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Les Cockrell: Twice as Nice Resale to reveal new look

Denton’s Twice as Nice Resale has a new look in store for its customers, and staff members will hold a “Red Carpet Reveal” on Tuesday, according to a press release.

The store will be closed today to enable volunteers and staff members to complete all the changes.

“We have listened to our customers’ and volunteers’ requests and are eager to reveal the exciting changes in store at Twice as Nice,” Rita Sprabary, store manager, said.

The store opens at 10 a.m., and the first 100 customers on Tuesday will receive store discounts. Prizes will be given away throughout the day.

The store, located at 413 E. Oak St., benefits the Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center and has been serving the Denton community for almost 10 years.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

District announces tree seedling sale through Feb. 13

The Denton County Soil & Water Conservation District’s tree seedling sale is now underway, according to a press release.

The district is offering 12 species of tree seedlings for sale at prices ranging from $3 for bare root seedlings to $9 for a 1-gallon potted tree. The sale will continue through Feb. 13, and trees will be distributed at the North Texas Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 28.

All proceeds benefit the Cool Shade for Third Grade program in local schools.

For more information or to order seedlings, call Jennifer at Denton County Soil & Water Conservation District, 940-383-2691, ext. 3, or visit the district office at 525 S. Loop 288, Suite C-1, in Denton.


Restaurant gives helping hand to Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread, Denton’s community soup kitchen, recently got a helping hand from the CiCi’s Pizza on Loop 288 at a critical time, according to an announcement from Millie Bell, executive director of Our Daily Bread.

Chris Sipriano, CiCi’s manager, agreed to prepare pizza to help serve lunch to the hungry after an emergency forced Our Daily Bread to temporarily close its kitchen, Bell said.

“On this day, Our Daily Bread opened early to accommodate the homeless that spent the night in the local emergency shelter, since the temperatures dipped into the mid-20s. We had prepared a continental breakfast for them and were about to start preparation for the daily lunch,” she stated.

Suely Lohr, Our Daily Bread’s board president, and Katie Klein, volunteer services coordinator, picked up the pizzas and brought them to the soup kitchen. The staff would not have been able to serve lunch on time without the help, Bell said.

“Our Daily Bread is thankful for the fine food and assistance provided by Chris Sipriano, manager of CiCi’s Pizza,” Bell stated.

Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen that serves a free, nutritious lunch meal Monday through Friday to the hungry and homeless in Denton County and surrounding areas. It is a nonprofit that operates under the auspices of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Our Daily Bread is currently serving 1,178 clients, of which 539 are homeless and 76 are children, the announcement stated. Since it opened, Our Daily Bread has served an estimated 535,000 meals to those in need.

“We are currently serving an average of 185 meals per day, with many days exceeding 200,” Bell stated. “We also provide a continental breakfast when we open our doors at 10 a.m. When the emergency shelter is open at night, we open our doors at 8 a.m. to accommodate closure of the shelter during the daytime, and we provide breakfast earlier.”

In addition to feeding the hungry, Our Daily Bread also provides other much-needed services, with the aid of approximately 35,000 volunteer hours each year.

For more information, visit


AgriLife Extension-Denton County announces classes

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Denton County has announced several upcoming classes that may be of interest to area homeowners.

First up is a class titled “Design for Your Yard: A Comprehensive Study on Designing Your Own Landscape,” which will start Jan. 13. The class should be perfect for those who would like to renovate or update their own landscapes, Janet Laminack, county extension agent-horticulture, stated in a press release.

There is a $15 fee and pre-registration is required. The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays. For more information, visit or call 940-349-2892.

On Jan. 18, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension along with the City of Denton Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center will offer a class on “Backyard Fruit Trees.” The free class will be taught by Ashley Hartman, the horticulture instructor at North Central Texas College, and the class will include a site visit to an orchard.

This class will start at 10 a.m. at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center and end around 12:30 p.m. Participants will plant a fruit tree, so they should dress for the weather. For more information visit or e-mail

On Feb. 10, area Master Gardeners will kick off a series of free lectures at the Flower Mound Public Library. The lectures will be offered at 7 p.m. on consecutive Mondays and will include “Behind the Scenes at the Dallas Arboretum,” “Plant This, Not That” and “Preserving the Harvest.” On March 3, the presentation will be “Garden Harmony 101” taught by Steven Chamblee, the chief horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford.

On Feb. 15, a lecture on beekeeping is planned at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, and on Feb. 20, a class on aquaponics is planned.

To sign up for e-mail announcements of classes, visit  For more information, call 940-349-2892 or e-mail

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