Perfect timing for everyone ready to line up their summer reading list is the upcoming Book & Author Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. The event is slated for May 8 at the Cacharel Grand Ballroom and will feature a delicious luncheon and presentations from two local authors.
Tim Madigan, former writer for the Star-Telegram, and Richard Selcer, Fort Worth native, historian, professor and author, will headline the event and share excerpts from their newest books.
Madigan’s new book, Every Common Sight, is his first novel and features two compelling characters living their lives dealing with untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. He has researched PTSD for years, and his story surrounds the unusual friendship of two haunted survivors.
Selcer’s talk is titled, “Adventures in Writing: 30 Years a Fort Worth Author.” He’ll bring many of his books to autograph, including Fort Worth Characters and Hell’s Half Acre.
Working on the luncheon committee is chairwoman Dorothy Rencurrel with help from members Jewel Hugo, Candy Halliburton and Wayne Halliburton.
Tickets are $25 each, and reservations are due Monday. Funds raised benefit library programs and services. Purchase at any library location or online at www.FAPL.org (scroll to “Donate”), or call 817-561-1395.
‘Joyful Reflections’ at Festival of Quilts on Friday, Saturday
The artistry and vibrant colors of the quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts slated for Friday and Saturday at Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St., will be a feast for the eyes.
“Quilting and crafting enthusiasts will enjoy shopping at the varied vendor booths filled with fabric, patterns and supplies,” said Rose Kauhane, spokeswoman for the Quilters Guild, which hosts the event.
“The Scissor Guy, a knife-and-scissor sharpener, will be at the show, so bring your items to be sharpened. The guild will also have their 30th Anniversary Cookbooks available for sale,” Kauhane added.
Guild President Barbara Cain said that the theme of the show is “Joyful Reflections” and that more than 200 fabric art and quilt entries will be exhibited and judged. A miniature quilt silent auction will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Mayor Robert Cluck will judge of the Spirit of Arlington award.
The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8. Learn more at www.qgoa.org
Tim Cole film screening and panel discussion
The latest work of Arlington filmmaker Jared Christopher will be shown at an event hosted by Arlington Film Society on Saturday at Community of Hope United Methodist Church at 3 p.m.
The film tells the story of former Fort Worth resident Tim Cole, who was wrongly convicted of rape, incarcerated for over a decade before dying in prison and posthumously pardoned.
Bob Ray Sanders, Star-Telegram columnist, will moderate a panel discussion after the screening.
James Hawthorne, executive director of the film society, said the event supports the group’s mission of spotlighting Arlington filmmakers and using film to educate and inspire community change.
“The film is a very powerful story about Cole and the fact that, unlike some wrongly convicted people who can go on with their lives, tragically, he did not get that opportunity,” Hawthorne said.
“It is a commentary on the criminal justice system and examines how it can be fixed. And it’s a commentary on racial issues and how to appreciate the differences and channel them into something positive.”
The event is free and open to the public, but online registration at www.ArlingtonFilmSociety.org would be appreciated. View a clip of the film at youtu.be/rIEnMN3EXYU. The venue is at 1800 E. Debbie Lane.
▪ Correction: The AWARE Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence awards dinner is Tuesday. Apologies for getting the event date wrong in last week’s column.
Events at a glance
▪ Wine-tasting fundraiser is Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Potager’s Cafe at 208 S. Mesquite St. Hosted by the Northwest Arlington ESL Program, the event will feature samplings of four wine varieties, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction. Kelsey Flowers said, “This is our major annual fundraiser, and proceeds from the wine-tasting will go towards implementation of the curriculum for our adult learners and Homework Academy.” To learn about the organization, visit www.northwestarlingtonesl.org. Tickets are $25 each. Call 817-760-9171 for information.
▪ Art docent training at Arlington Museum of Art is Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Docents are needed for the upcoming summer exhibit. Art Camp docents are also needed for the five-week camps beginning June 8. Other volunteer opportunities are positions including greeters, gift shop workers and museum guides. To enroll in the docent training, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-275-4600.