MasterWorks concerts offer diverse lineup in Northeast Tarrant. 7/26/2010

Summer concert series. If you haven't had a chance to catch one of the MasterWorks free concerts that Arts Council Northeast brings to the community, now is the time to pencil in these dates for the rest of the month. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, enjoy some bluegrass music from White House Harmony at Southlake Town Square. Choose from 7 p.m. shows Thursday by singer/songwriter Rachael Bigham at the Hurst library or enjoy the rock 'n' roll oldies played by Freddy and the Falcons at Roanoke's Austin Street Plaza. The Zack King Band will play classic rock music at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at Southlake Town Square. And at 7 p.m. July 28 at Keller Town Hall, the unique sounds of the Kobushi Taiko drummers will liven up your evening. The month wraps up with popular Beatles tribute band Me and My Monkey at 7:30 p.m. July 31 at Southlake Town Square. Music makes memories, so fill in your summer memory book of fun by taking in a concert or two with someone special to you. Learn more at www.artscouncilnortheast.org.

Future authors. Anyone age 17 and up is eligible to enter the Bedford library's short-story-writing contest. First place wins $100 and paid-for registration to the 2011 Writers Conference, and $50 cash prizes go to other winners. Get that story idea down on paper because the deadline is Sept. 4. For contest details, call Jeanne Green at 817-952-2372.

Don't worry. You don't have to be a writer to help the library. There's still time to get in on the Brick by Brick campaign. Preserve your family name, honor a loved one, recognize a business or give a lasting gift to someone special by buying one of two sizes of engraved bricks to enhance the outdoor settings at the new library. Call Maria Redburn at 817-952-2332 with questions. Check out all library happenings at www.bedfordlibrary.org.

Spaghetti benefit dinner. Back for a third year, the spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefiting the Keller Senior Activities Center is set for Thursday. Dinner seatings will be at 5:30 and 7 p.m. You can even place an advance order for takeout, but then you'll miss the entertainment by Voices of Vegas and the great offerings in the auction. Tickets are $6 and must be bought in advance. Call 817-743-4370 for a fun night.

Fifty years ago. Were you a member of the Haltom Junior High stage band that performed at the library's open house Feb. 25, 1961? Were you or a family member on the library staff or a patron, a Friend of the Library or a Haltom City official in 1961? If so, the library wants to hear from you as plans for its 50th anniversary get under way.

Ann Bastable leads the committee planning next year's celebration along with Patsy Sullivan, Susi Shannon, Richard Hutchison, Dawn Jordan-Wells, Nancy Walker, Betty Porter and Library Director Lesly Smith. To get involved, call Smith at 817-222-7791.

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