Eyes on Arlington: Museum fundraiser will bring back glamour of Cotton Club

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One of the most famous jazz music nightclubs of all time is being revived at the upcoming party presented by Arlington Museum of Art on June 14.

The museum will be transformed into the hip meeting spot that the Cotton Club was in the 1920s. Local artists will bring back the glamour of the Cotton Club as they portray such greats as Lena Horn, Cab Calloway, Mae West and Billie Holiday. And guest performers will take you on a musical journey as they portray the Nicholas Brothers, Jimmy Durante and Josephine Baker.

The gala evening will include cocktails, dinner and dancing with guests wearing period costumes, if they choose. Partygoers will sip on apple martinis and Manhattans served on an ice luge run, and the meal prepared by Sterling Caterers promises to be exceptional.

In charge of the event are museum Executive Director Chris Hightower and board President Nancy Tice.

“This event promises to be a blast from the past. Come lose your blues at the Cotton Club,” Tice said. “Our live radio show is sure to please. The disc jockey aims to make everyone happy and cheerful as he introduces each artist with historical information and DJ flair. There will be romantic ballads, upbeat songs, dancing and audience participation.”

Tickets are $75 per person. Make reservations by calling the museum at 817-275-4600 or Tice at 817-992-9493.

Church sale

It’s the fourth year for the St. Jude Catholic Women’s Organization to host its garage and vendor sale. The event is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, at 500 E. Dallas St. in Mansfield.

The group invites vendors to sell their products and will welcome shoppers to enjoy finding some great treasures. The club will sell snacks and drinks. Parking space is $25 each or two for $45; admission is free. Contact Bonnie Rodriguez at bonnirod@yahoo.com to register or inquire.

Pet adoption day

More than 50 adorable animals including puppies, kittens and older pets from at least six animal rescue groups will receive visitors who want to get acquainted during a pet adoption day at Evans Vacuum Cleaner, at 3300 S. Cooper St. on May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Store manager Michael O’Banion said, “Memorial Day is normally a day we are closed, but pet rescue is something very near and dear to my heart, so I open up my Arlington store to help out these worthwhile groups.”

“We are also having a raffle with a lot of different prizes, including two donated Dyson vacuums, with all the proceeds going straight to the rescue groups to help them with food and vet bills.”

Call O’Banion at 817-860-0017 with any questions.

Memorial Day service

A service to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country is planned for May 27 at 10 a.m. at Moore Memorial Gardens, at 1219 N. Davis Drive.

The public is invited to the event, now in its 28th year, where honor guards from the Arlington police, Fort Worth ROTC and the Republic of South Vietnam will do the presentation of colors. Commander Al Robart from the American Legion will be the guest speaker.

Guests will enjoy a hot dog lunch after the ceremonies.

“We hope the families who join us for the service gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of honoring our military, whether that is those currently enlisted or veterans who served in the past,” said manager Kyle West. “The annual Memorial Day observance is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have served and who have sacrificed.”

To learn more, visit www. Moore Memorial Gardens.com or call West at 817-275-2711.

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