Les Cockrell: Volunteer options expand

VNA Ann’s Haven is offering new training options for those who would like to become volunteers with the hospice care provider.

Les Cockrell: Holiday event set

Staff members of the Johnson Branch Unit at Ray Roberts Lake State Park will host an evening of holiday-themed entertainment on Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Shelter pets benefit from library tree

The Denton Public Library is offering visitors an opportunity to show some love for animals this holiday season with its annual Pet Santa Tree.

Les Cockrell: Historic home tour on tap

Five historic houses in Denton’s Oak-Hickory Historic District will be open to the community from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday for the first Denton Historic Home Tour.

Les Cockrell: Library events cater to many interests

A two-part class in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, a lecture on exercise, nutrition and stress reduction, and tips for making memorable holiday treats are all on tap this week at the Denton Public Library.

Les Cockrell: Church event coincides with fest

First United Methodist Church of Denton will offer its annual Evening in Bethlehem event Friday, giving visitors to Denton’s Holiday Lighting Festival another reason to celebrate.

Les Cockrell: Holiday event takes cues from past

Area residents are invited to take a trip back in time to experience a Victorian American Christmas from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Denton County Historical Park.

Les Cockrell: Holiday gift wrapping available at mall

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will be offering their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

Les Cockrell: Donations taken around the clock

North Texas Trinity Cowboy Church of Sanger will hold its third G6 project to help the community beginning on Sunday, according to an announcement from the church.

Les Cockrell: Hospital to offer free flu shots to residents

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will be at Our Daily Bread community soup kitchen on Friday to offer free flu shots to the community.

Les Cockrell: Salvation Army bells will start ringing

Denton Mayor Chris Watts is scheduled to drop the first dollar into a Salvation Army red kettle on Wednesday to kick off the organization’s local Christmas fundraising campaign.

Les Cockrell: Organization to offer end-of-life information

The Denton Area Partnership for End-of-Life Care will host two free events Friday to offer information about advance directives and how to file for a medical power of attorney.

Les Cockrell: Senior Center up for busy week

The Denton Senior Center will host special events this week, beginning with a Veterans Day singalong and culminating with it annual Blue Ribbon Bazaar on Saturday.

Les Cockrell: A twist on shopping

An alternative gifts fair is planned for Friday through Sunday at Miller Center, located inside Denton’s First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.

Les Cockrell: Trick-or-treaters invited to Boo Bash on campus

The annual Boo Bash is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Diaper drive slated for Friday

The University of North Texas College of Public Affairs and Community Service is conducting a diaper drive until Friday in Room 209 of Chilton Hall, 410 Ave. C.

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Museum shows off local goods

A new exhibit highlighting items made in Denton County will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.

Les Cockrell: Denton Public Library sets genealogy event

The Denton Public Library will host an after-hours event offering tips and resources for genealogy research on Friday, according to the library.

Les Cockrell: Patch Adams prescribes joy for events in Denton

Denton Community Health Clinic will play host to Patch Adams, the physician whose early career was the subject of a 1998 movie starring the late Robin Williams, for special events on Friday.

Les Cockrell: Pups can share Barktoberfest fun

The Denton Humane Society will host its Barktoberfest event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.

Les Cockrell: Wake up early to see lunar eclipse

Area residents are invited to get up early on Wednesday for a free viewing of a lunar eclipse through high-powered telescopes.

Les Cockrell: County sets ‘Lurking in the Shadows’ lecture

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will host a lecture titled “Lurking in the Shadows” at 5 p.m. Friday in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey’s fest will put peanut on a pedestal

“Keep Aubrey Nutty” is the theme of the 29th annual peanut festival planned on Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

Les Cockrell: Free fitness assessment, fair set for seniors

Seniors age 55 and older are invited to participate in a free fitness assessment and healthy aging fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Tractor revivalists to show antique implements

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its annual fall meeting and picnic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Benefit auction set this morning

A silent auction and a five-week grief support group are among upcoming events announced by VNA Ann’s Haven.

Les Cockrell: Mighty words to be read aloud for Constitution Day

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Program to explore genealogy research methods

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will meet today at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library for a program on using newspapers for genealogy research.

Les Cockrell: Library programs tailored for special interests

A workshop for parents of children with special needs and programs about U.S. presidents and landscaping are among the opportunities planned by the Denton Public Library this week.

Les Cockrell: Fundraiser to benefit LaGrone students planned for Tuesday

Students and staff of the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: VFW opens contests for young writers

Post 2205 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests.

Les Cockrell: Denton Benefit League taking grant requests

The Denton Benefit League is now accepting requests for its 2015 grants and has set a deadline of Sept. 26 for submitting an application, according to an announcement from the organization.

Les Cockrell: DATCU to assemble junior board

DATCU is currently taking applications for the 2014-15 Junior Board of Directors, according to an announcement from the credit union.

Les Cockrell: Lisapalooza to benefit woman with cancer

Lisapalooza, a benefit concert and auction for Lisa L. Rollins, a Denton native who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer, is planned from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf.

Les Cockrell: Balloon festival set for Highland Village

The 27th annual Highland Village Balloon Festival is planned for Friday to Sunday at Unity Park in Highland Village and will feature live music, a car show, a 5-kilometer run, arts and crafts and food in addition to hot air balloons, according to the event website.

Les Cockrell: Association gives pair of local students scholarships

Two Denton County young people have been awarded scholarships by the North Texas Fair Association, according to a press release.

Les Cockrell: Organization seeks items for children in need

Some local families are stocking up on school supplies during the tax-free weekend to pack in shoebox gifts — along with hygiene items and toys — for children in need through Operation Christmas Child.

Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and...

Les Cockrell: State park to offer four yoga classes

A yoga class will be offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park beginning Tuesday, according to a park press release.

Les Cockrell: Class gives start to young documentary filmmakers

Denton’s North Branch Library will offer a documentary filmmaking workshop for youths ages 11-18 in three sessions next month.

Les Cockrell: Texas Roadhouse event to benefit Special Olympics

Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the area will participate in the Tip a Cop event today.

Les Cockrell: Denton library’s improv class open to teens

The Denton Public Library will offer teenagers a three-day workshop on improvisational acting skills beginning Tuesday, July 29, according to an announcement from the library.

Les Cockrell: Car show to benefit hospice organization

The Lake Cities Misfits Car Club will present the sixth annual Faith Presbyterian Hospice Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Vacation Bible school kids offer up hearty donation

Children who attended the “Workshop of Wonders” vacation Bible school at Argyle United Methodist Church this summer recently donated $1,490 to the Hearts for Homes outreach ministry, according to a press...

Les Cockrell: ‘Merging Visions’ works on exhibit at 2 libraries

A display of art and poetry from the “Merging Visions” exhibit held earlier this spring at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts will be on view at Denton’s North Branch and South Branch libraries until Aug. 15, according to a library announcement.

Les Cockrell: Early maps of Southwest on view

Denton’s North Branch Library will have an exhibit illustrating early mapmakers’ perceptions of the American Southwest throughout July.

Les Cockrell: State park serves up slate of events

Campfire cooking, hiking and creating a nature journal will be among the activities offered during this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Les Cockrell: Young church plans 2nd anniversary fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the second anniversary dinner and dance planned by St. John Paul II Catholic Church and Campus Center.

Les Cockrell: Denton libraries offer variety of activities

The Denton Public Library’s summer activities for young people continue with special visitors, a photography workshop and a bike parade.

Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.