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Karina Ramírez: Leadership Denton graduates 27th class

The 17 members of Leadership Denton’s 27th class graduated on April 26. The ceremony was part of the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon at Buffalo Valley Event Center.

As part of their class project, the Leadership Denton Class of 2013 established an alumni database and hosted an annual social for alumni to meet, Brad Lahart, 2012-13 general chairman, said in an e-mail.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce program offers a series of comprehensive training sessions to help area residents learn about opportunities for community and philanthropic service, as well as all levels of public office.

During the gathering, Derrell Bulls received an award granted each year to a distinguished alumnus of the leadership program. Bulls served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s education committee, which evolved into Leadership Denton, according to its website.

The program’s graduates are: Rebecca P. Deviney, city of Denton; Britton J. Donalson, Independent Bank; Judson S. Frisby, Killian Property Management; Sharon D. Garrett, Denton Regional Medical Center; Jennifer L. Phillips, Denton High School; Michael C. Pritle, Denton Bible Church; Lilyan A. Prado-Carrillo, University of North Texas; Michelle Reeves, Texas Woman’s University; Clayton D. Rozell, city of Denton; William S. Scalf, New York Life Insurance Co.; Dr. Elizabeth R. Seymour, Medical Associates of Denton; Ramon J. Silva-Reyes Jr., Freese & Nichols Inc.; Shirlene E. Sitton, city of Denton; Brian K. Tackett, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant LLP; Kimberly A. Villareal-Thaggard, Denton High School; and Duke York, Access Bank Texas.

The 2013-14 Leadership Denton sessions will begin in August. Serving as chairman for the new session will be Michael Fraga, a graduate of the class of 2010.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 31. The program is open to U.S. citizens 18 and older who have lived or worked within the boundaries of the Denton school district for at least one year as of Sept. 1, 2013, according to rules.

The selection committee will interview qualified applicants on June 13 and June 17. Those chosen for the class will be notified and invited to an opening reception July 1.

For more information, visit

Applications are being accepted through June 7 for the 2013-14 class of Leadership North Texas Class 5.

Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program designed to recruit, develop and support leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and to the North Texas region. Participants hear from regional and national experts on various issues facing North Texas with discussion on how to address the region’s challenges.

For more information, call the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400 or visit

In April, Denton issued certificates of occupancy for two hair salons, Yandeh Touray Hair Braiding Salon at 5800 N. Interstate 35, Suite 301, and Hollins Hair Studio at 813 Sunset St. The city also issued the following certificates:

Adventureland Early Learning Center, child day care, 1407 Fulton St.

Fix It Fast Franchise, retail, 728 Fort Worth Drive.

Records from state Comptroller Susan Combs show first-quarter revenues from sales of mixed beverages decreased by 0.49 percent in Denton County.

About $7.2 million in tax revenue was collected countywide from mixed-beverage sales in January, February and March.

Coming up

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly mixer at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Classic of Denton, 4984 S. I-35E.

The meeting will be in the dealership lobby. Drinks and desserts will be provided. For more information, call 940-464-9990.

Calling on the public to be healthier, the staff at Benessere Active is participating in May’s “Exercise Is Medicine Month.”

A health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the fitness club, 723 S. I-35E, Suite 100. The health fair will benefit the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

The fair will include free health and wellness screenings and assessments, goods and services, foods and samples from local health, nutrition and fitness businesses. Participants will also receive a free seven-day pass.

Earlier in the day, starting at 8 a.m., free group classes in cross training, yoga and TRX will be offered during the club’s weekly “Saturdays in the Park” series at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane.

On behalf of the sports club, on April 24 Gov. Rick Perry and Mayor Mark Burroughs declared May as Exercise Is Medicine Month.

The Exercise Is Medicine movement began in 2007 as a way to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment, according to its website.

For more information, call 940-591-7095 or visit

Dr. Madhavi Thomas, president and founder of the North Texas Movement Disorders Institute, will present a session on “Living With Parkinson’s Disease” at 6 p.m. May 21 at Select Rehabilitation of Denton, 2620 Scripture St.

The session is free and includes dinner. Special guests include Veterans Home Care, Seniors in Motion, Area Agency on Aging, Senior Living Advisors, Dogwood Estates, estate planner Leigh Hilton and Community Pharmacy. The session is co-sponsored by Accolade Homecare and Hospice.

Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 940-297-6500. For more information, e-mail

This month, Mooyah restaurants are helping raise funds for Conquer Chiari Walk Across America, a series of fundraising walks to raise awareness about Arnold-Chiari malformation, a brain disorder.

From 4 p.m. until closing each Wednesday this month, a portion of Mooyah’s proceeds will be donated to the San Antonio Conquer Chiari Walk Across America event.

Denton has two Mooyah locations, at 2530 W. University Drive, Suite 1100, and 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 300.

For more information, call 214-872-4313.

The University of North Texas, Tarrant County College and the U.S. Department of Labor are some of the agencies that will be featured at the 11th annual Alliance Texas Small Business Procurement Fair, to be held June 25 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way.

Attendees will learn about current regulations and guidelines and meet with buyers and contractors. Educational sessions will also be available.

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KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.