Les Cockrell: Back-to-school giveaway to be at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace

Retailers at Denton’s Rayzor Ranch Marketplace and Health Services of North Texas will partner to present the second annual Good Start Back to School Giveaway from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Items abound in Denton garage sale

A garage sale is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday inside Erwin Hall at Denton’s First Presbyterian Church.Members of the Presbyterian Women’s group have just about filled the facility with items...

Les Cockrell: Volunteers needed to serve as greeters

The Denton County Office of History and Culture needs volunteers to serve as docents, and a “Lunch ’n Learn” orientation and training session has been planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

Les Cockrell: ‘Nerdfighter Gathering’ at library to feature screenings

The Denton Public Library will host a “Nerdfighter Gathering” on Saturday to celebrate the release of John Green’s Paper Towns and two screenings of Disney’s Frozen Sing Along Edition on Tuesday, according to a press release from the library.

Les Cockrell: Keep Denton Beautiful accepting environmental, neighborhood grants

Officials with Keep Denton Beautiful reminded last week that project proposals for neighborhood beautification grants and environmental education grants are now being accepted.

Les Cockrell: Group to present program on bumblebees

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation on conservation of North Texas bumblebees today at the Denton County Elections Building, 701 Kimberly Drive.

Les Cockrell: Environmental learning area sets hike, camp

A night hike and a wilderness survival camp for kids are on tap at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, which is open for regular summer hours once again after being closed for a few weekends as a result of flooding..

Les Cockrell: Denton Public Library can help those seeking aid

The Denton Public Library now has trained navigators to assist with online applications for food benefits, medical coverage and emergency cash assistance as part of the Texas Community Partner Program, according to a press release from the library.

Les Cockrell: July 4 blood drive to be at Golden Triangle Mall

The American Red Cross has scheduled an Independence Day Blood Drive from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

Les Cockrell: Foundation gives $4,000 to SPAN’s ‘Senior Paws’ program

Officials with the Denton Animal Support Foundation recently announced the awarding of a $4,000 grant to provide funding for the “Senior Paws” program established by SPAN Meals on Wheels.

Les Cockrell: Class to focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association will visit Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library on Tuesday to provide information about some of the challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to a news release from the library.

Les Cockrell: ‘Ride for Reid’ event set to benefit ill boy

“Ride for Reid,” a barbecue cook-off and music benefit to help a boy who has been diagnosed with a rare medical condition, is planned on Friday and Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Workshop scheduled to help prevent falling

A workshop on preventing falls will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday, June 30 through July 23, at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, according to an announcement from Laura M. Wolfe of the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Les Cockrell: Burgess opens Veteran Commendation program

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, has opened the 26th Congressional District’s annual Veteran Commendation program.

Les Cockrell: Cemetery hosting homecoming, decoration day

The annual homecoming and decoration day at Gribble Springs Cemetery is planned for Sunday, according to an announcement from the cemetery association.

Les Cockrell: Organization slates family fun health event

Health Services of North Texas will host a free family fun health night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lone Star Indoor Sports Center, 1800 Shady Oaks Drive in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Denton Community Band plans free concert Friday

The Denton Community Band will offer a free concert titled “Movies, Musicals, & Marches” at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

Les Cockrell: New medical exhibit to be on display on Tuesday

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will open a new exhibit featuring the medical collection of Dr. William McCormick on Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: Free class on dementia set

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association will visit Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library on Tuesday to present practical information for dementia caregivers, according to press release from the library.

Les Cockrell: Biologist, botanist to give presentation to naturalist group

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation today from biologist and botanist George Diggs Jr.

Les Cockrell: Chisholm Trail lecture to highlight cattle drives

Lloyd Webb and Alan Schiegg of the Denton County Historical Commission will present a lecture on the Chisholm Trail noon on Wednesday in the Commissioners Courtroom of Denton’s Courthouse on the Square.

Les Cockrell: Free concert series returns to Aubrey this weekend

The “Music in the Park” free concert series returns to downtown Aubrey on Saturday with performances by Crystal Yates and Josh Grider.

Les Cockrell: Farm & Equipment Expo set at North Texas State Fairgrounds

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment & Primitive Club’s Farm & Equipment Expo planned for Saturday will offer activities for all ages, organizers said.

Les Cockrell: City slates events to celebrate Bike Month

Denton has proclaimed May as Bike Month, and several events are planned to celebrate, according to a press release from the city.

Les Cockrell: Upcoming garden tour showcases city’s best

“In-Town Gardens” is the theme of the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s spring garden tour, which will give participants a close look at five gardens located inside the Denton city limits.

