Eyes on Arlington: Viva vintage Vegas

06/17/2014 12:00 AM

06/14/2014 9:48 PM

The spirit of vintage Las Vegas will live on at An Evening at The Sands Hotel & Casino on June 28 at the Arlington Museum of Art.

Gala organizers have a glittering evening planned to transport guests back to that special time when the Rat Pack held court in the Copa Room and Hollywood stars were among the guests at the famous Sands Hotel. It will be a memorable night of special fun for those who recall the Vegas that once was and love remembering the city’s storied past.

“The Arlington Museum of Art invites you to relive those days where millionaires were made with a draw of a card and dreams came true with a pull of a handle on the slot machine,” writes museum Director Chris Hightower.

After a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., the party will have an open bar and a dinner theater format featuring performances from actors re-creating those famous days. Songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. and many other legendary entertainers from the era are on tap in a show produced by Cinetrea D. Grace. After the show, partygoers can enjoy casino games until 11 p.m.

A 50/50 raffle and auctions will offer Rangers tickets, a Nolan Ryan-autographed jersey and other fabulous gifts. And with a nod to the current exhibit at the museum, one lucky prizewinner will take home a Signature Series limited-edition Ansel Adams photograph.

“We have made some major strides at changing the reputation of the museum through the artwork and strive to do the same thing with our galas,” said board President Nancy Tice. “We want our events to tie into our exhibitions and provide entertainment for our guests to make it a night to remember.”

Tickets are $100 each; a VIP table including champagne and extra chips is $1,000. Make reservations by Wednesday at www.arlingtonmuseum.org or call 817-275-4600.

Spaghetti dinner Saturday for Widowed Persons Service

An authentic spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings hosted by Widowed Persons Service is planned for Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, at 1218 E. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. .

Widowed Persons Service provides support groups and activities throughout the year to help bereaved men and women adjust to the death of a spouse and build a new life.

Each Sunday in June a grief support session at University Christian Church, at 2720 S. University Drive in Fort Worth, runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Details at www.wpstc.org.

Spaghetti dinner reservations are required; call 817-551-2922.

Downtown Arlington circa 1910 on display at Fielder Museum

With summer comes more free time to enjoy special attractions around town, so take advantage by going by the Fielder Museum to see the latest exhibits there. It’s a great way to reconnect with Arlington’s history.

Be sure to see two paintings on loan to the museum depicting downtown Arlington circa 1910. “The paintings are the work of artist Dr. Marilyn Todd Daniels, who said that she did them on commission for a bank” on Interstate 30, most likely the Skymark Tower, writes museum Director Geraldine Mills.

One painting is of the mineral well fountain dedicated on Oct. 21, 1910. The other painting is a view of the area around Main and Center streets during the same period. The art — on loan from longtime residents Robert and Mary Miles — was created around 1985.

Check out museum hours and other information at www.historicalarlington.org.

CATS Stars on the Rise Camp production is June 24-26

Don’t miss the production of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark starring kids ages 9 to 12 who are now in the midst of a musical theater camp at Creative Arts Theatre & School.

The show will be staged at the main branch of the Arlington Library for free performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 24 and 26 and 10:30 a.m. June 25.

The show features Jack and Annie, who discover a magic tree house where they read a book about dinosaurs and are transported back in time to the dinosaur age.

Learn more about CATS summer camps and the shows performed by each class at www.creativearts.org or call 817-861-2287.

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