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Les Cockrell: Special tours on tap at museum

The Denton County African American Museum will offer special tours during February, according to Robyn Lorraine Lee, manager of museums in the Historical Park of Denton County.

Each of the tours will be offered from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Dates and subjects are:

• Today, "Family Exhibits in the Museum: How the Walls Talk!"

• Thursday, Feb. 9, "Stories Told About Quakertown."

• Wednesday, Feb. 22, "Thinking About the Garden for Spring?"

• Wednesday, Feb. 29, "The Woman of the House: History and Future."

The museum will be closed Feb. 18-20 for Presidents' Day weekend.

A docent is available to guide visitors for free tours during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Lee said, but the special tours will give visitors an opportunity to spend a little extra time learning about different aspects of the museum's exhibits.

"February is recognized as Black History Month, but at the Denton County African American Museum, every month is Black History Month, and for that matter, every day one can find stories about black history within those walls," she said.

Lee advised those planning to attend one of the special tours to call 940-349-2865 in advance of the program.

The museum is located in the Historical Park of Denton County, at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard. For more information, visit .



Olympic equestrian to teach weekend clinics

Olympic equestrian Clayton Fredericks will be at Denton Creek Farms this weekend to teach clinics, and although the clinics are completely filled, the public is invited to audit the various sessions.

Lori Calame, owner of Denton Creek Farms, said the clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The auditing fee is $30 for one day or $50 for the weekend. Visitors 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent, she said.

Calame said Fredericks enjoys working with young people and is a gifted teacher.

"It's pretty exciting having him here," she said. "This is his third year to come to our farm."

Fredericks will be wearing a microphone, which will enable people to follow the program, Calame said.

"It's great to watch; he's incredible."

Food will be available for purchase. Denton Creek Farms is at 6337 U.S. Highway 380 East in Decatur, about 14 miles west of Denton.

For more information about Fredericks, visit

For more information about Denton Creek Farm or the weekend clinics, visit  or call 940-393-3720.



Still time to aid Souper Bowl of Caring

There's still time to help the Souper Bowl of Caring reach its $1.2 million community goal.

The national campaign ends on Super Bowl Sunday.

Schools, congregations, community organizations and individuals have joined together to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

Since the program started in 1990, volunteers have collected more than $81 million in cash and food items, with all donations going directly to community food banks, soup kitchens or other charities chosen by each group, according to an event press release.

Those who would like to help can make a donation at any area Albertson's, Kroger, Market Street or Tom Thumb stores.

More than 240 area schools, churches and businesses, including several in Denton County, have been participating in the drive.

For more information, visit .



Free presentation on strokes slated in Sanger

A program titled "Symptoms and Prevention of Stroke" will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Sanger Public Library.

The free program will be presented by Janet Adams, an education specialist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton. A 1986 graduate of TWU, Adams has worked as a nurse in a variety of settings and as interim director of a diabetes clinic.

The library is at 501 Bolivar St. To make a reservation or for more information, call 940-458-3257, e-mail  or visit the library.



Antique Valentine cards on display at museum

The Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum is offering an exhibit of antique valentine cards this month.

Visitors will find some valentine cards dating back to the early 1900s.

The museum is located in a restored historic building at 114 N. Oak St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 817-491-6090 for more information.



Ticket deadline nears for mystery dinner theater

Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center of Denton is sponsoring a mystery dinner theater fundraiser, and the deadline for tickets is fast approaching.

Tickets, priced at $50 each, will be available through Tuesday. Those interested can call 940-383-3150 or e-mail .

To purchase tickets online, visit

The show will be staged by Don Shook Productions at 6 p.m. Feb. 11, at Buffalo Valley Event Center, 2946 W. Ganzer Road.

"It should be a fun evening," said Tammy Stewart marketing and events coordinator for the pregnancy resource center.

The plot of the evening's production will center on a family's Valentine's Day reunion, with plenty of surprises in store for just about everyone involved.

Stewart said the show should provide a great last-minute Valentine's Day gift idea.

"It will be a fun crowd," she said.



Out & About can now be found on Facebook

You can now find Out & About on Facebook. We'll be posting information about various Denton County events, people and good causes, and as always, you're invited to e-mail me with your ideas and suggestions for the column.

Look us up and give us a "like" the next time you visit Facebook.

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is .