Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Upscale party in beautiful natural setting benefits Living Science Center

A Night With Nature chairwoman Laura DiStefano with a guest at the 2014 event.
A Night With Nature chairwoman Laura DiStefano with a guest at the 2014 event.

How many upscale parties do you attend that include an “eat a bug” adventure, stargazing, a nighttime hike and personal interaction with forest animals? That’s just part of the evening’s merry-making moments at A Night With Nature on Nov. 7 at the River Legacy Living Science Center.

Hosted by the River Legacy Foundation, the inimitable night will give party guests something to tell their friends about because of the unique experiences attendees will enjoy.

“Guests will enjoy live music, s’mores by the fire, stargazing led by the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and some unique nature adventures — including a rare opportunity to eat a bug and brag about it,” said Laura DiStefano, who is co-chairing the event with Leslie Friedman. Richard and Sylvia Greene are honorary chairs.

Blue Mesa Grill will be serving incredibly delicious cocktail appetizers, and guests will enjoy sipping unique varieties of mixed drinks provided by Deep Eddy Vodka. New this year are craft beer offerings served by Division Brewing.

Visit with friends as you peruse a silent auction that includes vacation stays in Colorado and Florida, a wine-tasting party and a Kindle.

And be sure to get a photo with one of the adorable animals that will be crashing the party. Back by popular demand (I loved this last year) is the Blackland Prairie Raptors organization showing some of its beautiful birds, including owls and hawks.

Be sure to take home an exclusive, limited-edition River Legacy Living Science Center ornament that will be available for a donation to the charity.

“A Night With Nature celebrates and supports the environmental education initiatives of River Legacy Foundation by sharing its mission and programs with adults in an entertaining and social atmosphere,” said spokeswoman Kristi Payne.

Tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will fund the Nuts About Nature 2.0 capital campaign to support exhibit hall renovations to River Legacy Living Science Center.

The event is by invitation only. Request your invitation by calling 817-860-6752, ext. 107 or via email to Learn more at

Popular female writers to headline Book & Author Luncheon Oct. 30

Fans of the Texas Gold books series, the Irene Adler Sherlockian suspense novels and the Midnight Louie mysteries will be delighted to meet the two authors of these very popular and nationally-known books at the Oct. 30 Fall Book & Author luncheon at the Cacharel Grand Ballroom.

Carole Nelson Douglas continues to thrill readers with her stories of a feline PI named Midnight Louie. And her books featuring Irene Adler, a strong, professional female contemporary of Sherlock Holmes, have been bestsellers.

Douglas is a Texas author, former journalist and four-time Rita Award finalist who has written over 60 novels and numerous short stories.

Kellie Coates Gilbert has written two books in her Texas Gold series, A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Her 25-year background in the legal profession allows readers a look inside her former legal world through engaging characters and exciting plots.

Gilbert lives in Dallas, and reviewers say her experience with high-profile courtroom cases has given her insight as to how people react under pressure.

In charge of the event is Jewel Hugo with help from a hardworking committee including Dorothy Rencurrel, Mary Bane, Barrie Alguire, Shirley McVay, Pat Hester and Candy Halliburtin.

“We are excited to feature two authors who are passionate about their writing. They will share not only their books with us, but what inspired them to write the books. We look forward to giving our guests a double treat for Halloween,” said Hugo.

The committee said female authors were intentionally invited to this fall event because the last couple of luncheons have featured all male writers.

Besides the entertaining author presentations, guests will enjoy the fine cuisine prepared by the flawless Cacharel chefs and a chance to meet the authors and get books signed following the program. Funds raised will benefit programs at all Arlington libraries.

Tickets are $25 each, and reservations are due Monday. Purchase online at (scroll down to “Donate”) or any library location. Call 817-307-5611 with questions.

Medieval Arts Festival Saturday brings history to life

Experience the Middle Ages right now in 2015 and right here in Arlington at the Medieval Arts Festival hosted by the Arlington Public Library on Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m.

Fascinating exhibits of medieval arts and sciences will be on display. And what could be more exciting than live demonstrations of ancient weaponry conducted by costumed members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of the Middle Ages.

“The Medieval Arts Festival offers a hands-on history lesson for Arlington students,” said Cary Siegfried, director of libraries. “The event began years ago as the library’s response to an annual high school history project. It turned out that historic re-enactment was an effective way to reach students.

“If a knight in shining armor recommends a library book about castles, that’s going to make an impression. Last year, some students were working on a video project and filming interviews with the costumed participants about various aspects of life in the Middle Ages.”

For the kids, there will be stories, games and lots of fun activities. Door prizes donated by Theatre Arlington, Scarborough Renaissance Festival and Medieval Times will go home with lucky winners.

“This event has grown every year, and this is the first time it has been at the Levitt Pavilion. This venue makes it possible to accommodate a larger crowd and to offer more activities than ever before. We welcome visitors of all ages from Arlington and the surrounding area to come celebrate autumn in Medieval style,” Siegfried said.

Admission is free. The Levitt Pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St. To inquire, contact Debi Wood, library services manager, at 817-459-6900.

Arlington Goodtimes Chorus benefit show Saturday

If you haven’t heard the Arlington Goodtimes Chorus perform barbershop and a cappella harmonies, give yourself a treat by seeing its show Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.

Those attending the show are asked to bring canned goods, nonperishable food items or monetary donations for the Mission Arlington food pantry.

The venue is at 1400 S. Cooper St. behind Starbucks. Details at or call Chris Stancil at 972-672-0480.

Deadline to enter Holiday Lights Parade is Nov. 1

Hurry and make your decision to have an entry in the fantastical Arlington Holiday Lights Parade set for Dec. 5.

“Although the weather is just now starting to cool down, the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade committee has been meeting since July,” said Scott Reading, parade co-director along with Elle Stubbs. “We are very thankful to this all-volunteer group that puts in so many hours each year to host this event. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful family evening of twinkling lights, antique cars, World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi, holiday music and Santa.”

All parade entries must complete an entry application and description form, which must be received or postmarked by Nov. 1. The fee to enter is $45.

The parade is a great kick off to the holiday season and can be very useful in creating awareness of your business or organization. For friends and family, schools, teams, clubs, church groups — it’s a wonderful community experience that creates forever memories.

Watch for more details coming soon. Visit to complete your application.

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