Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Heart & Soul charity auction Feb. 7 benefits abused children

Trinity Kids is hosting its annual fundraiser Feb. 7 that benefits abused and neglected children by providing two weeklong camps for the youngsters, a mentoring program and other activities.

The Heart & Soul party at Bob Duncan Center will be a casual, fun evening of music, auctions and visiting with friends while enjoying yummy food provided by Mercado Juarez.

Impressive silent auction swag features tickets to a Taylor Swift concert. Other items offered will be admissions to sporting events, restaurant gift cards and all sorts of attractive merchandise. The auction shopping alone is worth the price of the ticket.

Heading up the event committee is Stacy Womack, who said studies indicate that a third of abused children will become abusers. “Trinity Kids is a group that wants to help make a difference in a child’s life and teach them their past doesn’t have to equal their future,” said Womack.

Tickets are $15 each, available at the door or in advance at or by calling Womack at 817-459-8597.

Experience Arlington Cinema on Friday

You don’t have to go to Sundance, Austin, Dallas or Fort Worth for a memorable film festival experience. An event right here in Arlington set for Friday at 7 p.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington Fine Arts Building film theater promises an exciting evening for film lovers.

Hosted by the Arlington Film Society and the UTA Student Film/Video Organization, Experience Arlington Cinema will screen programs from six local filmmakers and enable audience members to meet the producers and directors as they talk about their projects.

“There is a wealth of film talent in the Arlington community, and we’re creating venues through our organization to expose their work to the local community,” said James Hawthorne, executive director of the film society. “I’m hopeful that through this organization we are able to demonstrate the power of film as a positive change agent for communities.”

Films include Chimera, directed by Bowie High School student D’Angelo Flores, along with films by UTA students Fatimah Jawad and Jean-Patrick Mahoney. A 2014 UTA graduate, Ryan Britton, will also screen his film.

Hawthorne said the highlight of the evening is the short film Dawn, produced by UTA professor and filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith. Smith has received numerous awards at more than 80 film festivals and recently won first place at the Dallas Videofest. His film will be featured on HBO in February.

Details about the filmmakers and a clip are at

Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Sign up at

Art silent auction Saturday for nonprofit

Check out the talented artwork of Amy Stephens, creator of the nature scene at Park Plaza shopping center in east Arlington, at the art silent auction Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at CearnalCo real estate office, 300 E. Abram St.

Along with Stephens’ artwork will be pieces by Angela Fisher-Herrera. According to Stephens, “There will be a wide range of works to view including realistic watercolors, acrylic abstracts, intricate surrealism and sculpture. With such a variety there will be art for every budget.”

The event is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Art for the Earth. Learn more at, or contact Stephens at

Encore Club

Cacharel Restaurant will host members and guests of the Encore Club on Monday at 10:30 a.m. for a morning of fellowship, fine food and an entertaining program.

President Kay Bond will welcome club members and guests and introduce Connie Gauntt as the keynote speaker. Gauntt’s program, “The Gene Allen Experience,” will have a Valentine’s Day slant.

The club mourns the death of founder and past president Jeanne Baptiste, who passed away last month.

“Jeanne started this club with some other women to continue the friendships and activities previously enjoyed in Newcomers Club. What an achievement that forty years later we are still going strong, and Jeanne was an active and supportive member until the end. We will definitely miss her and will do our best to honor her legacy by continuing to promote friendship,” Bond wrote in the club newsletter.

The club was established in 1975 with the mission of “promoting friendship among women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities.”

There are more than 200 members who meet monthly for luncheons and a program and can participate in any of the club’s bridge or mah jong departments. Annual dues are $20.

To make inquiries, contact Shirley Binion at 817-275-5782.

Pirates are on the prairie at Uptown Theater

A concert by Grand Prairie’s own pirate band, the Bilge Pumps, is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. Billed as “an event that will appeal to everyone’s inner buccaneer” the show also features vocalist Diane Linn.

Linn’s show begins at 6 p.m. followed by the music and comedy of the Bilge Pumps at 6:45. Mayor Ron Jensen will make a surprise presentation to the band before the show.

Always an audience favorite, the band’s pirate costumes are ideal for its performances, which combine nautical songs, sea shanties and Celtic music along with comedy.

Admission is $11 for adults and $5 for children age 5-12. Call the box office at 972-237-8786 or purchase at the door.

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