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Restaurant works with customers to help during holidays

Sweetwater Grill and Tavern has selected a local family in need with five children. To start off raising funds, the restaurant at 115 S. Elm St. in Denton will have a "food fundraising" sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m/ on the night of the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival this Friday. It will be held in front of The Law Offices at 121 West Hickory on the Square.  Donations will also be taken at the restaurant at 115 S. Elm St. In addition, Sweetwater will have an "Angel" tree, where people can choose gifts for the family instead of contributing money.  All of the gifts and donations will be presented to the family along with a holiday dinner and the trimmings.

This is the second year for the restaurant to adopt a family for the holidays, according to owners Jimmy and Karen Meredith.

“Last year, one of our customers and his wife, who works here in town, had one of her coworkers who didn’t have a car…no money. He asked if he could put a jar on the bar,” Karen Meredith said.

Last year, the restaurant collected more than $1,000 from its many customers. The restaurant provided a meal as well as wrapped presents and money. “The people were able to pay some bills as well,” she said.

This year, since Christmas is the only day Sweetwater is closed, the owners have decided to open it up and provide a holiday dinner for those people who cannot have Christmas dinner financially, or if they have no one to share it with. Any organization in the city is welcome to let their clients know of the dinner.

Christmas cantata planned Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

The Blessed John Paul II University Parish will present A Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae Students from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University will perform.

Donations will be accepted to support the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel. For more information, call 940-566-0004.


City of Lake Dallas plans ‘Lighting Up the Season’ holiday program Saturday

LAKE DALLAS – A new Christmas tree tradition is coming to the city of Lake Dallas for the 2012 holiday season.

Through Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful, the City will display a natural tree which will be in tribute to a Lake Dallas entity. At the beginning of the New Year, the tree will be planted in one of the City’s parks.

The inaugural Tribute Christmas Tree has been dedicated to the US Military Veteran members of the Lake Dallas American Legion Post 88 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10460.

Members of both Posts attended the October 25 City Council meeting for the announcement as well as Lake Dallas Parks Board members.

Members of the Lake Dallas Parks, Recreation & Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful Board coordinated the new program and selected the 2012 tributees.

The official City of Lake Dallas tree lighting and Lighting Up the Season holiday festivities are scheduled for Saturday, December 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Lake Dallas City Hall.

“We’ll embark on a new Christmas tree tradition as well as light the buildings along Main Street,” said Julie Chapman with the City, which received funding for lights from the Lake Dallas Economic Development and Community Development Boards. “It will be a merry drive down Main Street this holiday season!”

For more information, visit or contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, extension 132 or


Old-fashioned holiday event on tap for Lake Ray Roberts

PILOT POINT — The Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will host an “Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas” and a pet adoption event on Saturday.

“Home for the Holidays,” the pet adoption event, is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Justin Animal Alliance will bring dogs and cats that need a home. Adoption fees may apply.

Family friendly dogs on leashes that have up-to-date on vaccinations are invited. There will be a ranger-led guided hike all about dogs and pet safety on the trail.

Dogs can also compete in the Doggie Holiday Pageant to win a prize. Treats will be available for all participants.

As a part of the event the JAA will also be accepting pet food donations for its cats and dogs.

The old-fashioned Christmas celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the unit’s interpretive center and will include Christmas crafts and a taffy pull. Participants are invited to bring their own mugs for hot cocoa at the Yule log campfire.

For more information, contact Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter, at 940-686-2148, extension 258.


Denton High School Craft Fair promises plenty of holiday shopping

Organizers are promising some great holiday shopping at the Denton High School Craft Fair, planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the high school, 1007 Fulton St.

Admission is free.

In addition to a large selection of vendors, there will be two concession stands, a kid’s area with a bounce house and games, door prizes and a raffle.

Local school choirs will perform throughout the day.

For more information, contact Janene Wawro at


Annual Christmas Gospel Brunch to benefit Fred Moore Day Nursery

The fourth annual Christmas Gospel Brunch to benefit the Fred Moore Day Nursery is planned from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Gospel singers from the Denton area will provide inspiring music throughout the brunch.  Proceeds will help Fred Moore Day Nursery, a school that has provided affordable licensed care to Denton's youngest citizens for over 50 years, according to a press release.

