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Eyes on Arlington: Arlington Woman’s Club launches 60th year with opening coffee

Some of the 400 or so members of the Arlington Woman’s Club who attended the opening coffee, kicking off the organization’s 60th year. Standing: Carolyn Jolly, Barbara Castano, Elouise Perry, Cheryl Illingworth, Johnette Tingley, Vicki King. Seated: Nancy York, Judy Duke
Some of the 400 or so members of the Arlington Woman’s Club who attended the opening coffee, kicking off the organization’s 60th year. Standing: Carolyn Jolly, Barbara Castano, Elouise Perry, Cheryl Illingworth, Johnette Tingley, Vicki King. Seated: Nancy York, Judy Duke Arlington Woman’s Club

It was a near-capacity crowd this month at the beautiful home of the Arlington Woman’s Club as nearly 400 members attended the opening coffee as the venerable organization begins its 60th year as a pillar of the community.

The annual affair is a chance for members to reunite as they visit exhibits set up by the 17 departments of the club to choose which one fits their interests. The event is also the opportunity for members to purchase tickets for special events, pick up yearbooks, sign up for community service or join a Giving Circle for the club scholarship fund.

“The opening coffee is such an exciting time. It signals the beginning of a new year and a new theme,” said club President Judy Duke. “This year’s theme is “AWC What a Wonderful World,” and it is especially meaningful because we are celebrating our diamond jubilee.”

Among the 33 new members were Sherry Wolfe, Kathy Shearer, Betty Farrow and Linda Switzer, who served on the food committee for the event. Switzer described her first impression of the occasion as “organized chaos” as throngs of ladies circulated throughout the house for the various activities offered.

In charge of the event was Vice President Carolyn Jolly and a 40-member committee that prepared delicious refreshments and gorgeous decorations. Jennifer Haskell, Cissy Conley and Patti Bryant spent the summer creating spectacular floral displays including Chihuly-like flower sculptures that were focal points in the parlor and office. Debbie Panton created a stage backdrop of lavender and white flowers featuring the historic Cooper House in the background.

“The committee did an outstanding job for our opening coffee, one of the largest gatherings we host each year,” said Jolly. “The talented ladies accepted the challenge of carrying out the garden theme throughout the entire building, and our members appreciated and admired the results of the committee’s beautiful floral displays.”

Club departments include antique, archival/scrapbooking, art and design, Bible/joyful living, book review, creative living, duplicate bridge, Tuesday bridge, Thursday bridge, garden and gourmet, literature study, mahjong, night, performing arts, quilts, etc., theory of games and travel.

“For 60 years, the women of AWC have been making contributions to our city through community service, philanthropy contributions and our scholarship program,” said Duke. “Throughout the year, we will be celebrating our many accomplishments while we give thanks for the wonderful world of AWC.”

Visit to learn more about membership. The Arlington Woman’s Club is available for rental for special events. To inquire, call the office at 817-277-7666.

Arlington gives during annual Giving Day on Thursday ending with a free Luke Wade concert

Make plans to be in downtown Arlington from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday for the whirlwind of activities surrounding the eighth annual North Texas Giving Day.

Local nonprofit organizations will set up exhibits on Abram Street near Levitt Pavilion, and representatives will be on hand to greet visitors and give the lowdown on their charity and why they deserve your support on Giving Day. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn at Founders Park with offerings from several food trucks before a concert starring Luke Wade, finalist on The Voice. Special presentations and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

What is Giving Day? It’s an online giving event for people across the nation to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits on one day. From 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday, donations of $25 to $50,000 can be made to more than 2,000 certified nonprofits listed on Bonus funds and prizes are available to charities throughout the event.

Since the Communities Foundation of Texas launched the initiative in 2009, local nonprofits have received more than $119 million in support. The North Texas initiative is the largest in the nation.

The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will be giving $5,000 bonus grants to qualifying Arlington nonprofits with the highest number of unique donations in four time blocks: 6-10 a.m., 10-2 p.m., 2-7 p.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight. This means that donors will need to check with their favorite charity to determine which time frame is being targeted.

The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation will give a $10,000 grant to the qualified organization that receives the most votes for the People’s Choice award at the concert. Help your favorite nonprofit win by being there to cast your vote.

For more information about how to participate, contact your favorite local charities for their specific plans for the giving event.

At a glance

  • Arlington Master Chorale opens its new season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 with “Evolution of the African American Spiritual: Jester Hairston and Moses Hogan” at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd. “Catch the Spirit” is the season’s theme. Purchase tickets online at or at the door.
  • The Addams Family, a new musical, opens Sept. 30 at Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. in Grand Prairie. Presented by the Grand Prairie Arts Council, performances are set for Oct. 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and for Oct. 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online at, or call the box office at 972-237-8786.
  • Kudos to the Junior League of Arlington for its new partnership with The Parenting Center, a 40-year-old agency whose work surrounds the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The center is a leader in the field of parenting education and skills-based training. The Junior League is now providing the center with free office and meeting space in its Center for Community Service, allowing convenient public access to the center’s many free and reduced-cost programs.
  • The P. A. Watson Cemetery Association annual meeting is at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at the cemetery, 1024 N. Watson Road. Descendants and friends of the residents buried at Watson Cemetery are welcome. Guests are invited to bring a picnic basket to share and learn what has happened this year along with goals for 2017. In case of bad weather, the event will be at West Fork Presbyterian Church at 908 Santerre St. in Grand Prairie. Contact David Isom at 214-212-7198 with questions.

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