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Les Cockrell: Fundraiser to benefit those diagnosed with cancer

The Texas Cowboys Against Cancer organization is sponsoring its fourth annual fundraiser on Friday and Saturday to benefit people who have been diagnosed with cancer and are uninsured or underinsured.

This year’s event will raise funds to help three North Texans who are cancer patients.

The fundraiser will include team roping and mutton bustin’ events Friday and barrel racing, silent and live auctions, dinner and a dance on Saturday. All events will be at Diamond T Arena, 6900 E. Sherman Drive in Denton.

Books for the team roping event open at 6 p.m., and the roping will start at 7 p.m. For fees, visit .

Registration for the mutton bustin’ event, for children ages 4 to 7, will be at 6 p.m., and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20.

A barrel racing exhibition at 8 a.m. will get Saturday’s events under way, and racing will start at 11 a.m.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday for the dinner, dance and live and silent auctions. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and Eleven Hundred Springs will perform at 8 p.m. Auctions close at 9 p.m.

Tickets for the evening’s entertainment cost $30 and will be available at the door.

Last year’s event helped raise more than $17,000 for the family of Brion Taylor, who lost a two-year battle with cancer on June 28, 2011.

For more information, call Amy Alambar at 972-741-6333, e-mail  or visit the website.


Book club to meet Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library

The Amazing YA Book Club, a group for adults who enjoy young adult books, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

This month’s featured book is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

For more information, contact public services librarian Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or .


Programs to help older adults reduce fears of falling

A free series of programs titled “A Matter of Balance,” to help adults age 60 and older reduce their fears of falling, will be offered beginning this Friday and continue each Friday through Nov. 30 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Each session will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Trinity classroom on the first floor of the Center for Women at the hospital, 207 Bonnie Brae St.

A session will not be held the week of Thanksgiving.

The program will help participants improve their overall health and well-being through group discussion, problem-solving strategies and increased physical activity, according to a press release.

Seating is limited. To register, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit .


Gala planned Saturday at UNT’s Gateway Center

The 11th annual Hearts and Heroes Gala, an event to honor outstanding citizens and organizations dedicated to leadership, philanthropy and community service, will be held Saturday at the University of North Texas’ Gateway Center.

The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by a seated dinner and an awards ceremony. Silent and live auctions also will be featured.

The event benefits Health Services of North Texas, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care at little or no cost to its clients, many of whom are uninsured, underinsured, living below the poverty level or struggling to meet basic needs.

For tickets or more information, visit .


Fall Garden Fest to be offered Saturday

“Gardening DIY” is the theme of the 2012 Fall Garden Fest to be offered Saturday by the Denton County Master Gardener Association.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Denton Bible Church, at the corner of Mingo Road and Nottingham Drive. Admission is free.

Presentations and demonstrations will cover topics including fall vegetable gardens, fire-wise landscaping, herbs, garden design and water features, succulents and trees, propagation and rainwater harvesting.

The “Ask a Master Gardener” booth will answer local gardening questions, and visitors are invited to bring drawings and photos of their garden design or landscape challenges for review.

Presentations will include:

•  10 a.m., Don Edwards sharing tips on vermiculture and composting;

•  11 a.m., Larry Legg discussing fall vegetable gardening;

•  noon, Holly Ross talking about “herbs from garden to table”; and

•  1 p.m., Suzie Cook demonstrating propagation of roses.

Self-guided tours of Shiloh Gardens, the church’s community garden, will be available. Everyone is invited to participate in a seed exchange by bringing some of their favorite plants’ seeds, packaged and labeled, to swap for other varieties.

Activities for youngsters will include a 4-H petting zoo, a bounce house and face painting.

There will be more than 40 booths offering educational information and shopping opportunities, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit , call 940-394-2883 or search for the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Facebook.


Golf tourney, concert to be held Saturday

The Lantana Ladies Golf Association will host the seventh annual Rally for the Cure Invitational Golf Tournament and Evening Concert on Saturday at Lantana Golf Club. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The golf tournament has an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The “Concert on the Green” is open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m., with a “Taste of Lantana” event from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be live entertainment by Emerald City Presents Party Machine.

For more information, visit . To check space availability for the tournament, call the Lantana Golf Club pro shop at 940-728-4653, ext. 2.


Deadline set to sign up for golf tournament

Area golfers can still sign up for the first fundraising tournament sponsored by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2205 Men’s Auxiliary in Denton, but entry fees are due by Oct. 9, a spokesman for the event said Friday.

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

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.


October donation drive planned to benefit USO

The Riding Unlimited therapeutic horseback riding center in Ponder has announced an October donation drive to benefit the United Service Organizations.

Staff members will be available at the center, at 9168 T.N. Skiles Road in Ponder, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday to accept donations of items that will be delivered to the Dallas-Fort Worth USO office when the drive ends.

Items needed include full-size candy bars, snack-size packages of chips, beef jerky, wrapped candy, nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, granola bars, protein bars, cheese- or peanut butter-filled crackers, chewing gum, bottled water, apple or orange juice, AA or AAA batteries and travel-size toiletries.

For more information, contact Riding Unlimited at 940-479-2016 or, or visit .

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