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Les Cockrell: 2013 Speaker Series to get under way Jan. 8

Denton County’s 2013 Speaker Series will get under way Jan. 8 with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, according to an announcement from the Denton County Office of History and Culture.

The reading will be a presentation to the Denton County Commissioners Court and it will begin at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St., the announcement stated.

The 2013 Speaker Series will continue Thursday, Jan. 24 with a program titled “Icaria Settlement in Denton County 1848,” presented by Mike Cochran. The program will be offered from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square.

The program will include a lecture and selections from the documentary film, Christmas in Icaria.

The complete film will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

Upcoming programs in the 2013 Speaker Series include:

* Feb 21, “Bare Feet to Iron Rims: Tracing Denton’s Transportation Development through Black History,” presented by Deborah Kilgore;

* March 7-10, a family oriented mini-music festival presented by Denton Main Street, Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau and (Office of History and Culture will participate in the cooperative event);

* March 21, “Denton on Parade: 1905-1913,” a program featuring a film presented by Betty Kimble and Lavon Fulwiler;

* April 6, Denton County Birthday Celebration;

* April 18, “Flower Mound,” presented by Jimmy Martins;

* May 16, “Cattle Trails and Denton County,” presented by Alan Schiegg; and

* June 20, “Railroads in Denton County,” presented by Kellie Murphy.

All programs are free and accessible to the handicapped.

The Denton County Office of History & Culture is seeking volunteers to join its team of docents. Volunteers can help in a variety of roles, and hours and days are flexible.

For specific program times or more information about upcoming programs or to learn about becoming a docent, call the Office of History and Culture, at 940-349-2850.


Lions Club members complete fundraiser, announce donations

Members of the Denton Lions Club recently completed their third fundraising event of the year and have distributed donations, according to an e-mail from Kathie Novotny, Lions Club board member.

The club raised a total of $18,000 during the year through its fundraisers, Novotny said. Events held to raise donations were the club’s first Bowl-a-thon for Wounded Warriors, a barbecue to send youngsters to the Texas Lions Camp and collecting parking fees at high school playoff games to support community service organizations.

The club made donations to numerous organizations, including Carter BloodCare, SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center, Ann’s Haven VNA, Denton County Friends of the Family, the Salvation Army, Denton County MHMR, Hope, Inc. and the Denton County Police Officer’s Association Shop with a Cop and area food banks and relief organizations.


Red Cross Disaster Action Team present certificate of appreciation

Representatives of the Denton Branch of the American Red Cross recently presented a certificate of appreciation to the CiCi’s Pizza located at 2219 S. Loop 288 in Denton, according to a news release from local Red Cross members.

The certificate was presented in recognition of donations over the past few years to support the Denton County Red Cross Disaster Action Team, the news release stated. Members of the action team meet monthly, and CiCi’s has donated pizzas for the meetings.

The action team is made up of volunteers who respond after Denton County fires, floods, tornadoes or other disasters. Anyone interested in joining the group can learn more about volunteering at, according to the press release.

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