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Les Cockrell: UNT offers free screening of JFK documentary

A free screening of the documentary JFK50: Eyewitness to History is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of North Texas.

The film will be shown in Room 43/47 of UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd., and is sponsored by UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and The Dallas Morning News.

The documentary features the personal stories of 28 individuals who witnessed the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Hugh Aynesworth, the documentary interviewer.

Aynesworth was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News at the time of the assassination. He witnessed the shots being fired in Dealey Plaza and Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture and arrest in the Texas Theater less than two hours later, and two days later, on Nov. 24, Aynesworth also saw Oswald’s shooting by Jack Ruby, according to a press release from UNT.

The eyewitnesses featured in the documentary include: Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who jumped onto the presidential limousine in Dealey Plaza; Jim Leavelle, the Dallas Police Department detective who was handcuffed to Oswald when Ruby shot him; two doctors at Parkland Hospital who were summoned to treat Kennedy; and numerous reporters.

For more information, contact Jo Ann Ballantine, marketing specialist for the Mayborn School of Journalism at 940-565-4778.


Denton library branches to host Thanksgiving Story Time sessions

Thanksgiving Story Time programs for ages 1-5 featuring books about turkeys, songs, rhymes and puppets are scheduled at all three Denton Public Library branches.

The North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., will host a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will offer a program at 10 a.m. Nov. 27.

Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will present the program at 11 a.m. Nov. 27.

The programs are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Affordable Care Act information to be offered at Denton library

An information session on the Affordable Care Act featuring a trained navigator from the Community Council of Greater Dallas is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Participants should bring the following documents: a copy of the birth certificate for each person who is applying; a copy of the Social Security card for each person who is applying; proof of each family member’s income (paycheck stub, letter from employer stating earnings or papers that show how much is being received in child support); and applicant’s Alien Registration Card (I-551) or a copy of the front and back of the card if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen.

For more information, call 940-566-1165.


Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village supports Apple Tree Project

Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village recently presented a check for $5,000 to Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. for the organization’s Apple Tree Project, according to a press release from Good Samaritan Society.

The Apple Tree Project provides school supplies, clothing, backpacks and shoes to children from low-income families in the Denton Independent School District.

“There are more than 10,000 children in the school system needing assistance,” Anita Ray, director of resource development for Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, stated. “We want to help make a difference in the lives of those children and help them achieve their educational and lifelong goals.”

For more information about Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, visit


Local agency selected as a VISTA Intermediary Project

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): Serving Denton County was recently awarded a three-year grant to host an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Intermediary Project from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

AmeriCorps VISTA, founded in 1965, is the national program designed specifically to fight poverty, according to a press release.

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers serve in nonprofit organizations or local government agencies around the country, dedicating at least one year of service to an approved nonprofit organization, according to the release.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, stated that North Texas organizations will get 14 AmeriCorps VISTA members to help them build their capacity to help the community.

Organizations such as PediPlace, Denton County Friends of the Family, Communities In Schools of North Texas, Giving Hope, Inc., Interfaith Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and Span-Meals on Wheels will be inaugural VISTA sites. There are still slots available for VISTA placement.

“RSVP is proud to have been selected as a VISTA Intermediary Project. Adding another national stream of service to our service delivery is a positive reflection of our capabilities,” Diana Corona, RSVP executive director, stated in the press release.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project will also include Grayson, Wise, Collin and Cooke counties. For more information regarding AmeriCorps VISTA, contact Christina Penland, VISTA project director at 940-383-1508 or


Giving Hope Inc. continues holiday poinsettia sales

There’s still time to order holiday poinsettias from Giving Hope Inc., officials with the non-profit organization reminded this week.

Giving Hope is taking orders for white, pink and red poinsettias at a cost of $20 each. The 10-inch pots have three plants and are provided by Rainey Greenhouses of Denton, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The sale will continue until Nov. 28. The greenhouse will deliver all plants to First United Methodist Church in downtown Denton Dec. 4-6. Buyers then can pick up their plants from Flynn Hall at the church.

For more information or to place an order, call the Giving Hope Inc. office at 940-380-0513.


Brookshire’s accepting donations for food drive

Brookshire Grocery Co. stores throughout the area have launched the 32nd annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive, according to a company press release.

Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores will collect donations of non-perishable food items and team up with a wide range of service organizations, food pantries and other volunteer groups to distribute food to families that need assistance, according to the release.

Brookshire Grocery Co. will donate boxes of nonperishable food items, as well as a coupon for a free roasting hen to accompany each box of food distributed.

Donations collected in a community remain in that community to help needy families. Customers can support the drive by dropping off individual nonperishable products or purchasing a preassembled “grab-bag” of items. Customers can also purchase $1 or $5 scan coupons at checkout.

Area stores include Brookshire’s of Denton, located at 719 S. Interstate 35E; and Brookshire’s of Celina, located at 675 Sunset Blvd.


Area Sleep Experts stores accepting donations

Sleep Experts has launched its 10th annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive, and area stores will be accepting donations of new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels and pillows through Thanksgiving, according to an announcement from the company.

This year’s drive benefits The Family Place and other North Texas domestic violence shelters. Blankets collected during the drive will be delivered in December.

Sleep Experts will receive a helping hand from thousands of Girl Scouts representing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas council and Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains council, according to the announcement. Girl Scout troops participate by collecting blankets in their own communities and will earn special Share the Warmth community service badges.

For more information, including area store locations, visit


Don’t forget

Operation Christmas Child, the shoebox ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and Franklin Graham, will hold its national collection week today through Nov. 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. today through Sunday 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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