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Les Cockrell: Class to be offered by alliance for mental illness

The National Alliance for Mental Illness Denton County affiliate is offering a class called “Partnerships” for persons who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and their families, according to a news release from The National Alliance for Mental Illness Denton County.

Class sessions are planned from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Room 160 of the Denton County MHMR Center, 2519 Scripture St. in Denton.

The objective of the Partnerships class is to help families understand mental illness, enhance their coping skills and to obtain information about community resources and support, the press release stated.

The class is free, but seating is limited. Advance registration is required by calling the National Alliance for Mental Illness Denton County at 469-671-0421.

If all spaces become filled, a waiting list will be started for future classes.


Daughters of the American Revolution chapter plans meeting

The January meeting of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Denton Good Samaritan Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive. Members will hold their annual business meeting and elect officers.

For more information about the chapter and membership requirements, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit .


Hike planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday

A hike is planned at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday as part of the park’s schedule of winter events.

The hike will begin at 11 a.m., and participants should meet at the Hawthorne parking area of the park, according to an announcement from Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter

The hike is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those ages 12 and older.

For more information, call 940-686-2148 or e-mail .


Trout to be released into Elm Fork of Trinity River on Saturday

Trout will be stocked in the Elm Fork of the Trinity River on Saturday, according to a news release from the city of Lewisville.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will release rainbow trout fingerlings into the river below the Lewisville Lake dam.

The stocking program is part of ongoing effort to boost the fish population and encourage recreational use of the river, the news release stated.

The stocking is dependent on weather, so anglers should call the hatchery at 903-676-2277 to verify.

Access to the river is through the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, which is open Friday through Sunday. For information, visit .

In order to fish for trout, anglers will need to purchase a $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp for their valid Texas fishing license. Anglers younger than 17 are not required to have a license or stamp. There is no minimum length limit for trout, but there is a daily bag limit of five.


Visual Art League to begin 2013 lecture series in Lewisville

The Visual Art League of Lewisville will play host to Texas artist Misty Oliver-Foster at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the opening program of its 2013 lecture series.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Oliver-Foster, who works in acrylics, collage and mixed media, received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas. She taught high school art for six years and now works from a Frisco studio.

Her lecture will cover artists’ portfolios, websites, blogs and social media, as well as tips for photographing art. For information about the artist, visit

For more information about the Visual Art League, call 972-420-9393 or visit .

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