If you’re ready for some great entertainment by top-notch bands while relaxing outdoors seated in your favorite lawn chair, the Levitt Summer Concert Series opening Friday will be your cup of tea. The downtown Arlington venue will provide free summer concerts each weekend through July 23.
“The Levitt is stretching its concert season out a little more this year, starting earlier and ending later. Concerts have moved to three nights a week — Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.,” said Levitt spokeswoman Cathy O’Neal. “Family Movie Nights will begin June 8 and continue on Thursdays through July 13. Everything after July 3 will begin at 8:30 p.m.”
Taking the stage on Friday at 8 p.m. is the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band. While staying true to a traditional brass band, the group’s signature sound extends to funk and hip-hop.
On Saturday, Ambrosia makes a return visit playing their soft rock from the 70’s and 80’s including their hits “How Much I Feel,” ‘You’re the Only Woman,” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Bleu Edmondson will be Sunday’s featured artist playing his “earthy, electrifying country music.”
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O’Neal said several Levitt favorites will be back this summer including Sarah Jaffe, La Tropa F, Uncle Lucius, and Los TexManiacs, appearing with Tejano legend Flaco Jimenez. Also making an encore will be Somebody’s Darling, master Texas storyteller Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, and Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.
New to the Levitt stage this summer will be Prophets and Outlaws, Jaime y Los Chamacos, The Unlikely Candidates, The Drifters, Junior Brown and Shinyribs.
“Another change for the summer concert season is the Levitt’s first summer paid-ticket event with prolific and witty Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen on Friday, June 23,” O’Neal said. “Cory Morrow kicks off the Keen concert at 7:30 p.m. with Keen appearing at 9 p.m.” Tickets are available online.
For the regular concert season, admission and parking are free — and all guests enjoy opening seating on the lawn. Food and beverage are available for purchase or guests can bring their own refreshments. The venue is located at 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. Check out levittpavilionarlington.org for a full concert calendar and other details.
Citizen Police Academy Alumni host golf scramble to help Police Department
A chance to enjoy a round of golf at Tierra Verde Golf Club while helping a good cause comes up on Monday. Hosted by the Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni group, the four-person golf scramble shotgun start begins at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will enjoy a dinner at the end of the event.
“The funds we raise from this tournament and other projects are used to purchase items for APD not included in the city of Arlington budget,” said spokesman Paul Goodman. “Most recently we purchased special lights used by the crime scene investigation unit to enhance evidence collection, and we purchased LED lighting for motorcycle officers’ safety.” Other gifts to APD include dogs for the K-9 unit, computers, software, air compressors and other unbudgeted items.
Cash prizes will go to the top three golfers, and those winning contests for closest to the pin, long drive, hole-in-one and putting will take home very attractive prizes. Co-chairing the tournament with Goodman are Art Dennis and Bill Jezek.
“If anyone wants to form a team or send a team including officers from their community, we will be proud and flattered to have them join us,” Goodman said. Register for $100 per player at www.acpaaa.org. To inquire, call Goodman at 817-937-2512.
Cemetery restoration project aims to fix toppled headstones, collapsed fencing and littering problems
If you missed the recent fundraising event at the Historic Cemeteries on Arkansas Lane, there is still an opportunity to contribute to this extensive restoration project. The Arlington Historical Society and the Lucretia Council Chapter of the DAR spearheaded the fundraiser and will continue to work on repairs and cleanup of the site.
“This historic burial ground has been plagued by neglect, vandalism and security problems off and on from the beginning,” said Geraldine Mills, executive director of Arlington Historical Society, in an interview with city of Arlington staff. “The people who are buried there contributed to make Arlington what it is today and they deserve not only our respect, but our protection,” Mills added.
Plans call for three phases to the restoration project beginning with providing fencing and security followed by a phase two focus on gravestone restoration and a final phase to creative an interactive history tour.
The project aims to install a wrought iron fence with a prominent entryway. According to Mills, more than 40 gravestones require immediate attention. Trespassers on the property create littering problems as well as causing damage to the gravestones.
“Donors can purchase six-foot sections of fence with a plaque in their name or choose to fund a plaque with a special memorial message. We are also offering gravestone adoptions for donors. The cost would depend on the individual need for restoration,” said Sandra Watkins Greenwood from the DAR.
To find out how to get involved in the cemetery restoration project contact Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-460-4001.