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Les Cockrell: Local Girl Scouts gather to celebrate 100th anniversary

More than 500 Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade gathered at Texas Woman’s University on May 5 to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

The girls, from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Area 4 and Area 6, participated in several science, technology, engineering and math stations, nature stations and fun stations that included robotics, parachute drop, cookie decorating, geocaching, letterboxing and stomp rockets.

Girls were also given the opportunity to meet and speak with former Girl Scouts and see uniforms and books used by Girls Scouts in the past.

The girls made a video message for a time capsule to be stored at TWU and opened in 10 years. The time capsule captures troop mementos and “pearls of wisdom” from the girls of 2012 to share with future Scouts.

For information about Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call 800-442-2260 or visit or .



Museum plans program on ‘Selby Roses’ today

A program titled “The Selby Roses: Romance in a Garden Bursting into Life” will be offered at Denton’s Bayless-Selby House Museum from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. today.

Visitors can learn about the roses in the Historical Park of Denton County referred to as the “Selby Roses” and tour the museum’s Victorian rose garden, which includes antique roses. The program will also explore the role played by such gardens in Victorian times and how residents of the time may have enjoyed them.

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


Test drives to benefit elementary school

Don’t forget the Chrysler Brand Drive for the Kids fundraiser benefiting Denton’s Woodrow Wilson Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

Parents and guests who test drive a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan will earn a $10 donation for the school from Chrysler. Employees of Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Denton will have five minivans on site.

The test drives will be offered during field day activities at the school, 1306 E. Windsor Drive.



Flag display opens today; dedication set Saturday

The “Field of Honor” sponsored by American Legion Riders Post 71 to pay tribute to past and present veterans is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. today.

As of Wednesday, the display featured 115 flags, said Kathy Patrick, president of the post’s American Legion Auxiliary and secretary/treasurer of the Post 71 Riders.

“It’s a beautiful sight,” she said.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command Delayed Entry Program/ROTC, under the leadership of Staff Sgt. Ben Miller, will present an opening color guard ceremony. A light barbecue sandwich supper will be served.

The flag display has been set up in a field next to Post 71, located at 2501 Spencer Road.

A dedication ceremony is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, featuring Perry Patrick, Riders director. A continental breakfast will precede the ceremony at 8:30 a.m., and American Legion Riders in the area are invited to join in a motorcycle procession that will open the event. Riders should wear their ALR vests and meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mardel Christian Bookstore on Loop 288, organizers said.

American Legion family members will serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. Those who can contribute a side dish are asked to call Kathy Patrick at 940-368-9929.

A closing color guard ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Flags will be retired to the post hall for distribution.

Photos of the flag display can be viewed at  and .

For more information, call 940-765-8388.



Pair to speak at plant society meeting today

Members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will welcome guest speakers “Native” Dave and Christy Ilfrey at 7 p.m. today.

The speakers will present a program titled “Connections: Relationships in Nature from the Trinity River to the Gulf Coast.”

The group meets in the large auditorium/classroom of the new Science Building on the southern edge of the Texas Woman’s University campus. A social time is set for 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the foyer. For more information, visit .



Ranger talk, sunset hike planned Saturday

A ranger talk and sunset hike are planned Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The ranger talk, on kids’ wilderness survival, will be at 2 p.m. at the unit’s interpretive center.

The sunset hike will begin at 8 p.m., and participants should meet at Greenbelt Elm East.

Both programs are free with regular park entrance fee, which is $7 for those 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail .



Remembrance service to be held at area cemetery

A Memorial Day remembrance program will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Swisher Cemetery, located at 603 N. Shady Shores Road in Lake Dallas.

The event will feature a ceremonial flag presentation, the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem, a gun salute, the playing of taps and a memorial balloon release.

Breakfast will be served following the program at the VFW Post 10464, 501 Thompson Drive in Lake Dallas.



Third annual car show set in downtown Aubrey

Moms on Main and the city of Aubrey will have the third annual Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can view 32 classes of cars, trucks and motorcycles. This year’s show will benefit Vietnam Veterans Post 920 of Denton. This group is working to restore the Green Valley Historic School House.

Saturday’s show will also feature the Denton County Fallen Soldiers Memorial, military vehicles and the Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitive Club.

Open registration will be held the day of the show starting at 10 a.m.

Food will be available, and music will be provided by Abstract Audio. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs.



Memorial Day blood drive planned Monday in Denton

Carter BloodCare is sponsoring a Memorial Day blood drive Monday at the Denton donor center, 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 335.

Hours for the drive will be from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a Carter BloodCare spokeswoman.

Potential donors will be treated to breakfast, and there will be goody bags and prize drawings.

All donors must present a photo ID. For more information about donor eligibility, call 1-800-DONATE-4 or visit .



‘Hero Walk’ planned in Roanoke to honor fallen

A half-mile “Hero Walk” hosted by Hawaiian Falls Roanoke and Soldiers Serve with Heart will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at VFW Post 5074, located at 705 Oak St. in Roanoke.

Active duty military personnel, veterans and area residents will walk in honor of fallen American soldiers. They will travel down Byron Nelson Boulevard to Hawaiian Falls water park.

Military personnel and veterans will be guests of honor for the day at the water park.

Military families can sign up for the event at Hawaiian Falls Roanoke by e-mailing .



Program on exercise and diabetes set for seniors

In honor of Older Americans month, Seniors in Motion is sponsoring a presentation on exercise and diabetes by Dr. Vic Ben-Ezra, professor of exercise physiology at Texas Woman’s University, at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

The program is open to the community and will be at 111 Industrial St. in Denton.

For more information, call 940-566-5291.

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