“Experience a little bit of Asia right here in the heart of Texas,” writes Tarrant County Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Chairman Oscar Macaraeg about the annual Egg Roll Festival, Health Fair and Business Expo that the organization will host Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The family-friendly free festival will feature ethnic art, music and dance, Asian food, an egg roll contest and free healthcare screenings as community leaders and business owners gather to celebrate Arlington’s Asian-American culture. Don’t miss the exotic showcase of egg rolls entered in the contest. And be sure to take advantage of the many exhibits for blood pressure, vision and other health screenings that will be available. Flu shots for $15 will be available. “Local business owners will have booths displaying their products and services. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to meet their elected representatives and other civic leaders who will be attending the celebration,” said Macaraeg.Guests at the event are in for a day filled with entertainment by a variety of talented dancers and singers including the Maharlika Dancers, Ka Pa Jula O Manulani, Keolas Hula Halau, DFW Chanpuru and performers playing Thai musical instruments. Special guest will be Miss Asian American Texas.This festival coincides with Tet Trung Thu, the Vietnamese children’s festival, and will feature special activities and treats for children.The venue is the Vietnamese Martyrs Church Hall, 801 E. Mayfield Road. Learn more at www.TCAACC.com or contact Yen Nguyen at 817-797-9144.Book It for Literacy Run is Sept. 6Serious runners or casual walkers can book it along the 5K or 1-mile race route through River Legacy Parks on Saturday as they support the literacy programs of the Arlington Public Library.Book It for Literacy , now in its fifth year and sponsored by the Arlington Library Foundation, will be a fun outing for running enthusiasts or a great family gathering. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the fun runners will begin at 9 a.m.A commemorative T-shirt goes to the first 250 participants, and prizes for the first finishers in several age categories will be presented during an awards ceremony. Spectators will enjoy sponsor exhibits as they cheer the runners and walkers on.The library’s literacy program has helped thousands of students reach their literacy goals through classes and individual tutoring sessions.Fees are $25 in advance or $35 on race day. Register in advance at www.arlingtonlibrary.org or on site the day of the race.Area clubs invite guests to kickoff meetingsFall is the perfect time to get involved in any number of local organizations as they host their opening meetings for the year. Check these out and put those that interest you on the calendar. Arlington Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday in the Central Library community room at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Bernard Meisner, whose topic will be Applying Family Naming Conventions to Your Genealogical Research. Meisner will describe traditional naming conventions and how they can be used to provide clues for identifying family members. He will also review unique names bestowed on children by their parents.The club meets the second Tuesday of each month. Visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txags. Encore Club will host a Membership Tea on Monday at North Davis Church of Christ, 1601 N. Davis Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m.Club President Kay Bond said, “The Encore Club was established because our wonderful founders wanted to continue the good times they enjoyed in another club. So in that spirit, let’s plan on even ‘More Good Times’ this year. We have great luncheons and excellent programs in store, along with bridge and mah jongg games.” Contact Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arlington Garden Club will meet on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fielder House Museum, 1616 W. Abram St.Special guest is Larry Wiley from the Fort Worth Rose Society and editor of The Rose Prose. Guests will enjoy his topic, All About Roses.The club meets on the first Sunday of each month. President Geraldine Mills promises “a year of programs and fellowship to get Arlington’s gardeners excited and involved.”Contact Mills at 817-460-4001 or email email@example.com. Arlington Retired School Employees Association will host the “Welcome to a New Year” meeting on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Recreation Center at 1000 Eunice St. Bill Barnes, Texas Retired Teachers Association state legislative coordinator, will update members on the next session of the Texas Legislature including possible changes to the TRS Care and Active Care funding. State Rep. Diane Patrick will also be honored for her service in the Texas House of Representatives and support of public education. John DeMore, president of the Arlington association, said, “Do you still feel nostalgic when you see the back-to-school ads in the newspaper? Most of us aren’t returning to the classroom ... but we can look forward to visiting with other retired school employees — and learning some important information” at the meeting. Contact Pamela Elza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-563-6963, or visit localunits.org/ARSEA.
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