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Les Cockrell: Vacation Bible school kids offer up hearty donation

Children who attended the “Workshop of Wonders” vacation Bible school at Argyle United Methodist Church this summer recently donated $1,490 to the Hearts for Homes outreach ministry, according to a press release.

The Rev. Chris Schoolcraft and Liz Edwards, director of children’s ministries, presented the donation to Susan Frank, founder and executive director of Hearts for Homes.

“The children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, learned that we can change the world no matter how old we are,” Edwards stated.

She added that the fourth- and fifth-grade classes even had a chance to help Hearts for Homes with yard work and landscaping for a few local senior citizens.

Frank said the donation came at a good time for Hearts for Homes. The ministry recently had to vacate its donated warehouse space and move into a leased space located at 826 E. McKinney St. in Denton. The move has strained the organization’s budget, she added.

“We are truly blessed by this generous gift from the children of Argyle United Methodist Church and will put it to good use in securing safe, comfortable living conditions for our senior homeowners in need,” Frank stated.

Hearts for Homes was established in the spring of 2006 as a Christian-based outreach ministry to provide no-cost home repairs to very low-income elderly homeowners in the Denton County area, according to the organization’s website. Hearts for Homes coordinates with area agencies, churches, elderly service providers and community groups to identify low-income elderly homeowners in need of assistance.

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Documentary discussion set at Lake Dallas City Hall

A community discussion of the award-winning Public Broadcasting Service documentary Slavery by Another Name will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Dallas City Hall, said Barbara Thompson, director of the Lake Cities Library.

The film is part of a series titled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, according to a press release.

The series examines the importance of race in the making of American democracy and discusses the power of individuals to effect change the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship, the press release stated.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. For more information about Tuesday’s program, call the Lake Cities Library at 940-497-3566, and for more information about the documentary series, visit

Lewisville hospital to have open house for senior clinic

Medical Center of Lewisville will hold an open house at its senior health clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to an announcement from CeCe Clemens, the hospital’s director of marketing and public relations.

The clinic is located on the main hospital campus at 500 W. Main St., just inside the Elm Street entrance. The clinic is committed to primary medical care for men and women ages 65 and older, the announcement stated.

Visitors are invited to take a tour and meet Dr. Rakhshi Hydari, the primary physician for the clinic. She is board certified in geriatric and family medicine, the announcement stated.

For more information, call 214-222-7677.

Ann’s Haven Auxiliary to meet at Denton church

The July meeting of Ann’s Haven Auxiliary will be held Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave. in Denton.

Coffee and other refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in learning about becoming a member of the group is invited to attend. Ann’s Haven Hospice is a nonprofit organization designed to take care of hospice patients regardless of their ability to pay, according to an event announcement.

Red Cross announces two blood drives on Saturday

The American Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure that blood and platelets continue to be available for patients, officials announced recently.

Blood donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.

Area residents can help by donating at two Denton County blood drives planned on Saturday, according to a Red Cross press release.

Drives are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Timberlinks at Denton, 5201 Par Drive, the press release stated.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

RSVP needs help with health education project

Volunteers are needed to help with a health education project announced by Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Serving Denton County.

Volunteers will help with the Seniors for Health, Immunization and Prevention Program, which will help educate the public about the importance of immunizations, said officials with RSVP.

Seniors 55 and older are invited to attend an information coffee at 9 a.m. July 24 at the RSVP office, 1316 E. McKinney St. A light breakfast will be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a volunteer position with SHIPP.

Volunteers will visit patients in hospitals to share information on the importance of immunization across the lifespan and help educate them about pertussis/influenza. They will also visit Women, Infants and Children program offices, pediatric clinics and medical facilities to distribute information.

Other duties will include attending health fairs and other public events to distribute information and filing, sorting and other office duties.

For more information or to sign up for the information coffee, contact Laura Valentino at or 940-383-1508.

RSVP is a federal project of the Corporation for National and Community Service and a United Way partner agency.

Don’t forget

Actors from Denton Community Theatre will begin a series of visits to Denton Public Library branches this week to present stories, songs and poems that promote the Summer Reading Club’s theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

The program is made possible by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the presentations are designed for ages 3 and older, according to a news release.

Scheduled visits are: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.; 3:30 p.m. July 29 at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane; and 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

A 3 p.m. performance on Aug. 7 at North Branch Library will be offered for individuals with special needs. For more information, call Carmen Grant at 940-349-8778.

For more information about the library’s youth programs, contact youth services librarian Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or

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