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Les Cockrell: Children’s organization honors Nelson’s efforts

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was honored this week with the Champion for Texas Children award from Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in recognition of her support for neglected children in Texas, according to a news release from Texas CASA.

“Sen. Jane Nelson, as [chairwoman] of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, is the leading advocate in the Texas Legislature for our most vulnerable citizens — abused and neglected children in state custody,” Andrea Sparks, director of public policy and outreach for Texas CASA, said in the press release.

Nelson has made children in the foster care system a legislative and budget priority, Sparks wrote. “Nelson is also a longtime champion for CASA, securing state funding for more volunteers for children, sponsoring CASA Day at the Capitol and supporting the local CASA programs in her district.”

Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes parts of Denton and Tarrant counties.

Austin-based Texas CASA is the statewide association of 69 local programs, including CASA of Denton County, that have more than 7,200 volunteers serving nearly 23,000 children in 206 of the state’s 254 counties.

For more information, visit .


Library invites teens to join advisory group

The Lewisville Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group will meet at 7 tonight at the library, located at 1197 W. Main St.

The group is open to young people in grades six through 12 who would like to help plan library programs for teens.

Those attending will develop leadership skills, learn to work as a team and earn community service hours.

Applications are available at the library’s youth services desk, and meetings are on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information about the program, call 972-219-3577 or visit .


Fundraiser set for area lodge to benefit family

A fundraiser planned for Friday and Saturday at the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks Lodge to benefit the family of Carroll Sanford will include a barbecue cook-off and dinner, live music as well as other activities.

The cook-off will be Friday and Saturday, and judging will begin at noon Saturday.

An awards presentation is planned to take place at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The barbecue dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $10.

The fundraiser will include raffles, a silent auction and a live auction on Saturday. Music will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings.

The lodge is at 1601 Marina Circle in Sanger.

For more information about the fundraiser, call 940-565-1983 or e-mail .


Children of the American Revolution chapter to meet

The Joel Terrell Society of the Children of the American Revolution will have its first meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

The Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution color guard will present a program on the history of flags and uniforms. The public is invited to attend.

Children of the American Revolution is a patriotic youth organization offering membership to anyone younger than 21 who is lineally descended from someone who rendered material aid to the cause of American independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer or recognized patriot in one of the colonies or states.

Activities focus on patriotism, service and education about American heritage.

The local society is sponsored by the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For more information, call Lee Halcom at 940-323-8899 or visit .


County offers program on Icaria settlement

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will give a presentation on the Icaria settlement in Denton County at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 24 as the first lecture in its 2013 Speaker Series.

The program will be offered in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St., and will feature selections from the documentary Christmas in Icaria and discussion and interpretation by local historian Mike Cochran.

The story of the Icaria settlement began in 1848 with efforts to found an egalitarian community in Texas, according to the county.

The first cabin and sheds may have been constructed near the confluence of Denton and Oliver creeks.

The colony survived less than a year, disbanding in 1849, and 150 years later, two Spanish filmmakers set out to research the settlement.

All of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.

The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.


‘Living Black and White’ mystery play scheduled

Pegasus Theatre is returning to the Performance Hall at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater for five performances of its “Living Black and White” mystery plays.

XSR: Die! will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 24-26, with 3 p.m. shows Jan. 26-27. For ticket prices and other information, visit or call 214-880-0202.

Advance tickets for the shows cannot be purchased at the MCL Grand.

The “Living Black & White” shows are parodies of detective films of the 1930s and 1940s and use a technique developed at Pegasus Theatre that combines trade-secret make-up, special lighting, costuming and set creation to create the illusion that the audience is watching a black-and-white movie.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets.


Railroad council to present Dallas area train show

The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs will present its 28th annual Dallas-area train show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Admission will be $8 per person.

Children 12 and younger get in free with a paid adult admission.

The show will feature many operating model train layouts, more than 200 dealer tables, art, clothing, how-to clinics and more.

The council includes several groups in North Texas, including the Denton Model Railroad Club.

For more information, visit .


Don’t forget

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

Photo ID is required to donate.

Walk-ins are welcome, or call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit  and search by ZIP code for an appointment.

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is .