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Les Cockrell: Groups schedule healthy aging fair Saturday

A senior fitness assessment and healthy aging fair for people 55 and older will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Kitty McGee Arena of Pioneer Hall, 1600 N. Bell Ave., on the campus of Texas Woman’s University.

Participants can get a snapshot of their fitness level after completing a circuit of tests.

Parking and admission are free, but participants are asked to donate two canned food items to benefit Serve Denton, a community-based nonprofit organization.

The event is presented by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Seniors in Motion, TWU, the University of North Texas and Age Well Live Well Denton.

Those interested can register in person at Seniors in Motion, 111 Industrial St., or online with Age Well Live Well at .

For more information, call 940-565-5291 or visit .


Society presents native plant landscaping program

Gailon Hardin will present a program, titled “Sustainable Native Plant Landscaping,” to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas today.

The group meets on the Texas Woman’s University campus in the Ann Stuart Science Complex, located just north of Texas Street.

A social time with refreshments will be at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor atrium, and the program will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 251.

Hardin is a master naturalist and master gardener who has developed a sustainable native plant landscape on her 1-acre property that requires watering of established plants only in times of drought, said Cecil Carter, chapter president.

For more information, e-mail  or visit .


South Branch Library to offer free class in basic Spanish

A free class in basic Spanish will be offered in four sessions beginning Saturday at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Each session will be from 2 to 4 p.m., and future sessions are set for Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20.

Elisabeth Dakak, a certified teacher of foreign languages, will teach the class and cover basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar. Students will also learn about Spanish history and culture.

For more information and to register, call 940-349-8726 and ask for the South Branch Reference Desk.


People can still sign up for Komen Race for the Cure

It’s not too late to sign up to support the second annual Susan G. Komen North Texas Denton Race for the Cure, planned Saturday at South Lakes Park.

The event will feature a 1-mile family fun run/walk, a competitive 5K, a casual 5K run/walk, Kids for the Cure activity area 50-yard dash and other activities designed to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.

Online registration for walkers and runners is open until 5 p.m. Friday at . Walk-up registration on event day is open from 6 to 7:30 a.m.


Silver Saddle 4-H Club to offer contests at event

The Silver Saddle Fun Show will offer several contests and events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds rodeo arena.

The show is sponsored by the Silver Saddle 4-H Club.

Admission is free, and a bake sale and concessions will be available.

Competitive events will cost $2 each to enter. Events with horses and without horses will be featured.

Prizes will be awarded to first-place winners.

Boots, jeans and common sense are required, organizers said, and all dogs must be on a leash.

For more information, e-mail .

For more information about the club, visit .


Rotary sets fundraiser at Western Days festival

Members of the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club will present the annual Backstage BBQ Bash from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday to raise money for local charities.

The event offers food, beer, an auction and a concert by the Josh Abbott Band.

Location will be at the back lot of Repairs Unlimited, at the corner of Mill and Church streets. Tickets are $50, which includes admission to the Lewisville Western Days festival and the concert.

For more information, e-mail .

For tickets, visit .

The festival is set for Friday and Saturday in Old Town Lewisville. In addition to a show by the Randy Rogers Band on Friday night and the Josh Abbott concert Saturday, the festival offers arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, trick ropers, cooking demonstrations, a car show, the eighth annual World Tamale Eating Championship, children’s fishing area, a pet zone, a food court, a stick horse rodeo for kids and an exhibit of Western art and sculpture.

The festival is free, but a ticket is required. Free tickets and more information are available at .


Author to discuss being friends with ‘Mr. Rogers’

Author and journalist Tim Madigan will visit First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive, on Sunday to talk about his friendship with Fred Rogers of the longtime TV program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Madigan will speak during the Sunday school hour at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 940-387-3894.


A&M Club plans golf tourney in Flower Mound

Members of the Denton County A&M Club will have a golf tournament Friday, Oct. 5, at Tour 18 Golf Club in Flower Mound to raise funds for scholarships.

Registration will begin at noon, followed by a putting contest, and the tourney will get under way at 2 p.m. with a shotgun start. A dinner and live and silent auctions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tournament information, including registration, is available at .


Don’t forget

GreenFest on the Greenbelt is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt access point off FM455 below the dam.

Proceeds will go toward reopening the equestrian trail between FM428 and FM455, repairing Greenbelt restrooms, the installation of a wetland viewing deck and trail, and support of the nonprofit Greenbelt Alliance organization.

Tickets cost $5 in advance at  and $7 at the gate.

Activities will include archery, climbing, kayaking, biking and geo-caching, as well as demonstrations by historians and craftsmen of the Cross Timbers eco-region, carriage rides, birds of prey and reptile exhibits, pony rides, fishing competition and an inflatable obstacle course and slide.

Food vendors will also be available.

Live music will be featured, with Bleu Edmondson, Dustin Perkins and Big Gus and Swampadelic scheduled to perform.

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