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Les Cockrell: Kiwanis to present pancake supper, silent auction

Members of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis will present their annual pancake supper and silent auction from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.

Denton’s Candy Haven and Kolache Haven are assisting with the event, which will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, according to a press release.

Proceeds will help provide low-income children with backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes through Interfaith Ministries’ Apple Tree Project.

Last year’s event raised $15,000 and helped 1,400 children, organizers said, and the goal this year is to raise $20,000 to help 1,800 youngsters.

More than a dozen celebrity chefs are scheduled to help out by flipping pancakes, including Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs, Denton County Judge Mary Horn, Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector Michelle French, Denton County Sheriff William Travis, New Life Church pastor Jim Mann and Paul Chandler of Meridian Bank, the press release stated.

Tickets are available at DATCU and online at . Tickets also will be available at the door.


Courthouse lecture to examine history of Flower Mound area

Jimmy Ruth Hilliard Martin, author of a pictorial history book on Flower Mound, will speak about the area’s heritage during a lecture planned by the Denton County Office of History and Culture from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The free lecture will be offered in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Martin will have copies of her book available for sale and will sign purchased copies.

The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.


Mountain Springs Mellow Drummers offers shows Friday, Saturday

The Mountain Springs Mellow Drummers will offer a two-night run of the family-friendly comedy Dastardly Deeds at the Dirty Dog on Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

Both performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Written and directed by Nadine Pitzinger, the melodrama is set in a stagecoach way station and nearby saloon during the 1890s.

The shows will be accompanied by pianist Toni Holland and will feature 12 area performers from Pilot Point, Gunter, Valley View, Gainesville and Mountain Springs, according to a press release.

In addition to the melodrama, special guests will provide musical entertainment on both evenings.

On Friday, three ensembles from the Pilot Point High School band will perform, and on Saturday, Tanesha Jackson will play the piano and sing gospel music.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students (kindergarten through 12th grade); free for children younger than 6. Mountain Springs Community Center is located at 173 Mountain Springs Lane, near the intersection of FM372 and FM922 in Valley View.


Solutions of North Texas to present dinner and auction Saturday

Solutions of North Texas will present the fifth annual Making a Difference Dinner and Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $60 per person for the fundraiser, which supports services including substance abuse recovery and sober housing. Deadline for tickets is Friday.

This year’s event will be held at the University of North Texas’ Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.

For more information about the event, call 940-898-6202 or e-mail . For more information about Solutions of North Texas, visit .


Lewisville Lake Symphony to close season

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will close its 2012-13 season with performances featuring violin soloist Shannon Lee on Friday and Sunday, April 21, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for the Friday performance and $20 for Sunday’s performance, with a $5 discount for seniors. Student tickets cost $10 for either show.

Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center. Parking is not allowed on the grass lot across Church Street from MCL Grand.

For tickets, visit  or call 800-595-4849. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.

For information about Lewisville Lake Symphony, call 972-874-9087 or visit .


Detective to speak at UNT history symposium

James Leavelle, the Dallas Police Department detective who was escorting alleged presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby, will be one of two speakers at “50 Years Since the Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” the 2013 Texas History Symposium presented by the University of North Texas.

The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 122 of UNT’s Wooten Hall, located at 1121 Union Circle, one block west of Welch and Highland streets.

Registration, which includes lunch, is available online through 5 p.m. today.

The regular registration fee is $25. High school and middle school students can register for $15, and UNT faculty and staff members can register for $10. UNT students can register for free.

Leavelle’s question-and-answer session will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Following the session, Leavelle will autograph photos for $10 apiece, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas Police Department.

James Giglio, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Southwest Missouri State University, will be the Texas History Symposium’s other speaker, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. He is the author of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy: A Bibliography and will sign copies of his books from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

For more information on the Texas History Symposium, contact Marie Watkins in the UNT Department of History at 940-565-3197 or .


Keep Lewisville Beautiful seeks volunteers for event

Keep Lewisville Beautiful is seeking volunteers for its 27th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday.

All ages are welcome to take part. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the city of Lewisville’s Residential Convenience Center, located at 330 Jones St., and the cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers, along with door prizes and goody bags.

Online registration is available at .

For more information, call 972-538-5949.


Little Elm to host free ‘Water Is Life’ expo

The town of Little Elm will sponsor a “Water Is Life” expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to an announcement from Kevin Mattingly, Little Elm director of public works.

The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the amphitheater at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway in Little Elm. It will feature four 50-minute presentations on various aspects of water conservation. There is no charge to attend.

Presentation topics will include the advantages of drip irrigation and how homeowners can convert their sprinkler systems, native plants that require less water, rainwater harvesting and organic gardening.

Vendors will offer food items for sale. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. in Little Elm.


Argyle Eagle Classic golf tournament planned

The 11th annual Argyle Eagle Classic golf tournament is planned for Wednesday, April 24 at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.

The event will benefit both the Argyle High School Athletic and Band Booster clubs.

The four-person scramble tournament will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by an awards dinner and live auction. Cost is $150 per golfer.

For more information, call 214-212-7936 or 817-925-5679, or visit .

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