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Les Cockrell: Police Officers’ Association accepts donations for ‘Shop with a Cop’

The Denton Police Officers’ Association is accepting donations for the 2012 “Shop with a Cop” program, according to an announcement from Officer Jay Seiler, association president.

The “Shop with a Cop” program along with Interfaith Ministries of Denton has provided more than 2,000 children a brighter holiday season. The program allows children to go shopping with officers and employees of the Denton Police Department during the holiday season.

The goal this year is to help 125 children, Seiler wrote in an e-mail.

The “Denton Shop with a Cop” program is a nonprofit charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible, Seiler stated. Donations can be made at the Denton Area Teachers Credit Union to “Denton Shop with a Cop,” or by mail to the Denton Police Officers’ Association, P.O. Box 51103 Denton, TX76206.

For more information, call Seiler at 940-349-7932.


UNT Symphony Orchestra to offer performance blending old and new

The University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra will bring together old and new music with a performance of pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn and John Carmichael at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of more than 10 and free for UNT students. Student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office. Tickets can be purchased online at  or by calling Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.


South Branch Library to conduct two classes on computer skills

Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will conduct two classes this week to help residents improve their computer skills.

The first class, “Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint 2007,” will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

This class is for people who have never used this slide-show program but would like to learn and for those who would like to review the program basics. Participants must know how to type, use a mouse and save and retrieve files in Windows.

The second class, “Basic Computer Use,” will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will offer computer components, computer terminology and the Windows XP operating system.

Class size is limited. To register, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail .


Program on loom knitting planned at Sanger Public Library

The Sanger Public Library will conduct a program titled “Loom Knitting — It’s not Just for Hats and Scarves,” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Guest speaker Joy Arceneaux will display assorted types of looms and show some of the items she has made using a loom.

Reservations are requested to ensure there will be enough handouts for all participants by calling 940-458-3257, e-mailing  or dropping by the library, which is located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger.


Good Samaritan Lake Forest Village plans spaghetti dinner

Good Samaritan Lake Forest Village will serve its annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Resident Angel Care Fund.

Proceeds are used to purchase Christmas gifts for village residents, some of whom would not receive a gift if not for the fundraiser.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and cash or check will be accepted. Those who pay cash are asked to bring exact change.

Guests can call 940-891-6438 to reserve a seat for dine-in service, or take-out meals will be available from the welcome center.

Good Samaritan Society Lake Forest Village is located at 3901 Montecito Drive.


Program to honor veterans planned for Friday

The Vintage Retirement Community will conduct a program honoring veterans at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Sponsored by VITAS, the program will feature music, a color guard and a guest speaker. It is open to the public, and all veterans and spouses and spouses of deceased veterans are invited. Refreshments will be served.

The Vintage Retirement Community is located at 205 N. Bonnie Brae St.


Local DAR to hear program on ‘Rosie the Riveter’

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

A program on “Rosie the Riveter” will be featured.

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter recently celebrated its 84th anniversary. For more information about DAR and membership, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit .


Murder mystery dinner planned for Friday

A murder mystery dinner will be offered Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center, located at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372, 12 miles southeast of Gainesville.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for each performance, and the show will begin about 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for dinner and the show and will be limited to 100 each night.

The show is titled “Dead Men Can’t Vote” and was written by Kelly Fiore Watson. She will be joined in the cast by her husband, Jeffrey, and eight members of the Mountain Springs community.

Guests will work together comparing notes to uncover clues and solve the mystery. Prizes will be awarded to the winning dinner detectives.

Proceeds will benefit the Mountain Springs Community Center. To reserve tickets, call 940-665-9204 or e-mail .


Oakmont Women’s Club to hold annual garage sale

Members of the Oakmont Women’s Club will hold their annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2016 Postwood Court in Corinth, according to an announcement from Kathy Ramsay, publicity chairwoman.

Items available for sale will include lamps, light fixtures, artificial plants, golf items, throw rugs, clothes and more.

For more information or to donate items for the sale, call Linda Harris at 940-231-1599.


Lake Dallas parade to honor veterans Sunday

A parade honoring veterans is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday in Lake Dallas.

The Lake Dallas City Council recently gave its approval to the parade, which was proposed by 17-year-old Lydia Bishop as an American Heritage Girls service project, according to a news release.

The parade will honor all veterans and will include a special “welcome home” to Vietnam Veterans. It will begin at the parking lot of Duck Inn Restaurant on Main Street and end at the Veterans Memorial in Lake Dallas City Park, located at the intersection of West Hundley Drive and South Shady Shores Road.

Bishop is a member of American Heritage Girls Troop 191, and her grandfather was a Vietnam veteran.

“Miss Bishop has been working on this project for more than a year,” Julie Chapman, spokeswoman for the city of Lake Dallas, wrote in an e-mail. “Lake Dallas loves its hometown parades, and Lydia has volunteered for both the Mardi Gras and Lake Cities Fourth of July parades to gain experience on organizing a procession.”

For more information about the parade, contact the American Heritage Girls Troop 191 at .

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