There won’t be a city slicker in sight — just a whole lot of rhinestone cowgirls and cowboys hanging out at the River Ranch in the Fort Worth stockyards on April 12.
The Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats hoedown hosted by Arlington Urban Ministries will raise money for the emergency-assistance programs the agency operates for families in crisis. The evening will feature a cash bar, dinner, live music, auctions, awards and a stirring program.
The event “is quickly becoming the party to attend — a great event supporting an even greater cause,” said Mary Helen Burnett, who is co-chairing the event with Mary Davis. “Wear your denim or your diamonds and enjoy a fun night of dinner, dancing, photos, auction items and more.”
WFAA newsman Jim Douglas will host the party, and entertainment by Zach Coffey, a former contestant on The Voice, will be a special treat after a scrumptious dinner by Randy’s Bar B Que.
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Lasso some of your friends and sidle up to one of the celebrity Western icons positioned around the party venue for a keepsake photo. Then mosey on over to the silent auction corral to bid on a whole herd of swag including a Texas Rangers suite, a glorious getaway in Estes Park, Colo., frequent-flier miles, a San Francisco vacation, spa and entertainment packages and all sorts of goodies.
Prepare to be inspired by the moving program planned. “We will hear the personal story of how AUM has helped a client become self-sufficient,” said AUM spokeswoman Jennifer Weber. “The evening ends with the presentation of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Award honoring junior and senior Arlington students for their commitment to volunteerism and making a positive impact to their community.”
Student honorees are Alexis “Lexy” Pritchard, Zachary Spero and Maria Vazquez.
Kiwanis clubs host Community Health Fair on April 11
Two historic birthday celebrations — Mansfield’s 125th and Kiwanis International’s 100th — are reason enough to have a special event. But there is also Kiwanis One Day, a special worldwide initiative that calls for a global day of service to benefit children and communities. To commemorate it all, a Community Health Fair is planned for April 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mansfield’s Katherine Rose Memorial Park, 303 N. Walnut Creek Drive.
“The event will promote healthy living and showcase many of the medical facilities in Mansfield who will perform basic health screenings such as blood pressure tests, scoliosis checks, glucose screenings and provide general health information to promote a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Kiwanian Phil Stover.
“Many Mansfield-area churches will also be present to answer questions on spiritual wellness. In addition to the health fair, attendees can participate in a 1.25K fun run/walk and view a Mansfield Fire Department truck between noon and 2 p.m.”
Events at a glance
▪ Downsizing Made Easy is a free seminar for senior adults and their families to assist in dealing with the complexities involved in late life moves. The workshop is conducted by senior downsizing experts Ingrid and John Sullivan. Attend one April 9 at Brookdale Arlington from 2:30 to 4 p.m. or on April 18 at the Lake Arlington Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Register at www.seniordownsizingexperts.com or call 817-635-1043.
▪ Rejebian Book Review Club will meet April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Woman’s Club Building, 1 Park Square North. Kathleen Cunningham, a member of the Dallas Professional Book Reviewers Association, will review The Astaires, Fred and Adele. Visitors are welcome. Admission is $5. For information, call 972-264-2320.
▪ Team Fox North Texas is having a tailgate party, dinner, silent auction and program followed by the game between the Rangers and Astros on April 11 beginning at 3:30 at the Rangers Hall of Fame. The event benefits those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Keynote speaker is Jim Morris, former major-league pitcher. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.TFNT.org or contact Gary Schmitz at 817-881-8298.
▪ Gospel Homecoming Concert benefiting Christian Women’s Job Corps is April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. The venue is First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Performing are 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. Tickets are $12 at the door.
▪ Arlington Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. April 12. Learn how to create a living wreath with Master Gardener Nancy Curl at the Fielder Museum, 1616 W. Abram St. Contact Geraldine Mills at 817-460-4001.
▪ Domino’s 5K Fun Run benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Domino’s Pizza Partners Foundation is at AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie on April 18 at 9 a.m. At the end of the race, participants can enjoy pizza, fruit, water and Powerade. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in all age divisions, as well as an overall male and female winner. To register, visit thedriven.net/dominos-5K or contact Jeannette Sharp at 734-718-8990.