Les Cockrell: Rotary seeks volunteers to package meals

Members of the Denton Morning Rotary Club are planning a community meal-packaging party in conjunction with Kids Against Hunger from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 Interstate 35E in Corinth.

Les Cockrell: Denton class seeks to help dementia caregivers communicate, understand better

Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association will offer strategies for communicating with people with dementia during a class Tuesday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library.

Les Cockrell: Benefit performance set for April 30

RSVP: Serving Denton County will be the beneficiary of a Music Theatre of Denton’s fundraising performance of The Wedding Singer on Thursday, April 30, according to Diana Corona, RSVP executive director.

Les Cockrell: Benefit concert set for Sunday in Pilot Point

Aconcert to benefit Cora Price, a 17-year-old Aubrey High School student who is battling a rare form of cancer, is 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point.

Les Cockrell: Pre-school plans Mexican Supper fundraiser

Denton Christian Preschool will have its annual Mexican Supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Erwin Hall gym at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive.

Les Cockrell: Dinner event to benefit Arc of Denton County

An “All-Star Waiter Night” is planned from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday to benefit the Arc of Denton County.

Les Cockrell: Author to speak at annual awards dinner

Shelly Tucker, director of the Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours, will be a guest speaker Friday for the North Texas Book Festival’s annual awards dinner.

Les Cockrell: Library plans genealogy class for beginners

A free genealogy class for beginners will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library.

Les Cockrell: Local juniors picked for Texas Boys State

Officials with Denton’s American Legion Post 71 announced last week that 57 area high school juniors have been selected for Texas Boys State.

Les Cockrell: Keep Denton Beautiful plans litter cleanup

Time is running out to register for the Great American Cleanup, Keep Denton Beautiful’s annual community litter cleanup effort that’s planned for Saturday, March 28. Deadline to sign up to help is 5 p.m. Friday.

Les Cockrell: Workshop to focus on protecting identity, aging

The Denton Public Library this week will conduct a workshop on challenges facing residents as they age and a class on protecting against identify theft.

Les Cockrell: Lecture set on county’s Civil War history

A lecture about how the Civil War and Reconstruction affected Denton County will be offered at noon Wednesday in the Commissioners Courtroom of Denton’s Courthouse on the Square.

Les Cockrell: Group set to discuss ‘King Lear’ adaptation

Shakespeare’s King Lear in adaptation will take center stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the next session of the Professor’s Corner discussion group.

Les Cockrell: Monthly bereavement luncheon set for March 10

VNA Ann’s Haven will have its monthly bereavement luncheon at noon Tuesday, March 10, at the Denton Elks Lodge at 228 E. Oak St. in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Chuck wagon breakfast set Sunday

Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church, located at 5926 W. FM455 west of Sanger, is planning a chuck wagon breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Les Cockrell: One-day anime buffet on way

The Denton Public Library’s annual one-day buffet of all things anime is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Denton Civic Center and the adjacent Emily Fowler Central Library.

Les Cockrell: Student wins top honors

Lewisville High School student Kenwoo Kim took top honors in the 2014-15 American Legion department/state oratorical competition hosted Monday, Feb. 16 by Denton’s American Legion Post 71.

Les Cockrell: Ponder riding center plans volunteer training session

Riding Unlimited therapeutic riding center in Ponder will offer a semiannual volunteer training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Local businesses mix trash with fashion

Plans for the 2015 TRASHion Fashion program have been announced, and a workshop for participants is planned on Monday, according to an announcement from the city of Denton.

Les Cockrell: Cookie fiesta will help out preschool

Denton Christian Preschool is offering a Valentine’s Day alternative for those who don’t want to give the typical gift such as a card or flowers.

Les Cockrell: Saturday event to offer free health screenings

The community is invited to join Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parishioners on Saturday for the fourth annual Monsignor King Health Promotion and Wellness Day.

Les Cockrell: Group schedules five-part grief workshops

VNA Ann’s Haven will conduct a five-part grief workshop every Tuesday beginning Feb. 10, according to a press release.

Les Cockrell: Exhibit combines storybooks and quilts

An exhibit of children’s storybooks and companion quilts made by members of the Denton Quilt Guild will be on display Thursday through Saturday in the south dining room of Hubbard Hall at Texas Woman’s University.

Les Cockrell: Denton library offers Conversation Club

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library is hosting Conversation Club at 7 p.m. on Thursdays to help speakers of English as a second language practice their speaking skills in a relaxed setting, according to an announcement from the library.

Les Cockrell: ‘Go Red’ coming back in style soon

Plans have been announced for this year’s Go Red for Women luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Denton chapter of the American Heart Association.