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A new local charity with a straightforward name and a tiny bit of an American Idol bent -- Dentonites Who Give a Damn -- had its first meeting Tuesday night. Three nonprofits make a pitch to the group during a mixer. Members then vote on a single one of them to give money to. Members write a check -- $100 per attendee seems to be the aim -- to the chosen charity. Tuesday night, the group gave $1,850 to the Denton Community Health Clinic, which has been struggling after the loss of grant funds. The next meeting is July 25.

Sarah Jaffe, an indie rocker who got her start in Denton, just scored a coveted spot among musicians and bands. Jaffe landed NPR's Premiere Track of the Week on Tuesday with the title track of her upcoming album, Bad Baby, due out July 7. The video and the song are here: http://n.pr/2onCz4K. If the title track is a reflection of the record, Bad Baby takes Jaffe's 2014 album Don't Disconnect further, with fuzzy synths and buoyant rhythms.

Denton resident Alyse Ogletree and her family just welcomed a new baby about two weeks ago, and the local mom has already broken her Guinness Book of World Records title for donating breast milk. In 2014, Ogletree broke the world record in breast milk donation when she donated 53,081 ounces, or about 414 gallons, to the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas. The milk bank feeds premature or critically ill babies when their own mother's milk is not available. Within 12 days of her youngest baby's birth, Ogletree had donated 305 ounces.

The UNT Fine Arts Series has something families might want to see. Luminarium is an inflatable maze of pathways that are full of color and light. Think of a static laser light show you can walk through. Videos by locals have been popping up all over social media. Luminarium is open from 1 to 7 p.m. today and Friday on the south lawn of the UNT Union, 1155 Union Circle. Admission is free.

We see you, UNT College of Music. The flagship college at the university invited a member of the press -- Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette -- to deliver the commencement address. Midgette has written for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, Los Angeles Times and Town & Country. She is co-author of The King and I, a controversial book written with Luciano Pavarotti's former manager Herbert Breslin. The book details Breslin's 36 years working with the tenor (Doubleday, 2004).

The Texas Cultural Trust is ready for a struggle. The nonprofit, which promotes the arts in education, advocacy and economic impact in Texas, opposes state legislators' proposal to eliminate a $5 million competitive grant program for Texas cultural districts. Thirty-seven grants have been made through the program. The cultural trust asserts that a study of four of those grant recipients showed that $500,000 in grant funding contributed to a $21.3 million economic impact -- a 426 percent rate of return.

Sneaky, sneaky Ikea. The mammoth Swedish home furnishing company wants your old furniture. Seriously. Goodwill will set up collection points in Ikea parking lots -- including the Frisco location -- from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Donors can bring old furniture -- anything except mattresses, bedding, children's furniture, toys or lighting. After getting receipts for tax deductions, each donating household can score coupons for $20 off a $150 Ikea purchase, plus $5 off a $25 purchase in the Swedish Food Market.

Parting Shot

"I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air."

-- Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of the United Kingdom, 1979-1990