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Les Cockrell: School plans run/walk fundraiser to aid camp

The Erick Gutierrez Legacy run, a 5-kilometer run/walk with a fun run for children, is planned for Saturday at Guyer High School.

The run will be held in memory of a former student who died this year, and it will benefit Camp Summit, a residential camp for children and adults with disabilities.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in parking lot “B” at Guyer High, and the race will start at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for kids younger than 12.

Organizers will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and other items, and there will be face painting. Representatives of Camp Summit will collect donations.

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State park event invites families to learn basics of fishing

A Kid Fish event is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Families are invited to learn the basics of fishing through hands-on activities, and no fishing license is required. Equipment and bait will be provided, or families can bring their own.

Adults must accompany children, and they are advised to bring sun protection and drinking water. Participants should meet at the unit’s Kid Fish Pond.

The event is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for people 12 and older or free with a Texas State Parks Pass.

For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail .



‘Kids ’n Cops’ event offers cookout, safety fair

The Lake Dallas Police Department and municipal court will host a “Kids ’n Cops” open house, cookout and safety fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.

The Kids ‘N Cops program encourages positive relationships between police officers and children, and the annual open house and cookout is a popular event to bring them together, according to a press release.

The event was started by Police Chief Nick Ristagno in 1999, and it’s coordinated annually by Sgt. Vikki Chandler. In 2011, the police department and municipal court teamed up to include safety education and training during the open house.

Children and parents are invited to attend the free event, which will include food, soft drinks, gifts, T-shirts, educational material, safety training, activities and music.

For more information, e-mail Chandler at  or call 940-497-2228.



Author to sign copies of book during plant sale

Steve Huddleston, one of the authors of Easy Gardens for North Central Texas, is scheduled to attend the Denton County Master Gardeners’ plant sale Saturday to sign copies of his book.

The plant sale is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 633 Hobson Lane.

Geared to beginners as well as experienced gardeners, the book explains how to create gardens with colorful, low-water plants. The book features more than 1,000 photos.



Communities in Schools of North Texas fundraiser set

Social work seniors at the University of North Texas have scheduled a 5K race for Sunday to benefit Communities in Schools of North Texas.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. Registration will cost $15.

Each year, social work students identify and partner with a nonprofit organization to increase community awareness and funds for the organization. In return, the students receive hands-on experience in areas such as fundraising, grant writing and creating policies and procedures.

Communities in Schools of North Texas works to prevent students from dropping out of school.

The organization targets vulnerable populations such as teen parents, gang members, the homeless, those who abuse drugs or alcohol and those who have incarcerated parents to help them overcome those barriers and stay in school, a press release states.

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Ministry plans open house for Sunday in Aubrey

Healing Hand-up Ministries will have an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chastain-Brown ministry house, 104 Rock Hill Road.

The community is invited to attend the come-and-go event.

Healing Hand-up Ministries is a transitional housing ministry assisting individuals and families facing sudden displacement.

The ministry provides predetermined, short-term services for recipients in financial need, including food, clothing and transitional housing opportunities.

The ministry provides consulting services including money management, employment, education, life skills and spiritual guidance.

To RSVP for the open house, e-mail .

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