stock show grounds (rodeo performance not included). TCU students, faculty and staff with a valid/current TCU I.D. can also get $10 rodeo tickets (regularly $20) for performances on this day. Learn more here and here

3. FREE Grounds Admission AND Rodeo for Military Appreciation Day, Monday, January 30 ~ Present your military ID (active or retired) at the Rodeo Ticket Box Office and receive FREE tickets to the Rodeo (includes Grounds admission) for you and your immediate family for the 2:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. performance (you can get your tickets now!).  Thank you for your service! Learn more here.

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4. Multiday Souvenir Pin / Pass (savings on multiple days) ~ For a limited time, the Stock Show and Rodeo has a special souvenir pin that you can purchase that nicely lowers the cost if you will be visiting the Stock Show for more than 4 days. With this $40 per person deal, you get a souvenir pin that provides daily ground admission, admission to 2 Museums (see info on the Moo-seum experience below), and entrance to all livestock and horse shows during the entire 23 days of the show. Do note that you do need to plan to attend at least 5 days for this to be a savings.

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5. Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings, up to 50% OFF Stock Show Admission or Rodeo Tickets ~ Present your valid FW Star-Telegram Press Pass when purchasing general grounds admission or rodeo tickets to get the following savings (Limit 4 discounts per Press Pass ):    

Press Pass Discounts:
$2 OFF Adult Grounds Admission every day
$6 OFF Weekday 2017 Rodeo performances

Gold Press Pass Holder Discounts:
$10 OFF select performances (please contact box office for dates where discount can be used)
Limit (4) discounts per valid Gold Press Pass. No promo code needed.

50% OFF Stock Show Grounds & Midway Rides on Wednesdays
All cardholders who present their valid Press Pass card at the box offices on Press Pass Wednesdays will receive 50% OFF the regular adult grounds admission price of $10 and half-price tickets for Midway ride tickets (regularly $1 each).  No promo code needed.

      

6.  FREE Stock Show Grounds Admission For Museum Members ~ If you’re a member of The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History or the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, you can get into the Stock Show Grounds for FREE any day. Museum members must present  a current Museum Membership card and photo ID at a Stock Show ticket booth to receive free entry.  Learn more here.

7.  Special Cowboys & Culture Moo-seum bonus (love this!) ~ For the 6th straight year, bring your Stock Show ticket with you to get FREE admission  to The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History or the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame — January 13 to February 4. For adults, that’s a bonus savings of $15! Learn more about the “Moo-seum” program, here.

8. 50% OFF Parking on Saturdays & Sundays ~ Parking is normally $10, but on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can take the $5 Rodeo Redline park & ride shuttle from the lot just north of Billy Bob’s in the Stockyards. Buses run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sundays.  Go here to learn more.

9.  Free & Convenient Parking For Modern Museum Members ~ Show your current Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth membership card to the Modern’s parking lot attendant to park in the museum’s lot for free!

Details, details
When: The 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo takes place
January 13 through February 4.  Learn more here.

Where:  3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr. Click here for driving directions.

Parking:  Parking is normally $10 and more limited due to construction of the new arena. Find parking info here.  A special Rodeo Redline Park & Ride shuttle will be available Saturdays and Sundays during the Stock Show.  It will take you directly from Billy Bob’s North Lot to the front gate, pick you up, and return you to your vehicle parking lot for only $5 per car.  To find out more, click here.

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November 18-20 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  •  FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE Sundance Square Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Pictures with Santa
  • FREE 34th Annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, Kickboxing, and More!
  • FREE DIY Stocking Holder Class at Home Depot
  • FREE Christmas Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Santa’s Wonderland and Family Event at Bass Pro
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Thanksgiving Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, November 18, 2016

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. Teens and adults can sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion beginning one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Friday, May 18, 2016 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Sundance Square Annual Christmas Tree
Lighting Event, Plus Pictures with Santa
Saturday, November 19, 2016

It’s time for the annual Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting! Come join the fun in Sundance Square Plaza to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the beautiful 57′-foot tall live Christmas tree. Festivities start at 4:00pm — watch for Toy Soldier stilt walkers, beloved cast members of The Nutcracker ballet, and sing-a-long to holiday carols, before a visit with Saint Nick, himself. After the lighting, kids can get their picture taken with Santa too!

