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Les Cockrell: Gardening event set for park on Saturday

Denton County gardeners are invited to bring their best fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to the 2012 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show, planned for Saturday at Denton County Fire Fighters Memorial Park, on the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry Street.

The event is sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardeners Association, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the city of Denton and is designed to showcase flowers and produce grown in the county.

Any county resident may participate, and there is no entry fee.

Entries will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the show in two divisions: youth, age 18 and younger; and adult, older than 18. Contestants may enter as many classes as they like but may have only one entry per class.

The contest focuses on the best of species. Fruits and vegetables will be judged on flavor, and each entry must be sufficient in number to fill a dinner plate, which will be provided.

Herb and flower entries are restricted to a single species, and contestants must provide their own containers for arrangements. Both potted and cut flowers and herbs will be accepted.

Winners will be announced and awards distributed at noon or immediately after judging. Winners will receive ribbons. Division champions and best of show will receive cash prizes from Northstar Bank.

Show visitors can visit the “Ask a Master Gardener” booth from 9 a.m. to noon to ask questions about gardening.

For more information, call 940-349-2892 or visit .



Professor to discuss near-death experiences

Dr. Jan Holden will present a summary of her findings from more than 30 years of scholarly investigation on near-death experiences at 6:30 p.m. today at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Holden, department chairwoman and professor of counseling and higher education at the University of North Texas, will discuss what is known about near-death experiences, including what happens at the time of the event, its aftereffects and the implications of those findings for meaning and purpose in life.

She is the co-author of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.

For more information, call 940-349-8749.



Church plans catfish dinner to raise money

A catfish dinner fundraiser is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pilgrim Christian Methodist Church, 339 Robertson St. in Denton.

Supporters can dine on catfish, french fries and dessert for an $8 donation per plate. Proceeds will help church youth and young adults attend a national conference in Orlando, Fla.

Delivery service will be available by calling Sharon Ekpe at 972-837-5468.



Ranger talks and sunset hike planned at state park

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

“Kid’s Wilderness” will be the subject of a 1 p.m. ranger talk, and a 3 p.m. ranger talk will be about “Reptiles of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.” Both talks will be offered at the unit’s interpretive center.

The sunset hike will begin at 8:15 p.m., and participants will meet at the Bluestem Grove Pavilion.

The programs are free with regular park entrance fee — $7 for people 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.



Lake Cities Library group to have writers’ forum

The Friends of the Lake Cities Library will host Constance Hilliard, associate professor at the University of North Texas, in the second of the group’s series of Distinguished Writers’ Forums at 11 a.m. Saturday at the library, 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas.

Hilliard is the author of Straightening the Bell Curve, which offers a new look at intelligence research as it relates to race and gender.

Library staff members also remind that a “Book Time” session planned at 2:30 pm. Tuesday will feature a special appearance by Ronald McDonald.

For more information, call 940-497-3566.



Group to sponsor free concert with Max Stalling

Keep Aubrey Beautiful will sponsor a free concert featuring Texas-based songwriter Max Stalling at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aubrey Festival Grounds, 301 S. Main St.

Attendees are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers.

Food concessions and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit .



Environmental area offers tours of pioneer log house

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Area will have an open house at the Minor-Porter Log House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The log house is restored and furnished with items typical of life in Denton County in 1870. Volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors.

Admission to LLELA is $5 per person, free for children ages 5 and younger, and there is no additional fee for the open house.

For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit .



Denton Organic Society to host program Wednesday

Members of the Denton Organic Society will host a program titled “The Tooth-Body Connection” by Dr. Allen Sprinkle at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

Sprinkle is a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry and has thousands of hours of continuing education pertaining to biological dentistry, chronic head and neck pain and other topics, according to a press release.

He uses a holistic approach in his practice and lives on a small organic farm just outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The meeting is free and open to the public. A seed and information exchange is planned at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 940-382-8551.



Dealership helps raise $1,600 for school

Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Denton helped raise $1,600 for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School with Chrysler’s Drive for the Kids program held May 24 at the school’s field day event, according to a press release.

A total of 135 participants each earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler by taking a brief test drive in a Town & Country minivan.

Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in the fundraising drive.

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