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Les Cockrell: Pet adoption event planned for Saturday

The Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will conduct an “Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas” and a pet adoption event Saturday.

“Home for the Holidays,” the pet adoption event, is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Justin Animal Alliance will bring dogs and cats that need a home. Adoption fees may apply.

Family-friendly dogs on leashes that are up-to-date on vaccinations are invited.

There will be a ranger-led guided hike all about dogs and pet safety on the trail.

Dogs can also compete in the Doggie Holiday Pageant to win a prize. Treats will be available for all participants.

As a part of the event, the JAA will also be accepting pet food donations for its cats and dogs.

The old-fashioned Christmas celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the unit’s interpretive center and will include Christmas crafts and a taffy pull. Participants are invited to bring their own mugs for hot cocoa at the Yule log campfire.

For more information, contact Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter, at 940-686-2148, ext. 258.


North Branch Library to conduct workshop for aspiring baby sitters

Denton’s North Branch Library will conduct a baby-sitting workshop presented by the Denton Fire Department from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop is for ages 12-18 and will include baby-sitting strategies and instruction in emergency procedures.

Registration is required, and space is limited. The North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. Call 940-349-8752 to register.

Cantata planned at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

The Blessed John Paul II University Parish will present A Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae. Students from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University will perform.

Donations will be accepted to support the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel. For more information, call 940-566-0004.


City of Lake Dallas plans ‘Lighting Up the Season’ holiday program

The city of Lake Dallas will hold its “Lighting Up the Season” holiday program from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.

For the first time this year, the city will display a natural tree in tribute to a Lake Dallas entity. At the beginning of the New Year, the tree will be planted in one of the city’s parks.

The inaugural Tribute Christmas Tree has been dedicated to members of the Lake Dallas American Legion Post 88 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10460.

Officials will also switch on lights on buildings along Main Street at the event. Funding for the lights was provided by the Lake Dallas Economic Development and Community Development boards.

For more information, visit or contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, ext. 132 or


Denton High School Craft Fair promises plenty of shopping

Organizers are promising some great holiday shopping at the Denton High School Craft Fair, planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the high school, 1007 Fulton St.

Admission is free.

In addition to a large selection of vendors, there will be two concession stands, a kid’s area with a bounce house, games, door prizes and a raffle.

Local school choirs will perform throughout the day.

For more information, contact Janene Wawro at


Gospel brunch to benefit Fred Moore Day Nursery

The fourth annual Christmas Gospel Brunch to benefit the Fred Moore Day Nursery is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Gospel singers from the Denton area will provide inspiring music throughout the brunch.  Proceeds will help Fred Moore Day Nursery, a school that has provided affordable licensed care to Denton’s youngest citizens for more than 50 years, according to a news release.

For more information, call Elizabeth Ferring at 940-387-4874


Lions Club to conduct ‘Jingle Bell Film Festival’

The Lake Cities Lions Club will conduct the second annual “Jingle Bell Film Festival” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the RAVE Theater in Hickory Creek, located at I-35E and Swisher Road.

Tickets are $10 and include two movies, raffle prizes and a goodie bag for the first 150 children. The event benefits the charitable programs of the Lake Cities Lions Club. For more information, contact Lion Steven Brunson at 940-497-3558 or


Learning area offers Boy Scout badge workshop

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer a Boy Scout bird study badge workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The workshop fee is $7 per participants, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults will pay only the regular $5 admission fee.

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

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

For more information about LLELA programs, visit


Community club to hold ‘Great Christmas Sing’

The Mountain Springs Community Club will conduct the “Great Christmas Sing” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

This year’s event features a children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point and many members of the community. Toni Holland will accompany the singers, and audience participation is encouraged.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served after the program.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Cooke County Home Hospice.

Mountain Springs Community Center is located at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372, 12 miles southeast of Gainesville.


Little Elm to offer holiday celebration Saturday

Little Elm’s annual community holiday celebration will get under way with a parade at 3 p.m. Saturday.

As soon as the parade concludes, vendor booths, kids’ activities, rides, and the food court will open for visitors. Concluding the day’s events will be a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Little Elm Park is located at 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Little Elm.

The event is free and parking is available at no cost. Little Elm Park prohibits alcoholic beverages and glass containers, and the park does not accommodate pets with the exception of service animals.


Bach Society to present lecture, concert preview

The Denton Bach Society will present “Celebrate Weihnachten!” a lecture and concert preview at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St.

Hendrik Schulze, assistant professor of music history at the University of North Texas, will discuss Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Das Weihnachtsoratorium, a set of six cantatas.

The lecture will provide a concert preview for a Dec. 9 performance of the work in its entirety by the Denton Bach Society players, choir and soloists.

Saturday’s program is free, but donations will be accepted. A reception will follow the program.

For more information, visit


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