Northeast TarrantArt in the SquareOne of the hallmarks of spring in Tarrant County is the plethora of festivals and art shows, and Art in the Square should be at the top of everyone's "must attend" list. Presented by the Southlake Women's Club for the past 13 years, the juried show opens at 4 p.m. today and runs through Sunday at Southlake Town Square.The art: More than 150 artists will present their work in mixed media, ceramics, photography, paintings and sculpted metal. Featured artists are Kimmy Cantrell (ceramics); Doug Cavanah (photography); Jin Powell and Sam Jones IV (mixed media); Sally Maxwell (drawing/graphics/printmaking); Niki Gulley, Roderick Stevens and Jurate Phillips (oil/acrylic); and Andrea Shin (jewelry).Greg Barnes was selected as Artist of the Year, and art collectors will enjoy seeing his portraits and beautiful landscapes. "A mix of realistic and impressionistic elements give his pieces a life of their own, while a free and creative use of color punctuates his style," say the festival organizers.Dining: Dozens of international food offerings in the Le Bistro area will provide a welcome break from shopping, and thirsty festivalgoers can order up their favorite brew at the King & Queen Pub tent.Entertainment: Two stages feature continuous entertainment. On the Main Stage, some of the hottest regional bands will play music including jazz, blues, rock and country. The Gazebo Stage will feature great local talent.Keith Anderson, from country music fame, is the headliner act at 8:30 Saturday evening.Family activities: The Kids' Korner will keep the youngsters busy with face painting, colored hairspray and crafts. Older kids will love the bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline.Co-chairing the festival are Lisa Quinn and Darcy Deno, with help from a huge committee including club President Samantha Munns, Carmen Evans, Lisa Quinn, Ute Busse, Sherri Whitt, Terri Messing and many others. The club hopes this year to surpass the $2 million mark for money raised for local charities since the first festival in 2000."Come check us out. We are so fortunate to be located in the heart of Southlake at beautiful Southlake Town Square. Our tree-lined sidewalks and upscale location sets us apart from other festivals," spokesperson Amy Schroeder said.See a complete list of artists, vendors and entertainment lineup at www.artinthesquare.com.Garden PartyA spectacular back yard is the setting for a Spring Garden Party hosted by the Arts League 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 10. Athena and Michael Wiginton have generously agreed to host the event in their lovely Colleyville home, which was featured last year on HGTV's Donna Decorates Dallas.Since this opens Mother's Day weekend, guests are encouraged to bring their mothers, grandmothers, granddaughters or other important women in their life."Festivities include bountiful refreshments, artistic demonstrations, and a signature raffle of creative and artistic spring baskets designed by Arts League members and supporters. Guests are invited to wear hats, if they wish," spokeswoman Renova Williams said.In charge of the event are Earlene Garvey and Sharon Mayes, who report that proceeds will help the Arts Council Northeast fund scholarships for Summer Arts College and benefit the Hardy Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund.Tickets are $30. To make reservations, contact Mayes at 817-835-0030 or Sharonmayes20@sbcglobal.net.Fort WorthEvening of HopeIn a new twist, a vintage theme was chosen for the May 4 Evening of Hope gala, which benefits the AIDS Outreach Center, and a fashion show has been added to the evening's festivities.The spotlight will be on the runway at Colonial Country Club, where collections from the high-end Dallas fashion house of Edgar Gomez will be shown by professional models in a fast-paced style show. Gomez is known for designing unique garments with feminine and sophisticated looks, and his show will include daytime to evening wear.Guests in vintage party attire arriving at the country club will think they have stepped back in time at the sight of a splendidly restored vintage 1956 London cab on display at the party entrance. After mingling during a cocktail hour before dinner, afterward they'll enjoy the presentation of the Awards of Inspiration given annually to an individual, a foundation and a corporation providing exceptional support for AOC's mission.Honorees are Paul Geisel, the Morris Foundation and Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates. Host for the evening is WFAA/Channel 8 newsman Ron Corning.Champagne flutes will be sold for $100. One glass will contain a gorgeous heart-shaped diamond courtesy of Kube's Jewelers. The rest will contain cubic zirconia.When DJ Brandon Olds brings his passion for music to the mixing board, guests will want to end the night dancing to the tunes that he spins from every music genre.Event co-chairs Jim Hodges and Shea Patterson Young have been assisted by a committee including Aubin Petersen, Sharron Mullarkey, Pedro Alacantara, Jhonathan Arreolo, Dr. Cheryl McDonald, Kelly Smith, Katie Dugan, Randall Gentry and Penny Rowell.Executive Director Shannon Hilgart said, "Evening of Hope is AIDS Outreach Center's way of saying "thank you" to three inspirational award winners that have done so much for the agency and community. All of us at AOC look forward to the beautiful evening that has been planned by the committee for all our guests."Tickets are $150 each, and proceeds will help AOC provide essential HIV prevention, education and outreach programs along with HIV/AIDS care and support services to men, women and children and their families in Tarrant County.Act quickly, as reservations are due today. Call Penny Rowell at 817-916-5224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn about the agency at www.aoc.org.Hats Off to MothersRidglea Country Club will be filled with lovely ladies wearing spring hats at the Hats Off to Mothers luncheon May 1, benefiting Easter Seals of North Texas.Before a tantalizing spring luncheon is served, five women chosen for their "exceptional impact on our community" will be honored"As a nonprofit organization, Easter Seals North Texas understands that it takes a village of outstanding people to build a great community. The five women that will be honored during our luncheon have had an exceptional impact on our wonderful community," said Stephanie Melchert-Smith, vice president of development and marketing.NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson will host the event and present the awards to Sheryl Bates, Nancy Leonard, Patti Peterson, Jan Underwood and Jeannie Wolfe.Space is too limited to name all the committee members, but a random few of them include Myra Stoll, Maggie Withroder, Kathi Mahaffey, Mary Margaret Clay, Lynn Cockrell, Jane Sykes, Susan Nix, Cindy Wolsey, Simi Radcliffe and Karen Barlow.Tickets are $100 each, and funds raised help Easter Seals continue providing services for adults and children with disabilities and special needs. To RSVP, call Ashley Allen at 817-759-7930. Learn more at www.ntx.easterseals.comArlingtonAn Inspiring StoryThe headline speaker is John O'Leary at the May 10 Hand in Hand luncheon at the Arlington Hilton Hotel benefiting Arlington-based agency Helping Restore Ability.O'Leary will talk about his remarkable recovery from burns over 100 percent of his body and his journey through adversity to graduate from college and become a business owner, father, husband and philanthropist.The winner of the Sam Provence Award for a person who has gone the extra mile in advocating for people with disabilities will be announced. Congratulations to the nominees for the award: Antrice Newsome, Bev Olson, Doug Garner, Duy Le, Marty Skinner, Susan Seelbach, T. J. Griffin, Tony Blauvelt, Donna Anderson and the Rev. Arthur Melton.Notable items in an auction and raffle include weekend use of Lexus; $100 Neiman Marcus gift card; four Texas Rangers Suite tickets; two weekly grounds season badges to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial and more exciting gifts.Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck is chairman of the event, with help from executive director Vicki Niedermayer; Linda Fulmer, Jennifer Watelski, April Harris, Birken Olson, Corbett Nichter, David Gunderson, Donna Darovich and a list too numerous to include in entirety.Tickets are $100 and funds raised help HRA continue to provide personal attendant care for people with disabilities. To make reservations, contact Jennifer Watelski at 817-469-1977.Learn more at www.hratexas.org.