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Les Cockrell: Families invited to explore outdoors

Families invited to explore outdoors

A Texas Outdoor Family workshop is planned from 9 a.m. Saturday to about noon Sunday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Families can participate in kayaking, geocaching, fishing, swimming and other activities, Cassie Cox, outdoor education specialist with Texas Outdoor Family, stated in a news release.

The program provides all camping gear except sleeping bags as well as instruction for all activities, Cox stated in the release.

A park ranger will camp overnight for safety and security and will lead all activities for the weekend.

Cost is $65 for a family of up to six. To make reservations or for more information, call 512-389-8903.

For more information on Texas Outdoor Family workshops and upcoming programs, visit .



Annual health fair set for Friday in Denton

Denton Village Good Samaritan, at 2500 Hinkle Drive, will have its annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Vendors scheduled to participate in the event include Choice Medical, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Southern Care, Good Samaritan Society-North Texas Home Health, Ray of Sunshine, Area Agency on Aging, Health Services of North Texas, Caption Call, Diabetic Shoes USA and Avere Healthcare Clinic, according to an announcement from Tanya Hickman, wellness coordinator.



Library program to teach families about geocaching

Families are invited to learn about geocaching during a program planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library.

The program is open to ages 10 and older. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent, according to a news release from the library.

Geocaching requires a GPS device, and participants who have one are invited to bring it along. A few GPS devices will be available for use during the program.

Space for this program is limited. To register, call 940-349-8752.

Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland St.



Charity golf tourney set for Saturday in Coppell

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is scheduled to have its 2012 Charity Golf Classic on Saturday at River-chase Golf Club in Coppell.

The tournament will benefit Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.

The four-person scramble tournament, set to tee off at 1:30 p.m., will feature a pre-tournament lunch and numerous contests, including closest-to-the-pin holes and longest drive.

Cost is $75 per golfer. Teams can add a local celebrity as a fourth member for $75. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available.

To check on space availability and for more information about the tournament, call 214-704-4026 or 682-465-8982, or e-mail  or .



Krum resident receives appreciation award

Sheriff Benny Parkey presented Krum resident Kathryn McWhorter with an award recently for designing and making covers for the ceremonial flags used by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

McWhorter owns Kathy’s Magic Seams in Krum, a sewing service. She is the mother of Detention Officer Melissa Weaver, who works in the pre-trial property room and is a member of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office needed covers for the flags and the agency standard, Parkey said in the release, adding that it meant so much more because they were made by a Denton County resident. Parkey said the covers would be used by the Honor Guard during ceremonial duties, and thanked McWhorter for her kindness and generosity.

The honor guard, consisting of sheriff’s office employees, was formed in May 2005 to provide funeral honors for active duty or retired members of the department. It also provides a color guard for the Denton County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service held each May and for other state and national holiday ceremonies.



Troop members earn award by helping animals

Members of Argyle Junior Girl Scout Troop 901 earned their Bronze Award recently for helping the Humane Society of Flower Mound, according to a news release from the troop.

The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, the news release stated.

To begin their project, Lauren Kraus, Gracie Arthur, Kaleigh Keil, Katie Higgins and Faith Stapleton visited area animal shelter rescue facilities to learn about needs.

The troop developed a plan to supply the Humane Society with care packages for incoming pets that were up for adoption. Since the pets are housed in foster homes, the goal was to help foster families make their new arrivals feel loved.

Troop members put together 200 care packages for cats and dogs. Each care package contained treats, bandannas, toys and blankets and were presented to the Humane Society of Flower Mound on May 26.

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