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Les Cockrell: Foundation gives $4,000 to SPAN’s ‘Senior Paws’ program

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Officials with the Denton Animal Support Foundation recently announced the awarding of a $4,000 grant to provide funding for the “Senior Paws” program established by SPAN Meals on Wheels.

SPAN launched “Senior Paws” after volunteers reported that many Meals on Wheels clients shared their one daily hot meal with their pets because they could not afford pet food, according to a press release. Many of the clients are seniors with no family members available to help them.

The foundation’s grant will fund the purchase of pet food and supplies, officials said. SPAN officials Sandy Sage and Clifford Splawn noted that they currently serve 78 pets owned by pre-approved clients.

“This program fits perfectly with one of the DASF goals, which is to support initiatives that keep pets in their homes and out of the Denton shelter,” Bette Sherman, foundation chairwoman and co-founder, stated in the press release.

Paul Woolworth, a board member who handles DASF program grants and delivered the check, noted that Meals on Wheels clients who receive a hot meal daily can now eat that meal without fear of their pets going hungry.

Both organizations are pleased with this community outreach program, the press release stated.

The mission of DASF is to save more animals. The foundation supports the shelter pets at Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center as a priority, as well as local initiatives that prevent pet homelessness and public education on animal welfare.

To donate for “Senior Paws” or shelter programs, visit or mail to DASF, P.O. Box 486, Denton, TX 76202.

Two Denton churches join forces for patriotic event

The music ministries of two Denton churches have joined forces to offer a patriotic celebration for the community at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Denton’s Southmont Baptist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church will present the program at Southmont Baptist Church, 2801 Pennsylvania Drive.

The program will feature a 60-voice choir with a full concert band providing patriotic music. There also will be writings and prayers from the nation’s founding fathers and past presidents, organizers said.

All veterans and first responders will be recognized during at the event, and hot dogs, apple pie and ice cream will be served following the program.

Aubrey Girl Scouts to install special swing at area park

Members of Aubrey Girl Scout Troop 8667 are almost ready to finish a Silver Award project to outfit an Aubrey park with a swing that children with special needs can enjoy.

Troop 8667 consists of Girl Scout Cadettes Samantha Mayer, Jacey Woods and Angelique LaPiene, and Troop Leader April Mayer, all of Aubrey. Their Silver Award project has been dubbed “Project Swing-A-Roo.”

Traditional swings make it difficult, if not impossible, for children with limited motor skills or physical impairments to use safely, a spokeswoman for the troop said, and the girls of Troop 8667 decided to provide an alternative.

The girls began their journey to obtain the Girl Scout Silver Award in the fall of 2013, and on Saturday, they are scheduled to be at Leslie Park in Aubrey to begin installation of the swing.

The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, represents a girl’s accomplishment in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others, according to information provided by the organization. The Girl Scout Silver Award is a project undertaken by girls in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, and girls must choose a service project that fulfills a need within the community, local or global, and creates change.

In touring parks in neighboring cities, the girls found accessible swings available in parks in Krum, Southlake, Frisco, McKinney and Allen, but none within a reasonable distance of their home base in Aubrey.

The Swing-A-Roo swing they selected features a contoured harness-like seat with a back and hand grips in front for added safety and protection, according to information provided by the troop, and the girls refer to it as a “swing for all.”

The girls met with city officials and business owners to gain approval and obtain sponsors and support for their project, and they developed a plan to obtain the funds necessary to purchase the swing and frame. The result was a 44-page cookbook, and sales from the project exceeded $2,000.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the final stage of the project on Saturday should email for more information about the installation and what is needed.

A dedication ceremony that will be open to the community is set for July 11.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves nearly 33,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties, according to information provided by the organization. For information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call 800-442-2260 or visit

North Branch Library plans art lab for teens

Denton’s North Branch Library is hosting an open art lab for teens on Wednesdays through July 29, according to a press release from the library.

Each session will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in Teen Room of the library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The library provides materials and participants provide the creativity.

Teens can create a new work of art each week or work on an ongoing project in this self-led, come-and-go class. Teens can display finished projects in the Teen Room. The lab is open to ages 11 through 17.

‘Godspell’ to be offered at Lewisville theater in July

Gateway Performing Arts will present Godspell at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater July 3-5 and 8-12, according to a press release.

Tickets are available for $20 at

Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. July 3; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. July 4; 2:30 p.m. July 5; 7:30 p.m. July 8-10; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 11; and 2:30 p.m. July 12.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville, between Main and Church streets. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets and at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

For information about upcoming events at the theater, visit or call 972-219-8446.

Don’t forget

A fundraiser for the Denton Dynamos Special Olympics team is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Taco Bueno restaurant at 1550 W. University Drive in Denton, organizers announced.

Taco Bueno will donate a percentage of proceeds to the team if customers mention they are there to support the Denton Dynamos, an adult Special Olympics team.