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Les Cockrell: Library group slates book sale Saturday

The Friends of the Denton Public Library will have a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Admission is free for Friends of the Library members and children younger than 12, and $1 for non-members. The sale will include books for adults and children, CDs, DVDs, tapes, reference material and vinyl records.

Most hardback and large paperback items are $1, and pocket-size paperbacks are 50 cents. Patrons can also buy a book bag for $12 and then fill it up with books at no additional charge.

The sale raises money for Denton Public Library programs, materials and equipment. For more information, call 940-349-8749.


Denton County Genealogical Society to meet

The Denton County Genealogical Society will have its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

The program topic will be “Probate: More than a Will.”

Guest speaker Kelvin Meyers, a forensic genealogist, will discuss wills, distributions, administrations and inventories — records that are all vital parts of the probate process and offer a lot of information for genealogists.

A meet-and-greet session begins at 6:30 p.m. A short business meeting will be at 7 p.m., followed by the program.

For more information, call 940-349-8749.


Entries sought for lighting festival photo contest

Entries are being accepted in Denton’s Holiday Lighting Festival photo contest.

The winner will get to help Santa kick off the holiday season by turning on the festive lights around the downtown Square on Nov. 30.

Residents can enter a holiday-themed photo in the contest at Photo entries are due Wednesday, and voting will take place from Nov. 16-25.

The winner will receive a festival ornament and a photo with Santa.


Center seeks donationsfor Holiday Helping Hands

The Denton County MHMR Center is seeking donations of gifts for its Holiday Helping Hands program, which responds to the wishes of clients in need.

Wish lists can be obtained from the Holiday Helping Hands Tree.

The center, located at 2519 Scripture St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wrapped gifts, gift cards or monetary donations are needed by Dec. 10.

Make checks payable to Denton County MHMR Center and mail to P.O. Box 2346, Denton, TX76202, attn: Lisa Sorensen.

For more information or to obtain a wish list by e-mail, call 940-565-5282 or e-mail .


Office of History, Culture plans book signing events

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will have book signing events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Authors who have published pictorial books on cities and towns in the county will be on hand to discuss their works and have copies available for purchase.

Additional authors will present books on Tarrant County and unforgettable Texas women.

Kim Cupit, the curator of collections who published three books with Georgia Caraway, will be present to discuss and sell her works — Images of America: Denton, Postcard History Series: Denton County and Denton: Then and Now.

The next book in her series is African Americans in Denton County.

All of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.


State park plans programs on birds of prey

Doris Mager will visit Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend to lead programs about birds of prey.

Mager will be at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit for an “Owl Prowl” hike from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Participants are asked to meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater and to leave their flashlights at home. Park staff will have flashlights for emergencies.

She will return to Isle du Bois at 10 a.m. Saturday to lead a presentation featuring a great horned owl and other birds of prey at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

Mager will visit the park’s Johnson Branch Unit at 2 p.m. Saturday to present a program titled “Our Native Raptors,” with information about raptors and conservation efforts designed to ensure raptors’ survival.

Programs are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for individuals 12 and older.

For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148, ext. 258.

For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


‘Secret Symphony’ set in Lewisville on Friday night

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will perform Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, often called “The Secret Symphony,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Performance Hall stage at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Individual show tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students.

To purchase advance tickets, visit  .

For more information, call 972-874-9087 or visit .


Tribute to Korean War veterans to go on display

Artist Bob Chauncey’s tribute to veterans of the Korean War will be displayed Friday through Dec. 8 at the Sanger Public Library.

The library is at 501 Bolivar St.

For more information, call 940-458-3257.


Learning area offers bird walk, nature walk

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will have a bird walk and nature walk on Saturday.

Bird watchers who are 10 and older can join Keith Lockhart at 7:30 a.m. as he guides visitors to the best birding locations.

There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

A Texas Master Naturalist will lead the nature walk at 10 a.m. along the Cicada Trail in search of wildflowers, animal tracks and signs and more.

There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. All ages are welcome.

Reservations are requested, but not required, for both programs by calling 972-219-3930.


Benefit for Children’s Tumor Foundation set

A Bling Fling to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Dodd Intermediate School, 915 E. McCart St. in Krum.

Participants can make a piece of jewelry or buy a pre-made piece.

Other crafts will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis.


Church to offer ‘Surviving the Holidays’ seminar

Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 1401 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound, is partnering with GriefShare to conduct a “Surviving the Holidays” seminar and support group for those who have lost a loved one.

The free program will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The seminar is designed to give participants tools to cope and renewed hope, specifically for the holiday season.

For more information or to sign up, e-mail .


Guyer Choir craft show set for school Saturday

The sixth annual Guyer Choir craft show benefitting the Guyer High School choir will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school, 7501 Teasley Lane.

More than 100 vendors will offer arts, crafts, food, jewelry, clothing, candles and more. Local choirs will perform during the event.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit  .


Shopping extravaganza to benefit Project Graduation

The Argyle Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Argyle High School to benefit Project Graduation for the class of 2013.

Last year’s event featured more than 60 vendors and shops and raised more than $6,500.

The sale features items including clothing for all ages, home and holiday decor, cookware and serving items, handbags, hats, jewelry, scrapbooks, clipboards, personalized frames, handmade soaps, cosmetics, Argyle gifts, spirit wear, college and sorority items, food and more.

Admission is free. The high school is at 191 S. U.S. Highway 377.


Angels Exist Foundation slates charity raffle

The Angels Exist Foundation’s charity raffle will be at the Clip N’ Curl Salon in Justin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $3 each or five for $10, and dozens of donated items will be featured.

Proceeds benefit the foundation, a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping children with special needs live better lives.

For more information, e-mail or visit .


Recreation center to be dedicated at fall festival

Formal dedication of the Little Elm Recreation Center will kick off the Little Elm Fall Festival, set from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The new 26,664-square-foot facility is at 303 Main St. on the shores of Lewisville Lake. It will be open for public tours during festival hours.

The festival will include a two-hour Zumba-Thon, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face-painting, carnival games, door prizes, refreshments, vendor exhibits and other family activities.

All events are free.


Kaae to speak at hospice family luncheon Tuesday

Kirsten Kaae, a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor, will be featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon conducted by Ann’s Haven VNA from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

She will speak on “It’s About Time and Grief.”

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by calling 940-349-5900.

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