It’s hard to beat a good barbecue dinner, and that’s why the Arlington Woman’s Club has again chosen Spring Creek Barbeque to cater the Philanthropy Dinner on Friday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Arlington.Everyone dresses casually for this annual soiree where there’s more than just a delicious dinner. Guests will get a chance to visit with friends while they browse a nice silent auction selection. And a 50/50 cash raffle will mean one lucky winner takes home some cash knowing that the club was equally enriched.Live chamber jazz music from Bob and Dave will light up the room. Playing tunes from the Great American Songbook, Bob Lewis on acoustic bass and clarinet and handling vocals and Dave Lincoln on jazz guitar will bring their considerable talents to the stage. Lincoln has performed solo at the Winspear Opera House and with Sheena Easton, Burt Bacharach and other nationally known talent.Funds raised benefit the Reading is Fundamental children’s literacy program and enable the club to deliver free books and literacy resources to kids and families who need them. Profits also go in the club’s scholarship fund to pay for scholarships the club gives annually to a deserving student from each of Arlington’s seven high schools.“This will be a fantastic evening of fun, food and philanthropy,” said Beth Anderson, club philanthropy chairwoman. Club President Becky Lucas said she hopes the whole community will come out and support the education causes. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in the club office at 1515 W. Abram St. or at the door. Call 817-277-7666 to inquire.Realtors will rock on ThursdayA concert and dinner on Thursday hosted by the Arlington Board of Realtors Community Service Foundation will be a special treat for the whole community. Starring KP & the Kingpins, a popular classic-rock tribute band, the evening will start with a great dinner provided by David’s Barbecue at 6 p.m. After dinner, the band will cover favorites by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Van Halen and many others. Mike Hale is chairman of the foundation, and Robyn Eastman and Lanae Humbles are co-chairing the event. They’ve secured Rangers tickets, a wine-tasting party and a gift certificate to Chop House among several things to raffle at the party.Funds raise will enable the foundation to continue programs that help homeowners with disabilities or financial restraints make needed exterior repairs on their homes. The foundation also operates a high school scholarship program. Sharyl Parlin from the board said: “We have several projects we are working on at this time. Fence repair, cleaning up a yard in a partnership with Boy Scouts, making a sidewalk and home entrance handicap-accessible, high school scholarships, and that is just the beginning.”Tickets are $25 and include dinner and concert. Reserve a table for $350. Call Parlin at 817-701-2490 or email email@example.com.Women’s club welcomes male guestsIt was a full house last month when the Arlington Woman’s Club waived its ladies-only protocol and welcomed husbands and guests from the community to its monthly membership meeting.The meeting room overflowed with more than 200 guests and members who were warmly greeted by Lucas. A dual program featured UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Dallas Morning News watchdog columnist Dave Lieber.Not surprisingly, Karbhari enthusiastically ticked off dozens of impressive accomplishments of the university where he took the helm in June. He said The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as the seventh-fastest-growing university in the U.S. UTA expects to graduate 10,000 students this year, and he said UTA has the highest degree-production ratio — graduates compared with enrollment four years ago — in the UT System. Karbhari stressed the importance of the partnership between the community and the campus.Lieber’s presentation about his struggles in fitting into the Fort Worth Western culture when he first moved to the area from Manhattan almost 20 years ago had the audience laughing and applauding. After his comic tale, he offered several watchdog tips on how to become a savvy consumer.Heading up the evening was Program Chairwoman Carolyn Jolly with help from a large committee and hostesses from several club departments.First Vice President Judy Duke announced that plans are nearly complete to begin renting the club building for public functions such as weddings and meetings. Duke encouraged attendees to spread the word about the new opportunity and said details are available at www.CelebrationDestinationArlington.com or by calling the office at 817-277-7666.
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