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Denton Jazz And Arts Festival 2009

Denton Jazz And Arts Festival 2009

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Stanley Clarke – 2009 Denton Arts and Jazz Fest

Stanley Clarke – 2009 Denton Arts and Jazz Fest

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

“My pet, my choice. Say NO to spay and neuter.” Those were the words on the bumper sticker in front of me as I picked up my daughter from school. I thought about the words, and wondered if the driver had ever been to an animal shelter, where millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes for them. This time of year, every pound in the nation is brimming with litter upon litter of unwanted kittens and pups, waiting for a family and a chance for a happy life, waiting, through no fault of their own, for the home that never comes. I wonder if this “anti-spay/neuter” attitude would hold true if this person were forced to look into an animal’s pleading eyes, just before he takes his last breath. Even the no-kill shelters and foster programs turn countless animals away each year simply because there is not enough room. According to the HSUS, more than 4 million dogs and cats who enter open-door shelters will be euthanized in 2009. It’s a heartbreaking situation, but there is something we can all do to make things better.

1. Be responsible with your own pets. It can’t be said enough – have companion animals spayed/neutered. Sterilization not only helps to reduce massive overpopulation numbers, but also creates a happier, healthier pet, and a better home environment. Studies show that animals who are neutered live longer, healthier lives, have far less behavioral problems, and make better members of the family! For more information, visit www.hsus.org/pet_care.

2. Donate to spay and neuter causes. Local groups, such as Denton Humane Society and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), have spay/neuter programs that are in constant need of financial donations. Programs offer assistance to local pet owners who cannot afford to provide this service for their pet.

3. Volunteer your time. Fundraisers take a vast amount of time, effort, and manpower. Contact your local rescue group and ask how you can help raise money for spay/neuter, as well as other animal welfare causes.

4. Spread the news! Encourage others you know to make the choice to have their dog or cat neutered.

On a very positive note…on April 1st, TCAP announced that it has sterilized 55,000 dogs and cats since its beginning in 2002. According to www.cats.com, one female and her offspring can produce over 420,000 in seven years. Keeping this statistic in mind, TCAP has prevented the births of millions and millions of unwanted cats and dogs in the last 7 years! TCAP runs a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Denton, as well as a location in Ft. Worth. They offer services five days a week, including low cost vaccinations.

As I drove by a park today, I counted the neighborhood cats who live nearby. I was able to see a total of 9. One black and white female looked very pregnant, another huge orange tabby was clearly an unneutered male. I shake my head and wonder what will happen to these guys, these innocent lives who have no voice. Each cat is too wild to even approach, and those who are friendly have little chance of finding a good home, as the number of animals in need greatly exceeds the people who want them. Every community across the nation has a swarming supply of unwanted animals, all present because at some point a human choice was made not to spay/neuter their pet. Let’s do better by our animal friends!

For information on TCAP’s low cost programs, contact them in Denton at 713 Sunset Street, 940-566-5551. For additional information on spay/neuter, low cost programs, or volunteer opportunities, contact Denton Humane Society at 940-382-PETS or www.dentonhumanesociety.org.

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Sports Awards Banquet

Sports Awards Banquet

The Greater Denton Sports Commission is an organization under the Denton Chamber of Commerce and Denton Convention and Visitor Bureau with a mission of attracting, stimulating, and promoting sports entertainment events and activities in the greater Denton area.

The Greater Denton Sports Commission Annual Banquet will be held Monday, May 18th at 7:00 pm at the Gateway Center, UNT. Silent Auction begins at 6:00 pm. The primary purpose of our banquet is to highlight sports activities in the Denton community and give awards and recognition to collegiate, high school, and youth programs. The organization has given over $30,000 to Denton County athletes, by offering high school athletes scholarships to higher education institutions of their choice. Over the last seven years of this event, we have had a number of athletes go on to Division I, II, and III universities across the country. This year we have added a golf tournament to our fundraising activities to help offset the scholarships offered to the athletes and help promote additional events in the Denton area. The golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 1st at 12:30 pm tee-off time, located at Club at Champions Circle.

For more information, visit www.dentonsports.com or call 940-382-7895.

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Pulling for Kids

Pulling for Kids

Kids and guns? It may sound like a strange combination to some, but each May at the Dallas Gun Club in Lewisville, child advocates and shooting enthusiasts alike come together for the Annual “Pulling for Kids” sporting clay tournament, benefiting CASA of Denton County, Inc.

Since its inception in 2001, Pulling for Kids has raised an amazing $255,000 for child abuse and neglect victims in Denton County. We hope you’ll join us, May 15th, as we “pull” for Denton County kids who cannot always pull for themselves.

$500 – team of 5 shooters; $125 – individual shooters. Sponsorship levels available that includes a team. Visit www.casadenton.org for a team registration form. Mail completed form with payment to: CASA of Denton County, P.O. Box 2885, Denton TX 76202-2885. Call 940.243.2272 for more information.

Event Day Schedule:
11:30 am – 1 pm Event Registration and Lunch
1 pm Shooting Begins
Around 6 pm, immediately following the shoot will be Awards and Gun Raffle with dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse of Denton.

Pro-Shooter Auction, golf carts for rent, mulligans, Best Shooter Awards, and more!

Interested in providing media coverage or becoming a sponsor for this event? Contact Lauren at 940.243.2272 for a list of sponsorship opportunities.

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Do You Hate to Clean Windows?

Do You Hate to Clean Windows?

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