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Les Cockrell: Denton girl donates hair

A 9-year-old Denton girl who saw her mother make a donation to Locks of Love two years ago decided recently to have her own hair cut for the same cause.

Hodge Elementary third-grader Sarah Auer had 11 inches of her hair cut by Keith Beauchamp at A Finishing Touch salon, said her mother, Tonie Auer. Beauchamp was also the stylist who cut her hair two years ago, Auer added.

Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, according to the organization’s website.

“She’s sure that some little girl will be happy to have her hair,” Auer said of her daughter. “She’s a very sweet child. She enjoys doing things for other people.”

In addition to her mom, one of Sarah’s cousins has also donated hair to Locks of Love, Auer said.

Sarah is active in gymnastics, ballet and tap and enjoys spending time with her dad, Jesse Auer, and her two older brothers.


Cupit, Caraway to discuss, sign book at courthouse

Authors Kim Cupit and Georgia Caraway will offer a brief presentation on their book Denton: Then and Now and sign copies from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square.

The book features more than 160 photographs from Denton’s past and present. Cupit, curator of collections for the Denton County Museums, and Caraway, retired director of Denton County Museums, have written two other historical photographic books: Images of America: Denton and Postcard History Series: Denton County. The next book planned in the series is about African-Americans in Denton County, according to a press release from Denton County Museums.

Books are available for sale for $21.99 plus tax at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, located at 110 W. Hickory St.

All exhibits and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-349-2850.



Community garden to have meeting, program Tuesday

The Denton Bible Church Community Garden will have a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be held in Building M-7, which is located on the Northwest corner of Nottingham Drive and Mingo Road in Denton.

Mary Karish, master gardener, will present a program titled “Spring Gardening.” She will address topics ranging from soil preparation to spring planting.

There will be free seeds available at the meeting.

The Denton Bible Church Community Garden is a volunteer project that provides produce for local organizations that feed the hungry.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-367-0221 or e-mail .



Professional genealogist to speak during meeting

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will play host to professional genealogist John Wylie as the guest speaker for the group’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Wylie, who has served as an officer in several genealogy organizations, will speak on the topic “Is It All for Naught: Ensuring that Your Work Survives You.”

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend the free event.



Garage sale benefiting Relay for Life planned

A garage sale is planned from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Texas Oncology, 3720 S. Interstate 35E.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life, organizers said.



Guided hike set at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

The staff at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will offer a guided hike Saturday to get spring break started.

The guided hike will begin at 10 a.m. and follow the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack and meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

Other activities planned at the Isle du Bois Unit on Saturday will be a 3 p.m. ranger talk at the park interpretive center and a 6 p.m. campfire program.

In addition to scheduled programs, Ray Roberts Lake State Park offers other opportunities for outdoor recreation. Admission to the park is $5 for those older than 13 and free for those 12 and younger.

For more information about programs at the Isle du Bois Unit, send an e-mail  or call 940-686-2148.



Library announces annual creative writing contest

The Denton Public Library has announced Denton Writes 2012, its fifth annual creative writing contest.

The library system is having the contest in celebration of April’s National Poetry Month, according to a news release from the city of Denton.

Individuals are invited to submit original, unpublished fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Submission guidelines can be found at the Denton Public Library’s website,, and blog,

Entries must be submitted via e-mail to and will be accepted through April 9.

“Denton Writes continues to grow in popularity every year as writers of all ages look forward to sharing their creativity with the community,” Kimberly Wells, North Branch Library manager, stated in the news release. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries as they sponsor Denton Writes 2012.”

The contest features four divisions: second through fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades, teens and adults. Local editors, poets and authors will judge the entries, and depending on the quality and quantity of submissions, according to the news release.

Contest winners will be announced in May. Winning entries will be published on the Denton Public Library’s blog. Winners will once again be featured in American Library Association READ posters that will be displayed at all three library branches.

In addition, through the support of the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries, each winner will receive a complimentary copy of Versifico 2012, a collection of the contest’s winning entries. Past editions of Versifico are available for checkout at all three branches.

For more information, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail .



Tickets for annual fundraiser now on sale

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the 26th annual Mexican supper and silent auction set for Friday to benefit Denton Christian Preschool. Supporters are asked to purchase tickets by Wednesday or reserve them through the preschool.

The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Erwin Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive. The supper will be catered by El Guapo’s and will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Take-out orders will be available.

Tickets are available at Denton Christian Preschool, 1114 W. University Drive. For more information, call the school at 940-383-3332.

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