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An earlier version of this column reported the wrong date for North Texas Giving Day. The fundraiser is Sept. 19. 

North Texas Giving Day is Sept. 19 this year, and Denton County nonprofits are taking part this year. The annual regional fundraiser is an 18-hour fundraiser done online.

Local nonprofits are hoping that the one-day drive will help them meet needs in the community or make a contribution to the county’s quality of life. The nonprofits cover lots of ground — health, veterans, religious ministries, education and cultural events. To see what nonprofits are participating in the fundraiser, visit There are numerous nonprofits participating, and to find them, search using your zip code.

It’s definitely Halloween season. It’s official when Spirit Halloween shops open. The seasonal seller of all things plastic and spooky has two shops open in Denton — one on University Drive and another on Loop 288.

Speaking of Halloween and costumes, we’ve heard that there is “a sexy Bob Ross” costume available for women somewhere. To keep from a lawsuit, the costume is called “happy little tree painter” and includes Ross’ signature Afro and not much else. It could be one of those internet legends, but it’s also weird enough to ring true. Yikes.

The Denton High School class of 1979 is hoping to reach 250 classmates for its 40th class reunion during the school’s 2019 homecoming weekend Oct. 3-6. More than 300 graduates are members of the Class of 79 Facebook page (

The reunion will round up grads for the homecoming football game, a happy hour, a casual mixer and a ’70s-themed party. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at Tickets will be available until Sept. 30 or until they sell out. For more information, email

If you’ve been in Denton for the last 20 years and have even half an ear to the ground where local music is concerned, you’ve heard of the Polyphonic Spree. The huge band that includes a band, a choir and frontman Tim DeLaughter, is ultimately a Dallas concoction with lots of roots in Denton (Andrew Tinker performed with the group, and flutist Audrey Easley spent some time in the band, among others).

The band had a successful fundraiser for its next album — a 20th anniversary record scheduled for a 2020 release. It’s hard out there for a band to keep working, even with the support of record labels, and the Polyphonic Spree has kept moving, creating and spreading goodwill through playful, cheery pop music.

The band is also planning a 20th anniversary Cosmic Cookout & Potluck All Request Celebration on July 18 next year. We expect a big turnout for the anniversary bash next year. It’s a pricey event, cashing out at $275. Tickets are available at

The judge of Sunday’s dog costume contest at Backyard on Bell is none other than local musician Bone Doggie. Nice job, guys. The dress-pup contest is part of Pawsitive Vibes, a dog-friendly party benefiting the Denton Community Market.

The music lineup includes LoveSick Mary, Texas Sky, Blue GrassFire, Grey Star Ghost and Ellen and Dean, and admission is $5 for humans. Visit

The Parkinson Voice Project, a nonprofit in Richardson that aims to preserve the voices of people with Parkinson’s disease through intensive speech therapy, was founded by University of North Texas graduate Samantha Elandary. The nonprofit will host “Sing Out,” a concert featuring more than 100 members of the Loud Crowd from North Texas and friends from across the country and abroad. The Loud Crowd is a sort of intermediate program for clients who have completed speech therapy.

The event’s emcee is Kellie Rasberry, a host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on KHKS-FM (106.1). The show will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Richardson High School Auditorium, 1250 W. Belt Line Road in Richardson. Learn more about the show at

Parting Shot

“When a billionaire dies, who inherits their senators and members of Congress?”

— an anonymous meme that went viral after the death of billionaire and Libertarian donor and activist David Koch

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at

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