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Make plans for Arlington’s Center Stage Festival

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Center Stage Music Festival

Those who love live music, great food and art should plan on spending Memorial Day weekend in downtown Arlington for the Center Stage Music Festival. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. today and continue Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. An impressive lineup of bands will open the free Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series that runs through July 14.

This is the second edition of the festival, which last year attracted 15,000 visitors. Event officials said they expect about 20,000 visitors this weekend. The festival is co-produced by the Levitt, Downtown Arlington Management Association, Experience Arlington and the Univesity of Texas at Arlington.

Huge on the national music scene, Delta Rae will take the Levitt stage at 7 tonight. The up-and-coming alt/pop band recently played an event for first lady Michelle Obama and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Last Call with Carson Daly. Sarah Jaffe, a break-out Indie artist from Dallas, will perform after Delta Rae.

Saturday’s headliner is Polyphonic Spree, a 23-member pop choir. Opening for the Spree are Jody Jones at 5:30 p.m. and Calhoun at 7 p.m.

A popular area band, Old 97’s, will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday. Opening bands Sunday are Ryan Hamilton at 5:30 p.m. followed by Telegraph Canyon at 7 p.m.

Almost a dozen restaurants will serve their signature dishes from tents set up along South Street. The menu of eateries includes J. Gilligan’s, MountainTop Snow, Potager, Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Freebirds, Fuzzy’s, Maverick’s Bar & Grill, Grease Monkey, Blaze’s Sports Grill, Pho Xpress and Digg’s Taco Shop.

Art collectors can make new acquisitions; the selections include paintings, watercolors, handmade greeting cards, metal jewelry, glass art and more from the artists’ tents positioned along South Street. Exhibiting artists include Sibling Rivalry Artisans; Jewelers on the Boulevard; Recollections 54 by David Tripp; Tyler Street Studio; and Steve Moya.

“This event is focused on all of the wonderful things that downtown Arlington has to offer,” said Levitt executive director Patti Diou.

The Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., has open lawn seating on blankets and chairs. Audiences are welcome to bring picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages, but no glass containers. Check out details and parking locations at www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

Northeast Tarrant

Golf tournament and dinner benefit Metroport Meals on Wheels

A dinner party themed “Give Hunger the Boot” on June 8 at the Marriott Solana Hotel in Westlake will kick off the June 10 golf tournament benefiting Metroport Meals on Wheels.

The combined events are the agency’s largest fundraising efforts for the year and enable the group to continue providing the home-delivered meals and senior center programs for elderly or chronically ill individuals in Northeast Tarrant, southern Denton and eastern Wise counties.

Silent and live auctions at the dinner will offer travel packages, exclusive dining and party packages, sports and golf outings, restaurant dining, home décor, spa services and other special items. Partygoers will enjoy dancing to the music of The Roof Raisers. Attire for the evening is Texas casual chic.

After the party, Trophy Club Country Club’s Hogan and Whitworth courses will host morning and afternoon shotgun starts for the June 10 golf tournament.

“The MMOW golf tournament is an event that offers something for everyone. For golfers it’s a day on the course for a worthy cause with challenging contests, great food and camaraderie,” said tournament Chairman Robert Finn.

“All participants will enjoy contests for Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and more. Food from favorite area restaurants will be offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Golfers will participate in the Callaway golf gift salon with choices of some of Callaway’s best premium clubs.”

According to agency officials, Metroport has provided nearly a million meals to seniors since 1980 and relies entirely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events.

Tickets for the dinner party only are $75 each and can be purchased online until June 1. After that date, tickets are $100 and available only by calling the Metroport office at 817-491-1141. Entry fees for the tournament are $250 per golfer and $1,000 per team, and registration is through June 7 or until sold out.

To inquire, call Mary King or Karen Malone at 817-491-1141 or sign up online at www. metroport mow.org.

Bark Park grand opening in Bedford

Pet lovers and their pooches won’t want to miss the grand opening of Bedford’s first dog park, located at 3200 Meadow Park Drive, on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

City spokeswoman Rebecca Asher writes, “Meadow Park has gone to the dogs! There will be a ‘Pup-a-looza’ of activities with pet-friendly vendors, pet adoptions, food and more. Families are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to celebrate the opening.”

Guests at the event can stroll among exhibitors offering pet-sitting services, animal rescue and veterinary care. If you’re hungry, Raising Cane’s will have lemonade and cookies for humans, and Petco will serve up treats for the doggies.

Kids can get acquainted with McGruff, the crime dog, and Bedford firefighters will have their fire dog demonstrate how he can sniff out flammables.

“The Bark Park is a great place to bring your dogs and enjoy the outdoors,” Asher said. To inquire, call Asher at 817-952-2126 or get details at www.ci.bedford.tx.us.

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