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Les Cockrell: Program offers illumination on Victorian lighting

A free program on Victorian light fixtures and lighting devices is planned from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Denton’s Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St.

Part of the museum’s “If These Walls Could Talk” series, the program allows visitors to take a tour of the museum and see the lighting devices on exhibit, discover designs and design criteria, and learn about the parts of the devices and the names for each of them, Robyn Lorraine Lee, manager of museums at the Historical Park of Denton County, stated in a news release.

Visitors will also find out about how and where the devices may have been made, how they were purchased and where in Denton they may have been purchased, she said.

For more information, call 940-349-2865 or visit .



Free program Thursday to detail history of the Denton Square

Kim Cupit, curator of collections for the Denton County Museums, will present a program titled “What Was Where: The History of the Denton Square” from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Cupit will show photographs of the Square from the late 1870s through present and share historical information about some of the buildings, events and people.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.



Keep Lewisville Beautiful to have miniature golf tournament

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will have its fifth annual miniature golf tournament and silent auction Friday at Zone Action Park, 1951 Summit Ave. in Lewisville.

Individual registration starts at $20 per person, or $60 per team of four.

Dinner and registration will begin at 5 p.m., with a shotgun start at 6:30 p.m. Tournament players will receive dinner, commemorative goody bags, 18 holes of miniature golf and the chance to bid on silent auction items.

All funds generated by the event will support Keep Lewisville Beautiful community projects and programs.

For more information or to register online, visit .



Branch to conduct clothing drive in May

OneMain Financial is conducting a clothing drive to benefit Goodwill Industries.

Through the remainder of May, the OneMain Financial branch located at 2430 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 182, will be accepting clothing donations.

A drop box is available at the branch office, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a spokeswoman for the drive said.



Festival to pay tribute to agricultural heritage

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its Denton County Country Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds.

Admission is $4 per person; children younger than 12 will be admitted free. The event will feature antique tractors, demonstrations of farming equipment, live music, arts and crafts, food and more. A kid’s zone will offer a variety of activities for youngsters, including a pedal tractor pull.

Proceeds will benefit Denton County student scholarships.

Music by Copper Canyon will be featured from 10 a.m. to noon, and Texas Legacy will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.

The show is an annual feature for the club, said Thurman Bartley, president.

“We’ve invited other tractor clubs to bring in their stuff,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of room and plenty of parking.

“It should be a good, fun day.”

For more information, visit .



Benefit car show set Saturday in Denton

A benefit car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Denton and entries are being accepted in several classes.

Headquarters for the show will be at 212 E. Hickory St., and entry fee is $20 cash per car.

Show organizer J.W. Goin III of Denton said he is expecting between 100 and 150 cars to be entered. The show will be co-hosted by Kenny Fallin.

There will be barbecue and music, and admission is free to the public. Donations will be accepted and T-shirts will be sold to benefit Combat Tracker Teams of the Vietnam War Inc.

Goin served with the 1st Infantry Division and was a member of the 61st Combat Tracker Team.

“A lot of people don’t know what we did or anything about us,” he said.

Combat tracker teams were highly trained units accompanied by a Labrador retriever that carried out missions to locate enemy forces, conduct reconnaissance of an area for possible enemy activity and locate lost or missing friendly personnel.

“I’m extremely proud to be a part of those guys,” Goin said, explaining that he began attending annual reunions of the organization a few years ago. The reunions are a healing process, he said, and he decided to hold a car show this year to raise money for the organization.

“I just reached out to the community,” he said. “I asked if they would champion my cause.”

He has signed up several businesses in the area as sponsors.

The show will offer 17 classes and trophies will be awarded in each class. Special-interest awards will be Best Motor, Best in Show, Best in Class and People’s Choice.

For more information about the show, call 817-614-4275 or 940-387-2222.

For more information about Combat Tracker Teams of the Vietnam War Inc., visit .



25th annual Cross Timbers Classic bicycle rally on tap

The 25th annual Cross Timbers Classic bicycle rally, sponsored by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday.

The starting location will once again be at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle in Fort Worth, and participants will travel routes that pass through all six cities that make up the Northwest Metroport Chamber: Haslet, Justin, Northlake, Roanoke, Trophy Club and Westlake.

Participants can choose rides ranging from 10 to 100 miles, with staggered start times. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and the family classic will be the last ride to start at 8:30 a.m.

The race is staffed by volunteers, and directional parking signs will be placed on site to help direct participants.

Registration is $35 or $15 for children younger than 12.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit .



Third annual DATCU Dash 5K Run/Walk set Saturday

The third annual DATCU Dash 5K Run/Walk, benefiting United Way of Denton County, is planned Saturday at Denton’s South Lake Park.

Late registration will be at 7 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m.

Participants will run or walk a 3.65-mile course. There will be 13 age brackets from children up to 99 years. Prizes and medals will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers in the run. Time will be recorded using Chronotrack disposable timing chips, according to an event news release.

For more information, including registration fees, visit .

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