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Les Cockrell: Holiday Sing-a-Long set for Wednesday

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will play host to the 11th annual community Holiday Sing-a-Long on Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square, and area residents are invited to join in the celebration.

County staff members Bing Burton, Deputy Leslie Willingham and David Mollen will lead the caroling from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom.

Burton will play guitar, Willingham will play hammered dulcimer and Mollen will play the violin.

Traditional and historical carols will be featured, and songbooks for the event will be donated by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

The Courthouse on the Square is located at 110 W. Hickory St. All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.


Church youth group to wrap gifts to fund projects

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will continue their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall this week to help last-minute shoppers.

Members of the church youth group will be manning a gift-wrapping station in the Macy’s wing at the mall daily from Thursday through 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 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.


3 Redneck Tenors to visit Lewisville theater for show

The 3 Redneck Tenors will bring their holiday celebration, “Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR,” to the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater for five shows Thursday through Sunday.

A 7:30 p.m. show will be offered daily, and an additional 2:30 p.m. matinee will be featured Saturday.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for children age 8 and younger. Group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased online at . Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the theater.

The musical concert is presented by Broadway and opera performers who take on the persona of redneck tenors, complete with festive Christmas mullets, to offer classic, pop and deep-fried holiday tunes.

Familiar songs in the show include “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and many more, but audience favorites include such tunes as “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

The show is written and directed by Matthew Lord with musical arrangements by composer Craig Bohmler. Featured are Lord, Blake Davidson, Dinny McGuire and Alex Bumpas.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets.

For more information about the show, visit .


Library to hold LEGO Builders Club meeting

Young LEGO enthusiasts are invited to visit Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday for the next meeting of the LEGO Builders Club.

The group, open to elementary-age youngsters, meets on the third Friday of each month. A different theme is picked each meeting, and participants can build on that theme or build a creation of their own with the library’s LEGOs.

The program is free. For more information, call Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718.


Denton church invites public to view live nativity

Willowwood Church of the Nazarene in Denton will offer a live nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Free refreshments will be served.

Area families are invited to visit the church to view the Christmas lights and use the circle drive to view the nativity scene.

The church is located at 1513 Willowwood St., at the corner of McCormick and Willowwood streets, just south of Interstate 35E across from the University of North Texas campus. For information, visit .


Aubrey resident brings home world championship

American Paint Horse Association amateur competitor Jana Leigh Simons of Aubrey recently captured a world championship at the APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, according to a news release.

Simons claimed the championship in Classic Amateur Western Pleasure showing It Was Just A Kiss, a 2009 mare owned by Simons Show Horses LLC of Aubrey.

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