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Les Cockrell: Lecture to probe Ford’s influence on Denton

Mike Cochran will discuss the work of architect O’Neil Ford and his influence on Denton’s architecture in a lecture planned for 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse on the Square.

Titled “O’Neil Ford: Texas’ Architect — Denton Roots and Denton Legacy,” the program will be offered in the Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse, 110 W. Hickory St.

In a long and distinguished career, Ford achieved both popular and critical success, yet retained a link to Denton, according to a press release from the Denton County Office of History and Culture.

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance. For more information, call 940-349-2850.


American Legion Post 71 to host blood drive Saturday

American Legion Post 71 in Denton will have a “MASH Bash” blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Carter BloodCare will be on site, and refreshments will be served.

Donors can watch episodes of MASH on the post’s large-screen TV while they wait.

A restored military ambulance is scheduled to be at the post Saturday.

American Legion Post 71 is located at 2501 Spencer Road. For more information, call 940-382-7315 or visit

A restored military ambulance is scheduled to be at the post Saturday.

American Legion Post 71 is located at 2501 Spencer Road. For more information, call 940-382-7315 or visit .


Motorcycle ride, bike show planned Saturday

A motorcycle ride and bike show will be held Saturday to benefit Spokes 4 Hope, which provides bicycles for less-fortunate children.

The motorcycle ride will begin at the four Bone Daddy’s restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Other events, including the bike show and live music, will begin at 1 p.m. at Lucy’s Moms on Main, 204 S. Main St. in downtown Aubrey.

Registration for the bike show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Entry fee for the show is $15, and awards will be presented at 5 p.m., according to the Moms on Main website.

The event will feature complimentary beer, and food will be available.

The event is sponsored by Moms on Main, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Spokes 4 Hope and the city of Aubrey.

For more information, call 940-202-4940 or visit .

For Bone Daddy’s locations, visit .


Hike, ranger talk planned for Saturday at state park

A hike and a ranger talk are planned for Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The hike is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and participants will meet at the Bluestem campground area.

“Keep Out! Unwanted Invasives” is the title of the ranger talk, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the park’s interpretive center.

The programs are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 12 and older.

For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail .


Guyer High School theater students to host book fair

Theater students from Guyer High School will have a book fair beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble store at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

The students will showcase their upcoming production of A Year with Frog and Toad, alternating performances with story time sessions, according to a press release.

During the book fair, for any purchase made with a mention of Guyer theater, the store will give back a percentage of the sale to the school, the press release states.

The theater group will use the proceeds to fund various activities, productions and scholarships throughout the year.


Library to host program on self-publishing

Author John Irving will offer a step-by-step guide to the process of self-publishing on for the Kindle e-reader from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library.

Participants will learn how to create a merchant account, formatting for the Kindle, selecting searchable keywords and tags, and more.

Participants will need to bring a flash drive or laptop computer containing the following items: a fully edited and proofread manuscript, art for the cover, photo of the author (if desired), and bank account and bank routing numbers.

The library is located at 3020 N. Locust St.

There is no charge to attend the class, but seating is limited and registration is requested.

Call 349-8752 to register or get more information.


Kids’ fishing event planned Saturday in Lewisville

A kids’ fishing day will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, according to an announcement from Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator.

Angling instructors at LLELA have planned several activities to introduce youngsters to fishing and will offer information on casting, fish identification, knot tying, aquatic habits, fishing rules and ethics, and more.

There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee, which is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, call 972-219-3930.

Fishing equipment is not required for the program, but those who intend to stay and fish afterward will need to provide their own tackle.

For more information, visit .


Lewisville Lake Symphony offers concerts

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will offer two concerts featuring international pianist Nikita Fitenko performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The program also will include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, the Italian.

Performances will be in the performance hall at the Medical Center of Lewisville’s Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for seniors on Friday nights, $20 for adults and $15 for seniors on Sunday afternoons, and $10 at all shows for students and active-duty military personnel returning from combat deployment, along with their families, according to a press release.

To order tickets, visit .


Dogwood Estates to mark Active Aging Week

Dogwood Estates, an independent senior living community in Denton, will have several free activities for seniors Friday through Sunday in honor of Active Aging Week.

Active Aging Week, founded by the International Council on Active Aging, promotes healthy lifestyles for seniors.

Events at Dogwood Estates include bean bag baseball with light refreshments followed by a chef-prepared lunch at 11 a.m. Friday, a chef showcase on healthy eating at noon Saturday, and afternoon trivia and a chef-prepared lunch at noon Sunday.

Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane. To make reservations or for more information, call 940-383-8600.


Fundraiser to benefit Denton County MHMR

Staff members from Denton County MHMR Center will be serving ice cream from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain at 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 148.

The center will receive a percentage of orders served during the two-hour fundraiser.


Aubrey resident brings home reserve world title

Daryl Lankin of Aubrey captured the reserve world championship in 3-year-old mares at the Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Aug. 26 in Amarillo, according to an association press release.

Lankin showed Fearles Tina, a 2009 sorrel mare.

For more information about the show, visit .

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