Start the New Year off with a bang by getting involved with the Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce at the 2014 kickoff meeting on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St.This informative event will include an overview of the organization and will preview the key activities planned for the year ahead. Guest speaker is Andrea Roy, development specialist for the city. Roy will talk about the forecast for 2014 and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year.Alliance President Sarah Merrill says, “This will be a great event of networking, yummy food and wine. … We’ll have entertainment, and there will be raffles as well. It’s just a fun event to start off the year.” Women who want to learn more about this rapidly growing outreach of the chamber are invited to attend. Register at www.arlingtontx.com/site/wa.July Fourth parade themeIt may only be January, but those dedicated volunteers from the Arlington 4th of July Association are already hard at work on the July Fourth parade and have selected the theme for 2014: “Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity.” “The U.S. has been the birthplace of many significant developments, discoveries and inventions that have affected the entire world, so this theme is an opportunity for entrants to illustrate those,” said June Owens, president of the association.The association will post examples on its website and Facebook page, Owens said. “The inventions include everything from the integrated circuit that has revolutionized the world of electronics to Tupperware and the Post-it note,” she wrote in a news release. “I think it is a theme entrants can have fun with as well as learn a lot about the creativity in every field that Americans have exhibited.”The association also announced that the parade will be dedicated to the Arlington Historical Society. The society operates the Fielder House Museum and Knapp Heritage Park. It was chosen because of its long commitment to preserving and presenting Arlington’s history.What better way to start the new year than by registering early to be a part of the parade? Details at arlington4th.org.Calling all gardenersIf you love gardening and are interested in encouraging civic beautification, you may want to consider joining the Arlington Garden Club.Founded in 1926, it’s the oldest garden club in town and meets monthly so that members can share horticulture information and work on projects. The club meets on the first Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the Fielder House Museum, at 1616 W. Abram St. Upcoming speakers and programs include the city’s Beautification Committee; Anita Mills, author of a book about historic gardening; Molly Hollar and a Wildscape Tour; and Carole Morris, a certified herbalist.To inquire, contact the Fielder House at 817-460-4001.Youth Collaboration Breakfast Jan. 24Want to be part of something positive and uplifting? Then the annual Youth Collaboration Breakfast set for Jan. 24. is just the ticket.“Helping youth reach their full potential” is the unwavering purpose of Arlington Alliance for Youth, which hosts the event.Guests will enjoy progress reports from youth organizations and applaud the grants being awarded for service projects. What to expect on Global Youth Service Day coming up in April is always an exciting announcement. Keynote speaker is Assistant Police Chief Lauretta Hill.The breakfast venue is the Arlington ISD Mac Bernd Professional Development Center, at 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd. Learn more at www.arlingtonalliance4youth.org or contact Alliance President Craig Wietz at firstname.lastname@example.org.Happy New YearCovering events for the past year has been delightfully fun, and thank you to everyone who has faithfully kept me updated about community activities. Let’s resolve to continue our partnership in 2014 so that together we make sure Arlington residents are informed and involved in civic life. Happy New Year.
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