Arlington Citizen-Journal

March 31, 2014

Eyes on Arlington: Arlington NAACP scholarship fundraising gala is April 12

Guests at the event will enjoy dinner and a wonderful evening of special presentations.

The NAACP Scholarship Gala set for April 12 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel has chosen as the theme “Believers and Achievers: Engaging Our Youth, Securing Our Future.” Guests at the event will enjoy dinner and a wonderful evening of special presentations.

Keynote speaker at the event is George Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet, a company that offers a global network for African-American people . Dionne Anglin from Fox 4 News will emcee the event. Former Arlington Mayor Elzie Odom and wife, Ruby Odom, are honorary chairmen of the gala.

“The Arlington Branch of the NAACP believes strongly that future leaders must be developed today and this event [will] showcase community support for our youth by securing a future for their success,” said branch President Alisa Simmons. “This gala is an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate successes, recognize achievers and lay the groundwork for the continued success of the Arlington branch of the NAACP.”

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of community awards, including the first-ever Nelson Mandela Leadership Award. Reby Cary, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and now retired UT Arlington professor and associate dean, will be the recipient of the prestigious inaugural award.

Funds raised from the Arlington gala will be used for scholarships and to sponsor local youth programs such as ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) and to support the Youth Council at Arlington’s high schools and the UTA branch of the NAACP.

Tickets are $40. Make gala reservations or inquire about nominating someone for the NAACP community awards by visiting or call event chairman Duane Braxton at 817-223-4251.

Encore Spring Brunch is Monday

The Encore Club will welcome guests at a Spring Brunch on Monday at 11 a.m. at North Davis Church of Christ.

The club was established in 1975 with the mission of “promoting friendship among women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities as desired by club members.”

Currently there are more than 200 members who meet monthly for luncheons and a program and can participate in any of the club’s bridge or mah jongg departments. Annual dues are $20.

Club spokeswoman Jo Davis said a basket raffle at each luncheon raises monies that are distributed to local charities.

Club leadership includes President Nancy York, Jean Widmann, Judy Duke, LaVonna Shaply, Corinne McQueen, Shirley Binion and Sharon Ward.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend the brunch and learn more about the Encore Club. Call Binion at 817-275-5782 to inquire.

Band concert Sunday

Come on out for some free music at the Spring Concert performed by Arlington Community Band on Sunday at First Baptist Church at 301 S. Center St.

Under the direction of Rick Baker, the show will include works by Franz vonSuppe, Gordon Jacob, Richard Wagner, George Gates, G. Rossini and Owen Reed, said band publicist Velma Bogart.

Direct inquires to Bogart at 817-467-0158. Learn more at

Go fly a kite

A look skyward on Saturday at River Legacy Parks above the Elm Grove Pavilion will be a spectacular sight as scores of colorful kites fly at the annual Kite Festival hosted by Arlington Parks and Recreation.

Bring the family out to enjoy the festivities, including kite contests, stunts, bounce houses and face-painting. Hot dogs, soft drinks and other concessions will be available.

Staff manager Ernie Smith says the increasingly popular event attracts hundreds of participants and spectators each year.

Experts from the Dallas Area Kiteflyers Organization will demonstrate some awesome kite stunts, and watch for a sweet moment at the event when a giant kite flying overhead drops a slew of candy. Kiddos will have fun scrambling for the sweet treats.

Don’t know how to build a kite? No worries because there’s a kite-building workshop for the novice fliers.

The fee is $5 per participant and includes the bounce houses, workshop, face-painting and kite contests. Winners will get a ribbon to take home for bragging rights. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more, call 817-459-6434 or get details at

Help for your favorite cause?

Find out if the Junior League of Arlington can partner with a local nonprofit or charity that is close to your heart at the annual Agency Breakfast that the league will host on April 10 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Center for Community Service, at 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway.

“We hope you will attend our informative Agency Breakfast to hear more about our league and the opportunities available for our support,” said league Community Vice President Julie Reinhardt. The event is hosted by the league’s research and development committee and is open to any agency, charity or nonprofit in the Arlington-Mansfield area.

The informational event will be a how-to on applying for help for local nonprofit agencies and organizations. The Junior League’s services range from yearlong financial and volunteer workforce support to short-term volunteer help and/or financial assistance.

Reinhardt said applications for yearlong assistance that would begin June 1, 2015, and run until May 31, 2016, begins now.

Application documents are available online at Direct inquiries to Reinhardt at

Reservations for the Breakfast event are due Monday. Call Shirley Estrada at 817-277-9481 or RSVP by emailing:

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