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Les Cockrell: Bowl-a-thon raises $10,000 to support program

Bowl-a-thon raises $10,000 to support program

A bowl-a-thon fundraiser to support the SpiritHorses for Heroes program offered by SpiritHorse International to help wounded veterans was a success, thanks to efforts by the Denton Lions Club and American Legion Post 71, organizers said.

A check for $10,000, representing proceeds from the event, was presented to the SpiritHorse therapeutic riding center. The money will be used to provide free therapy for wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Local businesses and organizations put together 23 teams in less than six weeks, an event spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail. Eight area Lions Clubs sponsored teams made a donation. Brunswick Zone Denton contributed the use of the facility at cost and donated a new bowling ball for a raffle prize. Several other prizes were also donated to help raise money.

Taking top honors in the tournament was a team entered by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Second place was won by a team from Mayday Manufacturing Inc., and third place went to a team from First State Bank of Denton.

The bowl-a-thon will continue to be an annual event sponsored by the Denton Lions Club.

Contributions to support the wounded veterans program can be mailed to SpiritHorse, 1960 Post Oak Drive, Corinth, TX 76210, or made online at . The website also includes applications for the SpiritHorses for Heroes program.


Hospital offers ‘The Heart of a Woman’ lecture Wednesday

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will offer a lecture titled “The Heart of a Woman” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The program will be in the Trinity Room of The Center for Women, 207 N. Bonnie Brae St.

Presented by Dr. Babu Makkena, the program is part of the hospital’s Advances in Medicine Lecture Series and continues its collaboration with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

To register for the lecture, visit more information about Texas Health’s heart and vascular services, visit .

For more information about Go Red for Women events, visit .


Classes to be offered at Double Oak church

GriefShare and DivorceCare support classes will be offered at Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 in Double Oak, on Wednesdays through Dec. 12. Each session will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

A “Surviving the Holidays” session is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4, and there will be no meeting Nov. 21.

For more information about the programs, visit or .


McCaslin to present ‘Presidents’ at Library

Professor Richard McCaslin will present a program titled “Presidents” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

The free program is co-sponsored by the Denton County Genealogical Society.

McCaslin is a professor of history at the University of North Texas and the author of several books.

For more information, e-mail .


Stage Players to present ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

The Butterfield Stage Players will present Driving Miss Daisy Thursday through Saturday and Sept. 21-23 at the historic Carnegie Library, 201 S. Denton St. in Gainesville.

Call 940-665-1284 for ticket information. For more information, visit .


Free family caregiver conference to be offered

A program titled “Caregiver Conference of Denton County: Better Health for the Family Caregiver” is planned Friday at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 306 N. Loop 288 in Denton.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration and exhibits will begin at 8 a.m., and the conference will end at noon. A complimentary continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Speakers will include gerontologist Andy Crocker, extension program specialist for gerontology and health with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and Geri Sams, a certified geriatric care manager.

Representatives of the Area Agency on Aging, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, REACH (Rehabilitation, Education and Advocacy for Citizens with Handicaps), SPAN (Special Programs for Aging Needs), the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and other community service agencies are scheduled to attend. Information about emergency response services, retirement and assisted living, home health services and other topics will be offered.

To register for the conference, e-mail  or call 214-998-3545.


Public invited to Robson House of Prayer

Area residents are invited to gather at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the veterans’ memorial area at Robson Ranch for the Robson Hour of Prayer. The memorial area is located between the Robson Ranch Clubhouse and Wildhorse Grill.

Prayers will be offered for the nation and its leaders, the community, members of the military and their families and churches and pastors, event organizer Catherine Simpson said. Music will also be featured.

“It will be a really special hour,” Simpson said. “We’re expecting a big group.”

The service is nondenominational, and all are invited, she added.

“We’re hoping it will be a springboard for other events like this,” she said.

A guard at the Robson Ranch information center will provide directions for visitors, Simpson said. The community is located off Robson Ranch Road in Denton.

For more information, e-mail .


Community blood drive set for Saturday in Denton

An American Red Cross community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

A photo ID is required to donate.Potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors can give blood every 56 days.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit  and search by ZIP code.


Organization sponsoring prayer breakfast

Maria Vadia, an author and international evangelist who started the Glory of God Foundation in Miami, will be speaker for a Magnificat fall prayer breakfast on Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 785 State Highway 121 in Lewisville.

Magnificat is a Catholic women’s organization. The breakfast is sponsored by the Grapevine chapter.

Tickets to the breakfast are $18, available by calling Nanci Ferri at 817-498-7980.


Funds available to help low-income residents

Funds are currently available to assist local low-income Denton Municipal Utility customers and TXU Electric customers with their electric bills, according to a spokeswoman for Interfaith Ministries of Denton.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility and must provide verification of household income and expenses.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Interfaith Ministries at 940-565-5479.

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