At first we thought you didn’t care, but then you sure showed us. We received more than 20 photo submissions for our Arlington Citizen-Journal Facebook photo contest.
For those of you who have no clue what’s going on, let us catch you up to speed: We gave readers a month to send us their original photos depicting what Arlington means to them. The best photo was to become our new Facebook cover photo, but we have changed our minds.
No single photo will become our new backdrop. Instead, we’ll switch out our cover photos each month with one of the photos sent by our readers. We will write a post explaining who sent the photo, where and why. We’ll also post any additional photos sent by that photographer.
This month’s photographer is Susan Ashley of Arlington.
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Ashley’s winning photo was taken at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 from the University of Texas at Arlington bridge over Cooper Street.
Ashley, who is taking photography courses at the university, used a tripod and long exposure to capture the lights of cars driving down the road. She chose this image because it “captures the vibrant energy that UTA brings to Arlington.”
Every month we’ll have a new cover photo to brag on. Whether they show breezy kite festivals, our favorite sports teams or beautiful parks, we’ll have something new for you to stare at in wonder.
By the time we run all the photos we received, it’ll be next year, and we just might be crazy enough to do this again.
Books for babes
The Arlington Public Library system wants new mothers at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to read to their babies — so much so that they went to the Internet about it.
The library started a crowd-funding project on Citizinvestor to raise $2,160 over the next two months. This is the second time in the past four months that the library system has used Citizinvestor, which partners with municipalities to help projects that are ready to go but lack funding.
At the time of publication, locals had donated $630 for the “Books for Babies” project to help 475 Arlington families. The project promotes early literacy by giving new mothers at Arlington Memorial library card packs that includes books, library cards and information about free literacy programs.
Those who want to contribute $10 or more can do so at citizinvestor.com and search “Books for Babies.”
The Lake Arlington Branch Library was able to raise $3,456 late last year though community donations on the crowd-funding website for its 200-gallon aquarium.
Dixie’s charm shop heads south to a new location
Dixie’s Charms & More has tweaked its name and moved south of Interstate 20. It is now located inside the Shops of Gracie Lane, 4720 S. Cooper St.
The business, which sells charms, silver jewelry, Tyler candles, gift items and more, was previously known as Dixie’s Fashion Accessories and was located in a shopping center north of the interstate.
UT Arlington sets healthcare information event Thursday
Affordable Care Act insurance exchange navigators will be at the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday for an information and enrollment event.
The public session is a project of the local office of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Navigators, including speakers of Spanish and Vietnamese, will be available from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7p.m. on the second floor, Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.
Complimentary parking for attendees will be available at the garage at 500 S. Center St.
Come to Fiber Fest, no strings attached
Fiber Fest returns to the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market at 215 E. Front St. on Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., to tempt crafters to get busy creating warm scarves, cozy sweaters, hats, bags and jewelry.
Admission and parking are free.
The indoor event for adults and children will include how-to demonstrations from local fiber artists on spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, tatting, sewing, counted cross-stitch and fiber on plastic canvas.
For more information and a schedule of demonstrations and times, visit “February Fiber Fest” on Facebook.
Dads, daughters can perfect their dance steps Feb. 8
Grace Lutheran Church of Arlington is hosting a communitywide Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the church, 210 W. Park Row Drive.
Tickets are $15 in advance per person or $20 at the door.
The event is for girls of all ages and their dads. There will be dancing, snack foods, carriage rides, crafts and photos to keep attendees entertained.
Register at graceddd.eventbrite.com
Theatre Arlington brings ‘Mulan‘ to the stage
Travel back to ancient China with Disney’s Mulan Jr., the action-packed stage adaptation of the animated film.
The Theatre Arlington production will open on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception with the cast and crew. Performances will continue weekends through March 9 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Disney’s Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like Reflection, Honor to Us All and I’ll Make a Man Out of You, as well as songs that will be new to the audience.
Tickets are $10 with discounts available for Star-Telegram Press Pass members and groups of 10 or more. For more information visit www.TheatreArlington.org.