March 4, 2010

What to do in Fort Worth this weekend!

Take your little ones to see Thomas!

Thomas the Tank Engine swings through Grapevine this month on a tour of 45 cities, and over the next two weekends, you can climb aboard at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Perfect for preschoolers and parents, this full-on train celebration features 25-minute rides on everybody's favorite tank engine. You can also meet (and get a picture with) Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the railway. And before and after your ride, hang out at the station; there'll be storytelling, live music, arts and crafts, temporary Thomas tattoos, and an exhibit celebrating 65 years of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Thomas train rides are scheduled throughout the day; the first one leaves at 9 a.m., the last at 5:20 p.m. Choose your departure time when you buy your ticket.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and March 12-14

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
705 S. Main St., Grapevine
$14-$16
866-468-7630 http://www.thomasandfriends.com/
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The Jitterbug Vipers with 'Reefer Madness' screening

2 Arts Fifth Avenue offers up a Saturday evening of offbeat fun, starting with a screening of the 1936 cult classic, Reefer Madness. Then the evening turns swingadelic, as Slim Richey and the Jitterbug Vipers take the stage. Think bluesy, gypsy jazz with an upright bass and a Billie Holiday-meets-Nina Simone vocal vibe. Make reservations; they're expecting a sellout. Call 817-923-9500 for reservations.

When: Reefer Madness at 7 p.m.; music starts at 8:15 p.m.

Where: Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth

Cost: $15

Info: 817-923-9500 http://www.artsfifthavenue.org/
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Ft. Worth Bead Market SPRING
March 6, 7 2010
Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, Will Rogers Center
3400 Burnett Tandy Dr.
Ft. Worth, Texas 76107
FREE PARKING!
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Pugapalooza

Crazy, googly-eyed cuteness will abound at this fundraiser for DFW Pug Rescue. You're encouraged to bring a chair, camera and cash -- and pugs, natch. The all-day event features a silent auction, but the real fun will be the multitude of pug contests: longest tongue, curliest tail, cutest bonnet, best kisser and so forth. Let the snorting begin!

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Villages of Bear Creek Park, Texas Trail Pavilion and Amphitheatre, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway, Euless

Cost: donations encouraged; $5 donation for lunch (choice of hamburger, two hot dogs, chips, soda and cookies).

Info: http://www.dfwpugrescue.org/

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