Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Social Eyes: A big finish for Arlington Woman’s Club

Keeping its long tradition of ending the year with a celebration of the holidays, the Arlington Woman’s Club hosted 365 members and guests at a Christmas Tea on Dec. 7 at its headquarters on Abram Street.

Chairing the event was Jo Johnson with help from a 50-member committee that prepared pastries and hors d’oeuvres beautifully presented on the buffet table in the foyer atop a 75-year-old Normandy lace tablecloth donated to the club by member Dorothy Rencurrel. She used the cloth at her wedding luncheon in 1956, and it has been used at several AWC functions over the years.

The festive clubhouse was spectacularly decorated throughout in traditional reds and greens. A beautiful Christmas tree stood tall in the Reeder-Thompson Room adorned with sparkling lights and festive ornaments, and smaller trees were in other rooms of the house. Decorations chairwoman Freda Thornton and her committee spared no effort in creating an enchanting visual experience.

A Christmas boutique presented by the art and design department of AWC raised nearly $3,000 for the scholarship fund through sales of baked goods and gift items in the shop.

Entertainment by the talented singers of AWC’s performing arts department, led by Linda Price, included traditional Christmas songs with a patriotic song as the finale in recognition of Pearl Harbor Day.

Club President Becky Lucas said, “This year’s Christmas Tea was very special. A lot of effort goes into the creative planning and execution, and I appreciate everyone’s participation.”

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Arlington MLK Celebration spans four days

The popular events that Arlington residents have come to expect and enjoy from the four-day annual Arlington MLK Advancing the Dream Celebration will return this year. Heading the committee is Lisa Thompson, director of the TRIO pre-college program at UTA.

The awards banquet on Friday at UTA’s Bluebonnet Ballroom will feature great entertainment along with presenting annual awards and introducing the winners of the essay contest. The keynote speaker, state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, will give an address centered on the banquet theme, “Advancing the Dream: Our Greatness, My Service.” West earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at UT Arlington.

“Even though we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. every year, the meaning of the celebration continues to have a profound meaning and reaffirms and renews in all of us his faith in the basic goodness of man and the amazing potential of democracy in America,” said Thompson.

The Educator Award will go to an individual exemplifying diversity in education who strives to promote academics through high standards of excellence in leadership, involvement and service. Receiving the Government Award will be an individual who exemplifies accessible government. The Community Award will go to an individual or group that exemplifies the spirit of community service.

Before the banquet, the MLK Celebration Committee will join in the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the “Changing America Exhibit” at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. It was created to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, two pivotal achievements in our nation’s history.

The hugely popular step show competition featuring students from across the Arlington school district is scheduled for Saturday at Bowie High School beginning at 11 a.m. Later that day, the multicultural festival begins at 3 p.m. at TCC Southeast Campus, where hundreds of guests will enjoy dance performances, music and food.

The Spoken Word poetry slam is at UTA’s Bluebonnet Ballroom on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will award a $1,000 cash prize to the winning poet.

On Sunday, the MLK Hubert Moss ecumenical service starts at 6 p.m at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 5415 Matlock Road. A reception follows the service.

The MLK festivities wrap up on the designated holiday Jan. 19 with a day of service, with hundreds of volunteers gathering at the Maverick Activities Center at UTA to disperse for community service projects to be completed that day. “Make it a day on, not a day off” is again the slogan for participants in the all-volunteer events.

The All Youth Musical Extravaganza is the grand finale of the four-day celebration and will feature a 500-voice elementary choir along with soloists and step team winners in the 6:30 p.m. show at the Metro Center at Fielder Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Ticket prices are: $45 for the banquet, $10 for step show ($5 for students) and $15 for Spoken Word. All other events are free. Details at www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk.

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