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Les Cockrell: City accepting entries for annual competition

Entries in the sixth annual Lake Cities Idol competition are now being accepted.

This year’s competition will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 4 at the Lake Cities 4th of July Celebration at City Park in Lake Dallas.

The contest is free and open to any nonprofessional or amateur singer age 10 and older.

The first-place winner will receive $750, second place will be awarded $500 and third place will net $250.

Contestants will be judged on stage presence, originality, musical ability and audience approval.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. June 15.

Contestants should send an entry form and YouTube link to

Entry forms are available at or at Lake Dallas City Hall.

After submissions and applications are reviewed, a maximum of 10 finalists will be selected to compete on July 4.

For more information, call Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, ext. 132.



Cottage renovation celebration planned

The Good Samaritan Society Lake Forest Village, located at 3901 Montecito Drive in Denton, will have a cottage renovation celebration from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be live music and an ice cream truck.

There are 54 cottages onsite, and three have had exterior renovations that give them a completely new look.

“We’re hoping people will come out and see the new and improved look,” said Rita Martin, senior housing manager.

A generous donation from a resident made the project possible, and more donations are needed, Martin said.

For more information, call 940-891-6443.



Clowns to visit Lake Cities Library on Wednesday

Slappy and Monday, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter, are scheduled to visit the Lake Cities Library at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

They will be in town to help kick off “Reading with Ringling Bros.!” Kids can earn a free circus tickets simply by reading. Children ages 2 through 12 can enroll with a librarian.

The library is located at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas.

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Pilot Point thrift store seeking donations

Mary Holland understands how difficult it is to deal with funeral expenses when a loved one passes unexpectedly, so she began planning a way to help others who find themselves in this situation.

In March, Holland opened the Lighthouse Thrift Store in Pilot Point to raise money for the project.

“Proceeds go to help pay funeral expenses for people who pass away unexpectedly without insurance,” she said.

The store accepts donations of furniture, household goods, clothing and other items to stock its shelves, she said.

“I’m in need of donations,” she said.

The store is located at 100 U.S. Highway 377, Suite 108, in Pilot Point. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Holland is hoping that anyone with leftover garage sale merchandise or other unwanted items will bring them by the store or contact her at 940-594-6724.

“I want this store to take off so I can start my charity and get a fund started to assist with burials,” she said. “I need to get people to start coming in.”

Some area residents may know Holland from her annual community Thanksgiving meals. For the last seven years, she has served a free meal at Thanksgiving to anyone who has no other place to go on the holiday.

Last year was the biggest ever, she said.

“We actually fed about 250.”



Foundation announces $37,800 grant from Kroger

Kroger recently announced the results of its annual Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant Program, and the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation was awarded $37,800, according to a news release.

“This result is amazing,” said Bette Sherman, foundation co-founder and chairwoman. “Last year we earned an award of $4,501.”

The funds will be used for some immediate needs in the current shelter such as medical treatment and adoption subsidy — and some of the funds will be allocated to the new shelter project.

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Krum library to have free series on nutrition

The Krum Public Library, located at 803 E. McCart St., will host a free Back 2 Basics Nutrition Program on three consecutive Fridays, beginning this week.

All three classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The program will provide up-to-date information concerning current trends in nutrition education, food safety procedures and food resource management techniques. Classes are hands-on and interactive with food demonstrations.

At the end of three weeks, participants will receive a certificate of completion, recipes, handouts and other health-related incentives. Classes will be presented by “Better Living for Texans” nutrition and healthy living program.

For more information or to sign up, call 940-482-3455.



UNT on the Square opens watercolor exhibition

UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. on Denton’s downtown Square, has opened a summer-long watercolor exhibition called “H20HUE/UNT.”

The exhibition will be on display through July 21 and will showcase the work of 21 undergraduate and graduate painters from the watercolor concentration.

The exhibit is free, and hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (hours extended to 8 p.m. on Thursday); and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Chamber invites golfers to play in annual tourney

The 2012 Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is planned for June 11 at Oakmont Country Club, located at 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Registration will be at 9 a.m., and the four-person scramble will get under way at 10 a.m.

Cost is $100 per player, and sponsorships are available. To check availability, call 940-365-9781. For more information, visit

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