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Les Cockrell: Animal shelter to name rescue fund after officer

The Lake Dallas Animal Shelter’s rescue fund will be named in honor of Roz Sleigh, a Lake Dallas police officer who died Dec. 31 after a valiant battle with cancer.

The city’s shelter utilizes the fund to assist adoptable rescued animals with health care needs.

“She [Sleigh] served the citizens of multiple jurisdictions with an unwavering and exemplary commitment to duty, honor and integrity,” Lake Dallas Chief of Police/Interim City Manager Nick Ristagno stated in a press release.

“She was also a very committed supporter of the animal shelter both financially and in the adoption of several animals she welcomed as members of her own family,” he said.

Sleigh’s husband, Benny Sleigh, daughter Amber Knupp, and her mother, Rosamond Ford, were in attendance when the City Council unanimously approved the measure at a meeting conducted recently, according to the press release.

Dozens of family members and friends also attended.

For more information on the shelter’s Roz Sleigh Memorial Animal Rescue Fund, contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, ext. 132, or .


Retired educators group to discuss health, wellness

“Health, Fitness, and Wellness” will be the theme at the next meeting of the Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association to be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex off Long Road. Members will be making cash donations to the Denton Community Food Center at the February and March meetings.


Library to have pajama party for preschoolers

The Lewisville Public library will have a pajama party for preschool children and their parents at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The event will feature stories, songs and other activities, and it will be held in the Cynthia Bennett children’s wing of the library, 1197 W. Main St.

For more information, visit , or call 972-219-3577.


Afternoon Adventure Club offers kids’ activities

Local children are invited to join the Denton Public Library’s free Afternoon Adventure Club for weekly journeys with books, crafts, experiments and other activities.

Each 45-minute class brings together literacy, math, science, geography and the arts in a fun, active learning environment.

The books and activities arefor children in kindergarten through third grade.

The club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., or at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. For more information, call 940-349-8718.


Hikers invited to explore park’s nature trail

A guided hike along the Lost Pines Nature Trail at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is planned Saturday.

The hike will begin at 11 a.m. and participants will meet at the park’s Lost Pines Amphitheater. The hike is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those ages 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.


Library plans classes about childbirth options

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will host a series of classes about childbirth from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 4 and continuing through Feb. 25.

The series provides information on childbirth practices through lectures, discussions and films.

Topics will include diet, nutrition, breastfeeding, prenatal care, labor and birthing procedures in the home, birthing center or hospital settings and post-partum care procedures. The classes will be presented by Eveith Miller, a licensed midwife since 1972.

There is no charge for the classes, but seating is limited. Call 940-349-8752 to register.

For more information, contact Laura Douglas at 940-349-8749 or at .


Sorority plans ‘Guns and Mental Health’ program

The social action committee of the Denton County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will sponsor a program titled “Guns and Mental Health” from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Denton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

The program is free and open to the public. Speakers from professions including law enforcement, social work and psychology will discuss how guns have changed society and answer questions. For more information, e-mail .


Reunion committee plans scholarship benefit

The Fred Douglas-Fred Moore Reunion Committee will sponsor a valentine scholarship benefit from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 9.

Tickets cost $10. The event will be at the Downtowner event center, 725 N. Elm St., and will feature door prizes. Semiformal attire is requested.

For more information, call 972-965-3191.


Children of the American Revolution chapter meets

The Joel Terrell Society of the Children of the American Revolution met in Denton on Jan. 19, and 11 children attended with parents and grandparents.

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the reorganization of the society, and six chapter members attended, including Linda Scott, regent.

To become a formal member, a child must have an ancestor who gave proven service to the cause of the American Revolution. The ancestor did not have to be a soldier. If a child wishes to join with lineage that has not been proven, help will be provided to help them do so.

Seven members of the Texas Sons of the American Revolution, dressed in full uniforms of the era, presented flags that have flown in this country at the opening of the meeting. Later, they discussed the uniforms they wore, which American patriot they represented and the flags they brought with them.

The group’s mission is to train good citizens, develop leaders and promote love of the United States and its heritage among young people. Any child, teen or young adult, parent or grandparent who would like to learn more about the organization is invited to attend a meeting. For more information, call Lee Halcom at 940-323-8899 or e-mail .

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