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Les Cockrell: City, senior center to dedicate new garden

The city of Denton and the Denton Senior Center will formally dedicate a new garden at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The garden, on the north side of the senior center at 509 N. Bell Ave., was built to be accessible to all visitors, including people with mobility impairments.

The garden features raised beds that are within reach of those in wheelchairs and walkways that look like cobblestones but are actually smooth concrete to make them more navigable to those using walkers, according to city officials.

The garden includes a wildflower bed, a butterfly flower bed and a vegetable bed. Roses eventually will climb the black wrought iron fence, and the space features a fountain, tables and benches.

“This garden is another great addition to the renovation of the senior center,” parks and recreation superintendent Emerson Vorel said in a news release. “It was constructed in response to requests generated by users of the center. I’m very excited about it.”



Adams to be featured speaker at hospice family luncheon Tuesday

Susan Adams, a professor of counseling and development at Texas Woman’s University, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon planned for Tuesday by Ann’s Haven VNA.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St. Adams’ talk is titled “And the Sun Refused to Shine.”

There is no cost to attend the luncheon, but reservations are requested by calling Molly Harrison, Ann’s Haven VNA bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.

Legion members in need of photos of all past post commanders

Members of American Legion Post 71 in Denton are calling on the public for help in completing a photo gallery of past post commanders.

Family members of some of the past commanders still reside in the Denton area, and many post leaders also served as Denton mayors, said project chairman Don Long, so members are hopeful that someone will be able to help them.

“We need the photos,” he said. “Our goal is to get a photo of every past commander.”

Missing photos include: Alf Grant, 1922; Clark Owsley, 1925; Edward Fulton, 1926; S.R. Rector, 1927; George C. Welch, 1930; Earl Street, 1931; P.M. Brickley, 1932; H.E. Roberts, 1935; Brooks Trotter, 1937; Zed Terry, 1939; A.B. Wilkerson, 1940; Wallace K. Myers, 1948; Jesse F. Pinckley, 1954; Marvin E. Seeley, 1957; W.C. Barnett, 1958; M.O. Allen Jr., 1961; W.J. Blagg, 1963; Don Ellis, 1964; and Joe Thornton, 1966.

The photo gallery is on display at the post, located at 2501 Spencer Road. Anyone who has a photo of one of the listed commanders or knows where one can be found is asked to call Long at 940-505-0979.



Riding Unlimited seeking volunteers for program

Riding Unlimited is seeking volunteers to help with its Horses for Heroes program, which offers free riding lessons to veterans and their families from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

“Other veterans would be fantastic, but anyone with a heart to give back to those who have served our country would be a great match,” Patricia Dellemann, volunteer coordinator, said in an e-mail.

Riding Unlimited will train volunteers as horse handlers if they have previous experience or as a side walker if they do not.

There are now three Horses for Heroes classes, which are each an hour long, and staff members are hoping to add more.

Riding Unlimited is located at 9168 T.N. Skiles Road in Ponder. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail .



Twice as Nice Resale challenge event continues

Twice as Nice Resale in Denton is currently hosting the $25 Challenge, in which contestants complete a head-to-toe outfit costing $25 or less using items in the store.

The challenge began last week and runs through Saturday. Entries will be put on display in the store, which supports the local Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center. Center staff members will judge entries June 19, and the winner will be announced June 20.

For more information about the event, visit Twice as Nice at 413 E. Oak St. Donations of furniture, household items, clothing and accessories are accepted at the warehouse door Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about the resale shop, visit .



Denton County Museums to present author

Author Chuck Parsons will discuss his latest book, Captain John R. Hughes: Lone Star Ranger, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The book is the biography of a man who served as a Texas Ranger from 1887 until early 1915. Hughes served as a captain and Ranger longer than any other man and received more awards and honors than any other Texas Ranger, according to an event news release.

Parsons, who has published 11 books, is book review editor for the Journal of South Texas and is a former columnist for True West magazine. Parsons, a resident of Luling, has written numerous articles and book reviews.

Thursday’s program is presented by Denton County Museums. All Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.



Dogwood Estates announces free events

Dogwood Estates, a retirement community in Denton, is planning several free activities for seniors as a salute to Father’s Day.

Featured will be poker from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, chef-prepared refreshments from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and a Father’s Day supper at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane. Guests are asked to make reservations by calling 940-383-8600.



CoServ foundation awards several grants

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently awarded several grants to civic and charitable organizations, according to a news release.

Grant recipients and amounts were:

•  Bridges Outreach of Denton County — $10,900 to provide supplies, bus transportation and facility rental for a summer academic program.

•  Christian Community Action — $16,000 on behalf of New Hope Learning Center to support the center’s day care and Denton Youth Today programs.

•  Communities in Schools of North Texas — $6,121 to purchase remanufactured cubicles and workspaces for office relocation.

•  Justin Volunteer Fire Department — $24,070 to purchase 10 sets of bunker gear.

•  City House Inc. — $10,500 to pay for client and medical supplies and bus passes for youths removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

•  Chisholm Trail RSVP Inc. — $18,015 emergency grant to pay for office relocation and remodeling.

•  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — $5,000 to supplement the fundraising efforts of E.P. Rayzor Elementary School and Bridlewood Elementary School students who participated in the “Change for CF” campaign.

•  Hope Park Frisco — $8,000 to support the construction of an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved city park.

CoServ Electric supports the CoServ Charitable Foundation, and funding is made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric members and CoServ Gas customers who donate to Operation Roundup by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar. For more information about the foundation and its assistance efforts, visit .

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