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Les Cockrell: CoServ presents three recipients with grants

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently presented grants of more than $25,000 to three Denton County recipients, according to a CoServ press release.

A $10,706.99 grant went to Denton County Friends of the Family. The funds will be used to purchase signs and office window blinds for the organization’s headquarters, as well as lockers for the group’s Denton shelter for victims of sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence.

This marks the eighth year that CoServ has supported the organization. For more information about Denton County Friends of the Family, visit their website at .

A grant for $12,300 went to Bridges Outreach of Denton County, a nonprofit enrichment program for students in need.

The funds will be used to support the Flower Mound organization’s summer academic program, which is conducted at DeLay Middle School in Lewisville.

When Bridges Outreach was established in 2001, it served 40 students. A dozen years later, the organization has helped more than 5,000 students, according to the press release.

This marks the sixth year that CoServ has supported Bridges Outreach. For more about Bridges Outreach, visit

A $2,500 grant was awarded to the Little Elm Box 620 Support Company, a volunteer organization that assists police and fire departments in Denton County.

The funds will be used to replenish supplies in two vehicles that respond to fire department calls to provide rest, rehydration, nourishment and medical monitoring services for firefighters and other emergency personnel.

This marks the fourth year that CCF has supported the organization. For more about the Little Elm Box 620 Support Company, visit .

So far in 2013, CoServ Charitable Foundation has approved more than $225,000 in grants, according to the press release. Since its creation in 2004, the CoServ Charitable Foundation has provided more than $4.7 million in grants to more than 150 organizations in 49 North Texas communities. The foundation is supported by CoServ Electric, and funding for the foundation is made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric Members and CoServ Gas Customers who donate to Operation Roundup by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar.

For more information about the CCF and its ongoing assistance efforts in communities served by CoServ, visit CoServ Charitable Foundation or the CoServ Facebook page.


Professor’s Corner program planned at Library

“Conversations Between Our Souls: Poems by Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo to His Wife,” will be the topic of the next Professor’s Corner discussion group program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s South Branch Library.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Dr. Lei Zhang of Texas Woman’s University. Refreshments will be served.

The South Branch Library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane. For more information, contact Fred Kamman, coordinator, at  or 940-349-8752.


Twilight Tunes series continues on Denton Square

Thursday Twilight Tunes, the Denton Main Street Association’s concert series in downtown Denton, will continue its 20th season with a performance by The Poor Kings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Area residents are invited to bring a blanket or chair and listen for free on the west-side lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

For more information and a complete concert schedule, visit  or call the event hotline at 940-349-8529.


Little Elm library plans events for grand reopening

The Little Elm Public Library has planned several special events today through Friday to celebrate its reopening after a major remodeling and expansion, according to Library Director Spencer Smith.

The Library is located at 100 W. Eldorado Parkway, with Little Elm Town Hall. The expansion project more than doubled the library’s size and increased programs, Smith said.

An opening reception is planned at 6 p.m. today. The reception will begin with a short ceremony and continue with self-guided tours of the facility, live music and refreshments.

On Tuesday, the grand opening continues with a 5 p.m. visit by young adult authors Tracy Deebs and Victoria Scott. Visitors planning to attend should reserve a spot by going to  and registering. A limited number of prizes and signed books will be awarded.

The festivities continue at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with a story time featuring magician Brett Roberts, who will perform his new show, “Dr. Doolittle's Backyard Adventure.”

On Thursday, a 2 p.m. children's concert with Len Barnett is planned. Children and parents wishing to attend the concert can visit  to reserve seats.

A beer tasting and food pairing class, featuring the staff of Brazos Valley Brewing Company, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. To reserve a space at this event, attendees can register at A minimum age of 21 is required for this event.

For more information, visit .


Mighty Thomas Carnival returns to Lake Dallas park

The Mighty Thomas Carnival is scheduled to return to Lake Dallas City Park this Thursday through Sunday, according to a press release from the city.

Discount ride passes, priced at $15, will be available through Friday at Lake Dallas City Hall or online at, the press release stated. Passes at the gate will be $20. Individual ride tickets will also be available at the carnival’s ticket office.

Lake Dallas City Park is located on Hundley Drive at Shady Shores Road near Lake Dallas Middle School.

For more information about the carnival, call Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, ext. 132, or visit .


Lewisville jam session to be held Friday at City Hall

More than 300 firefighter bagpipers and drummers from across the country are expected to participate in the annual Keep Tradition Alive Jam Session scheduled for Friday on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St.

Friday’s event will start at 6 p.m., with performances beginning at 7 p.m. The Killdares, a Celtic-themed band, will perform at 7:45 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.

The event will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keep Tradition Alive symposium being held this week at the Lewisville Convention Center, according to a press release.

Keep Tradition Alive is a training program for firefighter bagpipe and drum corps members and includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Academy. It was started by the Lewisville Fire Department in 2008 and is held each May at the Lewisville Convention Center.

For information, visit  or .


Golf tournament planned to benefit volunteer program

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Serving Denton County will sponsor its 11th annual RSVP Golf Classic and Silent Auction on Tuesday, May 14 at the Golf Club at Champions Circle, across from Texas Motor Speedway.

Registration will be at 7 a.m., and play in the four-person scramble tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The event’s silent auction also begins at 7 a.m., and an awards luncheon and live auction are planned for noon.

Entry fee of $150 per player includes cart and greens fees, mulligans, raffle tickets, continental breakfast, luncheon, a cap, gift certificates and door prizes, according to an event press release.

Online registration is available at .


More than 500 volunteers turn out at cleanup

More than 522 volunteers turned out for Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s 27th annual citywide cleanup on April 20 and picked up an estimated five tons of trash, according to a press release from the organization.

Youth group winners were: members of Boy Scout Troop 162, who picked up 10 bags of trash, and students from Independence Elementary, who picked up 30 bags of trash.

Adult group winners were: the Hlatky family with just three volunteers who picked up 50 bags of trash, and the Lewisville Texan Journal team, which collected more than 90 bags of trash.

E.A. Engineering won the trophy for the most unusual trash for bringing back a leather recliner, a baby carrier bike attachment and a broken trampoline that were dumped in a field along State Highway 121.

For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at or 972-538-5949.

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