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Les Cockrell: Business seeks blankets, coats to help families

Wash It Kwik is sponsoring a blanket and coat drive to benefit Serve Denton through Jan. 1, said Bruce Walker, owner of the business.

Gently used blankets, quilts, comforters and coats will be cleaned and then donated.

“We help them launder blankets and other items for families they serve,” Walker said. “The blankets they have are just worn out.”

The business donated some blankets, sheets and towels and is now calling on the public to donate items.

“I know I have a few extra things in my closet,” Walker said.

Donations can be brought to Wash It Kwik, 1825 W. University Drive, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekends.

For more information, visit or e-mail .


Argyle church to host concert by Elisabeth von Trapp

Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp whose story inspired The Sound of Music, is scheduled to perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Argyle United Methodist Church.

The program is free and will include sacred and secular music ranging from Gregorian chants to Broadway favorites, early American hymns, spirituals, psalms set to her own compositions and a song or two from The Sound of Music.

The church is at 9033 Fort Worth Drive in Argyle.

For more information about von Trapp, visit .


Red Cross slates two upcoming blood drives in Denton

The American Red Cross has announced two blood drives in Denton next week.

The first blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Center for

Leadership & Service at the University of North Texas University Union, 1155 Union Circle.

The second blood drive is slated from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Lowe’s, 1266 S. Loop 288.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.


Library offers program by Master Gardener

Iris Cromartie, a Denton County Master Gardener, will present a program titled “Earthkind Gardening with Ornamentals” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanger Public Library.

The goals of the Earthkind gardening method include reducing water and energy use, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and reducing the amount of lawn waste going into landfills.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in plants. Reservations are requested to ensure that there are enough handouts for all participants.

The library is at 501 Bolivar St.

To reserve a spot, visit the library, call 940-458-3257 or e-mail .


Annual toy drive to benefit Shepherd’s Storehouse

The eighth annual toy drive to benefit Shepherd’s Storehouse in Pilot Point will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church parish hall, 925 Charcut St. in Pilot Point.

Admission will be one new, unwrapped toy for the angel tree program at Shepherd’s Storehouse. Cash donations are also accepted.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature music by Ed Vargas. Food, wine, beer and margaritas will be available.

For more information, call Donna Stephens at 940-686-5661 or Jamie Irick at 940-368-4759.


Youth group plans annual drive-through nativity

Members of the youth group at Lake Cities United Methodist Church will present their annual drive-through live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas program.

The church is at 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas.

For more information, visit .


UNT Holiday Concert planned in Winspear Hall

The University of North Texas Holiday Concert, presented by the UNT College of Music, will bring together UNT’s A Cappella Choir, University Singers, Collegium Singers and Concert Choir with faculty soloist Carol Wilson for an evening of seasonal classics and sing-alongs on Friday, Nov. 30.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall at 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 to UNT students with ID.

UNT student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office.

Purchase tickets online at  or by calling the box office at 940-369-7802.


Our Daily Bread receives grant for software system

Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Denton, which serves 3,800 meals a month, was recently awarded a $1,500 Capacity Building Grant by Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The grant will be used to help purchase and install a software system for recording and managing donor gifts.

Our Daily Bread was one of 15 Tarrant Area Food Bank partners in six counties to receive a Capacity Building Grant.

A total of $42,000 was awarded for the food bank partners to purchase such items as food-storage equipment, information technology, strategic planning services and resources needed to start a new program.


Shoebox Party benefits Operation Christmas Child

Several Denton residents who compete in North Texas Soccer hosted a Shoebox Party on Nov. 3 to benefit the annual Operation Christmas Child program sponsored by Samaritans’ Purse.

Thanks to the generosity of family and friends and several volunteers, 176 boxes were stuffed and sent to be shipped to children in Third World countries through the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse organization, a member of the group said. In addition, several hundred dollars were donated for postage.

Shoeboxes are packed with school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, small toys and other items.

The Denton Shoebox Party is an annual event held in early November, although collections are made year round.

Anyone wishing to participate in the event as a volunteer or make a donation can contact Teresa Golden at .


Group says cleanup effort draws 201 volunteers

Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 21st annual citywide waterway cleanup Saturday, and 201 volunteers picked up more than 3,790 pounds of trash, according to the organization.

The event was held in conjunction with a regional effort Trinity Trash Bash waterway cleanup event, a collective effort of more than 33 area communities.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful partnered with the city of Lewisville, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, T.R.E.E.S., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Trinity Regional Water District and Kayak Power to organize the event.

Winning teams were: the Lewisville Texan Journal team led by Steve Southwell won in the adult large group category with more than 15 bags of trash; EA Engineering won in the adult small group category with more than eight bags of trash; the Lewisville High School Student Council won in the youth large group category with more than 25 bags of trash; and Girl Scout Troop 3533 won in the youth small group category with 16 bags of trash.

The prize for the most interesting item found went to the student council team for an old boat spotlight.

Other interesting items reported by the volunteers included propane tanks, license plates, shopping carts, a bathroom sink and some undergarments.


Don’t forget

Mary Holland of Prazim Ministries in Aubrey will serve her annual free community Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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.

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

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

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