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Les Cockrell: Society slates car wash, cookout

Good Samaritan Society Denton Village will have a car wash and cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday as part of its capital campaign kickoff.

Supporters who purchase a car wash are invited for a free meal.

Cost of a car wash is $8 or $5 for Good Samaritan Society employees, and there will be an extra fee of $2 for windows. Guests can purchase a meal for $3 without a car wash.

There will be prize raffles, and a deluxe VIP package from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose valued at $900 will be the main prize (some restrictions apply to be eligible to win), an event spokeswoman said.

The event will also feature a performance from solo artist Timmy McClure.

The cookout will be held rain or shine near the front office at Good Samaritan Society Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.



Deadline for chili teams in Aubrey cook-off approaching

The entry deadline is Friday for the third annual chili cook-off to support the Aubrey Fire Auxiliary and Keep Aubrey Beautiful.

The cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Aubrey Festival Grounds, 301 S. Main St.

Entry fee is $15 per chili recipe. Registration is available at, under the Fire Department link, and cooks can pick up entry forms at Aubrey City Hall or the Aubrey Fire Station.

Chili judging will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Admission to the cook-off will be free to the public, and unlimited chili samples will be $5 or $3 for kids younger than 10.

There will be live music, a bake sale featuring homemade items, concessions and raffle items.

All proceeds will support the auxiliary and Keep Aubrey Beautiful.



Hikes, campfire program on tap at state park

A twilight hike Friday and guided hike and campfire program Saturday are planned at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Friday’s twilight hike will begin at 7:30 p.m., and participants will meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

Saturday’s guided hike will begin at 3 p.m., and participants will meet at the Bluestem Grove Pavilion.

The campfire program is set for 7:30 p.m. at the lost Pines Amphitheater.

All events are free and open to the public with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older, or free with the Texas State Parks Pass.

Participants should bring water and dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail .



Free community document shredding event slated

A free community document shredding event is planned at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A truck from Shred-it will be stationed at the front of the main hospital building near the fountain, according to a news release.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton, stated. “Enhancing the quality of our environment is an important part of improving health.”

Area residents are invited to bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to the Earth Day ShredFest to be securely shredded on site and then recycled.

Shredding documents that contain personal information is an important step in preventing identity theft.

Most paper items — including notebooks, binders and brochures — can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed.

Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.

For more information about the event, visit .



Denton’s Relay for Life event to begin Saturday

Area residents will walk all night during Denton’s 2012 Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, which will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fouts Field track on the University of North Texas campus.

A Survivor Lap is planned at 3:15 p.m., and a Luminaria Ceremony will be conducted at 9:30 p.m. The event’s closing ceremony will be at 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

The event theme is Celebrating More Birthdays, and the event goal is to raise $170,000.

The public is invited to join in the all-night excitement as teams gather at the track. Relay for Life opens as cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) walk or use wheelchairs to complete the first lap.

More information is available by visiting .



Girl Scouts to take part in flash mob dance

Girl Scouts from Lewisville-Highland Village Service Unit 406 will perform a flash mob dance at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vista Ridge Mall to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

More than 100 Scouts, ranging in age from 5 to 18 — Daisy through Ambassador — are scheduled to take part.

For more information, visit  or call 972-315-3641.



St. Andrew Presbyterian Church to honor members

On Sunday, Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will honor 36 people who joined the congregation 50 or more years ago.

The longtime members will be honored during the 10:50 a.m. worship service. A reception in their honor will be held after the service.

The church, located at the corner of Oak and Bolivar streets in downtown Denton, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.



Advocacy center plans community breakfast

The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County will have its 16th annual community breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Ashton Gardens in Corinth.

The featured speaker will be Jarrett Stephens of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Tickets are $50 each, and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit  or call 972-317-2818, ext. 244.

The event enables advocacy center officials to explain how the organization provides justice and healing for abused children, education about the subject of child sexual abuse and to honor individuals who have contributed to its mission.

In 2011, the advocacy center conducted 705 interviews of children suspected of being abused, provided more than 9,000 therapy sessions and helped bring 83 perpetrators to justice, according to a news release.

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