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Les Cockrell: Senior fitness assessment set at athletic complex

A spring senior fitness assessment will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

The event is open to people ages 55 and older. Testing will grade muscle strength, flexibility, walking speed and endurance, and aerobic fitness. All participants will receive a health report card and healthy lifestyle information.

The event is sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Age Well, Live Well, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas and Seniors in Motion.

The test will take approximately 40 minutes and will give participants an individual assessment of their fitness and nutrition status.

The event is free, but canned donations will be accepted for a local charity.

Registration is available at Seniors in Motion, 111 Industrial St.

For more information, call 940-566-5291.


Hikes, program on animal tracks set at state park

Several hikes and a program to teach kids and adults how to read animal tracks are among activities planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

A program titled “Wildlife Detectives,” which will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit, will offer instruction on finding traces of animal activity. It will be followed by a hike to look for animal tracks.

Later on Friday at the Johnson Branch Unit, a sunset hike will be held. Participants will gather at 7:30 p.m. at Picnic Pavilion 1.

Hikes at both the Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois units of the park are planned for Saturday.

Hikes at Johnson Branch will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4 p.m., and both hikes will begin in the parking lot of the Dogwood camping area.

A sunset hike is planned at 7:45 p.m. at the Isle du Bois Unit, and participants will meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

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.


Kids ‘N Cops event planned Saturday in Lake Dallas

The Lake Dallas Police Department and Municipal Court will host the annual Kids ’N Cops Open House/Cook-Out and Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.

The activities are designed to encourage positive relationships between police officers and children. Children and parents are invited to attend the free event that will include food, soft drinks, gifts, T-shirts, educational material, safety training and music.

To learn more about the Kids ’N Cops program, including volunteering and sponsor support, contact Sgt. Vikki Chandler at  or call 940-497-2228.


Water-wise gardening expo set Saturday in Lewisville

The city of Lewisville, Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the Upper Trinity Regional Water District will host a free water-wise gardening expo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 N. Kealy St. in Lewisville.

The event will offer information about how to conserve water and protect the environment. There will be tours of Upper Trinity’s Water-Wise Demonstration Garden, educational booths and a class on sprinkler systems from 10 to 11 a.m.

To register for the class, e-mail .


Learning area plans fish day for kids, night hike

A fishing day for kids and a night hike will be offered Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Angling instructors at LLELA will offer activities from 10 a.m. to noon that are designed to introduce children to the art of fishing. There will be information on casting, fish identification, knot-tying, aquatic habitats, fishing rules and ethics, and more. There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

No fishing gear is needed for the class, but those who want to stay and fish afterward will need to provide their own equipment.

Guides will lead the night hike through wooded areas and across the prairie from 8 to 10 p.m., and participants will listen for such nocturnal sounds as howling coyotes and hooting owls.

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

For more information about activities at LLELA, visit .


American Legion Auxiliary in Pilot Point to host cook-off

The American Legion Auxiliary in Pilot Point will host the Linda Robinson Cook-Off on Saturday at American Legion Post 550, 905 Foundation Drive.

This will be the eighth year for the event, and categories will be brisket, chicken, ribs, chili and beans.

Cost is $15 per category or $60 for all five. Trophies for the main five categories were made by Robert Bradford and the material donated by Chandler Cabinets.

A separate jackpot competition is planned, and winners will be paid in cash.

Those who purchase a sample cup for $3 can vote for their favorite dishes.

Cooks will begin signing up Friday afternoon and getting their sites set up. Free karaoke will be featured.

Turn-in times will begin at noon Saturday with chili, and the trophy presentation will be at about 3 p.m., followed by an auction. Auction items are still needed, and donations can be dropped off at the post any day after noon.

Music will begin at 7 p.m., and the Chris McCandless Band will begin playing at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge.

Limited RV sites are still available and spots can be reserved by calling Tracie Bradford at 214-679-8334.


Casino night fundraiser set Saturday in Flower Mound

The sixth annual Casino Night to benefit Special Abilities of North Texas will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Le Beaux Chateau, 2701 Corporate Circle in Flower Mound.

Advance tickets cost $65 at, or can be purchased at the door for $75.

For more information, call 972-317-1515 or e-mail .


Cancer benefit planned Saturday at fairgrounds

A cancer benefit to support Aubrey resident Harley Quam and the family of Dwayne Lyon is planned Saturday in the Fair Hall at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

A barbecue dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person, and live and silent auctions and live music by the Dusty Smirl Band and Casey Herd of Hello July Band will be featured.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Misty Solis at 940-391-3818 or Misty Rauschuber at 940-634-1174, or e-mail .


Roundtable on Parkinson’s disease to be held Tuesday

A Parkinson’s disease roundtable discussion will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church of Denton, 1203 Fulton St.

The program, which is open to the community, will be presented by Parkinson’s and Caregivers Together in conjunction with the Age Well Live Well program.

The discussion will include information presented by speakers on topics of special interest including dementia, swallowing difficulty, care giving responsibility, research and resources in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For more information, call 940-566-5291.


Denton Association of Christian Women to meet

The Denton Association of Christian Women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St.

Guest speaker will be Jeff Dooley, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Denton, who will discuss the church’s various ministries.

Keith McGee, the church’s director of music and worship, will sing and lead a hymn.

Parking is available in the lot located north and east of the church building. The entry to the fellowship hall is from the covered drive-through on the northeast corner of the church building.

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