One of the most delightful soirees during spring event season is the Arlington Arts League Spring Gala, and this year’s party April 2 will be exceptional as the league celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The swank Cacharel Ballroom will be the scene for a chic crowd in glittering cocktail dresses and tuxedos that is energized for art’s sake. The art docent, ArtReach and scholarship programs that the league provides are a natural fit for arts patrons to enthusiastically support.
Before the Cacharel chef serves a gourmet meal featuring turkey piccata and a chocolate pot d’cream finish, guests will nosh on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres at a reception while sipping libations served at a cash bar.
Chairman of the event is Mark Williams, and Catherine Brown is president of the arts league. “Because it’s our 20th anniversary, we plan to highlight our accomplishments and recognize our past presidents throughout the years,” said Brown.
Always turning in a solid performance is the Buzz Murphy Orchestra , which will provide dance and background music featuring vocalist Breggett Rideau with a voice and style that is truly captivating. Songs from the ’40s through the ’90s are the band’s specialty, and that translates into pleasing all musical tastes.
The lucky winner in a raffle drawing will walk away with the league’s perennial Wall of Wine featuring approximately 50 vintages. Whose ticket will win them a stay at the Choctaw Casino Resort Hotel? And the raffle bin will be stuffed with tickets for a chance to win a unique piece of art by league member and pottery artist Linh Nguyen, who also directs the Arlington school district art program.
Nguyen created the piece at a league meeting as members watched. “As he was building this piece, Linh talked about how he would mold a student and their creativity the way he created his piece, Brown said.
Key auction items are Michael Kors jewelry and wonderful vacation packages including stays at The Cosmopolitan Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas and the Lookout Point Inn in Hot Springs. For art collectors, the one-of-a-kind artwork from local artists will be attractive additions to their collections.
“We may be a small organization, but are really trying to make an impact,” said Brown. “Our mission is to promote and encourage the artistic talent that is in Arlington. We should be proud of the wealth of talent here in our own city.”
In the two decades since the arts league formed, nearly $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded to college students enrolled in fine arts programs and to graduating seniors planning to major in the fine arts. Last year alone, more than $13,000 went to student scholarships. Learn more about the league’s programs at www.arlingtonartsleague.com.
Gala tickets are $75 per person or $600 for table of eight (advance reservations required). RSVP deadline is March 29. Make arrangements to attend by calling 817-274-5790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love That Smile party aims to provide healthy teeth for kids
The wonderful folks at Dental Health Arlington really know how to sink their teeth into throwing a party. Their signature fundraiser, Love That Smile, is set for April 1 and will introduce a brand-new party concept.
A casino night will be a change of pace from the past, and the event committee has pulled out all the stops to make sure the evening will be a hit with guests. J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, a favorite downtown hot spot, will host the event, where casually attired guests can enjoy a happy hour before dinner followed by casino gaming, live music, raffles and a silent auction.
“Love That Smile allows us to recognize and celebrate our supporters with a fun, entertaining evening,” said board member Laura Lopez Stinson.
“We are able to raise some of the necessary funds needed in order to continue serving the less fortunate in our community, especially the over 9,000 children we treat in more than 30 low-income schools.”
Party action will pause for a special presentation to the recipient of the Sally Hopper Golden Crown Award that goes to an exceptional supporter of DHA who provides volunteer dental services and outstanding community service. Cindy O’Neal will be honored this year.
While everyone tries his luck at the blackjack, craps and roulette tables, popular dance band The Wonderfuls will play a variety of tunes from the ’70s to today’s pop music.
According to DHA program director Glenda Bell, impressive silent auction swag includes a $1,000 speedway package, Kendra Scott jewelry, Marilyn Merlot wines and Godiva chocolate towers. Themed baskets, Rangers tickets, date night packages and a football autographed by Gary Patterson are also in the mix.
A $35 ticket includes dinner and $1,000 casino money, and the $50 VIP ticket includes dinner, $3,000 casino cash, raffle ticket and a complimentary adult beverage. Purchase online at www.dentalhealtharlington.org or call Bell at 817-874-6838.
Spring break fun at River Legacy Living Science Center
Keep those kiddos entertained during spring break with fun activities at the Living Science Center at River Legacy Parks.
On Wednesday, a Bug Adventure Hike sounds exciting. Hikers with magnifying glasses and bug boxes can choose a hike offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 per person.
On Thursday, enjoy an Opossum Adventure and learn more about North America’s only marsupial. Participants will create an opossum craft. Choose any time on the hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $2 per person.
On Friday, create a variety of nature-inspired craft projects at Art in Nature. It’s a come-and-go event between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for $3 per person.
Kids 2 and under get in free for all events, and children must be accompanied by an adult for all programs. No reservations are required. Activities will be available for families while they wait for the next available program. Daily program updates @rlsciencecenter or call 817-860-6752. The center is at 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. in Arlington.
Events at a glance
▪ Chili cook-off is from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eunice Activity Center, 1000 Eunice St. Hosted by Survivors on Purpose, the event will feature a chili cooking competition, face-painting, hot dogs, bounce house and games.
Proceeds enable the charity to do community workshops, education, expos and social activities for triple-negative breast cancer. The public invited to taste the chili and enjoy the fun. Admission is $10 for adults; kids under 5 free. Inquiries to email@example.com.
▪ J. Gilligan’s 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is from 11 to 2 a.m. Thursday. Green beer and Irish nachos served throughout. Musical acts: Deryl Dodd headlines at 7:30 p.m. followed by Stingray. Others will perform in the draft house and restaurant. Bagpipers all evening. Free giveaways. Cover is $6 after 6 p.m. Under age 21 must be accompanied by guardian. jgilligans.com.