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Sundance Square tree lighting and pictures with Santa, click here. To see the full schedule of Photos with Santa, click here
When:
November 19, festivities begin at 4:00PM with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:30PM. Go here for dates and times you can visit Santa on his sled by the Sundance Square Tree (November 19 through December 23).
Where: Sundance Square Plaza
Cost: FREE Event! Photos with Santa are available for a $10 cash donation (Proceeds benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities International Scholarship Fund).

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:: FREE! 34th Annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Sunday, November 20, 2016

The 34th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights will be held in Downtown Fort Worth on Sunday. With over 100 highly illuminated entries, 500,000 lights, and the brilliant Sundance Square Christmas Tree, the Parade of Lights will “Let The Season Begin” in style.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Parade of Lights , click here.
When:
Sunday, November 20, 2016 ~ 6:00PM
Where: Downtown Fort Worth ~ Go here for a parade route map.
Transportation & Other Tips:
For parade parking, transportation tips and street closure information related to the parade, go here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead offers free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturday mornings. This Saturday’s schedule includes Kickboxing, Stroller Strides, Yoga, and more.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, November 19 (weather permitting) classes begin at 8:00AM and run hourly until 11:00AM. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE DIY Stocking Holder Class at Home Depot
Saturday, November 19, 2016

This Saturday, learn how to build a Christmas stocking holder at Home Depot. Join the free workshop to learn to use a saw, drill, and other carpenter tools to cut and craft a decorative and sturdy holder for all your family’s Christmas stockings. Then, give your project some personality with paint or wood stain and celebrate the holidays with a cute way to organize those stocking stuffers.

Details, details
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Christmas  & Holiday Decor Class at Pottery Barn
    Saturday, November 19, 2016

Get new ideas for decorating for Christmas and the holidays!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share great tips — from festive centerpieces to glistening treetops, learn easy tips for turning your home into the ultimate holiday haven.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:
Saturday, November 19, 2016 ~ Times vary by store
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.
Cost:
FREE!  

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:: FREE Santa’s Wonderland Family Event at Bass Pro With FREE Santa Pictures, Toy Giveaway, and More
Now through December 24, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Get a FREE picture taken with Santa  and stay for FREE games, crafts, plush toy give-aways, and activities that celebrate the season.

Details, details
What: For more info, click here
When: Free photos with Santa and events, daily now through December 24, 2016. Go here for the schedule of daily events.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission to The Modern here.
When: Every Sunday in 2016
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, November 20, 2016, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, November 20, 2016

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will share recipes for seasonal sides that will impress your guests yet are easy on the cook. Do-ahead tips will help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving gathering, too. Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, November 20, 2016. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times and date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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November 4-6 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE American Paint Horse World Championship
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden ~ Japanese Garden Fall Festival
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, Zumba, and More!
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth Science and History Museum or Perot Museum in Dallas
  • FREE First Saturday Family Fun Day at Nasher Sculpture Center (In Dallas)
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinics at Home Depot
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro ~ Grapevine
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Drawing Classes at The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE! Annual American Paint Horse Association
World Championship Show & Competition

Now through November 13, 2016

Paint Horse World Championship

Experience quintessential Fort Worth at the World Championship American Paint Horse Association Show! This year’s 52nd Anniversary show and competition will feature some of the finest horses and riding talents in the country.

