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Les Cockrell: Legion post announces selections for Texas Boys State

Officials with American Legion Post 71 have announced the selection of 41 high school juniors from the Denton area for Texas Boys State.

American Legion Boys State is a program that teaches how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for the rights of a citizen, according to information from the American Legion. The event will be held at the University of Texas June 9-14, and between 800 and 1,000 participants are expected this year.

Young men from the Denton area who were selected are:

Denton High School — Alexander Herring, Camden Hunt, Truett Ide, Ryan Konz, Ethan Morrison, Dakota Soward;

Guyer High School — Ka’Shaan Barnes, Pete Burley, Connor Bourgeois, Thomas Ferguson, Kyle Jaskulske, Joshua Jordan, Troy Lucas, Triston Minick, David Quintanilla, Adam Volimar, Kolton White;

Ryan High School — Reuben Acton, Jared Allen, Mitchell Bridges, James Crouse, Xavier Gray, Aaron Lawrence, Reilly Martinez, Thomas Reidy, Jameson Tischler, Jacob Williams, Tederick Williams;

Flower Mound Marcus High School — Joseph Martin, Andres Venegas;

Lake Dallas High School — James Dunne, Jacob O’Connell, James Shipman;

Lewisville High School — Fairooz Adams, Carlos Andino, Ernesto Flores, Lucas Hastings, Alexander Tomkovich;

Liberty Christian High School — Michael King, Spencer Mackenzie and Nicholas Valenzuela.

Selections for the program are made annually, beginning in March with interviews in the area high schools. The cost per attendee is $275, and funding is provided by area civic clubs, the American Legion, individuals and schools, or individuals may raise their own scholarship money.

Selections are finalized by early April each year, and Boys State is held the second week in June.

For more information, students can contact a high school principal or counselor or call Lee Keith at 940-382-3709.


Registration still open for Boys and Girls Clubs golf tournament

There’s still time to register for the seventh annual golf tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas.

The tournament will be played Thursday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth. A 1:30 p.m. shotgun start is planned.

Cost is $125 and entrants will get a round of golf, lunch, dinner and a goody bag.

All proceeds will support local at-risk youth who benefit from the programs and services provided at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas. Registration is available at .


UNT continues celebration of Great Global Citizens Month

The University of North Texas will continue its celebration of Great Global Citizens Month with an EarthFest and International Fair and Market today and an International Dance Party on Thursday, according to a press release.

Today’s fair and market will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Library Mall. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies will have booths offering information on how to live “green” on and off campus, and UNT's international students and some vendors will display and sell clothing, decorative items, jewelry and music from different nations.

The dance party is planned for 8:30 to 10 p.m. on the Library Mall.

For more information, contact UNT-International at 940-369-8625.


Trinity Forks Chapter of Native Plant Society to host Blevins on Thursday

Courtney Blevins of the Texas A&M Forestry Service will present a program on urban forestry and citizen foresters at a meeting of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Thursday.

The chapter meets in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at Texas Woman’s University. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer, and the program will be at 7 p.m. in the large auditorium classroom on the second floor.

Blevins, a graduate of Texas A&M University, received the Arborist of the Year award four years ago. He has presented many programs on all aspects of forestry, regularly leads nature hikes and organized the Citizen Forester Program for the Forest Service, an event announcement said.

For more information, contact Cecil Carter at or visit .


Grant class set for Thursday

The next mandatory training class for Denton’s Neighborhood Project Matching Grant program will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the city of Denton Facilities Management Building, 869 S. Woodrow Lane.

The newly revised Neighborhood Project Matching Grant helps neighborhoods, homeowners or tenant associations bring ideas for a neighborhood improvement project to life with a reimbursement grant of up to $10,000, according to a press release from the city. The grant matches city and neighborhood resources to complete neighborhood projects.

Grant funds are limited. For a calendar of grant deadlines, grant rules and regulations, or to request a grant application, call 940-349-8541 or visit  and click on “Neighborhood Grants.”

For more information about this project, contact Katia Boykin, Planning Supervisor, at 940-349-7274.


LakeCities Ballet Theatre to close season with ‘Coppélia’

LakeCities Ballet Theatre will close its 29th season with performances of Coppélia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, according to a press release from the ballet.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 972-966-8006. Tickets also will be sold at the door, if available. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.

There will be a workshop at 6 p.m. Saturday (included with the purchase of a performance ticket) that will allow younger guests to interact with artistic director Kelly Lannin and visit LBT’s “Wax Museum,” with live wind-up dolls on stage who explain the story of Coppelia and the dancers’ different roles, the press release stated.

Those who want to attend the workshop must RSVP to and include the attendee’s name and age.

The theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets or at Lewisville City Hall, across Church Street from the theater. For more information, visit .


Theater offers ‘All the Great Books (Abridged)’

The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with the comedy All the Great Books (Abridged), running weekends Friday through May 12, according to a press release.

Performances are planned Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The production features three actors running (sometimes literally) through more than 85 of literature’s “great” books in 90 minutes.

Tickets cost $16 for adults and $13 for ages 65 and older and 18 and younger. Call for reservations at 972-221-7469.

The theater is located at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear of the building, off Elm Street. For more information, visit .

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