Arlington's Art in the Park to feature artists, live music

Art in the Park. With more than 100 artists and live music on two stages, a new event called Art in the Park sounds like fun. It opens at noon Saturday in the Arlington Highlands shopping village, one of the area's most exclusive retail centers.

"The atmosphere will be creative, colorful, unique with one-of-a-kind things you don't want to miss," said Dollie Smith of F6 Gallery, a co-presenter of the event with the Highlands. "This is a celebration to raise awareness of our local artists and introduce them to the community."

Students from Arlington and Mansfield schools and the bassoon ensemble from the University of Texas at Arlington will perform. A lineup of great indie artists and bands will perform on two stages throughout the day.

To see a list of all artists and a detailed schedule and festival layout, go to or call Smith at 469-688-3052.

Building character. This is important for any strong community, and nobody does it better than the Arlington YMCA. The Y celebrated another year's worth of accomplishments at its annual meeting and luncheon last month at First United Methodist Church.

Keynote speaker Charles Williams of the JPS Health Network challenged the audience to find the values that make home and community strong. CEO Willie Dean and board Chairman Len Oszustowicz presented the Families of Character Awards to the families of Steve and Stacy Dellasega, Greg and Tamara Smith, Stephanie Ulrich, and Rob and Tina Williams. Named volunteers of the year were Brice Beard, Naomi Brand, Jeff Cloud, Ed Dalheim, Lee Jones and Peggy Shaw. Paige Scott received the Youth of Character award, and Kim Johnson was presented the Activate America award. Arlington was named outstanding community partner for the support that city departments provide to the Y.

A special treat was the moving video It's My Y that showcased testimonials about what the organization's programs mean to local families. With the promise of another year of exemplary service to the community, new officers were installed and challenged to continue to prove why "It's My Y."

Call Sally Ray at 817-461-1414 to find out how to contribute or go to to learn about programs and upcoming events.

The Really Big Show. No, we're not talking about reruns of The Ed Sullivan Show. This one refers to Arlington's own "Really Big Show" presented by Dance Theatre of Arlington at UT-Arlington's Texas Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday.

The show features the outstanding talent of the I Am! dancers from C.B. Berry Elementary School and the Company Dancers from Dance Theatre Arlington. Also starring are acting favorites Debbie Brown and B.J. Cleveland, who never fail to deliver a winning performance. The show is free, and executive director Persis Ann Forster at 817-261-7921 can answer any questions about the event.