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Les Cockrell: 'Everything Trains Christmas' exhibit returns

An “Everything Trains Christmas” exhibit presented by the Wood House of Denton is back for the third year to benefit Denton County Friends of the Family.

Steve Davis, owner of the Wood House, built the train exhibit in a special display area of his unfinished furniture store, located at 516 N. Locust St.

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Visitors of all ages are invited to visit the business to see the elaborate train exhibit and donate canned food items for Denton County Friends of the Family.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and the display will be available for viewing through Dec. 31. The business is closed today for Thanksgiving and will be closed on Christmas Day.

The display features five trains rolling across tracks that travel past replicas of national landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, and there are 200 holiday-trimmed buildings aglow with neon signs and electrical lights. A 30-second video, “Everything Trains Christmas at the Wood House,” is available on YouTube. For more information, call 940-387-4098.

Denton County Friends of the Family is an organization dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. For more information, visit


Post seeks photographs of several past commanders

Members of American Legion Post 71 in Denton are hoping to complete a Wall of Honor featuring photos of past commanders, but several photos are missing.

Photos of the following past commanders are needed: Alf Grant, 1922; Clark Owsley, 1923; Edward Fulton, 1926; S.R. Rector, 1927; George C. Welch, 1930; Earl Street, 1931; P.M. Brickley, 1932; H.E. Roberts, 1935; Brooks Trotter, 1937; Zed Terry, 1939; A.B. Wilkerson, 1940; Wallace K. Myers, 1948; Jesse F. Pinckley, 1954; Marvin E. Seely, 1957; W.C. Barnett, 1958; M.O. Allen Jr., 1961; W.J. Blagg, 1963; Don Ellis, 1964-65; and Joe Thornton, 1966.

Anyone who has a photograph of one of these individuals is asked to call Mike Curshellas at 940-464-0735.


Church youth offer holiday gift-wrapping service

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will offer a holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

Dates and times will be:

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24

The service will be available in the JC Penney’s wing of the mall (next to guest services). Prices will range from $3 to $8, and proceeds will fund a choir trip, summer camp and mission trips.


Group seeks donations for diaper program

The Diaper Depot program at Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. is in need of donations, and the most critical need is for diapers in sizes 4 and 5.

The program provides diapering products to low-income families. Interfaith accepts in-kind donations of diapers and diapering supplies throughout the year.

Anyone who would like to help can bring items to the Interfaith office at 1109 N. Elm St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 940-566-5927.


Theater to offer production of ‘The Nutcracker’

LakeCities Ballet Theatre will present its annual production of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Marcus High School Auditorium, 5707 Morriss Road in Flower Mound.

Special guest artists will be Julie Kent and Sascha Radetsky from the American Ballet Theatre. Ticket prices begin at $20 and are available at For more information, call 972-317-7987 or visit


School seeks donations for holiday program

Lewisville High School is seeking donations for its LHS Angel Tree, which provides gifts to Lewisville children in need.

Gifts are due at the school by Dec. 12. Presents need to be wrapped and marked with their angel number.

For more information, e-mail


Keep Aubrey Beautiful to present tree lighting Dec. 5

Members of Keep Aubrey Beautiful will present the annual Hometown Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the festival grounds located at 301 S. Main St.

Christmas music will be performed by the Brockett Elementary School Choir, the Monaco Elementary School Choir, the Aubrey Middle School Band, the Aubrey High School Band, the Covenant Church Choir and the Methodist Tabernacle Choir.

Santa will arrive on a fire truck to visit with the children. Free photos with Santa will be provided by Jackie’s Hardware. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Toy collection will be available in the tin barn with Santa.

Members of Aubrey Girl Scout Troop 8667 and the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce will present free hot cocoa.

HOPE food bank will provide a concession stand and accept food donations.


Argyle plans Christmas tree lighting event on Dec. 5

The town of Argyle will hold its Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at First Baptist Church of Argyle, 414 N. U.S. Highway 377.

The event will feature Christmas music performed by the Argyle High School and faculty choirs and the Liberty Christian School band. Drill teams and cheerleaders will perform, and Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to attend.

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