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Les Cockrell: United Way chief to talk about mental health needs

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of the United Way of Denton County, will be the guest speaker for today’s meeting of NAMI Denton County.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 202 of Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 in Double Oak.

Henderson will discuss findings in a recent report, “Community Assessment of Mental Health Needs in Denton County,” according to a news release. The comprehensive report surveys the prevalence of mental illness in Denton County and the services available locally.

May is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” NAMI Denton County, a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, wants to help raise public awareness about mental health as part of overall health and the impact mental health problems can have for families and communities, according to the release.

Each week the affiliate sponsors NAMI Family Support Groups for family members, friends and caregivers and Recovery International Support Groups for adults living with mental illness. The support groups are free and each is led by a trained facilitator.

For more information about tonight’s program, NAMI and support groups, contact Esther Fidler, president of NAMI Denton County, at or 469-248-8789.

Concert to feature combined choirs from three churches

A concert featuring the music of S. Andrew Lloyd, organist at First United Methodist Church in Denton, is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church sanctuary.

The free concert will include combined choirs from First United Methodist, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — three churches Lloyd has been associated with while in Denton, according to an event announcement.

The concert will also feature some of the major soloists who have premiered and promoted Lloyd’s compositions. The concert will include choral music, art songs, piano solos and organ solos.

First United Methodist Church is located at 201 S. Locust St.

Interfaith Ministries offers money management classes

Interfaith Ministries of Denton will begin offering free weekly money management courses beginning Thursday, according to an announcement.

The courses will be taught from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at the Interfaith office, 1109 N. Elm St. Topics to be covered include “Making Spending Choices,” “Envelope Budgeting,” “Planning Your Spending” and “Understanding Credit.”

For more information, call 940-565-5479.

Guyer Silverados plan annual spring show

The Guyer High School Silverados drill team will present its spring showcase, “Silverados Leave It on the Floor and Dance,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Both performances will be in the auditorium of the high school, 7501 Teasley Lane. The Silverados will showcase all styles of dance from jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tap to traditional high kick, according to an event announcement.

Tickets cost $8 at the door. Advance tickets, which cost $5, will be sold through Wednesday.

Fundraiser to benefit Special Abilities of North Texas

A silent auction and casino night benefiting Special Abilities of North Texas is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Le Beaux Chateau, 2701 Corporate Circle in Flower Mound.

The event is the primary fundraiser for Special Abilities of North Texas, a nonprofit agency serving people with special needs in Denton County and surrounding areas. The agency’s training center provides support and development to people with developmental disabilities through vocational training, continuing education, health, fitness and nutrition, independent living skills and community inclusion, according to a news release.

Admission to Friday’s event is a $65 donation in advance or $75 at the door.

For more information, visit or call 972-317-1515.

Fire department bagpipers, others to perform Friday

More than 300 firefighter bagpipers, drummers and honor guard members from across the country are expected to participate in the annual Keeping Tradition Alive Jam Session scheduled for Friday, on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St., according to a news release.

The event will start at 6 p.m., with performances starting at 7 p.m.

The free event, which draws more than 1,000 spectators, will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keeping Tradition Alive symposium being held during the week at the Lewisville Convention Center.

Also performing Friday evening will be the Killdares, a Celtic-inspired rock band. The Killdares will take the stage at 7:45 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

For more information, visit or

Ray Roberts Lake park launches outdoor book club

The inaugural meeting of Ray Roberts Reads, a book club offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir.

Ray Roberts Reads is part of Arts in the Parks, a new program offered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It will meet every two months.

The goal of the Arts in the Parks program is to provide diverse opportunities for everyone to get outside, use their imagination and connect with state parks through the arts, according to a news release. Photography workshops, nature journaling, painting and haiku workshops have been part of the programming thus far. Ray Roberts Reads is the first book club of its kind and will focus on works of fiction that are 300 pages in length or less.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit is on FM455, 10 miles east of Interstate 35, in Pilot Point. Regular park entrance fee is $7 for ages 13 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.

Cowboys exec to speak at Salvation Army luncheon

Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys, will be the keynote speaker at the Salvation Army of Denton’s 2014 Doing the Most Good Luncheon.

The annual event will be at noon Tuesday, May 13, on the Mean Green Club level of Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas.

The luncheon is a fundraiser to support the Salvation Army’s services in Denton. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Sponsorships are available.

The event will include a live auction featuring sports-themed items. For more information about tickets, call 940-566-3800.

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