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.

Les Cockrell: Society harvesting Aubrey’s history

Members of the Aubrey Historical Society will host the Aubrey Area History Harvest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and area residents are invited to bring letters, photographs and other artifacts and share information about the items’ historical significance.

Les Cockrell: Denton High class of ’54 schedules reunion

Members of the Denton High School graduating class of 1954 have announced plans for their 60th reunion.

Les Cockrell: Library branches announce spring break activities

All three branches of the Denton Public Library have announced activities to help families stay busy during spring break.

Les Cockrell: Ryan High schedules mattress sale event

Ryan High School will have its annual mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the commons area at the school, 5101 E. McKinney St.

Les Cockrell: History and culture office seeks volunteers

The Denton County Office of History and Culture has scheduled a “Lunch ’n Learn” volunteer training and orientation session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Les Cockrell: Residents to be in carving show

Several Denton residents are scheduled to participate in the 40th annual North Texas Wood Carvers Guild Show and Competition planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. in Grapevine.

Les Cockrell: Guest to speak at plant society

Guest speaker Lynde Dodd will present a program on stewardship and protection of the environment to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Thursday.

Les Cockrell: Group slates Vision presentation

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will have a presentation on Vision North Texas at 9:30 a.m. today at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Library to host animè events

The Denton Public Library will conduct several events for area animè fans Saturday at Mini-A-Kon VII.

Les Cockrell: State park plans variety of outdoor activities

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday will be offered opportunities to hike and learn more about birds.

Les Cockrell: Program to explore learning benefits

The February session of the Professor’s Corner discussion series will explore possible learning benefits of “Wizard Academies” on Wednesday, according to a program press release.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey Historical Society slates chili fundraiser

The Aubrey Historical Society has scheduled a chili lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coffey Building, 408 N. Main St. in Aubrey.

Les Cockrell: Dinner, dance planned to benefit soup kitchen

A Heart for the Hungry is the theme of a dinner and dance planned Saturday as a fundraiser to benefit Our Daily Bread, Denton’s community soup kitchen.

Les Cockrell: Go Red event ticket deadline today

Today is the deadline to buy tickets for the annual Go Red for Women luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Denton chapter of the American Heart Association.

Les Cockrell: Program on TRASHion Show planned at library

Anyone who is interested in fashion and wants to help protect the environment by promoting recycling and reuse may be interested in attending a program planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Denton’s North Branch Library.

Les Cockrell: Program to offer Civil War focus

Genealogist Nancy Calhoun will visit Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library at 3 p.m. Saturday for a Civil War-era genealogy program.