Arlington resident Julie Kibler will be a featured author at the Friends of the Arlington Public Library luncheon May 31 at Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom.Kibler is getting great notices with her debut novel, Calling Me Home, described online as “the story of a forbidden love in decades past interwoven with an unlikely modern-day friendship.”In a recent interview on the WFAA/Channel 8 midday show, Kibler said several articles had described her book as “ The Help meets Driving Miss Daisy,” but she quipped that she prefers “ Fried Green Tomatoes meets The Notebook.” The movie rights to the book were recently purchased by Warner Bros.Also appearing at the event will be Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester, librarians at the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections. They will tell the audience about their recently published second book on local history. Legendary Locals of Arlington, Texas features colorful characters from the past including Carrie Rogers, the society matron who became marshal; Tillie Burgin, Tom Vandergriff, James Fielder, Ott Cribbs, Col. Neel Kearby and Edward E. Rankin.Event organizer Dorothy Rencurrel said that a delicious lunch will be prepared by the renowned Cacharel chefs and that attendees will enjoy meeting the authors for autographs after the program.Proceeds help the Friends enhance library programs. Tickets are $25 and are available at all library branches, or call the main library at 817-459-6900.‘Arts Epidemic’Be spontaneous and head straight to Texas Hall at UT Arlington tonight at 7 to enjoy a great performance by the troupe from Dance Theatre Arlington and the C.B. Berry I AM dancers.The annual musical extravaganza, billed as “The Really Big Show: An Arts Epidemic” by creator Persis Ann Forster, was written by Debbie Brown and stars Dallas actor Bob Hess, actress Patty Wirtz, who was the voice of BJ in the television show Barney, Lamar High drama teach Steve Morris, Melanie Mason, who recently directed a production at Creative Arts Theatre & School, and singer/music therapist Debbie Dacus.There’s a second show at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Admission is free to both performances, but donations are gladly accepted.“This year’s show is really fun and will appeal to anyone who’s ever attended school. It may even make you want to go back to school,” said Forster.To inquire, call 817-860-1327 or visit www.dancetheatrearlington.org.Skunk RunIf a 120-mile motorcycle ride down to Hico sounds appealing, then make plans to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Longhorn Harley-Davidson, at 2830 Interstate 20 in Grand Prairie, for a group ride down to the Central Texas city.Once riders arrive in Hico, they can enjoy the annual steak festival. Register for the festival at www.texassteakcookoff.com or call 254-796-4620.The Skunk Ride benefits Trinity Kids, a charity that provides summer camp for abused, neglected or abandoned children. Spokeswoman Stacy Womack said the event is so-named “because child abuse stinks.”Register early at www.SkunkRun4Kids.org or on the day of the event.Dondero DashLamar High’s girls soccer booster club will host a two-mile run May 27 at the school track in honor of Danny Dondero, who passed away unexpectedly last month.Proceeds from the event will be presented to the Dondero family. Dondero and wife, Maureen, have been avid supporters of Lamar athletics, and their children Danny Jr. and Molly are alumni of Lamar. Daughter Emily attends Shackleford Junior High.Event organizers say runners, walkers, strollers or skippers are all welcome. The entry fee is $20, and check-in begins at 9 a.m.Questions? Contact Paige Bick at 817-793-4933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.AWC’s Shining StarsMore than $22,000 in scholarship money was awarded to high school students last week at the Arlington Woman’s Club’s annual scholarship reception at the club headquarters.The AWC scholarship committee rolled out the red carpet for the kids and their families. After enjoying delicious refreshments with live music provided by pianist Sue Mattlage (co-chairwoman of the event), President Jan Simon welcomed members and guests.As scholarship chairwoman Joan Clements introduced each winner, she entertained the audience with personal stories about the students. Congratulations to these high school students on a job well done: Aaron Nelson (Arlington), Erik Margetis (Bowie), Kelsey Craker (Lamar), Sawyer White (Martin), Katherine Nash (Sam Houston), Henson Do (Seguin) and Kelby Dupriest (Venture).The Jean King Excellence in Education award went to Emily Williams from Martin. King’s sons established the scholarship in honor of the retired educator, who is an active AWC member.New this year was an award for a student who plans to major in music or the arts. It was funded by the performing arts department of the club in honor of member Toni Worley. The winner was Lamar student Lillian Bailey, who plans to be a music educator and pursue a doctorate in conducting.Clements said more than 75 applications were received from area students. Winners are chosen based on financial needs, academic performance and extracurricular activities. Other committee members are Beth Anderson, Lynn Binion, Loesje Blumberg, Paula Cox, Sally Lockwood, Ethel Reeder, Dorothy Rencurrel and Jean Widmann.A surprise presentation honoring AWC Business Manager Laurie Tittle for her outstanding contributions to the organization closed the day’s festivities.Learn more about the club at www.awctx.org.
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