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Les Cockrell: Hikes set over the weekend at park

Area families can take advantage of several activities this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A Wildlife Detectives program and sunset hike are planned Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

Wildlife Detectives, from 3 to 4 p.m., will teach children and adults how to use their observation skills to find traces of animal activity. An optional short hike to search for tracks will follow the program, and participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The sunset hike from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be along cement trails and a half-mile loop starting at Picnic Pavilion 1. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a flashlight.

Guided hikes are planned from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. The 1.1-mile hikes will start at the picnic pavilion in the parking lot of the dogwood camping area. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

A guided hike is planned at 11 a.m. Sunday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit.

Participants should meet at the Hawthorn parking area. The hike will be along the Randy Bell Scenic Trail.

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.


Annual Medal of Honor program set this weekend

Gainesville’s Medal of Honor Host City Program this weekend will feature several events that are open to the public.

An informal fish fry is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gainesville High School. Tickets, which are limited, cost $10 per person and are available from the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 311 S. Weaver St. To check ticket availability, call 940-665-2831.

The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a public book signing and autograph session will begin at 1 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver St.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit .


‘Hope and Healing’ service scheduled for Saturday

Morse Street Baptist Church, 921 Morse St. in Denton, will conduct “Hope and Healing,” a worship service and fellowship lunch dedicated to helping children, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The event will feature several speakers, the reading of a proclamation from the city of Denton and a video presentation, a church spokeswoman said.

The Rev. Larry Willis is senior pastor. For more information, call 940-320-5364 or visit .


Walk to benefit local pregnancy resource center

The “Walk Back to LIFE” event, a fundraiser benefiting Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center in Denton, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Walkers will meet at 420 E. McKinney St., behind Zera Coffee Co., and walk through downtown Denton, said Tammy Stewart, marketing and events coordinator for the pregnancy resource center.

Friends of the organization register to be walkers and ask friends, family and business associates to support them.

Prizes will be presented to walkers with the most sponsorship money.

Parking will be available east of Zera Coffee Co., Stewart said.

For more information, visit .


Bird walk, nature walk planned for Saturday

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will conduct a bird walk and a nature walk Saturday.

The bird walk, for ages 10 and older, will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Keith Lockhart will guide participants to some of LLELA’s top bird-watching locations.

The nature walk will begin at 10 a.m., and participants will search for the first wildflowers and other signs of spring along the trail.

There is a $2 program fee for each activity in addition to LLELA’s regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are not required.

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (intersection of Jones and Kealy streets) in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit .


Oak Point to have community garage sale

The city of Oak Point will sponsor a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Approximately 35 homeowners have registered to participate in the sale, said Amy Bockes, Oak Point city secretary/court administrator.

Maps with a list of registered sale sites will be available at the entrance to each subdivision on Saturday and at the city website, , she said.


Sale to benefit Denton County MHMR program

The Denton County MHMR Center will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot at 2519 Scripture St. in Denton, according to an event announcement.

Items for sale will include toys, books, clothing, office furniture and small appliances. Proceeds will benefit the center’s Holiday Helping Hands Program.


First Denton Dash for Public Schools planned Saturday

The Denton Community Council of PTAs will conduct the first Denton Dash for Public Schools fun run at 8 a.m. on Saturday at South Lakes Park.

The event will feature a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk. All proceeds from the event benefit Denton students and teachers, funding scholarships, teacher grants and other programs.

Cost is $25 per runner, with a discounted rate of $15 for teachers and students. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. at South Lakes Park the day of the race.

For more information, contact Amanda McCleod by e-mail at .


Church to host guest speaker Monday

First Church of Christ Scientist, located at 402 Texas St. in Denton, will host a lecture titled “Eternal Life: Could It be that God Didn’t Intend You to Age?” at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The lecture will be presented by Mark Swinney, a Christian Science lecturer and practitioner. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 940-387-0607.


Stepping Stones sponsoring monthly Memory Cafe

Stepping Stones, the activity and socialization group for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, will sponsor the 2-Step Memory Cafe beginning Monday, according to an event announcement.

The cafes are places where individuals with memory loss and their care partners can socialize with other people going through similar experiences, organizers said.

The 2-Step Memory Cafe will be held at 5 p.m. at Zera Coffee Co., 420 E. McKinney St. in Denton. Future gatherings will be held on the third Monday of every month.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call 940-566-0902.


Dementia Loving Care seminar planned Tuesday

Dementia Loving Care, a seminar for caregivers, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, 2620 Scripture St., according to a news release.

There is no cost for the seminar, which is designed to help caregivers understand the disease and how to manage dementia-induced behaviors. The program will be led by Nancy Shadowens, a speech pathologist, and Kat McClendon, an occupational therapist. Both work at Select Rehabilitation Hospital, the press release stated.

The seminar is based on the book Dementia: Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit, co-authored by speech pathologists Peggy Watson and Nancy Shadowens.


Program with focus on veterans set for April 18

The Denton Area Partnership for End-of-Life Care will present “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death” on April 18 at Foundation Management Services, 2800 Shoreline Drive in Denton.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 9 a.m., and the program will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30, which includes breakfast and lunch.

To register, visit DAPEC, located at 300 N. Elm St., Suite 203.


Denton Organic Society to have program Wednesday

The Denton Organic Society will conduct a program titled “The Importance of Humic Acid in the Health of our Soils, Plants and Human Lives” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Guest speaker will be Randy Mosley, who will discuss use of humates as a soil amendment and fertilizer additive, according to a press release from the organization.

The meeting will be held at Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. It is free and open to the public. A seed and information exchange is planned at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 940-382-8551.


Don’t forget

The Denton County Master Gardener Association will have its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6333 Hobson Lane in Denton.

The Master Gardeners’ Garden Shoppe will be open, offering pots, garden art and tools, and veteran gardeners will offer landscaping advice, recommendations on plant care and tips on using herbs in cooking.

All money raised from the sale will help fund local educational activities.

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