Think you could make a seaworthy vessel out of cardboard and paddle your way through the Wave Pool at Hurricane Harbor without flooding, sinking or destroying your boat? If this challenge intrigues you, then sign up by Monday to enter the 24th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on April 27 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.According to River Legacy Foundation officials, hosts of the event, trophies and bragging rights will go to the winners with special awards for Best of Show, Most Spirited Crew, and the Titanic Award for most spectacular sinking. "And, if you can't win an award on your own, you can always Bribe the Judge for one," spokeswoman Kristi Payne said.Groups, companies and organizations are invited to sign up for the Team Challenge, which combines the boat races with new competitions that include a horseshoes tournament and a 3-point basketball hoops shoot.The engineering skills and creativity applied to all the floating creations in the yearly competition are fascinating, but a really interesting back story is about Jonathan Applequist, who recently celebrated the launch of the USS Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship he helped design for the Navy as the lead architect. Before the success Applequist has experienced with his Navy ships, he earned his chops with his cardboard creation called The Last Minute, which he entered in the regatta back in the early '90s.Also on tap is a Mini-Boat Regatta for kids ages 4 to 12 that lets them sail their little boats by blowing them down a rain gutter. Or why not buy a rubber whale and watch it race down the Lazy River? Attractions at the park open during the regatta include Hook's Lagoon, the Tornado and SkyCoaster Swing.General admission is $8 or $6 if purchased by April 26. Check out various other fees online. Funds raised benefit the educational programs of River Legacy Living Science Center and improvements to River Legacy Parks.To sign up or get details, call Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or visit www.riverlegacy.org.What Dogs and Cats Teach UsDon't miss a chance to hear author Glen Dromgoole talk about his two books, What Dogs Teach Us and What Cats Teach Us at the April 19 reception at the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria.Hosted by the Friends of the Mansfield Library, the author event caps the 10th anniversary of the Mansfield Reads program in which the entire community is asked to read the same book and then meet the author at a reception to discuss it. Delicious hors d'oeuvres and dessert catered by Savvy's will be served as guests hear a question-and-answer session with Dromgoole. His books will be available for sale, and he'll stick around for an autograph session.Publishers describe the dog book as a story told from a canine perspective about how to become better friends with one another by applying a dog's unassuming nature to our own life. In his cat book, while admitting that cats can have "attitude," he says we can learn much from their diet, sleeping and grooming habits along with reminders to embrace an independent and curious spirit.Friends President Paula Highfill said, "The 10th anniversary of the Mansfield Reads program gave us an opportunity to bring a unique event and some very special books to Mansfield. We think the public will love these little gems."Admission is free, but reservations are required and are due today. Call 817-453-2273 or www.friendsofmansfieldlibrary.org.Ignite Run for ZeroBe a part of the first glow-in-the-dark race at UT Arlington on Saturday and help raise money for Mavs for UNICEF and the National Society for Leadership and Success as the organizations support the U.S. fund for UNICEF's Believe in Zero campaign.Mavs for UNICEF President Ian King said 19,000 children die every day from a preventable cause."The mission of the Believe in Zero campaign is to get that number down to zero," King said.Registration is $19 (kids under 12 are free). Runners will receive a free glow-in-the-dark item and a race T-shirt. Registration begins at 5 p.m. before the opening ceremony at 7 p.m., and the race begins at 7:30 p.m. Afterward, lots of activities and an awards ceremony will last until 11 p.m.To learn more, visit www.runforzero.org or www.igniterun.comAn Evening at the MarketThe launch party Thursday for Southlake Art in the Square -- intended to honor sponsors and donors -- has earned a reputation as one of the season's best soirees. To get an invitation requires a donation or sponsorship for at least $500, and it's not unusual for individuals or companies to become sponsors solely for the chance to attend the party.A French market theme was chosen for the event set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Southlake Hilton, a week before Art in the Square opens so that sponsors and members of the Southlake Women's Club that hosts the event can enjoy the fun before the festival begins.Attire is tres chic for guests arriving at the Hilton ballroom amid a burst of color and greenery probably imported directly from France. A buffet of French cuisine prepared by chef Jeff Glick and his talented culinary assistants and several cocktail stations will keep partygoers coming back for more of the tantalizing options. Deborah Ferguson of NBC 5 will emcee a short presentation honoring major sponsors while sponsor messages flash across video screens throughout the evening. Afterward, guests can party the night away to the sounds of the Emerald City Band.Drama students from the Carroll