McALLEN Quinta Mazatlan will host a presentation and screening of the acclaimed 60-minute documentary film "Where Do the Children Play" on Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 to 7 p.m. during the McAllen Nature Speaker Series at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen.

Martin Hagne, executive director of the Valley Nature Center, will discuss the special Texas State Mandate called "Texas Children in Nature." TPWD and others have taken the lead, and now groups are forming across the state to implement projects, events and programs aiming to reverse "the kids indoor" trend.

The documentary film was a winner of the Eugene International Film Festival "Best Film in Social Issues/Family Values". Using the adage that children represent 20 percent of the world's population but 100 percent of its future, the film opens by examining differences between growing up today, with all its inherent obstacles and temptations, and childhood as it was lived 50 years ago.

Join Martin Hagne on Thursday, October 13, to stay informed and get engaged on the future of our children's mental and physical health and development. The series is generously sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates every Thursday evening at Quinta Mazatlan through April 2012.

General admission rates apply $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and no advance registration is required. Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information call 956-681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.