Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Cardboard boat races splashy way to help River Legacy Foundation

Competitors in the 2015 cardboard boat regatta.
Competitors in the 2015 cardboard boat regatta. Courtesy photo

The race is on again at the family-friendly cardboard boat regatta Saturday at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. It’s a sight to behold for guests when they see the innovative designs and witness the sheer will to win that all the racers share — especially when you consider that their vessels are made entirely of cardboard.

It’s a nail-biting experience to watch the various categories of boats brave the waves in the giant wave pool as they compete to win races — or spectacularly sink. The event is presented by the River Legacy Foundation.

“We have more than 160 boat entries so far,” spokeswoman Kristi Payne said. “I am always amazed at what our participants — young and old — can create out of cardboard.”

Payne said event organizers are always pleased about the hands-on math and science applications that the students who enter take away from the regatta.

“We invite the community to come check it out, cheer on the crews and soak up the event day fun that includes Hook’s Lagoon, a children’s area featuring a mini boat regatta with pinewood boat kits and a hula-hoop contest,” Payne said.

For those who didn’t plan in advance, there are boat kits for sale and time to build your boat on site. “There’s a chance to win a whale of a prize, such as a Fitbit and more, in our Whale Sail Raffle,” Payne added. For $10, guests can also buy ride wristbands for unlimited spins on the Tornado, Tsunami Surge and Typhoon Twister.

Besides awards for the fastest boat in various categories, there are other hilarious award presentations including a Bribe the Judge award, the Titanic award for the most spectacular sinking, the Best of Show for outstanding boat design and the Rah Rah award for the most spirited team.

It is one of the most entertaining events around the area, and the proceeds benefit the education and preservation programs of the River Legacy Foundation. Worthwhile to see video of past events on to get you revved up for this year’s hilarious competition.

Admission is $8 per person at the gate or $6 in advance if purchased at River Legacy Living Science Center by Friday. Events hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions? Call 817-860-6752, ext. 107.

HRA casino night aims to be a Game Changer

For people with disabling conditions, finding solutions to help them live their lives more independently can be a real game changer. This reality inspired the folks at Helping Restore Ability to name their upcoming fundraiser the Game Changer.

The Game Changer Casino Night and silent auction is set for May 6 at the Arlington Museum of Art.

“Dinner and drinks will be complemented by casino-style gaming, a silent auction and the musical stylings of the Marcus Rockwell Trio,” HRA spokeswoman Cindy Delgadillo said. “The evening promises a Vegas-style good time and best suited to invite all of your friends.”

The auction will feature baskets filled with tickets and gift cards for wonderful products and luxury services. Not to spoil the surprise of what’s up for grabs, but rumor has it that there will be Dallas Zoo tickets, Disney Park-Hopper passes, a stay at The Joule Dallas, American Airlines miles, Texas Rangers tickets, a wine tasting and lots more. Gamers can also cash in their casino tickets to win some nifty prizes as well.

The fun will be enhanced knowing that your ticket and auction purchase will help HRA continue providing in-home care to a vulnerable population — those who are impoverished who also live with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Ladies Auxiliary for HRA is in charge of the Game Changer Casino party.

Tickets are $80 per person. Make reservations at, or contact Kimmie Hack at or 817-635-6020.

Junior League helps prom dreams come true

For more than 85 local high school girls whose situations are a financial barrier to going to prom, the outlook just got a lot brighter. Thanks to the Junior League of Arlington, they now have a lovely gown, accessories, shoes and hair and makeup tips for their magical evening.

At the club’s Glass Slipper Boutique, girls are treated to browsing among nearly 1,000 dresses in all sizes and styles and an expansive selection of shoes and jewelry. League members act as personal shopping assistants for students who want the extra service. And all of it is free. The Junior League collects donated formal attire throughout the year to stock the boutique.

In charge of this year’s boutique were members Loriel Fisher and Julia Bessler, with assistance provided by the fall and spring provisional classes. Special guests at the shopping day were Mrs. Arlington Emily May, who offered personal styling tips to some of the girls, and Arlington Deputy Police Chief Chavela Hampton, who provided prom safety tips.

According to a recent news release, “JLA recognizes that high self-esteem helps disadvantaged girls overcome their situations, and attending prom is so critical for adolescent teens’ self-esteem.”

“Our organization focuses on empowering women to tackle community issues that directly affect the well-being of residents by participating in programs aimed at abuse awareness and prevention, building leadership and the self-esteem of young girls,” said JLA President Emily Swanson in a news statement.

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Scouts honor Eagle achievements and adult volunteers

For nearly 60 years, the Cross Timbers District of Boy Scouts Longhorn Council has hosted a spring banquet to honor exceptional scouts and the dedicated adult volunteers who work with the numerous troops around town.

District Chairman Greg Schadt said the banquet held at Trinity United Methodist Church early last month was a celebration of a lot of notable achievements and devoted service. A most impressive 50 scouts were recognized for attaining Eagle Scout status.

Connor Callaway from Troop 118 was honored with the Outstanding Eagle Project for 2015,” Schadt said. “Connor’s recognition for his project for Woods Chapel Baptist Church included a scholarship from the district to go toward college expenses. Thanks to David and Karen Shuford for funding the scholarship, and congratulations to the 50 2015 Eagle Scouts.”

Mighty Oak awards went to Luther Bruce, Bryan Stein, Kimberly Wood and Elmer Jewell. Named as rookies of the year were Robert Watson, Chase Albert and David Hill.

Taking home the Dedicated Scouter honors were Doug Miles, John Vogel and Rodney Gibson. Named as District Scouter was Richard Kincaid, and the District Award of Merit was given to Kent Couch. And a number of awards were given during the evening’s festivities.

Events at a glance

  • Sunday Speaker Series hosted by Arlington Historical Society is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fielder House, 1616 W. Abram St. The curator of the Fielder Museum’s current exhibit, Nancy Bennett, will present “Portrait of Carrie.” Carrie Rogers (subject of the talk and the exhibit) was an early-20th-century businesswoman, newspaper columnist, landowner and environmentalist and the first female city marshal in Texas. This first presentation of the series launches the upcoming plant festival (watch for details next week).
  • Auditions for the Teen Talent Follies hosted by Dance Theatre of Arlington are Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at the dance studio, 222 W. Main St. Auditions are for soloists and groups of six or fewer who are in the seventh through 12th grades in Tarrant County. Visit for the complete list of guidelines. Call Persis Ann Forster at 817-860-1327 for specifics or to register.
  • Timeless Concerts will present “An Evening at Downton Abbey” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive in Fort Worth. Period costumes encouraged. Music performed by violin, piano and cello trio and opera singers. Complimentary fruit/cheese/desserts. Post-concert music for dancing by Steve Stroud. Cash bar. Tickets:

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