■ Green Street Recreation Center, 814 S. Green St., Longview, needs volunteers to help send cards and make calls to members who are ill or in the hospital. For information, call Keith Bibb at (903) 237-1279.

■ Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 593 Windridge Road, Gilmer, needs hay, toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, cleaning supplies, scholarship sponsors and Tractor Supply and Walmart gift cards. For information, email windridgetx@aol.com or call (903) 797-2414.

■ Cherish Celebration: 6 p.m. Jan. 26, El Cerrito Lodge, 6819 FM 726 in Diana. An acoustic evening with Doug Stone benefits Hannah House Maternity Home. Cost: $50 individual tickets; tables available. Information: https://tinyurl.com/y8krj8mp .

■ Alzheimer’s Community Forum: 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31, The University Center Ballroom/University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler. The Alzheimer’s Association of Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter will present “Advancing Dementia Science” with updates on the latest research from …

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Pancakes are one of my daughter’s favorite breakfasts, and at 16 she is old enough and skilled enough to whip up a batch for herself. But she won’t bother unless there is a pancake mix she can use. Sigh.

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I make and eat a lot of soup in the winter. More often than I want to, I will bust open a carton of store-bought broth. Sometimes the time and effort of making the soup itself is all I can handle. It’s not that making broth is difficult. But it does require more forethought (and refrigerator…

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Sometimes I get the feeling that too many people eat black-eyed peas annually — on New Year’s Day. While I love the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas and rice (hoppin’ John), often eaten with greens, I’m here to say that black-eyed peas deserve a place in your repertoire the rest of the …

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■ Longview Christian Women’s Connection is hosting a buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Copeland’s of New Orleans, 3213 N. Fourth St. in Longview. Special music: Greg Scobee, soloist; guest speaker: Tammy Whitehurst of Longview will present “Girl Talk — Getting Real about Real Life.” …

Two Elvis Presley impersonators will perform during a tribute show at 7 p.m. Jan 12 at the Gilmer Civic Center.

Children’s programming has returned from its holiday hiatus at the Longview Public Library. Here’s a look at the library’s regular offerings (at the main branch at 222 W. Cotton Street unless otherwise indicated):

QUESTION: A few months ago there was an article in the Longview newspaper about a new exhibit on wars being opened at the Marshall historical museum. I’ve not seen a follow up to that. Can you find out if that’s open and if not when it plans to be open?

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The Longview Public Library will feature the folk music duo Hungrytown, from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 in the library’s “Sounds & Stacks” concert. The free concert will be held inside the library at 222 W. Cotton St., with food trucks expected to park outside the library that night.

Gregg and Harrison counties have teamed up once again to sponsor the 2019 Credit Hour Program that will be held Jan. 25 at the Gold Hall Community Center in Hallsville. The annual program will feature five continuing education units toward any Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license.

■ Prescription drug drop boxes: Unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs can be disposed of 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by using the drop boxes in the lobbies of the Longview Police Department, 302 W. Cotton St. in Longview, and White Oak Police Department, 108 E. Old Hwy 80 in …

■ U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer uniformed branch of the Coast Guard, is looking for volunteer members in the Longview/East Texas area. The organization offers boating/water safety classes and performs lake patrol functions and search and rescue/disaster relief services for the ar…

■ D.O.R.S. Youth Transition Center, 1125 Judson Road, Suite 153, Longview, needs reams of printer paper and disinfecting wipes. For information, call (903) 803-0100.