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Les Cockrell: Holiday musical to be offered in Pilot Point

A holiday musical comedy titled Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas will be offered at the Pilot Point Opera House on Tuesday before moving to the Global Spheres Center in Corinth for performances Thursday-Saturday.

The all-original musical, produced by North Texas-based Family Friendly Productions, features a cast of 28 young people ages 7-16 and three adults, according to a press release.

In Corinth, the play will be presented as part of the Festival of Lights, a seasonal attraction of Global Spheres Center.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Fridayand at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 per person, $3 for children 6 and younger, with a large-family rate of $20.

The Pilot Point Community Opera House is located at 110 S. Washington St. in historic downtown Pilot Point. The Corinth performances will be staged in The Shabbat Room of Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. Interstate 35E.

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12th annual Holiday Sing-a-Long set at Courthouse on the Square

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will host the 12th annual Holiday Sing-a-Long from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Denton Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The program will feature traditional and historical carols led by Dr. Bing Burton, director of the Denton County Health Department, while strumming his guitar. Deputy Sheriff Leslie Willingham will play the hammered dulcimer, and David Mollen, Public Works Department associate development coordinator, will play the violin.

Song books will be donated by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance. For more information, call the Office of History and Culture at 940-349-2850.


Church youth continue holiday gift-wrapping service

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton are offering their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

The service will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 23; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

The service is available in the JCPenney 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.

Lewisville library to host program about making greeting cards

The Lewisville Public Library will host a program on creating greeting cards and other projects with rubber stamps from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Crawford Meeting Room, according to a press release from the city of Lewisville.

Joselyne Kendall from Stampin’ Up in Lewisville will lead the program, which is open to ages 18 and older. Materials for the projects will be provided, and attendees should provide scissors and adhesive.

To register, visit the Adult Services Desk or call 972-219-3779.


American Red Cross announces two Denton blood drives this week

The American Red Cross has announced that two blood drives are planned in Denton this week.

The first drive is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Lowe’s, 1255 S. Loop 288.

Golden Triangle mall will be the site of a drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The mall is located at 2201 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.


County reminds residents to protect against flu

Free flu shots are still available from the Denton County Health Department, officials are reminding residents.

The county is already experiencing moderate flu activity, officials said, so residents have no time to waste.

“It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective,” said Sarah McKinney, the department’s public information officer.

Officials said that getting a vaccination means that residents will not only protect themselves but will also help prevent the flu in those who are at highest risk of complications from the illness and people living with or caring for high-risk individuals.

Vaccines for all age groups who are able to be immunized are still available, including the new quadrivalent shot and the high-dose flu shot, specifically made for those 65 years of age and older, officials said.

Residents can get a flu shot at the following DCHD clinics: 535 S. Loop 288, Suite 1003 in Denton, 940-349-2900; or 190 N. Valley Parkway, Suite 203 in Lewisville, 972-434-4700.

For more information on the vaccinations, visit, or


Salvation Army campaign revenue needs boost

Due to the inclement weather, the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign revenue is significantly below budget, according to Bill Cheek Jr., chairman of the Denton Area Advisory Council of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army of Denton shelter offers emergency overnight lodging for the homeless, assists people and families in crisis, supports recovering addicts, helps senior citizens and offers youth programs and other services.

“We are unable to accomplish these goals without the assistance from our community and your help,” Cheek stated in a press release. “Every dollar you place in our kettles is one of our main sources of income and is essential so that we can help those in need.”

Donations of food, clothing and grooming supplies, as well as monetary donations, are accepted at the shelter, which is located at 1508 E. McKinney St. For more information on how to help, call 940-566-3800.

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