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Les Cockrell: McMath runners win first place at fundraiser

Several cross country runners from McMath Middle School participated in the third annual Tails and Trails 5K fundraiser recently and brought home a team trophy and individual honors.

Both seventh- and eighth-grade runners took part in the event, which was held to benefit the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Seventh-grade team members included Holly Higgs, Miles Baker, Lucy Martin, Kate Cowan, McKenzie Sprabary and Sofia Batt. Eighth-grade team members included Emily Acker, Landie Urban and Emily Goff.

The McMath team won first place in the middle school division and received a trophy and banner.

Holly Higgs was the first-place finisher in her age division and took third place overall for female competitors in the event.

McKenzie Sprabarry took third place in her age division.

“All of the girls performed well, but I was most impressed that they were willing to come out on their own time and put in some hard work to prepare for the upcoming cross country season,” Lacey Hudson, girls athletic coordinator, stated in an e-mail.


Denton Bach Players to present program on French chamber music

The Denton Bach Players will present a program on French chamber music at the turn of the 18th century at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denton.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

The church is located at 703 N. Elm St. For more information, e-mail .


Aubrey Halloween carnival planned for Wednesday

A Halloween carnival is planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Aubrey festival grounds, 301 S. Main St.

Aubrey area merchants and businesses will be providing games and treats, and concessions will be available to benefit HOPE Food Bank. A haunted house sponsored by the city of Aubrey Public Works Department will be featured.

The carnival is sponsored by the Aubrey 380 Chamber of Commerce, Keep Aubrey Beautiful and the Aubrey Fire Department Auxiliary.


Church plans free fall festival for Wednesday

Friendship Church in Denton will offer a fall festival from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday with games, bounce houses, face painting and candy.

The church is located at 3813 W. University Drive. For more information, visit .


Unicorn Lake businesses organize Halloween event

Businesses in the Unicorn Lake area of Denton have organized Trick or Treat at Unicorn Lake from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“We have 21 businesses participating this year and lots of fun things to do for the kids,” Ashley Meyer, general manager of Beth Marie’s at Unicorn Lake, stated in an e-mail.

The event will be held at Wind River Lane and Unicorn Lake Boulevard, and there will be a bounce house, hot dogs, face painting, a cupcake walk, a balloon artist, games, cotton candy, coupons, costumes and candy. Three gift baskets from participating businesses will be given away.


Share the Harvest Festival planned for Wednesday

First United Methodist Church of Denton will hold its Share the Harvest Festival from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will benefit the Denton Community Food Center, and participants are invited to dress in costume for trunk-or-treating, hayrides, carnival games for the kids, a cupcake walk and snack supper.

Admission will be donations of canned food items.

The festival will be held at the church entrance at Mulberry and Industrial streets.


Orchestra to join with ballet dancers for concert

The University of North Texas Concert Orchestra dressed in costumes and joined by dancers from Tuzer Ballet will celebrate Halloween with a concert featuring dark and dramatic classical music and seasonal pop favorites at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Guests are invited to wear costumes to the performance, which will feature fog and lighting effects, a special appearance by Darth Vader and a number of other Halloween surprises.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/

retirees and groups of 10 or more and free for UNT students (UNT student ID required). Tickets can be purchased online at  or by calling 940-369-7802. For group rates, call 940-369-7772.


Lake Dallas City Hall to be site of Halloween event

Ghosts, witches and super heroes will descend on Lake Dallas’ City Hall for the annual Halloween “Trunk or Treat” tailgate party from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Local businesses and community organizations decorate vehicles and park them to tailgate with tricks and treats for kids of all ages. Participants compete for the best display to win a $100 cash prize.

The Lake Dallas Public Works Department will provide hayrides for children with candy stops in the downtown area. Police cruisers from Corinth, Hickory Creek and Lake Dallas will be on display as well as other vehicles.

Lake Dallas City Hall is located at 212 Main St. in Lake Dallas. For more information on the Halloween festivities, contact Julie Chapman at the City of Lake Dallas, 940-497-2226, ext. 132, or .


Hospital invites parents to have car seats checked

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton invites parents and caregivers to have their children’s car seats checked Saturday.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main hospital building parking lot, according to a news release from the hospital.

Inspections are by appointment only. To schedule an inspection, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit .

The federal government has updated car-seat recommendations for children through age 12. Texas Health Denton wants to make sure families are aware of the recommendations.


Mount Pilgrim to hold harvest festival and bazaar

A harvest festival and bazaar is planned from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pilgrim CME Church, located at 339 Robertson St. in Denton.

The event is free and will feature food, crafts, games, face painting and other family activities. Food items will include snow cones, funnel cakes, catfish, popcorn and barbecue.


Ann’s Haven VNA sets Celebration of Life service

Ann’s Haven VNA will conduct its annual Celebration of Life service to honor the memory of loved ones from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cole Chapel of First United Methodist Church of Denton, 201 S. Locust St.

The event is open to the public and will feature music, readings and candle lighting. Members of the Ann’s Haven VNA Auxiliary will play host to a reception following the services.

Attendees of all faiths are welcome. For more information, call Molly Harrison, Ann’s Haven VNA bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.


Benefit set to help families of young cancer victims

A benefit golf tournament for two young girls in the Denton area who have been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer is planned at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Cost is $300 per team or $75 per player, and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will benefit the Keeping the Faith and Support Sophie May funds to help the girls’ families with medical expenses, organizers said.

“We are also looking for donated items for a silent auction and raffle that will be held after game play,” Katie Gee, one of those planning the event, stated in a press release.

Golfers can register by contacting Gee at 940-395-4882 or

For more information, visit the “Support Sophie May” and “Keeping the Faith-Kamryn Faith” Facebook pages, as well as the Kamryn Faith and Sophie May Benefit Golf Tournament Event Page.


High school drill team schedules clinic

Area girls in kindergarten through eighth grade who are interested in dance and drill team may be interested in signing up for the annual junior drill team clinic planned Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Ryan High School Strutters drill team.

Cost is $20 until Wednesday. Late registration will be $25.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ryan High School gym, 5101 E. McKinney St. For more information, including registration forms, visit .

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