Dawn Cobb: Restaurant doing its part to benefit local community

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Once again, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern at 115 S. Elm St. is involved in three different activities this holiday season to benefit the Denton community, says Karen Meredith, who co-owns the well-known eatery with her husband, Jim.

They have been collecting coats and distributing them at Sweetwater and will continue to accept donated coats. In addition, anyone in need of a coat is welcome to stop by through Christmas Day.

The Sweetwater Angel Family this year is one selected through Denton County Friends of the Family. An angel tree is on the patio with tags that can be selected for gift purchasing.

For the second year, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern will conduct a Christmas luncheon at the restaurant for those in the community in need. The holiday meal is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but will continue until the food is gone, Meredith noted in an e-mail. They are accepting donations of money, food and help from volunteers. Additional information is available by calling 940-484-2888.

After the recent ice storm, local Denton retailers around the Square are extending their hours to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and opening from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23 to offer shoppers more opportunities to fill their gift lists.

Traci Davis of Garden Gate on Locust Street said the downtown businesses wanted to make it more convenient for shoppers to stop by on the weekends or after work hours as needed.

A number of downtown shops will be open Christmas Eve, though hours may vary.

Each October, CareFlite encourages its crews to wear a pink T-shirt to support the effort to find a cure for breast cancer.

This year’s campaign, by far the largest yet, raised $1,487 from the sale of 1,487 T-shirts. While the effort originally started as an internal campaign, many others in health care saw the shirts and asked to participate this year. One dollar from each shirt went to the campaign.

Established in 1979, CareFlite is the oldest joint-use air medical transportation service in the nation. It is the only, fully integrated medical transport company serving North Texas. It operates the only air medical helicopters based in Dallas County and in Fort Worth, according to a news release.

CareFlite’s helicopter EMS responds to requests from hospitals, fire departments, EMS agencies and law enforcement within a service area of more than 100 counties in a 150-mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex containing more than 5.8 million people. CareFlite currently has nine helicopters in its fleet.

In addition to CareFlite’s ground ambulance/911 EMS service in southeast Dallas County, Balch Springs, Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 5, Hill County and Johnson County, other ground ambulance services are offered in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Erath, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties.

CareFlite, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is sponsored by Baylor Healthcare, JPS Health Network, Methodist Health System, Parkland Health and Hospital and Texas Health Resources. For more information, visit www.careflite.org.

Cinemark Holdings Inc. is planning an encore presentation of the holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life at more than 250 Cinemark, Century and Rave theaters across the country. The digitally restored movie will play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The Christmas Eve show is in addition to the regular run of the film today in more than 130 theatres as part of the Classics Series program.

Produced and directed by Frank Capra, It’s A Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars and has been recognized as the No. 1 Most Inspirational American film of all time on American Film Institute’s 2006 100 Years ... 100 Cheers: America’s Most Inspiring Movies list. The 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart is also the only holiday-themed film to crack AFI’s 2007 “100 Years ... 100 Films” list of the 100 Best American Films.

DAWN COBB can be reached at 940-566-6879 or via e-mail at dcobb@dentonrc.com.

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