Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Trivia party for stricken teen set for March 2

A Trivia Night that sounds like fun is planned for March 2 to raise money to benefit the Ashley Owen Fund. Owen, 13, lives in Arlington and has had a rare brain stem disorder called chiari malformation type 1 since she was 6.

Jerry and Diane Maassen are organizing the Trivia Night to help their granddaughter’s family as it deals with her illness.

“I started the nonprofit Ashley Owen Fund eight months ago to help offset my granddaughter’s medical bills due to this very debilitating brain disorder,” said Jerry Maassen. “This event not only helps a great personal cause but also brings awareness to the national effort to fight chiari malformation.”

The main event of the festive evening involves each table working as a team to answer 10 rounds of trivia questions in various categories. At the end, judges review the answer sheets to determine which table answered the most questions correctly. The winning table gets a cash prize.

Between rounds, attendees will visit and shop at a silent auction where bidding may be stiff on some great products and services donated by local merchants. A 50-50 drawing is also planned.

Maassen said businesses can sponsor a round for $100 and in return have their company name mentioned at the event and distribute literature about their business on a sponsor display table.

According to Owen’s blog, the complications and pain from her condition have kept her out of school since late in 2012, but her hard work in home schooling has kept her on grade level. To learn more, visit her blog at

Trivia Night will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 2625 S. Cooper St. from 3 to 7 p.m., with doors opening at 2:15 p.m. Partygoers are welcome to bring their own cooler with snacks and wine. A cash bar will offer beer and soft drinks.

The cost is $160 for a table of eight ($20 per person) with early reservations or $25 per person at the door. Reserve your table by contacting Maassen at 702-217-9351 .

Greek Meet for sorority hopefuls

High school girls who are wondering what sorority life in college is all about are invited to the annual Greek Meet on March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Oakridge School Fine Arts Center, at 5900 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Hosted by the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic Association, the meeting is for high school senior girls and their parents who want to learn how to register for sorority recruitment — often referred to as “rush” — at their prospective college campus. There will be a wealth of information available from panhellenic members because collectively they are representatives of most of the national collegiate sororities.

Students attending private and public schools in Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and Kennedale are encouraged to attend.

“Our primary purpose is to inform high school senior girls and their parents about everything they need to know about Greek life, how to register for sorority recruitment and the process of registering with the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic,” said publicity chairwoman Susan Eaves.

Direct inquiries to panhellenic President Barbara Strong at 817-867-7680 or to Vice President Margaret Settle at 817-980-7624.

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Cardboard boat building school is Saturday

For all aspiring cardboard-boat builders hoping to compete in River Legacy Foundation’s 25th annual cardboard boat regatta, here’s some good news: A free boat-building school is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

Expert instructors will teach creative ways to build a sturdy ship (and how to avoid winning the Titanic Award for the fastest sinker) and provide tips on cardboard boat construction, supplies needed and engineering strategies. Past regatta winners will demonstrate successful techniques.

Schoolteachers interested in getting their classes involved in the regatta will get valuable information about the hands-on math and science applications this event has for students.

The regatta sets sail April 26 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. During the regatta, youth and adult participants brave the waves as they try to keep their cardboard creations afloat and compete for a slew of awards in various categories.

The deadline to enter a boat or activity in the regatta is April 14. Sign up by April 1 and save $10 on registration fees, which range from $50 to $90.

Be sure to let all prospective boat crews know about this informative session that will help them before they set sail at the big event on April 26. All proceeds benefit environmental education programs at River Legacy Living Science Center and preservation and recreation efforts at River Legacy Parks.

For information, contact Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or visit


Apologies to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. In a recent column about the Empty Bowls event at Martin High School, the name of the agency was incorrect.