All new and all different is the direction Arlington Urban Ministries has decided to go with its annual fundraiser. Under the Big Top is set for April 7.The charity has completely revamped the former Arlington Shares event, and the festivities will be at Howell Family Farms.Under the Big Top, referring to a vintage carnival, is this years circus theme. Guests at this fabulous outdoor party facility will enjoy popcorn and cotton candy on the wrap-around porch of the historical cottage.Dressed comfortably and casually, attendees will dine under a party tent and shop at a silent auction set up in the restored barn that has a Ralph Lauren feel. A delicious barbecue buffet will be served in the altar area near the barn.Also at the party will be the presentation of the inaugural Doing Good in the Neighborhood awards. Congratulations to high school students Bailey Buchmeyer, Grant Hansen, Hannah Joeckel, Nellie Onwonga and Emily Williams the first winners of the award recognizing exceptional community service.Guest will enjoy a jazz quartet, and lively auctioneers Jim Reeves and Bill Frawley will keep the audience laughing as people bid on great items, reports Executive Director Joan Church.Event chairwoman Beth Owens and her committee have lined up a weeks stay in Hilton Head, S.C.; AA Advantage miles; a premium suite at a Rangers game; spa and golf packages; James Avery jewelry; a gas grill; restaurant gift cards; landscaping services; Six Flags Hurricane Harbor tickets; and lots more.The event committee includes Mike Colin, Toy Wooley, Meghan DeFreeuw, Patrick Johnson, Amy Wooley, Chris Olson, Dan Moorhead, Mary Helen Burnett, Kim Buchmeyer, Cherry Christianson and Maggie Mixon.All funds raised will help the charity continue to provide emergency help in paying rent and utilities for families in crisis.Tickets are $45. Contact Church at 817-861-8585 to make reservations, which are due by April 5.Bargains on booksThe best deals in town on books are always found at the Spring Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. Tonight from 3 to 7 p.m. is members night, so purchase your membership at the door to get a chance for preview shopping.The sale at Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 Dugan St., continues Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It closes with a half-price sale Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.In charge of the sale is Friends member Sue Crowley, whose committee includes Friends President Wayne Haliburton, Cathy Dietz, Candy Haliburton and a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers.The former Collectors Corner has been transformed into the Unique Treasures area, says Dietz. Housing not only collectibles, it will also feature new items suitable for gifts for any occasion and special/unusual books selected by our volunteers.The history, Texana, biography and juvenile sections are expanded at this sale thanks to generous donations from the Arlington and Nolan high school libraries. Be sure to look for the new coffee table section containing oversize books on a variety of topics.According to Dietz, Blue book specials in many areas will be running throughout the day on Saturday. See how many books you can bag in 15 minutes!New this year is a special opportunity on Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for nonprofit officials who bring an ID to scoop up books for their charities at no cost other than a $5 donation. This same opportunity is again open to all teachers as well. For crowd control, only two people per group will be admitted. What a deal this is for education and for charities!For information, call 817-548-9768. Check out www.fapl.org for details on the Friends.Cinderella wrap-upThe flurry of activities for this years 20 candidates vying for the title of Miss Cinderella continued last week at the traditional afternoon tea attended by around 300 well-wishers who greeted each of the girls in a formal receiving line.In charge of the tea were Ladies Auxiliary members Susan Godfrey and Suzanne McCabe, who worked with Arlington Womans Club, which graciously provided its facility as the lovely venue.In the crowd were parents and grandparents of the teenage candidates along with board and staff members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington (the beneficiary of the Cinderella Ball), members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Boys & Girls Clubs (hosts of the ball) and a number of Womans Club members.Cinderella candidates attending were Martin High School students Hannah Baumgartner, Hayley Boylan, Sydney Cerza, Emily Eichenauer, Erin Hibbs and Susannah Metzger. From Arlington High School were Madison Darden, Kendall Grasty, Hannah Hullender, Caitlin McClintock, Kristen Pirkey and McKynzie Zick. Candidates from Lamar High School were Andee Gentry, Baylee Mozjesik, Nicole Price and Kylie Wade. Representing private high schools were Libby Coomer and Christine Smith from Nolan Catholic High School and Kennedy Franklin and Kyndall Hunt from The Oakridge School.The Cinderella Charity Ball, set for March 30 at Arlington Convention Center, is Arlingtons oldest continuing social and charitable event. The candidate raising the most money in a seven-week campaign is crowned Miss Cinderella after a formal presentation ceremony attended by more than 1,000 guests. All funds raised benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.Tickets to the ball are $85 per guest ($95 after Thursday) and must be purchased by March 27. Donations on behalf of candidates can be made online at www.cinderellacharityball.com until March 28. Direct phone inquiries to ball chairwomen Andrea Proctor or Cristy Duke at 817-366-6181.
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