Eyes on Arlington: Nominations sought for Legacy of Women Award

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Do you know a woman whose accomplishments in the community you admire?

If so, now is the time to give her the recognition she deserves. Nominate her for the 2013 Legacy of Women Award.

SafeHaven will recognize women from Tarrant County for their outstanding achievements in the fields of arts, business, education, health and human services, and volunteerism at the Legacy of Women Luncheon on Oct. 3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Arlington women who have been honored since the awards began in 1993 include such distinguished ladies as Patti Diou, Grace McDermott, Linda Denson, April Harris, Carol Zimmer, Billie Farrar, Sarah Knotts, Tillie Burgin, Sally Hopper, Diane Patrick, Elizabeth Poster, Gay Farnsworth, Lisann Peters and Kristin Vandergriff.

Learn more about the criteria and get a nomination form at www.safehaventc.org. SafeHaven officials recommend that you discuss the nomination with your nominee to make sure she is available to attend the awards event if named a winner.

All ladies nominated are evaluated by an independent group of the candidate’s peers who represent various areas of expertise.

The deadline for nominations is June 7. Send nominations or make inquiries with Valerie Salter at SafeHaven at v salter@safehaventc.org or 817-535-6462, ext. 106.

Caring for America

Kudos to the Republican Women of Arlington club for its recent success in a book drive to benefit patients at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Dallas. More than 800 books were donated by the club members.

A spokeswoman said that the club far exceeded its initial goal of 300 books and that “the VA hospital was thrilled to receive the new books for their library. Many of the books go home with the veterans as they complete their treatments.”

Elaine Norcross and Sue Pool co-chaired the project, which is part of the Caring for America program that has also assisted local nursing homes, homeless shelters, the Fisher House Foundation and Wounded Warriors.

The club meets monthly on the third Thursday at Shady Valley Country Club at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in membership is invited to attend. To learn more, contact membership chairwoman Mary Tom Curnutt at mtcurnutt@tx.rr.com. Learn more at www.rwatx.org.

Spin Out Autism

A Texas-size hoop class and hoop jam set for Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Hoop Shack, 2320 Superior Drive, will benefit the Hope Center for Autism in Fort Worth.

Dubbed “Spin Out Autism: Hoops for Hope,” the class aims to raise awareness that hooping is not only a fun way to exercise and connect with others but also has therapeutic benefits.

In charge of the event is store owner Geri McNiece, whose sons were diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder early in their lives.

“Both my kids now lead productive, successful lives, and for that reason I feel blessed,” said McNiece. “You'll learn about a fun way to get up, move and playfully create interaction while at the same time help the autism community gain access to the therapeutic applications hooping can offer.”

The class is $15 for adults and $10 for kids and students. Practice hoops will be available for those who don’t have their own. A portion of proceeds will provide hoops and instruction to the families and staff at Hope Center for Autism. To inquire, contact McNiece at 817-925-6625.


Don’t miss the upcoming musical production that Creative Arts Theatre and School will stage at Lamar High School auditorium Friday through Sunday.

The show is an adaptation of the bestselling children’s book written by award-winning actress Julianne Moore . An all-youth cast will shine as the musical journey to self-acceptance unfolds in the play.

Director is Melanie Mason, who also directed Annie and Hollywood Arms this year at Theatre Arlington, and choreographer is Dawn Prejean. Marlene Bigley is music director.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, military members and seniors. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Purchase in advance at 817-861-2287 or www.creativearts.org.

Teachers of the year

The Kiwanis Club of Arlington presented its annual teacher of the year awards at a luncheon at First United Methodist Church of Arlington on March 27. Kiwanis has been honoring Arlington’s outstanding teachers for more than 50 years. Kiwanis presented the awards in partnership with the Education Employees Credit Union.

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