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Les Cockrell: Group seeking entries for area essay contest


Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution have announced an essay contest for area students.

Entries are sought at two levels.

The Christopher Columbus essay contest is open to students in grades nine through 12. Topic is: “How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?” The narrative should contain between 800 and 1,200 words.

The American History essay contest is open to students in grades five through eight. Topic is: “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.” It should include an explanation of why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots.

Fifth-grade students’ essays should be between 300 and 600 words, and essays from students in grades six through eight should be between 600 and 1,000 words.

Deadline for submission of essays in both categories is Dec. 15. A chapter winner will be determined, and the winner’s essay will be entered in the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution competition.

Students in the greater Denton area attending public, private and parochial schools are invited to participate. The contest is also open to home-schooled students.

Information packets have been provided to area high schools, middle schools and private schools. For more information, contact Wanda Samek at .


Free performances of ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ set

Performances of the one-act play The Diary of Anne Frank will be offered at Liberty Christian School at 7 p.m. today and noon Saturday.

Both are free and open to the public.

Saturday’s performance will be for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ Regional One-Act Play Competition, held at Liberty. Nine Liberty students are starring in the play, and four students are working behind the scenes as crew members.

The school is at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. For more information, call 940-294-2000.


Group seeks donations for Thanksgiving dinners

There’s still time to drop off a donation to help Denton County Friends of the Family provide meal baskets for Thanksgiving.

Donations are needed by Friday, and you can find a list of items needed at Gift cards from area grocery stores also will be accepted.

Each basket will include all the items necessary to provide a holiday meal complete with turkey and stuffing.

Approximate cost of a basket is $40 to $50, and donors can provide all or part of a basket.

Donations can be brought to 4845 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 200, in Corinth.

For more information, call 940-387-5131, ext. 104, or e-mail .


Music-centered games, activities set for library

Denton’s North Branch Library will conduct a “Treblemakers” program at 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 6 though 8.

Music instructor Kim Forguson will lead participants in music-centered games and activities.

For more information, call 940-349-8715.


Group seeks volunteers for Trinity Trash Bash

Keep Lewisville Beautiful, the city of Lewisville, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area and Kayak Power are teaming up for the 21st annual Trinity Trash Bash waterway cleanup from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at the Lake Park picnic area.

Individuals and groups are welcome to join in the effort. All cleanup materials will be provided.

In 2011, 150 volunteers picked up more than 2,820 pounds of trash out of creeks, streams, shoreline, canals and along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

To register, call 972-538-5949, visit  or e-mail .


Auditions scheduled for ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

Denton Community Theatre will have auditions for its production of Cheaper by the Dozen at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

Callbacks, if needed, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the theater.

Auditions will consist of script readings, and no appointments are needed.

Performance dates will be Jan. 25-27, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-3.

For more information, call 940-382-7014 or e-mail .


Campaign brings in 573 coats for children

Interfaith Ministries’ annual Coats for Kids campaign recently culminated with the distribution of 573 coats.

“Last year we ran out of coats in 45 minutes,” Condell Garden, executive director for Interfaith Ministries, stated in a news release. “This year we wanted to help more families, so our goal was to give out 500 coats. We ended up collecting over $15,000 in in-kind donations and giving out 573 coats.”

Interfaith Ministries collected new and gently used coats for several months prior to the event. Community support allowed the agency to give away children’s books, hats, scarves, gloves and other warm clothing in addition to the coats, officials said.


Free Thanksgiving meal planned in Aubrey

Mary Holland of Prazim Ministries in Aubrey announced recently that her annual free community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

Holland prepares the meal, which will be served to anyone who wants to attend at the Aubrey Community Center, 226 Countryside Drive, behind the post office.

“This is my fifth year,” she said recently.

Donations are accepted to help underwrite the cost of the meal, although Holland does not accept any cooked food.

The event provides fellowship for those who might not have anywhere else to go for a holiday meal, Holland said, and music is featured.

“It’s about giving thanks as a community,” she said.

Reservations are requested, but not required, by contacting Prazim Ministries at 940-365-2620 or .


Brookshire’s partners with groups for food drive

Brookshire’s is partnering with local service groups for the annual “Spirit of Christmas” food drive.

Approximately 150 stores — including the one in Denton and the one in Celina — will collect donations of nonperishable food items and team up with a wide range of service organizations, food pantries and volunteers to distribute food to families who need assistance before Christmas.

The company donates boxes in which to pack 20 to 30 pounds of food, donates coupons for a free hen to go along with the shelf-stable goods collected and sells scan coupons that go back to the partnering service groups to supply additional food needs, a press release stated.

Last year, some 500,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to more than 14,000 families in nearly 120 cities and towns in the company’s tri-state market area.

The Denton Brookshire’s is at 719 S. Interstate 35E and will partner with the Denton Rotary Club. The Celina store, 675 Sunset Blvd., will partner with the Celina Christian Men’s Fellowship.

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