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Eyes on Arlington: Games Day Luncheon Oct. 25 raises money for homeless

Gail Beardsley, Tricia Brock and Becky Turney playing Mexican train at the 2015 Games Day Luncheon.
Gail Beardsley, Tricia Brock and Becky Turney playing Mexican train at the 2015 Games Day Luncheon.

Mahjong anyone? How about bridge or Mexican train? Don’t miss a chance to play these fun games or the game of your choice at the Games Day Luncheon at Rolling Hills Country Club on Tuesday hosted by PALS (Partners of the Arlington Life Shelter).

The event is chock-full of enjoyment with a tasty luncheon by the Rolling Hills culinary staff and fabulous desserts generously donated by Sugar Bee Sweets along with a wine pull, silent auction, visiting with friends and, of course, the games. And there’s the added satisfaction that all proceeds from the day go help the homeless families at the Arlington Life Shelter.

“Many of the ladies enjoy playing the games and everyone brings what they need for their game, but some just come to visit and eat lunch,” said Cheryl Illingworth, who is chairing the event. “Some of the bridge players have large groups that come together and rotate between tables, and some play with just their own foursome.”

“Everyone who attends has a wonderful time but at the same time they are helping the homeless people in our community.

Others on the event committee are Sue Lavender, Claire Daulton, Penny Reichert, Cynthia Nichols, Patsy Miller, Marcella Weyandt, Carol Segreti, Linda Ezell and PALS President Sylvia Nichols.

Attractive baskets filled with tempting items chosen around themes such as gardening, men’s sports outings, ladies’ day out, bridge, and “Night on the Town” will be in the silent auction along with autographed sports and music memorabilia, jewelry and purses.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of PALS can join at the luncheon. Those who want to join but can’t attend the luncheon, send the annual dues payment to PALS at P.O. Box 120724, Arlington, TX 76012. Dues are $25 for individuals, $50 for families and $100 for an organization. Learn more about the Life Shelter at

“Giving at Games Day will help many homeless people get back on their feet, get the education and help they need to find a job and get back into their own home — what a happy thought,” Illingworth said.

Reservations are due immediately for the event, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Contact Kellie Reichert at or 817-548-9885, ext. 2116.

Learn more about Masonry at Lodge Open House on Sunday

The Arlington Masonic Lodge #438 is hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters at 1415 W. Abram St. Anyone in the community is invited to become better acquainted with the lodge and lodge activities by stopping by for a visit.

“There will be tours of the Arlington Masonic Temple, refreshments in our dining hall and several short talks covering our Masonic heritage, our lodge history, our current involvement and some of our related Masonic organizations,” said Bruce Dalton, who is in charge of the event.

Tarrant County is home to more than 30 Masonic lodges. Notable Texas Masons included Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, William B. Travis, James Bowie and David Crockett. A wealth of information about the history of the Arlington lodge — chartered in 1874 — is available at Arlington Lodge members present a number of community service projects throughout the year including their Teacher of Excellence awards each spring.

“We look forward to having a great time and giving our community an opportunity to learn more about Masonry,” Dalton said. Call the office at 817-274-7591 with questions.


Arlington Community Band free concert is 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Rick Baker will conduct “A Fall Symphonic Metamorphosis” that includes Chorale & Alleluia by Howard Hanson, Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger and other numbers. Direct inquiries to Velma Bogart at 817-467-0158.

State of the City address hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Arlington Convention Center. Mayor Jeff Williams will provide updates on new developments and opportunities in our community. Tickets are $70 for non-members and $45 for members. Register at or call 817-275-2613.

Cara Young Fish for Life Garden Party is Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and is in memory of Cara Young who was from Arlington. Proceeds benefit young cystic fibrosis patients and families at Cook Children’s Hospital. The party includes catered food by Mac’s on Main, auctions, and live music by dance band Encore and vocal performances by Sonny Burgess. Purchase tickets at or contact Steve Young at 817-276-5149.

Joey Cushman 5K and Fun Run is Oct. 29 at River Legacy Park and benefits athletes of Special Olympics. It is in memory of Arlington police officer Joey Cushman, who died in the line of duty in 2001. Register at or contact Alex Thieroff ( at 817-332-3433.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at UT Arlington Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. Hosted by the American Cancer Society, the walk is to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death. Register at or contact Casey Miller at 817-821-7745 or

Timeless Concerts will have a show on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. Pianist Heejung Kang, cellist Karen Smith and violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth will perform beautiful romantic French music of Claude Debbusy, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel and more. There is a post-concert party with more music and hors d’oeuvres, cash bar or BYOB. Purchase tickets and get details at

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