CASA matches volunteers with children who have been removed to foster care, and the volunteers spend time with children to ensure their physical, emotional, and educational needs are satisfied, as well as testify on behalf of the children in court. CASA volunteers are also available to answer children’s questions and give advice, providing consistent presence during often-unstable times in children’s lives. Specialized training teaches volunteers to understand court-related matters including case investigation, interacting with Child Protective Services and the attorney ad litem, testifying in court, attending hearings and locating the necessary social services. CASA needs additional funding to cover the costs of recruiting and training new court-appointed advocates. With $400, CASA can purchase publications and recruitment materials, training materials, and supplies, and fund training facilitation.
It's a scene you'd expect to find on a private island. A canopy shades a beach party, where guests pull cold beverages from a cooler and munch grilled meats prepared over open charcoals by cooks. Just off the shore, a boat blasts music, giving a soundtrack to the festivities and making nearby pirates regret canceling their satellite radio subscription.
North Texas Lake Charters' crew creates this oasis at Lake Ray Robert's party cove. Another one of their boats ferries party guests to and from the ramp at Isle Du Bois State Park. From this launch point, the company's captains take passengers on various aquatic adventures. Speedboats pull wake boarders and water-skiers, while fishing boats carry anglers out in search of a prized catch.
A year-round preschool, afterschool and camp center for kids ages 6 weeks- 12 years old. Kids R Kids uses an award-winning curriculum inspired by Dr. Piaget's learn-with-play philosophy, that focuses on building the emotional, physical, intellectual, cognitive, and social areas of a child's development.
At Conway's Bar & Grill, formerly The Venue Bar & Grill, the clack of pool balls and the buzz of sports games accompany a lengthy menu of burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. Plates of chicken wings bathed in zesty sauces mingle with meaty burgers stacked with jalapeños, bacon, and grilled mushrooms. Chicken-fried steaks and tacos fuel postmeal rounds of darts and serve as backup ammo if the darts are out for repairs. Each Wednesday, patrons can celebrate with karaoke or toast professional bands during weekly live-music events. College flags and banners hang from the ceiling, a testament to the hangout’s love of NCAA athletics and embroidered fabrics.
Bob Landon has been making wine for decades, but he didn't always have French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks at his disposal. His first forays into small-batch winemaking took place in his basement, but like Batman's love of justice, his hobby was soon elevated to a profession. Today, he and the Landon Winery staff cultivate Texas–grown viognier and tempranillo grapes into a rotating selection of house varietals.
At either location, oenophiles can deepen their knowledge of wines or simply explore the facilities. The McKinney location features an old well that dates back more than 150 years, and the 15,000 square foot Greenville location boasts more than 100 oak barrels filled with grapey blends and one batch of orange juice just pretending. Landon Winery also hosts events and classes that allow visitors to pair wines with food, sample sips, and make their own custom wines.