It may only be the seventh month of the year, but those industrious women in the Arlington Junior League are already thinking about the Christmas holiday season.To take your mind off the summer heat, they are inviting the community to a Christmas in July party.Set for July 18 on the campus of the Rahr Brewing Co., the Christmas in July festivities will be the official kickoff for Holiday Magic, the annual gift market the League hosts each November. Although the shopping and party madness is still months away, this early fundraising event aims to boost the Holiday Magic earnings for local community projects. In charge of the event is Laura Hayward with help from a huge committee that includes President Lori Lane, Theresa Austin, Ashley Belton, Jeannie Deakyne, Kim Harmon, Laura Penuel, Lauren Reisinger, Crystal Scanio, and Tamika Tutt to randomly name only a few.Dressed casually for a relaxing time, party guests will nosh on yummies from Sherlock’s, Grease Monkey and other local eateries as they sip on those great Rahr beer selections. Fort Worth singer/songwriter Josh Michael will entertain guests with his smooth country vocals, and who knows, maybe he will take a request or two for a Christmas song. Tours of the brewery throughout the evening will add to the evening’s fun.Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple. To make reservations, call the league office at 817-277-9481 or get tickets online at www.jlarlington.org.In other Junior League news, at a spring celebration attended by nearly 200 members and guests at the Sanford House, outgoing president Lisa Cravens welcomed new active members and introduced the 2013-14 board of directors.Best wishes to new president Lori Lane, President-Elect Jeannie Deakyne, and other officers Katoiya Bell, Mary Tom Curnutt, Lindsey Hurst, Valerie McDonald, Shelly Osten, Andrea Powers, Julie Reinhardt, Julie Ryan, Crystal Scanio, Jenene Schaffer, and Emily Swanson as they lead the organization’s 475 members in the year ahead.A high point of the evening was the announcement of the President’s Award winner Jeannie Deakyne. Her notable achievements in member recruitment and retention got national attention at the Junior Leagues International conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Linda Gibson was named the Debra Deur Sustaining Member of the Year for her recent contributions to the Communication Council and many other roles she has filled over two decades of membership.To find out about membership, email email@example.com.Last Day for Tole Painting Show July 10If you haven’t been yet, today is the last day for the Bluebonnet Decorative Painters Art Show at the Bob Duncan Center.Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the show features the work of the Bluebonnet chapter members. There is no charge for admission.Member Janice Handley said about the show, “Moving from the traditional idea of painting in a stylized manner on 3-dimensional objects, chapter members’ art pieces are painted on flat pieces of wood, canvass or anything flat that can become a painting surface to be hung on walls to decorate the home.”On Thursday, the artists will have a Painting Party where they decorate door hangers and other decorative items for the clients of Meals on Wheels. The artistic creations are delivered with December meals as holiday gifts.Call Handley at 817-244-4272 to learn more or check out details at www.bluebonnetchapter.com.
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