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From staff reports
A Love to the Max fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Tierney's Café & Tavern is located at 208 E. Main St. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers.
Maxwell Thomas Schwolert of Lewisville died Dec. 29 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 17. Schwolert became ill Dec. 26.
Max's life inspired many others to "Love to the Max." The saying was initiated by the family, while congregated in the hospital halls to pray and share stories about Max and his family. It captures Max's approach to life, inspired and perpetuated by his love for Jesus Christ.
For information call Greg Tierney at 214-212-6618 or visit www.Lovetothemax.org.
City council retreat set
Lewisville City Council will hold its annual planning retreat Feb. 7-9 at the Lewisville Convention Center, 785 State Highway 121. Topics on the agenda include code enforcement, economic development, backyard chickens, hotel inspection program and water supply. Except as otherwise permitted under state law, all discussions are open to the public. Retreat start times are 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Republican meeting set
The Denton County Republican Assembly will hear constitutional lawyer, Michael Connelly, speak on the purpose of the second amendment and the threat to the right to keep and bear arms being discussed in Washington. The Republican Assembly meets monthly at the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, 551 N. Valley Parkway. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.
Candidate filing for May 11 election underway
Candidate filing is currently underway for the next city of Lewisville general election, which will be held Saturday, May 11. Two seats on the city council are included on the May 11 ballot. Council terms are for three years. Those interested in becoming a candidate in the election can visit cityoflewisville.com and click on "Mayor and Council," or call city secretary Julie Heinze at 972-219-3404.
Art exhibit continues
Lorraine Hayes, Murthy Mantha and Connie Nickelson will be exhibiting their works at Tierney's Café & Tavern until Feb. 10. Tierney's Café & Tavern is located at 208 E. Main St.
Acoustic Fridays are still taking place at the MCL Grand on Fridays evenings starting at 7 p.m.
The new show at the MCL Grand gallery, "Denton County, USA" will run through Feb. 23.
All programs are open to the public and are free of charge.
For information visit www.visualartleague.org or valtex.blogspot or call 972- 420-9393.
Gerontologist to speak at Ann's Haven VNA luncheon
Gerontologist Dee Wadsworth will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 12 hospice family luncheon hosted by Ann's Haven VNA. Ms. Wadsworth will speak on "As Time Goes By: Myths and Truths About Time and the Grief Process."
The luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 East Oak St. There is no cost to attend the luncheon, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling Molly Harrison, Ann's Haven VNA bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.
Ann's Haven VNA hospice family luncheons offer supportive company from friendly and understanding people to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Amanda Shires kicks off 2013 Texas Tunes series
Amanda Shires, less than two years removed from being named "Texas Musician of the Year," will make her first Lewisville appearance Saturday, Feb. 9, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater as part of the popular Texas Tunes concert series presented by the city of Lewisville.
The show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the performance hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. and will include a brief intermission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors age 65 and older or children age 12 and younger and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com or at the customer service window at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. during regular business hours.
Lewisville residents can purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Current driver's license or utility bill must be shown to receive the discounted resident rate.
Shires had a modest start to her music career back in 1992 when, at the age of 10, she convinced her father to buy a lime-green violin at a Mineral Wells pawn shop. Five years later she made her first appearance with The Texas Playboys.
Her first solo album was released in 2005, consisting mostly of violin instrumentals. She begin drawing widespread attention with her 2008 album, "Sew Your Heart with Wires," a collection of duets co-written and performed with Rod Picott. That was followed the next year by the well-received "West Cross Timbers" album that established her as a rapidly emerging solo artist.
Shires' most recent album was "Carrying Lightning," which was released in 2011, the year she was named Texas Musician of the Year and her song "When You Need a Train It Never Comes" from that album was named the fifth-best song of the year by American Songwriter. That year she also appeared in the movie "Country Strong" as a band member backing up the character played by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
This down-to-earth, self-effacing performer still maintains close ties to her West Texas roots, recording and occasionally performing with the Lubbock band Thrift Store Cowboys that she joined while in college. Her first Lewisville appearance will kick off the 2013 Texas Tunes concert series that features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music. Other performers in the 2013 series are songwriter Andy Gullahorn (March 9), blues legend Marcia Ball (April 20) and Lonestar Music Awards nominee Max Stalling (May 18).
Adult kickball league kicks off in March
The city of Lewisville is starting an adult kickball league that will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration will be held at the Parks and Leisure Services Administration Offices, 1197 W. Main St. through Feb 15.
Games will begin the first week in March. Team fees are $190 per team plus $4 per player on the roster, forms for registration are now on-line at http://www.cityoflewisville.com/index.aspx?page=513.
For information call 972-219-3554.
Hospice volunteer training by Ann's Haven VNA begins soon
Ann's Haven VNA needs hospice volunteers in Denton County who want to help terminally ill patients and their families.
A course in volunteer hospice care will be held over two consecutive Saturdays - Feb. 16 and 23 - from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ann's Haven VNA on 325 W. McKinney St. suite 101 in Denton. A light lunch and beverages will be provided.
There is no cost to attend the training, but reservations are required and can be made by contacting Ginny Hudson, Ann's Haven VNA Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 940-349-5900 or email@example.com.
Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice team and help in many ways. Direct care volunteers provide emotional support, caregiver relief and assistance with errands.
Bereavement volunteers help comfort grieving family members, co-facilitate grief support groups and assist with monthly luncheons.
Caring companion volunteers stay with the patient and family when passing is imminent, remain with the family when death occurs, and assist the VNA nurse with pronouncement responsibilities.
Administrative volunteers help with clerical duties and other program support activities.
VAL works donated to local hospital
Artists from the Visual Art League of Lewisville have donated children-themed artwork to the pediatric ward of the Medical Center of Lewisville Hospital. These pieces of artwork decorated the MCL Grand during the holidays.
The following artists donated works: Tina Alvarez, Lou and Barbara Barnett, Colleen Drew, Wanda Grice, Jackie Haugen, Kimberly and Lawson Loveland, Dulce Ruque, Tony Ulichnie and R'Lene Winters.
Visual Art League is one of six local groups receiving funding through a city of Lewisville grant program designed to foster cultural and fine arts in the community.
For information call 972-420-9393 or visit www.visualartleague.org.
Simple Sparrow Dance Company returns to MCL Grand
Simple Sparrow Dance Company will present two performances of modern interpretive dance on Feb. 7-8 in the Black Box at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.
Show times for "The Collective" are 7:30 p.m. both days. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door.
Simple Sparrow is a modern dance company formed in October 2010 that provides dancers in Denton County and the rest of North Texas with an opportunity to perform and present new works. The company makes modern dance accessible for all audiences by merging the performance intent of postmodernism with the athleticism and solid technique of its classically trained dancers.
The company's first appearance at MCL Grand, "Sounds of a Sleepless Night," was held last October and was rated one of the top 10 North Texas dance performances of the year.
For information, please visit www.SimpleSparrowDance.com.
Watershed program offers free workshop
The Texas Watershed Steward program will hold a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Upper Trinity River Water District, 900 N. Kealy Avenue in Lewisville. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the area.
The program promotes healthy watersheds by increasing citizen awareness, understanding and knowledge about the nature and function of watersheds, potential impairments, and watershed protection strategies to minimize nonpoint source pollution.
Trainings for the Texas Watershed Steward program are designed as one-day training events. The ultimate goal is that by the end of the day, participants will have learned enough information to feel empowered and motivated to form a watershed action group, to participate in watershed protection activities, or to become more involved in protecting and enhancing their community water resources.
For information visit tws.tamu.edu.
Upcoming Lewisville Library activities
Crafternoon: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m. Join the library for some cool crafting. Sign up with a friend or come alone, there will be enough supplies for everyone registered. Space is limited and open to all 6th - 12th graders.
Teen Roleplaying Sessions: Monday, Feb. 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Take a lead, outwit cunning villains, solve puzzles and unravel mysteries. Lose yourself in another world playing Heroes of Ash and Flame: A Dark Sun Chronicle in Teen Point (second floor of the library). Teens ages 12-18 are welcome.
For information visit http://library.cityoflewisville.com or call the Lewisville Public Library Youth Services desk at 972-219-3577. The library is located at 1197 W. Main St.
LLELA offers classes for home-schooled students
The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host classes on four days this spring specifically for home-schooled students. Students will participate in hands-on outdoor activities related to the day's theme. Each day will have separate sessions for 2nd-5th graders and for 6th - 8th graders. The fee is $12 per class, or $40 for the whole series of four classes.
The four dates include:
* March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Winged Wonders (2nd-5th grade, 6th -8th grade)-LELA is home to over 280 species of birds, some only seasonally, others year-round. Don binoculars and discover these winged jewels as we investigate the ins and outs of migration, learn basic bird identification, and more.
* April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Life in the Shade/Forest Ecology (2nd-5th grade, 6th -8th grade)-Observe decomposers at work, learn to identify North Texas trees, and study woodland wildlife in this introduction to forestry and forest ecosystems.
* May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Insect Adaptation Lab (2nd-5th grade only)-Insects have a big impact on our world. While some are pests, most ecosystems couldn't exist without them. Discover the fascinating lives of insects and their amazing adaptations for survival.
* May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wildlife Manager for a Day (6th -8th grade only)-Students become wildlife biologists as they assess a site's potential for reintroduction of a species which was historically found in Denton County. Students survey vegetation, examine soil type, and collect other information necessary to decide whether the reintroduction should proceed.
* May 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Nature CSI (2nd-5th grade, 6th -8th grade)-Explore LLELA's aquatic ecosystems using dip nets, sampling trays, hand lenses, and other tools to uncover the many organisms that call the water home. Students learn that we also depend on water quality and quantity as citizens of a watershed.
Pre-registration is required. Call Lisa Cole, LLELA Education Coordinator, at 972-219-3930 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a refillable water bottle, and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Parents may choose to attend with their students, or may drop students off after signing a waiver. Younger siblings are welcome to tag along, so long as they are adequately supervised by a parent during class time. Classes will be rescheduled in the event of rain.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD, and Texas A & M University. Learn more at www.ias.unt.edu/llela.
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