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Les Cockrell: Dinner, dance planned to benefit soup kitchen

A Heart for the Hungry is the theme of a dinner and dance planned Saturday as a fundraiser to benefit Our Daily Bread, Denton’s community soup kitchen.

The event, which will feature a silent auction, dinner and dance, will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center at the University of North Texas, 801 North Texas Blvd.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at Tickets are also available between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays from Our Daily Bread, which operates out of the facilities of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

The Denton Community Band will provide music for the event.

Proceeds will help Our Daily Bread feed the hungry. Since start-up in 2000, the soup kitchen has served more than 535,000 meals, according to a press release.

In addition to meals, the Our Daily Bread volunteer program coordinators assist clients with referrals to other agencies that help them with many needs. Financial contributions can be mailed to Our Daily Bread, 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100, Denton, TX 76201.

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 940-765-7607 or 940-566-1308.


‘Miracle on the Hudson’ co-pilot scheduled to speak

Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame, is scheduled to speak at Denton’s U.S. Aviation Services on Thursday.

A meet-and-greet session will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. Skiles will speak about leading aviation issues and what the Experimental Aircraft Association is doing to grow participation in aviation.

The program is open to the public at no charge, said Scott Severen of U.S. Aviation Services, which is located at 4850 Spartan Drive.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 940-297-6446.


Retired School Personnel Association to meet

Members of the Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, located at 1500 Long Road in Denton.

Coffee will be served at 9:20 a.m., and the meeting will start at 10 a.m. Dorothy Adkins will present a program titled “Humor and Wellness.”

The community project will be cash donations for the Denton Community Food Center.


Lewisville community theater to present production

The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre will present “Superior Donuts” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts, author of August: Osage County, Friday-Feb. 23, according to a press release.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off Elm Street. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 972-221-7469. For more information, visit


LLELA to have birding event, nature walk this Saturday

Visitors to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area on Saturday can spend the morning with birds or go exploring on a nature walk.

Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart at 7:30 a.m. as he guides visitors to prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. The activity is open to ages 10 and older and cost is $7 per person. Reservations are not required.

The nature walk will begin at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. A master naturalist will lead participants in search of animal tracks, deer trails and signs of early migrating birds. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond the regular admission fee of $5 per person (children age 5 and younger are free). No reservations are required.

The environmental learning area includes 2,000 acres of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve.

It is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and other activities. For more information about LLELA, call 972-219-3930 or visit For more information about Tuesday’s event, e-mail


CoServe Charitable Foundation presents grant

The CoServ Charitable Foundation delivered a $15,000 grant to Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton on Jan. 24, according to a press release from CoServ.

“The Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home was founded as a home for widows and orphans in 1904,” Cumberland president/CEO Richard Brown said. “It has evolved into a center where vulnerable youths and their families can find healing and hope.”

The grant will help sustain the home’s residential and emergency shelter programs for children, officials said.

For more information about the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, visit For more information about the CoServ Charitable Foundation, visit


Grief support group to meet for five weeks

A grief support group titled “Sharing the Journey: Coping with Grief” will be offered on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Feb. 11 at VNA Ann’s Haven, 525 W. McKinney St., Suite 101, in Denton.

Hours for each session will be 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The program is free and will cover common grief experience, the grief process, honoring loved ones, self-care while grieving and strategies to cope. To reserve a spot, call Jerald Garner, chaplain/bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.


United States Navy Band to present free concert

The United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C., will present a concert at the University of North Texas’ Murchison Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Those interested can request up to four tickets by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Navy Band Concert, Wind Studies, 1155 Union Circle, Box 310818, Denton, TX 76203.

Any ticket requests received after Feb. 11 will be available at the will-call window and can be picked up at 7 p.m. Feb. 17.

Under the baton of Capt. Brian O. Walden, the band will present a variety of popular and classical favorites. Members of several local high school bands will join the Navy Band on stage to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.”

The concert is sponsored by the University of North Texas Wind Studies and the Denton Record-Chronicle. Any unclaimed seats will be available to non-ticket holders just prior to concert time.

For more information, call 940-565-3737.

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