Plus, a new restaurant is coming to the River East District.
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You’re a poet and we know it
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by @explorefwtx
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter FTWtoday’s first poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn today’s newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please. Any word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Pink. Gusto. Enchilada.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind FTWtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in our Friday, April 21 newsletter and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. The winner’s poem will be featured in our Wednesday, April 26 newsletter.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Fort Worth!
Wednesday, April 5
  • Senior Easter Celebration | Wednesday, Apr. 5 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth | Free | Seniors are invited to celebrate the holiday with spring fashion, food, fun, and a guest speaker.
Thursday, April 6
  • Pasta Making Class | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 7-10 p.m. | il Modo, 714 Main St., Fort Worth | $70 | Learn the process of making pasta, the history + hands-on work with professional chefs.
Friday, April 7
  • First Fri-YAY | Friday, Apr. 7 | 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. | Fort Worth Bike Sharing Stations | Free | Explore the city on wheels with a free bike rental courtesy of Fort Worth Bike Sharing and the Blue Zones Project.
Saturday, April 8
  • Yoga and Cocktails | Saturday, Apr. 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | TX Whiskey Ranch, 2601 Whiskey Ranch Rd., Fort Worth | $15 | Take in the view of the Fort Worth skyline while doing a yoga flow followed by a complimentary cocktail.
  • Cars and Coffee | Saturday, Apr. 8 | 7-9 a.m. | Dwell Coffee & Biscuits, 108 W. Ellison St., Burleson | Free | Bring your car, truck, motorcycle, or other cool rides to Old Town Burleson + sip on some local coffee.
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News Notes
  • South Main’s Bearded Lady is opening a sister concept in the heart of the River East District. The Tropic Lady will offer bowls, wraps, and sandwiches, along with craft cocktails, mocktails, and beer at 2919 Race St. The restaurant will open later this year.
  • Denver-based boot retailer Freebird is now open in University Park Village. Customers can shop for original handcrafted leather boots, shoes, and bags. The store is located between White House Black Market and Free People Movement.
  • Truck Yard Alliance is hosting a Doggie Day adoption event on Saturday, April 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. Stop by for doggy contests — including Best Trick, Best Costume, and Best in Yard — along with doggie caricatures, adoptable pets, custom dog tags, goodie bags, live music, and food trucks.
  • The Beast and Company on Magnolia Avenue is closing its doors. Owner and chef Dustin Lee posted a message on Instagram, citing a decline in business over the last few weeks. The restaurant opened last spring.
  • Meow Wolfa somewhat trippy immersive art experience — is opening in Grapevine Mills Mall this summer. Guests can venture through mind-bending narratives brought to life with immersive art created, in part, by local artists Mariell Guzman, Katie Murray, and Adam Palmer. Check out the open positions.
Coming Soon
  • A new Chinese restaurant serving soup dumplings and classic recipes is coming to the Near Southside at 812 W. Rosedale St. Restaurateur Patrick Ru partnered with local chef Stefon Rishel and realtor Jeffrey Yarbrough to bring Teddy Wong’s Dumplings & Wine to Fort Worth. It’s expected to open in May. (CultureMap Fort Worth)
  • Fort Worth ISD is hosting its annual Science Fair on Thursday, April 6. The event will give students the chance to highlight their science projects + will include music, food trucks, photo booths, and other family-friendly activities. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
  • Rooftop Cinema Club is hosting a series of dog-friendly events this month. Bring your furry friends to the screening of “The Devil Wears Prada” on Sunday, April 9, and to “Casablanca” on Sunday, April 23. Bonus: Your cinema ticket will get you 10% off your dinner at Toro Toro.
  • Nothing says springtime like the smell of freshly cut grass and blooming flowers. April is National Garden Month and what better way to celebrate than with some gardening of your own? Find a community garden near you + keep your face out of the sun with this Floral Sun Hat.
Travel and Outdoors
🛹 Some wheely good news
FTW-Dickies Skate Plaza
A look at what the community can expect in the skate plaza. | Rendering provided by Near Southside Inc.
The good news keeps rollin’ in — The long-awaited skate park at Fire Station Park is opening later this month in the Near Southside.

After seven years of planning and construction, Dickies Skate Plaza will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1616 Hemphill St.

Families are invited to bring their little ones for a day of skateboarding competitions, live music, market vendors, yard games, autographs, and food.

The brand new 15,000-sqft skate plaza will feature obstacles for skateboarders of all skill levels + skateable pathways throughout the park. For those who’d rather kick back and watch the professionals, here’s what else you can enjoy:
  • A dog park
  • Community green
  • 5,000-sqft all-wheel track
  • Market plaza
Located in the historic Fairmount neighborhood, the $1.8 million park was made possible by local organizations and the City of Fort Worth.
The Wrap
Rebecca McRobbie Today’s edition by:
From the editor
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis is an iconic part of the historic Stockyards + the theater is now working to restore the outside to its original glory. The theater opened back in 1914 but was sadly destroyed by a projection booth fire nearly two decades later.

The theater was rebuilt, increasing the size from 400 to 1,000 seats, but one iconic symbol was never recovered — the neon sign. The owners are now working to relight the exterior signage and bring its rich history back to the Stockyards. Fundraising efforts are now underway.
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