If your kitchen is closed on Friday nights because the chef has worked hard all week and wants someone else to do the cooking, then let the folks from Arlington Charities pamper you with a delicious soup and salad dinner.Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pantego Lions Club, 3535 Marathon St. always a cozy and cheerful place and youll get a warm welcome from Melanie Gibson, the executive director at Arlington Charities, and her crew of able staff and volunteers who are cooking up a big batch of tasty homemade soups and salads to go with it.They are famous for their delectable dessert buffet thats always chock full of tempting homemade sweets of every variety.We hope everyone will come out for a good meal and enjoyable evening. Well also be selling raffle tickets for a $200 cash prize and $100 gift card, said Gibson.Funds raised will help keep the food pantry stocked for the hundreds of needy families served by Arlington Charities.Tickets are $10 each, $5 for kids 12 and under, and children under 6 eat free.Credit cards are accepted.My advice: Dont be late or you might miss out on some of that great dessert.To learn more, call Gibson at 817-275-1511.Boat-building schoolFor a truly unique and wildly fun experience, the cardboard boat regatta coming up April 27 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has no equal for a thrilling adventure.Each year for the past 23 years local residents, students, businesses and clubs have built boats out of cardboard and raced against other competitors in the wave pool at the water park.No idea how to build a cardboard boat, you say?Not to worry because theres a free session on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, in the council chamber at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.The boat-building school will have experts to give tips on boat construction, supplies recommended, engineering strategies and even some hands-on math and science applications that teachers could use with their students who enter.Also, former winners of the regatta will demonstrate successful boat-building techniques. Kristi Payne, spokeswoman from the River Legacy Foundation, which hosts the regatta, said, Returning this year is the high school challenge, where area high schools compete for school bragging rights and the high school challenge trophy. Other trophies awarded include fastest finish, rah! rah! for most spirited and the Titanic for most spectacular sinking.The deadline to enter a boat or activity in the regatta is April 15.Fees range from $50 to $80.Save $5 if you enter by April 1.To learn more, contact Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or visit www.riverlegacy.org.Philanthropy DinnerTasty barbecue and all the fixins are on the menu for the annual Philanthropy Dinner coming up on Feb. 16 hosted by the Arlington Womans Club.Throw in entertainment, a silent auction and raffle, and the party is on.Guests can dress casually for the event at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic parish, where the room will be decorated with the Steel Magnolias theme the club is continuing for all events this year.Making sure the party turns out perfect are President Jan Simon and philanthropy Chairwoman Sharon Dougherty along with an extensive committee that includes Catherine Hopkins, Cissy Conley, Bettie McCord, Carroll Nokes and Doris Short to name only a few.This year our annual philanthropy fundraiser will benefit Arlington Charities whose mission is to feed the hungry and clothe the poor, and will also help fund AWC scholarships for Arlington ISD high school seniors, said Dougherty.Shoppers at the silent auction will know their money goes for a good cause as they decide whether to bid on NASCAR tickets; suites for Rangers, Mavericks and Stars games; spa packages; dinner and overnight stay at the Sanford House; symphony tickets or other fabulous items.Watch for lots of action at a 50/50 raffle where the winner will split the cash with the AWC scholarship fund.Tickets are $15 per person, and dinner is served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To inquire, call Dougherty at 817-469-1239 or the AWC office at 817-277-7666.Information about the club is at www.awctx.org.
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