Plus, the FWSSR Grand Champion steer auctioned for $340,000.
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Photo of people dancing at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.
Don’t miss the musical performances and Western sports of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. | Photo by Cowtown Coliseum
February is Black History Month, and we have nine ways to learn about and celebrate local history from exhibitions to performances.


“Michael Darough: The Talk” | East Fork Gallery
The faceless images were created in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement at the TCC’s Trinity River Campus. See the exhibition through Friday, March 8.

Lenora Rolla Juried Art Show | Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum
The Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society presents works from minority and youth artists Wednesday-Sunday now through Sunday, March 17.

Photo of displays at the "Black Cowboys" exhibition at the FWMSH.

Journey through the past at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


Photo by @fwmsh

“Black Cowboys: An American Story | Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Explore the lives of Black men, women, and children who worked on Texas ranches and cattle drives through Saturday, April 13.

Jumping the Broom | Fort Worth Public Library
Be swept off your feet with the history of broom jumping in Black marriages at 10+ events at various library locations.

Celebrate with Opal Lee | Burleson City Hall
Listen to a moderated discussion with the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” and get a signed copy of her children’s book on Saturday, Feb. 17.


Hear Ethel Waters’ hits like “Stormy Weather” in “Bread ‘n’ Gravy.”


Photo by @jubileetheatre


“Bread ‘n’ Gravy: The Songs and Life” | Jubilee Theatre
Experience the life of Ethel Waters — a trailblazing singer and actress + one of the first African American women to achieve both Broadway and Hollywood success — in performances through Sunday, March 3.

“dwb (driving while black)” | Fort Worth Opera
See Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel’s one-act opera followed by moderated talks with the creative team on Friday, Feb. 16 + Saturday, Feb. 17 at TCU’s Van Cliburn Hall and Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo | Cowtown Coliseum
Grab tickets to the rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 17 to celebrate the contribution of Black cowboys and cowgirls in their building of the American West.
    MLK Parade & Rally | Downtown
    The 39th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and rally was rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 19 due to inclement weather.
    Tuesday, Feb. 6
    • Best Years Club | Tuesday, Feb. 6-Thursday, Feb. 8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St., Fort Worth | Free | Spend time with friends while playing table games, eating lunch, or participating in fitness programs suites for adults 60+.
    • Public Comment Meeting | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. | City Hall, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth | Free | Register at least two hours in advance to share your opinion on agenda items like retirement funds, mental health services, and neighborhoods awards.
    Wednesday, Feb. 7
    • “Pirate Radio” | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 2 p.m. | The Modern, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth | $0-$8 | Settle in for a screening of this 2009 film in which Bill Nighy commandeers a radio station from a boat as part of the “My Favorite Films” series.
    • Youth Boxing | Wednesday, Feb. 7-Thursday, Feb. 29 | 5-8 p.m. | Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth | $30 | Join Fort Worth Boxing Club for a competitive program that teaches skills, endurance, and technique for athletes ages 5-16.
    Thursday, Feb. 8
    • CityFest | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Burleson Recreation Center (BRiCk), 550 NW Summercrest Blvd., Burleson | Free | Join city officials to learn about their plans for 2024 + bring the kiddos for bounce houses, face painting, and games.
    • The Music of ABBA | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington | $31-$131 | Don’t miss the amazing tribute show by Arrival from Sweden Live.
    Friday, Feb. 9
    • Panther City Lacrosse | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8 p.m. | Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth | $10-$73 | Watch the Panthers take on the Colorado Mammoth.
    • “Disney Princess: The Concert” | Friday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 10 | Times vary | Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth | $47.60-$135.60 | Sing along to hits like “A Whole New World,” “Just Around the Riverbend,” and “Let It Go” performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
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    💰 How to reach your 2024 savings goals
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    United Texas Credit Union’s mission is to improve members’ financial well-being by carefully guiding them to financial security + freedom. | Photo provided by United Texas Credit Union
    If saving money is on your mind this year (and let’s face it, we could all use a bit more cushion in our emergency funds), this one’s for you. We’re exploring the benefits of share certificates with help from the experts at United Texas Credit Union.

    Share certificates are a type of credit union savings account that typically offer higher yields compared to regular savings accounts. Read: They allow your money to grow faster while it sits in your account, thanks to the higher interest rate (aka an APY or annual percentage yield).

