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Les Cockrell: Roundup Club makes donation to cancer charity

The Denton Roundup Club recently raised almost $1,400 to help Texas Cowboys Against Cancer, according to a press release from the club.

The money came from entry fees and concession stand sales at a club playday event, the press release stated. Taylor Sorrells, 2013 Denton Roundup Club queen, presented the donation.

The club is going to continue to help Texas Cowboys Against Cancer by donating items for an auction that the organization will hold as part of its fundraiser in October.

“This is the second year that we’ve received the donation from them,” said Joe Powell, president of Texas Cowboys Against Cancer.

Powell said members of the club also are helping his organization by selling tickets for a raffle. Prizes will include a saddle and gift cards ranging in value from $150 to $500, Powell said. Tickets are available from TCAC board members and at JP’s Boot & Saddle Shop, 326 E. McKinney St., Suite D in Denton.

The fifth annual Texas Cowboys Against Cancer fundraiser will be held Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Diamond T Arena in Denton. The event will feature events including team roping, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing, along with auctions, dining and dancing.

Proceeds from the two-day event will go to this year’s recipients, the TCAC crisis fund and the TCAC scholarship fund. Last year’s activities esulted in $46,000 being distributed to three recipients, Powell said.

Sponsorships are available at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000, and donations of goods and services for the auction are welcome.

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Teen Crafting Club offered today at Denton’s North Branch Library

Teens and tweens are invited to cool off and be creative today with the Teen Crafting Club at Denton’s North Branch Library.

The event begins at 3 p.m., and participants will create “up-cycled wall art” from a pizza box.

The finished projects will be displayed in July at Scrap Denton’s ReVision Gallery, according to a press release from the library.

The program is best for ages 10-18. North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St.

To register, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail Juli Gonzalez at .


CASA of Denton County to hold open house at renovated facility

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County Inc. will celebrate the completion of renovations to its administrative offices at 614 N. Bell Ave. with an open house today.

CASA staff members will conduct tours of the office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

CASA began operations at its current location in 1998 and purchased the property in 2009, according to a press release. Support from the CoServ Charitable Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, Rotary Club of Denton South and the estate of Maurine Pearson helped with the renovations, officials said.

“The renovation means not just a more pleasant environment to work from and to welcome guests, it also means a more efficient use of the space to meet CASA’s needs now and into the immediate future; providing space for on-site training and meetings as well as for growth in staff for at least a few years down the road,” Sherri Gideon, CASA of Denton County executive director, said in the press release.


LLELA to wrap up June activities with night hike

A night hike is planned to close out June activities at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, according to a press release.

Trail guides will lead the hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and participants may be treated to such nocturnal sounds as howling coyotes and hooting owls.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing There is a $2 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville, at the intersection with Kealy Street.


Food bank providing free summer lunches to children

Officials with the Tarrant Area Food Bank announced recently that free lunches for children are being offered this summer at the Denton North Apartments and Justin Elementary School.

The program is designed to help replace the nutrition children receive from free and reduced-price school meals.

Any child under 18 may eat at a summer site, a spokeswoman for the food bank said. There are no income requirements or registration. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children.

Free lunches will be served at the Denton North Apartments, 3210 Fallmeadow St., at noon Monday through Friday, through Aug. 23.

Free lunches will be served this week at Justin Elementary, 425 Boss Range Road in Justin, from 11:30 to 12:30 a.m. today through Thursday.

For more information, families can visit .

Tarrant Area Food Bank, a regional food bank in the national Feeding America network, provides donated groceries to more than 300 hunger-relief charities in 13 North Texas counties, according to a press release.


Argyle Community Civic League accepting members

The Argyle Community Civic League is open to new members, according to a press release.

The organization meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Northstar Bank Community Room in Argyle. Interested women are invited to attend and learn more about the group.

The nonprofit, non-political and nonsectarian organization was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to community service, according to a press release. The organization provides financial support to school-age children and the elderly through programs in the south Denton County community.

The group’s projects include a back-to-school campaign that provides school supplies, backpacks and clothes to children who otherwise could not afford those items, and members coordinate the Argyle Angel Tree program.

Members are planning a “Tour of Homes” fundraiser for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The Argyle Student Council is teaming up with the Community Civic League and will be selling tickets for $10 apiece, the press release stated.

For more information about membership, e-mail Shannon Blakely at .

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