Hundreds of beautiful quilts await visitors to the 2013 Festival of Quilts at Bob Duncan Center in Vandergriff Park on Friday and Saturday.The members of the Quilters’ Guild of Arlington have outdone themselves with this year’s offerings, including about 200 quilts to be judged. The them is “All Things Green.”A miniature quilt auction will benefit Susan G. Komen, and the quilt winning the Spirit of Arlington Award will be presented by Arlington Museum of Art board President Nancy Tice.Event organizer Judy O’Polka said the show will have lots of great vendors, including Arlington Sewing Machine, Armadillo Alley Quilts, BEstitched, Lone Star House of Quilts, Quilt Backs & More, Magnolia Quiltworks, Tomorrows Quilts and Jenny Bugs Quilting.“This show promises to be an exceptional presentation of the amazing talents of our guild members,” said O’Polka.Guild President Susan FitzGerald praised members for the money raised with the donation quilt Irish You Whimsy, giving credit to Randa Dillon for her efforts on the project.Need a quilt appraised? Make an appointment to see the folks at AQS Quilt Appraisals by calling 682-553-3483. And if your scissors or knives need sharpening, bring them by to see the Scissor Guy.The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and admission is $6. Learn more at www.qgoa.org.Park for all seasonsIf you haven’t visited O.S Gray Natural Area, at 2021 W. Abram St., check it out when you get a chance. The lovely park is a gem of nature nestled in an urban environment with a walking trail and other nice features.Props to the Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area for organizing a photography contest for amateur shutterbugs who capture seasonal beauty through their camera lenses. Congratulations to the recently announced winners Leroy Morgan for his winter photos and Floyd Ostrom and Ron DeRostra for their fall shots. Each won a gift certificate from Arlington Camera.Photo buffs who want to compete for a prize this spring and summer are invited. In September, a certificate from Redenta’s Garden will go to an overall winner.Direct inquiries to Friends member Paula Harbour at 817- 274-8960. Contest rules are at www.arlingtoncamera.com/shop.Youth service dayKids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington helped revitalize a community garden at Roquemore Elementary last month as part of Global Youth Service Day. Using funds from a recently awarded grant from the Sodexo Foundation, the youths worked one Saturday planting tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and onions.Spokeswoman Patti Ouart said the goal of the garden project is to educate youths and their families about the importance of healthy lifestyles and making smart eating choices. The grants were awarded to youth-led projects that aim to reduce childhood hunger in communities nationwide.Ouart wrote in an email: “The kids had a blast. They were so excited because many of them have never done gardening or landscaping. One child, Promise M., age 11, said she thought it was fun to get dirty while helping people. Eleven-year-old Ambar A. said the project gave her a good feeling, and 7-year-old Marisa M. said she couldn’t wait for her tomatoes to grow so she could share [them] with her mommy.”Learn more about Global Youth Service Day at www.arlingtonalliance4youth.org or contact Ouart at 817-275-6551.Salute to small businessesShining a light on key drivers of the local economic engine is the sole focus of a May 23 luncheon at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the North Texas Small Business Development Center.The event, with a theme of “Spirit of America: 2013 Salute to Small Business,” will honor small businesses representing 72 counties from North Texas.Chamber CEO Wes Jurey said in a news release, “We are proud to recognize the significant accomplishments of both of our award recipients: Bob Moore Construction in the for-profit category and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County in the nonprofit category.”Accepting these honors will be Mike Moore, CEO of Bob Moore Construction, and Jennifer Limas, CEO of Girls Inc. of Tarrant County.Other awards will include small-business person of the year, owner of the year, Women in Business Champion of the Year; veterans business of the year and minority business of the year. Winners are from Dallas, Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Denton, Marshall and Rowlett. Deborah Ferguson from NBC 5 will serve as master of ceremonies, and the 2012 business of the year winner Jeff Williams, president of Graham & Associates, will present the keynote address.Make reservations at www.arlingtontx.com or call the chamber at 817-275-2613.Volunteers sought“If you love live theater, being in Theatre Arlington Guild is the place for you to put your spare time,” guild President Beth Marshall said. The all-volunteer organization will seek new members during the production of A Walk With Patsy Cline, which opens Friday and runs through June 2.Marshall said TAG volunteers serve as ushers and work at the concession bar and the will call counter. They also work in the office, paint sets and assist with direct mail efforts and various other projects that come up periodically.Dues for TAG members are $15 a year, and general meetings are held quarterly. Perks of membership are a quarterly newsletter, making new friends with TAG members and members of the theater cast and crew, and the chance to see performances for free by volunteering at the shows.“For this membership drive, we will award one person who joins with two tickets to an upcoming show and a $25 gift card to a restaurant of his or her choice,” Marshall said.Get a membership form and details at www.theatrearlington.org (click on “Volunteer Opportunities”) or call Marshall at 817-919-7903 or the theater office at 817-261-9628.
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