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Les Cockrell: Cyclist on long ride to aid wounded vets

Scot King, who is completing a bicycle ride through 48 states to raise awareness and funds to help wounded veterans, will visit the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. Friday.

A former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, King began his “Remember the Wounded Ride” in May 2011. The first part of his journey, completed in October, covered 6,025 miles, according to a news release. He began the second leg of the trip in April and is scheduled to finish another 8,000 miles by September.

King is a member of Elks Lodge 142 in Portland, Ore., and is visiting as many lodges along his route as he can to interview wounded veterans and collect their stories for books that will chronicle their experiences.

He has also been stopping at state capital cities to request flags for a ceremony to honor all American veterans that will be conducted on Veterans Day 2013 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

There is no charge to attend Friday’s program, and the public is invited to attend, said Glenna Krueger, spokeswoman for the Elks Lodge. Donations will be accepted to help King’s campaign.

“We want to encourage everyone who supports veterans to join us,” she said.

The Elks Lodge is at 1601 Marina Circle.

For more information, call 940-458-2862.

For more information about King’s ride, visit .



Ruth’s Room, Too to host picnic event Saturday

Ruth’s Room, Too in Denton will host a summertime picnic event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and lemonade and snacks will be served.

A story time for kids will begin at noon, and special sale items will be featured.

Ruth’s Room, Too, 615 Sunset St., is associated with Ruth’s Room thrift store, a nonprofit organization.

For more information, call 940-387-7884.



Writers league members to discuss anthology

Members of the Denton Writers League will debut their second anthology, Snacks for the Mind, and discuss the writing process during a program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emily Fowler Central Library.

Members will conduct a panel discussion about their work and offer advice for the beginning writer, including how and where to submit material.

The league is a group of published and unpublished writers who help each other hone their craft through external critique groups, guest speakers and workshops.

The library is at 502 Oakland St.

For more information, call 940-349-8776.



Audio book narrator to visit Denton library

Carol J. Crittenden, also known as C.J. Critt — the voice of the character Stephanie Plum from novels by bestselling author Janet Evanovich — will visit Denton’s North Branch Library on Tuesday.

During the “all-Evanovich” show, set from 7 to 8 p.m., she will read excerpts from Evanovich’s work and answer questions about the narration process.

Crittenden has brought to life the works of authors Anne Perry, Larry McMurtry, Patricia Cornwell and many others.

She is a veteran of productions on and off Broadway, stand-up performances and television commercials.

The library is at 3020 N. Locust St.

There is no charge to attend this program and no reservations are needed.

For more information, call 940-349-8752.



UNT on the Square slates civic service clubs event

UNT on the Square will host a Denton Civic Service Clubs Recognition Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

The open house and reception for all members of Denton civic service clubs and their guests is sponsored and hosted by the Institute for the Advancement for the Arts and the Offices of the Provost at the University of North Texas.

The event is held to recognize the community service performed by service clubs and to better acquaint them with UNT on the Square and the arts at UNT.

The free come-and-go event will feature beverages and appetizers.

Attendees will have an opportunity to view a gallery exhibition of watercolors by UNT graduate and undergraduate art students.

UNT on the Square is at 109 N. Elm St.

For more information, call 940-369-8257.



Mayborn literary conference set for July

Luis Alberto Urrea, Richard Rhodes and Isabel Wilkerson will be the keynote speakers for the eighth annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 20-22.

Produced by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas, the conference will be at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.

The purpose of the conference is to further the craft of narrative journalism, and it is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased individually for all three keynote speakers.

For a schedule of events and registration information, visit .



Pilot Point resident brings home top award

Leroy Poignant of Pilot Point recently captured one of the All-Around titles at the 2012 AjPHA Youth World Championship Paint Horse Show, according to the American Paint Horse Association.

Poignant captured the Reserve All-Around Youth 14-18 title, showing his horse, Ill Be Sensational.

The all-around award is given to the exhibitor who earns the highest point total for the person’s youth category.

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