Do you have a sense of adventure? If so, find another thrill-seeker to partner with and enter the Most Amazing Race, a brand-new Arlington event patterned after the reality show and presented by the Arlington Salvation Army.As many as 30 teams will race around Arlington on May 24 to perform mental and physical challenges. The race begins at River Legacy Parks and ends at the Levitt Pavilion downtown. And for a memorable thrill at the finale, the winning team will receive a $5,000 check sponsored by Al Clark State Farm. How good will you and your partner look holding the big check for a photo? Second- and third-place teams also get great prizes donated by local merchants.“We are always looking for new and creative ways to introduce new people to the Salvation Army,” said Lt. W. Patrick Jones from the agency. “This gives us a great opportunity to show off Arlington, show off the work of the Salvation Army and raise some funds for our work in the process.” Teams are asked to get sponsors to fund a $250 registration fee, but you don’t have to have the sponsors to register. Jones said competitors should go ahead and sign up and then work on getting the donations before the event.Though specifics of the challenges are still under wraps, Salvation Army volunteer chairman Terry Moore said, “The entire event highlights the city of Arlington. This is done through holding challenges at various landmarks and organizations in our community.” The first challenge has been revealed as being in River Legacy Parks. Who knows if perhaps other challenge spots might be in places like AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park in Arlington, the General Motors assembly plant, UT Arlington or maybe Six Flags Over Texas? Race challenges in other cities have included jumping off a high dive at an aquatic center, singing the national anthem; shucking and eating a dozen oysters, museum trivia hunts, memorizing a script and performing it on-stage, and canoeing, kayaking and rock-climbing.The hardworking event planners assisting Moore and Jones are Mildred Hinson, Brett Hall, Jerry McCullough, Shari Bowie, Anita Moore and Kathy Beeler.The race will start at 2 p.m. and last four to five hours depending on each team’s pace. It will end at the Levitt Pavilion, where Jimmie Vaughan will be performing.Register online at www.MostAmazingRaceTX.org by midnight on May 18. To inquire, call 817-860-1836.Quilters plan celestial celebration Friday and SaturdayIt’s 30 years of quilt festivals for the Quilters Guild of Arlington, and to celebrate the milestone a celestial theme was chosen based on this year’s donation quilt, Celestial Beauty.The festival opens Friday and runs through Saturday at Bob Duncan Center in Vandergriff Park, at 2800 S. Center St. It will feature around 200 fabric art and quilt entries for judging and a variety of vendors that quilt enthusiasts will enjoy.“The Arlington guild members are all very talented in their craft, which makes our show a must-see event, said show organizer Judy O’Polka. “They are also very generous with their time, helping support many charitable causes in our community.”Be sure to get a ticket for a miniature quilt silent auction, benefiting Susan G. Komen. A big moment at the event comes when the Spirit of Arlington award is presented. Geraldine Mills, director of the Fielder House, will do the honors.Need your quilt appraised? Bring it because a certified quilt appraiser will be there to determine the market value. Contact Jenn at 972-863-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. And always popular is the Scissor Guy ready to sharpen those scissors and knives, so don’t forget to bring your dullest. Be sure to get tickets for the donation quilt designed by Annis Clapp made with paper pieced batiks. Elizabeth Cooper is in charge of the display and will have tickets for $1 each or six for $5.“The public is cordially invited to celebrate 30 years of quilting memories with us and enjoy the colorful and artistic beauty of our quilts,” said President Susan FitzGerald.The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8. Learn more at www.qgoa.org or email spokeswoman Rose Kauhane at email@example.com.Great Expectations from Arlington Classics Academy May 9The Great Expectations annual dinner and auction benefiting Arlington Classics Academy sounds like fun. The venue is the quaint party barn at the lovely K Star Ranch in Mansfield, and the evening includes dancing.“Public charter schools like ACA do not receive facilities funds from the state,” said event chairwoman Mia Russo. “Strong support from the ACA community and its supporters make a positive impact on our funding goals and ultimately in educating the future professionals and leaders of our community.”Russo said the evening “is a fun opportunity to raise funds and support an alternative public education option for 1,300 students from Tarrant, Dallas and Johnson counties.” Guests can bid on restaurant gift certificates, weekend getaways, beautifully decorated gift baskets, lunch with the mayor and other attractive items in a silent auction. The creative art works of ACA students will be up for bid in a spirited live auction. A scrumptious dinner will be catered by Oliver’s Fine Foods. Great live music by the David Paul Group will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. On the event committee are Bree McGowan, Becky Hale, Paulette Iqbal, Kristy Reynolds, Jo Tibbits, Allison Libby-Thesing, Karen Smith, Heather Sanders and Melanie Schroeder. To make reservations for the May 9 event, contact Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-987-1819, ext. 3014. Visit www.ACAdinnerandauction.com to purchase tickets online. A Salute to Community Bands on SaturdayFor a break from downloaded digital music or tuning in your favorite radio station, try some live music performed by some of the area’s best instrumentalists at the Salute to Community Bands concert on Saturday at Irons Recital Hall on the UT Arlington campus.The lineup of great bands includes the Rockwall Community Band performing at 1 p.m. followed by the Mountain View College band at 2:30. At 4 p.m. the Irving Symphonic Band will take the stage, and the Mansfield Wind Symphony will follow at 5:30 p.m.Hosting the event is the Arlington Community Band directed by Rick Baker, which will close the show with a performance at 7 p.m.Chairwoman of the event is Velma Bogart, past president of the Texas Flute Society. “The USA claims over 2,500 bands. In the Metroplex, there are probably 40 or more community bands,” said Bogart. “Our excellent school music programs create a pool of instrumentalists eager to continue their participation in a concert.”The program will feature traditional concert band fare: marches, patriotic pieces, religious songs, folk tunes and Broadway musical favorites, to name a few.Performances are free and open to the public. Visit www.arlingtoncommunityband.org to learn more, or contact Bogart at 817-467-0158.
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