Not surprisingly, a group whose sole purpose is to promote enjoyment of the arts is also adept at hosting a sensational party. The annual Spring Gala produced by the Arlington Arts League is consistently a memorable evening enjoyed by all, and the affair coming up March 22 in the Cacharel Grand Ballroom will be no exception.The glam factor will be turned on high at the fancy black-tie-optional party where guests will enjoy an exquisite meal, dancing, live entertainment, a silent auction and a raffle.Chairing the event is Mark Williams with assistance from Nancy Tice, Elaine Strain, Nan Sansone and Dorene Goodson. This hardworking group has gone the distance to make sure the gala is a sparkling event that raises money for the $10,000 in scholarships the league will award this spring and for the ArtReach and art docent programs the league operates.“We always work hard to ensure our guests have a great evening,” said Williams. “We invite everyone to come out and help us as we raise money to support the arts in our community.”Music by the Buzz Murphy Orchestra is some of the best in this area, and it will bring vocalist Amy Harvey to sing old and new favorites. Auction swag includes use of a suite for a Texas Rangers game, lots of original artwork by local artists, an Experience New Orleans package, a hot-air-balloon ride, unique collectibles and other attractive goodies.If your raffle ticket is drawn, you’ll take home two round-trip Southwest Airlines vouchers good for traveling anywhere in the continental U.S. Also being raffled is one-of-a-kind pottery created by talented Arlington artist Linh Nguyen. And back by popular demand is the Wall of Wine that has created such a buzz at this gala for several years.Tickets are $75 each or reserve a table for eight for $600. Make arrangements immediately because the deadline is Wednesday. Call 817-274-5790 or send an email to email@example.com.St. Paddy’s in MansfieldBack for a third year, the big three-day St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza in downtown Mansfield is set for this weekend. Billed as the “World’s Only Best Maid St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza” and hosted by none other than the Pickle Queens, the festival is full of pickle-related fun from beginning to end. Festivalgoers will test their tonsils in pickle eating and pickle-flavored-juice drinking contests or dance with a Pickle Queen. For the really brave, there’s a chance to don your best leprechaun outfit and run down Main Street. Or maybe diving into a foamy bubble pit strikes your fancy. The party kicks off Friday with live music from Clint Moody starting at 7 p.m., all at Steven’s Garden & Grill, 223 Depot St. The Pickle Queen pajama party follows, starting at 10 p.m. at Fairfield Inn in Mansfield.On Saturday, a costume contest and dance contest at 8 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 500 E. Dallas St., happens just before a 1-mile fun run and a 5K take off at 9 a.m. and a 10K at 9:30. Register at www.pickleparade.org. Wear some green or don a pickle or Irish costume for contests before the run on Saturday, and maybe take home a nice prize.The downtown festival opens at noon and will have food and merchandise vendors, beer and a free Pickle Playground with bounce houses, bubble pit, live music, arts and crafts, and face-painting on Smith, Oak and Main streets.The World’s Only Best Maid St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade rolls out 2 p.m. from St. Jude Catholic Church and heads down Main Street, accompanied by Wheelie-ing Elvi, green dogs, a lifesize Pickle Dude, honorary St. Patrick (St. Jude’s own Father George), the Big Dill — Best Maid President Gary Dalton, Pickle Pixies and two floats of partying Pickle Queens.What is a Pickle Queen, you ask? Event organizers say they are “a peck of well-cured beauties boasting red hair, prom dresses and tiaras, accompanied by their Pickle Protectors, the Best Maid Men” and proudly waving to the crowds of spectators at the parade.The after-party featuring DFW’s top cover bands, the Rental Rockers and the Grateful Geezers, starts when the parade ends. Headline band Le Freak will close the party. For details, visit www.pickleparade.org or contact Allen Daniell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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