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Registration is open through Friday for “Women’s Self-Defense.” Classes will be from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. every Monday, April 22 through May 20, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. The course will empower women in both passive and aggressive threat by teaching proper striking techniques, kicks, locks, chokes and restraints. Advanced topics will be introduced as the class progresses. To register, call 940-349-7275 or visit .

Denton celebrates the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival on April 26-28 in Quakertown Park, 321 E.McKinney St. The free event presents food and drink booths, fine arts booths, music and community performances. Headliners are the David Sanborn Trio at 9 p.m. April 26, the “Original” Blues Brothers Band at 9 p.m. April 27, and Brave Combo at 7 p.m. April 28.

Kids Rock Friday Night will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. May 3 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Cost is $10 per child. Children in grades 1-5 can take part in activities including a bounce house, basketball and soccer tournaments, Xbox Kinect on a giant screen and more. A DJ will provide music, and glow products and confessions will be sold. For more information, call 940-349-7275.

Denton Cinco de May will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. The free family festival includes mariachi and Latin music, lots of Mexican food, La Reina contest, a parade and more.

Water exercise classes are ongoing at the Denton Natatorium, 2400 Long Road. Season passes to the Natatorium cost $132 for residents, $147 for non-residents. Annual passes are $396 for residents, $426 for non-residents. Cheaper options are available through punch cards that allow entry for 10 to 20 classes. To register or for more information, call 940-349-8800. Included are:

Deep challenge — interval training, stretching and strength training in the deep end of the natatorium competition pool — from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Shallow water workout — kickboxing, water walking, yoga and tai chi in the shallow end of the competition pool — from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Water shoes are recommended.

Senior water workout — strength training at 9 to 10 a.m. and water exercise from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The classes are designed for senior citizens but are suitable for anyone who needs to exercise at a slower pace. The class is in the leisure pool, which is heated to 88 degrees, in the colder months, and moves to Water Works Park’s lazy river in the warmer seasons.


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