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Les Cockrell: Fundraiser to support Take a Soldier Fishing

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A fundraiser is planned for Saturday at American Legion Post 550 in Pilot Point to support the upcoming Take a Soldier Fishing event at Ray Roberts Lake.

The fundraiser will feature a fish fry, an auction, raffles and a musical performance.

Cooks will begin preparing the meal at about 4 p.m. and food will be served at 5 p.m., said event spokeswoman Lyndee Prieskop.

Suggested donations are $5 per plate or $8 for all-you-can-eat fish, she added.

The auction will start at 7 p.m. and will feature catfish rigs, antique lures, handmade baby quilts, homemade pies and more, Prieskop said.

A performance by The Last Straw Band will close out the evening. A suggested donation of $5 per person is requested for the show, Prieskop said.

Prieskop added that proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to feed the veterans and their families who will take part in the Take a Soldier Fishing event, planned for May 19.

Organizers also are conducting a drive to collect rods, reels and other equipment that will be given to the veterans.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: American Legion Post 550, 905 N. Foundation Drive in Pilot Point; Ray’s Auto Repair, 400 N. U.S. Highway 377 in Pilot Point; the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks Lodge, 1601 Marina Circle in Sanger; and Lake Ray Roberts Dry Boat Storage on FM455 in Sanger.

To arrange to have equipment picked up or for more information, call 940-458-0233.



Legion Post 71 to host breakfast, flag retirement

Denton’s American Legion Post 71 will have a breakfast for all members, spouses and prospective members at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the post, located at 2501 Spencer Road.

The breakfast will be followed by a flag retirement ceremony, and anyone who has a flag that is ready to be retired is invited to place it in the collection container in front of the post prior to the ceremony, according to post officials.

For more information, call 940-727-8067.



City staff member invited to model in Komen event

The North Texas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Alcatel-Lucent will hold their eighth annual Survivor Fashion Show, Brunch and Grant Presentation at the Embassy Suites hotel in Frisco from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

City of Denton community events coordinator Janie McLeod, who celebrated six years as a cancer survivor in December, will join other cancer survivors modeling springfashions.

She is actively involved in planning the second annual Denton Race for the Cure, which will be conducted in September at South Lakes Park.

Saturday’s event will include an educational health fair from 9 to 10 a.m., door prize drawings and a pink boutique selling Komen merchandise.

Attendees also can enjoy a complimentary photo booth to commemorate the day.

Tickets, available online at , cost $5 for survivors and $35 for supporters. Free garage parking will be available for all guests.



Volunteer fair at library to highlight opportunities

A volunteer fair is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Aubrey Area Library as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.

The fair will help visitors explore opportunities for community service.

The following are scheduled to be represented at the event: Aubrey Area Library, Denton County Friends of the Family, Keep Aubrey Beautiful, Upward Sports, Power Pack 380, Ragan’s Hope, Friends of the Aubrey Area Library, Aubrey Crime Watch, the Girl Scouts, the Aubrey Peanut Festival and H.O.P.E. Food Bank.

The library is located at 226 Countryside Drive in Aubrey.



Open house planned for Lewisville Lake log cabin

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will have an open house at the Minor-Porter Log House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to give visitors a glimpse of life in Denton County circa 1870.

The house has been completely restored and furnished with fixtures of everyday frontier life, and volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions.

Staff members also announced recently that monthly bison tours have been discontinued.

The herd has been moved to private land at another location to allow the prairie restoration area to recover from grazing pressure and to reduce stress on the bison during the drought forecast for this summer, a spokeswoman said.

She said the Beaver Pond Paddling Trail is now navigable thanks to recent rains. For more information about the trail, visit .



Denton Organic Society plans monthly meeting

The Denton Organic Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Denton Senor Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

The program will be “Creating an Edible Landscape,” according to information posted on the society’s website.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and it will be preceded by a seed and information exchange. For more information, visit  or call 940-382-8551.



Animal shelter foundation receives challenge grant

The Denton Animal Shelter Foundation has received a $5,000 challenge grant from a supporter to raise funds for an on-site veterinary clinic in the new Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center, according to an announcement from the foundation.

Every dollar donated to the foundation as part of the challenge prior to April 30 will receive a 100 percent match up to $5,000.

The new shelter’s groundbreaking is scheduled for September, and construction will begin in October, the announcement stated. The foundation needs to fund the clinic to provide spaying, neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and other services for shelter animals, according to the announcement.

To help with the effort, send a donation to: DASF, P.O. Box 486, Denton, TX 76202. Donations can be made online at .



Library program spotlights drought-resistant plants

Denton County Master Gardener Monica Chaffin will present a program titled “Drought-Resistant Plants for the Texas Summer” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Sanger Public Library meeting room.

The program originated when Master Gardeners assessed which plants had best fared in last summer’s heat, according to a press release. While “drought-resistant” does not mean “drought-impervious,” there are many plants that can tolerate and even thrive in conditions of low water and high heat, and the program will offer options to help gardeners add beauty and color to their landscapes, the press release stated.

There is no charge for the program. Reservations are requested to ensure that there are enough handouts for all who attend. To reserve a place, call 940-458-3257, e-mail  or visit the library, 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger.

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