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Hazel Selby accepts a cake from Junior Girl Scouts Haley Slovak, left, Samantha Mayer and Elise Clements of Troop 8667 during their visit to Sterling House on the Parkway in Denton.

Les Cockrell: Junior Girl Scouts help woman celebrate 101st birthday

Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 8667 recently visited Sterling House on the Parkway in Denton to honor a resident who was celebrating her 101st birthday and thank her for her long service to the Girl Scouts.

Hazel Selby became a Girl Scout leader in 1949 when her daughter was a Girl Scout. She started working for the regional office of Girl Scouts in Fort Worth in 1959 and retired from there in the mid-1970s, according to a news release.

“It’s not a social club,” she said of the Girl Scouts. “You work to help other people and to help yourself.”

During their visit, the girls told Selby what they have been doing to complete their Bronze Award project, showed off their vests and talked about the badges they have earned as Junior Girl Scouts. They also gave Selby a cake and flowers in recognition of her contributions to the Girl Scouts.

For information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call 1-800-442-2260 or visit or .



Tickets still available for Denton Benefit League’s charity ball

Tickets are still available for the Denton Benefit League’s “Fire and Ice” charity ball, planned for Saturday at the DFW Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a Texas hold ’em tournament, which has limited seating.

Casino games and a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., and the event will also feature music, dining and entertainment.

First People’s Jewelers has donated a white gold tennis bracelet and a diamond ring set in white gold. Valued at $9,000, the set will be raffled at $35 per ticket or three tickets for $100.

Auction items should appeal to all tastes, from a day at Lone Star Park to an autographed script of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Guests can bid on a week’s stay on Padre Island, dinner memberships at Dallas’ Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Crescent Club, and golf at Oakmont, Robson Ranch and WinStar World Casino. The Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers have put together packages for the auction, and a host of other items will be up for bids.

Tickets cost $175 each for patrons, $125 for league members and $150 for nonmembers. Ball and raffle tickets can be purchased online at

For more information about the event or to sign up for the Texas hold ’em tournament, call 940-391-3304 or e-mail .



Library to have free presentation on autism

A free presentation about autism will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library.

The program will be presented by Nicole Caldwell, a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at the University of North Texas.

The presentation will include information on the characteristics of autism, prevalence statistics and types of treatments and interventions. Local and national resources for information and support also will be discussed.

No registration is required.

For more information, call 940-349-8718 or e-mail .



Outdoor activities coming up at local state park

Spring is officially here, and area residents searching for outdoor activities can find plenty of options available at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Both the Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch units have hikes planned for Saturday, with one set for midday and one planned to take advantage of night sounds around the campfire.

A guided hike on the Lost Pines Nature Trail will get under way at 1 p.m. at the Isle du Bois Unit, according to an announcement from Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter.

For more information about this program, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail kelly.serio@

The campfire program is planned for 7 p.m. at the amphitheater of the Johnson Branch Unit of the park, said Bethany Galster, park interpreter.

Participants will hear and recreate sounds typically heard in the park at night, from frog calls to armadillo foraging, as well as share stories and learn about nocturnal animals.

Admission to the park is $5 for those older than 13, and free for those 12 and younger or anyone with a Texas State Park Pass. For more information, call 940-637-2636 or e-mail .



Krum Kiwanis Club plans Easter egg hunts

Members of the Krum Kiwanis Club will have an Easter egg hunt for children from Krum and surrounding areas Saturday at the Krum Early Education Center, 1513 Sequoia Drive.

Jeannette Moore, club president, said the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be divided into four groups: birth to age 3, ages 4 to 6, ages 7 to 9, and ages 10 to 12.

There will also be a bounce house, cotton candy, face painting, popcorn and hot dogs for the youngsters. Easter baskets will be raffled off, she said.



Oak Point’s annual Spring Fest set for Saturday

The city of Oak Point will have its annual Spring Fest event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Jake’s Place Park, according to an event announcement.

Youngsters are invited to bring their Easter baskets and join the fun.

Easter egg hunts will begin at 9:45 a.m., and will be divided by age groups: birth to age 3, ages 4 to 7, and 8 and older.

To volunteer, call 972-294-2312 or e-mail .

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