Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Theatre Arlington hosts Red Carpet Gala on April 25

Rolling out the red carpet on April 25, Theatre Arlington’s board of directors invites members of the community to a gala affair to enjoy a seated dinner, live entertainment and an auction as they party in a lovely venue overlooking the newly renovated golf course at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Television newsman Jim Douglas will be the master of ceremonies, and music from Trey and the Tritones will keep the audience entertained.

“The gala is more than just a fun evening,” said event chairwoman Diane Kinzlmaier. “It is crucial to providing exceptional quality theater in Arlington.”

Kinzlmaier said the theater is committed to keeping live theater affordable, so ticket revenue covers only one-third of its annual budget. This translates into the need for additional revenue generated through sponsors and special fundraising events such as the gala.

Other members of gala committee are Peter Scott, Bill Hinds, Shari Kay Bolding, Kara King Lidell, Doreen Bruner and Sue Durbec.

A limited luxury auction will tempt bidders to raise their hand to buy such things as a live theater package valued at more than $1,500 offering tickets to productions all over the Metroplex as well as a suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington and several dining packages. Tickets to a Rangers game (behind home plate), to an event at Verizon Center and to local tourist attractions; spa days; and golf outings will also be up for bid.

Theatre Arlington, in its 41st season, produces nine shows a years: musicals, comedies, drama and youth shows, in addition to an outreach program that serves 1,500 at-risk fourth- and fifth-graders at Crow and Thornton elementary school annually.

Funds raised by the gala help support a weeklong summer theater camp for Arlington children who are homeless or living in transitional housing. The camp, which is conducted in partnership with the Arlington school district, teaches theatrical and communication skills and helps improve self-esteem and confidence.

Tickets are $100 a person. Call Norman Ussery or Troy Stidham at 817-261-9628 to make reservations or reserve a table for 10. RSVP deadline is April 21.

Boots & Bling to celebrate CATS’ 35th anniversary

Happy anniversary to Creative Arts Theatre & School and congratulations on 35 years of training youngsters in the performing arts. The second annual Spring Regale will commemorate the milestone at a lovely outdoor Western-themed party at The Sanford House on April 26.

“CATS is thrilled to be back at the beautiful Sanford House for our second Spring Regale. This event was so lovely and special last year, and we are anticipating the same this year, with the addition of some boot-scooting,” CATS Executive Director Heather Simmons said.

A hardworking committee decided guests would love wearing country couture and donning boots and bling to kick up their heels under a starry sky. Kudos to committee members Beth Owens, Carol Ross, Shannon Parrish and Gayle Hussey.

“CATS’ touring group, Caleidoscope, as well as CATS students past and present will be entertaining with a variety show full of song and dance, in keeping with our 35th-anniversary-year’s celebration,” said Producing Director Merri Brewer.

Notable auction swag includes a hot air balloon ride and tickets to Sea World and a Dallas Stars game. And for those ready to add a little bling to their life, a Diamond Dig provided by Zales jewelers may result in a new sparkling gem for a lucky digger.

Funds raised through the event will enable CATS to further its mission to develop the potential of youths from diverse backgrounds through performing arts training.

Tickets are $75 each, and reservations are due by April 18. Call 817-861-2287 to get tickets or a table.

Sugar Free Bowl at UTA Saturday

For a fun-filled day of intense gridiron competition, plan to attend the charity flag football tournament organized by Delta Epsilon Psi, Pi Colony on Saturday at the UT Arlington intramural fields. It will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“Our fraternity has hosted this signature event — Sugar Free Bowl — each year in various cities since October 2003,” said fraternity member and organizer Jason John, adding that this is the first time for UTA to host.

John said the organization hopes to have around a dozen teams participate in two divisions of flag football with cash prizes of $1,000 to $1,250 for first place and $500 to $750 for second place. Every game participant will receive a free T-shirt.

Serving on the event steering committee are Naveed Shalwani, Rohit Matthews, Umair Ali and Divyesh Patel.

A special guest at the event will be a representative from the Vishal Bhagat Foundation, formed in honor of a member of Delta Epsilon Psi who was diagnosed during childhood with juvenile diabetes and later had the original vision for creating the Sugar Free Bowl as part of the fraternity’s community service. Bhagat died in a car accident in 2006.

“Sugar Free Bowl is one of the most competitive and purpose-oriented flag football tournaments that Texas has to offer,” John said. “Antonio’s Tex-Mex will be selling food on site and Raising Canes and Monster Energy will provide free drinks to game participants, volunteers and fans. We expect it to be a great day of fun football for a good cause.”

The tournament will run from 3 to 11 p.m. Team registration is $225, and the deadline to register is today. Spectators are admitted free. The fields are located at 1100 Allan Saxe Parkway. Details at or call John at 469-693-5732.

UTA’s Big Event is Saturday

Joining with other universities across the country, UT Arlington students will again participate in a big day to say a big thank you at The Big Event planned for Saturday.

The purpose of the student-run project is to give back to the community through one large day of service and to give thanks to folks who help others.

The theme for this year is “Building Community One Hand at a Time” and will involve hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers participating in various service project sites doing painting, landscaping, youth development workshops, facility cleanup or other work needed.

Raegan Cardwell, outreach leader, says the project unifies the campus with the surrounding community to create a big impact. Cardwell says the initiative continues to grow as UT Arlington students, faculty, staff and community members make “an effort to engage, educate and mobilize volunteers throughout the community.”

Last year about 750 volunteers participated in project assignments. “This year we have over 1,060 volunteers signed up at 53 sites throughout the Metroplex,” Cardwell said.

Agencies, nonprofits, neighborhood associations and residents were invited to partner with The Big Event in providing project sites for volunteers by submitting project applications that were due in mid-February. They were later notified concerning how many volunteers to expect.

Correspondingly, volunteers were invited to register online and choose a site for their service. UTA students, their spouses and children, and anyone in the community could become eligible to participate by registering as a volunteer by the end of March.

The Big Event Kickoff event will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Maverick Activities Center. Afterward, volunteers will disperse to locations around town to complete projects on each site by 1 p.m. A Thank You Celebration is planned on campus from 1 to 3 p.m. where participants will receive a free meal and enjoy meeting others volunteers.

Details at or contact Cardwell at 817-272-2963 or