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Les Cockrell: Center still collecting items to benefit USO

Staff members at Riding Unlimited therapeutic horseback riding center in Ponder issued a reminder last week that they are still collecting items to benefit the United Service Organizations office at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“Since the end of the welcome home program, the USO has seen a drastic drop in donation of items they provide to our military personnel as they pass through the airport,” Pat Dellemann, volunteer coordinator at Riding Unlimited, wrote in an e-mail.

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.

The Riding Unlimited campaign to collect these items will run through the end of October. Donations can be dropped off at the ranch, 9168 T.N. Skiles Road in Ponder, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For alternate times, call 940-479-2016.


Newest Campus Theatre sidewalk star to be dedicated Wednesday

Denton Community Theatre recently announced that the newest Campus Theatre sidewalk star will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The granite marker commemorates the generosity of Lona Wolfe and her late husband, Dr. Henry Wolfe, according to a press release. Wolfe’s financial contributions have helped bring needed improvements to Denton’s historic landmark theater. She also has donated a lot of time and talent to help with productions during the last 15 years and led the reorganization of DCT’s costume collection, the press release stated.

Light refreshments will be served at the dedication. The theater is located at 214 W. Hickory St. For more information, call the Campus Theatre business office at 940-382-7014.


Stockings for Soldiers campaign under way

The second North Texas Stockings for Soldiers campaign is now under way, and founder Bobby Travis of Ponder said this year’s goal is 1,000 stockings.

In an e-mail, Travis stated that he started the campaign “with the sole purpose of putting as many smiles on our military men and women’s faces as possible. We shipped 660 stockings stuffed with goodies and several large boxes of bulk items last year.”

Items needed include small bottles of body wash, lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, disposable razors, small packages of baby wipes, candy that won’t melt, candy canes, cookies, jerky, crackers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunglasses, playing cards, word search books, signed Christmas cards, powdered drink mixes, Christmas stockings and coffee in individual filters. Make sure food and drink items are in individual wrappers.

For more information, contact Travis at 940-453-0511 or .


TWU offers ‘Boo at the U’ fall festival Thursday

Texas Woman’s University will offer treats, train rides, carnival games and a haunted house during its “Boo at the U” fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event will be held at the TWU Student Union, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

Admission is free and open to the community. Attendees are asked to bring one canned food item per person to help support the TWU Food Pantry. For more information, call 940-898-3641.


Fundraiser for Arc of Denton County planned

An “All-Star Waiter Night” to benefit the Arc of Denton County is planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro, 107 W. Hickory St., according to an event announcement.

Waiters will be Arc volunteers and board members. All tips and a portion of the dinner receipts will benefit the Arc of Denton County, a nonprofit volunteer organization and United Way agency.

For more information, visit .


‘Charlie Brown’ to visit Lewisville theater stage

The Acting Studio will present four performances of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Thursday through Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

Shows start at 7 p.m. daily, and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for children ages 12 and younger. To order tickets, visit http://ActingStudioTX . or call 817-488-0009. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the theater.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets, in Lewisville.


Learning area offers preschool adventures

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is offering fall preschool adventures beginning Friday.

The program is open to ages 3-5. Sessions will be held each Friday through Dec. 7, with the exception of Thanksgiving week. Hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, and cost is $75 for all six sessions.

Youngsters, along with a significant adult, will learn about spiders, how to search for animal tracks and signs of autumn, and other topics. Craft activities, nature games, hikes, songs and story time sessions will be included.

LLELA recommends that participants wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

A schedule of programs is available at .

Pre-registration is required by contacting Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator, at 972-219-3930 or .


Empty Bowls fundraiser planned for Saturday

The annual Empty Bowls soup luncheon event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, housed at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. in Denton.

Since its inception, the event has raised approximately $93,000 to benefit Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and the Denton Community Food Center, according to Lois Plato, an event committee member.

The event offers handcrafted bowls, lunch and a silent auction, and cost is $15. Christ the Servant Lutheran Church is the organizer of the community-based event, Plato said.

Call 940-387-1984 for ticket information.


Third annual Operating Gelding event planned

The third annual Operation Gelding clinic is planned for Saturday at Mustang Veterinary Surgical Hospital, 10222 FM2931 in Pilot Point.

Lacy Edge, a member of the Silver Saddle 4H Club, organized the clinic three years ago as a community service project to offer area horse owners a low-cost way to avoid feeding and caring for unwanted horses, according to a press release.

Edge, then 13, obtained funds from the Unwanted Horse Coalition in Washington, D.C., the services of a Pilot Point veterinarian and help from her fellow club members to offer the program.

Appointments are required, and coalition funding allows for no more than 20 animals per year. Several appointments already have been made, and horse owners can call Kaye Garrison at 214-734-0565 to check if appointments are still available.

Edge and her team ask for a donation, usually $50, to help with expenses.

To be eligible for the clinic, horses must have documentation showing a negative Coggins test for equine infectious anemia has been performed in the last year. If the test hasn’t been performed, Mustang Veterinary Surgical is offering it at a special price for those bringing their horses to the gelding clinic. The test must be done by appointment only and performed by Wednesday at the latest, the press release stated.

Edge is hoping that another clinic can be held next spring.

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