September 30, 2015

Save the Dates: October Events!

October is Oakhurst's biggest month!  Join us for all the ONA and community events in the neighborhood listed below!

Popsicles in the Park
Thursday, October 1, 6:30 pm

ONA is sponsoring a get-together for Oakhurst families with children! After you and your family have dinner, head over to the park for dessert with old neighbors and meet new ones! If you're a new family, this is a great way to get to know the other kids in the neighborhood. Popsicles will be provided.

Sponsored by the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Welcoming Committee

Garden Conservancy Tour
Sunday, October 4, 10 am-4 pm

"Open Day" in Fort Worth, including two gardens in Oakhurst and two in Carter-Riverside. Check out and read about the tour gardens in the September Oak Leaflet.

28th Annual Police and Firefighters Appreciation Dinner
Thursday, October 8
Springdale Baptist Church

Join us for this annual fall extravaganza as Oakhurst COPS and ONA honor our firefighters and police with a homemade meal made by Oakhurst residents. Bring your best casseroles, salads, and desserts and help thank the officers who look out for us—and also visit with your neighbors. Read more about the event in the September Oak Leaflet.

Sponsored by the Oakhurst Citizens on Patrol and Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

ONA Fall General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 7 pm
Calvary Academy

Come hear the latest updates from the Association and a special program on the history of Oakhurst from Libby Willis, author of "Fort Worth's Oakhurst Neighborhood," entitled "Why Oakhurst is Important to Fort Worth's History".

ONA Halloween in the Park
Saturday, October 24, 3-5 pm
Oakhurst Park

The annual Halloweenie Roast, Kids' and Canines' Halloween costume contest, and general all-around neighborhood good time celebrating fall! Bring your kids, bring your donations, and get ready to have fun!

Sponsored by Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

September 14, 2015

West Nile Virus Meeting This Thursday!

A letter from Ruben Olmos (City Manager's Office):

September 14, 2015

Dear Residents:

As you are aware, the City of Fort Worth has had a number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus as reported to us by Tarrant County Public Health.

We’d like you to be aware the testing site in your neighborhood is Fire Station 19, 2613 Carnation Ave, Fort Worth, 76111.  This site has had multiple mosquito-positive tests.  As a result, the city may decide to target ground spray in your neighborhood.

A neighborhood meeting is scheduled to address any questions you may have regarding spraying:

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 pm
Riverside Community Center
3700 E. Belknap Street 76111

We’re asking all residents to remain vigilant in your efforts to reduce exposure and take action in reducing or eliminating mosquito breeding sites on your property.  To learn more about what you can do to lower your risk of exposure visit

Thank you again for your continued support.

Code Compliance Department
City of Fort Worth

September 11, 2015

Tomorrow: Race Street Market + Gallery Night

Shared by our friends from the RAD:

"Brunch & Bazaar" 9am-1pm | Art Galleries All Day

There is a lot to mention so buckle up!

Our market will feature fresh produce from JB Organic, a myriad of awesome artists and craftsfolks selling their handmade creations. Did I mention the food and fresh coffee from Coffee:Experience?

Refuge at Sanctuary Fort Worth will be hosting/sponsoring a public art project during the market! They are creating a large chalk gratitude mandala incorporating both words and drawings created by the community.  This interactive art project is designed for people of all ages and abilities. Come by and create something beautiful with the community!

Our good friends Lindby will be providing the music for the market and giving us a sneak peak on their brand new album (being released this Saturday!).

AARP will be hosting their event Celebrate Riverside in the Riverside Arts District from 10am-2pm at North Sylvania and Race St. There’ll be music, art, a bike rodeo and other fun for the whole family.

While we're at it we should add our favorite Ice-Cream-teers, Gypsy Scoops will be hosting the grand opening of their parlor on Race Street!
They'll be open at 11AM, be sure to stop in and pickup some delicious scoops!

As always, we're family and pet friendly.
Check out schedule and more details below, see you tomorrow!


