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We're Denton Dammit: Aug. 31, 2017

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Lucinda Breeding

The University of North Texas unveiled its swanky new national advertisement on Tuesday. It's pretty slick, and shows a bit of all the university's major programs — from the sciences to the humanities.

Project 2713, a Texas nonprofit  founded by UNT alumna Sarah Haug, will host a hula hoop contest during the Backyard Bash at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at South Lakes Park, 566 Hobson Lane.

Project 2713 promotes intra-family and local adoptions through financial assistance and resources. The Backyard Bash is a fundraiser, and local families can try their luck at the three-legged race, sack race and water balloon fight. Lean Machine and Snoballz Chance food trucks will be on site, and like almost any Denton party, there will be live music. 

Denton resident and businessman Eddie Renz was shocked when New York City-based SaraMax Apparel Group opposed Renz's registration for a trademark — Denton Swag. The apparel company's legal representation offered to resolve the matter if Renz abandons his trademark, stops making clothes bearing the word "Denton" for purchase in stores or online, and gives up his domain, SaraMax said it wouldn't have a problem with Renz putting his brand on things like coffee mugs.

Why? SaraMax  owns a trademark for Dr. Denton, a brand no longer sold in stores, according to Eve Brown of  Bricolage Law. Now, Renz is asking his friends to help him raise $15,000 to retain legal representation by Oct. 21 on a crowdsourcing  website,

Well-sourced documentation on the history of Quakertown can be spotty. Earlier this month, a summer school class at UNT began the first iteration of a virtual tour of the middle-class black neighborhood that Denton city leaders expelled in the 1920s. And Chelsea Stallings' 2015 master's thesis at UNT is online, and it details the process white city leaders used to forcibly relocate the self-sufficient black community.  

Springtree Roofing and Restoration, a company based in Gainesville and Allen, is on the hunt for four homeowners in Denton or Cooke counties who need a new roof. Springtree's No Roof Left Behind campaign will accept nominations online through Sept. 8.  Springtree will post the four finalists' stories and photos on its website from Sept. 22 to Oct. 20, and the public will be invited to vote for the finalist they think is most deserving. Springtree will announce the winner on Nov. 1.

Denton hosted the Instant Film Photography Convention almost a year ago. Can some of the organizers of the convention help Denton Community Theatre out, maybe? The company is looking for a Polaroid OneStep camera for its upcoming comedy Sordid Lives. Holler at them at 940-382-7014. 

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas is recruiting volunteers

Denton resident Ian Campbell is hosting a "Denton Time Exchange Potluck and Meet & Greet" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Aura Coffee, 1306 W. Hickory St. The goal is to form a "time bank" in Denton (rather than, say, swap copies of this wholly unrelated publication, Denton Time). That is, locals will become acquainted with bartering to exchange services and help each other with all sorts of projects and needs. Unfortunately, as of Wednesday afternoon, only five people had time to make the event

As of July 31, the number of children across the United States who died from heatstroke after being left in hot cars was at a record high. There's a new device called eClipthat attaches to an infant's seat belt. The eClip alerts the adult caregiver's cellphone if they walk more than 15 feet away from their car without removing their child from the back seat. The device is available by preorder, and those who order now can get a discount. The price of the device isn't listed, but the project's Kickstarter campaign says the future retail price is $79. 

(If you think parents who leave their children in hot cars are horrible, neglectful monsters, read this unforgettable 2009 Washington Post magazine pieceby Gene Weingarten. This type of tragedy spiked when car-safety experts recommended that parents move their children into the back seat because air bags can injure and kill infants in car seats.) 

Last week, we mentioned that Denton Community Theatre was recruiting "motivational singers" to whistle while volunteers worked, so to speak. The company had a big rummage sale on the Campus Theatre stage, putting all sorts of objects from its storage space, and made some money to boot. The company originally planned to split the winnings with Music Theatre of Denton and Christ Community Church — which sent volunteers to help with the sale. 

Denton Community Theatre announced on Wednesday that all three groups decided to donate the money to Rockport Little Theatre and the Port Aransas Community Theatre. Rockport's community theater is planning a fall show without a venue, and the Port Aransas theater is still standing on the beach. 

Punk and country mix freely in Denton, and Dillon Strange played bass and guitar in local bands that ran that gamut. Strange, 41, died Aug. 24 after a pulmonary embolism. He and his family lived in Denton prior to moving to North Richland Hills. Strange played in the rhythm section for the Mosier Valley Boys, Current Leaves, This Damn Town, the Crying Jags, the Svengalis, 100 Damned Guns and the Paychecks. A celebration of Strange's life is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dan's Silverleaf. 

For a fantastical, larger-than-life version of Strange's obituary — it claims that Dillon "Danger" Strange "once tried to single-handedly heal the East Coast/West Coast rift within the hip hop community using a hot sample from Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves of London'" — visit

Parting Shot

"I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds." 

— Quentin Crisp, English writer and raconteur

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at