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Les Cockrell: Foundation, animal shelter plan weekend Adopt-A-Thon

Anyone who would like to have a new pet will want to check out an event planned in Denton on Saturday and Sunday.

That’s when the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation Inc., in cooperation with the city of Denton animal shelter, will kick off the Adopt-A-Thon phase of the $100,000 ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The shelter will offer free food and T-shirts to anyone who adopts a pet and other activities. The cost to adopt a dog will be $25 and all cats will be $10, including vet services.

The Texas Coalition for the Protection of Animals clinic will provide reduced-price vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as microchip implantation. This service will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Dogs should be on leashes and cats should be in carriers.

“This Adoption Challenge is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the many animals that are available through the shelter,” Police Capt. Scott Fletcher stated in a news release. “We encourage people to come and find their new best friend.”

The event will begin the second phase of the competition for grants ranging from $5,000 to $125,000 for immediate use in the shelter to help the animals. Denton Animal Shelter Foundation was selected as one of 50 nonprofit agencies nationwide to continue in the challenge.

In this phase, the shelter must increase adoptions by 300 animals from Wednesday through Oct. 31 over the same period last year, according to the news release.

The foundation is raising adoption subsidy funds to reduce adoption fees and encourage more people to visit the shelter. Other initiatives will also be offered throughout August.

The Denton Animal Shelter is located at 300 S. Woodrow Lane. For more information, visit , e-mail , or call 940-380-0929 or 940-367-4682.



Early registration fees end Tuesday for charity runs

Area runners can still take advantage of early registration fees for the inaugural “No Limits” half marathon and 5K running events planned in October at Texas Motor Speedway to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter.

Entry fee for the half marathon is $85 through July 31, when the cost will increase to $95 through Sept. 30. Cost will be $100 from Oct. 1-25 and $125 on race day.

The 5K entry is $25 through Tuesday, $30 through Oct. 25 and $35 on race day. There also is separate pricing for corporate and open teams in both the half marathon and 5K, and school teams for the 5K.

Texas Motor Speedway and Cowtown Marathon have partnered to present the event. The course layout will feature a portion of the speedway’s infield road course, and the final lap will be on the Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval track.

The course has been officially certified and sanctioned by United States Track and Field.

For more information or to register, visit .



Garage sale planned to benefit graduating classes

Donations are now being accepted for a garage sale to benefit members of the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes of Denton High School, organizers said last week.

Items for the sale will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6, at the Denton High School campus, located at 1007 Fulton St.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11, at the high school. Proceeds will help fund prom night and graduation night activities.



Dogwood Estates plans free events for weekend

Dogwood Estates in Denton has planned several free events Friday through Sunday as its celebration of International Friendship Day, which is observed today.

Area seniors are invited to a supper and girls’ night out at 5 p.m. Friday, a “bingo bash” with beverages and treats will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s event will be followed by lunch for those who make reservations.

Seniors are invited to have drinks and treats at 10 a.m. Sunday and those who call ahead to make reservations will be served lunch.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane in Denton. For more information or to make reservations, call 940-383-8600.



Docent orientation and training session planned

The folks at Denton County Museums are planning a docent orientation and training session Aug. 9, and reservations are due by noon Aug. 7.

The “Lunch ’n Learn” program will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 1896 Room of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square.

Docents volunteer as greeters, museum guides and traveling museum presenters, and hours and days are flexible.

To volunteer, call 940-349-2850 or e-mail    .

For more information, visit    .



Association names Denton resident citizen of year

Susan Frank of Denton was recently named Texas Public Citizen of the Year by the Texas Chapter of National Association of Social Workers, according to a news release from the association.

Frank is the founder and executive director of Hearts for Homes.

The association established the Public Citizen of the Year Award to honor an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of the profession of social work.

Frank will be honored at the state conference Sept. 8 in Houston.

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