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Les Cockrell: Choir to have first concert of new year

The Watoto Children's Choir will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Argyle Methodist Church.

An event spokeswoman said 22 children and 11 adults are scheduled to visit the church for the concert, which will be the choir’s first performance of the new year. It will be the choir’s fourth visit to the church, she said.

There is no charge for the concert, although merchandise will be available for purchase and sponsorships will be offered.

Watoto is an holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease, according to a press release about the event. For more information about the choir, visit

Argyle United Methodist Church is located at 9033 Fort Worth Drive in Argyle. For more information about the concert, call the church at 940-464-1333.


Support groups to begin new series of meetings

The GriefShare and DivorceCare support groups will begin a new series of meetings Wednesday at Crossroads Bible Church in Double Oak, according to an event announcement.

Both groups meet at 7 p.m. The church is located at 8101 Justin Road in Double Oak. For more information, call 972-355-3343 or visit

To find another group in the area, visit or


Hi Noon Lions Club honors three as Melvin Jones Fellows

Denton Hi Noon Lions Club members C.R. Salmon, Vic Schneider and Margy Sundstrom were recently honored as Melvin Jones Fellows, according to an announcement from the club.

Receiving the award is the highest form of recognition conferred by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Club president Tim Fogarty said Salmon joined the club in 1995 and served as president in 2012-13, and Schneider joined the club in 1990 and served as president in 1993-94. Sundstrom joined the club in 2005 and currently serves as secretary for the club and Texas District 2E2, Fogarty said.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship, created in 1973, honors the founder of Lions Club International. Growth of the fellowship program has enabled the Lions Clubs International Foundation to meet humanitarian needs in communities worldwide, according to the announcement. Fellowship donations are responsible for successfully launching the Lions’ global campaign against preventable and curable blindness, the LCIF SightFirst program.

The Denton Hi Noon Lions Club has previously honored three other members as Melvin Jones Fellows — Tim Crews, Jimmy Renfro and Bob Tickner.

The club meets each Thursday at noon at Golden Corral, 1724 S. Loop 288 in Denton.


American Red Cross plans two blood drives

The American Red Cross announced recently that winter weather conditions and seasonal illnesses are creating a growing need for blood donations, and two Denton County drives are planned next week to help, according to a press release.

The first drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Sanger High School, 100 Indian Lane in Sanger.

Another drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. in Denton.

Potential donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

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 at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood.


Drive to register bone marrow donors planned

A drive to register potential bone marrow donors is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Dallas High School by family members and friends of Renee Brown, a life-long resident of the Lake Cities area, according to an event press release.

Brown was recently diagnosed with a rare blood disease called aplastic anemia, and the mother of three daughters needs a bone marrow transplant. Her only hope for a transplant is to search for a match from an unrelated donor, the press release stated.

A bake sale will be held during the drive to benefit Brown, organizers said.

The registration process to become a bone marrow donor is simple and involves swabbing the inside of the mouth to collect cells to determine a match for a person in need. Individuals who are unable to become donors but are still interested in being a part of the fight against blood cancer can show their support by visiting the Delete Blood Cancer website ( to conduct their own donor drive or offer a monetary gift to help support the organization's mission to eradicate blood cancer.

Lake Dallas High School is located at 3016 Parkridge Drive in Corinth. For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, visit


Butterfield Stage Players to hold 35th anniversary

Supporters of community theater are invited to spend an evening at “The Copacabana” to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Butterfield Stage Players on Saturday.

The event, featuring a seated dinner and entertainment including a 10-piece band, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville.

Tickets are $50 each, and those interested can call 940-665-8152 to check availability.

For more information, visit call 940-665-8152.

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