The annual Spring Regale benefiting Creative Arts Theatre & School is coming up May 2 and will feature cocktails, dinner, a raffle, auction and live entertainment from CATS alumni and students.
What’s not to like about a party called a regale? As a columnist who covers hundreds of parties and special events, this is the only regale I know of, and I love what the moniker conjures up. Webster says the word is “to entertain lavishly (verb) or “a sumptuous feast (noun).” Point made.
Not surprisingly since it is show biz folks hosting the event, a creative retro ’60s theme has been chosen. Arriving guests will be “Welcomed to the 60’s” at the South Street Patio venue where ’60s decorations and music will transport everyone back to this memorable decade. Partygoers are encouraged to bring out those groovy hippy floral patterns and peace necklaces from the mid-’60s or maybe the Jackie Kennedy look from the early ’60s. Bell bottom pants might also be outta sight.
“I’m thrilled that Tandy Leather Factory is again joining CATS to sponsor this event, and I expect it to be a very fun evening,” said event chairwoman Gayle Hussey. Others on the committee are Beth Owens, Gina Galante and Samantha Grace.
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A live auction should be interesting as bidders compete for an autographed Rolling Stones drumhead, an autographed original Star Trek cast photo, an original Stan Lee Spider-Man sketch, a hot air balloon ride and a New York Broadway trip.
Masters of ceremonies are Joe Chapa and CATS Producing Director Merri Brewer. Entertainment by the Caleidoscope performers and former students will add up to a full night of fun.
Tickets are $50 each, and proceeds will help CATS continue its mission of developing the potential of young people from diverse backgrounds through performing-arts training and performance opportunities.
United Way Luncheon: Close-up on Aging in Arlington
The annual Arlington Report to the Community luncheon hosted by United Way is slated for April 22 in the Grand Ballroom of Cacharel Restaurant. The yearly event will offer a status report on education, income and health initiatives and give attendees a report card on how residents are benefiting from United Way programs.
Regional Director Cynthia Jensen said the program will give survey results concerning what older adults think about aging in Arlington and how aging-friendly the city is. “We asked and they answered,” said a United Way news statement.
Since October, a United Way committee has examined factors that affect the quality of day-to-day living for Arlington’s older residents with the goal of developing recommendations for improvement. The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work helped with the project by interviewing older adults to get their personal views on how Arlington fares in such areas as transportation, housing, mental health, recreation and other key factors.
Keynote speaker Gail Adorno, assistant professor at the school, will share with the audience insights gleaned from the interviews. According to the United Way, Arlington has more than 45,000 residents 60 and older, and by 2030 older adults are expected to compose nearly 20 percent of the entire population.
Calling all nonprofits looking for help
It’s safe to say that all local nonprofit organizations continually need help in the form of funds or volunteers — the tricky part is finding the sources for the support needed. One of the most reliable sources of help is the Junior League of Arlington, and the organization is hosting an event on April 23 to explain how to partner with it.
“Our annual agency breakfast is April 23 at 9 a.m. at the Center for Community Service,” said league President-elect Emily Swanson. “This free event is open to any 501(c)(3) looking to learn more about ways the Junior League of Arlington is involved in the community and how we help other nonprofits.”
“The agency breakfast is an excellent way for other nonprofits to network and also to benefit from the resources that Junior League provides,” said Valerie Landry, the community vice president. “From free meeting space to trained volunteers, Junior League has a lot of ways to provide support in our community.”
The organization plans to roll out streamlined grant application procedures this year, Swanson said.
According to President Jeannie Deakyne, JLA partnered with six nonprofit agencies throughout the past year providing yearlong volunteers and funding as well as helping 15 additional nonprofits through the Done in a Day initiatives. The organization provided no-cost office and meeting space for 27 nonprofits and government entities last year alone, Deakyne said.
Author Fannie Flagg to appear at Mansfield Reads
For its milestone 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Mansfield Library has upped its game for the annual Mansfield Reads initiative and has garnered a big-name author for the April 24 event at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts.
Fannie Flagg, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and ’80s-era television game show personality, will talk about her New York Times bestseller The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion and will do book-signings at the end of the evening.
Each year, the group selects a book and suggests that the entire city read the same book at the same time and then come together for a party to culminate the project.
“This is the 12th year for Mansfield Reads and the first time it has been held outside the library. We are very excited to have Fannie Flagg for our 50th anniversary and the 125th birthday of the city of Mansfield,” said President Carol Ann Grantham.
Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Savvy’s Bistro, the student-operated bistro from the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy. With a nod to the guest author’s bestselling book Friend Green Tomatoes, the tasty side dish will be served. Dessert and coffee will accompany the book-signing.
In charge of the event are co-chairs Jenny Elliott and Joyce Sternberg with help from committee members Paula Highfill, Angela Hornburg and Sharon Zambryczki.
The venue is at 1110 W. Debbie Lane. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. program. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.FriendsofMansfieldLibrary.org or call 817-453-2273.