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Les Cockrell: Plans announced for next First Friday Denton

A Creative Art Studio has announced plans for its next First Friday Denton event, which will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Featured will be the opening reception for the fall art show at the gallery/studio and new works by local artists will be on view.

Also planned is the kickoff for the First Friday Featured Artist series, which will highlight the work of one artist each month. Denton artist Trey Wright will be showcased Friday.

Music for Friday’s event will be by Friendship Venture, an eclectic performance ensemble led by UNT percussionist Sam Friedland. The group favors jazz and conceptual pieces and will perform original compositions by members of the band and original arrangements of a wide variety of tunes.

Art Demonstrations, the 5-minute novelist and a community art project will also be featured.

A Creative Art Studio is located at 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. For more information, call 940-442-1251 or visit .


Red Cross blood drive planned

An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Willowwood Church of the Nazarene, 1513 Willowwood St., in Denton.

To make an appointment to donate, call 940-435-1388.


Sara Hickman to perform

Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman will perform in two shows at the Denton Civic Center on Friday to benefit Denton County Friends of the Family.

The first show is a free children’s concert at 3:30 p.m., and attendees are asked to bring toiletry items for the agency’s emergency shelter.

The second show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., and a $15 donation is suggested.

The Denton Civic Center is located at 321 E. McKinney St.

For more information, visit  or .


Youth of area church plans Green Chile Festival

The youth at Lake Cities United Methodist Church are planning the first Lake Dallas Green Chile Festival.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas.

Members of the church’s youth department have ordered 3,500 pounds of the peppers and will be roasting them Saturday.

There will also be live music Saturday and a chili cook-off Sunday.

Peppers will be sold in three different forms: fresh, at $10 for a 5-pound box; roasted, at $20 for a 5-pound box; or roasted, peeled and diced, for $5 a pound.

There will be a vendor section and, since this is the first year for the event, vendor tables are free to set up.

People are invited to get out their favorite chili recipes and bring a pot of chili to compete in Sunday’s cook-off.

For more information, call 940-321-6100 or e-mail .


South Branch Library to hold golf-themed event

The South Branch of the Denton Public Library will hold a golf-themed event titled “Sign Up and Swing” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The free event is designed to encourage residents to become library users, according to a library news release. Participants will learn about what the library has to offer by completing a 6-hole putting course that will wind through the library’s collections.

Other activities for children and adults are planned throughout the day at the library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

A Denton Public Library card is free if you live within city limits and provides access to thousands of books, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs at three library locations. It also provides access to a large selection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, according to the news release.

For those living outside city limits, a one-year, full-service library card is available for $50. You can also purchase a six-month, full-service card for $25.

For more information, call 940-349-8752 or visit .


LLELA to have bird walk, nature walk

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will have a bird walk and a nature walk Saturday, according to an announcement from Lisa Cole, education coordinator.

Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join the bird walk, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Keith Lockhart will guide visitors on LLELA’s first bird walk of the fall.

The bird walk is for ages 10 and older, and there is a $2 program fee in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

The nature walk will begin at 10 a.m., and a Texas Master Naturalist will help participants explore the Cicada Trail in search wildflowers and animal tracks and signs. All ages are welcome, and there is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

Reservations are requested but not required for both events by calling 972-219-3930.

For more information about events, visit .


Pinewood Hills plans several free events

Pinewood Hills, an independent senior living community in Flower Mound, will have a variety of free events for area seniors and pay tribute to local heroes during its Patriot Days celebration Friday through Sunday, according to a news release.

The Patriot Days events include:

•  An open house at 11 a.m. Friday with snacks and beverages, followed by a complimentary lunch at noon.

•  A celebration with apple pie and ice cream at 3:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a chef-prepared supper.

•  A patriotic celebration at noon Sunday featuring a chef-prepared lunch.

Each event is free and open to the public. Pinewood Hills is located at 3901 Kirkpatrick Lane in Flower Mound. To make reservations, call 972-355-8844.


Denton resident captures first-place in Horse show

Paula Czapko of Denton captured the first place intermediate title in western pleasure at the 2012 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Aug. 29 in Amarillo, according to a news release from the American Quarter Horse Journal.

Czapko showed her American Quarter Horse, Suddens Leadin Lady, a 2008 black mare.

For more information about the show, visit .

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