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Les Cockrell: Presentation to focus on science fiction work

Topics have been announced for future sessions of Professor’s Corner: A Literary Discussion Group.

The free series of presentations on literary topics by local English professors is open to the public.

The next session, “Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction,” presented by AnaLouise Keating of Texas Woman’s University, is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Denton’s South Branch Library, according to the announcement.

The session will examine Butler’s contributions to science fiction, focusing on her award-winning story “Bloodchild.”

Keating, a professor of women’s studies, is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner. She has taught composition, American literature, English and women’s studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is the author or editor of several books.

Future Professor’s Corner topics and presenters will be wizard academies in Harry Potter and the Kingkiller Chronicles, Gray Scott, Feb. 12; Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s short stories, Lei Zhang, March 12; the workshop of the poet, Haj Ross, April 9; contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative, Gretchen Busl, May 14; and poems by Thomas Gray, Ashley Bender, June 11.

Refreshments will be served. The South Branch Library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane.

For more information about the series, contact coordinator Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at 940-349-8752 or


Chamber announces annual father-daughter dance

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fundraising dance for fathers and daughters on Saturday, Feb. 8, and tickets purchased before Wednesday qualify for a $5 discount, according to a press release from the chamber.

Tickets cost $15 per person. Daughters age 2 or younger do not require a ticket. The ticket includes entry to the dance, light refreshments, sweets and a goody bag. A professional photographer will be available to take photos for an additional charge.

“Tickets are only available online at and any tickets purchased before Jan. 1, 2014, can enter the coupon code ‘Chamber’ for a $5 discount for each ticket,” Jennifer Olvera, chamber executive director, stated in the press release.

The dance, themed “Denim and Diamonds,” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. in Little Elm.


Area Girl Scouts planning cookbook to raise funds

Members of a Silver Award project team from Girl Scout Troop 8667 in Aubrey are planning a cookbook to raise funds to provide swings at area parks for children with movement-limiting handicaps, according to an announcement from the group.

The girls are inviting area residents to submit recipes in the following categories: appetizers and beverages, breakfast and brunch, on the side, main dishes, slow cooker creations, desserts, just for kids, camping, and pets.

Recipes can be submitted at The contributor user name is troop8667 and the contributor password is thyme687.

The scouts hope to have the cookbooks completed by the end of the school year, so the deadline to submit recipes is March 28.

For more information about the project, contact troop leader April Mayer at or visit


Denton Christian Women’s Connection to meet

The Denton Christian Women’s Connection will host a program titled “Starting Anew in the New year” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

Reservations are due by Jan. 13. Complimentary child care for youngsters 6 months to 5 years old is available by reservation, according to an event announcement.

Featured will be a presentation by Tonya Harless, owner of Time to Kiln, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Denton.

Author Grace LaJoy Henderson, who grew up in foster care, will speak on “Truly Living Without a Mother,” sharing how she overcame feelings on insecurity, fear and rejection.

Cost is $15. For more information, e-mail For reservations, call Cathy at 940-765-3054 or Mary Ann at 940-382-6977.


Texas Cowboys Against Cancer receives donation

Members of the Jim Bowie Days Association recently made a donation of $1,138 to Texas Cowboys Against Cancer of Denton, according to a press release from the association.

The donation represented a percentage of Saturday night gate proceeds from the association’s annual rodeo.

Joe Powell, president of Texas Cowboys Against Cancer, accepted the check from Jim Bowie Days Association representatives Kim Butler, association president; Brandon Hill, vice president; Susie Rainey, secretary; Erika Ashley, Miss Jim Bowie Days Queen; and Ellen Yates, Little Miss Jim Bowie Days.

The Jim Bowie Days Association is a nonprofit established in 1967 and headquartered in Bowie. The association sponsors an annual festival and rodeo during the last weekend of June.

Texas Cowboys Against Cancer offers support to those who need help with medical bills and other needs resulting from their cancer care. The TCAC crisis fund is available to help individuals or charities throughout the year.

In addition to fundraising events, the group offers sponsorships at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000. For information, visit

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