Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Arts league aims to wow guests at spring gala

Marie Pitts, Elaine Strain, Danna Barry and Dorothy Rencurrel at the Arlington Arts League’s 2014 spring gala. This year’s event is March 28.
Marie Pitts, Elaine Strain, Danna Barry and Dorothy Rencurrel at the Arlington Arts League’s 2014 spring gala. This year’s event is March 28. Courtesy photo

Arts supporters and the party set will step out on March 28 for one of the most anticipated events of the spring event season when the Arlington Arts League hosts its annual spring gala at the Cacharel Grand Ballroom.

Dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and an exciting raffle awaits formally attired guests at the sparkling evening of fun and festivities. The party is the main economic engine that enables the league to operate art docent and art outreach programs along with funding scholarships for aspiring artists.

“We gave over $12,000 last year to the fine-arts students at AISD, TCC Southeast and UTA,” said league President Cathy Brown. “The talent we see is amazing, [and the] scholarships go a long way in helping someone get to the college and program that will help them reach their goals.”

“The night of the gala, it is fun to dress up for a night of glitz and dance, but we never forget the silent auction, the raffle and donations all go to the goal of helping the city’s fine-arts students. They are the future.”

The Buzz Murphy Orchestra and a wonderful vocalist will entertain guests (I personally love this band) throughout the evening. Cocktails are served before dinner while everyone visits and shops the silent auction.

Mark Williams is the chairman of the event with a big assist from committee members Brown, Robert Murillo, Nan Sansone, Dorene Goodson, Barbara Bowers, Elaine Strain and Mel Goodson. Together, they have planned an unforgettable experience for guests at the gala affair.

An impressive selection for the auction includes a hot air balloon ride, Rangers tickets and artwork by William Bracey.

Get your raffle tickets early or stand in line at the party because everyone will want a chance to win one of the three terrific items up for grabs: a gorgeous piece of custom pottery created especially for the arts league by talented artist Linh Nguyen, a collection of 50 bottles of wine and a vacation at a Hill Country resort.

“Our annual gala is the one night each year where we can offer the community an exceptional evening of fun and entertainment and fine dining,” said Williams. “We’re thankful this event has such a wonderful reputation, and our committee is dedicated to making sure guests enjoy themselves as we raise money for the arts league scholarships and community programs.”

Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table for eight. Reservations are due March 21.

Call 817-274-5790 or email to make arrangements to attend.

Books and bargains at four-day sale

Grab and book and a bargain at the book sale coming up next week hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. Doors will open Wednesday for one of the biggest sales ever at the Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 Dugan St. The sale runs through March 22.

“Visitors will be able to shop over 26 specialty categories, with most items ranging from 50 cents to $2,” said book warehouse manager Cathy Dietz. “The Friends sale offers more than just books — cassettes, CDs, DVDs, records, audiobooks, puzzles and other odds and ends are also available.”

Book sale chairman Wayne Halliburton said, “A very big sale this year, with well over 1,000 boxes of books.”

Halliburton adds that shoppers will love a large section of stuffed animals donated by the library along with a collection of figurines that are part of the Birds of the 50 States collection. “Come early for the best selection, and drop back by over the weekend for our specials,” Halliburton added.

Be sure to check out the Best of the Best area featuring such collectibles as a limited edition of Arlington: a Pictorial History, an impressive display of train volumes and several rare magazine titles.

“The juvenile/young adult section is full of selections, both new and used, for babies to teens,” said Friends member Kathy Delaney. This area will have fiction, nonfiction, foreign language, educational and reference items sure to be delightful finds for shoppers.

Back by popular demand, the Blue Light Specials on March 21 will offer deep discounts on various categories in 15-minute time spans. March 22 is half-price day, and the big finale at 4:30 p.m. is a community outreach effort offering teachers and nonprofit groups a chance to select as many items as they wish for only a small donation. Only two shoppers per organization is requested, and teacher and nonprofit IDs are required.

“We encourage everyone to load up as many boxes as possible to help raise money for use by the Arlington Public Library,” Halliburton said. “We offer excellent carry-out service for our shoppers.”

Jewel Hugo is still recruiting volunteers to work shifts at the sale. Sign up at or call 817-548-9768.

Sale hours are Wednesday and March 19 from 3 to 7 p.m., March 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details at

Junior League mixer offers insights to membership

Women looking for the chance to make a difference in their community are invited to an informal mixer hosted by the Junior League of Arlington on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Mansfield.

Prospective members will have plenty of time to mix and mingle with the current members and learn more about the women’s organization, which focuses on developing the potential of women and bettering the community using the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

“The Junior League of Arlington is an organization that promotes volunteerism, develops leaders and improves our community through the efforts of dedicated women. Please join us to learn more about becoming a part of this amazing organization,” said Lisa Hudson, who is in charge of recruitment.

Assisting Hudson in planning the event are Deidra Frazer, Kelly Millikan and Brandi Washington. Jeannie Deakyne is president of the Junior League.

To inquire, call the office at 817-277-9481 or email Learn all about the organization at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the event venue, is lat 1601 East Debbie Lanr in Mansfield.

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