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Les Cockrell: Groups celebrate black history with dioramas

Denton’s North Branch Library Adult Book Adventures participants recently commemorated Black History Month by creating dioramas.

Adult Book Adventures is a library program dedicated to adults with special needs and is led by Carmen Grant, a librarian, and Susie Whitworth, a volunteer.

Two agencies attend the program — Garner’s Day Habilitation meets in the morning and Denton State Supported Living Center’s life skills program Without Walls meets in the afternoon, Grant stated in an e-mail.

The morning group selected important African-American women as the subject for their dioramas, including Harriet Tubman, Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. Mae Jemison, Aretha Franklin and Oprah Winfrey.

The afternoon group selected important cities in black history for their dioramas, including Memphis, Tenn., Montgomery, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

Teamwork was required in the completion of the dioramas, Grant said.

“Each participant worked hard in selecting, researching and creating the dioramas,” she stated.

The dioramas are on display at the library, located at 3020 N. Locust St. and can be viewed throughout February.

Themes for the one-hour program are selected to instruct and provide a creative outlet, Grant said. Activities include book readings, arts and craft projects, musical presentations and seasonal events.

For more information, contact Grant at 940-349-8778 or .


Denton Christian Preschool sets cookie sale

Anyone who needs a gift idea for Valentine’s Day that’s not the typical card and flowers might find just what they’re looking for at Denton Christian Preschool’s Cookie Fiesta on Saturday at 1114 W. University Drive.

The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon or items are sold out. A variety of home-baked items will be offered, and cost will be based on choice of small, medium or large containers. Free Valentine’s Day packaging will be available.

For more information, call Alicia Blanca at 940-383-3332.


DAR members to hear program on family history

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

A video about the DAR and its programs will open the meeting, and social time will begin at 10:30 a.m. The 11 a.m. program will feature a presentation by Pam Fant on preserving family history.

Guests are welcome. For more information, call 940-387-4741 or visit .


Barnes & Noble to offer book-signing event

Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall will have a book-signing event by several new writers at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Authors from several genres who have published work through different outlets will be featured, including Suzanne Burke, Robin Hackett, C.M. Swilley and Heather Nelson. The authors will be on hand to answer questions about writing and publishing.

The mall is at 2201 S. Interstate 35 E.

For more information, call 940-383-9261.


Owl Prowl planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

An Owl Prowl will be offered 6 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Participants will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

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 .


Forestburg Soup and Chili Supper benefit set

The Forestburg Soup and Chili Supper is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Forestburg School, 16346 FM455.

Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. A variety of soups will be served, along with homemade chili and cornbread. Dessert and drinks are included.

A live auction will begin at 7 p.m. and will include gift baskets, pecans, handcrafted items, services and many miscellaneous items. Anyone who would like to donate an item for the auction can call Debra Dill at 940-964-2483 or take items to the Forestburg School before Saturday.

The evening will also showcase a short, fun event, organizers said. All proceeds from the event will go toward maintaining and improving the Forestburg Community Center and community projects.


Learning area to offer bird walk, nature walk

A bird walk and a nature walk will be offered Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Bird watchers of all skill levels who are 10 and older are invited to come out at 7:30 a.m. and join master birder Keith Lockhart as he explores some of area’s top locations for bird watching.

A master naturalist will lead the nature walk at 10 a.m. and participants will search for animal tracks and early signs of spring.

There is a $2 program fee for each program, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are requested, but not required, by calling 972-219-3930.

The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville.

For more information, visit .


Amanda Shires to perform at Lewisville theater

Amanda Shires, who was named Texas Musician of the Year by Texas Music magazine in 2011, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Performance Hall of Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors age 65 and older or children age 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at or at the customer service window at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St.

Lewisville residents can purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office.

A current driver’s license or utility bill must be shown to receive the discounted resident rate.


Gerontologist to speak at hospice family luncheon

Gerontologist Dee Wadsworth will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon conducted by Ann’s Haven VNA on Tuesday.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Wadsworth will speak on “As Time Goes By: Myths and Truths About Time and the Grief Process.”

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by calling 940-349-5900.


Library schedules program about cellphones

Joy Arceneaux, a former call-center technician for a major mobile telephone company, will present a program titled “Everything We Want to Know about Cell and Smart Phones” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanger Public Library.

The program is free, and there will be time to ask questions about individual issues.

For more information, visit the library at 501 Bolivar St., call 940-458-3257 or .


Lake Dallas plans Mardi Gras celebration

A Big Easy-style Mardi Gras parade will roll down the streets of Lake Dallas and the sounds of New Orleans jazz will fill the air on “Fat Tuesday,” Feb. 12.

Lake Dallas City Hall will be the site of a family-friendlyparty beginning at 5 p.m. Food trucks and trailers will serve Cajun choices, wood-fired artisan pizza, gyros, fried short ribs and more along with festival favorites such as funnel cake and kettle corn.

A vendor market with arts, crafts and activities will be in the parking lot.

The Lake Dallas High School Jazz Band will perform, followed by the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings.

A Mardi Gras costume contest is open to all ages with judging based on creativity, style and concealed identity, and the annual Lake Dallas Crawfish Eating competition also will be held.

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

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