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Les Cockrell: Weekend full of activities scheduled at state park

A program on mammals, hikes and a family “fish school” are among the activities available to area families this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A family program titled “Mammals: Skins and Tracks” will be offered at 3 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit and will teach participants how to identify mammals found in the park. The program will be offered at Picnic Pavilion 1.

A guided hike is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants will meet at the unit’s interpretive center.

A guided hike is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit. The hike will begin at Picnic Pavilion 1 and will cover about half a mile. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The family “fish school” will be offered at the Johnson Branch Unit from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Certified instructors will teach the basics of fishing. There also will be a “touch tank,” and macroinvertebrates will be discussed.

The events 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. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2623.


Denton church to hold annual garage sale Friday and Saturday

Trinity United Methodist Church, 633 Hobson Lane in Denton, has scheduled its 12th annual garage sale.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will include furniture, antiques, decor, clothing, books, toys and many other items.

Proceeds will benefit local, national and international mission outreach efforts. For more information, call 940-566-2291.


Denton businesses team up to sponsor car, motorcycle show

Two Denton businesses, Hoochie’s and Peacocksso, have joined to sponsor a car and motorcycle show beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.

Anyone interested is invited to come by and show off a vehicle or bike at the event, which will be held at Hoochie’s, 207 Bell Ave.

There will be no trophies or fees, just an opportunity to gather with others who share an interest in cars or motorcycles, said Mike Martin, office manager of Peacocksso.


Opening Doors to host benefit event Friday

Opening Doors International Services Inc. will host “Lighting the Way,” an evening to celebrate and benefit a decade of service on Friday.

The event will feature a silent auction, dinner and program. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road in Denton.

Kate Williams, the ODIS executive director, said in a news release that the agency provides expert legal immigration and naturalization services. It also serves immigrant victims of domestic violence.

The event is open to the public, and cost is $25. For more information about the nonprofit organization, visit .


Club members to take part in March for Babies

Members of the Denton Area Mothers of Multiples will be taking part in the March for Babies on Saturday in Fort Worth, according to Leah Strittmatter, vice president of programs.

To support the team, visit

This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive in Fort Worth.

The money raised during the 3 1/2-mile walk will help support March of Dimes research and programs that help mothers have full-term pregnancies and help babies begin healthy lives, according to a press release.

For more information about the event, visit .


Denton Ford dealership plans ‘Go Green Event’

Bill Utter Ford in Denton will host a “Go Green Event” on Saturday as part of Earth Day, according to a press release.

Visitors can check out Ford’s lineup of electric and hybrid vehicles, and there will be free seminars and a free lunch provided by Cupboard Natural Foods, the press release stated.

Seminars will include a 10 a.m. Ford technology session focusing on the Sync and My Ford Touch components, walk-around vehicle demonstrations with Ford technology trainer Jason Dickens, and a presentation on owning an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle with Bill Utter Ford customer and Fusion Energi owner Michael Combs.

Bill Utter Ford is located at 4901 S. Interstate 35E.


Denton hospital to host free ‘Earth Day ShredFest’

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will host a free “Earth Day ShredFest” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A truck will be stationed in the hospital parking lot by the pond, and residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded and then recycled, according to a news release from the hospital.

At the Earth Day ShredFest, most paper items — including documents, notebooks, binders and brochures — can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.

For more information, visit .


Leadership class, United Way offer family fun day

United Way of Denton County and students from the University of North Texas Global Leadership class are hosting a “family fun day” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and will include games, free food, prizes, face painting and information about ReadyRosie, a program that provides families a way to educate children at home and prepare them for school.

The event is open to all families in the Denton school district. For more information about ReadyRosie, visit or .


TRASHion Fashion runway show planned Saturday

The city of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling Department and the Denton Public Library will host a TRASHion Fashion runway show at noon Saturday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., during the 20th annual Denton Redbud Festival.

Designers of all ages have been challenged to turn trash into fashion that promotes reuse, recycling and art, and this year’s theme will help heighten awareness of litter problems in our waterways, according to a press release. Prizes will be awarded for the best fashion in each age group.

The Redbud Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature more than 60 booths featuring tree and plant sales, gardening products, landscaping and home improvement items, children’s environmental exhibits and activities, live music and festival foods. Admission is free.

For more information about the TRASHion Fashion runway show, contact recycling education coordinator Alana Presley at 940-349-8064 or .


Scout troop plans open house to mark anniversary

Boy Scout Troop 65, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Denton, has invited the community to attend an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in honor of the troop’s 95th anniversary.

The event will be held at the historic Scout Hut at Evers Park, on Windsor Drive just west of North Locust Street. Featured will be tours of the Scout Hut, which was built in 1937, demonstrations, Dutch oven cooking samples, a flag retirement ceremony (bring tattered flags that need retiring) and music provided by members of the troop.


Local golfers invited to sign up for tournament

Golfers can now sign up for a tournament planned for Monday, May 6, to benefit the Billy Ryan High School Grad Night program, organizers said.

The four-person scramble will be held at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth, and will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. A buffet luncheon will be provided, and a silent auction will be held.

Cost is $100 per golfer. Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin and longest drive on designated holes.

Sponsorships are available at various levels. Download an application at  or call Dan Lucas at 940-765-7410 or Mike Rodgers at 940-367-0280.

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