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Les Cockrell: Krum Kiwanis Club slates benefit motorcycle rally

The Krum Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a motorcycle rally Saturday to benefit children’s projects that the club sponsors throughout the year.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at Factory Performance, 1170 E. McCart St. in Krum. The first bike out will be at 9 a.m. The ride will cover 86.6 miles.

Advance registration costs $12 per rider and $10 for passengers and will be available before Saturday by calling Bill Hansel, club secretary, at 940-368-1346.

Registration on Saturday will be $15 per rider and $12 for passengers.

Participants will compete for prizes and trophies, and run pins will be issued. Those who participate in the rally will be eligible to enter a bike show, and trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Hansel said games, including an egg toss, will be offered. The games will be open to the public, but only bikes that participate in the rally will be judged in the show.

“This will be a fun-filled day for all participants, and the winner will be the kids of Krum,” Hansel said.



Activities planned for Saturday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

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

A ranger talk on “Mammals of Ray Roberts Lake State Park” will be held at 1 p.m., and a 3 p.m. presentation is titled “Kids’ Wilderness Survival.” Both programs will be at the unit’s Interpretive Center.

The campfire program will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

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



Baby-sitting workshop scheduled at Denton library

Emily Fowler Central Library will host a workshop on baby-sitting from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday for young people ages 12 through 18.

Presented by the Denton Fire Department, the workshop will offer strategies, emergency procedures and other information.

Participants can become certified baby sitters.

Advance registration is required. To check space availability, call 940-349-8752.

The library is at 502 Oakland St. For more information on the workshop, call 940-349-8718.



‘Merging Visions’ exhibit to appear at mall

Denton Poets’ Assembly will join with the Visual Arts Society of Texas in a collaborative exhibit called “Merging Visions,” which begins Wednesday and runs through Sept. 5.

Pairings of poems and artwork will be on display at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Golden Triangle Mall.

All poems and artwork are originals created by members of the two groups.

Some of the poems are created with the artwork as inspiration, while others inspired the artwork.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Denton Poets’ Assembly, visit For more information on the Visual Arts Society of Texas, visit .



Native Plant Societymembers to hear speaker

Michelle Villafranka, a botanist with the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, will present a program titled “Propagating Native Plants” to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Thursday, June 28.

The chapter meets in the new Science Building at Texas Woman’s University.

A social time with refreshments will be at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer, and the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium/classroom on the second floor.

For more information, visit  or e-mail .



Musical ‘Dear Edwina’ on tap at Lewisville theater

Our Productions Theatre Co. will present four performances of Dear Edwina in the Black Box at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in Old Town Lewisville.

Shows are planned at 7:30 p.m. June 28-30, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, June 30.

Tickets cost $15, $20 or $25, with discounts available for seniors, students, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at  or by calling 972-724-2147.

Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.

Dear Edwina is a musical about growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical.

The show’s heroine, 13-year old Edwina Spoonapple, tells her story through a show-within-a-show format.

The theater is at 100 N. Charles St.

For details about upcoming events, visit .



Keep Lewisville Beautiful receives wildflower grant

Keep Lewisville Beautiful recently received a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

The grant will provide funding for Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s wildflower planting project on Oct. 27.

The organization will partner with the city of Lewisville and Lowe’s to plant native Texas wildflowers and grasses in conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day and Keep America Beautiful’s Get Growing National Planting Day.

This wildflower project is the organization’s largest annual beautification effort. For more information, visit  or call 972-538-5949.

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