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Les Cockrell: Group supports people working through grief

Molly Harrison, a licensed clinical social worker with Ann’s Haven VNA, will conduct a free five-session support group for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one, beginning Tuesday.

The series is titled “Sharing the Journey: Coping With Grief,” and sessions are planned from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday through Oct. 16 at the Ann’s Haven VNA office, 325 W. McKinney St., Suite 101.

Topics will be “Strength Through Sharing,” “Grief Is Work,” “Caring for Our Needs,” “Saying Goodbye” and “Grief to Hope.”

The support group is free, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling Ann’s Haven VNA at 940-349-5900 or e-mailing . Those making reservations are asked to leave a name and telephone number.


Group presents annual reading of the Constitution today

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have its annual public reading of the Constitution at 1:30 p.m. today in the Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of Denton County’s Courthouse on the Square.

The event is open to the public, and residents are invited to bring a bell to ring, said Linda Scott, chapter regent.


Harvest Goals now offering free tutoring for ages 6-18

Harvest Goals is offering free tutoring for ages 6 to 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at McConnell Hall on the University of North Texas campus, 1705 W. Sycamore St.

The fall tutoring session will continue through Dec. 5.

For more information, contact Harvest Goals at 214-749-8044 or .


Orientation sessions set for new museum docents

The Denton County Office of History & Culture needs volunteers to serve as museum greeters and museum guides.

Those interested can register to attend a “Lunch ’n Learn” docent orientation session Friday or Oct. 18 at the Courthouse on the Square. Each training session will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 1896 Room of the courthouse.

Reservations for the first training session are due by noon Wednesday, and the deadline to register for the second session will be Oct. 16.

The September training session includes a lecture by Mike Cochran on architect O’Neil Ford, and the October session will feature a presentation titled “Haunted Denton” by Laura Douglas.

Volunteer schedules are flexible, and those who enjoy learning and sharing history can contact Gretel L’Heureux, tourism coordinator, at 940-349-2850 or gretel.l’ .

For more information, visit www.dentoncountymuseums/chos/volunteers  .


Denton Organic Society to host program on stress

Members of the Denton Organic Society will hear a program titled “Stress, Is It Killing You?” by Juanee Surprise, a chiropractor, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. It is free and open to the public. A seed and information exchange will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

A former registered nurse, Surprise has been in private practice for 30 years. She is board certified in the specialties of clinical nutrition, naturopathic medicine and integrative medicine. She also holds certifications in two chiropractic techniques, which she has taught. She also has taught nutrition, technique and pain management courses for more than 15 years, according to an announcement from Mike Mizell, spokesman for the group.

For more information, call Mizell at 940-382-8551.


Lake Cities Library offers ways to view the moon

The Lake Cities Library will have an event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the International Observe the Moon Night.

A pair of high-powered binoculars and a reflector telescope will be available for visitors to observe the moon, and anyone who has a telescope is invited to bring it to the program.

The library is located at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas.


Program brings together persons with Alzheimer’s

Stepping Stones, a socialization and activities program for persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, is beginning its fall semester, according to an announcement from co-director Geri Sams, a certified geriatric care manager.

Weekly sessions are planned from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays on the Texas Woman’s University campus.

Diane Brown, a clinical professor of occupational therapy at TWU, and Sams began the program eight years ago to provide services to persons living at home with mild to moderate-stage dementia. Brown, occupational therapy students and community volunteers develop and conduct the adult activity program, and Sams conducts an educational support group for families.

Stepping Stones is sponsoring a team for the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday at South Lakes Park in Denton, Sams said.

For more information, call Sams at 940-566-0902.


Argyle Lions Club charter membership deadline soon

The Argyle Lions Club, which was chartered June 19, recently held a saddle raffle as its first fundraiser and netted $1,500 for community charity projects, according to an announcement from Tom Tackett, club historian and spokesman. The winner of the saddle was Charles Stephens of Krum.

The club will be accepting charter members through Tuesday. Those interested can contact the club online at  or e-mail

The club meets twice a month — at noon on the first Tuesday of the month at Cachette Bistro, 144 N. Old Town Blvd., Suite 1; and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Argyle ISD Administration Building, 800 Eagle Drive.

The club has purchased donation boxes to recycle eyeglasses and help children who may need affordable glasses, Tackett stated in an e-mail, and members will soon join with Keep Argyle Beautiful on a joint service project. Other service projects are also being planned.


VFW men’s auxiliary sponsoring golf tourney

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2205 Men’s Auxiliary in Denton are planning their first fundraising golf tournament, and sponsors and donations are needed, according to an event announcement.

Proceeds from the Oct. 20 tournament will benefit veterans’ services.

The tournament will be limited to the first 72 players to pre-register. Cost is $55 per person. Final team pairings as required and team auctioning will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at VFW Post 2205, 909 Sunset St.

The four-player team, best-ball scramble tournament will be played at the Texas Woman’s University Golf Course.

For more information about the tournament, call Bill at 940-566-6444, Ron at 940-381-0849 or VFW Post 2205 at 940-387-2205.

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