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Les Cockrell: Progressive dinner for United Way slated this week

The second annual A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill progressive dinner benefiting the United Way of Denton County will be held Thursday.

Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples, according to an event announcement. Reservations will be held and check-in will be at the event.

For information on ticket availability and reservations, call Emily at the United Way, 940-566-5851, ext. 111, fax 940-898-8976 or e-mail  

Arrival time is 6:15 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, the first stop of the evening. Participants will then proceed to the Hilton Garden Inn and then the Best Western Premier, the announcement stated. The procession will be escorted by the University of North Texas drumline.

The event will feature the Twice Upon a Time storytellers, and door prize drawings at each hotel.


Ressel to speak to members of NAMI Denton County

Audra Ressel, a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services office in Lewisville, will speak to members of the Denton County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 7 p.m. today at Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 in Double Oak.

Ressel is scheduled to discuss the functions of the DARS agency and services it provides, including vocational counseling for persons with disabilities, according to an event announcement. The meeting is open to the public.

NAMI Denton County is a local affiliate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and sponsors several support groups each month for family members, friends and caregivers, as well as adults living with mental illness.

For more information, contact Esther Fidler, president of NAMI Denton County, at or 469-671-0421.


United Methodist Women to hold baked potato supper Wednesday

Members of United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Denton, 201 S. Locust St., will hold their fifth annual baked potato supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This year’s event will be held in the Monroe Center at the church. Cost is $6, which will buy a baked potato with toppings, a side salad, dessert and drink.

All proceeds will support the mission work of United Methodist Women locally and globally, according to an event announcement.


Pizza night planned to launch program for fathers

Fathers with children who attend Nelson Elementary School and their youngsters are invited to a Dads & Kids Pizza Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event, to be held at the Nelson Cafeteria, will launch the Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) program at Nelson.

For more information, call Cecilia Holt, school principal at 940-369-1400, or Angela Flanigan, PTA liaison, at 940-206-3763.


Denton Christian Women’s Connection to host brunch 

Members of Denton Christian Women’s Connection will host a brunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

Speakers will be Christie Montz, a Scentsy consultant, and Jeri Harkins, fashion consultant and world traveler, according to an event announcement.

Cost is $15 inclusive, and reservations must be made today. Complimentary childcare for ages 6 months to 5 years is offered with reservations.

For more information, contact Cathy at 940-765-3054.


Theatre to offer eighth annual ‘Le Ballet de Dracula’

Lake Cities Ballet Theatre will present its eighth annual performance of “Le Ballet de Dracula” with three shows Friday and Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, according to a press release.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes and participate in a contest to be held at intermission of each show.

Tickets are $15 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 972-317-7812.

A pre-performance workshop for children will be held prior to the Saturday matinee performance, starting at 12:30 p.m., giving the first 50 guests ages 9 and older the chance to wear stage makeup and dance with Dracula’s brides. The workshop is free with the purchase of a performance ticket.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center. Parking is not permitted on the grass lot across Church Street from MCL Grand.


VNA Ann’s Haven schedules grief support program

VNA Ann’s Haven will offer its Safe Haven grief support program beginning Thursday and continuing each Thursday through Dec. 3, according to a press release.

The free program, for children and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. each week at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton, 2200 N. Bell Ave. in Denton.

Reni Parker, a licensed professional counselor, who specializes in grief counseling, is the program director for the Safe Haven program.

Registration is required by Tuesday. Registration and additional information for Safe Haven may be obtained by calling Ginny Hudson, VNA Ann’s Haven volunteer coordinator, at 940-349-5900.


Common Threads Quilt Guild to hold annual show 

The Common Threads Quilt Guild will hold its annual show Friday and Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville.

Star Magic will be the theme of the show, and hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

Featured will be a miniature quilt auction with proceeds going to the Abigail Arms family crisis center, a raffle quilt completely hand-pieced by quilt guild members and a vendor mall.


Annual Cory Ausenbaugh Memorial run planned 

The fourth annual Cory Ausenbaugh Memorial 5K and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Saturday at Frontier Park in Prosper.

The fun run will start at 9 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the park, located at 1551 W. Frontier Parkway.

Runners can register online at through Thursday for $30 or race morning at the event. Runners can also find race information and registration through the RunOn! website and race calendar. Proceeds benefit the Cory Ausenbaugh Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

For more information, contact Stuart Blasingame, at 469-667-1702, or David Yarbrough at 214-683-5846 or


Church to hold cancer awareness Faith Walk

Antioch Christian Fellowship church in Corinth will hold its fifth annual cancer awareness Faith Walk on Saturday.

The walk begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Organizers said it will include various activities designed to facilitate fellowship and awareness about this year’s highlighted cancer, leukemia.

The event will be held at the church, located at 2020 Post Oak Drive in Corinth.


Public School Foundation announces community night

The Denton Public School Foundation is partnering with FC Dallas to host a Denton ISD Community Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, according to a press release.

The foundation will use event proceeds to set up a permanent endowment for student scholarships and teacher grants. Tickets have been reduced to $18 for adults and $5 for students with a portion of each ticket being sold donated to the foundation, the press release stated.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting  

For more information on this event, contact the foundation office at 940-369-0143 or e-mail Jackie Jackson, executive director of the foundation, at  

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