Arlington Citizen-Journal

June 9, 2014

Eyes on Arlington: Van Cliburn semifinalist returns to Arlington Sept. 13

Alexey Chernov stayed in the home of Arlington Woman’s Club member Peggy Pokrifcsak and her husband, John, last year.

A limited number of tickets are on sale for a Sept. 13 concert featuring former Van Cliburn semifinalist Alexey Chernov. An intimate setting at the Arlington Woman’s Club will provide the audience with a unique opportunity to hear Chernov — a prizewinner in more than 20 international piano competitions, including a dozen first-place awards — perform before a small audience.

Chernov, who stayed in the home of club member Peggy Pokrifcsak and her husband, John, during the last Van Cliburn competition, began studying piano at age 4. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2008 and the Royal College of Music in London in 2011. He lives with his wife, musician Elena Chernov, and their two children in Moscow.

John Pokrifcsak said Chernov fell in love with Texas during his stay last year. “Moscow is quite urban and crowded, and he loved all the open spaces,” Pokrifcsak said.

Tickets are $60 to $135, and all seating is reserved. Platinum Plus tickets ($135) include the front row and special side seating. Platinum tickets ($125) are on rows two through five. They include a Black and White Reception in the home of club member Sharon Mullanax on Friday evening before the Sunday concert.

Tickets are available at the club, 1515 W. Abram St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Tuesday and June 24 and from 1 to 3 p.m. June 25.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a world-renowned pianist in a warm and intimate setting,” said concert chairwoman Judy Duke. “After the concert, there will be a reception and an opportunity to have your program autographed by Alexey.” Duke advises buying tickets early because of the likelihood of a quick sellout.

For inquiries, contact Duke at or Pokrifcsak at

Arlington Grandmothers Club

The Arlington Grandmothers Club is small but mighty, judging by the nearly $900 the organization recently donated to national charity Cure Childhood Cancer ( through a bake and craft sale.

Grace Derbick, president, and Tarania Snell, secretary, said the club raises money through bake and garage sales throughout the year to donate to the charity.

A local cause was also the recent beneficiary of a service projects. “We delivered 37 blankets made with love to Cook Children’s hospital to be given out to children so that they have something to cuddle with while going through treatment for their illness,” said Snell.

The club is Chapter 1035 of the National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America, which was established in 1938. It has more than 1,000 members across the country and a mission of contributing to research relating to children’s diseases and well-being.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the education center at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic, 2100 N. Davis Drive.

Snell the club has been meaningful in her life. “Being a grandmother of seven myself, I like the idea of being able to help children who are in need of comfort when they are in a situation that is beyond their control,” she said.

To learn more about becoming a member, call 817-905-7152 or 817-707-0249.

Win a Rangers suite at June 19 fundraiser

Come out for fun at the annual fundraiser to benefit Dental Health Arlington on June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at J. Gilligan’s South Street Patio.

“FriendRaiser has always been a fun time to catch up with friends, make new ones, dance and have the chance to win great raffle items, all while supporting a great cause,” said Kim Clarke, the agency’s assistant director.

At this fifth year for the event, guests will enjoy live music by Canta Rhythm & Brass Band and have a chance to win the use of a suite at the Rangers’ ballpark along with tickets to Rangers games and gift cards to all sorts of restaurants and retailers.

A $10 donation upon admission will include one raffle ticket, and additional tickets will be sold during the event. Also, follow the agency on Facebook at and receive a raffle ticket for becoming a fan.

The party will also be a chance to the meet new Executive Director Nancy Manion Blinn.

Proceeds will enable the agency to continue providing low-cost dental care to low-income residents. The party venue is at 400 E. South St. Direct questions to Clarke at 817-277-1165.

July Fourth parade honors local history

After choosing “Made in America … Celebrating Ingenuity” as the theme for this year’s Independence Day parade, the all-volunteer Arlington 4th of July Association continues its tradition of honoring significant events and figures in history by dedicating the parade to the Arlington Historical Society.

Fittingly, the grand marshal of the procession will be none other than Geraldine Mills, the city’s leading proponent of preserving history. Mills is the executive director of the historical society and also manages the historic Fielder Museum, at the corner of Abram Street and Fielder Road.

Founded in 1887 as the Arlington Cemetery Society only three years after the city was chartered, the society’s mission is to gather and preserve information and materials related to the founding and growth of Arlington.

The society oversees and operates the Fielder House, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and also Knapp Heritage Park, at 201 W. Front St.

The parade is one of the largest in the state and is set for 9 a.m. July 4. Details at or call 817-330-9USA.

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