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Les Cockrell: Denton nonprofit marches for cancer awareness

Members of Women of Wisdom Denton held a breast cancer awareness march Oct. 26 followed by a rally at Fred Moore Park.

The event featured a guest speaker, praise dance, singers and a balloon release. Information about cancer was available to participants, and refreshments were served.

The march was the latest in a series of activities that have kept members of the organization busy, a spokeswoman said. The group has held a car wash and a fish fry and worked at a special-needs carnival.

The organization is planning to feed Denton for Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 23, and a clothing and shoe drive will be held.

Women of Wisdom Denton is a nonprofit community outreach program comprising women from all walks of life who enjoy giving back to the community, according to a press release.

For more information about the group and upcoming projects, e-mail or call Lisa Richards, president, at 940-300-0502 or Jennifer McQueen, vice president, at 940-595-5946.


Immaculate Conception to host veterans programs

Members of the fifth-grade class and Cherub Choir at Immaculate Conception Catholic School will perform a program in honor of veterans from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Both performances will be in the school gym, and attendees are asked to check in at the school office.

The school is located at 2301 N. Bonnie Brae St. in Denton. For more information, call 940-381-1155 or e-mail


Genealogical society to meet

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will hear a presentation on British genealogical research Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Refreshments and networking will be at 6:30 p.m., and the program, presented by Jeanette Hurst, will begin at 7 p.m.

Hurst has a doctorate in history from Cornell University, and has taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Dallas for many years.

For more information, visit


Red Cross announces two blood drives in area

The American Red Cross has announced blood drives this week in Little Elm and Denton, according to a press release.

The Little Elm drive is planned for 3 to 7 p.m. today at Living Word Baptist Church, 2315 Oak Grove Blvd.

The Denton drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Campus Park Apartments, 1541 Meadow St. in Denton.

Potential donors can call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or get more information.

All blood types are needed.

A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required.

Individuals who are 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.


Women’s Christian Connection plans brunch

The Denton Women’s Christian Connection will hold a Holiday Reflection Brunch on Thursday, and reservations are due today.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

The program will include a feature on homemade treats and holiday decorations, and Leslie Kinchen will speak on “Trusting God When Family Ties are Stretched.” Kinchen is the former owner and operator of a restaurant in a resort town.

Cost of the luncheon is $15. Complimentary child care for those 6 months to 5 years is available by reservation.

To reserve a spot at the luncheon, call Cathy at 940-765-3054 or Mary Ann at 940-382-6977.


Volunteers needed for 22nd annual Trinity Trash Bash

Volunteers are needed to help with the 22nd annual Trinity Trash Bash waterway clean-up planned by Keep Lewisville Beautiful from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Many volunteer opportunities are available. Groups will be assigned locations on the day of the event. All cleanup materials will be provided by KLB.

To register, call KLB at 972-538-5949, e-mail or visit


Fly fishing class planned

Members of the Dallas Fly Fishers club will offer an introductory class in fly fishing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Participants will learn all the basics of fly fishing in preparation for a fishing day that will be scheduled at a later date.

Participants will need warm clothing, eye protection (glasses), a hat, sun protection, a lunch and drinking water. All other equipment is provided.

There is a $5 facility fee and a $5 per person admission fee to enter LLELA. The class is open to anyone 12 and older. To check space availability, call Richard Johnson at 469-877-0695.


Murder mystery dinner set

A murder mystery dinner will be offered Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center, located 12 miles southeast of Gainesville at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372.

The production, written by Kelly Fiore-Watson, is titled “A Recipe for Murder!” Guests at each table will compare notes to uncover clues and solve the mystery together. Prizes will be awarded to the winning dinner detectives.

Tickets cost $20 per person, which includes dinner and the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

Seating is limited to 80 guests per night. To check ticket availability, call Lisa Prier at 817-266-5511 or e-mail

Proceeds will benefit the Mountain Springs Community Center.


Denton County branch of NAACP schedules meeting

The Denton County branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. in Denton.

All members are encouraged to attend. Memberships are available for $30 per year, a spokeswoman for the group said.


Two area 4-H clubs sponsor Operating Gelding clinic

The Denton County Veterinary Science 4-H Club and Silver Saddle 4-H Club are sponsoring an Operating Gelding clinic Saturday at Mustang Veterinary Surgical, 10222 FM2931 in Pilot Point.

Lacy Edge, a member of Silver Saddle 4-H, organized the clinic four years ago as a community service project to offer area horse owners a low-cost way to avoid feeding and caring for unwanted horses, according to a press release.

The clinic is by appointment only, and a minimum donation of $50 is suggested. To be eligible for the clinic, horses must have documentation of a recent negative Coggins test for equine infectious anemia.

A limited number of horses can be accommodated. Horse owners can call Kaye Garrison at 214-734-0565 to check if appointments are available.

All proceeds from the clinic will benefit Denton County 4-H youth.


Operation Christmas Child shoebox effort underway

Denton individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child, the shoebox ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and Franklin Graham, will hold its national collection week Nov. 18-25. The local collection site is Denton Bible Church, 2300 E. University Drive, and anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas.

Hours for the collection will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18-24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25.

The Denton church is one of five area collection sites. Others are located in Decatur, Little Elm, Lewisville and Sanger. For more information, call 1-800-567-8580 or visit


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