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Les Cockrell: Centennial celebration of first Girls’ Tomato Club scheduled

A centennial celebration of the first Girls’ Tomato Club established by Edna Westbrook Trigg, a former home demonstration agent in Denton, is planned Tuesday at the Milam County Courthouse, according to a news release from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Trigg, who was the state’s first home demonstration agent, started the club in Milam County.

She later worked for more than 30 years as a home demonstration agent in Denton.

The program will include comments by guests, including AgriLife Extension and state 4-H officials and Dr. W. Cone Johnson of Denton, Trigg’s grandson, according to the release.

Cheryl Walker, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Milam County, said Trigg began her career in 1912 as a home demonstration agent for Milam County, and her primary responsibility was to coordinate, organize and supervise Girls’ Tomato Clubs throughout the county. She also gave demonstrations on the production and canning of tomatoes.

Trigg died in 1946 after a long and successful career with what is now the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the news release stated. In October 1970, ceremonies were held at the Milam County Courthouse to dedicate a historical marker commemorating her as the first home demonstration agent. In December 1991, she was inducted into America’s Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Barber to speak at hospice family luncheon Tuesday

Larry Barber, a licensed professional counselor and author of Love Never Dies, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon Tuesday planned by Ann’s Haven VNA Tuesday.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St. Barber will speak on “Grief and the Coming Holidays.”

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling Molly Harrison, Ann’s Haven VNA bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.


Kilpatrick to speak on beekeeping

Shelby Kilpatrick, the 2012 Honey Queen for the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association, will speak on “Beekeeping 101” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sanger Public Library.

Kilpatrick began beekeeping in 2007, when she received a youth beekeeping scholarship from the CCHBA, and it is now a family project.

“Beekeeping can be done almost anywhere,” she stated in a news release. “Many hobby beekeepers [beekeepers with 25 hives or less] keep their hives in the backyards. Rooftop beekeeping is also becoming more popular in cities.”

The program is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot, drop by the library at 501 Bolivar St., e-mail  or call 940-458-3257.


Annual Johnny Reeves Cook-Off planned

The Sons of The American Legion will sponsor the ninth annual Johnny Reeves Cook-Off on Friday and Saturday at American Legion Post 550 in Pilot Point, according to an event announcement.

There will be free karaoke Friday night, and breakfast burritos and coffee will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday by members of the post’s Auxiliary.

A mandatory meeting for all cooks is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday. Turn-in times will be posted along with event rules.

Categories are brisket, chicken, ribs, chili, beans and jack pot. Jack pot will be two or more entries for any one item. A board is posted at the Post for jack pot. All food must be prepared on site.

Judging will be Saturday afternoon. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third places and the “skunk” award. There will also be an award for best-looking camp site.

American Legion Post 550 is located at 905 N. Foundation Drive in Pilot Point.


Ballet Theatre to present ‘Le Ballet de Dracula’

LakeCities Ballet Theatre will present its seventh annual performance of “Le Ballet de Dracula” with three shows Friday and Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, according to a news release.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes and participate in a contest to be held at intermission of each show.

Tickets are $15 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 972-317-7812.

A pre-performance workshop for children will be held prior to the Saturday matinee performance, starting at 12:30 p.m. Guests ages 9 and older will have an opportunity to wear stage makeup and dance with Dracula’s Brides. The workshop is free with the purchase of a performance ticket, the news release stated.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.


Church sets ‘Run on Faith’ for Saturday

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton is inviting area residents to participate in “Run on Faith,” the third annual fun run planned Saturday as part of the church’s fall festival.

The event will feature a 5K fun run and 1-mile walk and will get under way at 8 a.m. The run will begin and end at the church, located at 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.

Online registration is available at  or runners can download a registration form at the church website,  and bring it to the event.


Lantana couple organize Give Hope Golf Classic

The Give Hope Golf Classic, organized by a John Luke and Courtney Spitler of Lantana, with the Encompass Group serving as host, is planned Oct. 16 at The Tribute Golf Club, 1000 Lebanon Road in The Colony.

Proceeds from the third-annual event will benefit OrphanCare International, the humanitarian aid program of Dillon International, which provides food, clothing, education and medical care to children in five countries.

The Spitlers have adopted a daughter and a son from South Korea. They also have two biological daughters.

The tournament will feature a long-drive exhibition, a $1 million hole-in-one competition, and a chance at prizes, including $10,000 cash, premium golf equipment, electronics packages and airline tickets.

Cost is $200 for individual golfers and $750 for a group of four. Sponsorships are available.

Same-day registration starts at 11 a.m. and events conclude with an awards dinner at 6 p.m. Advance registration is available at .

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