Details, details
What: For more information about the event, click here.
To find out more about the American Paint Horse, click here.
When: Now through November 13.
For a daily schedule of events, click here.
Where: Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth

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:: Fort Worth Botanic Garden ~ Japanese Garden Fall Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016

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The Fort Worth Botanic’s Japanese Garden, voted as one of the most beautiful places in Fort Worth by the Star Telegram’s readers poll, is celebrating their annual Fall Festival this weekend! Feast your eyes on this beautiful garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, demonstrations, papermaking, tea ceremonies, and more!

Details, details
What: For more information about the festival, click here.
Where:
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.  Located inside the historic Japanese Garden inside the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. All festival parking will be in the Linden Street lot — click here for directions to the gardens and other details.
When: November 5-6,  Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM,
Sunday: 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Adults $8.00, Children (4-12yrs.) $4.00, and Children 3 and under free

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:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of River Legacy’s native animals during a live animal observation with an expert at River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
What:
 To find out more about the FREE program for all ages, go here.
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturday mornings.  Saturday’s schedule includes Zumba, Stroller Strides, PT Fitness Bootcamp, Yoga, and more.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, November 5 (weather permitting) classes begin at 8:00AM and run hourly until 10:00AM. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science &
History and the Perot Museum in Dallas

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, 2016

Bank of America’s 2016 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums and cultural institutions throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Details, details
What:
To learn more about the Museums On Us program, go here.
How: Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission for each Bank of America Card Holder.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum is located at 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). The Perot Museum can be found at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, 2016
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders

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:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, November 5
, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families ~ bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Target First Saturdays are designed especially for children in preschool to elementary school and feature a lineup of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Children can engage in art projects and experience creativity in action through scavenger hunts, performances, storytime and more.

Details, details
What:
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
When:
Saturday, November 5 ~ FREE admission 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
and family activities 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost:
FREE

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:: FREE! Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 2016

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and Toy Helicopter in honor of Veterans Day. After the project is built, your child can decorate their project with stickers if they wish. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones since supplies are limited.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Learn more about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Want to take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Bass Pro in Grapevine offers a kids fishing event every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun experience for kids, and you will love to see the joy that first fish brings to the face of your child! Kids will learn how to bait their own hook and catch live fish in the Bass Pro pond. Equipment and bait provided.

Details, details
What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: November 5, 2016, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
….Saturday, November 5, 2016

Join Williams-Sonoma’s weekly Junior Chef Class where they will show kids how fun and easy cooking can be.  They’ll learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.  At this week’s class, they’ll share tips and tricks for how to cook some amazing side dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. Suitable for ages 8-13. Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.  

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact time & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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:: FREE Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Modern Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Kids Drawing Program

FREE Drawing From the Collection classes for kids:  Two sessions of this free program for children are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises that relate to works in the Modern’s galleries. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited; early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet can be found at the information desk.

FREE Drawing From the Collection class for adults:  Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk

Details, Details
What: 
For more information, visit the the Modern’s event website.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2016 ~ 2:00PM
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, November 6, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission to The Modern here.
When: Every Sunday in 2016
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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FREE Dessert Decorating Workshop at the Amon Carter Museum — Saturday, November 19

‘Tis the season to decorate baked goods! Learn a few tips and tricks from museum educator and former America’s Test Kitchen recipe tester Mary Le during this hands-on dessert decorating session. Before decorating, draw inspiration from the Amon Carter’s collection during an interactive tour.

Please note that reservations are required — Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register.

Details, details
What:  Get more details about this Crafting from the Collection event (here).   
When:  Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10:30am12:30pm
Where:  Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Find directions and parking details here.
Cost: Entrance to this event and Amon Carter’s Museum is always FREE (but donations are appreciated)!

