When Diane Hale, music director at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, received a generous offer from church member Todd Hart, a singer in the Chancel Choir, she didn’t hesitate to accept.The multitalented Hart, who will bid adieu to his executive producer role at Theatre Arlington on April 30 to relocate in Las Vegas to be near his ailing parents, offered to do a benefit concert Saturday to raise money for whatever church ministry Hale chose.Since the church is in the midst of a capital campaign dubbed “We’re Here for Good,” Hale quickly decided the farewell concert proceeds should go toward it.From the Hart: A Farewell Concert will showcase the talents of not only Hart but also Neil Mowles and Jenny Thurman.Many will remember veteran actor Mowles for his outstanding portrayal of Daddy Warbucks in Theatre Arlington’s production of Annie last year.Gifted singer Thurman is set to perform the solo role in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline opening in May at the theater.Guests have two ticket options for the concert. VIP tickets for $50 include a 6 p.m. reception and dinner with the artists and priority seating at the concert in the Great Hall.A general admission ticket for the 7 p.m. concert costs $25.Helping Hale arrange the event is Mary Lobban, church business administrator.Advance reservations are required for both ticket options and are due by 5 p.m. Friday.Hale said that the capital campaign will make extensive improvements to the more than 100-year-old church and that it is “a fundraising effort to improve the appearance and safety of North Street between Mesquite and Center by improving pedestrian safety, providing handicap parking spaces, upgrading utility and appearance and by providing plaza areas at the sanctuary’s entrances.”Learn more at www. arlingtonmethodist.org.Contact Hale at 817-274-2571, ext. 241 Look at the skyNo, it’s not a bird or a plane or Superman. It’s the Kite Festival at River Legacy Parks.Now in its seventh year, the festival will fill the skies above the park’s Elm Grove Pavilion with beautiful and unique kites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.There will be something for the whole family at this festival. Along with kite vendors, kite-building workshops and the spectacular kites flying overhead, there will be music, bounce houses, face-painting and other fun activities.For those who want to show off a kite, contests begin at noon for best in show, most unusual kite and highest-flying kite. Winners will get ribbons for bragging rights and scrapbooks.To learn more, call 817-459-6434 or visit www.naturallyfun.org. Teen casting callAspiring singers, dancers and musicians in grades 7-12 who live in Tarrant County are invited to audition for the Teen Talent Follies on Sunday at Miss Persis Dance Studio, 222 W. Main St. in downtown Arlington.The Follies, produced by nonprofit Dance Theatre of Arlington, will award $2,500 in scholarships at a show May 10 at UT Arlington’s Mainstage Theatre.Executive Director Persis Ann Forster says auditions can be performed in solos or groups of up to six.“We have so many talented kids in Arlington, and each year brings a new crop of future stars. Watching our alums like Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado and Scott Hoying of Pentatonix reminds me that offering this opportunity and these scholarships does make a difference,” said Forster.To make an audition appointment, call Forster at 817-860-1327.State of the countyTarrant County Judge Glen Whitley will be the keynote speaker at an April 18 luncheon hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.The Arlington Hilton, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd., is the venue for the event, where guests will enjoy an 11:30 a.m. reception before a luncheon is served.Whitley will give the audience a complete report on recent accomplishments along with future plans for county projects and initiatives.Tickets are $40 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers.Reservations are due Friday. Call 817-275-2613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire or to RSVP. Spanish Colonial artAn exhibit opening Friday and running through May 26 at Arlington Museum of Art will feature more than 40 pieces of art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.According to museum officials, the curated exhibit will cover “works created by Spanish missionaries and artisans, which adorned missions all over Central America and southern North America and includes alters, ex votos, santos sculpture, retablos, and more.”A reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday for members and sponsors sounds like fun.Join the museum and get a chance for an early preview of the work at the party.To learn more, visit www.arlingtonmuseum.org or call 817-275-4600.
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