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Les Cockrell: Girl Scouts organization receives $22,600 grant

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $22,600 grant to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

The grant was accepted by Terry Clower, a board member of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and girls from local troops.

The funds will provide a technology upgrade at service centers in Denton and Allen and support programming that is offered to 13,400 girls and 8,600 adult members.

A portion of the grant will help at-risk girls attend summer camp by providing full or partial assistance.

Dennis Engelke, executive director of the foundation, presented the grant and said that the company is proud of its partnership with the Girl Scouts organization.



Fundraiser set for Saturday to benefit memorial scholarship fund

A fundraiser planned for Saturday in downtown Aubrey to benefit the Ryan Blakeley White Memorial Scholarship fund will feature a 3-kilometer run, live music, barbecue and much more.

Registration for the run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Aubrey City Hall, 107 S. Main St. Cost is $20. Runners, walkers and joggers are invited to participate.

The run will get under way at 10 a.m., along with other activities that will be offered next door to the Aubrey Fire Department.

There will be no admission fee, and donations will be accepted.

Carter BloodCare will be on site to accept donations, and there will be vendors, a bounce house, face painting and brisket.

All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund, which was established to honor the memory of Ryan Blakeley White, an 18-year-old Aubrey High School student who was killed in a traffic accident April 6.

Music will be provided by Bubba Harper, the Last Drag, Meia and Leann Hart. Hart, a Christian artist from Oklahoma, is scheduled to perform from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 940-453-2980.



Ranger talks, twilight hike on tap at state park

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

The first ranger talk, titled “Reptiles of Ray Roberts Lake State Park,” will begin at 1 p.m. A second talk, “Beaver Tales!” is scheduled for 3 p.m. Both talks will be at the unit’s interpretive center.

The twilight hike is planned for 8:30 p.m., and participants should meet at Greenbelt Elm East off FM455.

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



Elks slate benefit for young accident victim

Members of the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks will host a benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday to benefit Corey Holmes, a young musician who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last month.

Several bands will play and a live auction will be conducted during the event, which will be at 1601 Marina Circle at the Lake Ray Roberts Marina off FM1190 near Sanger. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 940-458-2862.



Library group to host third writers forum

Members of the Friends of the Lake Cities Library will honor Janelle Cox Rogers at the organization’s third Distinguished Writers Forum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library.

The author will sign copies of her new book, Penelope’s Rainy Day Adventure.

Refreshments will be served, and participants will have an opportunity to meet the author, who graduated from Lake Dallas High School in 2000.

The library is at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas.



Grand opening set for new Lewisville Animal Shelter

The public is invited to attend a grand-opening event for the new Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to touring the new facility, located at 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd., visitors will be able to save money on pet adoptions at the event, since the Lewisville City Council has waived adoption and registration fees, according to a press release.

Adopters will be required to have their pets vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

A formal opening ceremony and dedication will be held at the start of the event, and vendors, information booths and other activities will continue until 2 p.m.



Independence Day event set for Tuesday in Roanoke

The city of Roanoke will host its Independence Day celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Roanoke Community Park, 201 Park Drive.

The event will feature free entertainment, games, train rides, bounce houses, a climbing wall and more.

Participants can purchase $3 barbecue meals, and there will be free ice cream while supplies last.

Le Freak, a disco band, is scheduled to perform, and a fireworks show will close out the evening with a scheduled start time of about 9:30 p.m.

Free shuttles will be available, and signs will be posted to direct motorists.

For more information, visit  or call 817-837-9930.

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