school district will entertain as mimes and painted posers, and guests will want a keepsake caricature done by artist Lisa Cannon.In charge of the party are club members Sherri Whitt and Kelly Marcontell, who say the evening is a perfect way to say "Merci beaucoup to all our 2013 sponsors." Other party committee members are Darcy Deno, Vicky Stropes, Carolyn Hobbs and Paula Marshall.To learn more about Art in the Square, visit www.artinthesquare.com. To become a sponsor before the party, contact Whitt at 817-410-9663.A Tribute to LeadershipPaying homage to extraordinary careers in military and government service is the focus for the Tribute to Leadership evening hosted by the Birdville Education Foundation on April 27 at the Hurst Conference Center.An impressive lineup of honored guests includes former Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England; Jim Hardin (Birdville district alumnus), Secret Service agent to President Richard Nixon and to Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson; author Allen B. Clark, a wounded Vietnam soldier; and retired Marine Col. Charles E. Richardson (Birdville alumnus).A patriotic-themed dinner will featured an herbed pot roast main course and a red, white and blue dessert confection created for the occasion. Guests will mingle during a silent auction offering a stay in a beautiful home in Pagosa Springs, Colo.; a stay in a condo in Cancun, Mexico; cuff links with a presidential seal given to Hardin by President Johnson, and other exciting merchandise. The lucky winner of a raffle drawing will become the proud owner of a 2013 Ford Fiesta. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.Host for the evening is newsman Mike Snyder. A flag ceremony and the national anthem will be performed by Birdville students.Tickets are $65 each, and proceeds will help the foundation to continue the grants awarded to Birdville educators. The foundation has given more than $1,047,582 in teacher grants since 2001.Make reservations at www.BirdvilleEducationFoundation.com or call Executive Director Kelley Pledger at 817-547-5778.It's In The Bag!A brand new spring event hosted by The Ladder Alliance will make its debut April 25 at the lovely Ashton Depot, 1501 Jones St.Guests will enjoy a spectacular lunch including champagne mimosas and shop an exciting live and silent auction of handbags donated by local and national celebrities as well as stores in the area.Board President Kendal Smith Lake wrote in a news release, "Purses, handbags, totes, clutches ... they are fundamental items to a woman. From holding wallets and lipstick to baby bottles and business cards -- what would we do without our bags? There are some women who have reached a level of success that allows them to choose a bag as an expression of their success and style. We are asking you to help us help other women to be successful."Mistress of ceremonies is the Star-Telegram lifestyle editor and Indulge magazine editor Stephanie Allmon.Keynote speaker is the well-known author of Selling in a Skirt, Judy Hoberman. Hoberman's teachings focus on training women to "utilize their natural strengths in a corporate environment and achieve a mindset needed to support men in transforming their own management and training styles to complement the strengths of women."A peek at the It's In the Bag Facebook page previews a few bags that will be available at the event, including an Ashard Richley clutch and a Michael Kors tote.Co-chairing the event are Jenifer Anhalt and Jennifer MacKechnie with help from committee members Judi Bishop, Susan Foster, Emily Jonas, Janine Kraus, Misty Kimbrough, Amy Killingsworth, Danielle Marshall, Misty Purner, Sarah Rogers, Tiffany Swindell, TLA founder Sharon Cox and development director Sarah Erekson.Proceeds from the luncheon will enable The Ladder Alliance to continue providing services to women victims of domestic violence or low-income women to help them lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives.Tickets are $90 each and include a seated lunch, champagne mimosa tickets and valet parking. To make reservations, contact Kate Snow at 817-834-2100 or visit www.ladderalliance.org.Victory Over Violence Walk/RunJoin the throngs of people expected at Saturday's Victory Over Violence Walk/Run at the Duck Pond in Trinity Park benefiting the Women's Center of Tarrant County and its anti-violence programs.A 1K Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K Walk/Run starts at 8:30 a.m., both through Trinity Park. The 5K race is certified by USA Track and Field.After the race, enjoy refreshments plus a Kids Zone with games, face painting and bounce house. Heart-shaped Victory Over Violence trophies will be awarded winners in several categories, and special prizes will be given to teams.The event coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in April for the purpose of educating children and adults to prevent and end sexual violence. According to agency officials, "In Texas, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have been sexually assaulted. For children, the numbers are horrific: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday."Last year, Women's Center volunteers were called to the hospital 559 times to comfort sexual assault victims who have come for a rape exam. Unfortunately fewer than 20 percent of sexual assaults are ever reported."Register for $25 at the race, $15 for kids under 17.Learn more at www.womenscentertc.org or contact Executive Director Laura Hilgart or PR director Susan Fine at 817-927-4006.