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Les Cockrell: Man wins gun in raffle done by veterans group

Waylon Payton was the winner of a Browning 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun given away in a raffle fundraiser sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 920 of Denton at the recent North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.

“We would very much like to express our thanks to the fair board and the people who attended the fair and supported the VVA with ticket purchases and donations,” Garrold Roberts, the chapter’s North Texas fair project manager, wrote in an e-mail.

Payton’s prize also included a Winchester gun safe, Roberts said.

The fundraiser is an annual project for the chapter. Proceeds help fund chapter projects, including the group’s honor guard.


Red Cross to sponsor blood drives

The American Red Cross will sponsor several Denton County blood drives in the next few days as part of National Preparedness Month.

Eligible donors of all blood types are needed, and donors with O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative are especially needed, a press release stated.

Drives are planned for:

n 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Willowwood Church of the Nazarene, 1513 Willowwood St. in Denton;

•  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 880 Fox Ave. in Lewisville;

•  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church Sanger, 713 S. Fifth St.; and

•  9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Freedom Life Church-The Rock, 2435 E. Hebron Parkway in Carrollton.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit  for more information.


Retired school personnel group plans luncheon

The Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will have a luncheon honoring new members on Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Center, 1500 Long Road.

Members will “meet and mingle” at 11 a.m., and a catered luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The program will focus on the responsibilities and opportunities of members in serving the organization and the community. Members are collecting books to donate to students at a local elementary school.


One-day geocaching event planned at state park

A geocaching event is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Participants can bring their own GPS unit or borrow one from the park staff to participate. A limited number of units are available.

The program is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.


Friends of the Sanger Library slate book sale

The Friends of the Sanger Library will sponsor the group’s annual book sale beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Books for adults will be available in the meeting room of the Sanger Public Library, 501 Bolivar St., and children’s items will be available at the gazebo in the nearby park.

All hardback books are $1 each, with paperbacks priced at 50 cents each. VHS tapes and music CDs are 50 cents each, and audio books and DVDs are $1.

Shoppers can also fill a brown paper bag with paperback books for $5. Other specials include LP albums for $1.

All remaining inventory will be reduced to half price at 2 p.m. Teachers (including home school teachers) can shop for free books beginning at 4 p.m., and anyone can shop for free books at 4:30 p.m.


Methodist church to have concert, auction

Oak Grove United Methodist Church will have its second annual concert and auction on Saturday.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction, and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The auction will feature gift cards and gift certificates donated by area hotels, restaurants and other businesses, sports memorabilia and more.

Proceeds will benefit a local food bank, church outreach ministries and other charitable projects.

The concert is free, and individual performers and bands will participate. A love offering will be accepted.

The church is at 4725 FM720 West in Aubrey, a quarter of a mile south of U.S. Highway 380.


Denton Bach Society schedules auditions

Auditions have been set for the Denton Bach Society’s 2012-13 season, including a December performance of J. S. Bach’s, the “Christmas Oratorio.”

Auditions will be held by appointment from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and on the following Monday, Sept. 17, in Flinn Hall of First United Methodist Church of Denton, 201 S. Locust St.

Singers are asked to vocalize, to demonstrate basic sight-reading skills and to bring a song or aria of their choice.

They should call Henry Gibbons at 940-382-3636 for an appointment or more information.

Rehearsals will begin Monday at the church. For more information, visit .


Denton Community Chorus sets practice session

The Denton Community Chorus has scheduled its first practice of the 2012-13 season for 7 p.m. Monday at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2121 E. University Drive.

Anyone who likes to sing is invited to participate. The chorus is a volunteer, no-audition group. Practices are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the church.

For more information, contact Monty Naylor at  or 940-368-8034.


Grief, life transition coach to speak at luncheon

Tony Kuligowski, a grief and life transition coach, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon planned by Ann’s Haven VNA on Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Kuligowski will speak on “Loss, Life, and Love: How to Rebuild Your Life When You Lose a Loved One.” 

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by contacting Molly Harrison at 940-349-5900 or .


Ghost tour offers unique view of history

Ghost story fans don’t have to wait until Halloween to hear local legends, thanks to the Denton Haunts Ghost Tour, which conducts 90-minute walking tours of the downtown Square area on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The tours start at 9 p.m. on the east side of the Courthouse on the Square lawn at the gravesite of John B. Denton.

Cost is $10 per person, and the tours are not recommended for children who are younger than 10.

The historic downtown area is rich in ghostly legends, and tour guides share many of these on the tours.

Special group tours are available on request.

For more information, “like” the Facebook page at Denton Haunts or e-mail denton You can also check out the Denton Haunts blog archives at .

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