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Les Cockrell: Epiphany party to aid city’s poor, homeless

The annual Epiphany Party for the Poor and Homeless of Denton is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.

Sponsors are still welcome, according to an e-mail from Lico Reyes, event founder.

“We need only a small commitment of time or goods,” Reyes said. “In 2012, we fed, gave clothes, gifts and merriment to about 150 of the Denton and Cooke County community’s needy and struggling families.”

Reyes said he has helped organize 25 annual parties for the poor and homeless from the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area on Christmas Day, and the Sunday event is the ninth planned on the Epiphany, which commemorates the day the three wise men (Magi) came to offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.

The event will include food, gifts of clothing and other items, and entertainment. For more information, call 817-454-4716 or e-mail .


Liberty Christian swimmers help children’s home

Students at Liberty Christian School in Argyle may have been on holiday break, but that didn’t prevent some of the school’s swimmers from competing in the Reindeer Relay in Plano to benefit children at the Buckner Children’s Home.

The pre-Christmas meet was hosted by two Plano schools and was a fun event, Liberty Christian swim coach Sara Burke stated in a press release.

“It was great to work with the other TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) schools to not only have a wonderful kickoff to Christmas, but also give gifts to children in need in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” she stated.

The meet included middle school swimmers, and each swimmer brought an unwrapped toy for a child at Buckner Children’s Home.

More than 150 gifts were collected at the meet.


Finch poetry to be topic for Professor’s Corner

“Women and Writing in the Poetry of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea” will be the topic of the next Professor’s Corner discussion group meeting, planned for Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and it will be at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

The program will be presented by Dr. Ashley Bender of Texas Woman’s University.

Considered by many to be one of the best poets of the early 18th century, Finch published only one collection of poems in her lifetime.

At the meeting, participants will discuss Finch’s representation of female authorship and her critique of the dominant view of women poets, and the state of women’s education, in early 18th century England.

Professor’s Corner programs are free and open to the public, and refreshments are served.

For more information, call 940-898-2343 or e-mail .


Visual Arts Society to host Musick as guest artist

The Visual Arts Society of Texas will host Roxanne Musick as guest artist for its meeting at 7 p.m. today.

Musick is scheduled to give a demonstration using colored pencils at the meeting, which will be at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

The meeting is free for VAST members and there is a $3 admission cost for non-members.

For more information, e-mail .


Flower Mound school to host free flu clinic for kids

Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound will host a clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday offering free flu vaccines for youngsters eligible for the Vaccines for Children program, according to a press release.

A child is eligible if he or she is an American Indian or Alaska native, has no insurance, has insurance that does not cover the vaccine or has Medicaid. Those who have insurance that cover vaccines or CHIP are not eligible.

The clinic is open to ages infant through 18. No immunization record or appointment is needed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The school is at 2810 Morriss Road. For more information, visit or call 972-689-8285.


Don’t forget

Denise Donofrio, a licensed professional counselor and grief expert, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon hosted by Ann’s Haven VNA from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Donofrio will speak on “How Your Personality Style Influences Your Grief.” There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by calling Molly Harrison at 940-349-5900.

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