Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Inaugural Arlington Heroes Run Nov. 7 honors local vets and first responders

Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen, right, at the 2014 Taste of Asia.
Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen, right, at the 2014 Taste of Asia.

You’ll be running for a good reason if you sign up for the inaugural Arlington Heroes Run set for Nov. 7 at Veterans Park hosted by the Rotary Club of Arlington. The brand new event is to honor all the local first responders and military veterans.

“The Rotary Club of Arlington is honoring the professions we call heroes including the Arlington fire and EMS departments, the Police Department and military veterans,” said Rotary President Clete McAlister.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the Veterans Park Foundation and the Fire Department’s Random Acts of Kindness fund. The Police Department selected the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the charity to receive its portion of the funds.

The day will feature two events. The 5K course begins and ends in Veterans Park after it winds along Arkansas Lane through Kelley and Clarence Moore Parks. There’s also a 1-mile fun run. Awards for various categories will be presented at the end.

“This run is designed to celebrate our local heroes by coming together to honor our fire, police and veterans of all military branches of service,” said Tom Ware, chair of the event. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to show our respect and appreciation for the brave things that these men and women have done in the past and still are doing now to keep Arlington’s citizens safe and make this a community that we can all be proud of.”

Registration is $20 per person, $15 for ages 16 and under. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. with on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. and a warm-up at 8 a.m. Register at Contact Ware at

Nguyen to host Nov. 6 Taste of Asia charity luncheon

Here’s an irresistible lunch menu for only $8: mouthwatering Korean barbecued beef, rice, Vietnamese eggrolls, scrumptious salad, strawberry shortcake and fortune cookies. And to sweeten the pot, the money goes to a great cause.

If this got your attention, grab your calendar and put the Taste of Asia luncheon hosted by Tarrant County Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen down for Nov. 6. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Southeast Maintenance Center, 1203 E. Kennedale Parkway. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army.

“As a Salvation Army advisory council member, I’ve been moved many times by the stories of those needing help. I am extremely proud of the support these families and individuals receive from the Salvation Army,” said Nguyen. “It is my honor to host this event and give The Salvation Army the proceeds so they can continue providing a hand up to those most in need in our community.”

Now in its fifth year, the Taste of Asia event is a fun chance to network and visit with friends, business associates and a slew of elected officials from the local, county and state levels. Weather permitting, guests will enjoy dining alfresco beneath festive tents as Nguyen grills his specially marinated Korean barbecue. The commissioner’s wife, Julie Vu, will prepare her special recipe for salad dressing, and Paris Bakery will have yummy strawberry shortcake for the big finish.

Enjoy live music by popular Mansfield acoustic duo Scott and Steve (Scott Welmaker is Mansfield’s economic development director by day and musician at other times). And a special treat will be free massages courtesy of Kennedale/Mansfield Chiropractic.

Be sure to get tickets for door prize drawings ($2 each or three/$5) for nifty items that include restaurant and retail gift cards, Six Flags tickets and season passes, an electric ice cream maker, a fully stocked wine rack and a Dallas Cowboys cookbook.

Nguyen’s community outreach coordinator, Mary Gilman, said the goal is to raise $6,000 for The Salvation Army. If you cannot attend but want to donate, go to and mention Taste of Asia in the tribute area.

Luncheon tickets are available at the door, or call 817-548-3900 to get them in advance.

St. Alban’s Holiday Tabletop Tea Nov. 8 to benefit Life Shelter

If you haven’t shopped at St. Alban’s Bookstore & Gift Shop for some holiday finds, you should check it out before the shopping frenzy begins. Better yet, get a sneak peek at just-arrived holiday merchandise at the upcoming Holiday Tabletop Tea on Nov. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the parish hall.

Guests will sip a lovely selection of teas and enjoy a bountiful buffet table filled scones, sandwiches, savories and sweets. And perfect for this time of year, six tabletops will be lavishly decorated with lovely holiday displays to inspire guests for decorating their own holiday tables. Be sure to get a raffle ticket to a beautiful tea basket and an elegant Christmas wreath.

“The bookstore, at its festive best, will be open for early holiday shopping,” said gift shop director Laura Lace. “Visitors will find Nativities, books, gifts, wreaths, ornaments, jewelry and Christmas cards as well as Advent wreaths, candles and calendars.”

“The bookstore is celebrating its 50th year. It was established in 1965 by the Women of St. Alban to raise funds for parish outreach. Records show that since 1989 alone, the bookstore has given almost a quarter of a million dollars to charitable organizations in Arlington,” said Lace.

Proceeds from the tea will again benefit Arlington Life Shelter, a longtime outreach ministry of the parish. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Purchase weekdays in the church office or on Sunday mornings before the service.

St. Alban’s is at 911 S. Davis Drive. Call 817-274-4821 to inquire or email

Deadline to enter Holiday Lights Parade is Sunday

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 Sunday. The fee to enter is $45.

The parade is a great kickoff 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.

Events at a glance

▪ Christian Woman’s Job Corp to host Ruby Awards Luncheon Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arlington Woman’s Club, 1515 W. Abram St. The event will honor Christian women in the greater Arlington workplace. Tickets are $25. Purchase online at or call 817-275-5600.

▪ Joey Cushman 5K Run is Saturday at River Legacy Parks hosted by Special Olympics. Register at 7:30 a.m. Fun run is at 8:30 and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Runners are invited to wear Halloween costumes. The event is in memory of Joey Cushman, an Arlington police officer who was killed in a training exercise June 7, 2001. Registration cost is $25. Visit or contact Doug Ray at or 214-943-9981.

▪ Donate your old Halloween costumes for the clients of Arlington Charities. Take them to the agency, at 811 Secretary Drive. Call Executive Director Melanie Gibson at 817-275-1511 with questions.

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