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Les Cockrell: Interfaith Ministries presents unusual fundraiser

Interfaith Ministries of Denton is having a fundraiser, but there’s no need to attend, according to Condell Garden, executive director.

“Everybody was so busy around the holidays that no one wanted to attend another event,” Garden said.

That’s the idea behind Interfaith’s “Please Do Not Attend Holiday Gala & Auction.” Instead of spending money to attend another event, supporters of the agency can stay home and use the money they save to help a local family in need, Garden said. And there’s no date to remember.

“We didn’t set a date on it,” he said. “It was just a fun idea. It’s mostly to raise funds for our client assistance.”

Various sponsorship levels are available, but any gift is welcome, Garden said. Gifts can be brought by the agency at 1109 N. Elm St. during regular business hours or mailed to: Interfaith Ministries, P.O. Box 1744, Denton, TX 76202.

Interfaith Ministries has been providing short-term financial assistance to Denton families since 1991, according to information at Assistance is coordinated with other agencies and is targeted to promote client self-sufficiency.


NAACP chapter members invited to meeting Thursday

The Denton County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St.

Newly elected officers will be installed.

The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Housing Authority.


Free caregiver education seminars planned at hospital

A series of free caregiver education seminars is planned through May at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton.

The spring series will open with a program titled “Dementia Loving Care,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Other scheduled programs are:

•  Vestibular/Balance Seminar, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 24;

•  Living with Parkinson’s, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12;

•  Stroke Education Caregiver Training, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21;

•  Life Beyond Diabetes, 5 to 7 p.m., March 19;

•  Amputee Education Seminar, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 28;

•  Dementia Loving Care, 6 to 8 p.m., April 16;

•  Vestibular/Balance Seminar, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 25;

•  Living with Parkinson’s, 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 21; and

•  Bone and Joint Seminar, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 23.

All programs will be conducted at the hospital, 2620 Scripture St.

A light meal will be provided at each seminar.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested for each program by calling 940-297-6500.


Forum set at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Denton will conduct a forum on faith and equality featuring area religious leaders at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event is free and open to the public and will be at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St.

Scheduled to participate are:

•  Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis of congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound and adjunct professor in the Jewish Studies program at the University of North Texas;

•  Mike Ghouse, president of the Foundation for Pluralism, founder of America Together Foundation and speaker and writer on intercultural issues;

•  the Rev. Jeff Hood, Baptist minister and peace activist who works as a chaplain at John Peter Smith Hospital and as moderator of the Denton Fellowship of Reconciliation;

•  the Rev. Peter Johnson, longtime civil rights activist and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and

•  Scottie McIntyre Johnson, ministerial intern at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

For more information, visit .


Organic society to show ‘Genetic Roulette’ video

Members of the Denton Organic Society will conduct a showing of the video Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith at the group’s meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. There is no charge to attend. A seed and information exchange is planned for 6:30 p.m.

The video describes some of the dangers of genetically modified foods.

For more information, call 940-382-8551.


Series of grief, divorce support classes to begin

A series of GriefShare and DivorceCare classes is planned once again at Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 in Double Oak.

Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning next week.

Weekly sessions are planned through April 17. There will be no class on March 13 because of spring break.

For more information, visit  or .


Red Cross schedules two blood drives in Denton

Area residents who made a New Year’s resolution to give blood will have two opportunities to make a donation in Denton during the next few days, according to the American Red Cross.

A drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the University of North Texas Center for Leadership and Service, 1155 Union Circle, No. 305008.

Another drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

Red Cross officials said all blood types are needed.

Donations of blood typically decline at this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit .

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

For other requirements, check the website.

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