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Les Cockrell: First Mug fundraiser set at Denton church

First Mug, an opportunity to try various selections of coffee for a good cause, is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the gym of First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.

Admission is two nonperishable food items, and a reusable tasting mug will be offered for a $5 donation.

The gym will be transformed into a taste-test arena and local coffee shops will offer samples of coffee, tea and other treats. Starbucks, Jupiter House, Loco Café, Banter Bistro and Bookish Coffee have committed to the friendly competition.

First Mug benefits the Denton Community Food Center, a charity that serves 21 communities in Northern Denton County.

The church will cover event expenses, so all proceeds will go directly to the food center, a spokeswoman for the event said.

Last year, the inaugural First Mug raised more than $1,300 and approximately 400 pounds of food, and organizers said they hope to double that amount this year.


Red Cross plans two blood drives

The American Red Cross has planned blood drives at Sanger High School and Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

The Sanger drive will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the high school, 10 Indian Lane.

The drive at St. Andrew will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 300 W. Oak St.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment to donate.


DAR chapter scheduled to meet on Friday

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

Guest speaker will be Sharon Allen of Fort Worth, who will present a program on the U.S. Constitution. Allen has held many positions in DAR at the chapter, district and state levels and was instrumental in founding the Captain Molly Corbin Chapter in Grapevine.

Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit


State park visitors should have plenty to do

A busy weekend of outdoor activities is planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, this weekend.

A program titled “Can I Eat This” at 6 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit will help participants learn about edible plants and their historical uses.

An easy half-mile hike will be featured, and participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

On Saturday, the Johnson Branch Unit will host 1.1-mile guided hikes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. through areas shaded by oak trees. Both hikes will start at the picnic pavilion in the parking lot of the Dogwood camping area.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will offer a guided bike tour beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Riders will meet at the Greenbelt Corridor parking lot on U.S. Highway 380 in Denton.

The family-friendly ride will cover three miles, and will feature frequent stops so participants can explore interesting park features.

Riders must provide their own bikes and safety equipment.

Park staff members advise all hikers to wear sturdy shoes and bring bottled water.

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older.

For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148.

For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.


African-American cancer support group plans event

The Denton County African American Cancer Support Group will host a tea time event Saturday in memory of Charlye Heggins, its founder and president.

Tickets for the fundraising event cost $10, and it will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at 728 E. Prairie St. in the St. Emmanuel Church annex. Tea attire is requested.

The group is also seeking community support to help with the event.

For tickets and more information, contact Catherine Bell at 940-382-9360 or Amy Brayton at 940-783-5375.


Waterway cleanup event slated in Lake Dallas

A community waterway cleanup event, hosted by Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful, is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Grove Park in Lake Dallas.

Community volunteers will help remove litter from the Lewisville Lake waterway. The city of Lake Dallas is a member of the Trinity River Environmental Education Society, whose mission is based on protecting and preserving the Trinity River Watershed through education, awareness and active engagement.

Neal’s Italian Restaurant in Lake Dallas will host a free volunteer breakfast and registration at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-7226, ext. 132, or


Walk to End Alzheimer’s event set for Saturday

The Denton 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event will be Saturday at Denton’s South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane.

Check-in and registration will be at 7:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., according to a scheduled posted at

Participants are asked to bring wheelchairs, strollers and any other items needed for the walk. For more information, contact Demeatrice Hall at 214-540-2013 or


Denton Blues Festival planned at Quakertown Park

The 15th annual Denton Blues Festival is planned on Saturday and Sunday at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.

Admission is free, and the music will begin at 1 p.m. both days, organizers said. More than 40 vendors will be participating.

Performers will include Jerry Clark, Legacy 4, Lucky Peterson and Kenny Neal on Saturday and Larry Lampkin, Elvis T. Busboy and Naniva Magness on Sunday.

A complete schedule and more information can be found at

Sponsors include the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce, Classic of Denton, and Denton Parks and Recreation.


Denton church to host HIV/AIDS workshop

Denton’s St. James A.M.E. Church will host the Building Healthy Relationships: HIV/AIDS Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1107 E. Oak St.

The event will feature presentations and HIV testing. Participants will include the Denton County Health Department, Health Services of North Texas, the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Dallas and Gilead Sciences Pharmaceuticals. Special guests will be Judith Dillard, health educator for New Bethel CIC Church in Fort Worth, and Robert Ashley, news director of KVHN Heaven 97 Radio.

Gift bags, door prizes, skits, music, health literature and care materials will be provided, and lunch will be served.

For more information, call Mary C. Taylor at 940-220-9054 or 940-387-1223.


Argyle Civic League sponsoring tour of homes

The Argyle Civic League will have a tour of homes from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday to help support the organization’s efforts to help children in need.

Tickets for the tour, which will feature four homes located in Argyle and Bartonville, cost $10 each.

Funds will also help support the civic league’s Angel Tree Program, which provides children with clothing, gifts and necessities, and also helps seniors during the holidays.

For information, contact Marlene Tackett at or 940-391-0527. More information is also available on the Argyle Civic League’s Facebook page.


Concert to raise money for orphanage, rescue center

A concert to raise money for abused women and orphans in Guatemala is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday in Voertman Hall of the University of North Texas College of Music, 415 Ave. C.

Cost is $15 for students and $20 for general admission. Deadline for tickets is Saturday.

The concert will feature Brian Bowman, Steve Harlos, Jeffrey Snider, Justin Cash, Quintin Hope and the UNT Up Front Choir. All proceeds will go to the Casa de Sion orphanage in Guatemala.

For tickets and more information, visit or contact Kent Graves at 214-303-7899 or


Angel’s Kiss Golf Classic to aid birthmark foundation

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation of Texas will host the Angel’s Kiss Golf Classic, its 10th annual fundraiser, on Monday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Cost is $80 for individual golfers or $300 for a foursome. Registration and other information can be found at

Proceeds will benefit the foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of and aiding in the early intervention for vascular birthmarks and assisting families affected by vascular birthmarks.

Those who cannot attend the event are invited to take part in a golf ball drop. For as little as $10, supporters can enter golf balls that will be dropped from a helicopter onto a target below. The numbered ball closest to the hole will win two round-trip tickets on American Airlines.

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