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Les Cockrell: Continental soldiers topic of presentation

Denton County Museums will sponsor a program titled “The Continental Soldier of the American Revolution” from 12:15 to 1 p.m. today in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The program will be presented by Bill Covington, a social studies teacher at Waxahachie Global High School and an adjunct history professor at Navarro College at Waxahachie.

Wearing the uniform of a Continental soldier of the American Revolution, Covington will explain and display arms and equipment typically used by soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

All Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to the presentation.

The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.For more information, call 940-349-2850.


Ruth’s Room, Too plans clearance sale

Ruth’s Room, Too is featuring a summer clearance sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday, and Tuesday through Aug. 18.

During the sale, all media items will be half price. The sale will include books, VHS tapes, vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, audio books, children’s literature and video games. Vintage items are not included.

The store has also planned a “summer beach party” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring a sand box and seashells, games and prizes and snacks. A storytime will be offered at 1 p.m.

Ruth’s Room, Too, at 615 Sunset St., is associated with Ruth’s Room thrift store, a nonprofit organization. For more information, call 940-387-7884.


Church slates Children’s Health and Safety Fair

All families with school-age children are invited to attend the fourth annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair to be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.

The event is free, and families can take advantage of free haircuts, health screenings and representatives from service groups telling how to access their resources, including WIC, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, home health, therapies and counseling services.

Families will find the health fair on the first floor of the east wing of the church.

The health fair will be conducted in conjunction with the Apple Tree Project of Interfaith Ministries of Denton. Families that made applications to the Apple Tree Project previously were screened, and those who qualify will pick up new clothing and school supplies.

For more information, visit .


Aeromodelers group offers swap meet and auction

Members of North Texas Aeromodelers will have their 10th annual swap meet and auction Saturday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Doors open to the public at 8 a.m., and the auction will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. or until it sells out. General admission is $5. For more information, visit .


Ms. Texas Senior America pageant scheduled

The 2012 Ms. Texas Senior America pageant is planned for Saturday at the Embassy Suites Hotel Frisco Conference Center and Spa, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive.

Twenty women will be vying for the title, including Sheila Klein of Highland Village.

“The Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant isn’t a beauty pageant,” Mary Frances Hansen, pageant coordinator, stated in a press release. “Our pageant salutes all senior women. We champion healthy aging, wellness and mental well-being. It’s more than a crown and a banner. It’s about redefining senior women in the 21st century.”

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

For more information, visit .


Health care for children, women subject of program

A program on health care issues for children and women and featuring guest speaker Patrice Capan will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The program is sponsored by the Denton County Democratic Party, and refreshments will be served.

Guests will include Deborah Boone, a Denton lawyer; Mary Brown, candidate for the Texas House, District 64; David Sanchez, candidate for U.S. Rep. District 26; and Gary Brown, candidate for Texas House District 65.


Hayslip to speak at hospice family luncheon

Dr. Bert Hayslip, regents professor of psychology at the University of North Texas, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon to be hosted by Ann’s Haven VNA on Tuesday.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Hayslip will speak on “The Grief of Grandparents.”

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling940-349-5900.


Local restaurant to participate in fundraiser

More than 125 North Texas restaurants are participating in the KRLD Restaurant Week scheduled for Monday through Aug. 19.

The event features three-course dinners at a special fixed price. A portion of the proceeds from each meal sold will support the North Texas Food Bank or the Lena Pope Home.

Participating restaurants include Hannah’s Off the Square, 111 W. Mulberry St. in Denton, according to a restaurant list available at .

To book a spot, diners can call a participating restaurant and request a “KRLD Restaurant Week” reservation, or make a reservation online by visiting the website.


UNT Emeritus College program plans open house

The Emeritus College program offered by the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning at the University of North Texas will begin the fall semester with a free open house from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Silver Eagle Suite of the UNT Union.

The program is entering its fourth year with more than 400 participants.

Emeritus College offers one- and two-day classes, most less than two hours each, for senior citizens at a low cost.

Classes are taught by UNT faculty and emeritus professors, authors, theologians, doctors and industry professionals.

For more information, visit  or call 940-369-7293.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful offers gardening program

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will present a program on fall vegetable gardening from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Crawford Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St.

Speaker will be Trish Percy, a Denton County Master Gardener. She will discuss plans that will give lasting color in the garden as well as what vegetables will produce before the ground freezes.

Although there is no cost to attend, reservations are required and can be made by contacting Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or .

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