Race Street Market
BRUNCH & BAZAAR - Enjoy art, music & food offered by local artists and vendors.
Community Art Project - Mandala Painting sponsored by Refuge at Sanctuary Fort Worth
3009 Race Street

Celebrate Riverside!
A Livable Community Demonstration sponsored by AARP Texas
Age Friendly Demonstrations, car show, bike rodeo
Sylvania at Race Street


Riverside Arts District Gallery Night
2804 Race Street
On the last weekend in May, Near Southside artists Jeremy Joel and Jay Wilkinson co-curated Bobby on Drums, a mixed-media extravaganza showcasing some of Fort Worth’s most promising up-and-coming artists, filling Shipping & Receiving’s Tilt Room with everything from a sonic installation to a giant sculpture of a homeless man. The duo’s Fall Gallery Night show on Race Street will feature work by Diana Urbina, Paul Thomas Leicht, Kevin Thornton, Olivia, Brandon Pederson, Hillary Dohoney, Guillermo Tapia, Devin Selby, Christopher Michael Waldon, Aimee Cardoso, Fever Dream, Jessica Fuentes, Scott Prather, Jasmine Flores, Alexa Alarcon, and Erin Margaret Alison Rambo, in addition to Joel and Wilkinson. Where Bobby on Drums was set to dazzle with its size, cleverness, and wild abstractions, RAD is also geared toward having a good time –– besides the paintings, sculptures, and photographs, local punk or punk-inspired rockers Sur Duda, Toy Gun, and Star Bass will perform. BYOB.

Arts Studios on Race Street
2814 Race Street
Rose Marie Mercado, Michelangelo, Mason Cox, Guillermo Tapia, Gary Norman, Jan Friedman

One Hundred Years of Painting
2902 Race Street #108
David F. Gibson, Greg Rivera

Gallery 2902 #100
Kim Collins
Rachel Livedalen

Cleans Up With Soap And Water
2907 Race Street
Black Crow Pressed
Printmakers: Lori Thomson, Junanne Peck, Mary Boswell, Karla Sparger, Layne Calebro, Elizabeth Langley, Holly Mack

For more info, visit the RAD website!

September 8, 2015

This Thursday: ONA's September Meeting

Join us this Thursday, September 10th, for ONA's monthly meeting.  Our featured speaker will be Terri McIlraith, former president of the Carter-Riverside Neighborhood Association; she will be discussing the upcoming Fort Worth Garden Conservancy tour.  Her own home and garden once belonged to a member of the Baker Brothers Nursery family, a long-time Riverside business that had a significant impact on the trees and plants (and flower street names) in the area.  McIlraith's garden will be one of those featured on Fort Worth's Garden Conservancy tour.

Calabrese Garden
Several of our neighbors' gardens are pictured here—all of which will also be featured on the upcoming Fort Worth tour.  Those neighbors have been invited to share a few words about their gardens.  To learn much more about local residents' participation in this event, see this month's Oak Leaflet.  And for more details on the Garden Conservancy, including ticket purchase information, please visit

Diaz Garden

Spell-Taylor Garden
Finally, Kathryn and Libby will highlight the many upcoming fall ONA events for our members.  Hope to see you there!

ONA September Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 7pm
Calvary Christian Academy

80 Years Ago: Riverside's New High School

The following article was contributed by Carter-Riverside neighbor Rick Herring:

It may be historic to us, but once upon a time it was new
by Rick Herring

80 years ago - August, 1935 - a sunrise breakfast and groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the beginning of construction on a new high school in Riverside, the school we know and love today as Amon Carter Riverside High School. The whole community was awakened on that momentous day by a "long, shrill train whistle, guaranteed to wake everybody in Riverside" at 5 a.m., followed by "modern-day town criers and Paul Reveres" who traveled the streets of Riverside honking horns, blowing whistles and ringing cow bells. All of this to summon the community to a grand celebration being jointly sponsored by the Riverside Civic League, Riverside PTA, and Oakhurst PTA. Boy Scouts were told to assemble in their uniforms at Scott’s Drug Store at Six Points no later than 5:30 a.m. and then march carrying the colors to the site of the new high school at Yucca Avenue and Frey Avenue (now Riverside Drive) where they were to light hundreds of camp fires prepared beforehand. The high school site was lined with 400 flags. The following excerpts are taken from a newspaper article that reported the day’s events:

"Several thousand Riverside residents, together with guests from other sections of Fort Worth, mixed sand with their bacon and eggs this morning at ground breaking ceremonies for the new Riverside senior high school, estimated to cost $400,000."

