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Les Cockrell: LLELA to offer two day hikes this weekend

Area families who would like to share outdoor activities during the holidays are invited to take part in two hikes this weekend at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

The first hike is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday along the Redbud Trail. No flashlights are necessary, and the hike is open to those age 5 and older.

A second hike and a story time session will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will search for tracks and other signs of animals and leave treats along the trail for the area’s wildlife. All ages are welcome.

The fee for each hike is $7 per person, in addition to the regular gate admission of $5 per person. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing .

For more information about programs offered at LLELA, visit .


Emily Fowler Central Library to host origami party Friday

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will host an “Origami Yoda Party” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Young people ages 8-12 are invited to join Origami Yoda, Darth Paper and the Fortune Wookiee at the party, according to a library press release. Snacks will be served, and children will talk about books and make origami characters.

Space is limited for the program. To register, call 940-349-8752.

The library is located at 502 Oakland St. For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or .


Denton Benefit League grants funds for Solutions of North Texas

The board of directors of the Denton Benefit League recently approved a $3,355.57 grant to purchase and install new carpet for one of the transitional living houses for men that is operated by Solutions of North Texas, according to a press release.

Jerry’s House was in need of new carpet when Solutions reached out to the benefit league and the grant was approved, according to June Berry, chairman of the league’s grant allocation committee.

Jerry’s House is a home for men who are struggling with substance abuse and provides them with a safe and structured residence so they are able to focus on a program of recovery, the press release stated.

Solutions of North Texas, a nonprofit organization, is specifically designed to combat alcoholism and drug addiction. Since opening in May 2006, the organization has helped more than 700 men and women, according to the press release.


Lake Dallas announces scholarship program for high school seniors

The Lake Dallas City Council will award two scholarships of $500 each to high school seniors who graduate in 2013 and live within the city of Lake Dallas, city officials announced recently.

“Our goal is to foster knowledge of local government and individual engagement,” Lake Dallas Mayor Tony Marino stated in a press release. “The scholarship requires attending three Lake Dallas City Council meetings, two board meetings of choice and volunteering at two city-sanctioned events.

In addition, the student must write an essay about city government.

Completion of all requirements is due to the city manager’s office by 5 p.m. April 20. The scholarship awards will be announced at a Lake Dallas City Council meeting in May.

For more information on the student scholarship award program, visit , or contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, ext. 132 or .


Dogwood Estates announces activities

Dogwood Estates has planned several activities to help seniors celebrate the beginning of the new year, according to a press release from the independent retirement community.

A discussion on the health benefits of laughter will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 4. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Seniors can learn how to transition into a new lifestyle as they age during a seminar planned for 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Coffee, juice and light snacks will be served.

Seniors are invited to take part in a wireless video game tournament from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 6.

Cookies, flavored water and sparkling punch will be served, and seniors who RSVP are invited to stay for a meal prepared by the Dogwood Estates executive chef. Space is limited.

All of the events are free. Dogwood Estates is located at 2820 Wind River Lane in Denton. To RSVP or for more information, call 940-383-8600.

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