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Les Cockrell: Quilters to mark birthday

Members of the Denton Quilt Guild will gather today at the Center for the Visual Arts for a meeting with special significance.

The guild is celebrating its 30th birthday this month, and members hope that some folks who were once active in the group will return for a visit.

“We’re trying to locate as many people who are older and may not have come in a while,” said Gloria Jackson, the group’s first vice president in charge of programs.

The 7 p.m. program will feature guest speaker Anita Shackelford, who will discuss “Personalizing Your Quilts.” She will talk about ways to adapt designs from everyday objects and surroundings to reflect the quilter’s personal or family life.

There will be a social time at 6:30 p.m. featuring refreshments.

The public is invited to attend and learn more about the guild.

“We have over 200 members,” Jackson said. “When it started out, there were maybe 30.”

The Center for the Visual Arts is at 400 E. Hickory St. For more information, visit .


Neon sign art to be subject of courthouse program

Historian Mike Cochran will present a program titled “Neon Cowboys & Pink Ladies” at 5 p.m. today in the first-floor gallery of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The presentation will be illustrated by an exhibition of photographs of Southwestern neon sign art.

All courthouse museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-349-2851.


Group to collect donations to help people feed pets

Serve Denton will be collecting donations to buy food so that homeless and elderly residents can feed their pets. The collection effort will be during the Tails and Trails event Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds.

“Many homeless and elderly in Denton have pets they love but cannot always afford to feed,” Kayce Strader, director of development for Serve Denton, wrote in an e-mail.

Serve Denton representatives will open a booth at 7:30 a.m., Strader said.

Tails and Trails is the major annual fundraiser for the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation Inc. For more information, visit .


Youth ministry plans car show, craft show Saturday

ARC Youth Ministry of Full Gospel Family Worship Center in Denton will have a car show and craft show Saturday.

The craft show will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., and car show hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both are free and open to the public and will be at the worship center, 209 Mockingbird Lane.

For more information, visit .


Illusionist to perform benefit shows for clubs

Illusionist and comedian Garry Carson will perform two shows in Denton on Saturday to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Texas.

Shows are planned at 3 and 7 p.m. in the University of North Texas main auditorium, 1401 W. Hickory St.

Tickets are available for $10 each at,  or by calling 940-239-9309.


Riding Unlimited to offer ‘Corral Carnival’

Riding Unlimited, at 9168 T.N. Skiles Road in Ponder, will offer a “Corral Carnival” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature food, entertainment, games, a raffle, a silent auction and other activities for all ages.

Riding Unlimited provides therapeutic horseback riding to people with disabilities (mental/physical/emotional) as well as veterans and their families.

For more information, call 940-479-2016, e-mail  or visit .


Park to offer ‘Spooky Critter Hike’ on Saturday

The Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will have a “Spooky Critter Hike” from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Participants in the family-friendly hike will learn about animals of the night, according to Alicia Bernard, park interpreter.

“Each time you find a night critter, there will be a surprise waiting for you,” she stated in an e-mail.

Participants should meet at the amphitheater, which is located near the kid’s fishing pond, and they’re invited to wear a costume.

They should also bring a flashlight and bug repellent. No pets are allowed.

The hike is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-637-2636.


Birding hike scheduled at Isle du bois Unit of park

A birding hike will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Participants should meet at the unit’s interpretive center.

Members of the Fort Worth Audubon Society and park staff will lead the hike.

The hike is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.


CASA slates Evening of Elegance fundraiser

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Denton County will play host to the 14th annual Evening of Elegance on Sunday at The Grotto in Highland Village.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for an auction preview, followed by a reception and a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by chef Morris Salerno.

Proceeds go to training community volunteers to serve as guardians in court for abused and neglected Denton County children.

Seat reservations are $125.

To check availability, contact the CASA office at 940-243-2272.


‘Fajita Fiesta’ to benefit equestrian center

A “Fajita Fiesta” to benefit Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Valhalla Stables, 3555 Sauls Road in Aubrey.

Cost is $10 a plate for a meal of fajitas, beans, rice, dessert and beverage.

For more information about the equestrian center, visit .


Denton Bach Singers to present program at church

The Denton Bach Singers will present “The High Renaissance — Music of the Golden Age” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St.

Admission is a $10 donation at the door.

The program will feature Fiona Gillespie and Heidi Dietrich Klein, soprano; Fabiana Gonzales, alto; Nicholas Garza, tenor; and Andrew Dittman and Christopher Jackson, bass.

For more information, visit .


Volunteer group slates Senior Salute event at mall

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Serving Denton County in partnership with Golden Triangle Mall will have a Senior Salute event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is designed to salute and acknowledge Denton County’s older adults for their community service, and it will feature vendor booths catering to older adults as well as entertainment at the mall’s center court stage sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

A Senior Stroll will kick off the event at 9 a.m.

Door prizes, snacks and free health screenings will be offered, and the public is invited to attend.

The mall is at 2201 S. Interstate 35E. For more information, contact Diana Corona at   or 940-383-1508.


Goodwill Industries slate job fair at Denton site

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth Inc. will sponsor a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, at the Denton Goodwill facility at 2030 W. University Drive.

Participants should bring resumes.

Managers from several area companies are scheduled to attend.

For more information, contact Thom Anderson, at 940-383-3063 or .

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