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Les Cockrell: Aubrey Peanut Festival to begin with parade

The 27th annual Aubrey Peanut Festival is scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade.

Entries will line up for the parade beginning at 8 a.m. This year’s theme is “Nuts About … Recycling,” and awards will be given for entries that display the theme in creative and interesting ways, organizers said.

The festival will also feature a horseshoe tournament, a peanut butter sandwich eating contest, a peanut spitting contest and other activities.

Event information can be found at .

The peanut festival honors the area’s agricultural heritage, and events are held at the festival grounds at 301 S. Main St. in downtown Aubrey.


Group plans baked potato supper

Members of the United Methodist Women’s group at First United Methodist Church of Denton will offer their fourth annual baked potato supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Those who attended the event in the past will note two changes this year: The event has been moved to midweek, and the location will be the Miller Center at the church, 201 S. Locust St.

A baked potato with toppings, side salad and dessert will cost $8, and you can eat in or get the meal to go. Sweet potatoes will be available.

Tea and water will be served, and soft drinks and juice will be available for $1.

A hot dog, chips and dessert will be offered for $5.

Baked goods and craft items will be on sale during the event, which supports missions projects of United Methodist Women locally and globally


School production down to final four performances

Time is running out to catch a performance of Holes, the first production of the season by the Denton High School drama department.

Remaining shows are scheduled at 7 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for people younger than 18.

The production is being staged in the auditorium of the school, 1007 Fulton St.


Retirement community plans free activities

Dogwood Estates independent retirement community is hosting several free events this weekend to help area seniors welcome fall.

“Harvest Palooza,” an event featuring activities, fall snacks and beverages, is planned at 3 p.m. Friday, and an Oktoberfest celebration with a chef-prepared lunch featuring sausage and cheeses will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday.

A chili cook-off at 3 p.m. Sunday will wrap up the weekend’s events. Seniors are invited to bring a pot of chili to compete, or they can just enjoy samples of the entries and corn bread.

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


Denton Herb Society to hear garlic presentation

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Master Gardener Cindy Reese will give a presentation titled “All Things Garlic.”

The program will include tips on growing and propagating and the ideal soil conditions for garlic.

Attendees will also learn why garlic has been called the “Russian penicillin.”

For more information, visit  or e-mail


Lakeside Art Foundation schedules fundraiser

Members of Lakeside Arts Foundation will host “Fall For the Arts,” a wine and cheese fundraiser, Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

The event will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the MCL Grand Black Box.

Tickets are $20 per individual or $30 per couple, and include beverages, snacks and musical entertainment.

There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by area businesses and professional sports teams, as well as original artwork and photography.

For ticket information, visit  or call 972-625-1726.

Lakeside Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in The Colony, supports and promotes local fine arts and art organizations.


Learning area offers forestry badge workshop

A Boy Scout Forestry Badge workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

The learning area is hosting several activities this fall to help Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts accomplish badge objectives.

A schedule and directions are available at

The classes are designed to meet Scouts’ needs, and members of other youth organizations or children simply interested in featured topics are welcome to enroll.

The fee for each badge workshop is $7 per participant; adults will pay regular admission, which is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required and can be made at 972-219-3930 or .

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes for outdoor activities, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.


Kruisin’ for Kodi Poker Run set Sunday to benefit girl

The third annual Kruisin’ for Kodi Poker Run is planned Sunday at the Mule Barn, 218 S. FM156 in Justin.

Registration will be at 1 p.m., and the first bike out will be at 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger.

Proceeds from the event benefit Kodi Tutt, an 8-year-old Sanger resident who is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.

The poker run includes stops at the Stonehill Center in Denton, Happy’s Sports Bar in Aubrey and the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks Lodge in Sanger.

The ride will finish back at the Mule Barn, where awards will be presented at 5 p.m.

Musicians Jeff Hopson, Randy Brown and Tom McElvain will provide entertainment after the run, and the event will also feature drawings and prizes.

For more information, find Kick It Kodi on Facebook or e-mail ,


Progressive dinner event to benefit United Way

Tickets are now on sale for “A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill,” a progressive dinner planned for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to benefit the United Way of Denton County.

The Best Western Premier, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn have teamed up with Red Lobster, On the Border, Olive Garden and Texas Road House to stage the dinner.

Members of the Tejas Storytelling Association will entertain, and members of the University of North Texas drum line will escort participants to each location.

Tickets are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples.

To register or pay by phone, contact Jodi Ramon at the United Way office at 940-566-5851, ext. 102.

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