Eyes on Arlington: From Arlington to ‘The Voice’ and back again

05/26/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 3:58 PM

Coming back to his Arlington roots, Chris Hawkes will be performing on the Levitt Pavilion stage on Friday night with singing partner Miranda Dawn as the two harmonize beautifully on tunes with a distinctly original sound. Billed as Dawn & Hawkes, the duo competed on The Voice this season where they performed a great rendition of a Beatles song.

Hawkes is the great-grandson of the late George Hawkes, a community stalwart and the longtime publisher of the Arlington Citizen-Journal. Now based in Austin, the indie-folk-Americana duo has had a successful year and will no doubt get a warm welcome from the hometown crowd.

Levitt continues the free concerts on the lawn this summer until July 13 with bands performing each Thursday through Sunday evening.

On Thursday, The Young Dubliners will perform at 8 p.m. The Celtic rock group has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opening band for many major artists.

Country music artist Deryl Dodd and the Homesick Cowboys take the stage on Saturday, and the final show on Sunday features the Austin Lounge Lizards, the band whose irreverent songs satirically skewer almost any topic.

For first-timers, the Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram St. at the corner of Abram and Center streets. Audiences sit in lawn chairs or bring blankets for the open lawn seating, and parking is free. Concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Learn more at www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

Arlington Woman’s Club awards $17,500 in scholarship money

Money for college was the only item on the agenda at the recent Arlington Woman’s Club’s Our Stars of the Future event, where $17,500 in scholarship awards were handed out to high school students.

Scholarship chairwoman Lynn Binion said, “We had seven great winners. Each will get $2,500 sent to the college of their choice. We’ve given a total of $145,000 since 2004 when we began our scholarship program.”

Congratulations to Tara Otterbine (Arlington High), Colin Ly (Bowie High), Valery Lofton (Lamar High), Marcus Maurer (Martin High), Diana Truong (Sam Houston High) and Alexandria Hoang (Seguin High).

Receiving the Jean King Excellence in Education award for a future teacher was Miranda Shurack from Martin High.

Binion explained that students submit applications, and winners are chosen based on special financial needs along with academic performance and extracurricular activities. The scholarship fund comes from member donations, proceeds from a philanthropy event and contributions from club departments.

Also serving on the scholarship committee were Loesje Blumberg, Dorothy Rencurrel, Jennifer Haskell, Sally Lockwood, Ruth Fielder, Beth Anderson and Paula Cox.

After club President Becky Lucas welcomed guests, the spotlight was on the students as Binion introduced them and described their school activities, goals and accomplishments.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund can contact the club office at 817-277-7666.

Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday

The annual celebration of cancer survivorship, the Relay for Life, is set for Friday and Saturday at the Coca-Cola Pavilion at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Teams from businesses, families, friends and co-workers will participate in fun and games as they pay tribute to those who have lost the battle with cancer and celebrate survivors of the disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year, and the funds raised at the event will help many more to have that same opportunity.

The event is not a race but a relay. Teams will make sure that at least one of their participants is on the track at all times to demonstrate that cancer never sleeps.

A special element of the event is the lighting of the luminaria. The paper bags containing votive candles that line the course are personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 7 a.m. Saturday. Sign up at www.RelayForLife.org/ArlingtonTx or contact Melissa Brewer at 469-209-2498.

Texas Rangers Triple Play event raises record amount for youth programs

A generous crowd of more than 600 people at the Park Place Dealerships Rangers Triple Play event last week raised more than $725,000 for the Rangers Baseball Foundation, an all-time record in the 12-year history of the event.

The television-game-show format of the evening featured a Fielder’s Feud game with infielders vs. outfielders. The infielders team of Elvis Andrus, J.P. Arencibia, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos defeated the outfielders team of Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Alex Rios in a comic competition the audience loved.

In a hilarious game of Minute to Win It, the duo of Robbie Ross Jr. and Joakim Soria prevailed over the teams of Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor and Colby Lewis and Shawn Tolleson.

Funds raised through sponsorships, live and silent auctions, a game of heads-or-tails and ticket sales combined for the impressive total raised at the event, presented by Park Place Dealerships.

Learn more about the youth programs that the foundation provides locally at texas.rangers.mlb.com.

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