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Les Cockrell: KRLD Christmas Is For Caring campaign begins

The 34th annual KRLD Christmas Is for Caring campaign, to bring holiday cheer to residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center, will be on the air today through Friday.

Supporters will be making a lot of Christmas wishes come true for those who live at the center, said Melissa Bradley, director of community relations for the DSSLC.

“The first $20,000 goes to buy their Christmas gifts,” she said. “That’s a very big deal for the people who live here. They love Christmas, whether they’re 18 or 80.”

The community has always been generous in helping DSSLC make sure the holidays are bright, Bradley said.

“The public has never disappointed them, and I don’t think the public ever will disappoint them,” she said.

To donate, supporters can call KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” at 214-219-1080 during the campaign or donate online at Supporters can also make a donation using their cellphones or simply mail a check to the DSSLC. For details about donating by phone or to get the mailing address, visit the website.

“People who call KRLD may give $2 or they may give $2,000, and every penny goes to make life sweeter for these folks,” Bradley said. “It helps the entire campus.”

The annual campaign is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, Bradley said.

“It renews your faith in humanity because you see the best of people,” she said. “They’re doing good things for all the right reasons.”


Emily Fowler Central Library to have holiday-themed programs

Three holiday-themed programs are planned next week at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library.

First up, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, is Cozy Christmas Story Time for ages 1 to 8.

Children are invited to wear their holiday pajamas and slippers for an evening of Christmas stories, holiday treats and crafts.

Ages 1 to 5 are invited to take part in Holly Jolly Story Time at 11 a.m. Wednesday. This program will also feature Christmas stories, songs and crafts.

The third program, set for 4 p.m. Friday, will teach participants ages 5 and older how to make Christmas decorations.

Members of the Garden Culture Club will demonstrate how to make gourd ornaments and other Christmas decorations for the holidays. Supplies are limited. Call 940-349-8752 to register.

Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 402 Oakland St. For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer, youth services librarian, at 940-349-8718 or .


Discussion group to explore Celtic mythology and folklore

Celtic mythology and folklore will be the topic of the next meeting of the Professor’s Corner discussion group, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Texas Woman’s University professor Guy Litton’s presentation will focus on pre-Christian elements in modern tales, and how writers in Ireland and elsewhere have drawn upon folk traditions. The program will also cover why leprechauns aren’t friendly, what to do when you encounter a witch, how to keep from having your child stolen by trooping fairies and other practical advice, according to an event announcement.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A reading packet of selections from William Butler Yeats’ collection Irish Fairy and Folk Tales is available from series coordinator Stephen Souris, who can be reached at . Irish Fairy and Folk Tales can also be found online at .

For more information, contact Fred Kamman at  or 940-349-8752.


Members of Denton County Branch of the NAACP to meet Thursday

Members of the Denton County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St.

Ballots will be counted from the Nov. 8 meeting, according to an event announcement.

For more information, call Catherine Bell at 940-382-9360.


Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the DAR to meet Friday in Denton

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village, 3901 Montecito Drive in Denton.

Guest speaker will be Jannibah Coleman, outreach coordinator for Keep Denton Beautiful, according to an event announcement.

For more information about DAR and membership, contact Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit .


Musical production planned at Lewisville theater

Our Productions Theatre Company will present Pump Boys and Dinettes, opening Thursday and running through Dec. 23, in the Black Box at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Old Town Lewisville.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $30 on Saturday, $25 for all other shows, with discounts available for seniors, students, children and groups of 10 or more.

The musical tells the story of four men who work at a gas station and two waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner, located on opposite sides of Highway 57 in North Carolina.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 972-724-2147. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.


Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to be presented Friday

Handel’s Messiah will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Lane in Lewisville.

The production is free. For more information, e-mail .


Don’t forget

The Denton High School Fine Arts Department will continue its presentation of A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22. There will be 2 p.m. performances Saturday and Dec. 22.

A cast of more than 75 students is featured in this retelling of Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations, call 940-369-2002. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Special seating and discounts are available for groups.

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 .