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Les Cockrell: Edible Book Festival planned today at UNT

The 10th annual Edible Book Festival at the University of North Texas is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today and the event is free to those who want to enter a tasty creation or sample the entries, according to a news release from UNT.

The festival will be held in the first-floor forum of UNT’s Willis Library, which is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St.

UNT students, faculty and staff members create edible representations of books in several categories — including Best Adult Nonfiction Book, Best Children’s Book and Best Non-Cake Book — and the creations are judged by those who attend the event.

For more information, contact Kristin Boyett at 940-565-2486 or .

UNT Libraries began the Edible Book Festival as part of the observance of the International Book Festival, which is scheduled each year on or near April 1. The date is the birthday of 18th century French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who became famous for writing a witty meditation on food, according to the news release.


American Red Cross announces four area blood drives this week

The American Red Cross has scheduled four area blood drives this week, according to a Red Cross news release.

A drive will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Center for Leadership & Service, 1155 Union Circle in Denton.

Kappa Alpha Order, 811 S. Welch St. in Denton, will conduct a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A second drive planned for Tuesday will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Choice Emergency Room, 2941 S. Lake Vista Drive, Suite 200, in Lewisville.

The fourth drive is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at WolMed, 2436 S. Interstate 35 in Denton.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, the news release stated. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information, visit .


Residents can still register to play in annual booster club golf tourney

Area residents can still sign up to take part in the fifth annual Guyer Band Booster Club Golf Tournament, organizers said.

This year’s tournament will be from noon to 6 p.m. April 8 at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Cost is $100 per golfer, and the deadline for registration is Thursday. Lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee, and there will be raffle items and a live auction.

Proceeds from the event will support the Guyer High School Band. For more information, e-mail .


Program on mammals, hike on tap at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

A program on mammals and a guided hike are planned for weekend adventurers at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

“Mammals: Skins and Tracks” will be offered from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit, according to a news release from interpreter Danielle Bradley.

The program will be at Picnic Pavilion 1, and participants will learn how to identify different mammals found in the park based on skins and tracks.

The guided hike will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit, and participants will meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for the half-mile hike, and participants may want to bring along binoculars.

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

For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148, and for more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2623.


Denton County birthday party planned this weekend

Denton County Museums and the Denton County Historical Commission will celebrate the 167th birthday of Denton County, and merchants in the Denton Main Street Association will conduct a spring open house this weekend, according to a news release.

The birthday celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square.

Featured will be a silent auction to benefit the museums, a vintage fire truck and art activities. Visitors can also be an amateur archeologist by helping piece together pottery from a 19th-century Denton County pottery site.

Downtown stores will conduct their annual spring open house with extended hours Saturday and Sunday. More than 20 stores and restaurants are participating from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, although hours may vary by store, according to the news release.

The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 W. Hickory St., will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit,  or call 940-349-2850.


Environmental learning area to host ‘Stars on the Prairie’

Staff members at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area are planning a program titled “Stars on the Prairie” for Saturday, and visitors are invited to explore the wonders of the night sky.

The program will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and Clyde Camp, a master naturalist and amateur astronomer with more than 30 years of experience will lead the program, according to a news release from LLELA.

If the sky is cloudy Saturday, a night hike will replace the planned program, the news release said.

There is a $2 program fee for the program, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (intersection of Jones & Kealy streets) in Lewisville. For more information about LLELA, visit .


Denton Christian Preschool announces spring plant sale

Area gardeners are invited to get ready for planting season by visiting the annual Denton Christian Preschool spring plant sale Friday and Saturday.

Hours for the sale will be 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will feature bedding plants, herbs, perennials, hanging baskets, pots of colorful blooms and vegetables.

The sale will be held at 1114 W. University Drive in Denton. For more information, call 940-383-3332.

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