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Les Cockrell: Dance troupe to perform at church in Denton

The Thai Drama-Dance Troupe is scheduled to perform at First Christian Church of Denton at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance at the church, located at 1203 N. Fulton St.

The program will include several dances from the four regions of Thailand and conclude with a traditional Thai melodrama based on the parable of the Good Samaritan, according to press release from the church. Costumes and sets are in traditional Thai style.

Dancers and actors are professional members of the Christian Communications Institute, the evangelistic arm of Payap University of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The institute was established nearly 40 years ago with the mission of teaching Christian truth in Thai cultural expressions and art forms, the press release stated.

There will be no admission charge, but there will be an opportunity to donate toward the cost of transportation for the artists. For more information, call the church office at 940-566-4990.


UNT Brass Band to perform in concert tonight

The University of North Texas Brass Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Performance Hall.

Admission is free for UNT students with ID, $10 for adults and $8 for other students and seniors.

The Brass Band, conducted by Brian Bowman and doctoral conducting associate Seth Wollam, will perform a wide variety of music including folk tunes, hymns, ballads and marches.

For more information, contact the Wind Studies office at 940-565-3737.


Ticket deadline today for Friends of the Family fundraiser

Tickets for “Rhapsody in the Afternoon, A Day at the Derby,” a fundraiser to benefit Denton County Friends of the Family, will be available through today, organizers said.

The event is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 785 State Highway 121 Bypass in Lewisville, and will feature a silent auction, luncheon with speaker, live auction and a hat contest.

Tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships are also available.

For more information, contact Kaitlyn Howell at 940-387-5131, ext. 104, or


Members of local DAR chapter to meet Friday

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

The program will be “Me and My Boys: How the Southern Military Helped Win the Revolution,” presented by Phyllis Olson. Guests are welcome.

The purposes of DAR are historical, educational and patriotic. For more information, go to or call Diana White at 940-387-4741.


Community forum planned on senior housing options

A community forum to discuss housing for Denton residents age 60 and older is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in Room 115 of the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Topics will include availability, affordability and accessibility of single- and multi-family housing for older residents.

Coffee and snacks will be provided.

The free event is part of a series of meetings inviting locals to share views about the quality of life in Denton in various areas. The University of North Texas, in partnership with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, is seeking Denton residents of all ages to participate in the community forums.

Call Julia Wolfe at 940-784-3780 to register.


Students invited to apply for House District 106 programs

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, recently released the application for the House District 106 Internship Program and Legislative Leadership Council.

The application period for the 2014-15 school year closes April 18, according to an announcement from Fallon’s office.

The youth initiatives give local high school students an opportunity for engagement in the political process and a first-hand look at the daily functions of a legislative office.

“Denton County is home to some of the best and brightest young minds in the state,” Fallon stated. “Meeting with these students is one of the highlights of my job, and their contributions to our team are invaluable.”

District interns assist with constituent services and community outreach at Fallon’s office in Little Elm City Hall, 100 W. Eldorado Parkway. They also have the opportunity to attend various events around the county, spearhead community service initiatives and visit the state Capitol in Austin during the 84th Legislative Session for a behind-the-scenes look at lawmaking.

Young people selected for the Legislative Leadership Council meet with Fallon and guest speakers on a quarterly basis to discuss current events and learn about the roles of federal, state and local government.

Students interested in one or both of the programs should contact Fallon’s district office at or 469-362-0500 and be prepared to complete an application that includes an essay and letters of recommendation.


Funny Bunny Festival to be held Saturday in Lewisville

The 27th annual Funny Bunny Festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S. Railroad St. in Lewisville.

The event will include a pancake breakfast served by the Lewisville Noon Rotary Club at 9 a.m. and an egg hunt set to begin at noon. Also featured will be carnival games and face painting, according to a press release from the city of Lewisville.

The egg hunt will be divided into age groups: ages 0-3, ball field 1/yellow field; ages 4-5, ball field 2/blue field; ages 6-7, ball field 3/grandstand field; and age 8 and older, ball field 4/red field.

Strollers will not be permitted to enter the egg hunt area. Egg hunt participants younger than 3 should be accompanied by only one parent.

Souvenir photos will be available for a minimal cost. Cost of the pancake breakfast is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Children younger than 3 eat free. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served under the Baseball Pavilion. All proceeds are used to benefit Lewisville-area charities.


Reunion organizers remind of upcoming events

The 60th reunion of the Denton High School graduating class of 1954 is on the horizon, and organizers want to make sure that all classmates are aware of the event.

Reunion committee members said reservations can still be made for the event, to be held April 21-22 at a Denton hotel.

Various activities are planned, including dinners both nights, live and silent auctions and class photographs the evening of April 22. Organizers said that in addition to members of the class, all former Denton High students are invited to participate.

Cost is $40 for one dinner or $70 for both. To make reservations, contact Glenda Simmons at 940-381-1936, 940-391-7488 or Anyone with information about members of the class should also contact organizers.

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