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Les Cockrell: Third annual Kids in Motion planned Saturday

The Denton Benefit League’s third annual Kids in Motion event is planned from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 401 E. McKinney St.

The event is designed to help young people have fun while learning to help others, according to an event announcement.

Craft activities will include cards and letters for men and women in the U.S. military, paper flower bouquets for residents of Willow Bend Assisted Living Community, blankets for animals at the Denton Animal Shelter and decorating a pottery piece to be auctioned at the 2013 DBL Charity Ball.

There will also be face painting and cookie decorating.

There is no admission charge, but those who attend are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Denton Community Food Center. For reservations, contact Lucy Huff at  or 940-367-0862


AARP Tax-Aide program now under way at Denton Senior Center

Counselors with the AARP Tax-Aide program are available to provide free income tax assistance at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

Appointments can be made by calling 940-349-8728. Counselors are available from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A spokesman for the program said counselors can provide assistance for taxpayers with most common types of income and expenses. The program will continue through April 11.


5K Color Run to be held at North Lakes Park

The first 5K Color Run and 1K Walk to benefit Special Abilities of North Texas will be held Saturday at Denton’s North Lakes Park.

Registration fee is $25 for the 5K Color Run and $15 for the 1K walk. A free fun run for kids also will be held.

Online registration is available at , or participants can register on the day of the event at 8 a.m.

The run will begin at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to wear white clothing so they can be splashed with color along the course, organizers said.

Special Abilities of North Texas provides care, training and support to adults with special needs. For more information, call 972-317-1515.


FFA Alumni Association to sponsor benefit auction

The Denton FFA Benefit Auction, the primary fundraising event for the Denton FFA Alumni Association, will be held Saturday at Ryan High School, 5101 E. McKinney St.

A buyer barbecue dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and a live auction will get under way at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds provide the financial resources for the FFA Alumni Association to award student scholarships and education projects.

For more information about the event or to donate items for the auction, visit  or call John Noles at 940-566-0700 or Robert Hilliard at 940-390-2925.


Volunteer orientation session to be held

A volunteer orientation session is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, according to an announcement from Kelly Lauderdale, park interpreter.

Information about volunteer opportunities at the park’s visitor information center or as trail guides will be among topics covered.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 940-686-2148, ext. 258 or e-mail .


SKYWARN severe weather program to be offered

The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will sponsor a SKYWARN severe weather program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory building on the campus of Texas Woman’s University.

Topics will include thunderstorm formation and features associated with severe storms. The presentation will also review information about tornado formation and behavior and discuss what safety measures should be taken when storms threaten.

The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring pictures of storms, as well as new video from the 2012 severe storm season, according to a press release. Sessions will begin with basic talks starting at 9 a.m., and advanced sessions will be held in the afternoon.

“We have quite a bit of new material for this year’s spotter training program,” Mark Fox, warning coordination meteorologist at the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office, stated in the press release. “We will be showing data from the severe weather events of 2012, plus emphasize how your storm observations help to save lives.”

The program is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is necessary.

For more information on severe weather, visit  or .


Children’s magic show planned Saturday

C.J. Johnson’s Children’s Magic Show will be offered at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Tickets are $10.

Johnson, who was born in St. Louis and currently lives near Austin, was awarded “Best Comedy Magic Act” by the Texas Association of Magicians, according to a press release.

Tickets for the show are $10 each. For more information about the event, visit or call 972-219-8446. For more information about Johnson, visit .


Concert set to benefit summer mission project

A concert to benefit the youth group of First United Methodist Church of Denton featuring the FUMC-Denton Big Band, Foo McBubba, is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the church, 201 S. Locust St.

The young people are raising money to help pay for a summer mission trip to Jamaica.

There is no cost to attend the concert, but a love offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served after the concert.


Annual trivia fundraiser event planned Feb. 26

The Friends of the Little Elm Public Library will conduct the Trivia 2013 fundraising event Feb. 26 at the Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. in Little Elm.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the contest will begin at 7 p.m.

The contest pits teams of area residents and their supporters against each other to see which team can answer the greatest number of trivia questions.

All proceeds from the fund-raising contest will go to the Friends of the Public Library to support library services, purchase materials, fund literacy and citizenship classes and help with library renovation, according to an event press release.

Teams may register for either regular tables or VIP tables. Registration fee for a regular table is $80 in advance and $90 at the door. Registration for VIP tables is $250 with a deadline of Friday.

Entry forms are available through the Little Elm website, , or at the Little Elm Public Library at Town Hall, 100 W. Eldorado Parkway.

For more information, call Cathy Wood at 469-285-0930 or e-mail .

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