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Les Cockrell: VRC district manager receives Patriot Award

Andrew Davenport, district manager with Veracity Research Co. Investigations, recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award, according to a news release.

Leon Tribble, an ESGR representative, and Lance Foster, VRC president, presented the award to Davenport, a veteran of the United States Army, during a ceremony held at the VRC corporate office.

The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard or reserves. For more information on the ESGR, visit

Veracity Research Co. Investigations, a veteran-owned business based in Argyle, is a professional investigative services provider that partners with employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and law firms to defend against insurance fraud. More than 30 percent of its employees served in the U.S. military, and VRC is now a four-time winner of the Patriot Award and a finalist for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the news release stated.

For more information on fraud-fighting tips and to learn more about VRC, visit .


Tuesday is deadline to purchase tickets for preschool fundraiser

The 27th annual Mexican supper and silent auction to benefit Denton Christian Preschool will be held Friday, and supporters are asked to purchase tickets by Tuesday.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger, are available at the preschool, 1114 W. University Drive. Tickets can be reserved by calling the preschool at 940-383-3332.

The supper, catered by El Guapo’s of Denton, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Erwin Hall gym of First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive. The University of North Texas Mariachi Band will entertain.


American Red Cross plans Denton blood drive Tuesday

The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at TitleMax, 1701 W. University Drive in Denton, according to a news release.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit  to make an appointment or for more information.


Diners can help support Serve Denton

Supporters of Serve Denton can help out the agency by dining at Johnny Carino’s restaurant between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to an announcement from Serve Denton.

Diners who mention they support Serve Denton will have a percentage of their check donated to the agency, the announcement stated.

The restaurant is located at 1516 Centre Place Drive.


Teens invitedfor library’s cupcake competition

An information meeting for a Teen Cupcake Wars event sponsored by the Denton Public Library will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The library’s Teen Cupcake Wars event will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 16, and teens ages 12-18 who are interested in creating a team to compete are invited to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

The meeting will provide program details, examples and samples, plus a personal story, from Denton’s own Cupcake Wars veterans, Ngoc and Van Nguyen of NV Cupcakes.

For more information, contact Juli Gonzalez, public services librarian, at 940-349-8741 or .


Annual storytelling festival begins Thursday

The 28th annual Texas Storytelling Festival, “Maps, Music & Merriment,” will begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

This year’s event celebrates the art of storytelling and will feature Motoko, Andy Offutt Irwin, Willy Claflin and DeCee Cornish, according to an event announcement.

Highlights will include ghost stories Thursday night, Friday and Saturday evening concerts for adults, a Saturday family show and activities for children and a Sacred Tales session exploring diverse spiritual traditions Sunday.

Also featured will be daytime concerts, fringe concerts offering new and creative ways to share this ancient art form and workshops for both beginning and advanced storytellers.

Weekend, day, and individual concert tickets are available.Individual concert tickets are $10.

For a schedule of events and more information, visit .


Benjamin Lyon Chapter of DAR to meet Friday

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

Speaker Ann Barton will talk about the Texas Woman’s University First Ladies Museum (DAR Museum) collection of gowns.

A special display is the gown worn by Marion Day Mullins, a DAR member, officer and the woman responsible for donating the collection to TWU, according to an event announcement. The Texas DAR chapters contribute funds to help support the gown collection.

For more information, contact Diana White at 940-387-4741 or go to .


Sanger Area Historical Society invites to join

Members of the Sanger Area Historical Society are inviting people with an interest in Sanger history to get involved in the organization, according to a news release from the group.

The society’s motto is “Preserving Our Heritage to Enhance the Future,” and members want to record stories told by longtime residents, family histories and other information for future generations.

The group presents a couple of evening programs each year and attendees are invited to share their own memories. These programs are recorded on DVD and filed.

Work days are scheduled every two months to catalog and file data that members have acquired. There are more than 20 notebooks kept at the Sanger Public Library that are filled with this information, and these notebooks can be used by anyone for research.

The Sanger Area Historical Society produced a pictorial history book called Around Sanger for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. It was published in September 2011, and copies are available from SAHS.

Dues are $10 per year, and anyone who would like to join the group can send contact information to P. O. Box 245, Sanger, TX 76266. Members do not have to live in the Sanger area.


Registration due March 10 for SafeHaven program

SafeHaven, a support program for children ages 5-18 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, will be offered by Ann’s Haven VNA beginning March 28, according to a news release from Ann’s Haven VNA.

There is no cost to attend SafeHaven, but registration is requested by March 10.The eight-week program will continue every Thursday through May 16.

The meetings are held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Denton’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 North Bell Ave.

Adult professionals and trained volunteers will lead small groups of children of similar age in discussions on grief and coping skills. Reni Parker, licensed professional counselor, will facilitate the adults.

Registration and additional information can be obtained by calling Ginny Hudson, volunteer coordinator, or Molly Harrison, LCSW, bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful receives award

Keep Lewisville Beautiful recently received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award, according to a news release from Keep Lewisville Beautiful.

The award was presented during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary national conference in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities, the news release stated.

To qualify for the award, KLB had to meet Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual community appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction and beautification and community greening.

More than 2,400 KLB volunteers picked up 94.5 tons of trash from parks, streets and waterways and planted 650,250 wildflowers at Lake Park last year, KLB’s executive director Amy Wells stated in a news release.

For more information about KLB, call 972-538-5949 or visit .

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