Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Jiggle Butt Run set for Saturday

Some of the Jiggle Butt Run committee members are, back row from left, Rhonda Dunn, Larissa Petersen, Pauline Medlin and Jessica Lewis; and front row, Mary Hibbs, Tessa McCook, Karen Bondurant and Stacy Bridger.
Some of the Jiggle Butt Run committee members are, back row from left, Rhonda Dunn, Larissa Petersen, Pauline Medlin and Jessica Lewis; and front row, Mary Hibbs, Tessa McCook, Karen Bondurant and Stacy Bridger. Courtesy photo

Celebrating friendships and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, the ninth edition of the Jiggle Butt Run is set for Saturday at UT Arlington’s E.H. Hereford University Center.

More than 2,000 runners are expected at this year’s event, which once again benefits victims of domestic violence via SafeHaven of Tarrant County. A news release said last year’s run raised more than $20,000 to help these victims begin new lives.

SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley says the event “has such energy and fosters a strong feeling of connectedness between women who are lifelong friends as well as those you’ve never met. This group of women embodies a powerful can-do attitude fueled by a spirit of compassion for women and children.”

She added, “I never thought I would enjoy being cold on a Saturday morning in January, but it really makes you feel good to be there.”

The hardworking Jiggle Butt committee is headed by the founders, Mary Hibbs, Shelley Tardy and Karen Bondurant, with a big assist from Rhonda Dunn, Mary Savage, Katrina Parlin, Terre Coble, Nan Sansone, Stacey Bridger, Suzanne Sharum, Jessica Vick and Pauline Medlin.

A pre-event party at The Runner shop on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. will offer runners private shopping with attractive discounts on apparel and shoes as they nosh on refreshments and perhaps win one of the nifty door prizes.

On race day, an expo opens at 7 a.m. giving participants and spectators the opportunity to check out the vendor exhibits, including a spirit wear shop, a VIP pampering area, massages, food and a photo book booth. The pre-race warm-up, sponsored by Turbo-Mindy, begins at 8:30 a.m.

“The Jiggle Butt is all about promoting a healthy and fun start to the new year. It draws women and girls of all ages, sizes and athletic ability to share in a morning of friendship and fun,” writes spokeswoman Tessa McCook. “While many individuals come to race, most of the participants form groups of friends who come up with creative team names and even costumes.” Last year’s clever teams boasted names such as All Butts-No Glory, Getting Jiggly With It and The Jiggle Warriors.

Awards are given to the top three finishers in various age categories along with overall and master’s winner trophies. Team awards for fastest, most spirited, best-dressed crazy costume and largest are also given.

Check online at to see the various registration prices starting at $30. New this year is the VIP upgrade that gives the runner special perks including valet parking, special recognition, reserved areas at the start line, a VIP area, massage chairs, healthy snacks, VIP gear and a tech shirt.

Online pre-registration is open until noon Wednesday and also available on race day. Contact McCook at 817-800-4710 with questions not answered on the website

A big finish for Arlington Woman’s Club

Keeping its long tradition of ending the year with a celebration of the holidays, the Arlington Woman’s Club hosted 365 members and guests at a Christmas Tea on Dec. 7 at the group’s headquarters on Abram Street.

Chairing the event was Jo Johnson with help from a 50-member committee that prepared pastries and hors d-oeuvres beautifully presented on the buffet table in the foyer atop a 75-year-old Normandy lace tablecloth donated to the club by member Dorothy Rencurrel. She used the cloth at her wedding luncheon in 1956, and it has been used at several AWC functions over the years.

The festive clubhouse was spectacularly decorated throughout in traditional reds and greens. A beautiful Christmas tree stood tall in the Reeder-Thompson Room adorned with sparkling lights and festive ornaments, and smaller trees were in other rooms of the house. Decorations chairwoman Freda Thornton and her committee spared no effort in creating an enchanting visual experience.

A Christmas boutique presented by the art and design department of AWC raised nearly $3,000 for the scholarship fund through sales of baked goods and gift items in the shop.

Entertainment by the talented singers of AWC’s performing arts department, led by Linda Price, included traditional Christmas songs with a patriotic song as the finale in recognition of Pearl Harbor Day.

Club President Becky Lucas said, “This year’s Christmas Tea was very special. A lot of effort goes into the creative planning and execution, and I appreciate everyone’s participation.”

To learn more about the organization, visit

Arlington MLK Celebration spans four days

The popular events that Arlington residents have come to expect and enjoy from the four-day annual Arlington MLK Advancing the Dream Celebration will return again this year. Heading the committee is Lisa Thompson, director of the TRIO pre-college program at UTA.

The awards banquet on Jan. 16 at UTA’s Bluebonnet Ballroom will feature great entertainment along with presenting annual awards and introducing the winners of the essay contest. The keynote speaker, state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, will give an address centered on the banquet theme, “Advancing the Dream: Our Greatness, My Service.”

“Even though we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. every year, the meaning of the celebration continues to have a profound meaning and reaffirms and renews in all of us his faith in the basic goodness of man and the amazing potential of democracy in America,” said Thompson.

The Educator Award will go to an individual exemplifying diversity in education who strives to promote academics through high standards of excellence in leadership, involvement and service. Receiving the Government Award will be an individual who exemplifies accessible government. The Community Award will go to an individual or group that exemplifies the spirit of community service.

Before the banquet, the MLK Celebration Committee will join in the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the “Changing America Exhibit” at Tarrant County Community College Southeast Campus. It was created to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, two pivotal achievements in our nation’s history.

The hugely popular step show competition featuring students from across the Arlington school district is scheduled for Jan. 17 at Bowie High School beginning at 11 a.m. Later that day, the multicultural festival begins at 3 p.m. at TCC Southeast Campus, where hundreds of guests will enjoy dance performances, music and food.

The Spoken Word poetry slam is at UTA’s Bluebonnet Ballroom on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and will award a $1,000 cash prize to the winning poet.

On Jan. 18, the MLK Hubert Moss ecumenical service starts at 6 p.m at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 5415 Matlock Road. A reception follows the service.

The MLK festivities wrap up on the designated holiday Jan. 19 with a day of service, where hundreds of volunteers gather at the Maverick Activities Center at UTA to disperse for community service projects to be completed that day. “Make it a day on, not a day off” is again the slogan for participants in the all-volunteer events.

The All Youth Musical Extravaganza is the grand finale to the four-day celebration and will feature a 500-voice elementary choir along with soloists and step team winners in the 6:30 p.m. show at the Metro Center at Fielder Road Baptist Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Ticket prices are: $45 for the banquet, $10 for step show ($5 for students) and $15 for Spoken Word. All other events are free. Details at

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