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Les Cockrell: Museum to open new exhibit Tuesday

A new exhibit, “Ornamental Honor: The Art of Bryson Gappa,” is scheduled to open with a special presentation at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.

The public is invited to attend the opening of the exhibit, which explores the personal goal of Denton County resident Bryson Gappa to honor every Texan who died during the war in Iraq, according to the Denton County Office of History & Culture.

Over several years, Gappa carefully documented the faces and stories of all fallen military personnel from Texas on small wooden panels. The panels were then made into ornaments that were hung on an oak tree in her front yard.

Surviving veterans and relatives of the fallen have contributed their time and perspectives to help bring a greater context to her work, according to a news release.

Personal artifacts donated to the county, including uniforms and medals, supplement the ornamental plaques. The family of Denton County’s first Iraq War casualty, Ernest Dallas Jr., provided his uniform. Other items on loan from families include the uniforms of Johnny Craver, Ryan McCauley and Peter J. Courcy.

The exhibit will be on view through November and admission is free.

The museum is located inside the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance, and an elevator is available for public use.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.



Dealership to provide test-drives for fundraiser

A Dodge brand fundraiser to benefit Guyer High School is planned from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event will be at Guyer’s “Band Showcase” at the school, 7501 Teasley Lane.

Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Denton will bring new Dodge vehicles to the event, and the school will earn $20 for every person who takes a brief test-drive and completes a short survey, according to a news release. Staff members from the dealership have volunteered to help with the fundraiser.

Anyone who is 18 or older and has a valid driver’s license can participate.



Keep Aubrey Beautiful needs helpers for festival

Keep Aubrey Beautiful is seeking volunteers to help with this year’s Aubrey Peanut Festival.

The organization sponsors the festival and needs help with setup, the parade, contests and other activities, organizers said.

The 27th annual festival will be Oct. 6 in downtown Aubrey.

For more information about how to help, call 940-343-1313 or e-mail .



Legion post responds to call for care packages

Members of American Legion Post 71, the post auxiliary and their families recently sent 10 care packages to a U.S. military unit serving in Afghanistan after receiving a call from a woman who said her son’s platoon was in need of items.

Members of the post and the post auxiliary collected donations from the community and put together care packages containing toiletries, drink mixes, cookies, gun brushes, pipe cleaners, socks, magazines, snack foods and other items.

Kathy Patrick, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71, reported in an e-mail that the unit sent a thank-you note that the packages had been received and were appreciated.



Local chapter members dedicate medallion at site

Members of the Peters Colony Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, based in Denton, recently paid tribute to the memory of the Rev. Green Weaver and his service in the Texas Revolution by dedicating a Defender Medallion at his gravesite at Greenview Cemetery in Hopkins County.

The medallion was unveiled and three red roses were laid on his grave in a ceremony attended by 40 descendants and friends. The event was arranged and presented by Peters Colony Chapter members Sandy Weaver Boyd, Sharon Weaver Casey and Jan Weaver Kimmel, who are great-great-granddaughters of Green Weaver and Nancy McCrory.



Center to have annual garage sale Saturday

The Lewisville Senior Activity Center will have its annual indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway.

More than 50 vendors are scheduled to display items for sale, including crafts and name-brand products, according to a news release.

The senior center is accepting donated items (no clothing or broken items) to help raise funds for programs, special events and facility needs.

For more information, call 972-219-5050.



Lewisville mall plans event for young people

Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville is inviting area young people to a “goodbye to summer” fashion event from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the mall.

A lounge area will be set up in the mall’s center court, and participants will be offered one-on-one advice from stylists and makeup professionals, music and information about fashion trends, according to a news release. The event will also include a fashion panel, photo opportunities with accessories to try on, a DJ, mini-makeovers, refreshments and more.

For more information, visit .



Theater group announces upcoming auditions

The Butterfield Stage Players have announced that auditions for Vanities will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28.

Three roles are available for women ages 18 to 30. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Headshots and resumes are welcome, but not necessary.

Vanities is a comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small-town women coming of age in the ’60s and ’70s. The show is scheduled to open Nov. 8 and will run for two weekends.

Auditions will be at Butterfield Stage, 201 S. Denton St. in Gainesville. For more information, call 940-665-8152.

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