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Les Cockrell: Casino night, prayer set to raise homeless awareness

The Monsignor King Outreach Center in Denton is sponsoring a homeless awareness week today through May 19.

Activities will include “meal of the day” fundraisers at participating restaurants, a casino night, an ecumenical day of prayer and a golf tournament.

A schedule of fundraising meals can be found at When diners participate, a percentage of their checks will go to support the outreach center.

The casino night is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost is $50 per person.

The day of prayer will be held all day Sunday at Denton churches. Donations will be accepted.

The golf tournament will be played May 19 at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m.

The outreach center is an ecumenical outreach to Denton’s homeless population. It is open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. during the winter when the temperature drops below 32 degrees and in summer when the temperature climbs above 100. The center offers a meal, cots and linens for a night’s sleep and Christian fellowship from volunteers, according to a press release.

For more information, visit the website or email


Webinar to focus on fair housing

A free webinar presentation titled “Fair Housing: An Overview for Both Tenants and Landlords” will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to an announcement from Age Well/Live Well Denton.

The speaker will be Frances Espinoza, executive director of the North Texas Fair Housing Center.

Advance registration is required by email at or by calling 940-202-4500, ext. 103.


Bike to Work Week features pit stop

The Outreach Community Service Committee of the University of North Texas Libraries is promoting Bike to Work Week by conducting a pit stop event outside the Willis Library on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the committee.

The event, set for 1 to 4 p.m., will feature bike safety information, and seasoned cyclists will be available to answer questions. Free coffee, cookies and bottled water will be available for people who bike to work or school that day.

For more information, email


Curves sets blood drive for Women’s Health Week

In honor of National Women’s Health Week, Curves in Denton will hold its annual blood drive on Thursday.

A mobile unit from Carter BloodCare will be available from 2 to 7 p.m. at Curves, which recently relocated to 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 110 in Woodhill Square.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call Curves at 940-384-7506.


Professor’s Corner meets Thursday at Denton library

The May session of the Professor’s Corner discussion group will be led by Texas Woman’s University assistant visiting professor Gretchen Busl, an event spokesman announced.

Set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, the discussion will be on contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative. It will focus on Rana Dasgupta’s “Tokyo Cancelled,” the story of 13 passengers stranded overnight in an airport who pass the time telling fantastic stories set in cities like Delhi, London, Paris, Buenos Aires and New York.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. There is no charge to attend.

For more information, contact Fred Kamman at 940-349-8726 or


Denton Council of Garden Clubs hits 60th anniversary

The Denton Council of Garden Clubs will serve “morning tea” on Friday to celebrate the group’s 60th anniversary.

Members and past members are invited to attend the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium at Ben E. Keith Co., 2801 Interstate 35 in Denton.

RSVPs are required by Wednesday by calling Wanda Rhodes, president, at 940-241-2589, or Linda Eden, chairwoman, at 940-321-0077.


Saturday events to benefit pregnancy resource center

A 5-kilometer run/1K walk to benefit Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center is planned for Saturday along the Greenbelt Trail.

The 5K will be timed and is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 1K walk will begin at 9 a.m.

Early registration costs $25 at On-site registration will cost $35. Supporters can find a map and other information on the website.

Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center of Denton is a nonprofit evangelistic ministry that upholds the sanctity of human life, according to the agency’s website. The center provides practical assistance, information and encouragement to families facing unplanned pregnancies as well as other services.

Organizers said there will be 10 vendors at the run, and center supporters are invited to come out to support the agency even if they don’t plan to run or walk in the event.


Ponder prepares for annual Frontier Days celebration

Ponder Frontier Days will return Saturday, bringing a variety of entertainment options for families, organizers said.

The events will take place at State Highway 156 and FM2449, directly behind Ponder’s baseball field. Events will begin with a 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Those interested in participating can call Barbie at 940-453-5465.

A parade is planned for 10 a.m., and gates will open at 11 a.m. There will be arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, food and a bull riding show. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for those 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger.

The fire department will be serving its annual barbecue dinner at 5 p.m. at Ponder High School. Cost is $12 for those 13 and older and $6 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger eat free.

Live and silent auctions will begin at 6 p.m., and a downtown dance is set for 8 p.m. There will be a gun raffle and a homemade quilt raffle.

Sponsored by the Ponder Lady VIP, the celebration is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call Linda at 972-345-0949 or visit

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is