Eyes on Arlington: Women’s Division of Mansfield chamber will host Tablescapes Luncheon

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Special occasions deserve the imagination and time that go into a well-dressed table, and to spark that imagination, get your ticket today for the Tablescapes Luncheon set for Oct. 17 and hosted by the Women’s Division of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.

If you spend a lot of time gazing at tablescapes on Pinterest, you can see them come to life at this event. More than a dozen breathtaking tables will be elaborately decorated, each with a different theme that will teach, inspire and awe the luncheon guests. Any one of them would be worthy of a mention by Food Network star Sandra Lee, the queen of tablescape design.

Theresa Cohagen, tourism manager for the city of Mansfield, is hosting and designing two tables at the event and gave us a little sneak preview of what to expect.

“One table will showcase the opening of the Oliver Nature Park that will open in the winter of 2014 and will be 80 acres of lush forests, prairies and riparian areas with unique plant and animal populations,” said Cohagen.

As to her other table, she wants to keep it a secret for now because “it will be a reveal of an event we have coming soon to Mansfield.”

Several tables will be themed for events happening in Mansfield, and other unique tablescapes to expect are a Titanic-themed table and a clever Alice in Wonderland table. Past President Carroll Burney said her table theme is “Poured into Fall” and will highlight fall decor and the new wine bar Poured that will open soon in Mansfield.

Arrive early for table viewing before the program begins at 11:30 a.m. After a tasty lunch is served, a fun awards presentation is planned.

Judges Lisa Laundry of Decorating Den, Cheryl Nix of the Aristide and local artist Mary Phillips will have the tough job of deciding which tables win the awards for Best Overall, Most Creative and Best Use of Theme.

The venue is the lovely Walnut Creek Country Club. Tickets are $30 for Women’s Division members and $35 for nonmembers. To reserve, contact the chamber office at 817-473-0507 or info@mansfieldchamber.org.

HOPE Tutoring seeks volunteers

For the past 18 years, HOPE Tutoring has provided free one-on-one tutoring for low-income families in Arlington. Since 1996, HOPE has served more than 1,700 students, and the agency just completed two-week summer programs offered for the first time.

HOPE spokesman Jay Jones said the summer camps — Reading Rocks, math camp, and science, math and computer camp —were an expansion of the services HOPE has offered in the past.

HOPE is an acronym for “Helping Our Pupils Excel.” According to Executive Director Betsy Holschuh, “The goal for our after-school tutoring is that at least 75 percent of the students will improve both academically as well as in conduct. We monitor results with report cards from Arlington Independent School District. Based on past years, I expect we will once again reach and surpass our goal.”

She attributes the success to the one-on-one student-volunteer ratio and to the “dedicated volunteers who have a passion to help students succeed.”

Jones said HOPE has seven tutoring sites to help students in third through eighth grades with math and reading homework twice each week. The aim is to serve areas with a mixture of minority ethnic groups and low-income families where economic, cultural and language barriers often exist.

Some 157 students have registered for tutoring, but because of a shortage of volunteers, not all can be served.

If you want to help by becoming a HOPE tutor, contact the center at 817-860-7757 or learn more at www.hopetutoring.com.

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