Les Cockrell: Tractor revivalists to show antique implements

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its annual fall meeting and picnic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Benefit auction set this morning

A silent auction and a five-week grief support group are among upcoming events announced by VNA Ann’s Haven.

Les Cockrell: Mighty words to be read aloud for Constitution Day

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Program to explore genealogy research methods

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will meet today at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library for a program on using newspapers for genealogy research.

Les Cockrell: Library programs tailored for special interests

A workshop for parents of children with special needs and programs about U.S. presidents and landscaping are among the opportunities planned by the Denton Public Library this week.

Les Cockrell: Fundraiser to benefit LaGrone students planned for Tuesday

Students and staff of the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: VFW opens contests for young writers

Post 2205 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests.

Les Cockrell: Denton Benefit League taking grant requests

The Denton Benefit League is now accepting requests for its 2015 grants and has set a deadline of Sept. 26 for submitting an application, according to an announcement from the organization.

Les Cockrell: DATCU to assemble junior board

DATCU is currently taking applications for the 2014-15 Junior Board of Directors, according to an announcement from the credit union.

Les Cockrell: Lisapalooza to benefit woman with cancer

Lisapalooza, a benefit concert and auction for Lisa L. Rollins, a Denton native who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer, is planned from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf.

Les Cockrell: Balloon festival set for Highland Village

The 27th annual Highland Village Balloon Festival is planned for Friday to Sunday at Unity Park in Highland Village and will feature live music, a car show, a 5-kilometer run, arts and crafts and food in addition to hot air balloons, according to the event website.

Les Cockrell: Association gives pair of local students scholarships

Two Denton County young people have been awarded scholarships by the North Texas Fair Association, according to a press release.

Les Cockrell: Organization seeks items for children in need

Some local families are stocking up on school supplies during the tax-free weekend to pack in shoebox gifts — along with hygiene items and toys — for children in need through Operation Christmas Child.

Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and...

Les Cockrell: State park to offer four yoga classes

A yoga class will be offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park beginning Tuesday, according to a park press release.

Les Cockrell: Class gives start to young documentary filmmakers

Denton’s North Branch Library will offer a documentary filmmaking workshop for youths ages 11-18 in three sessions next month.

Les Cockrell: Texas Roadhouse event to benefit Special Olympics

Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the area will participate in the Tip a Cop event today.

Les Cockrell: Denton library’s improv class open to teens

The Denton Public Library will offer teenagers a three-day workshop on improvisational acting skills beginning Tuesday, July 29, according to an announcement from the library.

Les Cockrell: Car show to benefit hospice organization

The Lake Cities Misfits Car Club will present the sixth annual Faith Presbyterian Hospice Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Vacation Bible school kids offer up hearty donation

Children who attended the “Workshop of Wonders” vacation Bible school at Argyle United Methodist Church this summer recently donated $1,490 to the Hearts for Homes outreach ministry, according to a press...

Les Cockrell: ‘Merging Visions’ works on exhibit at 2 libraries

A display of art and poetry from the “Merging Visions” exhibit held earlier this spring at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts will be on view at Denton’s North Branch and South Branch libraries until Aug. 15, according to a library announcement.

Les Cockrell: Early maps of Southwest on view

Denton’s North Branch Library will have an exhibit illustrating early mapmakers’ perceptions of the American Southwest throughout July.

Les Cockrell: State park serves up slate of events

Campfire cooking, hiking and creating a nature journal will be among the activities offered during this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Les Cockrell: Young church plans 2nd anniversary fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the second anniversary dinner and dance planned by St. John Paul II Catholic Church and Campus Center.

Les Cockrell: Denton libraries offer variety of activities

The Denton Public Library’s summer activities for young people continue with special visitors, a photography workshop and a bike parade.

Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey offers free Music in the Park concert

Aubrey’s Music in the Park series will feature Two Tons of Steel at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Library stacks calendar with youth events

The Denton Public Library has scheduled a variety of programs designed to entertain and educate young people this summer.

Les Cockrell: Area gardeners to compete in show Saturday

Area gardeners are invited to enter flowers and produce in the 2014 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Lecture aims to preserve heirlooms

A lecture titled “How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms” will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square.

Les Cockrell: Nonprofit to present Rockin’ Roundup fundraiser

The third annual Rockin’ Roundup fundraiser for Health Services of North Texas will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Hopper’s Ranch in Aubrey.

Les Cockrell: Kids’ books needed for drive

Librarians with the Denton school district and the Denton Public Library are collaborating to help youngsters in need this summer.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey society to salute veterans

The Aubrey Historical Society will conduct a veterans’ recognition event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Aubrey Community Center.

Les Cockrell: Naturalists set to hear hawk presentation

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation today from Jim Bednarz on his research into the behavior of red-shouldered hawks.

Les Cockrell: Casino night, prayer set to raise homeless awareness

The Monsignor King Outreach Center in Denton is sponsoring a homeless awareness week today through May 19.

Les Cockrell: Ann’s Haven slates bereavement luncheon

A VNA Ann’s Haven bereavement luncheon for members of the community grieving the death of a loved one will be offered at noon Tuesday at Denton Elks Lodge No. 2466, 228 E. Oak St.

Les Cockrell: United Way chief to talk about mental health needs

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of the United Way of Denton County, will be the guest speaker for today’s meeting of NAMI Denton County.

Les Cockrell: UNT set to present ‘Comics in Action’ exhibit

An exhibit titled “Comics in Action,” featuring items from the Comic Books Collection at the University of North Texas, will go on view Friday at UNT’s Willis Library.

Les Cockrell: Fruit, candy toppings spice up pancake supper

Members of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis will host their annual pancake supper fundraiser from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Les Cockrell: Nursery school slates basketball fundraiser

Hoops for Moore, a basketball fundraiser to benefit Denton’s Fred Moore Day Nursery School, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at Denton High School, 1007 Fulton St.

Les Cockrell: Liberty Christian School to present ‘Artist’s Garden’

Liberty Christian School will present its Fine Arts Extravaganza, “Artist’s Garden,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Master Gardeners plan spring plant sale

Members of the Denton County Master Gardener Association have announced plans for their annual spring plant sale, promising an extensive selection of plants and supplies.

Les Cockrell: RSVP supporters to hit the links in May

Plans for the 12th annual RSVP Golf Classic have been announced and area golfers can now sign up at www.rsvpgolfclassic.com.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey group slates cook-off

The Aubrey Fire Department Auxiliary will have its annual chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

Les Cockrell: Dance troupe to perform at church in Denton

The Thai Drama-Dance Troupe is scheduled to perform at First Christian Church of Denton at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: Parliamentarians slate procedure workshop

A parliamentary procedure workshop will be offered Saturday in the training room of the Denton County Election Administration Building, 701 Kimberly Drive in Denton.

Les Cockrell: UNT to observe Global Citizens Month in April

The University of North Texas will observe Celebrating Global Citizens Month in April, and the observance is scheduled to kick off Tuesday with an international food fair.

Les Cockrell: Native Plant Society slates nature program

Ray Chancellor will present a program about birds, pollinators and the flora and fauna found along local walking trails to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas today.

Les Cockrell: Rehabilitation program to celebrate first anniversary

A program called Project Healing Waters of North Texas, dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded military veterans through fly fishing, is about to celebrate its first anniversary.

Les Cockrell: Woman crafts hats to help West community

A box filled with warm winter hats was recently mailed to the Church of Christ in West, just in time for the last cold snap, thanks to a thoughtful Ponder resident.