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Let’s Celebrate

Some of the topics we looked into while you were reading last month’s issue

We turn the calendar to a new year and a new decade later this month—always cause for celebration. And happy birthday to co-ops. The highly successful business model turns 175 years old.

New Year’s Eve Party in Itasca

Three artists with impressive musical bloodlines will provide the entertainment for a New Year’s Eve Party in Itasca. Whey Jennings, grandson of Waylon Jennings, was born and raised in Grand Prairie. Thomas Gabriel is the oldest grandchild of Johnny and June Carter Cash. And Cagney Frizzell, named after James Cagney, is Lefty Frizzell’s nephew.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to the HILCO Civic & Event Center party December 31.

The event will include a 50-50 raffle and drawings for other items. Tickets start at $20. For $40, guests get a meet and greet with the musicians.

HILCO Electric Cooperative built the Central Texas venue last year and hosts about 10 community events per month.

Call (214) 212-5798 or visit Facebook for more information.

Strong Libraries

The Tocker Foundation can help make your library better. Grants support new furniture, electronic gaming, Wi-Fi hot spots, digital literacy, computers and even play-grounds. Books, too, of course.

Find more information at All applicants must contact Karin Gerstenhaber before applying for a grant. Application deadline is January 15.

Co-ops Are Born

The cooperative movement turns 175 years old December 21. On that date in 1844, 28 workers opened a cooperative store in Rochdale, England.

Initially, the store carried four key items: butter, sugar, flour and oatmeal.

Stay Tooned

Two memorable cartoon characters celebrate birthdays this month.

Felix the Cat, created in the silent film era, turns 100 December 14. RCA’s first experimental TV transmissions in 1928 broadcast a 13-inch papier-mâché figure of Felix.

Yosemite Sam turns 75 December 16. The gunslinger is a nemesis of Bugs Bunny.