Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Art on the Greene festival returns on Friday

This year’s Art on the Green runs Friday through Sunday at Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington.
This year’s Art on the Green runs Friday through Sunday at Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington. Courtesy photo

Many folks attending the Art on the Greene festival Friday through Sunday may be there to see some outstanding artwork, but you can bet they will stay to enjoy the food, the music and the setting.

The free event is held in one of the area’s loveliest natural areas, Richard Greene Linear Park, and will exhibit the exceptionally high-quality work of almost 90 artists from across the country in 13 art categories including 2-D and 3-D mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metalwork, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

“I think the location is one of the main things that sets Art on the Greene apart from other art festivals in the area. You can’t beat it — the setting is just unique,” said Steve Moya, whose company produces the event. Most would agree with Moya once they walk the tree-lined paths and see the magnificent Caelum Moor sculptures set in the midst of a lake on the north side, the Rangers’ ballpark on the east and AT&T Stadium on the west.

What better to make the festival perfect than music to entertain the crowds? This year, festivalgoers can relish the sounds of several tribute bands playing the music of Journey, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Foreigner, Santana and Tijuana Brass, along with several other groups covering a slew of musical genres.

“We have always gotten a good response to our tribute bands. And I think the style of music is more mainstream and goes back to a generation that is one of our main demographics,” said Moya.

Jeff K from Lone Star 92.5 FM will broadcast live from the festival, giving away lots of nifty Lone Star swag.

When asked how a new festival was able to secure such a superior quality of art from the very beginning, Moya explained that it started out with a philosophy of quality over quantity and only selected the exceptional artists from among many applicants. Moya said he believes in controlling the number of artists in each category.

“We don’t like to flood the festival in any one category because we think our patrons will appreciate the careful selection and variety, and because of that will return year after year knowing they can see and purchase all forms of art.”

Great food vendors from last year are returning along with a couple of new ones: Ketzlers Schnitzel Shack and Bellatrino serving up delicious Italian offerings with a cafe feel their beautiful truck provides. Seating for diners will move to a grassy area of the park this year, and of course blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged in the stage area where people can nosh on festival food while they enjoy the music.

Art on the Greene has done a great job of bringing artists and the community together during its first three years, and you can safely bet it will only grow and improve over time. Whether it’s listening to great music, tasting delicious food, sipping beer or wine, or buying some fabulous art, attendees will walk away with lasting memories.

Festival hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and free parking is in Lot J of the Rangers’ lots. Pets on a leash are welcome. (Please do not bring aggressive animals.)

Find everything you need to know to plan your trip on the festival website at www.ArtontheGreene.com. Hope to see you there.

Fort Worth

TCU’s Back to Class event is March 26

A lively evening of thought-provoking minilectures presented by some of TCU’s AddRan College of Liberal Arts professors is the headline entertainment at the Back to Class party coming up on March 26.

Guests will enjoy a reception where light bites, beer and wine will be served before the program begins. Chancellor Victor Boschini will welcome guests, and Dean Andy Schoolmaster will speak briefly before excusing everybody to class (lectures) where attendees can attend two of the five lectures offered.

Class lecturers are: Molly Scudder, Stacie McCormick, Kiril Tochkov, Ralph Carter, Michael Bachmann and Mark Dennis.

“The Back to Class event is intended to showcase some of our best professors giving timely and informative lectures on a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences,” said Schoolmaster. “It is also designed to demonstrate the importance of the liberal arts in understanding and addressing some of our most pressing social issues.”

An individual registration is $125 and sponsorships are available. Sign up by contacting TCU Donor Relations office at 817-257-7806 or donorrelations@tcu.edu.

Northeast Tarrant

Sandra Brown to headline fundraiser for Birdville foundation

With a laser-sharp focus on literacy, the “Tribute to Leadership” event annually hosted by the Birdville Education Foundation will feature bestselling author and Richland High School graduate Sandra Brown.

Guests will enjoy dinner at the Hurst Conference Center after they enjoy a chance to socialize and peruse the enticing offerings in the silent and big board auctions before the program begins. Newswoman Janet St. James from WFAA/Channel 8 is the emcee.

A four-day stay in a vacation home in Pagosa Springs, Colo., an autographed Bob Lilly jersey and a Sandra Brown book bag containing many of her novels plus a few of her hand-selected personal favorites such as coffee, candles, and wine are among the items available for bidders.

In charge of the event is chairman Taylor Anderson withe help from honorary co-chairs Tony and Louisa Pack, Executive Director Tito Rodriquez, Erin Powell and other committee members. Funds raised will enable the foundation to continue supporting education in the Birdville school district. Since 2001, it has awarded over $1 million in local educator grants.

“Sandra Brown’s talk will focus on literacy, including her path to becoming an author, and how she was inspired by her education in BISD,” said Powell.

“I’m honored to have been invited as guest speaker,” Brown wrote in a statement. “I’ll have to be sharp. It’s much easier to address an audience of strangers than one including friends and family who knew me back when,” she quipped.

Tickets are $75 each, and tables of 10 are available. Make reservations at www.BirdvilleEducationFoundation.com or call 817-547-5778.

Keller school walk promotes fitness and benefits diabetes association

Don’t be surprised if you see Superman, Spider-Man, Catwoman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk or Wonder Woman on the track at the Keller ISD School Walk for Diabetes on March 28 at the athletic complex, 601 N. Pate Orr Road. The theme is “Superheroes,” and all participants are encouraged to dress for the part.

“This walk is an educational fundraiser that promotes physical fitness and healthy eating to students, while also raising money for the American Diabetes Association. A percentage of funds raised by our schools will be returned for PE equipment and school medical supplies,” said Sandy Peters, the DFW American Diabetes Association representative.

Working on the event are Debbie Gregor, Kathy Orwig and Debbie Hooker, Keller school nurse representatives, and Cindy Parsons, director of Keller school district health services.

Besides the walk itself, attendees will enjoy music, refreshments, health screenings by Texas Health Resources, and 20 vendor exhibits. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and the festival runs until 11:30 a.m.

“We’ll have an NFL punt, pass and kick event, a superhero contest, a silent auction, photo booth, face-painting and sponsor company booths invited to prepare activities and food as they wish,” said Liz Nelson, nurse at Caprock Elementary and event spokeswoman. “The Dallas Cowboy’s mascot, Rowdy, and the Chick fil-A cow will be making special appearances.”

“Last year KISD raised $74,000 for the ADA, and 40 schools (33,145 students and 3,887 employees) participated, with many of the 100 students with diabetes in KISD involved,” Nelson said. According to the ADA, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes.

Registration for walkers is $10 per person; the festival is free. The public is welcome to participate. Sign up at www.Diabetes.org/KISD2015 or contact Nelson at 817-744-6420.

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