Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Greek Meet on March 1 will explain college sorority life

Girls who will graduate this year and want to find out more about joining a sorority in college are invited to the annual Greek Meet hosted by the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic Council on March 1 at 2 p.m.

In charge of the event is council President Jennifer Bowland with help from officers Susan Eaves and Suzanne McCabe and many other members. Parents are encouraged to attend the session with their daughter.

“This annual event is organized by the Arlington Panhellenic Council so young women and their parents can better understand what is involved with sorority recruitment,” said Bowland.

“There is so much to know about this process — and it varies from school to school — so we hope we can provide at least a beginning step in helping young women know if this is something they want to do and how to do it,” she said.

McCabe said guests will receive a copy of the 2015 Panhellenic Handbook containing information about participating in sorority recruitment, hear presentations by council members and see a video covering things such as how to sign up, what to wear and potential costs associated with membership.

Attendees can register in the local database and learn about registering with the various universities.

The meeting is at The Oakridge School Fine Arts Center, 5900 W. Pioneer Parkway. Learn more at and RSVP at Follow the group on Twitter @arlingtonpanhel.

Cinderella candidates launch fundraising campaign

Each year around this time, the fairy tale about Cinderella and her magical experience at the ball comes to life for 20 high school girls who have been selected as candidates for the title of Miss Cinderella.

To win the crown, each student must conduct a six-week fundraising campaign on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington. Each candidate canvasses the community asking for donations, and the one raising the most money will be crowned Miss Cinderella at the Cinderella Charity Ball on April 4 in the Grand Ballroom of the Arlington Convention Center.

Established in 1961, the Cinderella Charity Ball is Arlington’s oldest continuing social event and charitable benefit. It is produced by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Club and has raised more than $9 million for the charity.

Just as Cinderella in the fairy tale toiled over many chores, likewise for these teens during the weeks leading up to the black-tie ball where each will be presented in a formal ceremony. Before they begin their public appearances and begin communicating about the ball, the candidates must attend seminars taught by auxiliary members where they learn the basics of fundraising. They also get an intensive course about how the Boys & Girls Clubs serve 8,000 underprivileged youths a year.

Chairing the ball are auxiliary members Julie Cerza and Dawn Serman, who are busy with a dynamic committee making preparations for the ball and for the many events they host for the candidates throughout the campaign.

Watch your mailbox for communication from these young women, who will launch their campaign Saturday. Congratulations to these industrious girls, the 2015 candidates for Miss Cinderella:

▪ From Lamar High School: Mary Catherine Arnott, Samantha Jiyon Choi, Hagan Michelle Griffith, Emma Lee Harper, Emily Caroline Lowke and Erin Nicole O’Brien.

▪ From Martin High School: Jenna Elizabeth Daniels, Sarah Catherine Hoover, Madeleine Grace Calderon, Kaitlin Michelle McGuire and Kristin Marie Norris.

▪ From Arlington High School: Elisabeth Anne Crosier, Megan Kaye Gray, Ally Ann Jerome and Tiffany Anne Smith.

▪ From The Oakridge School: Brittany Nicole Kasko, Riley Danis Mohorc and Madeline Claire Lowe.

▪ From Pantego Christian Academy: Callie Dianne McClellan.

▪ From Sam Houston High School: Shelby Lee Mayo.

Details are available at, or call Cerza at 817-946-4267.

Men’s Garden Club invites guests Monday

Men who love gardening, or perhaps those looking to improve their skills in horticulture, may want to learn more about the Arlington Men’s Garden Club. The club meets on the third Monday each month, and the next meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at Bob Duncan Center, in Vandergriff Park.

President Tim LeBlanc says the club’s mission is to promote gardening as a hobby, to exchange ideas and to encourage discussion about gardening with an emphasis on environmental preservation. Teaching young people to appreciate horticulture is also a club focus.

The guest speaker for the upcoming meeting is naturalist Charley Amos, who is active in many local environmental groups and will talk about how to attract birds to your yard using feeders and focusing on plants.

The club plans to host an exhibit at the Fort Worth Home & Garden Show this weekend at the Fort Worth Convention Center and would welcome anyone to stop by and inquire about joining the club.

“Members come from all over the Mid-Cities and Fort Worth, not just Arlington. We have a great speaker, snacks and gardening fellowship each time we get together,” said LeBlanc.

Annual dues are $25. Learn more at or call LeBlanc at 817-707-8700.

Symphony Arlington to perform Feb. 19

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Symphony Arlington continues the season’s theme of music from Italy on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Music Hall.

Featured performer will be Paul Silverthorne, the principal viola musician of the London Symphony, performing Harold in Italy by Berlioz and Paganini’s Sonata. The 93 virtuoso musicians of the symphony will also perform Von Suppé’s Overture to Boccaccio.

Reinhard Seehafer, founder and music director of the Europa Philharmonie, will be the guest conductor for the evening.

Tickets range from $16.50 to $46.50. Call the box office at 817-385-0484 or visit

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