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The top 10 list: Cardboard boats, Kelly Willis and a big, big arts fest

Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School's team competes in the 2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta.
Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School's team competes in the 2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

1. 29th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

River Legacy sure knows how to make fundraising look fun. In this event, participants build boats entirely out of corrugated cardboard and hit the water at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor for little more than bragging rights and trophies, including the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking. The event will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 at the gate, and a $10 wristband gets you unlimited rides on some Hurricane Harbor attractions. (The park will be closed to the general public.) For more information on the regatta, including building a competition boat Saturday morning for $60 with a kit, visit riverlegacy.org.

4. Fort Worth Opera's 'Delightful'

Fort Worth Opera does a little bit of artistic outreach this weekend with a performance in Southlake featuring internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, who will be accompanied by Fort Worth Opera's artistic director Joe Illick at the piano. The program includes opera arias, Broadway favorites and selections from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Marq, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and $10 students. 682-651-5026; www.apexartsleague.com

5. TMF Trinity River Trash Cleanup

6. Foo Fighters, the Struts

7. The Fort Worth Garden Club Flower Show

8. Jeff Clayborn

The Texas country music artist headlines a benefit for Animal Hope Adoptions, an animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter in Fort Worth, so there will be tunes like his break-out hit "Good Bar Attender" as well as animals that are looking for their second chance at being loved. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. April 26 at Fairmount Music Hall (formerly the Live Oak), 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. Admission is free but a $20 donation is suggested.

9. New Play Readings Festival 2018

It's like a playgoer's dream: a reading of a new play, followed by a discussion of said play, times three. Sandwiched in between are drinks and food, even dessert. The plays to be read include "Kill Local," by Mat Smart, who wrote Stage West's season-closer "The Royal Society of Antarctica"; "Sweetpea," by Dallas playwright and actress Janielle Kastner; and "Dust," by Nicole Oglesby, an Austin playwright who is a Fort Worth native and Haltom High School graduate. The fest begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. Tickets are $10 per reading, or $25 for all three. Or $50 gets you all the readings and dinner, too. 817-784-9378; stagewest.org

10. Kelly Willis and Chance Ray

Fort Worth's always been a little sweet on Kelly Willis, and it will no doubt show her some love at her free show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at beer garden/bar The Yard, 3017 Morton St., on the western edge of Fort Worth's 7th Street district. The show is 21 and older. Ray is best known as the frontman for the Fort Worth band the Good Sinners. Willis has a new album, the Bruce Robison-produced "Back Being Blue," that is coming out May 18. For more information, visit the Yard's Facebook page: The Yard.

Sandy Guerra-Cline, 817-390-7545, @GuerraCline
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