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Les Cockrell: High school arts and crafts show planned

The eighth annual Sanger High School arts and crafts show is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will feature more than 130 booths, organizers said.

Admission is $1 for adults and free for students and children. Shoppers can get in free by bringing two canned food items, which will be donated to local food banks.

Booths featuring a wide variety of items will fill several areas of the high school, including the commons area, front hallway, the practice gym and the band hall.

Several organizations from Sanger High School will also be participating in the show. Shoppers can purchase a dessert at the FCCLA’s bake sale booth or have lunch in the Project Graduation concession stand. The money raised in the concession stand will go to provide an after-graduation event for the students of SHS.

The craft show is sponsored by the Sanger High School Business Professionals of America chapter. Funds raised will help defray the cost for students who compete at leadership conferences on the regional, state and national levels.

The group also participates in several community service projects and last year awarded scholarships to deserving seniors. Advisers for the group are Teresa Melott, Linda Hewlett and Julianna Musgrave.

Sanger High School is located at 100 Indian Lane in Sanger.


Denton County NAACP members to meet

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.


Christmas program planned in Mountain Springs

Area families are invited to take part in the “Great Christmas Sing” planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

Admission is free, although donations will be accepted to help support building renovations.

The event will feature a Christmas songfest performed by several members of the community and the children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point, according to an event announcement. Pianist Toni Holland will accompany the singers, and audience participation is encouraged.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

The Mountain Springs Community Center is located 12 miles southeast of Gainesville at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372.


International students given Thanksgiving dinner

A group of 30 Denton residents treated international students from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University to a traditional American Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 17.

The event was sponsored by Global Interact, a community group committed to friendship with international students at the two universities, and a total of 180 students attended, an event organizer said.

Nine turkeys and more than 40 pounds of potatoes were among the items used to prepare the feast, which was held at the Denton Senior Center.

Members of Global Interact have been reaching out to international students for over 50 years. Anyone who would like to be a part of the organization’s cultural exchange efforts can contact Bob and Penny Ashley at 940-898-8558.


Funding available to help low-income families

Interfaith Ministries currently has TXU Energy Aid and city of Denton funds available to assist low-income families with their TXU and city of Denton electric bills, according to an announcement from Interfaith.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility and must provide verification of household income and expenses, the announcement stated.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc. at 940-565-5479.


Master Gardeners announce four-part landscaping class

The Denton County Master Gardener Association has announced that it will offer a comprehensive “Design for Your Yard” landscaping class on four consecutive Monday evenings beginning Jan. 13 and concluding Feb. 3.

The series will cover design considerations and preparation, hardscape and plant selection.

All classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. Interstate 35E in Corinth. The series is open to the public and the cost is $15, which includes all materials required.

Students can sign up online at and pay for the class using PayPal or mail a check to the Denton County Master Gardener Association office.


Forum on Denton quality of life rescheduled to Jan. 14

A community forum to discuss recreation and the quality of life in Denton originally scheduled for Dec. 6 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 14, according to a press release.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St., in downtown Denton. The free event is the first in a series of meetings inviting locals to share views about the quality of life in Denton in the areas of recreation, residential, transportation, health care and community support and services.

The Jan. 14 meeting will focus on recreation. An invited expert will lead community members in a discussion about the city’s existing assets and perceived areas of need across a range of services, from libraries and fitness facilities to hiking trails and cultural venues, the press release stated.

The University of North Texas, in partnership with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, is seeking Denton residents of all ages to participate in the community forums.

To register, contact Julia Wolfe, project coordinator, at 940-784-3780 or

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