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Les Cockrell: Marines, soldiers team for toy drive at mall

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive will visit Golden Triangle Mall Friday through Sunday.

Toy collection sites at the mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service members and civilian volunteers will be posted at each mall entrance collecting toys and cash donations. Items must be new, unwrapped and in their original packaging; toy weapons cannot be accepted.

This year’s toy drive began Nov. 9 at the University of North Texas homecoming parade. Traditionally, Denton County’s Marine Corps Unit 989 has distributed new toys to less-fortunate youngsters in the county; however, the unit is serving overseas. As a result, the U.S. Army Reserve’s 957th Quartermaster Company was asked to step in to lead the toy drive, according to a press release.

Toys also may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 3250 Jim Christal Road in Denton.

Monetary donations can be made by visiting


Local DAR meeting rescheduled for next week because of forecast

A meeting of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution scheduled for Friday has been postponed because of the forecast of severe winter weather, according to an announcement from the group.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, at Good Samaritan Society-Lake Forest Village, 3901 Montecito Road.

For more information, call Diana White at 940-387-4741.


Santa’s Krum Run organizers keeping an eye on weather

The 12th annual Santa’s Krum Run is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

In the case of icy streets, the event will be postponed until Dec. 14, organizers said.

Late registration will be from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day, according to information posted at Participants can sign up for 10-kilometer or 5K runs and a 1-mile walk.

Registration fee is $25, and awards will be made to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K runs in each of nine age brackets.

All proceeds benefit Krum city parks. The event will start and end at the CWA Union building, 201 W. Lake St. in downtown Krum. Parking is available in the city parking lot across the street.

For more information, call Rod Barthold at 940-391-3954 or Les Bishop at 330-257-3835.


Hospital offering free car seat inspections

Free child car seat inspections are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, and reservations are required.

The event will be at the hospital, located at 3000 N. Interstate 35, and residents can call 1-877-847-9355 to schedule an appointment.

If inclement weather forces cancellation of the event, all registered participants will be contacted by the hospital, probably by e-mail, according to an announcement from the hospital.

Car seat checks are held at the hospital on the first Saturday of every month. For more information, visit


Holiday events scheduled for Old Town Lewisville

The annual Old Town Holiday Stroll is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events.

Weather conditions could affect those events, and residents can find updates posted at and A final decision on whether to continue with the Old Town Holiday Stroll is slated to be made at 4 p.m. Friday, according to city officials.

The annual celebration is presented by city of Lewisville and the Old Town Business Association, with assistance from Keep Lewisville Beautiful, the Kiwanis Club of Southern Denton County and the Old Town Preservation Society.

Highlights will include the Huffines Auto Group Christmas Parade at 3 p.m., followed by activities including the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting, a gingerbread house contest, visits with Santa Claus, unveiling of the Christmas window display tour, live music and entertainment, children’s crafts and more.

At 5:15 p.m., Lewisville Mayor Dean Ueckert and Mrs. Claus will join forces for the “Lewisville Lights!” Old Town Christmas tree lighting.

Parking will be available at City Hall and the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Mill and Charles streets.


Free class on Earth-kind roses planned at library

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will hold a “December Garden Secrets” class in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

The topic will be Earth-kind roses, and the class will be led by Master Gardener Fran Powell. She will discuss the types of roses best suited for the area and how to care for them. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The class is free, and those interested in attending should make reservations by Monday by calling 972-538-5949 or e-mailing


Environmental learning area to offer astronomy program

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area has scheduled an astronomy program from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13, and registration is open.

Titled “Stars on the Prairie,” the program will feature Clyde Camp, a Master Naturalist who has more than 30 years of experience as an amateur astronomer.

The program is open to those 5 and older, and the cost is $10 per person, according to a press release from the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. To register, call 972-219-3930.

If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held instead of the astronomy program, the press release stated.

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is a 2,000-acre area of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the city of Lewisville, the Lewisville school district and Texas A&M University.

It is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and other activities. The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St., at the intersection with Kealy Street in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Sanger Public Library to host singalong at tree

A holiday singalong is planned for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Sanger Public Library.

Participants will gather around the library’s Christmas tree, and Judy Spira will lead them in singing traditional holiday songs. Lyrics will be projected on a screen, and musical accompaniment will be provided by a karaoke machine. Cider and cookies will be available.

The library is offering a Fine Forgiveness for Food donation drive Dec. 9-23 to benefit the Sanger Crisis Center. Donors will be offered library fine forgiveness at a rate of $5 per food item (prices may be adjusted upward if more expensive foods are donated), according to a press release.

Nonperishable food items most needed at area food banks include peanut or almond butter, canned tuna or chicken, canned or dried beans, low-sodium soups, chili and vegetables, whole-grain crackers, granola bars and brown rice.

The library is at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger. For more information, call 940-458-3257.


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