Shoppers looking for unique finds and great prices won’t want to miss the inaugural Juan Seguin High School Craft Fair on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school, at 7001 Silo Road.The Seguin PTSA has gone all-out for this first-ever event where more than 30 artisans, craftsmen and local businesses will display their signature merchandise.“Our goal is to support and popularize local small-business owners, their products as well as raise funds for the Juan Seguin High School PTSA,” said Fabian Medrano from the PTSA.Guests strolling among the exhibits will see beautiful handcrafted jewelry, Tupperware products, cosmetics from Mary Kay and Essential Oils, crocheted items, cookware from Pampered Chef and the popular Chainmaille jewelry.Be sure to check out the booths with tutus and bows for little girls and their pets, purses ready to be personalized, lighted and decorated wine bottles, art threading, wood crafts, yard art and lots of cute apparel.Don’t worry about breakfast or lunch because concessions and delicious homemade breads and crackers will be on sale throughout the day. Talented students from various Seguin organizations will keep guests entertained during the fair with continuous live performances. Admission is free, and the entire community is invited. Contact PTSA President Helen Gonzales at 817-525-0420 or firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.Color me Northern IrishA night of Irish fun benefiting the Ulster Project of Arlington is planned for Saturday at St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church, at 3900 Morris Lane.The festivities begin at 7 p.m. with some great Irish music by Behan. Guests at the party will browse a silent auction and decide where to place their bid on fantastic trips and merchandise. The men’s club from the church has prepared some delicious food offerings for guest to purchase.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Get a table for eight guests and a complimentary bottle of wine for $100. Purchase online at www.upatx.com. Questions? Contact Kari Lindstrom at email@example.com.Saturday run for fitness, faith and fun Enjoy the beautiful spring weather at the St. Maria Goretti Catholic School 1-mile fun run and a 5K race on Saturday.“Join us and help benefit St. Maria Goretti School and our Catholic community. At St. Maria Goretti, we understand and enable mental, spiritual and physical growth in our students,” said Shani Ginani, co-chairwoman of the event. “Come share in our commitment to our students and all students as we prepare them for life’s challenges. Our SMG Fun Run is a fun way to contribute to your community and future,” Ginani said. A fun awards ceremony will present ribbons for runners and a prize of $100 for top male and female 5K finishers and $50 each for top masters male and female finishers.Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., the 1-mile starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Closing activities and awards are from 9:45 to 11 a.m.Register online by Wednesday for $20 (age 15 and over) and $10 (age 14 and under). Race day registration is $25 and $15. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.smgrun.org.Women’s club welcomes new membersA New Member Brunch at the Arlington Woman’s Club last month welcomed 26 new members. Prospective members apply in January each year and are able to visit during the course of the year any of the 19 club departments such as Art & Design, Book Review, Garden & Gourmet, Travel and Bridge, to name a few.To learn more about joining, contact Laurie Tittle, business manager, at 817-277-7666.Teen Talent Follies May 9Dance Theatre Arlington will present the Teen Talent Follies on May 9 in the Mainstage Theatre at UT Arlington at 7 p.m.According to the group’s website, the program has long been an Arlington tradition that was established by the Sundown Kiwanis Club and later revived by the nonprofit group. The goal then and now is to provide performance opportunities to junior and senior high school students as they compete for $2,500 in scholarship awards.Alumni include Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado and Scott Hoying of Pentatonix.“Come see these talented students compete. When they become stars, you can say you saw them first,” said Executive Director Persis Ann Forster.Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at the studio, located at 222 W. Main St., or online at www.SupportDTA.com.Arlington Rotarians put on Adoption Awareness Picnic The adoption picnic that Arlington Rotarians hosted last month is a feel-good story with lots of happy endings.Seven Arlington Rotary Clubs joined forces to welcome around 80 foster children for the fourth annual Adoption Awareness Picnic at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Drive.Only approved foster children and approved prospective adoptive parents were invited by the Texas Department of Family Protective Service to attend the event. Approximately 80 children, under the protective care of the agency, attended, along with 40 to 50 adoptive couples. The Arlington North Rotary Club hosted this year’s event. President Craig Forster said: “The Adoption Awareness Picnic has an atmosphere of a carnival. The Rotarians and DFPS staff help these children enjoy the party by generating excitement in activities such as karaoke, cake-walking, cupcake decorating, face-painting, bounce house, basketball, soccer, and, of course, arts and crafts. We give them a great lunch, too.” Laurel Russell, an adoption and foster supervisor for the agency, wrote in a news statement: “What makes this picnic special is many of these children knew potential, adoptive parents would be there.“If an adoptive couple was interested in a particular child, they were paired with the child’s worker, who in turn facilitated the meeting of child and prospective, adoptive couple,” Russell said.Since the picnic’s inception in 2011, more than 50 children have been adopted. The original event was hosted Arlington Sunrise Rotary with 35 children attending and 16 adoptions. The following year, all seven Rotary Clubs participated and invited 60 children, resulting in 10 adoptions. Last year, 16 children were adopted.Rotary International, the largest service club in the world with over 1,200,000 members, has developed the reputation as a philanthropic, non-threatening humanitarian organization throughout the globe. Its motto is, “Service above self.”Direct inquires to Arlington West Rotary spokesman Jay Jones at 817-465-4440 or email@example.com.
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