Arlington Citizen-Journal

May 23, 2014

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Arlington High School students will premiere their first schoolwide lip dub music video and live concert at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Arlington High School students will premiere their first schoolwide lip dub music video and live concert at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The music video features the entire student body and faculty performing 12 minutes of lip-syncing to music, a format that is called lip dub. The video includes thousands of participants dancing, colorful costumes, confetti and baby powder.

Arlington High’s best student-musicians made new arrangements of Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Capital Cities’ Safe and Sound and Phillip Phillips’ Home for the music video. The students will perform the songs live after their video is premiered.

The concert is open to the public at the school’s auditorium at 818 W. Park Row Drive. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring items like food and clothing to donate to the Arlington Life Shelter.

The purpose of the lip dub and concert is to help collect items for the shelter, which is only a few miles away, after a recent loss of government funding.

Small businesses to be honored at event

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced four recipients for the 2014 Arlington Small Businesses of the Year Awards.

They include Galactic Performance Solutions, established in 1992 and already a leading group travel incentives and loyalty program provider.

Family-owned Southern Flair Photography was established in 1976 and has become a community favorite.

Dental Health Arlington, a nonprofit, provides low-cost dental care to low-income families, serving more than 9,000 children a year. The clinic operates five days a week with volunteer dentists and clinicians.

Randy Hamilton, a dentist, opened the growing “kid-friendly” practice called IKids Pediatric Dentistry in 2011 after serving in the Air Force. After graduating at the top of his class, he was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, after residency at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The recipients will be honored at the Spirit of America: 2014 Salute to Small Business luncheon on June 12 hosted by the chamber, the Small Business Administration and the North Texas Small Business Development Center.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel at 11:30 a.m. John Avila, owner of the Thos. S. Byrne construction company and a retired Army brigadier general, will be keynote speaker. Avila managed The Ballpark in Arlington construction project.

Outstanding public and private small businesses in 72 North Texas counties and the individuals who own and operate them will be recognized by the Small Business Administration during the luncheon.

Those interested in attending can get more details by clicking the “Salute to Business” banner at or calling the chamber at 817-275-2613.

Arlington Amateur Radio Club to take part in Field Day

As part of National Field Day, the Arlington Amateur Radio Club will welcome the public at 501 W. Sanford St. on June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Throughout the country, ham radio operators will be setting up radio stations in unusual locations and making contact with others as a display of their emergency communications capabilities.

Amateur radio operators provide emergency communications for many government and civic organizations in disasters. In addition, they provide supplemental communications when normal systems are rendered inoperable or overloaded.

At the event, club members will have brochures, information packets and other materials made available through the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, explaining their work.

For more information, contact the club’s public information officer, David Lucas, at 817-781-7256 or visit

Food Truck Friday Nights are here

Loved those Friday food trucks for lunchtime, but now they’re gone?

Just wait a little later in the day and attend the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department’s Food Truck Friday Nights series at River Legacy Parks’ Elm Grove Pavilion.

The treat-laden trucks will be there from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and June 6 and 13.

Five trucks will be at the park each of those evenings, and adult beverages will be available. Public outcries caused Parks and Recreation Department officials to bring back the trucks for after-hours sampling, fueled by the success of Food Truck Fridays at Founders Plaza. People wanted a chance to sample the trucks’ wares after work and on weekends.

Admission to the pavilion area is free. Different trucks will participate weekly (see for the weekly list).

Leashed pets are welcome, but no outside coolers can be allowed due to alcohol sales on-site.

Diners should bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets since seating is limited.

For more information, contact rental and lake services manager Michael Debrecht at 817-575-8283.

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