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An earlier version of this column reported that Denton Parks & Recreation was screening 'Ghostbusters' at Halloween Harvest in Denia Park. The event will screen 'Coco.'

A lucky Lewisville resident won a Texas Lottery scratch-off prize worth $3 million earlier this week. The winner, who elected to remain anonymous, bought the ticket at Highland Village Chevron, located at 2290 Justin Road. This was the second of 12 top prizes worth $3 million to be claimed in the ticket game, titled the $750 Million Winners Circle. We wonder if the winner quit their job in a dramatic flourish.

Speaking of millions, North Texas Giving Day reported raking in roughly $48 million for nonprofits in the region last Thursday. In 2017, the regional fundraising drive brought in $39 million. Not bad at all.

Still, you don’t have to bring in millions to make a difference. Eaglethon, formerly the University of North Texas Dance Marathon, raised more than $1,200 on Tuesday for “I’m With Ingrid,” a fundraising campaign for 5-year-old Ingrid Breit, who is in treatment for leukemia.

The event was a dance and birthday party for Ingrid’s fifth.

The Gone Cold Podcast, which chronicles true Texas crime, produced a 31-minute episode about the disappearance of Suzie Mages from Denton in the 1970s. The episode is titled “Denton’s Lost Innocence.”

KERA 90.1 FM’s Art & Seek joins the Greater Denton Arts Council for a “state of the arts” mixer and series. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, a panel will talk about new spaces and discuss emerging trends in the arts. The panel includes Caroline Booth, director of economic development for the city of Denton; Susan Carol Davis, chair of The Artists Enclave of Denton County and president of Curious Dog Creative; Lauren Lake, chair of University of North Texas Department of Studio Art; Georgina Ngozi, executive director of Greater Denton Arts Council and Jason Reimer, partner of Texas Theatre, founder of Talented Friends and part of the team renovating Fine Arts Theatre.

Arturo Ortega, a Dallas resident who conducts orchestras for Denton theater companies and directs the Robson Ranch music club, snagged a photo last week with Earl Toon of the 1980s R&B pop group Kool and the Gang.

Denton Parks & Recreation Department is trying one more time with Coco. The Disney Pixar movie was bumped to last Friday and then got rained out.  From 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12, Denia Recreation Center will host a free Halloween Harvest and screening of Coco, a family-friendly movie about a boy who goes to the Land of the Dead in search of a long lost relation who might have been a famous singer. 

The parks staff invites attendees to wear a costume and register at the door by 7 p.m. for the costume contest.

The categories are best baby, best toddler, best youth, best family and overall most creative costumes.

Concessions will be for sale and families can leave canned food donations at the door. Denia Recreation Center is located at 1001 Parvin St.

First, Willie Nelson enraged Texas Republicans when he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz’s democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke (who still isn’t favored in polls, regardless of the so-called cool points he’s racked up with Lone Star lefties).

Now, Cards Against Humanity, the hilarious and vulgar card game, is asking players to flip the House with a fresh crop of Dems.

The company’s “Cards Against Humanity Hacks the Election” campaign has a very special offer: Send the company the address of a voter who could be convinced to vote for a Democrat running for a congressional seat, and Cards Against Humanity will send you and the voter an all-new “Midterm Pack.”

If you refer a friend who lives in District 26, Cards Against Humanity will send pro-Linsey Fagan information, pleading the case to unseat Republican Congressman Michael Burgess with his Democratic opponent. Fagan, like O’Rourke, is not favored to unseat Burgess. But Cards Against Humanity believes Burgess’ seat is vulnerable.

Oh, and if you send us video of you burning your Cards Against Humanity packs, we’ll post them with next week’s column — but only if you identify yourself.

Parting shot

“Only backstage at The Graduate at Denton Community Theatre will one hear an actor say ‘I have to check on my stunt-bra.’”

— John Rodgers, Pilot Point resident and Denton performer

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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