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Les Cockrell: Groups to raise money for man’s medical costs

The Friends of the North Texas State Fair Association and Open Range Cowboy Church have planned fundraising events Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds to benefit the Jesse Wilkins Medical Fund.

Wilkins, known to many friends of the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo as “Shorty,” needs surgery and has no medical insurance, event organizers said.

A garage sale will begin at 8 a.m., and a silent auction is set for noon. A live auction will be at 7 p.m.

Items are still being accepted for the auctions, and donors can bring them to the fairgrounds from noon to 7 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call Nanci Kimmey or Glenn Carlton at 940-387-2632.

A fund has been set up at Northstar Bank. Donations can be made to: North Texas State Fair Association, F.B.O. Jesse Wilkins Medical Fund, P.O. Box 1695, Denton, TX 76202. Credit card payments can be made by contacting Kimmey.



Krum Public Library plans series of classes on nutrition

The Krum Public Library, 803 E. McCart St., will have the first in a series of three nutrition classes at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Additional classes are planned at 10:30 a.m. June 15 and 22.

The program will provide information concerning current trends in nutrition education, food safety procedures and food resource management techniques. The hands-on, interactive classes include food demonstrations. At the end of the three classes, participants will receive a certificate of completion, recipes and handouts.

The nutrition classes are part of the “Better Living for Texans” program and are offered through the Denton County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The Krum library also began its summer reading program recently, and several special programs are planned on Mondays through July 2.

For more information or to sign up for the nutrition classes, call 940-482-3455.



Dogwood Estates invites seniors to events

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior retirement community, has invited seniors to three “Spring Into Summer” events this weekend.

Summer treats will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, and seniors who make reservations are invited to a complimentary supper.

A lemonade happy hour is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and a holiday luau will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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



Trietsch Family Reunion slated for area church

The 56th annual Trietsch Family Reunion is planned for Saturday at Blue Mound United Methodist Church, 8421 N. Interstate 35 at Milam Road (Exit 473).

Doors will open at 11 a.m., and a covered dish lunch will be served around noon. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring a covered dish for the meal, along with any family marriage, birth or death updates.

After lunch, a family meeting will be held.

For more information, call 940-390-7639.



Area police, firefighters plan softball fundraiser

Several Denton County police and fire departments will join forces to raise funds for children in crisis at the 10th annual Battle of the Badge Softball Tournament on Saturday.

The tournament is scheduled to get under way at 8:30 a.m. at Lewisville’s Lake Park Athletic Complex, and games will be played on fields 9 and 10. The complex is located just east of Mill Street, about 3/4 mile east of Interstate 35E.

The event is organized by the Lewisville Police Academy Alumni Association and will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County.

Tournament activities will include video games from Game Truck of Tarrant County, clowns, face painting, a silent auction and concessions.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 each; children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free.

For more information, visit  or call 972-317-2818.



Denton Dickens Fellowship members to read at event

Denton County Museums will present five members of the Denton Dickens Fellowship reading from Dickens’ favorites at 1:30 p.m. Saturday during a program at the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St.

The program is planned as part of Dickens 2012, an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, which was Feb. 7.

Saturday’s program will feature readings selected by Lisa Jackson and read by Barbara Brown, E.R. Milner, Sue Milner, Jervis Underwood and Don Vann.

The program is free. For more information, call 940-349-2850.



Robson Ranch Music Club invites public to concert

The Robson Ranch Music Club will host a free concert by Flutissimo at 4 p.m. Sunday in the main clubhouse of Robson Ranch.

Flutissimo is an award-winning 30-member flute choir conducted by Marco Jerez.

The public is invited to attend.



Friends plan memorial for 1986 Sanger High graduate

A memorial for Karen Hamilton Gunn, a 1986 Sanger High School graduate, is planned at 7 p.m. Saturday at Butterfield Elementary School, 291 Indian Lane. Gunn was killed May 28 at her home in The Woodlands.

Organizers are assembling a scrapbook of memories from her classmates and friends to present to her family. Those who attend the memorial are invited to bring their memories already written or to write something at the event. Photos are also welcome.

A scholarship in Gunn’s name is planned. For more information, call Rachel Trietsch Bartel at 940-390-7639 or Denise Yeatts at 940-783-1191.



Tribute to Mountain Springs Hootenanny set

A salute to 50 years of Mountain Springs Hootenanny music and longtime residents the Haynie family will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

There will be music, stories, food and a video presentation, and admission will be a donation at the door. Beverages, food and cookbooks will be on sale, and free ice cream will be provided.

The bands Texas Sky and Backwater Opera will perform, and a “jam” featuring other area musicians will follow.

All proceeds from the event will be used for a scholarship for a Valley View student who plans to major in music. The scholarship will be established in the Haynie family name.

The community center is at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372, east of Valley View. For more information, call 940-637-2388.



Ranger talk, hike, campfire program offered at park

A ranger talk, a guided hike and a campfire program are planned Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The ranger talk will begin at 1 p.m. at the unit’s interpretive center, and the subject will be “Mammals of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.”

The guided hike will begin at 3 p.m. and will follow the Lost Pines Nature Trail, and the campfire program will be at 8 p.m. at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

The programs are free with regular park entrance fee, which is $7 for individuals ages 12 and older.

For more information, call 940-686-2148.

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