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Les Cockrell: Spring garden tour offers special attractions

With the theme of “Living Green with Style,” the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s 2013 Spring Garden Tour will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Seven gardens, both public and private, are on this year’s tour, including one each in Highland Village, Lewisville and Carrollton, two in Flower Mound and two in Southlake.

Tour highlights include the Pollinator Garden within the 2,000-acre Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area that features plants selected to attract and provide a refuge for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. A garden tour ticket or a gate fee is required to visit the Pollinator Garden. Children younger than 14 get in free when accompanied by an adult with a garden tour ticket.

This year’s tour will also visit the 700-acre Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. The center’s landscape showcases the beauty of native plants that are drought-, sun- and shade-tolerant. The expanded butterfly garden was designed and installed by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Another tour highlight will be a visit to the Flower Mound, which stands 50 feet above the surrounding countryside. The mound, located in the heart of the city of Flower Mound, has 13 acres of wildflowers and native prairie grasses and is protected by the nonprofit Mound Foundation.

Garden tour tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased online at On the day of the tour, tickets cost $12 for admission to all gardens or $5 for a single garden. Children younger than 14 do not require a ticket.

Local nurseries will provide door prizes for the event. The tour will be held rain or shine, and cameras are welcome. Proceeds from the tour fund public educational projects and programs throughout Denton County.


Retired school personnel to end year with luncheon

The Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will end its 2012-13 year with a Western-themed barbecue luncheon for members and friends at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

After lunch, an awards ceremony will be held and new officers will be installed.

Serving two-year terms are: Carol Coulter, president; Sue Bode and Dee Carrico, co-second vice presidents; Linda Hensel-Moore, secretary; and Karyn Blucker, treasurer.

The state convention for the Texas Retired Teachers Association was held recently in Corpus Christi and three members of the board — Blucker, Coulter and Maggie Dodd — attended as delegates.

After a summer break, the Denton group will resume meetings in September.


Hikes, Mother’s Day program planned at park

Guided hikes and a Mother’s Day program are among the activities planned this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A sunset hike is planned at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

The half-mile hike will start at picnic pavilion No. 1, and participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a flashlight.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will conduct hikes at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Saturday’s hike will start at the Bluestem parking area, and Sunday’s hike will begin at the Hawthorn parking area.

A program in honor of Mother’s Day is planned at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at picnic pavilion No. 1 at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

The program will feature a talk about amazing mothers worldwide and within the park, along with an art project.

Afterward, participants are invited to have a picnic with their families near the day-use beach.

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.


Environmental learning area offers walks, fishing day

A bird walk, a nature walk and a kids’ fishing day will be offered on Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Bird watchers of all skill levels who are age 10 and older are invited to take part in the bird walk, which will begin at 7:30 a.m.

No registration is required for the events.

The nature walk will get under way at 10 a.m. and will last about two hours, as a naturalist leads participants in search of songbirds, wildflowers and other signs of spring.

No registration is required.

Angling instructors will offer fishing instruction to youngsters from 10 a.m. to noon. Topics will include casting, fish identification, knot-tying, aquatic habitats, fishing rules and ethics. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No tackle will be required for the workshop, but those who want to stay and fish afterward will need to bring their own equipment. Call 972-219-3930 to register.

A $2 program fee will be charged for each of the activities offered on Saturday, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville. For more information, visit .


Mountain Springs pet vaccination clinic set

Lone Oak Veterinary Clinic will conduct the annual Mountain Springs pet vaccination clinic from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the community center, 173 Mountain Springs Road, near the intersection of FM372 and FM922 in Valley View.

For more information, call 940-637-2966.


Sanger library slates free scrapbooking session

The Sanger Public Library will conduct a free scrapbooking session from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Participants are invited to work on their personal project while using specialized tools provided by the library, including cutting machines, stencils and paper-piecing patterns. The library also offers a variety of books on scrapbooking, some borrowed from other libraries.

Participants are asked to bring supplies for the project they are working on, as well as unwanted or extra supplies to be shared with others. Dies and cartridges that fit the library’s cutting machines are also welcome.

To reserve a spot, call 940-458-3257, e-mail or visit the library at 501 Bolivar St.

Registration for the event is also available on the library’s Facebook page.


Lake Dallas Highsteppers add auction to spring show

Members of the Lake Dallas Highsteppers completed their season with an annual spring show titled “The Time is Now” on Saturday, and more than 400 guests turned out for the event.

For the first time, a silent auction featuring items donated by area businesses was held to benefit the Highsteppers Booster Club, and more than $5,000 was raised.

The proceeds will help offset costs for contests and costumes through the year.

Those who would like to support next year’s event can call the booster club at 940-498-2193.


Group slates program on Alzheimer’s disease

The next monthly luncheon for the friends and supporters of Ann’s Haven VNA is scheduled for noon on Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Guest speaker will be Missy Benjamin, manager of family services for the Greater Dallas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She will discuss “Recognizing the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Meal sponsors are members of the Denton County Medical Society Alliance, who have planned, cooked and served the May luncheon for the past several years.

There is no cost to attend the luncheon.

For more information, call 940-349-5900.

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