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Les Cockrell: Take a Soldier Fishing event offered at lake

The Take a Soldier Fishing event will return to the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend, and area residents are invited to attend activities Saturday.

Veterans will be on the lake early to fish, and all boats are expected back by 1 p.m. for a fish fry donated and prepared by Lake Lavon Fishing Forum.

A short program will be held, and members of the American Legion Riders Post 550 will conduct The Missing Man ceremony and another symbolizing The Lone Rider.

TASF national president Mike Nashif is scheduled to attend and present Lyndee Prieskop, event coordinator, with an award for volunteer service.

Afternoon activities will include wakeboarding, skiing and tubing, and a domino tournament is set to begin at about 2:30 p.m.

There will also be a volleyball tournament, horseshoes, washers and other games.

Dinner will be prepared and served by Hog Town BBQ, and after the veterans and their families and support staff are served, meals will be offered to the public for a donation.

For more information, call 940-458-0233 or e-mail .



Dogwood Estates plans Armed Forces Day events

Dogwood Estates senior retirement community, 2820 Wind River Lane in Denton, has invited the public to Armed Forces Day events planned Friday through Sunday.

A Wall of Honor dedication with apple pie is planned at 10 a.m. Friday, and an Armed Forces Celebration with snacks and beverages will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

A seminar on little-known Veterans Affairs benefits is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, and beverages and door prizes will be featured.

To make reservations, call 940-383-8600.



Fundraiser to aid Denton County MHMR Center

A fundraiser to benefit the Denton County MHMR Center is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Panda Express, 2700 W. University Drive.

The center will receive 20 percent of the proceeds of food sales from customers who present a special flier, and to-go orders will be included as long as a flier is presented.

To request a flier, e-mail .



Book sale planned at North Branch Library

The Friends of the Denton Library will have a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Admission will be free for members of the Friends of the Library and $1 for non-members.

Book prices vary, but most hardbacks and large paperbacks will be priced at $1 each, and many pocket paperbacks will be 50 cents.

Proceeds will support various activities of the Denton Public Library.



Free concert to feature Charla Corn

Charla Corn and the Train Wrecks will perform in a free concert sponsored by Keep Aubrey Beautiful at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aubrey Festival Grounds, 301 S. Main St. in downtown Aubrey.

The public is invited to bring blankets, chairs and coolers. Food concessions will be available.



Blood drive scheduled at Denton church

An American Red Cross community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gym of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. in Denton.

You must have a photo ID, be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. Walk-Ins will be welcome.

For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto  and search by ZIP code.



Activities offered at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Area families are invited to take part in a guided hike and a campfire program Saturday and a twilight eclipse viewing Sunday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Saturday’s events are planned at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit, with the hike scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the Bluestem Grove Pavilion, and the campfire program will be at 8 p.m. at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

Sunday’s eclipse viewing will be at 8 p.m. at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

Participants should gather at the day-use (C-section) area, where a limited amount of safe eclipse-viewing eyewear will be available to share.

Polarized or regular sunglasses are not sufficient eye protection for viewing solar eclipses.

All park programs are open to the public and are free with regular park entrance fee, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older.

For more information about events at the Johnson Branch Unit, call 940-637-2636. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148.



Cemetery association plans Decoration Day

The Graham-Argyle Cemetery Association will have its annual cleanup and Decoration Day at the cemetery from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rakes, hoes and shovels are needed for the cleanup, and volunteers should remember to bring hats, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and bug spray.

Hamburgers will be served at noon, and attendees are invited to bring a side dish for an old-fashioned “dinner on the grounds.”

The association will have its annual membership meeting and elect officers.

The cemetery is located north of Argyle off Country Club Road.



Environmental area to host kids’ fishing day

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a kids’ fishing day from 10 a.m. to noon and tours of the Minor-Porter Log House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The fishing event will include lessons in casting, fish identification, knot-tying, aquatic habits, fishing rules and ethics and more.

No fishing equipment is required for the program, but those who want to stay and fish afterward will need to supply their own tackle.

There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person; free for ages 5 and younger.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for the children’s fishing program, call 972-219-3930.

The tours of the log house are free with regular gate admission.

For more information, visit .



Docents sought to give tours of county sites

A team of docents is being recruited to give tours of the historic 1896 Courthouse on the Square and the Denton County Historic Park, which is home to two museums — the 1898 Bayless-Selby House and the 1904 Quakertown House.

Hours are flexible and training will be provided.

For more information, call 940-349-2850 or e-mail gretel.l’  .



Local author to sign copies of new cookbook

Author Nuhad HeLal will sign copies of Let’s Dine Lebanese from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Books, 2311 Colorado Blvd. in Denton.

HeLal, a teacher with the Denton school district, was born in Lebanon, and as a young girl, she spent hours watching her mother cook. She has captured many of her mother’s recipes in her new book.

For more information about the book signing, visit .

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