Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Unplug with a book and a bargain at fall sale

Arlington’s deep affection for book sales is alive and well as evidenced by the hundreds of folks who show up for the Fall Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. The sale opens to the public Thursday and runs through Sunday at Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 E. Dugan St.

The irresistible lure of 900 boxes of books spanning 50 specified categories cements the reputation of the FAPL sale as one of the top book fairs in the entire area. Guests can shop for treasures with an average cost of 25 cents to $2 and have the added pleasure of knowing their purchases benefit the public libraries in town.

“Our two largest areas are fiction, which features not only up-to-date reading but the hard to find oldies, and juvenile/young adult,” said FAPL book warehouse manager Cathy Dietz.

“The juvenile section is bigger and better and has been divided into categories for easier browsing. An abundance of “like new” books will make great gifts for children of all ages,” Dietz added.

Book sale chairman Wayne Halliburton picked up a last-minute gift from a generous donor that included a lovely selection of books about butterflies and a nice assortment of quilting and sewing books. Travel and science books from National Geographic along with Texas gardening and landscape books were part of the collection donated.

Don’t miss browsing the Texana collection where you’ll find historical and signed items such as Land of Good Water and The History of Stephens County. “This year’s offering also includes an expanded number of quilting, needlepoint, sheet music and the ever popular cookbooks,” Dietz said.

Arrive early to grab the treasures in the Best of Show area that offers collectible magazines, rare editions, history and a collector’s signed edition of John Glenn: A Memoir.

Shop early this evening from 3 to 7 by purchasing a FAPL membership at the door. The public sale is open Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is half-price day, and the big finale at 4:30 p.m. is a community outreach effort offering teachers and nonprofit groups a chance to select as many items as they wish for only a small donation. Only two shoppers per organization is requested, and teacher and nonprofit IDs are required.

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Arlington Woman’s Club opening coffee

Members of the Arlington Woman’s Club reconvened after a summer break at their annual Opening Coffee event this month at the club’s headquarters, at 1515 W. Abram St.

In charge of the event was Carolyn Jolly, first vice president, along with a tireless contingent of committee members who arranged the elaborate event that many fondly describe as organized chaos. The decorations clearly depicted the theme for the year, “Rockin’ and Rollin’ With AWC.” Officers sported poodle skirts, while the coffee hostesses dressed in ’50s-style rolled up jeans, white shirts and colorful scarves.

This event is when members have the difficult task of deciding which of AWC’s 17 departments they will join. To accommodate a range of interests, departments include antiques, archival/scrapbooking, art and design, Bible, book review, creative living, duplicate bridge, Tuesday bridge, Thursday bridge, garden and gourmet, literature study, mahjong, night department, performing arts, quilts, theory of games and travel.

The scene at the event resembles a massive marketplace with insanely clever booths that each department sets up and staffs with ladies in themed costumes — each trying to entice members passing by to choose their department for the coming year. Attendees were welcomed by a gigantic balloon sodas flanked a table of pink carnations and miniature pink Cadillacs. The focal point was a soda fountain where members could pose for photos. Even the powder room was decorated with a giant Elvis poster.

Seeing the opening event for the first time, new AWC member Karen Ellen Anderson said, “I’m overwhelmed and bubbling with enthusiasm.” After cruising the overflowing parking lot trying to find a spot, new member Lorraine Yates said she was amazed by the expansive crowd.

“Today starts a year that I hope will be filled with fun, friendship and good times, and we’re going to rock and roll this year,” said club President Judy Duke, who was there to greet arriving members.

Learn more about the group at or call the office at 817-277-7666.

New food pantry opens to serve needy families

Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church is offering a food pantry for families in need at the church, 715 E. Lamar Blvd. The pantry will open Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Church member Michael Hayenga is involved in the new program and said they determined there were food needs for families in the area after working with youths served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington next door. “We became aware of the needs that these kids had,” said Hayenga.

“We will be providing boxes of packaged food designed for a set number of people to last one week that a nutritionist has advised us would provide adequate levels of nourishment,” he added.

To contribute to the pantry, which will operate as a three-month trial program, call Jennifer Zaffke at 214-394-7134 or the church office at 817-460-0631.

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Last month when school started, the 18 children who called the Arlington Life Shelter home began the day right with a hearty breakfast served by City Council and school board members.

“A big thank you to Mayor Jeff Williams, Karen Williams, Jamie Sullins, Bowie Hogg, Sheri Capehart, Charlie Parker and Kecia Mays for being here bright and early to serve up the hot breakfast,” said Kellie Reichert, director of donor services. Atmos Energy sponsored the hot breakfast from the Division Street Diner.

Medicine disposal drop-off locations open Sept. 26

Residents looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can drop them off at any of four locations Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Police stations at 2001 New York Ave., 620 W. Division St. and 1030 SW Green Oaks Blvd. will accept the medications along with the Walgreens pharmacy at 4400 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

The project is a partnership between SMART Arlington, the Arlington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration to establish a drug collection receptacle to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults. It aims to help residents properly dispose of unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals.

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