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Les Cockrell: Baby-sitting course set for Tuesday

The Denton Fire Department will present a baby-sitting course from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at North Branch Library.

The course is designed for ages 12 to 18, and participants can learn baby-sitting strategies, emergency procedures and more.

Registration is required, and space is limited. Call 940-349-8752 to check space availability and to register.

The library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. For more information about library programs, contact librarian Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741 or .



Community sale scheduled Saturday

The Krum Parks Board is sponsoring a community yard sale and flea market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and vendors are welcome, organizers said.

Area residents can reserve a 12-by-12-foot display space for $10, and commercial vendors can reserve a 16-by-20-foot space for $20.

The sale will be at the future site of Krum Eastside Park, on FM1173 across from Sonic Drive-In. Vendors can start setting up at 6 a.m.

All proceeds will go toward development of the park. For more information, contact Les Bishop at 330-257-3835 or .



Hikes, ranger talk planned at state park

Area residents are invited to take part in a guided hike Friday and a guided hike and a ranger talk Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Friday’s hike will begin at 9 a.m., and hikers should gather at the Greenbelt Elm East area off FM455.

Saturday’s hike will also begin at 9 a.m., and participants will meet at the Hawthorne campground parking lot.

The subject for Saturday’s ranger talk is “Keep Out! Unwelcome Invaders in Texas.” The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the park’s air-conditioned Interpretive Center.

The programs are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals ages 12 and older. For more information, call Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter, at 940-686-2148 or e-mail .



Local agency receives grant

SPAN Inc. of Denton was recently awarded a grant for $24,171 from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The Texas Veterans Commission recently awarded 11 organizations nearly $2.3 million in grants, according to a news release. SPAN will provide weekday transportation for Denton County veterans to the Dallas VA Medical Center and the Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic from centralized locations or door-to-door service for veterans with disabilities.

The primary source of money for the fund is the $2 Veterans Cash scratch-off lottery ticket, according to the news release. Since its introduction in November 2009, sales of the lottery ticket have provided more than $19.8 million to the veterans’ assistance fund.

Individuals can also support the fund by making an online donation at or by specifying an amount on their vehicle registration form. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible.

For more information, visit .



Festival to feature parade, rodeo, barbecue

A parade, a barbecue lunch, games, music and a rodeo will be among the highlights of the 32nd annual Forestburg Watermelon Festival.

The Forestburg Riding Club is hosting the rodeo, which has performances planned for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Patriotism — Honoring Those Who Serve, Past and Present,” and Montague County veterans will serve as grand marshals for the parade. Parade participants are asked to be at the Forestburg School, 16346 FM455, at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.

After the parade, the barbecue lunch will be served at the Forestburg Community Center. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Visitors will also find games, homemade ice cream, free stagecoach rides and free watermelon.

The Forestburg Methodist Church, located at 16846 FM455, will open its doors from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those who might need a place to rest and cool off. The church also hosts gospel music at 1 p.m. and a 42 tournament at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 940-964-2644.



Event to offer preview of annual balloon festival

Visitors to a “Back-to-School Lift-Off” planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Shops at Highland Village will be offered a preview of the Highland Village Hot Air Balloon Festival, organizers announced.

The event will feature a display of classic cars, children’s games, a visit from Smokey Bear, live entertainment by Diva Gee, and a free vision screening for adults and children.

Members of the Highland Village Lions Club will offer festival T-shirts and other items for sale. The event will end with a hot air balloon glow in the shopping center parking lot.

The shopping center is located at the intersection of FM407 and FM2499 in Highland Village.

This year’s balloon festival is planned for Aug 17-19.

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