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The Lamar County Human Resources Council’s Meals on Wheels program will serve hot dogs and canned drinks for $1 at Atwoods on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 4pm.
This partnering effort between LCHRC and Atwoods will directly benefit the Meals on Wheels program and their cause to end senior hunger in Lamar County and the surrounding.
You can come get two hot dogs and a canned drink for just $1 at the Atwoods parking lot at the intersection of Loop 286 and North Main Street.
All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.
The United Way of Lamar County is looking for volunteers for the Community Day of Caring this weekend.
Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, the United Way is partnering with Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush With Kindness” program to paint a deserving local resident’s home.
“When everyone in the community works together, we have the power to accomplish more than any single group can on its own,” Executive Director April Carl said. “United Way of Lamar County supports that philosophy and is proud to promote Day of Caring events. These events are designed to connect resources to the people and groups that need a helping hand.”
The Community Day of Caring was originally established to promote volunteerism and increase awareness of local human service agencies, schools and community spaces, and to demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish. Day of Caring events bring volunteers together with local individuals and nonprofit organizations to complete projects that may not otherwise get done.
“This is a great opportunity for individuals, church groups, businesses and others to offer a helping hand and a heart of service,” Carl said. “We are also seeking projects for local agencies and individuals. These projects need to require little or no skill to complete. Cleaning, painting and yard work are great opportunities for our volunteers and youth.”
For more information or to volunteer, contact the United Way at 903-784-6642 or email@example.com.
The Leadership Lamar County class of 2012-2013 will host the first annual co-ed softball tournament to benefit the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society’s R.E.A.C.H. Center on May 17th & 18th at Wise Field.
The tournament is double elimination and there will be plaques awarded to 1st and 2nd place.
The Leadership class is encouraging team signups — registration deadline is Tuesday, May 14. The team registration fee is $200, and all proceeds benefit the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society, so your playing for an amazing cause. Get your teams together and sign up.
For more information contact (903) 737-2327.
See the flyer for details.
The YWCA’s 52nd annual Paris Art Fair was held at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this year, and the move didn’t seem to affect turnout much.
“It’s going great,” YWCA Director Angela Ward said. “There are lots of shade trees, lots of breeze. It’s a perfect day.”
In previous years, the event was held at Love Civic Center. But vendor surveys indicated a need for more room, and price increases at the civic center helped in the decision.
“The atmosphere of the fair grounds is more conducive to the art fair,” Ward said. “It was a good move.”
YWCA plans to remain at the fair grounds for next year’s event.
The art fair drew about 150 vendors, including artists, concessions and live entertainment.
“We’ve got a few more than last year,” Ward said. “We have a lot of new vendors.”
A number of Paris’ youngest bicycle enthusiasts are a little safer today thanks to Saturday’s Bicycle Rodeo.
“It’s really great. I started this project to promote bicycle safety,” said Sahil Prakash, a sixth-grade Crockett Middle School student who engineered the event at Love Civic Center. “The earlier you learn bike safety, the better you get it.”
The rodeo started with Sahil’s first-place Texas Future Problem Solving winner Project BIKE (Preventing Bike Injuries Keeping Everyone Safe), a program designed to encourage and promote bike riding and safety.
His efforts received attention from much of the community, including Lamar-Delta County Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Transform North Texas, the police and fire departments and the Texas Department of Transportation. He even took his presentation to the Paris City Council.
It also earned his parents’ approval.
“He’s worked very hard for the last year. The best part for me is knowing he’s got the giving attitude. He’s doing this for the community,” father Dr. Chris Prakash said. “It’s a good start. Hopefully, he’ll keep this going for the next several years.”
Chilly, windy weather kept the numbers down somewhat, but that didn’t keep it from being a success. Sahil said he enjoyed seeing the people learning bicycle safety and working together toward a common goal.
“This will be an annual event. This was a trail. I’ll know how to make it bigger and better,” Sahil said. “I learned I can do it in a bigger area, maybe a parking lot. I learned I can have more courses. This one went through pretty quick. I’ll get more donations and more helmets.”
The courses included a straightaway, slalom and a zig-zag where bikers practiced turning signals and stopping.