Does your pet do stupid tricks? Here is a chance to get them on television.

Dallas-Fort Worth’s CBS 11 television station will host a local casting call for the “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment featured on “The Late Show with David Letterman” from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Man’s Best Friend, located a 2641 Westgrove in Carrollton.

All types of animals are welcome, but each pet should be caged, kenneled or on a leash until its audition. Tricks should be fun, unique, and safe. Animals must perform voluntarily and be treated humanely.

Five favorite performers will be chosen to appear in a special halftime show at the Dallas Desperados game on April 15. The top trick (as selected by fans at the game) will win $1,000 courtesy of Man’s Best Friend.

If selected to appear on “The Late Show,” participants will receive a free trip to New York and a payment for their appearance on the show.

The event is sponsored by Man’s Best Friend, Iams pet food and 98.7 FM KLUV.

Free paper shredding offered

Yaupon Garden Club, in conjunction with Arklatex Shredding Company of Tyler, will be offering Anderson County residents a free opportunity to shred personal papers for identity thief protection.

The shredder will be at the Farmers Market, located at 813 Spring St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8. Each person will be allowed 100 pounds of papers — excluding newspapers and magazines. If the community responds well to this service it could be a regular program.

According to Yaupon Garden Club member Katie Wilson, the club is offering this service to the community in celebration of Earth Day, April 22.

“Come and do your part in caring for our world while protecting yourself,” Wilson said. “Identity theft can happen to you.”

The free shredding is being held in conjunction with the club’s annual plant sale, also being held at the Farmer’s Market April 8.

Local celebrates 101st birthday

Happy birthday to Anderson County resident Elizabeth Phillips, celebrated her 101st birthday March 23.

Mrs. Phillips was born March 23, 1905, as the second child to Bill and Susie Smith. After moving from the Mt. Moriah Community, she met and married Ples Phillips. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom are now deceased.

Phillips, who resides in her long-time home on Campbell Street, was an active member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. She loved to attend her circle and missionary meeting.

Her family includes children Willie Phillips of Houston; Ella Green of Las Vegas, Nev.; Julius “Billy” and Jeanette Phillips of Palestine; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In being bless with another milestone birthday, Phillips attributes her longevity to the power of prayer, having faith and trusting in God.

More birthday wishes

Another happy birthday goes out to Mary Jubela of Palestine who will be celebrating her 90th birthday Sunday at First Baptist Church.

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