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Santa and Allen Americans hockey players visited with patients Dec. 19 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, bringing them teddy bears and plenty of holiday cheer. Left to right are Santa; Allen Americans defenseman Mike Berube; hospital community relations specialist Sarah Mitchell; and Allen Americans left winger Jarret Lukin. - Photo courtesy of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
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Allen hospital patients receive teddy bears from Allen Americans game
Santa and Allen Americans hockey players visited with patients Dec. 19 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, bringing them teddy bears and plenty of holiday cheer.
"Being sick at the holidays is tough, especially for our pediatric patients," said hospital community relations specialist Sarah Mitchell. "We appreciate the Allen Americans coming to visit our patients and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season."
For information, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.
Christmas tree, post-Christmas trash collection
The city of Allen will pick up Christmas trees for recycling during the two weeks following Christmas; trees must be free of all decorations, lights, ornaments, tinsel and tree stands and can be set out for pickup on the scheduled collection day. After the two weeks, trees must be bundled and tied as normal tree and brush trimmings.
In addition, residents may place five extra bags of trash outside their carts on their first service day after Christmas. Call 214-509-4551 or visit cityofallen.org for information.
Weekly 6 a.m. social run
Gather at Luke's Locker at 6 a.m. every Thursday morning for a 45-minute social run. Out and back run, for all levels, bagels and coffee after at the store. Visit http://www.watterscreek.com/ for information.
Winter reading clubs under way
Children and teens can stop by the library and pick up their reading logs now for the Allen Public Library's winter reading clubs.
Teens ages 12-18 who read three books before Jan. 13 will earn a free book and be entered into a prize drawing for $25 gift cards to Cinemark, GameStop or Starbucks.
Kids ages 0-11, come "Soar with Books!" Younger readers who read 10 picture books or easy readers - and older readers who read three or more chapter books or non-fiction books - will get a free book when they return their reading logs by Jan. 13.
The Allen Public Library is at 300 N. Allen Drive.
Test-prep tool available through APL
Studying for the SATs? GREs? GED? Or another standardized test? LearningExpress Library can help.
LearningExpress Library contains practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, ebooks and more. Call 214-509-4905 for login/password. Visit allenlibrary.org for information.
Kaleidoscope of Dreams light show
Every night from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 4, come see one of the largest holiday light shows in North Texas, with 250,000 sparking LED lights at the Village at Fairview, 329 Town Place, at the Macy's fountain entrance.
Get 'Cool Like Steve McQueen' at APL
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Allen Public Library hosts the first in this month's film series, "Cool Like Steve McQueen." Tuesday's feature is "The Cincinnati Kid," starring McQueen, Ann Margret, Karl Malden and Edward G. Robinson. In the 1965 movie, an up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
Other films in the series include "The Thomas Crown Affair" on Jan. 15, "Bullitt" on Jan. 22 and "The Getaway" on Jan. 29. For information, call 214-509-4900 or visit cityofallen.org.
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