September 30, 2013

HELP NEEDED: Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner this Thursday!

ONA's Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner is this week!  As in the past, we have at least one special guest coming.  Our mayor, Betsy Price, has our event on her calendar.  We are also hoping that the police and fire chiefs will attend.  Come and meet our city officials!

Springdale Baptist Church has graciously donated their gym and kitchen again this year for the event, which will start at 11am and run through 1am on Friday morning.  Springdale is located at 3016 Selma (on the corner of Riverside Drive and Selma).

Shifts are as follows:
1st serving:  11am-1pm
2nd serving:  5pm-8pm
3rd serving:  10pm-1am
PLEASE remember that we will need food for all three shifts.  And we could certainly use your help to wash up and serve.  If you haven't already been called, it is not because we don’t need your help; we may just not know your number!  So PLEASE call Phyllis at 817.831.8958 if you wish to help or make food.  Also, if you wish to donate but cannot attend, we'll send someone to pick up your food!

Note that Riscky's always gives us their delicious barbeque at a greatly reduced rate, for which we are very grateful.  But we can always use additional meat and side dishes, as well as desserts.  And if you don’t wish to donate food or help with serving, we also give out door prizes during the event, and you are welcome to donate a small amount of money or new item for that purpose.

The thanks that we get from the firefighters and policemen who come to the dinner is very heartwarming.  They are so happy to get a home-cooked meal in the middle of their shift!  It’s a small way in which we can serve the ones who serve us.  Plus…WE HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

Above all, come on out, visit with your neighbors, and meet the police and firefighters who serve Oakhurst.  We hope to see you there!

ONA Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner
Thursday, October 3, 11am-1am
Springdale Baptist Church

September 24, 2013

Day in the District!

On Saturday, September 28, ten cultural destinations will offer free admission, and many of Fort Worth's cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination.  We welcome you to enjoy the rich cultural experiences that Fort Worth has to offer during the seventh annual Day in the District, from 10am to 5pm.  Free transportation within the Cultural District will be provided by The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T).

Bring your family out to the celebrated Cultural District and enjoy free admission to a variety of art and cultural exhibitions, family-friendly activities and live performances by some of Fort Worth’s favorite arts groups.

For more info, visit

Day in the District
Fort Worth Cultural District Museums and Community Arts Center
Saturday, September 28

September 6, 2013

This Saturday: Fort Worth Gallery Night!

The good folks at the Riverside Arts District (building owner Flora Brewer, manager Debby Stein, and many more) on Race Street invite us all to come out to Fort Worth Gallery Night from 2-10pm TOMORROW (Saturday).

Here's a list of participating venues:

This will be great—come join your Riverside neighbors!

Park your car, bicycle, or scooter, and stroll Race Street for a fun night of art, food and lively conversation.

There will be neighbors in the garden with antiques and re-purposed/recycled items.

Also, see the new recycled metal installation between 2814 and 2902 Race Street by artists Lori Thomson and Gary Norman. Get a peek of their work at!

A lot has happened since the "Build A Better Block" event a year ago. Congratulations and thank you to all who supported RAD and made it all happen. Stay tuned. There is more to come!

From Debby Stein
Riverside Arts District
A DIY Urbanism Creative Community

September 4, 2013

Councilman Burns to Speak at September ONA Meeting

As a result of redistricting, the neighborhoods of Oakhurst, Scenic Bluff, and Sylvan Heights West are now part of Fort Worth City Council District 9, which encompasses downtown and a major part of the South Side.  This means that Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns now represents Oakhurst.

Mr. Burns will speak at the September ONA meeting.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet our new Council representative, hear what he identifies as key issues in District 9, ask questions, and share neighborhood concerns with him.

ONA’s officers met recently with Burns to begin acquainting him with our neighborhood—“the northernmost outpost of his district.”  He returned to City Hall with a list of issues for which he is seeking answers.

Please join us in welcoming Councilman Burns to our September meeting!

ONA Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 7pm
Calvary Christian Academy

This Thursday: FW League of Neighborhoods Meeting

From our neighbor Libby Willis:

Please join us for the League's Fall General Membership Meeting!

The membership will hear an update on the City of Fort Worth proposed budget for 2013-'14, particularly as it relates to City services to neighborhoods. The 2014 proposed budget projects reductions in police, fire, and Code Compliance positions. This will be the 4th consecutive year that the League has analyzed and reviewed the proposed City budget for its membership. The next public hearing on the budget is Tuesday, September 10.

The membership will also hear an update on the City Water Utilities Task Force meetings, which the League has been monitoring as the City considers privatization of some water services. Additionally, the League's membership will hear an update on the City's proposal on amending its ordinances on gas line compressors in Agricultural-zoned areas near neighborhoods.

And come prepared to give a brief update on your neighborhood's news!

Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods Fall General Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6:30pm
University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive