KEEP DENTON WARM

Temperatures have been up and down during the winter season in Denton, but we’re likely to see several more days and nights of below-freezing temperatures before spring arrives.

The bad news is that not everyone in Denton has a coat to protect themselves adequately from the cold weather. According to the most recent available data from the Denton County Homeless Coalition, Denton County has over 200 homeless people, and about 15% of them are children. Nearly 20% of our local homeless population are considered chronically homeless according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition. According to the latest US Census Bureau data, a further 60,000+ Denton County residents live below the federal poverty line and therefore might not be able to afford appropriate winter clothing.

The good news is that the people at Friends With Benefits are trying to change that. For those who might not be familiar with FWB, it’s a local nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness and funds for local charities. One campaign that FWB has been running for the last few years is Keep Denton Warm where they collect coats, socks, hats, scarves, and other warm clothing items for Dentonites who can’t afford to buy them. This season’s campaign started in September with a movie night on the square.

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THE DEN10: JANUARY 10TH 2018

The cold ain’t ready to let go of us yet, with some talking a chance of snow, so the beginning of 2018 requires we keep moving and find indoor fun to occupy our time as the students return for spring classes. Luckily, there’s always a plethora of play to be found, so here are our top weekly #DEN10 events you should be checking out about town. Add your own favorite happenings in the comments!

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THE DEN10: JANUARY 3RD 2018

Welcome to 2018, after driving a stake into the heart of 2017 and contemplating what New Years Resolutions you’ve settled on. We’re thinking maybe more tacos and exploring DIY music venues, maybe some yoga and bicycling so long as there is beer. At least we can be thankful that J&J’s Old Dirty Basement is back! Here’s our top WDDI #DEN10 events you can’t miss as we welcome 2018 with love & hope & #Dentoning a’plenty.

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LIL' D NYE: KILL 2017 OFF FOR TWO GREAT CAUSES

Still wondering how to spend New Year’s Eve? You can do so much better than watching Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper from your couch. Thanks to Lil’d NYE, you can have a great time for a great cause, all without having to leave Denton!

 

This year’s celebration features a Roaring Twenties theme, so come prepared to channel your inner Jay Gatsby or Velma Kelly. The opulence theme continues with the big band sounds of David Pierce and his Holiday Orchestra and DJ Woodtronic. Fabulous cocktails will be provided by Metzler’s, as well as delicious food from Barley & Board. And of course, there will be a champagne toast at midnight!

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THE DEN10: DECEMBER 28TH 2017

Boy howdy, 2017 is almost officially over and it’s been a doozy. Denton is still reeling from the fire that destroyed the downtown Denton Mini-Mall just after Christmas Day, which feels like an omen of sorts for a town whose history has been written in fire and recovery. The Denton Main Street Association issued a statement rallying everyone to support local, so you can believe we’re here to keep doing just that exactly ‘cuz we are #DENTONSTRONG. Here’s our top WDDI #DEN10 events you can’t miss as we bid farewell to 2017 and welcome a new year with love & hope & #Dentoning a’plenty.

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THE DEN10: DECEMBER 20TH 2017

It’s officially the CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN, y’all!! In case you’re still doing some shopping, our Denton Gift Guide from last season for local gifts is still evergreen but jump to it. There is a ton of #Dentoning out there to be had, but here are our top #DEN10 picks for your final days leading into Christmas.

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WHAT WE DID: DECEMBER 18TH 2017

What We Did is our weekly roundup of a few photos that were tagged with #WDDI over the past week on Instagram. Together, they give us a great view into some of the awesome things that were going on in and around town. 

Below are 18 photos from the past seven days of life in Denton, TX. If you'd like to be included in What We Did, tag your images with #WDDI on Instagram, and check back here next Monday. Search the hashtag #WDDI and check out all of the other great photos. Click the images below to be led back to the photographer's Instagram page. 

Got a question about What We Did? Send it to will@wedentondoit.com

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THE DEN10: DECEMBER 13TH 2017

HOLY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!! Here we go, hurtling into the holidays, with Chanukah just starting and a blizzard of winter events to entertain us. In case you’re still doing some shopping, our list from last season for local gifts is still evergreen. Plenty of #Dentoning to do, and beware the UNT & TWU graduation crowds this weekend, but nevertheless here’s our top #DEN10 picks for shenanigans.

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