Choose something that’s casino casual to wear to the Game Changer casino fundraiser hosted by Helping Restore Ability on April 5 at the Arlington Museum of Art.The festive party starts with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m., and that’s when the poker, blackjack, craps and roulette tables will open for a fun evening of casino gaming. A scrumptious Mexican buffet and a wonderful martini ice luge will keep guests fortified during the event.“The event will be an absolute blast, from the live band to the buffet to the prizes to the casino gaming. More importantly, Helping Restore Ability primarily serves a vulnerable population: those who are impoverished who also live with physical or intellectual disabilities,” said Executive Director Vicki Niedermayer. “They need game-changers.”Niedermayer spoke passionately about the clients the nonprofit serves, specifically mentioning a 2-year-old girl adopted from Ukraine with significant special needs who spent five weeks in the hospital upon her arrival in Texas for treatment of severe malnutrition. She also mentioned a former track athlete who suffered severe spinal trauma in a car wreck heading back to college and another person suffering from Alzheimer’s who needs support to continue living in her home. Those three are typical examples of clients, she said.“No matter the disability, no matter their age, we are here to serve. The real joy of this event is raising funds to support these people,” she said.On the event steering committee are Sharron and Brent Little, TJ Griffin and Robin Lowe.Casino players can win such prizes as a golf trip, art, Rangers tickets, photography sessions and restaurant gift cards.For that authentic casino atmosphere, the Marcus Rockwell Trio playing a blend of jazz, pop and R&B will be perfect for the occasion. Talented musicians Marcus Rockwell on trumpet, Stephen Morris on keyboards and Marvin “Stixx” Johnson playing drums will be a real treat for the audience.Helping Restore Ability is the largest nonprofit provider of care attendant services in the state and an important advocate for persons with disabilities.Tickets are $75 per person and include the buffet, wine and beer, and thousands of casino dollars. Make reservations at hragamechanger.eventbrite.com or call the office at 817-469-1977. Spring Fling benefits women’s causeA box lunch picnic and spring plant and home decor sale planned by the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Greater Arlington sounds refreshing and fun.Spring Fling, scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, is chaired by Larry Link with help from the First Baptist Church Boomer Ministry. Attendees can shop for gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day or any occasion. Shoppers can browse through flats of plants, hanging baskets, home decor items and shop at a silent auction. “Fill up your Easter basket, freshen your front yard or make your front door festive,” said board President Cindy Myers. “You can shop, buy a box lunch and help a great cause: equipping women with the skills they need to be competitive in the 2014 job market while helping them build the spiritual foundation they can stand on for a lifetime.”Myers said the organization focuses on empowering women to help their families through the educational programs and ministry that the Christian Women’s Job Corps provides.Spring Fling will be held at the Wade Building, 301 S. Center St. Admission is free. Box lunches are $8 and can be purchased at the event or any Sunday before the event at the First Baptist Church welcome center.To inquire, 817-275-5600. To learn more, visit www.cwjcarlington.org.Get your flags wavin’Spring begins this week, but summer is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to think about your entry in the Arlington Fourth of July parade.Parade applications are now available at www.Arlington4th.org.A meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at City Hall will have good information for prospective entrants.Then on April 5 from 9 to 11 a.m., a workshop at the Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 Dugan St., will provide information on how to create a parade entry without spending a lot of money.Night of Hope Dinner March 28Enjoy a tasty dinner and some great entertainment on March 28 while helping support the fantastic tutoring programs provided to Arlington students by the HOPE Tutoring Center.“This is our annual fundraiser where we invite the public to join us for dinner, for a silent auction and to help support our continuing effort of providing free one-on-one tutoring for low-income students throughout Arlington,” said Executive Director Betsy Holschuh. The featured dinner speaker is Jacquelyn Gamino, Ph.D., director of Adolescent Reasoning Initiative, Center for Brain Health. Her speech will be Tapping the Power of the Middle School Mind. Gamino is a cognitive neuroscientist and a member of think tanks on educational initiatives.The talented choral group from Bowie High School, The Volunteer Voices, will perform.Guests will have time to visit as they browse a silent auction that includes four Rangers tickets, parking pass and tailgate food for Opening Day on March 31 against the Phillies and a suite at the ballpark for the Rangers game on May 7.“The auction will be a fun part of the evening. Not only are Ranger tickets up for auction, but you’ll find donated items from the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Stars, Casa Mañana, Kimbell Art Museum, Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth Symphony, restaurants and many other generous donors,” said spokesman Jay Jones. HOPE is an acronym for Help Our Pupils Excel, and the nonprofit provides free tutoring, homework assistance and summer camps to students in grades 3-8 in math and reading. The agency targets areas with a mixture of minority ethnic groups and low-income families to help overcome economic, cultural and language barriers that may impede educational success.Tickets are $40 each, and the venue is Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Request tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-300-1129.
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