Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Soup and salad dinner Friday raises funds for families in need

Friday nights are perfect for dining out after a long, hard week at work, especially someplace where the food is scrumptious and the price is right. The annual Soup & Salad Dinner fits this description.

Take the whole family and head over to the Pantego Lions Club Community Center on Friday where a delicious homemade meal will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the folks at Arlington Charities.

Anyone who has attended an Arlington Charities dinner party knows that the meal is always first class. This time, the chefs are preparing big pots of steaming homemade soups with heaping helpings of all sorts of salad side dishes. Save room for dessert because the dessert table will have a spread of sweets to die for.

“We love to host the community at our dinners. It’s a great time for friends and families to visit and enjoy a home-cooked meal knowing it all benefits needy families in our area,” said Executive Director Melanie Gibson.

The winner of a charity drawing at the event will walk away with a cash prize of $300. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Arlington Charities, now in its 37th year of service, provided help to more than 55,000 Arlington clients last year with food, clothing, school supplies, holiday meals and other services.

The dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Kids under 5 eat free. Advance tickets are available at the agency or at the door. To make reservations, call 817-275-1511. Major credit cards are accepted. The dinner venue is at 3535 Marathon St.

Arlington’s family-fun campout returns March 20

It’s time to bring the sleeping bags, flashlights and tents out of storage for the annual Tents & Tales Campout set for March 20-21 hosted by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at beautiful River Legacy Parks.

Families and friends love this event, which gives them a chance to escape from their regular city routine and enjoy quality outdoor time without having to make a long drive. The campout includes dinner, movie under the stars, sleeping bag storytime, s’mores, animal explorations and an old-fashioned sing-along around a crackling fire.

According to recreation manager Ernie Smith, the affordable outing has become a tradition for many Arlington families. “We have a lot of first-time campers who come to the event to get the feel of camping before exploring it on their own,” Smith said. “We have staff and volunteers to help the new campers set up their tents.”

Check-in and setup starts at 4 p.m. After a tasty hot dog dinner, campers will enjoy fun activities before the Lego movie is screened at 9 p.m. Campsite breakdown is on Saturday morning at 7.

The fee is $10 per person and includes dinner and activities. Kids 2 and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and no pets are allowed.

Space is limited, so early reservations are advised. Call 817-459-6434 to register, or drop by any recreation center.

Arlington Woman’s Club ready to play ball

It was the hot stove league season at the recent event at the Arlington Woman’s Club where members and guests gathered for the annual winter meeting. Baseball fever gripped the room expertly decorated with Texas Rangers memorabilia, and the crowd of more than 200 folks warmly greeted special guest Chuck Morgan, affectionately called “the voice of the Texas Rangers.”

This meeting is the annual departure from the norm where husbands and other guests are invited to join members for an enjoyable night of dining and entertainment. Elouise Perry, third vice president, was in charge of the evening’s program with help from a large committee and set up Morgan’s presentation with a lively bio of his fascinating career in baseball.

Besides his role as the Rangers’ public address announcer, Morgan manages scoreboard and video production for home games. He has announced the starting lineups for 2,411 consecutive major-league games and is credited with creating the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, FanFest and the ever-popular Dot Race at home games.

After a delicious barbecue dinner donated by Spring Creek, the affable Morgan gave the audience a fascinating look into what fans hear at the ballpark with some interesting revelations about how the walk-up music heard as players come up to the plate is chosen and the technical aspects of getting the timing perfect. The bottom line: It’s a lot harder than you might imagine.

Philanthropy chairwoman Carolyn Morgan revealed plans for the annual Philanthropy Dinner coming up on April 10. Club President Becky Lucas was on hand to greet arriving and departing guests.

To make inquiries about the club, call the office at 817-277-7666 or visit

Charity events rescheduled after inclement weather

▪ Theatre Arlington’s performance of The Little Mermaid originally planned for Friday was canceled and rescheduled as an extra performance at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

▪ Arlington Kiwanis Club Pancake Day originally planned for Saturday has been rescheduled for this Saturday at First United Methodist Church.

▪ The Dental Health Arlington Love That Smile Gala originally planned for Friday has been rescheduled for March 27 at Cacharel Grand Ballroom.

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