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Les Cockrell: Benefit banquet, auction planned

A banquet and auction to benefit an area mother of three who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday in Celina.

Meal tickets for the event, which will be held at Big Orange Pumpkin Farm in Celina, are on sale at the Celina Chamber of Commerce office during regular business hours, event organizers said.

The event is part of the “Love for Laura” campaign established by family members and friends to assist Laura Campbell, 41, and her family. Campbell now requires in-home care around the clock, and all money raised will go directly to a fund being held by Texas Star Bank, according to a press release from event organizers.

Primary use of funds will be for 24-hour professional home health care, medical needs not covered by insurance, medical equipment, household help, transportation for children, pre- and post-hospice care and other family needs.

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm is located at 5518 County Road 126 in Celina. Online donations can be made at   

For more information about the fundraising effort, visit Laura Campbell’s Facebook page at or e-mail


Retired School Personnel Association to meet

The season kickoff luncheon for the Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

Lunch will be served at noon. The price for lunch is $12.

Jo Ann Smith, the association’s District XI president, will be the featured speaker and will discuss recent legislation.

The meeting will also kick off the children’s book drive. The goal is to give a book to every student in one of the elementary schools in Denton, and the drive will run from September to December, according to an event announcement.

Anyone wishing to donate a children’s book can contact Dee Carrico at 940-382-3821 or Sue Bode at 940-566-2467.

All Texas public school retired personnel are invited to attend the meeting. Local and state membership dues can be paid at the meeting.


Studio to host music and arts demonstrations Friday

A Creative Art Studio will host composer and guitarist Bruce Bond, Celtic music group County Rexford and artist Deanna Wood at its First Friday Denton event from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Bond will perform at 7 p.m., and County Rexford will provide music at 8:30 p.m.

Wood works with printmaking, collage and encaustic, an art technique that involves mixing pigment with wax and creating layers on canvas or wood, according to a press release.

Other features will include: a community painting art project for all to work on; Tina Alvarez will demonstrate touch painting; Crystal Nelson will show journal-making techniques and Robin Huttash will demonstrate painting techniques.

A Creative Art Studio is located at 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. For more information, call 940-442-1251 or visit


Lodge to host annual Patriots’ Appreciation Day

Members of Lebanon Masonic Lodge 837 of Frisco will host their fifth annual Patriots’ Appreciation Day celebration on Friday and Saturday.

The event is designed to honor police officers, firefighters, first responders and military veterans of Frisco and the surrounding communities, according to an announcement from organizers.

Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and continuing until 10 a.m. Saturday. Featured will be pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon and sausage. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the menu will be changed to brisket, chips and assorted drinks, which will be served until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Meals will be delivered to officers who are on duty at their stations. Lebanon Lodge is located at the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Frisco. Contributing businesses include Raising Cane’s, Rudy’s BBQ, Market Street, Dickey’s BBQ and Freebirds World Burrito.


Bilingual Boy Scout troop now meeting in Denton

A new bilingual Hispanic-chartered Boy Scout troop is now meeting in Denton and is open to all young men ages 12-18, according to a press release from the troop.

Troop 19 currently has 12 members. It meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 300 Old North Road in Denton.

The church is a troop sponsor, but membership is open to all boys that meet the age qualifications, regardless of religious affiliation, a spokeswoman for the troop said.

Troop plans include regular campouts and a high adventure trip for those 14 and older once a year.

Although the troop is fairly new, its members won several awards during a recent Frontier Trails Camporee while competing against 13 other more-established troops, according to the press release.

Troop member Danny Meza recently earned his Eagle Scout award, leading younger Scouts in a project to renovate shelving at Our Daily Break Community Soup Kitchen in Denton, according to the press release.

For more information about the troop, contact Kerry Tryon 940-206-1188 or Oscar Mesa, BSA chartered organization representative, at 940-591-0000.


Support classes to be offered in Double Oak

A series of GriefShare and DivorceCare classes is planned once again at Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 Justin Road in Double Oak, organizers announced recently.

Classes are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning Sept. 11. Weekly sessions are planned through Dec. 18, except for the week of Thanksgiving.

For more information, visit or call 972-355-3343.


Don’t forget

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County, Inc. is seeking volunteer advocates. The next training session starts Friday and runs through Oct. 3, according to an announcement from the agency.

There are hundreds of children in foster care in Denton County, and court appointed special advocates support these children by advocating for their best interests in court. Area residents who have a few hours a week to help are invited to contact CASA of Denton County to learn more about the program and training.

For more information about the volunteer opportunity and the volunteer advocate application process, visit

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