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Les Cockrell: Group to collect donations of bottled water at event

Serve Denton will have a booth at the Kiwanis Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Fouts Field in Denton on Wednesday, and volunteers will be accepting donations of bottled water.

The water will be distributed to the Denton Salvation Army, Vision Ministries, Immaculate Conception Catholic Charities and Our Daily Bread, a spokeswoman for Serve Denton said. She said a local restaurant owner has offered to keep the bottled water cold until it can be used by the various agencies.

Cash donations also will be accepted.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and music is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors to the event can find the Serve Denton volunteers in the children’s area. Serve Denton is nonprofit organization whose goal is to help nonprofits agencies fulfill their mission in advancing the common good of northern Denton County.


Area church to have 12th annual Freedomfest

The 12th annual Freedomfest hosted by Peace of the Rock Ministries is planned Wednesday at Rancho De La Roca Retreat Ranch, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $5 per person — cash and checks only. Kids younger than 3 will be admitted free.

There will be pedal boats and canoes, fishing (bring your own gear), a mechanical bull, a carnival swing, kids crafts, a $1 dunking booth, vendors, the Freedom Express Train and more. Music will be provided by local artists, including Matt Heffner, Katie Cruddas and Wise Ruby.

Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.

Food, soft drinks, bottled water and shaved ice will be available for purchase from the Chicken Coop Cafe. No alcohol or pets will be allowed. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating and bug spray, just in case.

Proceeds will support local and international missions projects. For more information, visit


Mall to celebrate Fourth with parade, block party

Vista Ridge Mall will celebrate America’s birthday with an old-fashioned parade and in-the-mall block party Wednesday.

Youngsters can join Uncle Sam for the parade at 11 a.m. Children are invited to dress in red, white and blue clothing and decorate tricycles, strollers or wagons in patriotic fashion.

Parade participants will start in the mall’s center court, travel through the shopping center and return to the starting point where a DJ will provide music and host games with prizes. Crafts with a patriotic theme along with face painting will also be a part of the festivities. All activities are free and will begin after the parade and continue until 2 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the parade should gather inside the mall near Oasis Cafe before 11 a.m. Children can be on tricycles or in strollers or wagons. The parade does not accommodate children on bicycles.

Activities are designed for children 8 and younger, but all ages are welcome.

The shopping center is at Interstate 35E and Round Grove Road (FM3040) in Lewisville.

For more information, visit or call 972-315-3641.


Lewisville fireworks show planned for Wednesday

The city of Lewisville’s annual Red, White & Lewisville fireworks show is planned to start at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an announcement from the city.

The best viewing area is on the south side of Vista Ridge Mall, between the mall and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, the announcement stated.


Corinth community plans Fourth of July pool party

A Fourth of July pool party is planned from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at The Boulevard, located at 2010 S. Corinth St. in Corinth.

The event will include a DJ, food, games and door prizes.

For more information, call 940-497-4483.


Cities unite for annual celebration on Wednesday

The cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Shady Shores and Lake Dallas will unite for a joint Independence Day celebration Wednesday at Lake Dallas’ City Park.

The day’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. with a parade, and the sixth annual Lake Cities Idol contest will be featured.

Any nonprofessional or amateur singer age 10 and older can enter with the top three winners receiving cash prizes.

This year’s main stage will feature musical entertainment throughout the day and will conclude with a 7 p.m. performance by Eleven Hundred Springs. A fireworks display will be held after the concert.

The Lake Cities Fourth of July Celebration is a free event, with contests including a watermelon-eating challenge and an apple pie bake-off, a children’s play area, plenty of food options and a vendor market.

City Park is located at 101 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. For more information, call 940-497-2226, ext. 132, e-mail or visit


Audition dates set for upcoming production

Auditions for DCT’s production of Pygmalion will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and July 9 at the Campus Theatre, located at 214 W. Hickory St.

Performance dates for the production, directed by Dennis Welch, will be Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 20-23.

Roles are available for five women and six men, ages 18 to 65, and participants should prepare their best British accents. Auditions are open, and no appointments are necessary. Resumes and headshots are appreciated, but not required.

For more information, call 940-382-7014 or e-mail


Annual golf tournament sets new records

Denton Country Club once again hosted the United Way of Denton County People Helping People Golf Tournament on June 18.

Local automobile dealers Bill Utter Ford, Classic of Denton, Huffines, James Wood Autopark, Jim McNatt Auto Group and ORR Nissan were the presenting sponsors for this event.

This year’s tournament reached record attendance and produced record-breaking donations with gross receipts totaling more than $53,000, up $10,000 from last year, organizers announced.

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of United Way of Denton County, stated in a news release that the event served as a great start to the 2012 campaign, which starts July 13 with a luncheon at Texas Woman’s University.

Paul Chandler of Meridian Bank and Denny Aldridge of James Wood Autopark served as co-chairs of the tournament committee, as they have for many years.

Top golfers were first place, the team from The Sante Center for Healing; second place, Title Resources; third place, Josten’s Student Center; and fourth place, First Security Bank. Closest to the pin: Jeff Wickerson on the third hole; La Markesia West on the 12th hole. Longest drive: Noah Longino and Julie Glover. Bob Scott won the putting contest. Paul Dillard shot the first hole-in-one in the tournament’s history.


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