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Les Cockrell: Environmental area slates Homestead Christmas

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will have a Homestead Christmas from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can tour the Minor-Porter log house, make a corn husk doll or an ornament, create a hand-dipped candle and hear seasonal music. Snacks will be served.

The log house is furnished with items typically found on the Texas frontier, circa 1870, and is decorated for the holidays.

There is no additional fee for the holiday program beyond regular gate admission, which is $5 per person, free for ages 5 and younger.

Staff members also reminded that trout fishing will be available again starting Friday, which is the first of three dates the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife will stock rainbow trout in the Elm Fork of the Trinity River below the Lewisville Lake dam. Trout will also be stocked Jan. 11 and March 1.

For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit .


Food drive planned at Guyer High School soccer scrimmages

A food drive will be part of the Guyer Wildcats’ soccer scrimmages planned for today at Wildcat Stadium at Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane.

All players and fans are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. The goal is to collect 500 food items.

All food donations collected will be given to the Shepherd’s Hand ministry in Denton.

Junior varsity scrimmages begin at 5 p.m. and varsity scrimmages are at 7 p.m.


Festival of lights featured at Global Spheres Center

A festival of lights display will be featured from 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Sunday at Global Spheres Center in Corinth.

The festival display is free to the public and features thousands of lights, a living nativity scene and other features celebrating Christmas on several acres on the south side of the property.

There will also be refreshments, live music and gift shopping for display visitors to enjoy.

To reach the Global Spheres Center, take the Swisher Road exit from Interstate 35 and then take the access road going north. The center is on the right.

For more information about the event, visit .


Lewisville Grand Theater schedules musical

Texas Family Musicals will offer performances of a new musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday and Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Show times are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $33, and discounts are available for seniors, children or groups of 12 or more.

For tickets, visit . For more information, call 800-547-4697.


Santa to visit Lewisville store as part of bus tour

Santa Claus is scheduled to visit Macy’s at Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville at 6:30 p.m. Friday as part of his national bus tour for Macy’s annual Believe campaign.

This year, Macy’s and Aflac have teamed up on the holiday event, and families can purchase an official Aflac Holiday Duck to benefit the fight against childhood cancer.

The 2012 holiday duck was designed by a patient at the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta. The ducks are also available at .

Now in its fifth year, Macy’s Believe campaign invites children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy’s Santa Mail letterboxes.

Macy’s donates $1 for each letter mailed in-store, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish.

Vista Ridge Mall is located at 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville.


Church slates performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

A free performance of Handel’s Messiah is planned at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Lane in Lewisville.

For more information, e-mail  or visit .


Businesses seek to provide new bikes for charity

Life Time Fitness and Bicycles Plus in Flower Mound have teamed up to give new bikes to the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Staff members at Life Time Fitness have been collecting money to buy bikes and donate them to the Toys for Tots program in Denton.

Donations will be accepted until Monday, when bikes will be purchased and assembled by Life Time employees and volunteers at Bicycles Plus, then transported to Denton.

Donations can be made at Life Time Fitness Flower Mound, 3100 Churchill Drive, 972-355-5000; or Bicycles Plus Flower Mound, 1901 Long Prairie Road, Suite 104, 214-513-2604.


Butterfield Stage Theater to offer holiday production

Butterfield Stage Theater will offer a production of the holiday play Believe! at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The play features traditional Christmas music and will be presented by the Pony Express Players.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

To make reservations, call 940-665-1284.

For more information about the show, visit .


Author to visit library to sign children’s books

Lynn Sheffield Simmons will be at Lake Cities Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to autograph copies of her nine children’s books.

A resident of Argyle, Simmons is a former public school teacher and instructor in the Continuing Education Department at the University of North Texas.

She has written columns and feature stories for newspapers and is the founder and volunteer director of the Argyle Senior Center.

The library is located at 302 Shady Shores Road in Lake Dallas.

For more information, call 940-497-3566.


Fletcher honored for work in equine therapy

Charles Fletcher, founder and CEO of SpiritHorse International, has been named a 2012 Purpose Prize Fellow by

Fletcher was honored because of his work in equine therapy.

Since the founding of SpiritHorse International (formerly SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center) in 2001, Fletcher has developed a research-based equine-assisted health care program to help children and adults with a variety of special needs.

Services are provided free to more than 400 children and adults in Corinth.

“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s steepest challenges,” Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, stated in a press release. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”

For more information about SpiritHorse, visit .

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