There are only 55 days until Christmas. If that raises your stress level, the perfect solution awaits. It’s the 31st annual Holiday Magic gift market hosted by the Junior League of Arlington. It’s a wonderful way to score some early Christmas gifts and maybe a splurge or two for yourself.The three-day gift market runs Nov. 8-10 at the Arlington Convention Center. Themed “Yuletide Chic”, the event takes the best boutique-style shops and puts them together in one place to make the shopping experience not only fun but efficient.“Holiday Magic is one of the largest merchant market places of its kind with merchants from the area and the U.S. specializing in clothing, jewelry, gourmet food, holiday decorations and unique gifts,” said League spokesperson Laura Penuel.The Champagne and Sparkles Fashion Show and Luncheon on Nov. 8 offers luncheon guests private, preview shopping before the market opens to the public. After the shopping spree, guests will enjoy a delightful lunch and a high-energy Fashion Show produced by Belinda & Karl Marshall Productions.Popular CBS 11 news anchor Karen Borta will host the style show, and CBS 11 meteorologist Jeff Jamison will be among the celebrity waiters at the luncheon. Shoppers in the Gift Market will enjoy strolling among 75 merchants in the festively decorated exhibit hall. Holiday music and continuous performances on the market stage by local performing arts groups will make it seem like it’s already Christmas. Tell the kids to get their list ready for an up-close-and-personal visit with Santa. The jolly old guy will be the special guest during all market hours.New this year is a family event Nov. 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. after the market closes. Guests are invited to wear PJ’s or comfy holiday clothing to enjoy watching “The Polar Express”, camp-style, with a sleeping bag or blanket. Snacks will be provided and tickets are $10. Two Children’s Parties on Saturday will make some special Christmas memories for the little ones in your life. The first party from 10 a.m. to noon is suggested for kids age 6 and under. They’ll get a picture with Santa and enjoy a book signing party with Debbie Reece, author of The Christmas Pumpkin, and have the book to take home.The afternoon party from 1-3 p.m. is suggested for kids over age 6 and includes a fondue party provided by the Melting Pot, a picture with Santa, and a take-home craft. Sunday’s party from 1-3 p.m. is recommended for ages 5 and up and offers a picture with Santa, a fun party with snack provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes, and a take-home craft. Admission is $25 per child and $8 for adults. Hurry and make reservations because only a limited number of spots are available.A 23-member committee has worked on Holiday Magic for the past year led by Laura Hayward and co-chair Leslie Johnston. In charge of securing merchants are Lauren Bowie and Kristi Graves-John. Handling all the special events are Jodie Garcia and Julie Meyer.“We are so very proud to be the premier holiday market venue in North Texas. For over 30 years Holiday Magic has allowed us to raise thousands of dollars for our community and donate over 1,000,000 volunteer hours to the agency projects we support such as the Boys & Girls Club TEAM Mentoring program and All Star Equestrian-therapeutic horseback riding for children,” said League President Lori Lane.“We invite you join us for an entire weekend filled with parties, shopping and food. By supporting Holiday Magic, you are helping make our community stronger.” During the 30-year history, the event has generated more than $1,195,000 for local causes. Gift Market Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 9; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10. Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for senior adults and children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Various discounts are available. Fashion Show tickets are $75 each.To learn more, call the League office at 817-277-9481 or email email@example.com. Visit www.jlarlington.org for information.Book & Author Luncheon Nov. 8Friends of the Arlington Library have lined up three good authors for the Fall Book & Author luncheon coming up on Nov. 8 at the Cacharel Ballroom located at 2221 E. Lamar Blvd. Jerry Craft and Kathleen Sullivan, authors of Pitching for the Stars: My Seasons Across the Color Line , will be on hand to give the audience highlights from the book. Craft’s story about being the first white pitcher in the West Texas Colored League in the years before the Civil Rights movement is an interesting tale.New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Kent’s most recent novel is The Outcasts. Kent will share excerpts from her thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west.Luncheon chairwoman Dorothy Rencurrel says tickets are $25 and are available at any library location, or reservations can be arranged by calling 817-548-9768 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .Party for the Greatest Gift Catalog Ever "Hats Off to Helping" is the theme for the launch party for this year’s Greatest Gift Catalog Ever. The event is set for 6-8:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center located at 1300 Gendy St.Now in its sixth year, the Greatest Gift Catalog is sent out to hundreds of local people during the holiday season. Inside the catalog are pages describing local charities and ways to help them in amounts to fit any budget.It gives donors the opportunity to buy a gift card for those on their gift list who can, in turn, pay it forward by choosing among 18 local charities to contribute to via the gift card.Guests at the launch party will enjoy cocktails and live music by the Marcus Rockwell Trio. Food tasting stations will be set up by some of Fort Worth favorite restaurants including Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine, Café Modern, Campisi's, and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House. Arlington-based Helping Restore Ability was chosen as one of the non-profit organizations to be featured in this year’s catalog. HRA Executive Director Vicki Niedermayer said HRA is honored to have been selected amid the tough competition of the 42 agencies who applied for a spot in the catalog.Tickets are $100. To make reservations, contact Molly Snyder at molly. email@example.com or 817-247-7324. For details and to view the book, visit www. greatest gift catalogever.org.
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