    The trade-off? Your money will need to stay in the share certificate account for a specific amount of time (think: six months to 60 months), with longer terms typically offering better rates. If you withdraw your money too early, you could be charged a penalty.

    Here’s the good news: United Texas Credit Union is currently offering some of its highest deposit rates in years, with both personal and business accounts eligible for the same rates.

    Ready to start saving, Fort Worth? Call United Texas Credit Union or stop by the Polaris Branch or Golden Triangle Branch. You can start saving for as little as $500.
    News Notes
    • Fort Worth musician Kirk Franklin won his 20th Grammy Award on Sunday for “Best Gospel Performance/Song” for his track “All Things.” East Texas’ Kacey Musgraves also won “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for “I Remember Everything” with Zach Bryan. Arlington’s Pentatonix and Burleson’s Kelly Clarkson were nominated but didn’t win.
    • $340,000. That’s how much Leadfoot, the 2024 Grand Champion steer auctioned for at the Stock Show and Rodeo on Saturday. Higginbotham Insurance purchased the steer from 17-year-old Elli Bezner from Dalhart. In total, the junior champions auction brought in $8.2 million. The 2023 champion, “Snoop Dog,” auctioned for $440,000.
    • A demolition permit was filed to begin structural repair on downtown’s Sandman Signature Hotel, which exploded last month. Owner Northland Properties is “focused on ensuring the structural integrity of the building” and will provide updates as they are available. (WFAA)
    • TikTok food blogger Keith Lee stopped by Fort Worth’s pay-what-you-can nonprofit Taste Project last week during his North Texas food tour. Instead of reviewing the food during the busy service, Lee donated $4,000 to fight food insecurity in Cowtown.
    • Sports apparel and merchandise store Rally House expanded in Panther City. The franchise opened a new store at Montgomery Plaza next to Five Below on Friday. Shop for gear to rep the Rangers, Cowboys, Horned Frogs, and more.
    • To accommodate more programming and services, the Park and Recreation Department increased operating hours at several local community centers. Check the extensions at Chisholm Trail, Eugene McCray, Highland Hills, R.D. Evans, Southwest, Fire Station, and Handley-Meadowbrook.
    • Waxahachie-based pitmaster Matt Pittman appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” last night to share barbecue recipes and tips from his brand Meat Church BBQ Supply. Watch the episode on NBC.
    • Put down the pruning sheers — the Texas Trees Foundation is warning residents not to prune oak trees until July, as it can expose the trees to oak wilt. The infectious disease can kill oak trees in two weeks.
    Feel Good
    • Do you have a local love story? Submit your memories to our local love map by Friday, Feb. 9 for a chance to be featured in the newsletter. Psst — putting your love on the map makes a nice surprise for your sweetheart.
    • If you’ve been dreaming of a “one-card wallet,” it’s time to wake up and get your hands on this credit card. Not only does it offer 0% APR into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to 5% cash back — with no annual fee to boot.*
    ⚽️ Goooooal
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    Nearly $300 million in renovations are underway at AT&T Stadium. | Photo by the City of Arlington
    Football is life” — or it will be in the summer of 2026 when the FIFA World Cup comes to Arlington.

    FIFA officials announced the tournament’s full schedule on Sunday + AT&T Stadium will host nine matches, more than any of the 15 venues.

    FIFA regulations don’t allow corporate sponsors to represent host venues so AT&T Stadium will be temporarily renamed “Dallas Stadium” for the duration of the tournament.

    Despite rumors last month, Arlington will not host the final match, which will be at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on July 19.

    Local matches include:
    • Group stage | June 14, June 17, June 22, June 25, June 27
    • Round of 32 | June 30 + July 3
    • Round of 16 | July 6
    • Semi-final | July 14
    Additionally, Frisco’s Toyota Stadium, Dallas’ Fair Park, and Arlington’s Globe Life Field may be used for training.

    In case you missed it, Jerry World is undergoing $295 million in renovations to transform the football stadium into a soccer venue.
    The Buy
    This set of six colored wine glasses, which remind us of Estelle stemware, only more affordable. The multicolor stemware set is perfect for parties, Galentine’s Day, or girls’ night in.
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    The Wrap
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    Season tickets are available for the Arlington Renegades 2024 games. The regular season kicks off at Choctaw Stadium on Saturday, March 30 against the Birmingham Stallions and runs through Sunday, June 2 with their final regular-season game played against the DC Defenders.
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