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Les Cockrell: School supplies sought for kids

Staff members of the Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center in Denton recently launched a school supply drive to benefit homeless students in the Denton school district, and several other local chiropractors have joined the effort.

School supplies will be delivered to the school district Aug. 31, said Sonya Apple, practice representative for the Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center. That date will give teachers an opportunity to assess which students need supplies, she said.

Apple said donations of school supplies can be dropped off at any of the following locations (call for hours):

•  Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center, 2500 Lillian Miller Parkway, 940-484-6336

•  Affordable Chiropractic, Suite L22 of Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E, 940-484-2525, or 721 S. I-35E, Suite 140, 940-239-9202

•  Dr. Jane Torrie, 210 S. Elm St., Suite 101, 940-594-1406

•  Advanced Relief Chiropractic, 405 W. Oak St., 940-484-8894

•  Achieve Chiropractic, 1720 Westminster St., Suite 100, 940-566-8605

•  Lux Chiropractic, 116 Ferguson St., 940-565-1200

•  Dr. Cathy Huffer, 617 Londonderry Lane, 940-898-0045

•  Dehart Chiropractic Clinic, 1503 N. Elm St., 940-566-1660

•  Burgess Chiropractic, 1212 Bent Oaks Court, 940-243-0108

•  Denton Chiropractic Center, 1432 Underwood St., 940-566-3232

A delivery of pre-kindergarten supplies collected by the participating offices has already been made, Apple said.

The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center is offering an incentive through Aug. 30 to support the drive.

“Anyone can come into our clinic for a full work-up for free with a $25 donation,” Apple said. “That is the consultation, examination, X-rays and report of findings.”

She said the idea for the drive grew out of concerns about the number of homeless children in the school district.

“There are a lot of people who can’t afford to buy school supplies for their kids,” she said.



Interfaith Ministries slatesUnited Way benefit

Interfaith Ministries of Denton will have an ice cream breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday to benefit the United Way of Denton County.

The public is invited to drop by 1109 N. Elm St. and start their day with dessert.

Two scoops of ice cream will cost $2, and donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 940-566-5927.



Guided hikes and ranger talk on tap at state park

Two guided hikes and a ranger talk are planned this weekend at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The first guided hike will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and participants should meet in the Hawthorn campground parking lot. A second guided hike is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday along the park’s Lost Pines Nature Trail.

The ranger talk will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday in the park’s interpretive center, and the topic will be “Amazing Hummingbirds.”

The programs are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older.

For more information, call 940-686-2148.



Library plans magazine exchange Saturday

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will have a magazine exchange from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The exchange offers an opportunity to find vintage and specialty magazines, pictures for projects, something new to read or a place to recycle magazines from home.

Although the event is called an “exchange,” is it not necessary to bring magazines to participate.

Magazines left over after the event will be recycled as part of the effort to keep Denton “green.”

The library is at 502 Oakland St.

For more information, call 940-349-8752.



Musicals closing with ‘Rocky Mountain High’

Lewisville Summer Musicals will close its 2012 season Friday and Saturday with three performances of Rocky Mountain High, a new original tribute to the life and music of John Denver.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Ticket prices for individual shows are $26, $28 or $30. Discounts are available for seniors, or for groups of 12 or more.

All ticket sales are through Texas Family Musicals at its website, www.TexasFamily For more information, call 800-547-4697.

The theater is located between Main and Church streets.

For details about upcoming events, visit  or call 972-219-8446.



Riding Unlimited seeking volunteers for fall

Riding Unlimited therapeutic riding center in Ponder is seeking volunteers to help riders during the fall class session, which begins in early September.

The center will hold its semi-annual group volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The fall session begins the following week and runs for 11 weeks.

Classes are held Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Volunteers can sign up to help on the day and time that fits their schedule at the end of the training session.

The purpose of the facility is to provide equine-assisted therapy in a safe environment for those with disabilities, and volunteers are needed to help riders while they learn horsemanship skills.

Riders range in ages from 6 to senior citizens.

Riding Unlimited is located at 9168 T.N. Skiles Road.

Anyone who is interested in joining the center’s team of volunteers can download a volunteer registration form at .

The completed form should be brought to the training session.

Those who plan to attend the training or need more information can e-mail Pat Dellemann at  or call the ranch at 940-479-2016.

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