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October 28-30 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE 26th Anniversary Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering at The Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • FREE Blue Zones Power 9 Party Family Event
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, and Circuit Training!
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE! Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Festival
   Friday to Sunday, October 28-30, 2016

Join the Red Steagall Cowboy gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the 26th Anniversary celebration of this première celebration of the West. Weekend activities include Wagon Train and Trail Ride from Jacksboro, Ranch Rodeo, Chuck Wagon Camp and Competition, Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Music, Fiddle Contest, Cowboy Gospel Concert, Western Swing Dances, Cowboy Church and lots more! Voted Best Gathering and Best Family Event by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine.

Details, Details
What: Get more event info at the Red Steagall website.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 28-30.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Cost: Most outdoor street events on the schedule are FREE to the public. To get access to indoor events (like the rodeo), get tickets here  (children under 12 are FREE to everything except the Saturday night Rodeo).

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:: FREE Fall Festival Family Events
Daily Activities, October 28-31, 2016

Fall Halloween Family Festivals in Fort Worth and Dallas - Alternatives

Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the weekend’s fall festivities with your family? Lots of churches, schools, and businesses in the community have put together fun-packed festivals with safe places to trick-or-treat and enjoy an evening out with the family. With so many choices, we’ve put together a short list of locations to get you started:

• Bass Pro Shops Charlie Brown Pumpkin Event ~ Daily
Grapevine Location 2501 Bass Pro Drive • Daily through October 31
FREE daily events and times vary and include trick or treating throughout the store, kids’ costume parade, crafts, scavenger hunt, studio quality photos, and more. Get more details and a daily event schedule here.

• Central Market Stores Fall Carnival ~ Saturday
Fort Worth location 4651 West Freeway October 29, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Central Market for their annual Fall Carnival. Kids can pick up a Scavenger Hunt sheet in the front lobby and follow its directions to trick-or-treating fun! There’s cookie decorating and a costume parade, too! More details here.

• Fort Worth Police Department Trunk or Treat ~ Monday
Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex 505 W. Felix St.
October 31, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Fort Worth kiddos can experience a safer alternative to traditional trick or treating with the Fort Worth Police Department’s Trunk or Treat! The event includes apple bobbing, games, face painting, candy stations, displays and more. More details here.

• Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Monday
Fort Worth Stockyards Station • October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Historic Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station for a safe, family-friendly fall party that’s free and fun! The event includes costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, hayrides, and trick or treating at participating Stockyards Station shops. More details here.

• Trunk or Treat at Hillside Community Church in Keller ~ Monday
Hillside Church in Keller 9915 Ray White Rd October 31, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a great time! Trick-or-Treat while enjoying a variety of fun family activities. There will be lots of candy, games, bounce houses, a photo booth, and safe fun for everyone. More details here.

Other local DFW carnivals and festivals
(lots of family friendly choices)

Pop over here for a terrific line-up
of family-safe fall festivals and other Halloween trick-or-treat alternatives put on by churches, businesses and schools throughout Fort Worth, Dallas and the surrounding areas. Thanks to radio station KLTY 94.9 for putting together this lengthy and helpful list.

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:: FREE! Blue Zones Power 9 Party and Family Fun Event
   Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fort Worth is making healthy choices easier, and that’s cause for a party – a Power 9® Party! Join Blue Zones for a morning of Power 9 fun and FREE family activities including games, cooking demonstrations, live music,  free food, giveaways, and more as we celebrate better well-being in our community.

Details, Details
What: Get more event info at the Power9 Party website.
When: Saturday, October 29, 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Where: Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth.
Find directions and free parking info here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturday mornings.  Saturday’s schedule includes Title Boxing, Stroller Strides, Pure Barre, Yoga, and more.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, October 29 (weather permitting) classes begin at 8:00AM and run hourly until 9:00AM. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Want to take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Bass Pro in Grapevine offers a kids fishing event every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun experience for kids, and you will love to see the joy that first fish brings to the face of your child! Kids will learn how to bait their own hook and catch live fish in the Bass Pro pond. Equipment and bait provided.

Details, details

What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: October 29, 2016, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth can now receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2015!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission at The Modern here.
When: Sundays in 2015
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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