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Les Cockrell: Food donations sought for area residents in need

Food collection for Denton’s second annual “Day of Concern for the Hungry” begins today and continues through April 2 at several points around the city, according to a press release from the city.

On April 4, Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs is scheduled to declare “Day of Concern for the Hungry,” and the food collected from the effort will be distributed to area food pantries.

During the collection effort, food donations will be accepted at area financial institutions, car dealerships, grocery stores and schools. A full list of drop-off locations can be found online at

Drop-off points are in competition to see which can collect the most food. The winners will be announced at a press conference planned for 10 a.m. April 4 at “the Mill” — the future location of Serve Denton — 2200 Nottingham Road.

Most-needed food items include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned meats, dry beans and rice, boxed dinners and cereal. More than 95,000 residents of Denton County struggle with food insecurity, which means they are not sure where their next meal will come from, according to the press release.

All food collected will go directly to Denton-area nonprofit organizations serving those who need food most. These organizations include Our Daily Bread, Vision Ministries, the Denton Community Food Center, Denton County Friends of the Family and Shepherd’s Hand.


American Red Cross blood drive planned Monday in Denton

An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Center for Leadership and Service, 1155 Union Circle in Denton.

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

To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit  or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Denton County artists donate bowls for annual fundraiser

Denton County artists Tony Merino of Lewisville and Kash Mistry of Roanoke are among those scheduled to donate bowls for “Empty Bowls of Fort Worth — An Artful Taste to End Hunger,” Tarrant Area food Bank’s most popular fundraiser, according to a press release.

This year’s event is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Texas Hall inside the Amon G. Carter Exhibition Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 West Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth. Tickets are sold in advance only, and the deadline to purchase tickets is 4 p.m. today.

The event will feature celebrity bowls signed by famous entertainers, soups and desserts by area chefs and 2,500 pottery, ceramic, china, wood and glass bowls for keepsakes. Proceeds benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank and its 300 partner charities serving more than 45,000 families per month in 13 counties, according to a press release.

For ticket information, visit  or , or call 817-332-9177, ext. 137.


Renal Center of North Denton plans bake sale Wednesday

Renal Center of North Denton, 4309 Mesa Drive, will host a bake sale on Wednesday and Thursday to benefit the Dallas Kidney Walk.

Hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all proceeds will go to the Kidney Walk, which will be held April 27 at Lindsey Park in Dallas.

The National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk is a fundraiser to call attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ transplantation, according to a press release.

For more information about the Dallas Kidney Walk, visit .


TWU to host 12th annual community health fair

Texas Woman’s University will host its 12th annual Well Wednesday community health fair Wednesday and the public is invited to participate.

The health fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Visitors should look for the health fair parking signs as direction to the designated parking area behind Pioneer Hall.

Many health screenings will be offered free of charge, and lab screenings will be available by appointment at a reduced cost. Payment by cash or check will be accepted. Fasting for up to eight hours prior to the screening is recommended, according to an event press release. To schedule an appointment for these screenings, call 940-898-3833.

The health fair will feature information from 40 vendors. For a map of the campus, visit . For more information about the health fair, call 940-898-3833.


Library to host program on toxins in cleaning supplies

The Sanger Public Library will host a program titled “Toxins in Our Cleaning Supplies” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Feature speaker will be Judy Spira, RN, Ph.D., of Sanger, who teaches biology at the University of North Texas and works as a bariatric nurse. She also serves as a consultant for area police departments and corporations, according to a press release from the library. Previous library programs featuring Spira have explored toxins in foods and personal care.

Reservations are requested to ensure there will be handouts for all attendees. To reserve a spot, visit the library at 501 Bolivar St., call 940-458-3257 or e-mail .


Chapter of Native Plant Society meets Thursday

The Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will host a program on bunch grass prairies presented by Cathy Lustgarten on Thursday in the Ann Stewart Science Complex at Texas Woman’s University.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer, and the program will be presented at 7 p.m. in the large auditorium/classroom on the second floor.

Lustgarten is vice president and chapter liaison for the Native Plant Society of Texas, was vice chairman of the 2010 Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium held in Denton and served three terms as president of the Trinity Forks Chapter, Carter said. She holds degrees from Purdue University and Ohio State University, where she also was an associate professor.

For more information about the program, visit .


Good Samaritan Society hosts hospice program

Good Samaritan Society-Lake Forest Village in Denton will host a “Hospice 101” presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The program will cover hospice/palliative care, what hospice is and is not, and benefits that pay for hospice/palliative care, according to a press release. A light dinner will be served.

Space is limited. To check space availability and reserve a spot, call 940-891-6444 by Tuesday.

Good Samaritan Society-Lake Forest Village is located at 3901 Montecito Drive.

Ducks Unlimited chapter earns national recognition

The Denton Chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently earned national recognition, according to a press release from the organization.

The Denton chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 fundraising chapters out of more than 2,700 chapters nationwide, according to the press release.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats, according to the press release.

Applications now being accepted for market

Applications are now being accepted for Little Elm’s new farmers’ market, according to a press release.

Official opening is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11. The market will remain open until noon every Saturday through Oct. 19.

The market will be located in the Hobby Lobby parking lot at the Little Elm Towne Crossing, 2700 Eldorado Parkway.

In addition to produce vendors, officials are also seeking to connect with entertainers, food vendors and other merchants with specialty items that correspond to the farmers’ market concept.

For more information, visit and click on the farmers’ market icon on the bottom of the home page or call Wayne Dewey, market manager, at 972-731-3299. Vendor packets may be obtained via e-mail to


Environmental learning area to offer class

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer the first in a series of natural science classes for home-schooled students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The class, titled “Winged Wonders,” is for youngsters in second to fifth grades and sixth to eighth grades, according to a press release.

Additional classes are planned April 18, May 2 and May 16. Fee is $12 per class or $40 for the series of four classes.

Advance registration is required by contacting Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator, at 972-219-3930 or e-mail For more information, visit at .

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