Eyes on Arlington: Tailgate Arlington set for Sept. 21 to support Arlington ISD Education Foundation

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Aimee and Scott Slover are products of the Arlington school district and are continuing that tradition with their own children, so it’s no surprise that the couple are big supporters of local education-related causes.

Deciding to put a little sweat equity into their passion for education, the Slovers are co-chairing this year’s edition of a popular fundraiser, Tailgate Arlington, set for Sept. 21.

“Aimee and I are honored to chair this event for the Arlington ISD Education Foundation. Helping the foundation raise money for schools in AISD is just one way to make sure we’re supporting our community,” said Scott Slover.

For anyone who hasn’t attended this giant tailgate party, don’t let this one slip off your social agenda. The venue is great: the beautiful Howell Family Farm on the western edge of Arlington. The casual atmosphere is fun — wear your favorite team jersey. The food and entertainment are outstanding, and the chance to raise money for education makes it all good.

A bountiful buffet on the wrap-around porch of the cottage will have signature dishes from Fuzzy’s Tacos, Grease Monkey, Mellow Mushroom, Marquez Bakery, Mac’s Grill and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Coors will provide adult beverages.

Guests won’t miss one second of sports action because big-screen TVs will show NCAA and Rangers games throughout the evening. And for those wanting a little athletic action of their own, just start a pickup game on the fields at Howell Farm. Equipment will be available.

Over in the beautifully restored barn, a huge silent and big-board auction will feature a suite for a Rangers game and Cowboys tickets along with more than 50 other sports-related items.

Special guest is KXAS/Channel 5 news anchorman Mark Hayes, and live entertainment from the UTA Jazz Band and popular dance band The Ice House will rock.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved with the AISD Education Foundation. Joining us for Tailgate Arlington not only confirms your support of the foundation, but of the school district and our students,” says foundation President Laura Jones.

Tickets are $100 each. Make reservation at www.ArlingtonEF.org or contact Executive Director Kathy Jackson at 682-867-1927.

Win Rangers suites in raffle

The folks over at the Arlington Board of Realtors’ Community Service Foundation are making it easy to support their cause. All you have to do is buy some raffle tickets, and you will help the foundation continue its work to provide improvements to homes and neighborhoods, help homeowners with disabilities, help families in temporary housing and fund scholarships for Arlington students.

Foundation Chairman Charles Finicum announces that the two suites that the city of Arlington has at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will be raffled for the Sept. 23 Rangers-Astros game.

“The tickets are $20 for one or three for $50. For each suite you will receive 14 tickets to the game, three parking passes and food,” said Finicum. And even better is that each ticket will be put in the drawing for each suite ,so buyers have two chances to win with each purchase.

The winning tickets will be drawn Sept. 12 at the offices of the Arlington Board of Realtors. Winners need not be present to win.

Learn more about the foundation at www.arborcsf.org. To get your raffle tickets, contact Sharyl Johnson at 817-701-2490 or sharyl@arbori.com.

Pulitzer winner will speak at UT Arlington

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will open the UTA Maverick Speakers Series on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Vargas earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. The Philippines-born writer revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay he wrote for The New York Times Magazine.

He subsequently founded a nonprofit organization, Define American, focused on intensifying public discussion about the criteria people use to determine who is an American.

The popular UTA series brings in speakers each season to “provide a dynamic forum for today’s brightest minds to examine the people, ideas, actions, and solutions that impact the world.” Other speakers planned for the 2013-14 season include Bill Rasmussen, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Nina Totenberg.

General admission is free, but a ticket is required and supplies are limited. Preferred seating tickets are $25. Get tickets at www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers/tickets.php or call the box office at 817-272-9595.

Run With Heart in Mansfield

A 5K, mile or half-marathon means there’s a distance to please everyone in the Run With Heart event hosted by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center on Sept. 14. The longer races are chip-timed, but everyone is invited to participate even if it is just to walk.

The inaugural event aims to raise awareness of heart disease prevention and to celebrate people who are living heart-healthy lifestyles while honoring those who lost the battle with heart disease.

“We are thrilled that so many people in our community have come together to support this event and promote heart health,” hospital President John Phillips said in a news release. “It is important for all of us to lead a healthy lifestyle, keep fit by regular exercise, maintain a healthy diet and see our physician annually to enjoy a long and happy life.”

On the steering committee are Mansfield Mayor David Cook, City Manager Clayton Chandler, Mansfield schools Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas, Randall Canedy, Sherman Hatch, Michael Klein, John Phillips, the Rev. Mike Ramsdell and Rob Schulz.

Runners will enjoy the quiet solitude of being in a beautiful, scenic, natural setting on the course that begins at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and travels through the city and along the Walnut Creek linear park.

Spokeswoman Angel Biasatti says, “Join us at the event for a heart-healthy warm-up provided by Methodist Mansfield’s physical medicine department. After the race, enjoy fun music and learn more about living with better heart and joint health from physicians on staff at the Ask the Doc booth.”

Register on race day for $60 for the half-marathon, $30 for the 5K or $15 for the mile. Learn more at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/runwithheart13. Proceeds from the run will support cardiology services at the hospital

Correction: Victoria Comstock, the trainer for art docents in the Arlington Arts League’s school district program, works in the Carroll school district’s art docent program and lives in Grapevine. The Aug. 21 column gave incorrect information about her employer.

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