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Les Cockrell: Concert to help newborn in need of transplant

A concert to benefit an area newborn who needs a heart transplant is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Scooters Tavern, located at 6481 FM455 West in Sanger.

Raylyn Stenger was born Oct. 22 and suffers from a heart disease that occurred after her birth due to a viral infection, event organizers said. She was listed on the heart transplant list Jan. 10.

At least eight bands have agreed to play for “Ray Rock,” and a donation will be requested for admission to hear the bands, organizers said.

Also planned during the event are an auction, a blood drive and children’s activities, organizers said.

Proceeds from the event will help the family with mounting medical expenses. Although they have insurance, out-of-pocket expenses have been substantial and family and friends have planned the fundraiser to help.

Numerous items, including a guitar autographed by members of the band Twisted Sister, have been donated for the auction, organizers said.

Other donations include a large Green Egg grill, limited edition Texas Ranger coins and a pair of Texas Ranger Justin boots, artwork and jackets, a football autographed by Pat Summerall and gift certificates and gift cards from a variety of area businesses.

Organizers are still accepting donations. For more information, visit .


Artist Diane Walker-Gladney to be featured at VAST meeting

Contemporary painter Diane Walker-Gladney will be the featured speaker for the Thursday meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas.

The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton. Admission is free for VAST members and $3 for guests.

For more information about the artist, visit, or for more information about the meeting, e-mail .


Health Services of North Texas Medical Center plans open house

Health Services of North Texas Medical Center recently completed a remodeling effort and will hold an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event will feature local artwork, appetizers, door prizes and an opportunity to meet medical providers, according to a press release.

Health Services of North Texas, a nonprofit, primary care medical center, is located at 4310 Mesa Drive in Denton. It provides affordable primary care for all Denton County residents including, but not limited to, well-child check-ups, immunizations, health and sports physicals, well-woman exams, chronic disease care, behavioral health and much more.

For more information, visit .


Dance company to offer two performances at Lewisville theater

Simple Sparrow Dance Company will present two performances of modern interpretive dance Thursday and Friday in the Black Box at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in historic Old Town Lewisville.

Show times for “The Collective” are 7:30 p.m. both days. Prices for tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.

Simple Sparrow is a modern dance company formed in October 2010 that provides dancers in Denton County and the rest of North Texas with an opportunity to perform and present new works, according to a news release.

For information, please visit .


Dogwood Estates retirement community plans weekend events

Denton’s Dogwood Estates retirement community is celebrating February with special events planned Friday through Sunday, according to a news release.

A presentation on heart health is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday and light refreshments will be served.

A sweetheart dance is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday with snacks prepared by Dogwood Estates’ executive chef.

A “Chocolate Extravaganza” will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, offering chocolates selected by the chef.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane. All members of the community, especially seniors, are invited to the events, according to the press release.

To RSVP, call Dogwood Estates at 940-383-8600.


Basketball game planned to benefit soup kitchen

Hoops for the Hungry, a basketball game between the Hungry Dunkers, a team comprised of local civic leaders and business executives, and the Harlem Ambassadors is planned Saturday to benefit Denton’s Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.

The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Denton High School gymnasium, and tickets are $10, with ages 5 and younger admitted free. Tickets are available at  or at Our Daily Bread, 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100.

The Our Daily Bread Team manager will be Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs and the team is coached by the Rev. Brad Cockrell, according to an event news release.

Our Daily Bread is supported by 26 area churches, local businesses and residents and has served more than 490,000 meals since its start-up in 2000, the news release stated.

In addition to serving an average of 200 meals five days a week, Our Daily Bread volunteer program directors assist clients with appropriate agency contacts and other services to help them with their many other needs.

Contributions can be mailed to: Our Daily Bread, 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100, Denton, TX 76201. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 940-765-7607 for more information.


Tickets available online for Great Conversations event

The University of North Texas Honors College will present its annual Great Conversations event Feb. 26, and tickets are available online.

This year’s theme is “A Green Light to Great Conversations,” and tickets are $65 per person.

Attendees are seated at tables of eight, and a host presides over each table and starts a conversation by discussing a specific topic. The dinner guests choose their conversation leaders when they go to the Honors College website to buy tickets.

This year’s conversation topics include everything from Texas mosquitoes and Downtown Abbey to women of the Wild West and near-death experiences and deathbed visions. Proceeds from the event directly benefit UNT Honors College students.

Great Conversations will begin at 6 p.m., and it will be held in the clubroom of UNT’s Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St.

For more information, contact Diana Dunklau in the UNT Honors College at 940-565-2474 or A list of table hosts and ticket information is available at .

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