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Les Cockrell: Spooky tales await at ‘Scare on the Square’

Spooky stories for all ages will be featured at “Scare on the Square” in downtown Denton on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Tejas Storytelling Association, and admission is free.

Storytelling for children will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., and then the tellers will shift gears and spin tales for the adults in the audience.

“After a short break, the adult telling will begin at 8:30 and end around 9:45, or I like to say, from 8:30 until ‘how brave are you?’” Gary Patton, association president, wrote in an e-mail.

Storytellers scheduled to take part include Gary Whitaker, Tim Couch and Jacqui Rash.

Those brave enough to attend are invited to drop by the Square and find a place on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square.


Trinity Forks Chapter of Native Plant Society to meet today

Members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will play host to guest speaker Jim Varnum at 6:30 p.m. today.

Varnum, a master naturalist, will present a program on “Flora of Lake Forest Park.”

The group meets at Texas Woman’s University’s new science building on the southern edge of campus. The meetings start with a short social time, featuring refreshments in the foyer.


Zombie Dash planned Saturday in downtown Denton

The Zombie Dash, a children’s walk for health, is planned for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church’s side yard at the corner of Industrial and Sycamore streets.

Participants are invited to come in costume, and the walk will be led by superheroes.

The walk is sponsored by Seniors in Motion, and donations will be accepted for Denton Christian Preschool. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will provide information on healthy living choices and a program on early awareness of heart attacks.

The event precedes the Day of the Dead Festival planned for the Industrial Street area Saturday.


DHS Theatre Booster Club plans eighth-grade event

The Denton High School Theatre Booster Club will hold a dance and hay ride from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the DHS cafeteria.

The event is open to all Denton-area eighth-graders.

Admission is $5 per person. A DJ will be featured.


Library sets ‘Mad Scientist Lab’ on Saturday

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will have a “Mad Scientist Lab” for children ages 8 to 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will experiment with batches of oozing slime, bubbling potions and other gooey creations. The program is free, but supplies are limited. Call 940-349-8752 to register.

For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer at  or 940-349-8718.


Pantry Dash planned at local church Saturday

Trinity United Methodist Church invites area runners to register for the Pantry Dash, a run against hunger to be held Saturday.

A 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk will be featured at 8:30 a.m. at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane, next to the church.

Cost is $20 per runner or walker and $15 for children age 12 and younger; a family rate of $65 is available. Proceeds will benefit local food banks.

To register, visit  or call the church at 940-566-2291.


Tour of exhibit on Victorian funeral practices set

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will present a special night tour of an exhibit on the Victorian approach to death and dying from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday for Denton’s Day of the Dead, according to a news release.

The exhibit is on view at the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St., through Nov. 10. Admission is free.


Krum church to have chocolate festival

The fourth annual “I Love Chocolate” festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Krum.

Tickets cost $20 at the door, and a variety of handmade chocolates, a chocolate fountain and door prizes will be featured. Proceeds will benefit several community charity programs.

The church is located at 1001 E. McCart St.

For more information, call 940-482-3482 or visit .


Children’s Lighthouse to have fall festival Saturday

Children’s Lighthouse is having a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring food, drinks, games, prizes, music, arts and crafts and an obstacle course.

Donations will be encouraged for all activities, and proceeds will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Children’s Lighthouse is located at 5025 Teasley Lane in Denton.


Carved pumpkins sought for contests at state park

Area residents are invited to enter their carved pumpkins in contests at Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday.

Both the Isle du Bois and the Johnson Branch units will play host to the contests, and each will begin at 6 p.m. There will be candy, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. Families are asked to enter only one pumpkin.

The event is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information about the Isle du Bois event, contact Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter, at  or 940-686-2148, ext. 258. For more information about the Johnson Branch event, contact Alicia Bernard, park interpreter, at 940-637-2636.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful needs volunteers

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will celebrate its 22nd annual Make A Difference Day wildflower planting from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Volunteer sign-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. at Lake Park in Lewisville. KLB will supply gloves and planting equipment, but volunteers can bring their own. All ages are welcome.

To register, visit  and click on “Wildflower Planting.” For more information, call 972-538-5949.


Ponder fall festival planned for Saturday

Ponder will have a fall festival from 10 a.m. to dark Saturday at Eddie Deussen Park.

Admission will be one canned good or other nonperishable food item per person for the local food bank.

The event is sponsored by the town of Ponder and the Betty Foster Public Library, said Jamie Mergell, library director.

Activities will include face painting, apple bobbing, hay rides, a bounce house, a haunted hay maze and live music.

Contests for pie eating, costumes, pumpkin carving, baked goods and homemade ice cream will be held, and booths will include crafts, a bake sale, a fire department safety house and a police department child ID service.

Contest entry fees benefit the library. For more information, call 940-479-2683.


Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas Fun Run set

The Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Hickory Creek Public Works/Animal Shelter building, 970 Main St.

Events will include a 10K, a 5K and the Elf 2K. Online sign-up is available through today at, and race day sign-ups will begin at 7 a.m.

Pets on leashes are welcome. The event benefits the Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas program. For entry fees and more information, visit .


Area mall to have free fall festival for families

Vista Ridge Mall will have a free fall family festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring a DJ, children’s crafts, face painting and photos.

Everyone who attends is asked to bring a nonperishable food item or paper goods to be donated to the Christian Community Action food pantry.

The festival will be held on the mall’s lower level in Center Court.

For more information, visit  or call 972-315-3641.


Environmental learning area to conduct night hike

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will conduct a night hike for visitors 5 and older Saturday.

The hike is set to begin at 7 p.m., and hikers won’t need flashlights.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing .

The fee is $2 per hiker, in addition to LLELA’s regular admission fee of $5 per person. For more information, visit .


Spooktacular Trails Extravaganza to be offered

Lewisville Parks & Leisure Services will sponsor the Spooktacular Trails Extravaganza from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S. Railroad St.

Admission is $2 per person but free for children younger than 3.

There will be a hay ride, a haunted house, face painting, carnival games, dance performances and the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Costume contests for children and adults, as well as a virtual costume contest, will be featured. Concessions will be available.

For information, visit .


Fraternity sets scholarship benefit concert

The Denton Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, will hold “The Vocal Euphonium” scholarship benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive.

Featured will be University of North Texas faculty members Brian Bowman on euphonium and Steven Harlos on piano.

The public is invited. Donations will provide music scholarships for collegiate SAI members at the UNT and TWU.


Program on privacy, personal freedom set

Bethel Temple Fellowship will have a program titled “I Am a Name, Not a Number” at 3 p.m. Sunday at 3520 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

The program will include information about invasion of privacy and freedom, homeland security, health and human services and other topics, according to an announcement.

More information is available at, , @BTFDenton on Twitter, or by calling 940-300-6132.

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