The Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is sponsoring a special showing of the 1960 classic movie “The Alamo,” starring John Wayne, Lawrence Harvey, Richard Widmark and Richard Boone, to celebrate Texas Independence Day.

The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and are available from any member of the chapter. They also can be purchased online at The Pines website.

Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholarship program, according to Paula Metzinger, chapter president.

“This date is significant for the showing of the movie because it was on March 2, while the siege of the Alamo was in progress, Texans met to declare our independence from Mexico,” she said.

The story of the siege of the Alamo is familiar to all Texans. Although the almost 200 men garrisoned in the Alamo fought valiantly, the 13-day siege ended in a Mexican victory on March 6. Today the battle of the Alamo is remembered as a battle against impossible odds in a fight for freedom and Texas’ independence, according to the Alamo’s website.

Today, the Alamo complex in San Antonio remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty for all Texans.

It was through the efforts of the DRT that the Alamo was preserved and saved from demolition and until recently the DRT was the custodian of the facility, leading the way in preserving the historic shrine for future Texans.

For more information about the movie, or for tickets, call 366-0298.

Anthony Smith Chapter, National Daughters of the American Revolution

The Anthony Smith Chapter, National Daughters of the American Revolution, met Feb. 5 at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall.

Regent Ina Jane Thames called the meeting to order. Chaplain Ann Richardson led the DAR Ritual, and Susan Spencer led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags and the American’s Creed.

Thames welcomed members and thanked hostesses Kim Slack and Cathy Todd. February birthdays for Dana Jumper, Margaret Jean Johnson, Pat Canty, Rachael Jumper, Lois Chambers, Pat Levens, Olivia Deaton and Pamela Wilkerson were recognized.

At the Good Citizen Recognition Brunch at PineCrest Auditorium on Jan. 12, President-General Ann Turner Dillon spoke about DAR Good Citizens award winners and DAR American History Essay contest winners. She stated that “these opportunities to recognize young people stay with them for a lifetime.”

Vice Regent Kathy James introduced guest speaker Dr. Sid Roberts. His grandmother was an active DAR member. He talked about how Angelina County ranks among other Texas counties in health care, teen births and health behavior.

Clothing donations are being accepted for DAR State Conference in March. Linda Ellis was nominated as delegate to the Continental Congress, summer 2019.

Janice Ann Rowe proposed moving $500 from the dues fund to the scholarship fund to cover an additional scholarship. This was passed unanimously.

DAR members attending were: Thames, Richardson, Spencer, Slack, Todd, Levens, James, Rowe, Cindy Taylor, LaNell Johnson Marsellos, Phyllis Royale, Wanda Smith, Charlene Ham, Lois Chambers, Harriot Whiddon, Connie Estes, Terri Morgan, Susan Sumners, Polly Young, Sherry Kroboth, Pat Lancaster and Kay Neill.

Junior League of Lufkin

The Junior League of Lufkin is holding its Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 N. Second St.

The free annual event, now in its fifth year, provides children the hands-on opportunity to explore vehicles of all types as well as meet the people who build, protect and serve East Texas. People will be able to touch their favorite vehicles, get behind the wheel and explore a variety of vehicles, including public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation and delivery.

“We are so excited about this year’s fifth annual Touch-A-Truck. We have added more pony rides, several yummy food trucks, Sam Shupack will be singing and more vehicles the kids can get in, on and explore,” said Kayla Walker, Junior League of Lufkin’s committee chair for Touch-A-Truck.

Games, activities and food trucks also will be part of the day’s entertainment. There will be wristbands available for kids for $5 each, which includes face painting, bounce house and games.

For more information, email touchatruck@juniorleagueoflufkin.org.