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Les Cockrell: Performers to bring children’s stories to life

Denton Community Theatre RoadShow performers will soon be hot on the case of bringing children’s literature to life at the three Denton Public Library branches with a program titled “Get a Clue … At the Library!”

The small cast will narrate and act out several stories, songs and/or poems using puppets, audience participation and traditional theatrical conventions with a minimum of props and costumes.

The program will last between 30 and 45 minutes and will feature such children’s stories as “Are You My Mother?” and “The Web Files.”

Performances are planned at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 3 p.m. July 17 at the South Branch Library and 3 p.m. July 26 at the North Branch Library.

Seating is limited, and free tickets will be available at each library starting an hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 940-349-8718



Series of life skills, empowerment classes to begin Wednesday

A 12-week series of Women Starting Over life skills and empowerment classes will begin Wednesday in Denton.

LoReacy Moses, the class leader, said the classes are designed to help women deal with loss of income, divorce recovery, loss of family or custody and leaving treatment or shelters.

The series will continue on consecutive Wednesdays. Cost of each two-hour class is $35, and scholarships are available.

The class is limited to 10 participants, but additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

For more information about the classes, including location, call 940-395-8534 or visit .



Concert series continues Thursday in Roanoke

Roanoke’s Evenings on Oak Street concert series will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday with a performance by the band Shades of Grey.

The concert will be at Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St. Admission is free, and guests are invited to bring a picnic and blankets or lawn chairs. The concert series will continue on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month through October.

For more information, visit .



Circus clowns to visit Sanger library Thursday

Slappy and Monday, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, are scheduled to visit the Sanger Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

They will lead a 30-minute circus storytime and offer information on a reading program for ages 2-12 that allows kids to earn a free circus ticket.

The library is at 501 Bolivar St. For more information about the reading program, visit .


Garage sale will benefit Denton Christian Preschool

Denton Christian Preschool will benefit from a garage sale hosted by First Presbyterian Church on Saturday.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include estate sale-quality items as well as general household items, furniture, electronics, toys and clothing for all ages, organizers said. The sale will be in Erwin Hall at the church, 1114 W. University Drive.



Retirement community offers events for seniors

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior retirement community, will host free events for area seniors and their families Friday through Sunday.

Guests can take part in a “Dog Days of Summer” event at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Hot dogs and cool summer treats will be served.

On Saturday a classic carnival featuring popcorn, peanuts and more will be at 2:30 p.m.

A social with lemonade and cookies will be offered at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Those who RSVP can enjoy a complimentary supper.

Dogwood Estates is at 2820 Wind River Lane in Denton. To RSVP, call 940-383-8600.



Group reminds people of Kroger donation program

Area residents can support the public libraries in Denton by participating in the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor program.

Supporters who link their Kroger Plus cards to the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries can make sure the libraries receive a portion of Kroger’s Neighbor to Neighbor donation fund. Informationcan be found at

Residents whose Kroger Plus cards were linked to the library group last year need to re-enroll for the current program, which began July 1 and runs through April 30, 2013.

The library group raises money to provide materials and equipment to improve and extend library services. Membership information is available on the website.



Grant to help fund new Garden Giveaway Program

A Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $5,000 will help Keep Denton Beautiful fund its new Garden Giveaway Program.

The grant is one of 120 that the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will award nationally to grassroots community projects.

Through its Garden Giveaway Program, Keep Denton Beautiful will select 250 participants on the basis of need to receive a free “garden kit” that includes a self-watering container, soil, eight to 10 plants, a watering can, gardening gloves, a recipe book and planting instructions. Participants will be educated about the environmental and health benefits of gardening.

“I am proud that KDB is offering a program that will not only continue to ‘green’ our community with gardens, but will also help families and people with lower incomes, as well as college students, to have ready access to nutritious foods,” Lancine Bentley, KDB board president, stated in a news release. “I’m hoping that this may be the start of a new generation of urban gardeners in Denton.”

Applications will be available this month. Visit  for more information.

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is .