A big salute for completion of a two-year project goes to members of the Arlington Retired School Employees Association. The active group tackled the massive job of updating a beautiful photographic display of school namesakes members created back in 1992. Individual photos of each namesake have long hung on a Wall of Honor at the Eunice Activity Center where the group’s meetings are held.
Spearheading the project was Pat Prewett, longtime officer of the club, with help from active member Bobbie Griffin. “The need to freshen the 22-year-old display resulted in a decision to combine the individual photos of namesakes with their biographical information in a bound format,” said Griffin.
With the technical assistance from the Arlington school district’s communications staff and media team, the project began to take shape. After studying the biographical data about school namesake honorees that the district had already collected and published online, Prewett and Griffin set out to find additional data.
“We gathered missing bits of information at school sites, in library archives, and from family members,” Griffin said. “Some serendipitous volunteered input helped flesh out data that was then added to the online site.”
The completion of the project resulted in a handsome 3-inch-thick bound volume containing the photos and biographical background of each of the district’s namesakes for whom a building has been named, Griffin said. And the Wall of Honor at the Eunice Activity Center now sports a new framed montage attractively displaying 71 photos representing 89 namesake honorees.
The binder will be a gift to the school district and will be displayed at the administrative offices. Learn more about the organization at localunits.org/ARSEA/ or contact Griffin at email@example.com.
Art on the Greene returns Friday in new time slot
In only five short years, the Art on the Greene festival has built a loyal following despite being plagued by bad weather during the March time slot the event has occupied. In the hopes for nicer weather, the festival has moved to a later spring date and will open Friday in Richard Greene Linear Park.
“Art on the Greene has once again assembled a great group of artists for this year’s event, 75 to be exact,” said Steve Moya who organizes the festival. “We can’t wait for our guests to stroll through the park and see booth after booth of works in 13 different categories from new and returning artists.”
The beautiful venue is the perfect setting for an exceptional festival experience featuring the tree-lined paths alongside the “Caelum Moor” sculptures and a picturesque lake. The park ambiance is one-of-a-kind since it is nestled between the Rangers ballpark and Cowboys stadium.
“Music will include tribute bands paying homage to bands such as KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Heart and Stevie Ray Vaughan,” Moya said. “And we have food options for every appetite including Grease Monkey Burgers, Later Gater, Shawarma Point, Flaming Grill BBQ and many more.” Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating around the stage.
Extraordinary pieces in glass, metal, paint, multimedia, jewelry, ceramics and textiles by artists from around the state and the entire country will please both art collectors and casual shoppers.
“The festival is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and free admission and parking makes Art on the Greene the perfect Memorial Day Weekend event to experience with your family,” Moya said.
Festival hours on Friday are 3-10 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Sunday hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available in lot J of the Rangers ballpark. Details at www.ArtontheGreene.com.
Sporting Clay Shoot raises money for River Legacy environmental programs
A day of sport will attract around 200 shooters at the annual Sporting Clay Shoot hosted by the River Legacy Foundation. Two shoot times — 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. — with a lunch in between will keep things running smoothly and accommodate participants’ busy schedules.
"River Legacy is all about connecting people to nature, and the Sporting Shoot is just another way to connect businessmen and women to nature and the outdoors while enjoying a fun day of shooting sports,” said Steve Martindale of Six Flags, who is co-chairing the event with Stewart Garrison of SPSD and Robert Kembel of JCKPL Real Estate.
To ramp up the fun, auction and raffle swag will include shotguns, a suite seat at a Rangers game, tickets to the Indy Car Series at Texas Motor Speedway and Taiga coolers filled with prizes — including two with guns. Organizers say the Lewis Class scoring system will even the competition so that skill levels from novice shooters to pro will have a chance to take home prizes and trophies.
“Adding a touch of ‘Duck Dynasty’ to the event is the Mayor’s Golf Ball Shootout, featuring Arlington’s own Mayor Jeff Williams swinging a club at a few golf balls while our shooters pay to take aim at the golf balls. If successful, the shooters will win a chance for a fabulous prize and trophy,” said spokeswoman Kristi Payne.
Registration fee is $200 per shooter or $800 for a team of four and includes lunch, goody bag and 100 rounds of clays with supplied shells. Deadline to sign up is June 5. Contact Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events at a glance
Par for the Kids Golf Tournament benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington is June 12 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Players will get a choice of Kele sunglasses, Boulder speaker, Adams Blue Hybrid or FootJoy WeatherSof Gloves. Lunch at 11 a.m. with tee off at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by helicopter ball drop. Register at www.ParForTheKids.com.
Nominations for SafeHaven’s Legacy of Women awards are due June 2. Anyone in the community may nominate a woman in Tarrant County who they believe makes a difference and inspires others. Commitment, achievements, initiative, impact, and community contributions are the primary criteria used in choosing award recipients. Nomination forms available at www.SafeHavenTC.org or call 817-502-7126 to inquire.