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Les Cockrell: Arts, crafts show set for Ryan High School

More than 100 vendors are expected to display items at the annual Ryan High School Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday.

The show, sponsored by the school PTSA, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 5101 E. McKinney St.

Proceeds help to support school projects.

Organizers advised customers to arrive early for the best selection — some of the arts and crafts items go quickly.

One vendor expected to sell out fast is the Goodies Galore Bakery, which will offer homemade baked goods for the third year.

“It’s one of the best-kept secrets in Denton,” said Jody McGuire, a PTSA member and one of the bakers. “Last year’s bakery items sold out in three hours.”

McGuire said that 41 bakers are contributing to this year’s sale, preparing pies, cakes, loaf breads, bar cookies, biscotti, snack mixes, “anything goes” cupcakes and more for the show. Proceeds from the bakery benefit student scholarships.

All items are wrapped, boxed or packaged for presentation and/or gift giving, she added.


Author, activist Hill to visit Denton today

Area residents will have an opportunity to meet and talk with author and activist Julia Butterfly Hill from 7 to 9 p.m. today at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St. in Denton.

A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested, and the event will benefit the Denton Community Market.

Hill will talk about her efforts to bring attention to the plight of the dwindling old-growth forests around the world.

For more information, visit .


Denton church slates gifts fair this weekend

First United Methodist Church of Denton will have an Alternative Gifts Fair this weekend to benefit local and global missions.

“First Pick Friday” will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Admission will be $5 per person.

The event continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, with free admission.

Featured items will include loomed textiles, jewelry, ceramics, basketry, stationery, woodworking, watercolors, nativities, stained glass, garden stepping stones, handmade crosses, photography, fair trade food items, books, toys and more.

A list of missions and outreach organizations that will have booths at the fair can be found at .

The church is at 201 S. Locust St.


Academy offers Woody Allen classic on area stage

Prestonwood Christian Academy will present three performances of Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water on Friday and Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. both days, and there will be a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets range from $14 to $20. To order tickets, visit . Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the theater, which is at 100 N. Charles St.

For more information, visit  or call 972-219-8446.


Denton Herb Society to hear herbalist Withey

Members of the Denton Herb Society will play host to herbalist Shari Withey as guest speaker for their meeting Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and Withey will give a presentation on urban foraging — how to locate and identify edible wild plants in an urban environment.

For more information about the society, visit .


Stargazing party planned at Ray Roberts State Park

A stargazing party is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park

The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will provide telescopes for the event.

Participants should meet at the park’s mountain bike trails parking lot.

The event is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-686-2148, ext. 258.


State park to offer ‘Geocaching 101” event

“Geocaching 101” will be offered Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Visitors can bring their own GPS units or borrow one for hourly programs that will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older. For more information, call 940-637-2636.


Annual Robson Ranch Craft Bazaar set Saturday

The annual Robson Ranch Craft Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Robson Ranch Clubhouse on Ed Robson Boulevard.

Admission is free, and organizers said the bazaar will feature about 40 vendors, with all items handcrafted by Robson Ranch residents. 

The sale will feature wreaths, silk floral arrangements, embroidery, knitted and crocheted items, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, cards, bows, dog items, doll clothes, baby clothes, needlecrafts, decorative art, ceramic pottery, wood crafts and toys.

To reach the sale, take Interstate 35W to Exit 79, Robson Ranch Road. Go west 1.5 miles and follow the signs for the craft bazaar after you enter the gate.


Library to provide basic computer class Saturday

Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will offer a basic computer class at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The class will offer instruction in using a computer mouse and keyboard to help participants begin building skills. Typing instruction will not be included.

Class size is limited. To register, call 940-349-8752.


Club slates annual holiday auction, fundraiser

The Double Oak Women’s Club will conduct its annual holiday auction and fundraiser to benefit the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketown Road.

Auction registration and bidding preview will be featured from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., and a live auction will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m.


Area to conduct night hike, campfire program

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will conduct a short night hike and campfire program Saturday.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and participants will visit the Minor-Porter Log House, where a campfire will be prepared. Children will be offered stories, a craft, toasted marshmallows and warm cider.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing The fee is $2 per person, in addition to LLELA’s regular admission fee of $5 per person.

For more information, visit .


‘Grief through the Holidays’ workshop set

Ann’s Haven VNA will offer a free workshop titled ‘Grief through the Holidays” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will provide strategies and support for individuals who are adjusting to the death of a family member or friend. Topics will include “Remembering Your Loved One During the Holiday Season” and “Suggestions and Strategies for Coping with a Loss.”

The workshop will be at the Ann’s Haven VNA office, 325 W. McKinney St., Suite 101, in Denton. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by calling Molly Harrison at 940-349-5900.

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