Eyes on Arlington: Arlington Music Club holds its final meeting after 77 years together

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Established in 1935, the Arlington Music Club is calling it a day after serving the community for 77 years.

A final meeting of the group held last month at the home of President Velma Bogart celebrated the club’s accomplishments and took a trip down memory lane as members reminisced about the organization’s seven decades of experiences.

Guests at the event included past and current club members, representatives from other local arts groups, and many students that received scholarships from AMC in the past. Other current officers are Jane Leathem; Dorothy McCree; Pat Mayhan; and Carolyn Savko.

Mignon Bennett was the first president of the club that formed for the purpose of “broadening the culture of its members and encouraging music appreciation along with providing performance opportunities to support the musical life in the community.”

Bogart said AMC has awarded approximately $10,000 in scholarships to more than 65 students since the scholarship program began in 1968. At the closing meeting, two students — Amanda Daniels and Marissa DesJardins — received the final awards by the club.

Among the proudest achievements over the decades was the club’s role (with two other groups) in purchasing a Steinway grand piano for the Duncan Community Center; annual book donations to the Arlington Public Library; sponsorship of three junior music clubs to provide a place for emerging music students to perform; and providing music teachers for students of the Arlington Mental Retardation Center (later Veda Knox school).

“It was a real celebration. The students who attended played splendidly and presented themselves well as they told of their accomplishments and dreams for the future,” Bogart said.

The club’s yearbooks, scrapbooks, 1962-1979 History, 1980’s History and an accumulation of photographs will be given to UT Arlington Special Collections.

Possibly expressing the sentiments of many members over the years as to why they joined Arlington Music Club, Bogart said, “AMC was important in my life to keep me playing flute and hearing my friends perform. The UTA scholarships were very important to us.”

Junior League “On the Grow”

Women who are looking to intensify their community involvement and make lasting friendships should check out what the Junior League of Arlington has to offer. The League is hosting a Prospective New Member Happy Hour at Capital Bar located at 400 E. South Street, on Thursday at 5:30 pm.

For prospective new members who can’t make the event, contact the Admissions Committee at admissions@jlarlington.org, or call Nina Franks at 817-277-9481.

Marking History

“Come one, come all” says the Arlington Historical Society as they invite the community to a barbecue picnic on Sunday at Knapp Heritage Park following the dedication of a Texas historical marker at the southwest corner of Division and Center Streets at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The state marker will commemorate the importance of the portion of the old cross-country Bankhead Highway (named for John Hollis Bankhead, a leader in the national road building movement during the 1920’s) that runs through Arlington.

Known variously over the years as the Pike, U.S. Hwy 80, Division St. and SH 180, the intersection of the road with Center Street is also believed to be the location of the first traffic light in the city.

After the dedication, guests will take a short walk to the park located at 201 W. Front Street to enjoy the lunch, live music and see an antique car display or take a tour of the historic cabins.

Contact Geraldine Mills at 817-460-4001 to inquire.

Alumni Open House

The yearly Open House that the Arlington High School Alumni hosts is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the AHS campus located at 818 W. Park Row Dr.

Alumni president Ana Pettit said refreshments are on tap for guests as they visit and hear the alumni band play. Legendary choir director Jane Ellis will direct the alumni choir as they perform several numbers sure to be crowd pleasers.

This year’s scholarship winners will be introduced at the event. Congratulations to Morgan Taylor Fowler; Jazmin Marin; Alexa Karely Cardenas; Cole Enger; and Evette Odhiambo. Since 2003, the association has presented over 45 scholarships totaling more than $90,000 to AHS students.

A highlight of the morning will be the announcement of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni winners. “We began honoring Distinguished Colts in 1997 starting with the Vandergriffs,” Pettit said.

Direct inquiries to Pettit at 817.265.9756 or check out www.ahscolts-alumni.org to learn more.

Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry

Hear the inspiring story of Keller teacher Nika Maples, author of Twelve Clean Pages, at an event on Saturday at 10 a.m. hosted by the North Davis Church of Christ Women’s Ministry.

In 1994, a lupus-induced stroke left Maples a quadriplegic. Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, Maples overcame many obstacles to graduate from college and later become a teacher who was named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007.

She regularly speaks to church, education and business audiences, sharing her message of faith. On a website she is quoted as saying, “Teachers, as academic physicians, must not remove ‘educational life support’ from any student, no matter how seemingly hopeless the situation.”

Dave Stotts, host of the cable TV series Drive Thru History, said of Maples’ book, “Let your heart rise along with the inspirational account of a single mother’s faith, her dying daughter’s hope, and God’s triumphant love. She could not speak, she could not blink, she could not move. She would not give up…She could hear and think.”

On the event committee are Paula Dismuke, Linda Hall and Pam Powers.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. Contact Pat Scott at 817-429-7139 with questions or sign up at www.northdavischurch.org.

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