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Les Cockrell: Good Samaritans slate fun run/walk fundraiser

The Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village will hold “Marching for Health,” its first 5K fun run/walk, on Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for Denton Village’s capital campaign to build a $3.2 million community life enrichment and wellness center.

The 5K will start at 2500 Hinkle Drive, and runners will go north on Hinkle, through North Lakes Park on Windsor Drive and return to Denton Village.

Parking will be available in North Lakes Park or off Hinkle Drive. There will be buses available to bring participants to and from Denton Village. Buses will run from 6:20 to 7:30 a.m., and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. A competitive 5K will start at 7:45 a.m., and a casual 5K run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony and resident recognition celebration is planned at 10 a.m.

Registration fee is $35 for adults, $25 for students ages 13-21 and Good Samaritan Society residents and staff and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

To register or make a donation, visit . For more information, contact Ashley Sellman at 940-383-6339 or .


Benefit event to be part of consignment sale

The Just Between Friends consignment sale returns to Denton this weekend, offering children’s and maternity items.

The sale will be today through Sunday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

Hours today will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is $3 per person. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with free admission all three days. Prices on many items will be marked down Sunday.

The sale will feature clothing from preemie to sizes 16 and 20, hats and shoes, maternity items and clothing, nursery items, strollers, sports equipment, baby and toddler furniture, playground equipment, books, DVDs, e-games, software and plenty of toys.

A special feature of this year’s event will be “Fans of the Family,” a way for shoppers to help families in crisis.

In partnership with Just Between Friends, Denton County Friends of the Family is playing host to this effort, which features fans decorated by area children to highlight a family member in need.

Shoppers can select a decorated fan from the display in the lobby of the Civic Center, then walk downstairs to the sale area and purchase items to fill the needs listed on the fan.

Shoppers can drop off their donations at the Denton County Friends of the Family booth at the sale to receive a receipt.


Hikes planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Daily guided hikes are planned at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday and a twilight hike is planned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park near Pilot Point.

Hikers will explore the Lost Pines Nature Trail on Friday and Sunday, and Saturday’s hike will begin at the Bluestem parking area. Participants in the twilight hike should meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 12 and older.

For more information on the hikes, call 940-686-2148.


Cupit to present ‘Story of Quakertown’

Kim Cupit, curator of collections for the Denton County Office of History and Culture, will present “Story of Quakertown” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Quakertown was a thriving African-American community nestled in the heart of Denton in the early 1880s, and by 1923, it had disappeared and the land was being developed into a city park.

The Denton County African American Museum in the Historical Park of Denton County is located in a restored Quakertown house.

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


Club planning breakfast with Easter Bunny

The Argyle Lions Club is planning a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the cafeteria at Argyle High School, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.

Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family for pancakes, bacon and orange juice, and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available on site. Event proceeds will benefit the club’s community projects.


Aubrey group sets chili cook-off Saturday

The Aubrey Fire Department Auxiliary will present its fourth annual chili cook-off and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the festival grounds in downtown Aubrey.

Admission to the event is free, and tickets to sample chili will be $5 per person. The event will also feature live music, a cake walk and a silent auction.

Proceeds will support the operation of the auxiliary and Keep Aubrey Beautiful.


‘A Knight Under the Stars’ fundraiser planned

Knights of Columbus Council 14789 is sponsoring a “A Knight Under the Stars” fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road in Denton.

The event will feature dancing, casino games, snacks and drinks.

Proceeds will benefit Council 14789, Catholic Daughters of America and Blessed John Paul II Catholic Church.

Tickets for the black-and-white-attire event are $15 each, two for $25 or $10 each for three or more. For ticket information, e-mail .


Environmental area offers fishing event for kids

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer a fishing event for kids from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Instructors will provide information on casting, fish identification, knot tying, aquatic habitats and fishing rules and ethics. Participants will then practice what they learned during an hour of fishing.

No tackle is required for the activities, but participants will need to bring their own equipment if they intend to stay and fish after the event.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities and bring sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and insect repellent.

Cost is a $2 program fee in addition to LLELA’s general admission of $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by adults, who will pay only the admission fee. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or .

For more information, visit .


Lewisville mall slates Kids’ Spring Fling on Saturday

Vista Ridge mall will present Kids’ Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a DJ, games, prizes, dancing and crafts, face painting and other activities.

The events are designed for ages 3-12, but all ages are welcome.

Children can see a magic show and have a balloon creation made for them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A spring backdrop will provide a spot for families to snap a photo. The Easter Bunny is scheduled to visit.

All activities are complimentary and will be located in the mall’s Center Court. For more information, visit  or call 972-315-3641.


North Texas Toastmasters Club sets open house

The North Texas Toastmasters Club will hold an open house meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in Room 118 in Marquis Hall on the University of North Texas campus.

The public is invited to attend to learn how Toastmasters can improve speaking and leadership skills. The event will feature speeches, evaluations, table topics and light refreshments.

For more information, e-mail , call 940-565-2072 or 940-595-5912 or visit .

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