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Eyes on Arlington: Arlington Historical Society, River Legacy Foundation to host events benefiting nature and history

Leslie and Lee Friedman are introduced to Stormfly at Night With Nature.
Leslie and Lee Friedman are introduced to Stormfly at Night With Nature. Courtesy photo

Two high-profile Arlington nonprofits are inviting the community to attend terrific parties this fall. Thanks for the Memories on Nov. 5 benefits the Arlington Historical Society, and Night With Nature on Nov. 11 benefits the River Legacy Living Science Center. Both are established fundraisers that reliably deliver a delightful experience and deserve the support of ticket buyers.

Night With Nature party Nov. 11 is ‘Woodland Chic’

The perfect setting — the earthy and elegant Living Science Center at the gateway to lush River Legacy Parks — is enough to attract people to the Night With Nature party, but there’s so much more in store for guests at this annual upscale soiree in Arlington.

Cocktails and craft beer, a delectable buffet, live music and a very special silent auction will combine to give guests a lovely evening, but it’s the other experiences offered that make this party one of a kind.

How many parties offer guided night nature hikes in a world-class park? Or how about stopping by a Nature Adventure Station for the chance to eat a bug and actually like it? Do you often party with the likes of owls, hawks and falcons in your midst? Stargazing through a powerful telescope is not typical party fun nor is making s’mores in a campfire. Yes, all these adventures are on the party agenda.

“This fantastic fall fundraiser is truly one of Arlington’s most unique and fun events,” said Becky Nussbaum from the River Legacy team. “I mean where else can you dress in woodland chic attire and get to meet some famous wildlife ambassadors?”

One of those wildlife ambassadors who will greet and charm party guests is Stormfly the bearded dragon. “Stormfly is my favorite animal here at the Science Center. He teaches our guests about nonnative animals,” spokeswoman Kristi Payne said.

Naturalists will circulate among party guests introducing other wildlife ambassadors (only the friendly ones), and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will have its amazing rescued raptors — owls, hawks and falcons — available for up-close and personal encounters of the fascinating kind.

Enjoy a camping experience at the Camp REI setup, where guests can prepare their own molten mouthfuls of s’mores over an open campfire, or put your hand in a wind tunnel (known as the Prize Cube) and take home something fabulous — perhaps you’ll grab a coupon for dinner or shopping outing or a fine bottle of wine.

The Tailgate USA trailer complete with TVs and a bar will be serving craft beer donated by Division Brewing and specialty cocktails courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka. Wine and soft drink stations will be waiting to complete all beverage needs. Blue Mesa’s buffet of tempting selections and a make-your-own-quesadilla bar will appeal to all appetites. And throughout the evening, guests will be entertained by talented singer, songwriter and musician Billy Herzig.

To spend Thanksgiving Day with the Dallas Cowboys, be the top bidder on tickets in the silent auction. For an early start on holiday shopping, place the top bid on the fab jewelry and fun gift cards up for bid. Several vacation home packages (beach and mountain) are also part of the auction swag.

Party hosts are Dan and Linda Dipert. Chairing the event are Laura DiStefano and Leslie Friedman, and honorary chairs are Richard and Sylvia Greene. Dedicated committee members include Debby Pond, Julie Ryan, Kathy Bukhair and Susan Sign.

Anyone can request an invitation to Night With Nature by sending an email to Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships start at $500. Reservations for the party are due by Nov. 9. Proceeds from the event will fund the outstanding environment education programs at River Legacy.

Conservationist standouts to be feted at Nov. 5 soiree

Green is the color of ... ? There are many ways to complete this phrase, and a nature connotation is one of the most common. Green frequently stands for balance, conservation, rebirth, new growth and vitality. With these meanings in mind, the Arlington Historical Society will honor several conservationists at the annual Thanks for the Memories’ party Nov. 5 at the Meadowbrook Recreation Center.

Following their long tradition of honoring a broad variety of people who have played significant roles in preserving and showcasing Arlington’s history, the organization focused on who’s who in environmental causes as selections were made this year.

“We are honoring Arlington’s Green Team,” said Geraldine Mills, director of the historic Fielder Museum. “Without the dedication of some of our early activists and the formation of the Arlington Conservation Council, many, many acres of historic landscape would have been lost.”

Julia Burgen, Adel Campbell, John Darling, Anita Garmon, Molly Hollar, Josephine Keeney and Jan Miller are among those to be honored at the event.

Additional honorees include Jane Oosterhuis, the Donovan family (Kevin, Carrie, Ani and Eoin), Ann Hiler Knudsen and Marian Hiler.

Other honored guests include parks board members Sue Phillips and Glen Troutman and historical society board members Rebecca Tucker, Larry Barcroft and Mayling Oglesby Barcroft.

“We will celebrate their early efforts to conserve, recycle and beautify our city with trees, native plants and save our historic natural landscapes,” Mills said.

On the agenda for the evening is a delicious meal prepared by the culinary staff of Barnes BBQ & Catering, beer and wine selections, entertainment by local musician John E. Dosher, a heartwarming program presentation and a silent auction.

Emcee for the evening is Gary Packan, assistant director of the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department. “Gary has worked with this group of honorees in the creation of many of the parks this group is responsible for establishing,” Mills said.

Lemuel Randolph, who heads up the department, will open the program with a special message. Stephen “Bear” Lunce and Jessica Lunce are chairman of the event.

Guests can mix and mingle as they peruse a silent auction offering tickets for a suite at a Rangers game as well as beautiful custom items created by James Ryan and Liz Covert, who are artisans/blacksmiths from Knapp Heritage Park. Attractive original art from local artists will also be up for bid along with other nifty items.

Mills said the historic park is “the perfect venue to recognize our fine group of ultimate tree huggers.” As the oldest park (opened in 1924), the 52-acre Meadowbrook boasted a string of firsts: first site of an outdoor public pool, first indoor recreation center (1964), first golf course and the first softball diamond.

Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Call 817-460-4001 to make reservations. Proceeds benefit preservation and beautification projects of the historical society.

An Evening at the Salon is gifting party for children at Arlington Life Shelter

The Burt Grant Salon will host a gifting party Nov. 9 where the price of admission is either a restaurant gift card or a Burt Grant gift card valued at $25 or more. The gift cards will be donated to the Arlington Life Shelter to create at Gift Card Tree to raise money at the upcoming Home for the Holiday event to benefit children’s programs at the shelter.

Salon guests will nosh on hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Tin Cup eatery and yummy sweets courtesy of Sugar Bee Sweets. It will be a special evening where attendees can get relaxing hand massages, shop for jewelry brought in by Knots of Joy at Gracie Lane and sip on sparkling wines. Door prize drawings will be done throughout the event.

Reservations are required and are due by Nov. 4. Call Kellie Reichert at Arlington Life Shelter at 817-548-9885, ext. 2116, or send her an email at The party is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the salon is at 808 W. Abram St.

Inaugural 5K and 1-mile walk Nov. 5 benefits Parkinson Foundation

Moving Day DFW is the National Parkinson Foundation’s fundraising walk event, and the inaugural local event will be at Globe Life Park on Nov. 5. According to the foundation, “It’s a day to move, a day to move others, and a day that moves you.”

The event will feature a family-friendly walk course, a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, tai chi and Pilates — all proven to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Registration, tents, activities and exhibits open at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. followed by the ribbon-cutting and walk at 10:45 a.m.

Funds raised will fund research and treatment to help those battling Parkinson’s live better lives. Register on-site or in advance at


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