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Les Cockrell: Denton Public Library names contest winners

The winners of the Denton Public Library’s Denton Writes 2012 Writing Contest were recently announced, and a reception in their honor was held May 23 at the North Branch Library.

Winners in the Adult Poetry division were: “Hurry Up! Slow Down!” by Christina Smith, first place; “Unaccompanied” by Beth Honeycutt, second place; and the “Intension of Knot” by Febe Moss, third place.

Taking top awards in the Adult Fiction division were: “Coach Dee” by Sherri White, first; “A Notice” by Marian Fleischmann, second; and “Deeper Than an Ocean” by Ryan Barnhart, third.

Winners in the Adult Nonfiction division were: “VBIED” by Tosha Griggs, first; “Anatomy 101” by Christine Thomas, second; and “The Temptation of Books” by Kay Branum, third.

Taking awards in the Teen Poetry division were: “Where Do You Come From?” by Christine Yuan, first; “Four Faces” by Margaux Khosraviani, second; and “Gods of Death Love Apples” by Bailey Locklear, third.

In the Teen Fiction division, winners were: “Kick Out the Jams” by Rachel Valentine, first; “The Most Cruel Story of a Girl with Unimaginable Red Hair” by Josie Baker, second; and “The Mirror” by Katharine Baxter, third.

In the Teen Nonfiction division, winners were: “Shakespeare: A Man of All Times” by Varada Salimath, first; and “Latvia, a Swell Country” by Ashlyn Kate Baak, second.

Winners in the Youth Poetry division were: “I Am” by Victoria Langham, first; “Opposites in Space” by Hannah Bradshaw, second; and “The Flag, The Flag” by Lindsey Duffin, third.

Youth Fiction division winners were: “A Map to the Magical Forest” by Victoria Langham, first; “The Ghost of Pearl Harbor” by Rae Hillman, second; and “Denton Writing Contest” by Alice Wang, third.

Youth Nonfiction division winners were: “Corrie Ten Boom” by Grace Elizabeth Baak, first; “Moving” by Alice Wang, second; and “My Best Friend Emily” by Zoe Graves, third.

In the Children’s Poetry division, winners were: “The Color Green” by Mia Knight, first; “The Awesome Poem” by Madden Shoebotham, second; and “Thunderstorm” by Aden Burdge, third.

Taking awards in the Children’s Fiction division were: “Easter on the Farm” by Jamie Ordonez, first; “Evangeline’s New Friend” by Eloise Bourns, second; and “Dinosaur Recovery Team” by Jeremy Clark McKay, third.

Winners in the Children’s Nonfiction division were: “The Bare Facts About Bare Feet” by Micah Powell, first; “The Polar Bear Slip Up” by Elijah Jones, second; and “Right Foot, Left Foot” by Hannah Reynolds, third.



Church plans garage sale to support missions

Asbury United Methodist in Denton will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday to support missions programs.

The church is at 117 Hercules Lane. For more information, visit  or call 940-387-6487.


Environmental learning area offers twilight hike

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a twilight/moonlight hike for ages 5 and older at 8 p.m. Friday.

No flashlights are necessary. Fee is $2 per hiker, in addition to the regular admission fee of $5 per person. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930.



Aubrey Area Library slates visit from ‘Critterman’

The Aubrey Area Library will host a program featuring “Critterman” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The library is also kicking off its Summer Reading Club, which will run from Saturday through Aug. 16. With each reading log returned to the library, kids will receive a prize, and teens and adults will receive a ticket for a drawing. 

For more information, call 940-365-9162 or visit .



Garage sale to help girl fund trip to conference

A garage sale to help fund a Denton girl’s trip to the 2012 Vitiligo Conference in Florida this July is planned from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at 7012 Chaucer Drive.

Kelsey Taylor Head, 7, has been raising money to attend the conference by selling bookmarks, said her mother, Stacy Head. The second-grader has vitiligo, a condition in which the skin loses melanin, the pigment that determines the color of skin, hair and eyes, according to the American Vitiligo Research Foundation website.



Motorcycle riders plan ride to help fellow member

The “Ride for Tiffany” fundraiser to help with the medical and therapy bills of Denton chiropractor and nutrition specialist Dr. Tiffany McCoy is planned Saturday at Rising Phoenix Motorsports, 2126 Hamilton Road in Argyle.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the first motorcycle out will be at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per bike.

McCoy recently suffered a stroke, and her fellow members of Denton Motorcycle Riders are organizing the ride to help her. There will also be a 50/50 prize drawing to raise additional funds. The ride is open to all motorcycle riders and will cover 130 miles. For more information, call Matt Apple at 940-391-2565.



Library to host financial workshop for seniors

The Krum Public Library will host a financial workshop for seniors presented by 1 $ Wiser Consumer Education at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The two-hour workshop will offer information on financial management, scams, frauds and changes in consumer protection laws that impact seniors.

Refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, call 940-482-3455.



Therapeutic riding center plans fundraiser Saturday

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center’s 10th annual Fiesta Del Rancho fundraiser will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 1960 Post Oak Drive in Corinth.

The event will include a barbecue dinner, live entertainment by Junxion 12, live and silent auctions, activities for kids and pony rides.

Admission is $75 for a couple (two adults and two children), $40 per adult (13 and older) and $5 for children 5-12. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger.

The event raises money for SpiritHorse to provide free, weekly, private therapeutic horseback riding lessons to more than 400 clients.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 940-497-2946 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or visit .



Ruth’s Room, Too store schedules bargains event

Ruth’s Room, Too, located at 615 Sunset St. in Denton, will host a “Big Top Bargains” event from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

There will be clowns, jugglers, face painting and story time for young people and the young at heart.

Ruth’s Room, Too is associated with Ruth’s Room thrift store, a nonprofit organization.

For more information, call 940-387-7884.



Denton Herb Society to present program Saturday

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Guest speaker Carolyn Hathaway will discuss tips for growing rosemary and the culinary uses of the herb.

For more information, visit .

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