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Les Cockrell: Program set at Sanger library

Becky O’Shea, oncology clinical nurse specialist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, will present a program titled “Sun Safety and Skin Cancer” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanger Public Library.

The free presentation will focus on skin cancer detection, prevention and current treatment approaches.

O’Shea will promote the American Cancer Society’s “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap” program, aimed at educating children on skin protection and offer information about the hospital’s free skin cancer screening day in June. She will also provide materials from the American Cancer Society and answer questions.

Reservations are encouraged to ensure there enough handouts for all participants. To sign up, call 940-458-3257, e-mail or visit the library at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger.


Denton hospital offers free women’s health seminar

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will have a free women’s health seminar at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. Heather Bartos, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton, will speak about “What’s on the Shelf and Your Health,” according to a news release from the hospital. Her presentation will address the most common vitamins and herbal supplements women use and why it’s important for patients inform physicians of all medications, vitamins and supplements taken.

The free seminar is the first in a series of events Texas Health will offer in collaboration with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Registration is required and light refreshments will be served. To register, call 1-877-847-9355.


Time running out to buy raffle tickets for quilts

Time is running out to purchase tickets in a quilt raffle to support Sowing Hope in Tanzania, organizers of the project reminded last week.

Four members of the Denton Quilt Guild, plus their husbands and family, are going to Tanzania to teach women the craft of quilting so they can better support themselves and their families.

All funds raised will be used to pay for travel, lodging and immunizations.

A separate drawing will be held for each quilt.

Tickets cost $5 each, or five for $20, and are now available at Wilson, Hodge, Ginnings, Providence and Paloma Creek elementary school campuses, the Ann Windle early childhood campus and the Special Education office on University Drive.

Photos of the quilts can be viewed online at and


Author to visit Courthouse Thursday

Author and former Smithsonian Institution curator Lonn Taylor will speak and sign copies of his latest book, Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy, from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Taylor writes a weekly column about Texas called “The Rambling Boy” for the Big Bend Sentinel (Marfa).

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.


Local group announces Girls State selections

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 has selected 18 high school students from six Denton County schools for Texas Bluebonnet Girls State.

This year’s program, which teaches young women responsible citizenship, will be June 10 through 16 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

An orientation session will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Denton City Council chambers, 215 E. McKinney St. Speakers will include city and county officials, and there will be briefings by members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 and the American Legion.

Students selected for Texas Bluebonnet Girls State are:

* Haley Vaughn, LaNeisha Hudspeth and Priscilla Sanchez from Denton High School

* Reagan Fentress, Alissa Fentress, Jessica Northam, Jordan Bruce, Meryn McClain and Madison Beal of Guyer High School

* Amanda Sutherland and Rachel Rosenberg of Ryan High School

* Erin Hebert, Brenda Hernandez, Brooke McGee, Samantha Fritz and Sydney Del Carpio of Lewisville High School

* Alicia Magee from Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound

* Shilpa Kudra from Flower Mound High School

For more information, call 940-368-9929.


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