Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Power of stories brings people together in Mansfield Reads

Mansfield Reads featured author Amanda Eyre Ward.
Mansfield Reads featured author Amanda Eyre Ward. Courtesy photo

The folks in Mansfield have mastered the art of bringing individuals together in the community through a shared reading experience with their annual Mansfield Reads program with the aim of enriching the lives of all who participate. This “one city one book” concept is a great way for the community to connect — and provides some nifty conversation starters along the way.

During the month of April, the entire community, including book clubs, library patrons and the general public, is encouraged to read the chosen book, The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward. Ward has authored five books, including a bestseller. Inspired by the immigrant children she met in shelters in Texas and California, Ward penned her latest novel based on their stories.

As the exciting wrapup for the monthlong program, an Evening With the Author event on April 29 is planned at the newly remodeled Mansfield Public Library.

“The Evening With Author during Mansfield Reads is one of the most anticipated events in the city every year,” said Jenny Elliott, who is co-chairing the event with Joyce Sternberg.

“We are thrilled that Amanda Eyre Ward will be here. Her book The Same Sky is timely, relevant and heart-wrenching.” Elliott added.

Guests will nosh on yummy hors d’oeuvres provided by Savvy’s Bistro, (it is operated by the students in the culinary arts school at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy of Mansfield school district) at a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. before the program begins. Coffee and desserts will be served during the book-signing session at the end.

“The Mansfield Public Library, as well as the city of Mansfield, has been widely recognized for this annual endeavor,” said Carol Ann Grantham, president of the Friends of the Mansfield Library.

Copies of the book are available for checkout and purchase at the Mansfield Public Library and at Barnes & Noble. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP by April 22 at or call Grantham at 817-690-4247.

Faces of Hope Luncheon April 28 benefits young cancer patients

The Bridewell Foundation sends 140 children to Camp Esperanza at Camp John Marc every July for a week of fun-filled activities at no cost to the families. Funds for the camp come from many sources, not the least of which is the annual Faces of Hope luncheon in Arlington. Hosted by Joe and Doreen Bruner, this year’s luncheon is set for April 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club.

“For one week every summer, children who have been treated for cancer rediscover a lot of things about childhood that cancer too often crowds out —including hope. Please join me in raising funds to [ensure] these children can continue to go to Camp Esperanza each summer,” writes Doreen Bruner.

Generous volunteers serving on the luncheon committee include Kimberly Allen, Laura DiStefano, Linda Gibson, Jenny Howell, Rachel Klarich, Sarah Klarich, Gara Little, Janelle Twyford Silvis, Jan Strickland and Cindy Will.

Luncheon guests will be inspired by a program showcasing children’s art projects from last year’s camp along with a lively panel discussion featuring counselors from Camp Esperanza.

Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Bruner at 817-368-5533 or

Boy Scout Silver Eagle luncheon to honor mayor

The Boys Scouts are a prime example of learning by doing, and the local Cross Timbers District of the Boys Scouts Longhorn Council helps young boys do just that every day of the year. Now is the time to help the Scouts continue their outstanding programs by attending their annual fundraiser, the Silver Eagle luncheon.

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams will be the honoree at this year’s luncheon set for April 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel, at 2401 E Lamar Blvd.

“We select honorees who represent the ideals of Scouting — upstanding community leaders who make a positive impact,” said event chairman Tracy Carroll. “We are a character development organization building our leaders of tomorrow. Jeff Williams embodies these qualities, characteristics and traits that represent our mission.”

Mayor Williams will be presented a Silver Eagle statue by Cross Timbers District Chairman Greg Schadt. Guests at the event will enjoy a seated luncheon during the program.

Contact Carroll at or 817-789-9687 to make arrangements to attend the event. Table sponsorships are also available at the $2,500 and $1,000 levels.

Nominations are open for the Sam Provence Award

Sam Provence was the founder of local nonprofit Helping Restore Ability. HRA provides services that enable disabled people to live independently with dignity so they can continue working, going to school, and enjoying their daily life.

Each year HRA presents an award at the Hand in Hand luncheon in honor of Provence and his remarkable efforts in advocating for disabled people. The award aims to recognize someone in the community for work to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

If you know someone you believe is a dedicated advocate who works diligently for disability rights, HRA is encouraging you to complete a nomination form and submit it for consideration for this award.

Forms are available at and are due on April 22. Contact Cindy Delgadillo at or call 817-635-6036 with questions.

Spring Fling on the Green features concert and golf on April 29

The Tee It Up for Charity golf tournament hosted by the Junior League of Arlington is scheduled for April 29 at Tierra Verde Golf Course. Along with the tournament, a concert featuring Emerald City band is planned.

New this year is Wine & Wedges, a ladies event for women who are new to the game. “This golf 101 session includes beginning instruction and golf basics, practice swings on the green, Chardonnay and a special gift,” according to promotional messages about the event. Limited space is available in two sessions, at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

The golf tournament will have a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. with games and prizes throughout the day, including the chance to win a Mercedes Benz courtesy of Park Place Motorcars Arlington. The concert begins at 6:45 p.m.

Proceeds from the tournament allow the Junior League to support the Arlington community through emergency funding, volunteer hours, education and free meeting space at their Center for Community Service building.

Early bird registration of $150 per golfer is available through Friday. Dinner and concert tickets are $35 each and concert only is $25. Wine & Wedges is $35. Sign up at or contact Stacy Bridger at

Events at a glance

  • Symphony Arlington performs on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Music Hall. Featured is the Symphony Arlington’s own Concertmaster, Delmar Pettys, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. In addition to Petty’s solo performances, Shostakovich Suite from The Age of Gold, and Turina Danzas fantasticas will also be featured. Call the Box Office at 817-385-0484 to inquire. Tickets at the door or online at
  • Wine Tasting fundraiser is Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Mercury Bar and Grill at 2410 W. Abram St. Hosted by of the Northwest Arlington ESL Center that teaches English to adults in Arlington, the event celebrates their 10th anniversary. More about the group at Silent auction items include a suite at Globe Life Park for a Rangers game, art, spa services and many special items. Wines are provided by Continent Wine Hopping. Tickets are $25. Purchase by contacting
  • UTA Jazz Brunch at Main Street Arts Festival is Saturday at the UTA Main Stage hospitality suite at Ninth and Main St. in Fort Worth. Brunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Performances of the band are at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are due today. Contact or 817-272-5297.

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