"A hundred camp fires were lighted soon after sunup and in a few minutes the smell of frying bacon and eggs permeated the 40-acre site on which the school is to be built. Coffee was served from huge urns provided by the Riverside Civic League, which has taken a leading part in assuring the school."

"A hundred or more civic leaders of Riverside and other parts of Fort Worth were introduced and some of them made talks. Then Mrs. May Royster, who has taught school in Riverside longer than anyone else…turned the first spade of dirt, while George B.Eagle, school board member from the Riverside section, and Mrs. W.G.Phillips, wife of the civic league president, assisted."

"…W.M. Green, school superintendent…announced [the] first classes would be held in the building in September, 1936…. When [it was] announced that construction would start within 24 hours, the crowd applauded."

"Mother Ingraham (Mrs. F. A. Ingraham), first president of the Riverside PTA, [was] presented a bouquet of flowers…. Sam Losh led the crowd in a sing-song…Boy Scouts had charge of a flag-raising ceremony while a bugler blew reveille."

What a celebration and show of community spirit! These folks had a lot to celebrate. The high school grades at the former Riverside High School had been discontinued in 1922-23 when the Fort Worth ISD took over the Riverside ISD. High school age students in Riverside then had to attend another Fort Worth high school, most choosing Central High (now Paschal) because it was easiest to reach via the city’s streetcars. But for many, the loss of the high school grades in the Riverside community ended their education.

Riverside leaders fought for years to get a high school back in Riverside. When a school board commissioned study recommended a new junior-senior high school for Riverside in 1933, the community went to work and collected over 1,500 signatures of qualified voters from Riverside, enough to persuade the school board to call a bond election for the erection of new schools. A bond program of $3,000,000 was passed and an additional $4,000,000 was secured from the federal Public Works Administration.

Given the fact that Riverside took the lead in starting the chain of events that led to the building program, and that the new Riverside High School was to be the first high school constructed under the program, Riverside leaders were determined to put on a grand celebration. A committee of 190 persons had charge of the plans and the day before the groundbreaking the press reported that "Riverside today will hum with last minute preparations for what promises to be the most gigantic celebration in a section of the city known for its enthusiastic support of civic enterprises".

Thanks to these Riverside "pioneers", we have a beautiful building and campus to claim as our alma mater and center of our community.

Future students studying plans for their new school and a map of
the route to reach the site of the groundbreaking celebration.
Mrs. May Royster at Riverside Public School, 1911, and George B. Eagle, Sr., 1937.
The silver-plated spade used at the groundbreaking.
Some of the revelers at the groundbreaking celebration.
Research and text by Rick Herring, copyright 2015. Used with permission.

September 6, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

Regardless of your occupation, thank you to all of our neighbors for your unique skills and expertise that benefit our city, state, and country.  Best wishes for a relaxing holiday weekend from ONA!

To learn more about this unique holiday, visit The History of Labor Day on the U.S. Department of Labor website.

September 5, 2015

Oakhurst Park Adoption Update

As several of our neighbors have been inquiring as to the state of Oakhurst Park, ONA leadership have compiled the document below regarding ongoing efforts to work with the City and formally adopt the park:

Click on the image above or this link to view and/or download.

September Oak Leaflet Now Online!

Check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet in full color online!  This month's newsletter features the upcoming Fort Worth Garden Conservancy Tour (featuring two of our neighbors' gardens), a North Sylvania Street traffic update from Jan, Fred's monthly patrol report, September's Yard of the Month by Fran, and more details on the upcoming Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner.
Visit our Newsletter Archive to view or download your copy.

September 3, 2015

Save the Date: ONA Family Night

As posted by our neighbor Molly Jamison over on Nextdoor:

ONA is sponsoring an event for Oakhurst families with children at Oakhurst Park on October 1 at 6:30pm.  After you feed your family dinner, head over to the park for dessert to visit with old neighbors and meet new ones!  Popsicles will be provided.  If you're a new family, this is a great way to get to know the other kids in the neighborhood.

See you all there!

ONA Family Night
Thursday, October 1st, 6:30pm
Oakhurst Park