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Les Cockrell: Sign-up now open for motorcycle ride benefit

Motorcycle riders can sign up now for the Denton Fire Fighter Poker run Sunday, to benefit Michael Bell.

Bell was diagnosed with gliosarcoma brain cancer a little more than a year ago. He has undergone four surgeries and several rounds of radiation.

Cost is a $25 donation, and early registration is available by calling 469-831-9446 or e-mailing .

The ride is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on the Denton Square and will visit Justin, Grapevine, and Lewisville before returning to Denton. Prizes will include Best Hand and Worst Hand.

The ride will end at University Lanes, 1212 E. University Drive in Denton, where a bowl-a-thon fundraiser will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is also open to the public, and walk-ins are welcome. Bowlers are invited to participate with a minimum donation of $10 to $20, organizers said.

A silent auction will be held during the bowl-a-thon to raise additional support for Bell.

More information about the various fundraising events can be found at .


Business owner to share exhibit to help Friends of the Family

Steve Davis, owner of the Wood House at 516 N. Locust St. in Denton, is opening up his model train exhibit to the public in exchange for food donations for Denton County Friends of the Family.

The display, which features more than 200 miniatures buildings, four trains and a monorail, will be available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 31.

To schedule viewings outside of these hours, contact Davis at 940-387-4098.

Davis said last week that Miller Engineering in Connecticut, the company that provided many of the electric signs used in his display, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the signs used in the local display can be seen at .

Michelle Houston, director of community relations for Denton County Friends of the Family, said a list of food items needed by the agency can be found at

Visitors to the website can also learn more about the agency’s Adopt-A-Family program, which is now under way. For more information, contact Houston at  or 940-387-5121.


Coats for Kids motorcycle ride planned for Sunday

Coats for Kids, a not-for-profit entity, will sponsor a motorcycle ride to collect new coats for kids ages 5-12 at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers will collect coats at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Lewisville, and the ride will get under way at about 2:30 p.m. The ride will be escorted by members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle group and will end at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Denton.

A raffle will be held, and the winner will be announced at the end of the ride. Door prizes and live music also will be featured.

All coats collected will be turned over to the Denton ISD and community organizations for distribution to the kids who need them.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Lewisville is located at 1288 W. Main St., Suite 117.

For more information about the ride, visit .

Last year’s event had 128 riders and resulted in 226 new coats being given away.


Program on herbs to be offered Nov. 26

The Herbal Branch special-interest group of the Denton County Master Gardener Association will conduct a program on “Savory and Herbal Blends as Seasonings” by Connie Watts from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

Anyone interested in herbs is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Denton AgriLife Extension Office, located at 306 N. Loop 288 in Suite 222.

For more information, call the Denton AgriLife Extension Office at 940-349-2883.


Volunteer positions open at Historical Commission

The Denton County Historical Commission has volunteer positions for anyone interested in doing historical research and writing.

Applicants should have experience in using a computer, historical research and writing using documentation with endnotes to produce historical narratives.

For more information, contact Beth Stribling at 940-241-2523.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful taking grant applications

Keep Lewisville Beautiful is currently taking applications for the John Boehm Youth Grant.

The grant is given four times a year. Recipients must be adult-sponsored youth groups with five or more participants within the city limits of Lewisville that have projects reflecting one or more of the following Keep Lewisville Beautiful goals: litter prevention, beautification/community improvement, waste reduction/resource conservation and/or environmental education.

The grant award is up to $500. For more information about the grant, please visit .

All applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1. The next grant will be awarded Jan 1.

To receive an application, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or .


Corinth resident wins 46th chili championship

T. J. Cannon of Corinth won the 46th Terlingua International Chili Championship on Nov. 3, according to a news release from the Chili Appreciation Society International.

Cannon’s chili was judged best by six consecutive panels of judges who reviewed from more than 300 entries.

Cannon has cooked in chili competitions for the past 11 years, the news release stated. CASI is the sanctioning organization that organizes the Terlingua International Chili Championship and raises more than $1.5 million dollars annually for charities both in the United States and abroad.

For more information, visit  and  


Food pantry in The Colony benefits from drive

Students from Merryhill School in Frisco recently collected 1,000 canned good items for Metro Relief, a nonprofit organization that operates a food pantry in The Colony.

As an incentive for students, Merryhill Principal Keisha Caver agreed to dress as a pumpkin (the children’s choice) for a day.

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is .