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Les Cockrell: Group to wrap presents at mall

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will be offering their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

Beginning Saturday, shoppers will find members of the church youth group manning a gift-wrapping station in the Macy’s wing at the mall on weekends through Dec. 16. The station will be open daily from Thursday, Dec. 20, through Monday, Dec. 24.

Prices range from $3 to $8, and money earned from the project will be used to fund church activities for the youth group during the coming summer.

Gift-wrapping station hours will be: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15, noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 22, noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 23 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.


Restaurant to help family in need

Denton’s Sweetwater Grill and Tavern has adopted a family in need for the holidays, and the community is invited to help.

The restaurant, located at 115 S. Elm St., will have a “food fundraising” sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, the night of the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The sale will be in front of the law offices at 121 W. Hickory St. on the Square.

Donations will also be taken at the restaurant.

In addition, Sweetwater will have a tree where people can choose gifts for the family, which includes five children, instead of contributing money. All of the gifts and donations will be presented to the family along with a holiday dinner.


Laurel Hill artists slate annual holiday sale

The seventh annual Laurel Hill Artists’ Holiday Sale is planned on Friday and Saturday at 1223 Highland Park Road in Denton.

Hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s sale is in memory of Susan Medler, who originated the idea for the event, and will feature her work offered by Stacy Medler. Proceeds from the sale of Susan Medler’s work will be donated to the Denton Animal Shelter.

The sale will also feature work by Diane Coady, Paula Collins, Barbara Evans, Cyndy Hill, Jo Williams, Johnny Williams and Bill Warde.


Theater to present ‘Sanders Family Christmas’

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 ages 65 and older and 18 and younger.

For more information, call 972-221-7469.


Christmas on the Square set in Pilot Point

The Pilot Point Main Street Program is sponsoring Christmas on the Square from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be holiday music and lights, games and food. The event will also feature a visit by Santa and Mrs. Clause.


Fred Moore Day Nursery School to honor four

Fred Moore Day Nursery School will honor Horace and Euline Brock, Bettye Myers and Dorothy Minter for their commitment to education and children at the fourth annual Gospel Brunch on Saturday.

The brunch will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The Brocks are well known for their service to the Denton community.

In 1984, Euline Brock helped found the Denton Afro-American Scholarship, and in 1987, she received the Citizenship Award from the Denton County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2010, the Brocks received the President’s Award from this organization.

Horace Brock has worked with numerous organizations serving the community, such as HOPE Inc. and Denton County Friends of the Family.

Minter has been a leader in education for many years.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Fred Moore Day Nursery School, she has been a teacher, principal and director of special education in the Denton school district and currently serves on the Denton County Child Protective Services board.

Myers, a professor at Texas Woman’s University, is a longtime supporter of Fred Moore Day Nursery School.

She has also served the community as president and member of the Denton school board and has served Denton through her work in the United Way of Denton County, the Kiwanis Club, the Salvation Army and numerous other organizations.

Cost of the brunch is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

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


Sorority members to offer pancake brunch Saturday

Members of the Denton County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. service organization will have a pancake brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St.

Scheduled in recognition of World AIDS Awareness Day, the event is open to the public and supports Health Services of North Texas.

Speakers will be Linda Battle and Ashley Innes.


Groups slate program for World AIDS Day

Health Services of North Texas, in collaboration with the University of North Texas, will sponsor a program titled “Remember, Learn & Look Forward” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in support of World AIDS Day.

The event will be at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St. in Denton, and will open with a reception followed by a program featuring a presentation by Dr. Ron Aldridge, CEO of Health Services of North Texas.

For more information, visit


Roanoke to offer annual Christmas event

Roanoke will celebrate its 21st annual Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Highlighting the event will be a parade that’s set to begin at 6 p.m. and a tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Other activities will include live music, carolers, carriage rides, a Victorian Christmas at the Visitor Center & Museum, storytellers and holiday shopping.

Parking is available in city lots at Main and Oak streets, Oak and Lamar streets, Rusk and Pine streets, up and down Oak Street and on surrounding streets.

For more information, visit and click on the calendar.


Church to present special service Sunday

A special worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday will be the culminating event of the 150th anniversary celebration at Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

“From Everlasting to Everlasting,” an anthem written by Adam La Spata for the occasion, will be performed by the Chancel Choir and mezzo soprano Jessie Hinkle will be the featured soloist. A bagpiper, a brass quartet and Scottish drums will also be featured.

Proclamations are scheduled to be presented by state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, and Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs.

A quilt, made by Dr. Glenna Harris and featuring various T-shirts from the history of St. Andrew Presbyterian will be given away and commemorative Christmas ornaments will be on sale before and after the service.

All Sunday school classes will meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to paint commemorative tiles based on Christian symbols.


Christmas with Flair tour to showcase homes

Christmas with Flair, an annual holiday home tour, will showcase five homes in Trophy Club on Sunday.

The tour will be from 3 to 6 p.m., and 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


Feast of Carols scheduled at Roanoke church

Classics like the “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 set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

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

The church is at 1571 Cleveland Gibbs Road in Roanoke. For more information, visit


First Baptist Church plans Christmas Celebration

Singing, drama, elves and Santa Claus will all be part of the 16th annual Christmas Celebration planned for 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 by the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St.

Admission is free, but the church is asking those who attend to donate canned food items for the church’s areawide food pantry.

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