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Les Cockrell: Senator extends deadline for scholarship

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has extended the deadline to be considered for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship to Feb. 8, according to a news release from Nelson’s office.

The scholarship program awards students who are committed to both education and service $10,000 per academic year toward undergraduate education at any Texas university with an active ROTC program. To be eligible, a student must live in Texas Senate District 12 and meet two of the following four academic criteria:

•  Be on track to graduate high school in a Distinguished Achievement Program or International Baccalaureate program;

•  Have a high school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;

•  Be ranked in the top third of their high school graduating class; and

•  Achieve an SAT score of 1590 or ACT score of 23.

The student must also enroll in an eligible Texas institution and ROTC program, commit to remain in the ROTC program for four years, to graduate within five years, and to enter National Guard service or the armed services within six months of graduation from college, the news release stated. They must also meet the program’s physical fitness requirements.

To apply for the program, visit Senator Nelson’s Senate website at .


Lewisville Parks & Leisure Services to present Hearts & Roses Ball

Lewisville Parks & Leisure Services will present the Hearts & Roses Ball from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and deadline for tickets is Tuesday, according to a news release from the city of Lewisville.

All “princes and princesses,” ages 4-14, accompanied by their “kings and queens,” parents or guardians, are invited to the event, which will be held at the Lewisville Convention Center.

Deadline to register for the event is also Tuesday. Cost is $43 per person, which includes food, music provided by a DJ and dancing, according to the news release. Souvenir photos and carnations will be available for an additional charge. Semi-formal attire is suggested.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Registration can be completed online or by telephone (an additional $1.50 convenience fee applies), or at either Lewisville recreation center.

Tickets for online and telephone registrants will be available at the will call table on the night of the event. For more information, call 972-219-5061 or 972-219-3560, visit or e-mail .


Library to conduct program on food additives and nutrition

A presentation titled “Toxic Foods, Toxic Fats — What’s in Your Fridge?” will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sanger Public Library.

University of North Texas biology professor Judy Spira, RN, CBN, Ph.D., will discuss food additives, including artificial colors and flavors, which can affect health and may contribute to such problems as obesity, diabetes, ADHD, cancer and early physical development. She will also discuss the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and other non-processed or minimally processed foods.

The program is free. To reserve a place, call 940-458-3257, e-mail or visit the library, which is located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger.


Groundhog Day gathering, dinner planned for Saturday

A Groundhog Day gathering and dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

Homemade soup, chili and stew will be available for $5 with a beverage and cookies included. Refills will be $2.

A raffle will be held for tickets to an upcoming melodrama production.

Proceeds from the event will benefit renovation projects at the community center. For more information, call Lisa Prier at 817-266-5511.

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


Free program on family nutrition planned

Family nutrition will be the subject of a program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Vivian Nichols, a registered dietitian, will lead the free hands-on seminar, which will include nutrition games and activities. All ages are welcome.

Supplies are limited, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.

For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or .


Community theater competition planned

Denton Community Theatre and Ohlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine are scheduled to take part in Texas Nonprofit Theatres’ Quad II competition Saturday in the Performance Hall of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

The competition is part of the American Association of Community Theatres national qualifications, which are designed to find the best work being done throughout the country by amateur theater groups, according to a news release.

At 3 p.m., Grapevine’s Ohlook Performing Arts Center will present Spring Awakening, a 19th century play by German dramatist Frank Wedekind that was updated for a Broadway run in 2006. The play contains adult material.

At 4:30 p.m., Denton Community Theatre will present Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which re-creates Billie Holliday’s final performance, given in 1959 four months before her death.

The two theater groups will be competing for a spot in the state contest, according to the news release. Each theater company has 10 minutes to set up the stage, 60 minutes to present its performance and 10 minutes to strike the set. Judges will rank the competitors.

Denton won the national AACT competition in 2008, and Ohlook won the 2011 national competition.

The theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $10 for one show or $15 for both shows, and are available at . A small convenience fee will be added to online purchases. An awards reception will be held at 6 p.m.

The 2013 Texas AACTFest competition will be held March 13-17 at MCL Grand with 10 live performances by amateur theater companies from around the state.

For information, visit  or call 972-219-8446.


Brookshire’s stores participating in food drive

Area Brookshire’s stores are now participating in the 2013 “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive, according to a company news release.

The food drive runs through Feb. 3, and shoppers may make their donations in specially-marked collection bins. Collections from each store will be donated to local food organizations.

Brookshire’s of Denton is located at 719 S. I-35E. For more information, visit .


Library to conduct pop-up valentine workshop

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will conduct a workshop on making pop-up cards for Valentine’s Day at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

Nancy Bluemel will teach participants how to make one-of-a-kind, handcrafted cards.

Space is limited for this free class, which is open to ages 8 and older, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.

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

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