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Les Cockrell: Event planned to support women’s heart health

Plans have been announced for the 2013 Denton Go Red for Women Luncheon, an event that focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education and research of heart health in women.

Individual tickets for the Feb. 8 event, priced at $40 each, will be available only until Jan. 30, according to the announcement. No tickets will be sold at the door.

This year’s luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center on the campus of the University of North Texas. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to the luncheon to help focus attention on heart health for women.

A silent auction and socializing will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

A fashion show, featuring clothing designed with the color red and created by fashion students at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, will be presented. Guests will vote for their favorite fashions, and the winning fashion students will receive cash awards.

Parking is available at the Fouts Field parking lot, just across the street from the Gateway Center, off Interstate 35E on North Texas Boulevard.

Cause sponsor is Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, and the media sponsor is the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Tickets are available at Northstar Bank, 400 N. Carroll Blvd., or DATCU, 225 W. Mulberry St. Sponsorship tables are still available. For tickets and for sponsorship information, call Lee Albright at 940-442-5443 or Phyllis Pittman at 940-391-1691.

Funds raised through the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement go directly to research and educational programs for women and women’s heart health.


Winter hikes to continue Saturday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

A series of winter hikes guided by staff members of the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will continue Saturday.

The hike will begin at 1 p.m. and will follow the park’s Randy Bell Scenic Trail, according to an announcement from Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter. Hikers should meet at the park’s Wild Plum parking area.

The hike is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those ages 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail  .


Conservation district offers tree seedlings for purchase

The Denton County Soil and Water Conservation District has 14 species of tree seedlings available for purchase through its annual tree sale.

Trees provide oxygen, windbreaks, soil retention and wildlife habitat, and the conservation district invites anyone who wants to conserve and preserve natural resources to purchase and plant a tree, according to a news release.

Quantities are limited. For more information about the species available and cost or to place an order, call 940-383-2691 or stop by the conservation district office at 525 S. Loop 288.

All proceeds from the annual tree sale benefit the “Cool Shade for Third Grade” program in area schools, the news release stated.


Denton church to hold American Red Cross blood drive Saturday

An American Red Cross community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

Photo identification will be required to donate. Potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors can give blood every 56 days.

Walk-ins will be welcome. For more information or an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto and search by zip code.


Office of History & Culture plans docent training

The Denton County Office of History & Culture is seeking volunteers to join its team of docents, and reservations for the next orientation and training session are due by noon Jan. 23.

The “Lunch ’n Learn” session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in the 1896 Room of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The training session includes a film lecture on “Christmas in Icaria” by Mike Cochran.

Volunteers help as museum greeters, tour guides, in educational outreach programming to the schools, in the research room and as amateur archaeologists at the Taylor farm site. Hours and days are flexible.

For more information about becoming a docent or to reserve a spot at the training session, contact Gretel L’Heureux, tourism coordinator, at 940-349-2850 or .


Child Health Summit registration due Jan. 21

The Denton County Child Health Summit is planned from 10 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd.

Professional networking begins at 9 a.m., and registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The summit is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Registration is due by Jan. 21. For registration information, visit .

Wellness Alliance for Total Children’s Health of Denton County will serve as host of the event, which will be led by Cook Children’s Health Network.

Participants will be among the first to see the Denton County specific findings from the 2012 Communitywide Children’s Health Assessment & Planning Survey (CCHAPS), according to an event news release. Attendees will also learn about efforts to improve the mental health of children in Denton County, as well as how to get involved.

Continuing education credits will be provided.

After the release of the 2008 CCHAPS data, Cook Children’s identified the top children’s health issues in its six-county service region. Denton County stakeholders studied the data specific to their area and selected children’s mental health as the issue to focus on first, according to the news release.

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