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Les Cockrell: SpiritHorse program to aid wounded vets

SpiritHorse International will offer “SpiritHorses for Heroes,” a program designed to help wounded U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Charles Fletcher, SpiritHorse CEO and founder.

SpiritHorse will provide free equine-assisted health care sessions to physically and mentally wounded veterans beginning Sept. 4 at its headquarters in Corinth.

Contributions to support the wounded veterans program may be mailed to: SpiritHorse, 1960 Post Oak Drive, Corinth, TX 76210, or made online at .

A bowl-a-thon fundraiser to support the program is planned at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Brunswick Zone Denton, 2200 San Jacinto Blvd. The event is sponsored by the Denton Lions Club.

“We’re hoping to get 32 teams to show up,” said John Loving, a club member. “We have about 20 teams now. We’d like to raise around $10,000.”

Loving said he plans to get teams from other area Lions Clubs to participate and that veterans from area organizations including the American Legion have been supportive of the project.

“It’s going to be a great thing, and it’s going to a good cause,” Loving said. “Charles [Fletcher] has a great program for them when they come out there.”

The event has a $300 entry fee per team, which covers the donation to the SpiritHorse program, three games of bowling and shoe rental. Raffle tickets will be sold for prize drawings.

Applications for the “SpiritHorses for Heroes” program are available at the SpiritHorse website.

For more information about the bowling fundraiser or to sign up a team, contact Loving at  or 940-566-2363.



Art exhibition opens today at UNT on the Square

“On My Own Time,” a free exhibition featuring artwork from 34 employees of the University of North Texas, will open today at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

An opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Admission is free. The exhibition will remain on view through Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit .



Ponder library plans book sale, garage sale

The Betty Foster Public Library will have a book sale and a garage sale Saturday to raise funds for the library.

The library will also offer a forgiveness program for patrons who owe fines on overdue books, said Jamie Mergell, library director.

Anyone who returns an overdue book Saturday will have the fine reduced by half, she said.

“My goal is for everyone to enjoy the library,” she said.

Saturday’s events will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, 405 Shaffner St. in Ponder, and those who plan to attend are asked to bring canned food items for a local food pantry.

Donations of gently used items for the library’s garage sale will also be accepted prior to Saturday. For more information, call the library at 940-479-2396.



Jackson family reunion scheduled Saturday

The annual Jackson family reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pilot Point Senior Center.

Cost is $15 for singles and $25 per family. Family members are asked to bring a covered vegetable dish and a dessert.

For more information, call Billy Johnson at 469-358-7080 or e-mail .

The event will feature a mime group from Dallas and the children of the Rev. F.D. Lawson and his wife of Fort Worth.

The center is at 310 S. Washington St.



Denton Herb Society to meet Saturday at library

The Denton Herb Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Mary E. Smith will present a program to participants on identifying herbs through touch, feel and taste.

The program will also include information on growing and propagating turmeric, ginger and shiso (perillo).

For more information, visit  or e-mail .



Photography event to benefit Serve Denton

A “Simply Summer Portrait Event” planned Saturday by Robin Gansle Photography, 225 W. Oak St., Suite B, will benefit Serve Denton programs.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and for a $20 donation, parents can get a five-minute individual session per child and one black and white print. Snacks will be provided by Jenn’s Sweet ‘N Sassy Bakery.

For more information, visit .



Amazing YA Book Club slates first meeting

The Denton Public Library has announced that a new group for adults, the Amazing YA Book Club, will have its first meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

The new club is designed for adult fans of young adult books.

The meeting will include a discussion of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Participants will talk about the characters in the book they like most, their likes and dislikes about the series and compare the book to the recent movie.

For more information about the new club, call 940-349-8718.

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