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Les Cockrell: Park presents activity options

Families searching for outdoor activities on Saturday will find several options at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Visitors to the Johnson Branch Unit of the park will be offered a nature walk along the Vanishing Prairie Trail at 11 a.m. and a program on bats at 1 p.m.

Participants in the nature walk will learn about plants and animals as they view different types of trees, flowers, insects and birds along the half-mile loop. The walk will begin at the kids’ fishing pond and proceed over moderately rough terrain. Walkers should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen and water.

The program on bats will be offered at 1 p.m. at the park amphitheater and will last about an hour. It will cover the benefits of bats and safe ways to help bats.

A 3 p.m. guided hike and a 7:30 p.m. campfire program will be offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of the park. Hikers should meet at the Hawthorn parking area, bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Campfire program participants will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

All park programs are open to the public and free with regular park entrance fee, which is $7 for people 12 and older (use a Texas Park Pass for free admission).

For more information about Johnson Branch events, e-mail  or call 940-637-2636. For more information about Isle du Bois events, e-mail  or call 940-686-2148.



Chamber golf tourney registration deadline coming up

Registration is due by Friday for the 15th annual Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, which is planned at 1 p.m. May 11 at the Bridges Golf Club in Gunter.

Entry fee is $400 per team or $100 per person. The four-person scramble will feature a shotgun start.

For more information, call 940-686-5385 or e-mail .



Dogwood Estates plans activities for seniors

Dogwood Estates independent senior retirement community in Denton has planned a Cinco de Mayo celebration with special activities for seniors.

The celebration will include: a Taste of Mexico event with refreshments and activities at 2 p.m. Friday; a Cinco de Mayo party with music, activities and chips and salsa at 2 p.m. Saturday; and a happy hour with beverages and snacks at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission to each event is free.

Dogwood Estates is at 2820 Wind River Lane. For more information, call 940-383-8600.



Cupit to present items from new book at library

Kim Cupit, curator of the Denton County Museums, will present images and stories from the new book, Denton Then & Now, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

The book, by Cupit and Dr. Georgia Caraway, matches old photographs with modern ones taken from the same camera locations to illustrate changes that have occurred in Denton over the years.

For more information, call 940-349-8749.



Denton Herb Society to meet Saturday

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Featured speaker will be Karen A. Jackson, master gardener. She will discuss the culinary uses of marjoram and how to grow the herb.

 The group meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information, e-mail .



Area cyclists to gather for annual fundraiser

Thousands of North Texas cyclists will saddle up for the 25th annual Bike MS: Sam’s Club Ride on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day ride will cover more than 150 miles and is a fundraiser to benefit the National MS Society. Riders will begin in Frisco at 7 a.m. Saturday and travel to Texas Motor Speedway for an overnight stay. On Sunday, riders will go to Decatur, then loop back to finish at the speedway.

The tour traverses eight North Texas cities and includes scenic views of two lakes.

Riders can sign up through Friday. Cost is $375 to cover registration fee and pledge requirement. To register, call 469-619-4709 or visit .



Association slates benefit event at ice cream shop

The Denton County Raiders Select Sports and Cheerleading Association will have a fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, 2900 Wind River Lane in Denton.

Coaches and board members will serve ice cream to patrons. A portion of the earnings and all tips during the event will be donated to the association.



South Branch Library plans Mini Renaissance Faire

Denton’s South Branch Library will offer a Mini Renaissance Faire for ages 11 through 17 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Participants can compete in a jousting tournament, test their aim with a siege engine and enjoy crafts and games, and they are invited to dress in costume and have a picture taken in Ye Olde Photo Booth.

The library is at 3228 Teasley Lane. For more information, call 940-349-8724 or e-mail .



Library to offer program on finance for senior citizens

The Krum Public Library will have a program titled “Attacking Financial Illiteracy, One Dime at a Time” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The two-hour workshop will be presented by 1$ Wiser Consumer Education and will address money management for seniors, consumer fraud targeted at seniors, post-retirement planning and consumer-protection laws.

The library is at 803 E. McCart St. For more information, call 940-482-3455.



UNT center to present Air Power Symposium

The University of North Texas Military History Center will present its fourth annual Air Power Symposium: “The Two Faces of Air Power,” by historian Dr. Dennis Showalter on Monday at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 State Highway 360 at FAA Road in Fort Worth.

A meet-and-greet opportunity will be at 11:30 a.m., followed at noon by lunch, the lecture and discussion. Showalter will talk about the application of air power on the Eastern and Western fronts in World War II. He is a professor at Colorado College and formerly taught at the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

To make reservations, call 940-565-3197 or e-mail .



Speaker scheduled for hospice family luncheon

Ann’s Haven VNA will have a hospice family luncheon featuring a presentation titled “Good That Came from Grief” by community volunteer Colette Yetka on Tuesday.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by calling 940-349-5900.



Salvation Army of Denton offers luncheon Tuesday

The Salvation Army of Denton will have its annual fundraising luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth.

“Doing the Most Good” will be the theme. Bill Lively, University of North Texas’ vice chancellor for strategic partnerships, is keynote speaker. A silent auction will begin at 11 a.m.

Advance tickets are $45, and tickets at the door will be $60. For tickets, call 940-566-3800.

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