Taste of Arlington is set for Tuesday at the Arlington Convention Center. Themed “Great Food for a Great Cause,” the event benefits youth programs at Theatre Arlington and the Arlington YMCA and will let guests taste their way through some amazing culinary creations from restaurants all over the area.
Along with everyone’s favorite activity — eating — guests can expect platefuls of fun with wonderful live entertainment and an extensive silent auction. New this year are restaurant rewards for all ticket holders.
“Your ticket will become a reward card good for the whole year on deals at participating restaurants,” said Theatre Arlington Executive Director Norman Ussery. “Just keep your ticket stub and show it for deals listed on the Taste website and Facebook page, with regular updates.”
Ready to serve up their signature appetizers, entrees, desserts and over-the-top libations are such eateries as Black-Eyed Pea, Blue Mesa Grill, Bone Daddy’s, Cacharel, Dickey’s Barbecue, El Fenix, Mariano’s, Restaurant 506 at Sanford House, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, Spring Creek Barbeque, Sweet Tomatoes, the Melting Pot and dozens more.
The event runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each ($30 for groups of 10 or more) and $65 for VIP admission, which includes a private reception and a reserved table.
Margarita Charity Ball on Nov. 8 is a toy story
Continuing their own rendition of a toy story, the members of Children’s Charities of Fort Worth will host the 26th edition of the Margarita Charity Ball on Nov. 8 in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The invitation-only event collects a mountain of toys for children in need each year from guests, whose price of admission is $25 plus a new unwrapped toy valued at $30 or more. Admission without a toy is $50 per person.
“Toys collected on this evening are distributed the next day to local charities such as Alliance for Children, Samaritan House, the Shriners, the Ladder Alliance, Child Protective Services and more. The toys will be distributed by these charities where need is greatest to make a joyful Christmastime for kids,” said Children’s Charities Vice President Ann Allan.
For many loyal attendees, the black-tie-optional ball kicks off the holiday party season each year. Fun is guaranteed for guests as they enjoy the signature complimentary margaritas, light buffet, cash bar, silent auction and dancing to the sounds of popular band Party Machine. Between turns on the dance floor, a Las Vegas-style casino awaits those who want to tempt Lady Luck.
“The Margarita Ball is the vehicle created to encourage attendees to give back to the youngest of the community while simultaneously enjoying a great evening. It’s a party with a purpose,” Allan said.
Saints & Sinners Tour next weekend
You won’t have to whistle past the graveyard if you go on the Saints & Sinners Tour on Saturday and Sunday hosted by the North Fort Worth Historical Society at historic Oakwood Cemetery.
Tourists will walk on graveled paths nestled beneath towering oak trees to satisfy the fascination about some early Fort Worth residents whose life stories will not be buried and forgotten thanks to members of the society.
“Some of Fort Worth’s infamous, famous and not-so-famous residents who reside at Oakwood Cemetery return for one weekend each October to enlighten you about their life and times,” society President Marty Humphrey said about the guided walking tours offered at 1 and 3:30 p.m. both days.
Tour groups will hear spellbinding historically accurate portrayals telling the stories. Don’t be startled as you encounter people dressed in period costumes strolling the cemetery as they keep the atmosphere authentic for modern-day visitors. The two-hour tours include a visit to the cemetery’s century-old chapel, live music and a chance to buy historical books.
“The fundraiser also benefits Oakwood Cemetery, the second-oldest cemetery in Fort Worth, with such notable inhabitants such as John Peter Smith, Luke Short and the men in Bartenders Row,” society member Melissa Hunter said. “The city does not manage it or fund it, so the cemetery needs help.”
A line of graves in the cemetery is called Bartenders Row because the men buried there tended bar in 19th-century saloons, gambling houses and dance halls of Fort Worth’s infamous red-light district, Hell’s Half Acre.
Short, a notorious gunfighter, shot Fort Worth Marshal Jim Courtright in a famed gunfight near the White Elephant Saloon.
Keller Women’s Club Movie Night
The new Keller Movie House & Eatery will host friends and supporters of the Greater Keller Women’s Club at a movie night Sunday to help the club launch plans for its Garden of Roses fashion event.
Club spokeswoman Debbie Dodge said guests will enjoy refreshments in the lobby before enjoying screenings of films in the theater’s eight theaters.
Club members will be on hand to distribute material about the club’s work in the community and to provide details on how to become a sponsor of the fashion event, set for spring. Presenting sponsor Allen Samuels will have shiny new cars on display outside the Movie House.
Movie night is open from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for guests 12 and under. Admission includes movies, appetizers, food sampling and popcorn. Proceeds will go to the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation.
Reservations are required. Call Dodge at 817-223-9956 to inquire.
At a glance
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday in Trinity Park in Fort Worth. Check in at 7:30 a.m. before the tribute ceremony at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and experts say as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050. Register a team at www.alz.org/northcentraltexas.
Strollathon is Sunday at the Parr Park Pavilion in Grapevine and benefits the Rett Syndrome Foundation to fight Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder primarily affecting young girls. Register at noon before the 1 p.m. start. Contact Vanessa Peace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-977-5021.
Ride for Kids-Gear Up to End Childhood Hunger is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth. Strollers, tricycles and trainers will choose from three distances to raise money for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. A Party on the Plaza will have music and activities. Party is $15 in advance or $25 the day of the ride and free for parents and for children 2 and younger. Bike ride registration is $25 in advance or $35 on event day. Sign up online at www.tridentsportsfw.com/ride-for-kids.html.