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Eyes on Arlington: Wild West Tailgating will raise money for classroom projects

Arlington leader Tom Cravens channels his inner Willie Nelson with Arlington ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Brian White at last year’s Tailgate Arlington event.
Arlington leader Tom Cravens channels his inner Willie Nelson with Arlington ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Brian White at last year’s Tailgate Arlington event. Arlington ISD Education Foundation

Fall is in the air, and that means tailgating is on the minds of fun-loving folks. You can tailgate with a Western twist at the Tailgate Arlington Wild Wild West party on Sept. 24 hosted by Arlington ISD Education Foundation.

No need to find the right parking lot because this tailgate experience takes place at Arlington Museum of Art, where guests will wear their favorite jeans and boots for a fun evening of barbecue, auctions and live entertainment. Best of all, the proceeds from the party help the foundation fund classroom initiatives not covered by state or district budgets.

“Our Tailgate event is extremely important to enable us to continue to ramp up our support for AISD educators and students,” said Executive Director Brian White. “More than 75 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged with a household income of less than $22,000 a year. The foundation is committed to enriching and enhancing the academic success of our students and planting the seeds of opportunity for them.”

Chairs of the event are Tony and Julie Pompa with help from a large committee that includes Karen Williams, Amy Wade, Linda Dipert, Michael Jarrett, Elizabeth Banda-Calvo, Justin Chapa, Carl Cravens and Chad Bates to randomly name only a very few.

Mosey on over to the silent auction area and while you visit with friends you can bid on great swag including tickets for Rangers Opening Day, tickets on the 50-yard line for the game between the Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals, a Fort Worth Stock Show experience including the rodeo, midway and dinner at Reatta, and lots of other great items.

Auctioneer Bryan Weatherford will corral wild bidders vying to win a Rangers suite, a dinner party with the mayor and a Bahamas vacation at the Atlantis resort.

Live entertainment by the talented members of the Martin High School show choir will make guests feel like they’re watching a professional stage show. And don’t miss the fun of The Claw where blindfolded guests will grab gift cards and prizes donated by Arlington Highlands.

Last year the foundation presented more than $105,000 in classroom instruction grants to fund 25 school district projects and initiatives bringing the total grants given since the foundation was established in 1994 to an impressive $1.4 million.

“We are thankful for our fundraising success, and to continue our support to our educators and students, we need broad-based community support so we can give back even more to our classrooms,” White said.

Buys tickets for $150 each by Sept. 17 at or call White at 682-867-1927.

Bowling tournament Sept. 17 helps folks with intellectual disabilities

Head to Spare Time Lanes on South Cooper Street on Sept. 17 and get in on the fun of the 16th annual bowling tournament hosted by Advocates for Special People. Funds raised at the event will help the agency continue its day habilitation and athletic programs for special-needs clients.

Competitors will bowl for dollars as teams of five (including one special-needs bowler) try to win the $300 cash prize going to the first-place winner. Second- and third-place teams win $200 and $100 respectively.

“Our annual bowling tournament is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is also a lot of fun,” said Executive Director Steve Brooks. “Come join us and have a great time supporting some very special people.”

Even if you are not bowling, offer your support by participating in a 50/50 raffle and by shopping in the silent auction that will offer bidders a Hilton Head vacation in a luxurious beach villa, a week’s stay in a beautiful ocean-view condo in Roatan, Honduras, and a Hunters getaway at Indian Hills Ranch in Sidney.

A hardworking event committee includes Brooks, Mary Odom, Deborah Stokes and Sandy Lester. Registration begins at noon, and the silent auction opens at 12:30 p.m. with bowling at 1 p.m. Fees are $25 per individual or $100 for a team of four.

For more information, contact Odom at lomoko@juno.coim or 817-261-8523.

New festival opens Sept. 15 at multiple venues around Arlington

Welcome to the new kid on the festival scene, the inaugural Frame4Frame Festival that runs Sept 15-18 in various venues around town. The event will offer festivalgoers great experiences in music and the visual arts.

“Frame4Frame will provide a first-of-its-kind musical and visual arts forum dedicated to raising cultural awareness and appreciation for the diverse creative population that exists throughout this community,” said James Hawthorne, executive director of Arlington Film Society. The festival is the brainchild of Hawthorne and Arlington Museum of Art director Chris Hightower.

Studio Movie Grill at Arlington Highlands will host more than 20 film screenings throughout the festival featuring a diverse collection of films from both studios and independent filmmakers. Check the website for titles and screen times.

Don’t miss the visual art display hosted by the art museum called “Ulterior Motifs,” a contemporary art show that blends music with Texas art.

“We are so lucky to have some of the best Texas artists represented at Ulterior Motifs. The exhibit demonstrates the creative talent from our own state,” said Hightower. “The purpose of the exhibit is to make the visual arts fun and accessible rather than highbrow and disconnected. It’s a fun and exciting exhibit without any pretense.”

South Street Patio will host the music portion of the festival, and Jeffery Austin will be the headliner act Sept. 17. Fans will remember the rising pop star as a finalist on Season 9 of NBC’s The Voice.

Continuous performances begin Sept. 15 with four shows each day of the festival offering music lovers all genres performed by well-known bands.

Purchase an all-inclusive pass for $100 for admission to all festival venues and a free beer mug refillable at the venues at a discounted rate. Music-only or film-only passes are $60. Single-day passes are also available. Local college students can pay $25 and receive admission to all festival events and a one-year membership to Arlington Museum of Art.

Events details and tickets are online at

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