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Les Cockrell: Society awards grant to Health Services

Good Samaritan Society — Lake Forest Villagerecently awarded a $5,000 grant to Health Services of North Texas, according toa Good Samaritan Society press release.

The funds will be used to support nutritionservices for at-risk individuals, providing an additional 3,885 supplementalmeals to be consumed over 12 months.

The funds awarded are a part of a Good SamaritanSociety Social Accountability program that began in 2010. Each year, a total of$100,000 is awarded throughout the 24 states in which 240 Good SamaritanSociety facilities operate, Eddie Garcia, director of Resource Development,stated in the news release.

“Our residents, clients, family and staff membersmay be served through this project; however, the primary focus is to address acritical need in our community and serve the community at large as part of ourcommunity-centered hallmark value,” Garcia said. “Furthermore, this is awonderful collaboration with another sustainable charitable organization thataligns with our GSS mission of serving the elderly and all of those in need.”

Good Samaritan Society — Lake Forest Village islocated at 3901 Montecito Drive in Denton. For more information, call940-383-2651.


Library to host program on Affordable Care Act

Representatives of Health Services of North Texaswill present a program offering information about the Affordable Care Act andthe insurance marketplace at 7 p.m. Tuesday atthe Sanger Public Library.

A question-and-answer session will follow thepresentation. The library is located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger. For moreinformation, call the library at 940-458-3257.


Restoring Hope Fellowship to offer Bible study

Restoring Hope Fellowship will host a Bible studyon Galatians beginning Wednesday at Denton’sSouth Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

The Bible study will be offered from 7 to 8:15p.m., and additional sessions are planned Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. The public isinvited to attend.


City Hall to greet kids for annual Halloween event

Kids of all ages dressed as ghosts, witches, superheroes and other characters will descend on Lake Dallas City Hall on Thursday for the annual Halloween “Trunk or Treat”tailgate party on Main Street.

The free event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. andoffers a safe alternative to trick-or-treating door-to-door, according to apress release from the city of Lake Dallas.

Vehicles decorated by local business owners andmembers of community organizations will be parked at Lake Dallas City Hall totailgate with plenty of treats. Participating tailgaters vie for Best “Trunk orTreat” display to win a $100 cash prize.

The Lake Dallas Public Works Department willconvert their heavy-duty rigs into hayrides for children, and candy stops willbe set up in the downtown area. Police cruisers from Corinth, Hickory Creek andLake Dallas will be on display as well as a parking lot filled with otherfestive vehicles.

For more information on the Halloween festivities,contact Julie Chapman at the city of Lake Dallas, 940-497-2226, ext. 132 or viae-mail at


‘Cooking Well with Diabetes’ classes planned

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service hasplanned a four-part series of cooking classes called “Cooking Well withDiabetes” beginning Nov. 5.

Additional classes will be offered Nov. 12, Nov. 19and Dec. 3.

All classes will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. atthe Denton County Extension Office in Room 507 of the Joseph A. CarrollBuilding, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. The cost for the series will be $15 perperson, according to an event announcement.

The series will include cooking demonstrations aswell as discussions of ways to manage blood glucose through the preparation ofhealthy foods. The classes will include demonstrations of diabetic–friendlyholiday recipes, and, in addition to desserts, there will be demonstrations onbread and pastas, vegetables and meats.

To register or for more information, call theDenton County Extension Office at 940-349-2882.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful to offer program on trees

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will offer a programtitled “The Care and Maintenance of Trees” at 6 p.m. Nov. 7, in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Lewisville.

The program, part of Keep Lewisville Beautiful’sGarden Secrets series, is free and open to the public, but reservations are dueby Nov. 6. To reserve a spot, call Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949


Area offers Boy Scout merit badge workshop

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Areawill conduct a Boy Scout Nature Merit Badge workshop from 9 a.m. to noonSaturday, Nov. 9.

Although the class is designed to meet Scouts’needs, other interested youngsters are invited to participate, according to anevent announcement.

The workshop fee is $5 per participant in additionto LLELA’s regular gate admission of $5 per person. Children must beaccompanied by an adult.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 orvia e-mail to Participants should wear closed-toe shoes andcomfortable clothes for outdoor activities and bring insect repellent,sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. at theintersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville. For more information,call 972-219-3930 or visit


Don’t forget

The Denton County Master Gardener Association willconduct an informational reception from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the TexasAgriLife Extension Office, Suite 112 of the Joseph A. Carroll Building at 401W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Applications for the 2014 Master Gardener trainingprogram must be submitted by Thursday. For more information,

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