Award-winning artist Lou Ann Petty will be featured at the Texas Music Concert from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. this Sunday at Loose Wheels, Texas in Denison. All proceeds will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 for the Peer-To-Peer program helping returning veterans.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 973

Award-winning artist Lou Ann Petty will be featured at the Texas Music Concert from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. this Sunday at Loose Wheels, Texas in Denison. All proceeds will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 for the Peer-To-Peer program helping returning veterans.

Petty, a singer/songwriter, was honored in 2012 with the Founders Award for ARtistic Excellence by the Academy of Texas Music for her album entitled I’m Falling. Her song, Soldier’s Wife, was nominated for the Song of the Year at the 2013 Texas Music Awards.

Petty has strong ties to the military with multiple family members having served.

"The debt we owe our military families is one that simply cannot be repaid, but performing at this event is one small way to say ‘Thank you,’" says Petty in a press release. "I am blessed by the opportunity to support our military families through this wonderful organization.

Also performing at the concert will be Shawn Fussell, Texas country recording artist, and Ray Brandenburg and Jimmie Grokett, Texas singer/songwriters.

In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction to help raise funds for the veterans’ program.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Bob Hillerby who was a member of the VVA Chapter 973.

Charles Holcomb, VVA 972 president, says, "I am excited about working with Lou Ann and WCCMP to help veterans and their families through music. I encourage everyone who supports our military and our veterans to come out and enjoy an afternoon of Texas music that the entire family will enjoy."

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

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Shakespeare Club

Linda V.-Thoms presented the program for the Sherman Shakespeare Club at the group’s recent meeting in the community room of the Texas Star Bank. Nancy Larson and Margaret McCord hosted the meeting, attended by 11 members including new member, Jana Cordera.

President Jaquita Albin recognized V.-Thoms who discussed Elizabethan costumes and clothing. She used the books Shakespeare’s Theater and Shakespeare for Kids to obtain information to share with the group, illustrating with pictures and charts. She noted that it is said that the costumes were the most colorful part of an Elizabethan production and were made in a variety of vivid colors and fabric textures. The elaborate costumes were usually discarded clothing that had been gifts from noblemen to their servants who, in turn, sold the clothing to the theater companies. Young boys took on the female roles in Shakespearean drama because women weren’t allowed on stage. The actors often wore red high heels, and most of the make-up for the productions was made from brick dust and flour.

During the club’s business meeting, Barbara Denton gave the treasurer’s report. Linda Gattis asked members to sign up for program presentations for the 2014-15 club year. The year’s study will be entitled "Classics of British Literature." Members were also enlisted to serve as meeting hostesses.

Members voted to place a book in the Sherman Public Library in memory of long-time member, Doris Hibbert.

The April meeting will be held in the bank’s community room and a program on Roman plays will be presented by Albin. Kathy Roberts and Pat Smith will be hostesses.

International Women’s Club

Local physicians Chuck Phelps and Jeannine Hatt were guest speakers at the recent meeting of the International Women’s Club (IWC) in the Sherman home of Lana Caswell Garcia. They updated members of the ongoing humanitarian efforts in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.

In 2000, Hatt, a pediatrician by training, joined other physicians at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the country’s capital. The hospital was founded in 1967 to treat children with tuberculosis and is the flagship ministry of International Child Care. In Haiti, one in eight children won’t reach their eighth birthday due to the disease. The ICC programs have expanded into most regions of the country and include community-based health services with a focus towards preventative care and health education.

The 2010 earthquake that devastated the country also destroyed the hospital. Patients were evacuated into the yard where physicians continued services as much as possible. By the spring of that year, a small, temporary, in-patient unit was opened and transitional buildings for clinics were in place. Per Hatt, ICC is now beginning a capital campaign to build a new hospital that will serve not only as a center for pediatric and adult healthcare, but as a teaching/training center for health professionals. Hatt and other physicians donate their time to train local health professionals with maternal health programs, contraceptive information and a mid-wife program to empower and sustain the local professionals. ICC’s goal is to raise the $6 million needed to complete the hospital which will include a maternity and neonatal unit and beds for adolescents and children.

Locally, money for Grace Children’s Hospital is raised during the "Hotter than Hell" bicycle race each August in Wichita Falls. Hatt and Phelps participate in that race with the Race For Grace cycling team. For information on the Race for Grace cycling team, the hospital capital campaign or how to help, visit or contact Hatt or Phelps.

As part of the IWC meeting, attendees were treated to foods native to Haiti including red beans and rice, spicy cabbage relish, roasted pork, Haitian bread and fruit salad.

Co-chairwoman for the gathering were Sue Boquist and Jennifer Davis. Making up the hostess committee were Ellen Smith, Kelly Ashmore, Darlene Brown, Kathy Scasny, Gail Utter, Mary Margaret McGowan, Sara Park, Charlotte Gravley, Laura Cichowski, Bridget Renfro, Lisa Lettie, Sharon Amacker, Nancy Anderson, DArlene Bourland, Carol Fines and Peggy Harlen.