Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: New Year’s parties raise money for scholarships, disabled

Patti Bryant, left, and AWC President Judy Duke are planning the club’s Dec. 30 and 31 New Year’s parties.
Patti Bryant, left, and AWC President Judy Duke are planning the club’s Dec. 30 and 31 New Year’s parties. Courtesy photo

As December speeds by and the end of 2016 approaches, it’s not too early to make plans for New Year’s Eve. Don’t fret about making all the arrangements for a party because the Arlington Woman’s Club has everything handled and will host not one — but two — fantastic New Year’s celebrations at the club’s beautiful headquarters on Abram Street.

Guests can choose between Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 for ringing in the New Year. Both parties will provide a buffet meal, cash bar, dancing and a fabulous floor show by popular entertainer Michael Hix and his band.

“Our New Year’s event will be an opportunity to celebrate the New Year in a smaller, more intimate venue,” said AWC President Judy Duke. Hix and his band will play lots of ’50s and ’60s hits along with favorite country music that will definitely get the crowd onto the dance floor. Raffle drawings throughout the evening will give everyone a chance to take home fun gifts amidst the festivities.

In charge of the event is AWC member Joy Nunn with help from a party committee including Duke, Nancy York, Susan Pippin and Patti Bryant. “Funds raised at the party will enable AWC to continue providing scholarships and other community service projects,” Nunn said.

The scrumptious buffet will feature yummy pork loin and chicken cordon bleu and a selection of salads, breads and mouthwatering side dishes followed with multiple delicious dessert offerings. Libations at the bar include beer, wine and margaritas.

Tickets for the Friday night 7-10 p.m. party are $50 per person. Tickets for the Saturday 7 p.m.-midnight party are $75 per person and will include a champagne toast, party hats and horns, a special surprise parting gift to take home, and an extra set played by the Michael Hix band. Reserve an entire table on either party date for an additional $50 fee per table.

While having all this fun, guests will have the satisfaction of helping high school seniors who receive scholarships from AWC. The Woman’s Club has awarded more than $185,000 in scholarships since they established the program in 2002. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit local charity Helping Restore Ability and the truly remarkable, lifesaving work they do to help disabled people in our area (hratexas.org).

Purchase tickets at the Woman’s Club office located at 1515 W. Abram on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 817- 277-7666 to inquire.

Bicycle caravan set for Saturday to benefit Mission Arlington kids

One of Arlington’s most heartwarming spectacles is the annual caravan of cars and trucks taking bicycles to Mission Arlington as Christmas presents for needy children.

On Saturday, hundreds of parents and their kids will once again gather at 9 a.m. in the parking lot located at 2229 W. Park Row Drive (near Pantego Christian Academy, Saljos Pizza, and Mercantile Bank) bringing bikes and helmets to deliver en masse to the Mission Arlington Christmas store in downtown Arlington.

A long, impressive line of cars and trucks loaded with the bikes will have police escorts as they form a caravan to travel to their destination. Last year nearly 900 bikes were donated as part of this program.

“The citizens of Arlington are a compassionate people, and Mission Arlington is at the heart of that compassion — helping people in their time of need,” said Arlington businessman Clay Kelley, who has participated in the bikes program for years.

“We have been so blessed by the outpouring of support for Bikes for Mission Arlington — the need is as great today as it has ever been.”

The bicycle program began back in 2007 when two dads took their kids out to buy six bikes and delivered them to Mission Arlington as gifts for less fortunate children. They quickly realized what an opportunity it was to teach their children compassion and to experience the thrill of giving to others.

“Once there, they realized the huge need for children’s bicycles,” writes a spokesman for the program. “There are never enough bikes for kids served by Mission Arlington. The children who receive these bikes may not receive anything else at Christmas.”

Mission Arlington leader Tillie Burgin said the Christmas Store the mission operates served 30,000 children last year. Each year thousands of families can “shop” for gifts for their family in the store at no charge. Bicycles are one of the most needed items.

“I would encourage anybody to get involved in bringing a bike and a helmet to Mission Arlington on that day,” Burgin said in a video message. “The excitement of the gathering of the bicycles, the buying of them and putting them in the trucks, then coming as a parade down Abram St. while we cheer everybody on — you don’t want to miss this event.”

“The blessing of a family receiving a bicycle is unexplainable — you can’t describe it,” Burgin added.

Anyone in the community is welcome to join the Bikes for Mission Arlington initiative and get their kids involved by letting them pick out a bike and a helmet that is appropriate for a child their own age. Then join the Saturday morning activities to experience the sheer joy of giving to those families who need a little help at Christmas.

Learn more at www.bikesformissionarlington.org.

Texas Rangers host Cowboy Santa Toy Drive party on Tuesday

It’s the season of giving, and the Texas Rangers baseball team wants to do their part for the countywide Cowboy Santa Toy Drive. On Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. come on out to Globe Life Park in Arlington for a party, and bring a new, unwrapped toy for boys and girls, newborn to age 12.

“Rangers personalities will be on hand to sign autographs for the occasion,” a spokesman wrote in a news release. “Holiday movies will be shown on the video screen, the Rangers KidsZone will be open, and drink and food specials will be provided by Sportservice.”

“Other activities will include face-painting, crafts, a photo booth, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Additionally, complimentary holiday tours of Globe Life Park will be offered every half hour during the event.”

If you can’t make it to the party, residents are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys or books to the Rangers Gram Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park any time through Tuesday. An alternate drop-off location is the Rangers Team Shop at 316 Main St. in Fort Worth or any Fort Worth police or fire department.

The Cowboy Santa Toy Drive annually distributes thousands of toys to children from low-income families in Tarrant County.

Parking for the event is in Lot B. Enter for the party through the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop. To inquire, call 817-273-5207 or visit texasrangers.com.

Enjoy the sounds of the season at AMC concerts Thursday and Friday

Arlington Master Chorale will present “The Glory of Christmas” in two performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd. In Thursday’s performance, the Arlington Children’s Chorus, directed by Eric Robertson, will join the 100-voice chorale.

AMC’s concert will include John Rutter’s Gloria, along with other beautiful chorale pieces. “This concert is infused with the text of the Gloria throughout its entirety, and all of the music is in reference to the story of the nativity, from the angels proclaiming glory to God to the shepherds to Bethlehem and the cradle of the Christ child,” write choral director Randy Jordan.

“Come enjoy the spirit of the season and let AMC provide some comfort and joy, including a free reception after the concert,” said a spokesperson for the group. Tickets are available at the door or at www.ArlingtonMasterChorale.com.

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