Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Boat-building school Saturday in preparation for cardboard boat regatta

The folks at River Legacy will once again offer a free boat-building school on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., in preparation for the annual cardboard boat regatta.
The folks at River Legacy will once again offer a free boat-building school on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., in preparation for the annual cardboard boat regatta. Star-Telegram archives

Competing in almost any type of contest requires preparation and hard work. Athletes train, entertainers take lessons, race car drivers practice, thoroughbred horses race — and so on. And what about their equipment? It must be skillfully made and the user has to know how to make it function at the highest level.

So it goes with the competitors in the annual cardboard boat regatta produced by the River Legacy Foundation. Without some potent knowledge about how to design and build a boat made of cardboard, participants have little chance of coming out on top in the competition.

Not to worry, though, because the folks at River Legacy will once again offer a free boat-building school on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

The event “provides tips from the experts on cardboard boat construction, supplies, engineering strategies and hands-on math and science applications for teachers,” writes spokeswoman Kristi Payne. Past winners will demonstrate successful boat-building techniques, she added.

If you aren’t familiar with the regatta, it’s an event that challenges amateur boat-builders to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. The 26th year for the regatta is April 25 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

During the regatta, “youth and adult participants brave the waves as they try to keep their cardboard creations afloat,” Payne said. “Trophies awarded include Fastest Finish, Rah! Rah! for most spirited and the Titanic for most spectacular sinking.”

Even if you haven’t made up your mind about entering the regatta, it’s good idea to attend the boat-building school. It will help you decide, and you’ll get scads of terrific information and have a fun time to boot.

Contact Payne at 817-860-6752 or get details at

Gospel concert Saturday benefits women in need

Come out for some good old-fashioned gospel music Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. for a concert hosted by the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Greater Arlington.

Performing at the event are local gospel groups including the Broken Cords, the Threshold Quartet, women’s ensembles from First Baptist Church Arlington and soloist Doug Engle. First Baptist children’s choir will also perform.

During intermission, desserts and refreshments will be served. As an added attraction, delicious homemade sweets will be on sale at the concert.

The main fundraiser for the organization, proceeds from the concert will enable Christian Women’s Job Corps to continue offering women in need a tuition-free job-training program. The agency also conducts a life skills program for women to help improve their self-esteem, quality of life and personal and spiritual relationships.

“CWJC is thrilled to host our ninth annual Gospel Homecoming concert as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Christian Women’s Job Corps serving women in the Arlington community,” said event coordinator and former President Kyle O’Neal. “By attending the concert, you are supporting the mission of CWJC.”

Helping O’Neal on the event committee are Cathy Stout, Julie Forrester, Chad Wilhelm and Lori Allen.

The concert venue is Fellowship Hall in First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Advance tickets are $10 (call 817-275-5600) or $12 at the door. Learn more at

Festival on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month

A lively Saturday afternoon filled with exhibits, musical and dance performances, lectures, film, storytelling, crafts and other activities will celebrate African-American history and culture at the Southeast Branch Library, 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd.

Entertainers include the step team from Ousley Junior High, singers from Ashworth Elementary, a jazz combo from Tarrant County College Southeast Campus and performers from Step by Step dance studio.

For those who want a basic introduction to West African drumming, don’t miss the presentation by Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble at 3:30 p.m.

The festival will feature excerpts from the documentary film Freedom Summer from the series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” Ruthann Geer from TCC will lead a community discussion after the film.

The fun begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. Bring the whole family; there are activities, exhibits and presentations to please all ages.

Contact Debi Wood, library services manager, at 817-459-6900 with questions. Details and the agenda are online at

Events at a glance

▪ Arlington Community Band, directed by Rick Baker, will perform in concert with the Seguin High School Wind Symphony on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the school, 7001 Silo Road.

The band will play works by Jack Stamp, Piere LaPlante, Malcolm Arnold, Douglas Akey and Steven Reineke. Seguin has programmed works by Samuel A Ward/Carmen Dragon, Pierre Leemans, Camille Saint-Saens and Samuel Hazo.

Admission is free. Contact Velma Bogart at 817-467-0158 or to inquire.

▪ Miss Arlington/Miss Arlington’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss Texas and Miss America pageants, is Saturday at 7 p.m. at 1010 Collins, 1010 N. Collins St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Contact pageant Executive Director Jo Tibbetts at with any questions.

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