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Les Cockrell: Park program to explore ‘Stars on the Prairie’

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a program titled “Stars on the Prairie” and featuring Clyde Camp, a master naturalist and amateur astronomer, at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

Camp will lead participants in exploring the wonders of the night sky. The program is open to those 5 and older.

There is a $2 program fee in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

If the skies are cloudy, a night hike will be held.

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville.

For more information about LLELA, visit .


Gordie Moore Memorial Roping events scheduled

The eighth annual Gordie Moore “Bubblegum” Memorial Roping event will take place this weekend at Denton’s Diamond T Arena.

Proceeds from the event go to charities and to a scholarship fund at Ponder High School.

This year’s event will be highlighted by a 10-calf, $10,000 tie-down match roping event Saturday afternoon, pitting Tuf Cooper of Decatur, second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rankings and the defending world champion, against Aubrey’s Timber Moore, son of Gordie Moore. The younger Moore is eighth in the PRCA rankings.

Competition will begin Friday night with team roping. Saturday’s events include girls breakaway roping and men’s 65-plus roping before the open tie-down roping event begins at 1 p.m. with two rounds for 60 ropers. Cooper and Timber Moore will start their match roping showdown between the first and second rounds and will complete their event at the end of the open roping.

The event concludes Sunday with the 12-and-under, the 15-and-under and the 19-and-under roping events.

Tickets will cost $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday.

The arena is at 6900 E. Sherman Drive in Denton. For more information, visit .


Hikes, program on insects planned at area state park

Hikes and a program on insects are among the activities planned this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

“Quit Bugging Out!” is the title of a program planned for 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

The presentation, which is set for the Johnson Branch amphitheater, will teach children and adults about insects and spiders.

The program will include an art project and will be followed by a scavenger hunt.

Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

A sunset hike is planned at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The hike will follow the Randy Bell Scenic Trail, and participants should meet at the Hawthorne parking area.

Residents also can take part in a hike Sunday on the Vanishing Prairie Trail at the Johnson Branch Unit.

The hike will begin at 3:30 p.m., and participants should meet at the amphitheater.

Sturdy shoes and water are recommended for the hike participants.

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.


Area church sponsors free show featuring ventriloquist

Area families are invited to attend Dragon Quest, a night of entertainment and fun featuring ventriloquist Stephen McKenzie, on Saturday at Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Harrison Lane in Argyle.

The free program is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Argyle, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for free pizza and activities including a coloring contest and face painting.

The show is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 940-464-7224 or visit .


Denton Herb Society slates program on aeroponic herbs

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Speakers will be Julie Larkey and Leanne Harris, who will discuss advantages of organic aeroponic herbs.

For more information about the Denton Herb Society, visit or e-mail


Decoration Day to include marker dedication

Decoration Day at Indian Creek Cemetery will be observed Saturday, and the highlight of the event will be the dedication of a Historic Texas Cemetery marker.

After a business meeting at 11 a.m., descendants of those interred at Indian Creek will continue the tradition of “dinner on the grounds.”

Dedication of the marker will follow lunch. The public is invited to attend.

The 135-year-old cemetery is in southeastern Cooke County near the intersection of County Road 223 and County Road 232.

Those who are buried in the cemetery include many who lived in Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and other Denton County communities.

Originally known as Bray Cemetery, this burial ground features headstones ranging from elaborate granite markers to hand-etched sandstone.

Pioneer families, military veterans, Masons and members of the Order of the Eastern Star are buried there.


Benefit planned to help pregnancy resource center

A purse auction and brunch to benefit Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oakmont Country Club, located at 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Purses donated to the Twice as Nice resale store are adopted by friends who fill the purses with items to make them more desirable.

The filled purses are sold in a silent auction.

Tickets for the brunch cost $15.

For more information, call Tammy Stewart at 940-383-3150, ext. 303 or e-mail .


Free seminar on tofu planned at Denton store

A free seminar titled “Demystifying Tofu” will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Natural Grocers, 110 W. University Drive.

Guest speaker Shadan Price will discuss the uses of tofu and offer recipes featuring tofu as one of the main ingredients.

No reservations are needed. For more information, visit .


Annual car show to benefit veterans’ group

The second annual car show to benefit Combat Tracker Teams of the Vietnam War Inc. is planned for Saturday, May 18 in downtown Denton, according to an announcement from organizer J.W. Goin III.

Headquarters for the show will be at 213 E. Hickory St., and the entry fee is $20 per car.

Entries are being accepted in several classes, and all proceeds benefit Combat Tracker Teams of the Vietnam War Inc.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and close at 11:30 a.m. The show will run until 3 p.m.

The show is free to the public, and food and music will be featured.

Donations will be accepted and T-shirts will be sold to benefit the veterans group.

Goin served with the 1st Infantry Division and was a member of the 61st Combat Tracker Team.

Combat tracker teams were highly trained units accompanied by a Labrador retriever that carried out missions to locate enemy forces, conduct reconnaissance of an area for possible enemy activity and locate lost or missing friendly personnel.

For more information about the veterans group, visit .

For more information about the annual car show, call 817-614-4275.

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