For more information, call Elizabeth Ferring at 940-387-4874


Lake Cities Lions Club to host ‘Jingle Bell Film Festival’ Saturday

HICKORY CREEK — The Lake Cities Lions Club will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Film Festival” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the RAVE Theater in Hickory Creek, located at I-35E and Swisher Road.

Tickets are $10 and include two movies, raffle prizes and a goodie bag for the first 150 children. The event benefits the charitable programs of the Lake Cities Lions Club. For more information, contact Lion Steven Brunson at 940-497-3558 or


Mountain Springs club plans ‘Great Christmas Sing’ on Saturday

MOUNTAIN SPRINGS — The Mountain Springs Community Club will host the “Great Christmas Sing” at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

This year’s event features a children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point and many members of the community. Toni Holland will accompany the singers, and audience participation is encouraged.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served after the program.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Cooke County Home Hospice.

Mountain Springs Community Center is located at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM 372, 12 miles southeast of Gainesville.


Little Elm offer annual community holiday celebration on Saturday

LITTLE ELM — Little Elm’s annual community holiday celebration will get under way with a parade at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

As soon as the parade concludes, vendor booths, kid’s activities, rides and the food court will open for visitors. Concluding the day’s events will be a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Little Elm Park is located at 704 West Eldorado Parkway, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Little Elm.

The event is free and parking is available at no cost. Little Elm Park prohibits alcoholic beverages and glass containers, and the park does not accommodate pets with the exception of service animals.


Denton Bach Society to host lecture and concert preview on Sunday

The Denton Bach Society will host “Celebrate Weihnachten!” a lecture and concert preview at 4 p.m. on Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St.

Hendrik Schulze, assistant professor of music history at the University of North Texas, will discuss Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Das Weihnachtsoratorium, a set of six cantatas. The lecture will provide a concert preview for a Dec. 9 performance of the work in its entirety by the Denton Bach Society players, choir and soloists.

Saturday’s program is free, but donations will be accepted. A reception will follow the program.

For more information, visit


Aubrey ‘Christmas Round-up’ soon

AUBREY— Rancho de La Roca will host a “Christmas Round-Up, A Unique Christmas Experience,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7–8 at 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Guests can enjoy a hayride to Bethlehem; see a live nativity drama presented by Rockhill Baptist Church and sing Christmas carols around the campfire with Santa.

Cost is $7 per person, kids under 3 are free. Photos with Santa are $5.

For more information, call 940-365-7625, 940-390-9184 or email


Pilot Point planning holiday festival

PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Main Street Program is sponsoring Christmas on the Square on Saturday.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., holiday  music and lights, games and food will be offered on the Pilot Point Square, which also will feature a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.


Cabernet topic of Friday event

FLOWER MOUND — “Skip the Cookies...Santa Wants His Cabernets!” will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at WineStyles, 6100 Long Prairie Road, Suite 400. Live music will be provided.  The event is free.

For more information, call 972-874-9315.


Pageant features family-friendly fare

HIGHLAND VILLAGE  — Studio B of the Performing Arts will be presenting, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” from Dec. 7 through Dec. 16 at the Studio Performing Arts Center, 1 Marilyn Nelson at 2400 FM407 in Suite 1. 

In this family-friendly Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

Cost is $10 for all ages.

For more information, call 972-966-2787.


‘Sanders Family Christmas’ set in Lewisville

LEWSVILLE — In a sequel to the Sanders Family “Smoke on the Mountain,” the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre will present “Sanders Family Christmas” at 8 p.m. Friday. The production will continue until Dec. 16. Sunday afternoon shows will be at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for people 65 and over and 18 and under.

For more information, call 972-221-7469.


Feast of Carols rings in holidays

ROANOKE — Classics like Ukrainian Bell Carol as well as a Celtic twist on Silent Night will be featured during the “A Feast of Carols,” a celebration with Concert Bells of Fort Worth that will take place 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Cost is $10 and $5 for seniors and students.

For more information, visit


Annual home tour set for Sunday

TROPHY CLUB — The annual Christmas Tour of Homes entitled, "Christmas with Flair," Will showcase five unique homes in the Town of Trophy Club from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. A holiday celebration will follow at the two Ashton Woods model homes in Hogan's Glen at 7 p.m.

Cost is $16 online and $20 at the model home on the day of the event.

For more information, visit