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Les Cockrell: Libraries plan spring-break week activities

Local families searching for spring-break week activities may want to check out several programs planned by the Denton Public Library.

Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will conduct a program titled “Mad Science: Sounds Like Science” at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Designed for ages 6 and older, this funky science show features a “mad scientist” who will create a cacophony with a garbage can, a swinging sound tube and a metal pipe.

A Twilight Toddler Time session planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library will offer stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers.

An Art and Me session for ages 2-5 at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will focus on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Attendees will create artwork inspired by the book.

A Big Bug Adventure program is planned at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Branch Library. An interactive journey into the world of bugs will be featured, followed by an up-close view of giant millipedes, spiders, tarantulas and more.

“Exploring the Titanic” will be the topic of a program for ages 6-12 at 4 p.m. Thursday at Emily Fowler Central library. Participants will explore the fate of the ship with hands-on activities such as iceberg science, Morse code and paper boats. Supplies are limited, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.

The library’s Teen Advisory Board offers a variety of activities for teens in grades six-12, and a session is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Participants discuss books, movies and music, write reviews, make book trailers and work on service projects. For more information, call Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741.

A program titled “Movie Editing 101” planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Emily Fowler Central Library will teach teens how to edit their own creations using Windows Movie Maker and upload them to YouTube.

Teens who like candy and art can combine the two during a program titled “Cool Candy Collages” at 4 p.m. Friday at the South Branch Library.

Ages 11-18 are invited to get creative and make their own artwork with different candies. Supplies are limited, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8756.

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


Series of free career guidance classes begins at Denton library

A series of free weekly career guidance classes will begin Monday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Additional classes are planned each Monday through March 25, and all sessions will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., according to a news release from the library.

The classes will be presented by Deborah Wolf of the JOB FIT program at the University of North Texas and will cover topics including resumes and cover letters, written and online applications and how to prepare for an interview.

For more information, contact Laura Douglas, Public Services Librarian, at 940-349-8749 or .


VAST members welcome Wollaston as guest artist Thursday

A presentation by guest artist Justine Wollaston will be featured at 7 p.m. Thursday at the March meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas.

The presentation, planned at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St., is free for VAST Members and $3 for Guests.

Wollaston, a resident of Pilot Point, works with pencils, paint, wire, cement, paper, the computer and video to make her artwork. For more information visit .


Drive under way to collect items for U.S. military

A drive to collect hard candy, beef jerky, nuts and gum and other items for U.S. military personnel is now under way at the Edward Jones office located at 2925 Country Club Road, Suite 101A in Denton.

Roy Garrett, who has helped organize the collection effort in conjunction with Kathy Bauer, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, said donations can be brought to the drop-off location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, before March 26.

In addition to nonperishable food items, donations of book puzzles, hand sanitizer, lip balm and other items needed by the troops are also being accepted.

For more information about the drive, call 940-382-0280.


Blood drive planned Saturday at local church

An American Red Cross community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

A photo ID is required to donate.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto and search by ZIP code.


Fundraiser to support Take a Soldier Fishing program

A fundraiser to support the fourth annual Take a Soldier Fishing outing at Ray Roberts Lake State Park is planned Saturday at American Legion Post 550, located at 905 Foundation Drive in Pilot Point.

A fish fry will begin at 3 p.m., followed by an auction, raffles and a performance by Jay Parr and The Last Straw Band.

Proceeds will help support the Take a Soldier Fishing program, a free weekend of fishing, camping, hiking and other activities open to veterans or active duty military personnel and their families.

The catfish dinner will be offered for a $7.95 donation and will include catfish, fries, hush puppies and beans. Cover charge for the band will be $5 per person, and the show will begin following the auction.

Items are needed for the auction. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion post daily after noon or at Ray’s Auto Repair, located at 400 N. U.S. Highway 377 in Pilot Point, according to a news release from event organizers.

This will be the fourth year that the Take a Soldier Fishing program has been held at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. This year’s event is planned the weekend of May 18.


Vista Ridge mall to hold blood drive this weekend

Vista Ridge mall in Lewisville will conduct a blood drive for Carter BloodCare on Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from the mall.

Hours will be noon to 6 p.m. both days. Donor registration will take place on the lower level in Center Court, and the Carter BloodCare donation station will be on the lower level near Macy’s.

All potential donors must present a photo ID. For information about donor eligibility or to make an appointment, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit .

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