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Les Cockrell: Quilted items to be on display

A display of quilted items showcasing the talents of Denton Quilt Guild members will be on public display during the group’s spring retreat Thursday through Saturday at Hubbard Hall on the Texas Woman’s University campus.

Items include traditional bed quilts, as well as pictorial wall quilts, art quilts and miniatures, plus quilted and embellished clothing, hats and bags, according to an event press release. Visitors are welcome to view the display, which will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the retreat at the main entrance to Hubbard Hall. Guild members will be available to answer questions about quilting or guild activities.

The display will also feature a selection of the guild’s collection of Story Books To Go quilts. Guild volunteers have made more than 50 quilts to complement children’s storybooks with quilt-related themes.

During the school year, the storybooks and quilts are loaned to local schools and libraries where teachers and librarians share them with students. During the summer, the collection is available for use by libraries, museums and children’s groups.

The project is funded in part with the support of the Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Denton Quilt Guild, visit .


Program to offer tips on growing vegetables

Bill Adams, author of several books on gardening, will speak on vegetable gardening and tomato growing at 7 p.m. today at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

The free presentation is sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardener Association.

Adams is a former gardening columnist for the Houston Chronicle and spent 31 years as a horticulture agent for Harris County, according to an event announcement. The Oklahoma native learned gardening from his grandmother and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from Oklahoma State University.

The MCL Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Old Town Lewisville.


Elm Fork Education Center to begin camp signups

Registration opens on Monday for the 2013 Elm Fork Education Center’s summer camps at the University of North Texas.

The 2013 camps will run June 17-29.

Camps are open to young people in second through eighth grades.

Explorer’s camps are weeklong, half-day sessions focusing on science. Explorer’s camps meet from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Discovery Camp extends from noon to 6 p.m. for a full-day experience that includes recreation, arts and crafts.

Attendees will explore science topics including archaeology, physics, technology, geology, astronomy, chemistry, environmental science and forensics. Prices range from $100 to $130. More information can be found on the Elm Fork website at

For registration, contact Brian Wheeler at  or 940-565-4912.


Prosper High School senior organizes diaper drive

Prosper High School senior Allison Swain, who is working on obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award, has organized a diaper drive to benefit Bethlehem Place, a community food pantry.

The 10-day drive will start Monday at the Prosper Independent School District’s four elementary schools, two middle schools and high school. Swain will gather the donations and present them to Bethlehem Place for distribution on April 2.

Their biggest need in diapers is for sizes 4, 5 and 6, according to a press release.

Swain is encouraging the Health Occupation Student Association, of which she is a member, to conduct a diaper drive annually.

To support the drive, drop off diapers or donations at a Prosper ISD campus or contact Swain at .


Free seminar to examine ‘Life Beyond Diabetes’

A free seminar titled “Life Beyond Diabetes” will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, 2620 Scripture St.

The program will include dinner, blood-pressure checks, blood-sugar testing, door prizes and educational resources provided by Select Rehabilitation Hospital, Integra Care Home Health, Halo Home Care, Choice Medical and other community resources.

To RSVP for the program, call 940-297-6500.


Denton Organic Society to meet Wednesday

The Denton Organic Society will conduct a program titled “Vegetable Gardening the Permaculture Way” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

Guest speaker will be James Samudio, who partners with his wife, Elizabeth, in Elizabeth Anna Farm & Garden Market in Fort Worth. They practice, teach and design sustainable gardens and landscapes using Permaculture principles.

The presentation is free and open to the public. A seed and information exchange is planned at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call Mike Mizell at 940-382-8551.


Good Samaritan Society offers senior health fair

Good Samaritan Society–Lake Forest Village will offer free blood-sugar checks from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, followed by a free senior health fair.

The health fair will continue until noon. Lake Forest Village is located at 3901 Montecito Drive in Denton. For more information, contact Katrina McPherson at 940-891-6454 or visit .


Training class for grant program offered Thursday

The next mandatory training class for the Neighborhood Project Matching Grant project will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the city of Denton Facilities Management Building, 869 S. Woodrow Lane, according to an announcement from the city.

The grant matches city and neighborhood resources to complete neighborhood-proposed projects that foster self-help, self-management and neighborhood pride, as well as enhance and beautify the neighborhood. Neighborhood Project Matching Grant funds are limited.

For a calendar of grant deadlines, grant rules and regulations, or to request a grant application, call 940-349-8541 or visit  and click on “Neighborhood Grants.”


‘Denton 1913’ film to be topic of program

The Denton County Office History and Culture will conduct a program featuring Denton 1913, a film by Lavon Fulwiler, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Oak St.

Fulwiler, a fifth-generation resident of Denton County, has long been interested in the history of the county and the city of Denton, according to a press release. Her ancestors migrated from Kentucky to southeastern Denton County in 1853, before the city of Denton was founded.

Her film depicts the activities of people living in Denton in 1913 with a parade of students from both the public schools and the two colleges in the city at that time. It also features information about the businesses and industries of Denton.

Fulwiler taught at Denton Junior High School, Freer High School and Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, before joining the faculty at Texas Woman’s University, where she taught for 31 years, including 11 years as chairman of the Department of English before her retirement in 1992. In 1985 she was granted the Cornaro Outstanding Professor Award by the university.

All courthouse museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

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