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Les Cockrell: DATCU to assemble junior board

DATCU is currently taking applications for the 2014-15 Junior Board of Directors, according to an announcement from the credit union.

Each applicant must be a high school senior graduating in May 2015 and must able to attend four meetings during the school year. Applications must be submitted by Thursday. Members will be selected by an external committee and will receive a $250 scholarship to be used toward higher education.

DATCU created its first Junior Board of Directors in 2012 to help local students further develop leadership, gain insight about the credit union and financial industry, and promote community service, the announcement states.

For more information, visit

Railroad staff member to speak to Denia residents

Joe Faust, director of public affairs for BNSF Railroad, is scheduled to speak at the monthly meeting of Denton’s Denia Area Community Group at 7 p.m. today.

The neighborhood group will meet at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St., and topics will include general information about railroad lines in the city and how railroads handle various construction projects.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 940-382-5962.

Regional suicide prevention coalition to meet Friday

The Denton Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Solutions of North Texas, 2216 Bolivar St. in Denton.

For more information, call Phyllis Finley at 940-565-5295.

Red Cross announces three area blood drives

The American Red Cross announced recently that there is still an urgent need for donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday.

Donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are especially needed.

The organization also announced that several Denton County blood drives are planned before the end of the month to help alleviate the shortage. These include 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Campus Park Apartments, 1541 Meadow St. in Denton; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, 5601 Warren Parkway in Frisco; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Forest Park Medical Office Building, 5800 Frisco Square Blvd. in Frisco.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 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.

Apartment complexes collecting school supplies

A school supply drive is now underway at Woodhill, La Colina and Ridgecrest apartments in Denton, according to an announcement from the Woodhill leasing office.

Apartment management is working with the Denton Toastmasters to help the Denton County children in need, and supplies can be dropped off through the end of August.

Area residents are asked to bring school supplies to the leasing office of Woodhill Apartments, 1408 Teasley Lane, or the leasing office for La Colina/Ridgecrest at 1300 Dallas Drive. Hours for both offices are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Church planning to hold block party on Saturday

Hope Community Church of the Nazarene will have a block party for the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to an announcement from the church.

The event will feature bounce houses and a water slide for children, games and a variety of other family activities. Complimentary hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages will be served.

Visitors can also tour the new church building. The church, formerly First Church of the Nazarene, is located at 3600 Kings Row in Denton. For more information, call the church office at 940-243-7837.

Lewisville Saddle Club to present Labor Day rodeo

The Lewisville Saddle Club, with support from the city of Lewisville, will hold its 50th annual Labor Day rodeo this Friday through Sunday, according to a news release from the city.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. each day at the Lewisville Rodeo Arena, 101 Parkway Drive. Admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.

Live music, specialty acts and a mechanical bull will be featured during the rodeo, which is sponsored by Huffines Dodge of Lewisville.

Friday will be Spanish Heritage Night, with free child admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.

For more information, call 214-534-8440 or visit

Lewisville mall to have voter registration drive

Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will conduct a voter registration drive from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, according to an announcement from the mall.

Calvin Dorsey, a deputy voter registrar, and volunteers will be in the mall’s center court to help visitors.

A previous drive was held over the Fourth of July weekend and the reaction from shoppers was positive, Dorsey stated in the announcement.

“Several mentioned the convenience and many were unaware that if they had moved from another county that registration was necessary,” he said.

In addition to registering, residents who have moved recently and/or had name changes will be able to update information, and voters can stop by the registration table to request a replacement card.

The mall is located at Interstate 35E and Sam Rayburn Tollway. For more information, call 972-315-3641 or visit

Serve Denton plans its first golf tournament

The inaugural Serve Denton Charity Golf Classic is planned for Monday, Sept. 29, at Denton Country Club in Argyle, and information about registration and sponsorship opportunities is now available.

Festivities for the tournament will kick off at noon with a chance to play 18 holes of golf with area celebrities and will feature a post-tournament awards dinner, auctions, raffles and numerous contests.

Proceeds will benefit Serve Denton, which exists to help nonprofits fulfill their mission and advance the common good of Denton County. The agency features a 16-acre centralized campus where nonprofits co-locate to help those within the community who are in need of basic necessities including food, clothing, shelter and medical care.

For more information about the tournament, contact Tom Puckett at 214-704-4026 or or Jeanne Stewart at 940-442-5402 or For more information about Serve Denton, visit or call 940-268-5898.

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