Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Eat a stack of pancakes to support Pantego Lions Club on Jan. 31

The Pantego Lions will roar into the new year with their semiannual Pancake Breakfast on Jan. 31 — a delicious event where hunger pangs and altruism can happily meet.

Although pancakes have global appeal, Americans have raised this simple treat to iconic status, and the Lions know exactly how to cook up the rich and delicious delicacies to perfection.

In charge of the event is Lions Club member Cal Kost, who said the club will serve up pancakes, sausage, smokies, eggs and beverages.

“Many friends look forward to the semiannual Pantego Lions Pancake Breakfast and are appreciative of the work and service that Pantego Lions provide to the community,” Kost said, adding, “We love to see people arrive early and visit with friends over unlimited food and coffee.”

Kids will enjoy face-painting, and they can take home a memento of the occasion as the HappiTymes clowns magically twist and shape balloons into all sort of animal creations.

Proceeds from the breakfast and from 50/50 money raffles throughout the morning will help the Lions as they support schools and charities including Arlington Life Shelter, Arlington Charities, Meals on Wheels, A Wish With Wings, SafeHaven, Honor Flight DFW, Open Arms Health Clinic and The Salvation Army.

The venue is the Lions Community Center, 3535 Marathon St., and breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $6, and kids age 5 and under eat free.

Webb Elementary School has new Reading Oasis

A special ceremony to unveil the Reading Oasis containing 400 new books last week at Webb Elementary School also honored the donors, the Peters family.

A generous $25,000 scholarship funded the center at Webb and another one at Adams Elementary. Donors Lisann Peters and son Kort Peters were on hand to celebrate the unveiling and receive kudos from Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and Webb Elementary Principal Raquel Leiker.

Among nine Reading Oases established by the United Way of Tarrant County, the two at Arlington schools were installed late last year by volunteers from Atmos Energy and Pier 1.

“Since moving to Arlington in 1978, our family has always been involved in the education of children in the Metroplex,” said Kort Peters. “The importance of reading — and education as a whole — was paramount to our home and a large focus of my mom’s volunteer efforts with PTA. It has continued to this day with her work on the Read with Rotary program for the Downtown Arlington Rotary Club and our involvement with the city of Arlington library system as well. We focus on projects that ultimately have a chance to impact children at early ages.”

A Reading Oasis provides an inviting spot where families can enjoy reading together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round. Besides books, the area features comfortable rocking chairs, a colorful carpet and a listening library with books on CDs.

Combining a cozy reading environment with online enrichment, all students in schools with a Reading Oasis receive an online membership to United Way Club Connect featuring celebrity book readings, games, videos and other learning activities.

“When we learned about the Reading Oases being opened in Fort Worth, my mom wanted to bring them to Arlington,” said Peters. “I worked with the United Way team to facilitate the donation it would take to build them in two schools and sustain them for a second year through our family fund at Community Foundation of North Texas.”

For more information about the program, send an email to

Pottery creation to benefit Arlington Arts League

As the countdown continues to the Spring Gala set for March 28, members of the Arlington Arts League gathered at the Arlington Museum of Art last month to watch a master potter in action.

Linh Nquyen, Arlington school district art curriculum coordinator, spoke of his passion for pottery as he artfully sculpted a vase to be donated for the gala auction. Museum director Nancy Tice welcomed the league. “It was a privilege to observe Linh create before our very eyes a vase which will be donated to the arts league’s effort to raise money for upcoming scholarships to be awarded in May 2015,” Tice said.

Raffle tickets for $5 are available from any league member. Contact Barbara Saucier at or visit

‘Frozen’ fun at three daddy-daughter dances

The animated Disney film Frozen about the trials that an ice princess endures with her reindeer and snowman friends will be the backdrop for this year’s Daddy Daughter Dances hosted by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at the Bob Duncan Center.

To accommodate the demand for the popular event where busy dads have an opportunity to spend special time with their daughters, three dance times are planned. Guests can choose among Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. Jan. 31. Daughters of all ages are welcome (age 2 and up is recommended).

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for dads to give their daughters special time, to show daughters what it means to be respected and honored,” said Yvonne Falgout from the parks and rec staff. “It helps to build memories of the first formal event for the girls, and it builds their confidence and truly does build a stronger relationship between dad and daughter.”

The evening will take on a fairy tale appeal with the lavish Frozen decor, and guests will nosh on appetizers and desserts and enjoy dancing, arts and crafts. A corsage for each girl and a complimentary professional photo is part of the ticket price.

Falgout said this is the 15th anniversary of Arlington’s daddy-daughter dances. “We have had so many couples share their enjoyment for this dance and the uniqueness it provides to their memories.”

Tickets are $30 per person, and registration ends Friday. Register at any recreation center, or call 817-459-5474. The dance venue is located at 2800 S. Center St.

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