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Les Cockrell: Coffee event to benefit community food center

First Mug, a coffee tasting to benefit the Denton Community Food Center, will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Denton.

The event will be in the Monroe Gym, on Sycamore Street between Locust and Industrial streets. Admission will be two canned food items and $5 for a mug, and participants will be offered coffee samples from several Denton businesses, including Banter Bistro, Denton Square Donuts, Jupiter House Coffee, Loco Cafe 603, Seven Mile Cafe, Starbucks and Zera Coffee.

Poetry readings by Beth and Stephanie Honeycutt will be featured at 9 a.m., and Karla Morton, 2010 poet laureate of Texas, will read at 9:45 a.m. An open-mike session with four-minute increments is planned at 10:30 a.m.

A free concert featuring Eric Michael and Allison Cornell is planned on the church’s back lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be water games and slides for youngsters.

The church is at 201 S. Locust St.

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Two fundraisers planned for The Arc of Denton County

The Arc of Denton County will benefit from upcoming fundraisers planned at two local businesses.

The first fundraiser is planned from 4 p.m. to midnight, today through Saturday, at Wine2, 110 W. Oak St. Customers are invited to indulge in a special South African wine menu to benefit The Arc.

The second fundraiser is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mooyah, 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 300. A portion of the proceeds during the event will be donated to The Arc.

The Arc is a nonprofit, volunteer organization committed to expanding opportunities for people with any developmental disability by providing family support, public awareness, advocacy support and referral.

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Peace Action Denton meeting set for today

A “re-visioning” meeting for Peace Action Denton is planned at 6:30 p.m. today in the fellowship hall of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 Bell Ave.

Everyone will be welcome to share their visions of how to be peacemakers in Denton. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact: Paul O’Neal at  or 940-595-7435; or Jean or Dawson Tunnell at or 940-387-9404.



Highland Village Lions Club slates balloon festival

The 25th annual Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair, planned Friday through Sunday, will offer a variety of entertainment and activities for families.

Visitors to Copperas Branch Park on Lewisville Lake can view mass hot-air balloon ascensions and balloon glows, watch balloons floating over the lake and much more.

Tethered balloon rides are planned Friday and Saturday nights, and helicopter rides and a car show will be held Saturday. Free vision screenings for adults and children, carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and music will also be featured.

Admission is free, and a $5 donation for parking is requested.

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Morning, evening hikes offered at state park

Two hikes are planned Friday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

One hike will leave the park’s Bluestem Pavilion at 9 a.m., and the second hike is scheduled on the Lost Pines Nature Trail at 7 p.m.

Both activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148.



Dogwood Estates to host several free events

Dogwood Estates independent retirement community in Denton will host several free events this weekend in celebration of the arts.

An aviation celebration is planned at 2:30 p.m. Friday featuring chef-prepared treats and beverages.

An artists’ showcase will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with appetizers and refreshments.

A family picnic, planned at noon Sunday, will wrap up the celebration.

Dogwood Estates is at 2820 Wind River Lane. To make reservations for activities, call 940-383-8600.



Library schedules program on genealogy sources

A program planned at 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will help participants learn new ways to search for their ancestors.

Tips will include how to take advantage of uncommon genealogy sources including newspapers’ “letters to Santa,” passport applications and prison records. The program will explain how to find such sources and how to search them.

The program is free, but seating is limited. To check space availability and to register, call 940-349-8752.

The library is located at 502 Oakland St.



Fundraiser to help youth group fund mission trip

A fundraiser to benefit the youth group of First United Methodist Church of Denton is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain, 117 W. Hickory St.

The young people are raising money to help pay for a weeklong mission trip to Jamaica next summer to build cinderblock houses and work in a store that sorts and distributes clothing for the needy.

Beth Marie’s will donate a portion of sales during Sunday’s event to help with the project, and young people will also be accepting donations. Church youth will be working at the event.

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