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Les Cockrell: Women’s health seminar planned

A seminar, titled “The Multi-Tasking Woman,” designed to help women monitor their health, is planned at 6 p.m. today at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Dr. Anna Burke, an internal medicine physician on the medical staff of the hospital, will speak about breast health and offer tips to help women regain control of their health, according to a news release.

The seminar will be held in the Rio Grande Room at the hospital, located at 3000 N. Interstate 35. It is scheduled in conjunction with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by calling 1-877-THR-WELL or visiting .

Texas Health has also created online resources for busy women, the news release stated. For more information, visit .

“It’s so easy for women to put their health needs behind those of their families,” Burke stated. “But because everyone is so dependent on them, it’s even more important to take the time to care for your own health and well-being. Texas Health is excited to offer tools that make taking care of yourself easy to achieve.”

For more information, visit .


Denton Christian Preschool needs help to get buses back into service

Denton Christian Preschool needs help from the community to repair or replace buses that were damaged Friday morning, according to Alicia Blanca, the school’s interim director.

The buses were parked at the school when they were struck by a vehicle that jumped a median and crossed the school parking lot, Blanca wrote in an e-mail.

“Luckily, it was only the buses and no one was on them,” she wrote. “All the children were safe in the classrooms.”

One bus was totaled and will have to be replaced, and another had to be taken to a shop for repairs. The school has no backup buses or the resources to acquire them, Blanca said.

Donations or any help from the community to help the school will be greatly appreciated, Blanca stated.

“As we have always said around the preschool, ‘Miracles happen every day,’ and we are very thankful that the children were not on board at the time of the incident,” she wrote.

Anyone who would like to help can call Blanca at 940-383-3332.


Office of History and Culture offers ‘Haunted Denton’ lecture

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will offer a lecture, titled “Haunted Denton,” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Laura Douglas of the Denton Public Library will present a virtual tour of Denton locations where supposed supernatural occurrences have been reported. The legends include spirits at the Old Alton Bridge, stories of a nurse who haunts the halls of the old Flow Hospital and a ghost reported at Bruce Hall on the campus of the University of North Texas, according to an event announcement.

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-349-2850.


‘Pastors in the Patch’ set as part of food drive

Denton’s Trinity United Methodist Church is conducting a food drive to aid local charitable agencies, and this year’s effort will once again feature a three-day “Pastors in the Patch” event.

Trinity pastors will stay in the pumpkin patch at the church, located at 633 Hobson Lane (corner of Teasley Lane and Hobson Lane), around the clock from Thursday to Saturday. The goal is to collect 50,000 pounds of food, according to an announcement from the church.

Donations of nonperishable food items and money will be accepted, and special events are planned each evening of the three-day effort.

The church will continue collecting food items through October. For more information, call the church at 940-566-2291 or visit .


Annual drive to collect coats launched

Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. has launched its annual coat drive, according to an announcement from the agency.

New and gently-used coats to fit newborns through young people in grade 12 are needed. Donors can drop off coats at several sites in the Denton area until Wednesday, Oct. 24. For a list of locations, call 940-566-5927.

The coats will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Interfaith office, located at 1009 N. Elm St. in Denton. The drive coincides with the annual “Make a Difference Day,” the nation’s largest designated volunteer day.

On distribution day, parents need to have each child present in order to receive a coat, and they will also need to present a valid Texas identification card, according to a news release.

“Last year, we gave over 200 coats away in 45 minutes,” Sharon Smith, chair of the Coats for Kids committee, stated in the announcement. “We had to turn children away, and we don’t want to do that this year.”

Smith said the agency has a goal of collecting at least 500 coats this year.


Garden Secrets class offered Thursday

“Earth Kind Gardening” is the subject of Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s Garden Secrets class planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lewisville Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 B. South Valley Parkway in Lewisville.

The class will be led by Iris Cromarty, a Denton County master gardener. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The class is free, but reservations are required by calling Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or e-mailing .


SafeHaven support program begins Thursday

Reni Parker, a licensed professional counselor, will conduct a support program called SafeHaven beginning Thursday at Denton’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Avenue.

Sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 13, with the exception of Nov. 22.

The program, sponsored by Ann’s Haven VNA, is designed to provide guidance to young people and their families coping with the loss of a loved one, according to a news release.

SafeHaven is open to participants 5 to 18 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one. There is no cost to attend SafeHaven, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling Ann’s Haven VNA at 940-349-5900 or 1-800-383-5435.


Fundraiserto benefit cancer support groups

The fifth annual Denton Community Youth Fashions for the Cure event is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Denton Woman’s Club Building, 610 Oakland St.

The event will feature speakers and special guest Renzo, organizers said.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Denton County African American Cancer Support Group and Fashions for the Cure.

For more information, call 940-442-4263.


Few spots remain for golf tournament Saturday

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2205 Men’s Auxiliary in Denton said last week that a few spots remain for their Saturday golf tournament.

The tournament, the post’s first, will raise funds for veterans’ services.

Cost is $55 per person. Final team pairings as required and team auctioning will be held at 7 p.m. Friday 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.


DHS graduate named ‘Super Lawyer’

Keith Shelton contacted us recently to pass along the news that Tim James, a Denton High School graduate, has been named a “Super Lawyer.”

James is the son of Tobin Hucko, a 1930s and 1940s big-band singer who grew up Denton, and the late trumpet player Harry James.

James, who practices law in Nacogdoches, was recognized by the Minnesota-based rating service Super Lawyers that reviews law practitioners in a variety of disciplines based on peer nomination and review and independent research. He is a former district attorney.

Louise Tobin was born in Aubrey but grew up in Denton, joined a band touring movie theaters and subsequently became the vocalist with Benny Goodman and his orchestra, Shelton reported. She met and married Harry James and they had two sons. After she and Harry James divorced, she returned to Denton. Both sons graduated from Denton High School.

She later sang with the orchestra of clarinetist Peanuts Hucko. They were married, worked together and, among other things, they performed for Princess Diana and other royals in London.

She now lives in Garland with her son, Harry James. She is 94.

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