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Les Cockrell: Hospital plans free seminar Tuesday

A free seminar for caretakers, family members and loved ones of people who suffer from dementia will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, 2620 Scripture St.

The seminar will be conducted by Peggy Watson and Nancy Shadowens, consultants in dementia therapy.

The seminar will offer information on what to do when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, how to recognize characteristics of normal aging versus dementia, the basics of short- and long-term memory, why staging dementia is important, appropriate activities to engage a loved one, and how to decrease agitation, boredom and lethargy and increase communication.

Reservations will be closed after the first 120 spots are filled.

To check space availability, call 940-297-6515 or e-mail .



Local society to have program on food co-ops, recipes on Wednesday

The Denton Organic Society will have a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday titled “Food Co-ops & Favorite Recipes” at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

The program is free and open to the public and will be preceded by a seed and information exchange at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 940-382-8551.



Community announces free events for seniors

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior retirement community located at 2820 Wind River Lane in Denton, is inviting area seniors to its free Spring Fling events April 20-22.

A benefits seminar for veterans is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, an old-fashioned sock hop with desserts and snacks is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and a Spring Fling celebration with complimentary ice cream sundaes is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.

The benefits seminar for veterans will address the little-known VA Aid and Attendance program, according to an event press release.

For more information, call 940-383-8600.



Greater Denton Arts Council to roast ‘Frenchy’

The Greater Denton Arts Council will salute Andre “Frenchy” Rheault with a celebrity roast at 7 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

“Frenchy” is the owner of Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Service and is known as the “King of Orange.”

The evening will feature humor, fun and Sweetwater Grill and Tavern’s “Orange Plate Specials” to benefit the arts council.

Tickets cost $40 per person for regular admission or $100 per person for VIP tickets.

For more information, visit  or call 940-382-2787.



Bees to be topic for Garden Secrets class

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will offer a class on bees as part of its Garden Secrets series from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lewisville Library’s Crawford Room.

The class will cover general knowledge about honey bees, why beekeeping is important, plants that bees love, how to start keeping bees and some of the different products that can be used from the beehive.

Speaker will be Shelby Killpatrick, an active Denton County 4-H member and Master Gardener intern.

The Lewisville Library is located at 1197 W. Main St. For more information or to make reservations, call 972-538-5949 or e-mail .



Child safety program planned for Saturday

Denton County Friends of the Family’s Bumbles the Magic Bumblebee will visit Denton’s North Branch Library on Saturday for a child safety program.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and is designed for children in preschool through second grade.

The library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. For more information, call 940-349-8715, e-mail  or visit .



Tourney to help provide exams, glasses for kids

The second annual Children’s Vision for Tomorrow Charity Golf Tournament is planned for Monday, April 23, at Oakmont Golf and Country Club in Corinth.

The tournament is a four-person scramble, and tee time will be at 11 a.m. Registration and a putting contest will get under way at 9:30 a.m.

Cost is $100 per player or $400 for a foursome.

Last year’s inaugural event raised enough to provide free exams and glasses for more than 200 local children in need.

Oakmont Golf & Country Club is located at 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

For more information or to sign up, visit .



Several area cleanup events on tap Saturday

Keep Pilot Point Beautiful and the city of Pilot Point are gearing up for their seventh annual trash-off planned in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup.

Organizers hope to rally 250 volunteers for this year’s effort, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers should meet at the gazebo on the square in downtown Pilot Point.

For more information, visit

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will celebrate its 26th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday.

This free event will be held in conjunction with the Keep Texas Beautiful Trash Off and the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup activities.

Volunteers are needed for cleanup teams and on-site help. Sign-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Residential Convenience Center parking lot at 330 W. Jones St. in Lewisville.

The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and door prizes. All ages are welcome. Trash bags, gloves, grabbers and safety vests will be provided.

For more information, call 972-538-5949 or e-mail

The Keep Aubrey Beautiful Committee is sponsoring the third annual “Keep Aubrey Beautiful Great American Clean-Up Day” on Saturday.

Late registration begins at 9 a.m. at the festival grounds, 301 S. Main St., next door to the fire station in downtown Aubrey.

Groups and individuals will help pick up litter and trash around the city of Aubrey and then join in fun and educational activities. Participants will receive lunch.

This event will be held in conjunction with the citywide cleanup day sponsored by the city of Aubrey.

For more information, visit or e-mail .

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