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Les Cockrell: Aubrey car show to benefit veterans group

A car show sponsored by Lucy’s Moms on Main restaurant is planned in downtown Aubrey on Saturday, and visitors can also enjoy live music and food.

This year’s show, the fourth annual, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and proceeds will benefit Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 920 in Denton and the Green Valley School restoration project.

Entry fee for the car show is $15.

“Everyone is welcome — we’ll take any type of car,” said Steve Murray, who with his wife, Krys, owns Lucy’s Moms on Main, located at 204 N. Main St. in Aubrey.

Last year’s show drew 113 entries, Murray said. Those who enter the show this year will receive a T-shirt and a discount to eat at Mom’s, he added. Live music by the Rumble Kings will be featured.

Additional proceeds for the Green Valley School project will be raised with a raffle, Murray said.

Tickets, priced at $5 each, will be sold for a chance to win one of four passes to eat free at Mom’s for six months.

Members of the Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitive Club are also scheduled to participate, and the Denton County Fallen Soldiers Memorial will be on display.


DAR chapter conducts memorial service

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution recently held a memorial service and installation luncheon.

The memorial service honored Dr. Louise Miller Alton, Elizabeth DeBrohun Bailey and Judith Melton Stewart.

DAR District President Paula Smith installed members of the executive board. These included: Linda Scott, chapter regent; Wanda Samek, vice regent; Donna Cunningham, chaplain; Susanne Barnett, recording secretary; Veneta Lewis, treasurer; Diana White, registrar; and Mary Hunter, librarian.

Catherine Giles, corresponding secretary, and Pamela Fant, historian, were unable to attend.

The chapter’s next meeting will be an ice cream social and youth presentation on Flag Day set for June 14 at Post 2206 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 909 Sunset Drive in Denton.

Guests are welcome to attend.

For more information about DAR, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit .


Activities abound this weekend at state park

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park over the Memorial Day weekend should find plenty of activities to keep them busy.

Two hikes are scheduled at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit on Friday.

An “I Heart Texas” hike will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the unit’s amphitheater, and hikers will search for official symbols of Texas. A sunset hike is planned for 7:30 p.m., and hikers will start at Picnic Pavilion 1.

The Johnson Branch Unit will offer two guided hikes along the Vanishing Prairies Trail on Saturday. The first will begin at 10 a.m., and the second will start at 2 p.m. Hikers will gather at Pavilion 1 for both hikes.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will host a guided hike at 11 a.m. Saturday along the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. Hikers should meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

Johnson Branch will offer two events on Sunday to help participants learn more about wildlife, and both will begin in Pavilion 1. The first, “Flying Feathered Friends,” is a hike to hear and watch birds that will get under way at 8 a.m. The second, “The Fast and the Furriest,” will begin at 11 a.m. and will teach participants how to identify mammals based on skins, skulls and tracks.

Two programs are planned in the amphitheater at Johnson Branch on Monday. The first, titled “Quit Bugging Out!” will be offered at 10:30 a.m., and a “Wildlife Detective” program will be offered at 1:30 p.m. This talk will teach children and adults how to use their observation skills to find traces of animal activity, and participants can then take a short track-hunting hike.

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.


Masonic lodge plans annual appreciation meal

Lebanon Masonic Lodge 837, located at the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Frisco, will host its fourth Guns and Hoses appreciation meal honoring police officers, firefighters, first responders and veterans on Friday and Saturday.

The Masons will serve breakfast from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, and they will provide brisket and side dishes courtesy of Rudy’s and Dickey’s barbecue restaurants from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Lodge members will also be smoking brisket on site to serve attendees.

All area police officers, firefighters, first responders and veterans are invited to take part in the event.

For more information, call 214-450-4557.


Learning area offers night hike on Saturday

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a night hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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

The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville. For more information, visit .


Post plans fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims

American Legion Post 550 in Pilot Point will have a fundraiser to benefit relief efforts for Moore, Okla., beginning at 1 p.m. Monday.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and watermelon will be served, and donations will be accepted for Oklahoma residents.

Area residents are also invited to bring donations of bedding, toiletries, toys, canned food, bottled water, baby items and gently used clothing, to the post for distribution in Oklahoma. A jar for cash donations will be available.

The post is at 905 N. Foundation Drive and opens at noon daily. For more information, call 940-686-9901.


Center gets boost from annual food drive

Tom E. Newell, chairman of the board of directors of the Denton Food Center, reported that the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers on May 11 was a success.

The local drive brought in 34,355 pounds of food and enough cash to buy another 4,000 pounds. The results represented an increase of 37 percent over last year’s donation total, Newell said.

Newell thanked all those who donated and gave special credit to: members of local branch 1367 of the National Association of Letter Carriers for sponsoring, coordinating and promoting the event and collecting the food; the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and all the workers at the post office in Denton for helping promote the event and collect food; the United Way of Denton County for organizing and coordinating approximately 60 volunteers who unloaded mail trucks and weighed and sorted food; American Red Cross volunteers for providing water and snacks for everyone; Andre J. “Frenchy” Rheault for his “Van of Fame” advertising, use of several trucks to collect food and tables for sorting and other tasks; the Kroger store on University Drive in Denton and store customers who purchased more than 1,125 sacks (4,500 pounds) of food; the staff of WolMed of Denton for providing breakfast and a $1,000 cash donation; the city of Denton Building Inspections Division and people at Denton Municipal Electric for hanging a banner over Locust Street; and Asbury United Methodist Church and Guyer High School for donating the use of their parking lots; and food center volunteers who package the food for distribution throughout the year.


Library slates two-part class on Internet skills

Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will host a two-part class titled “Introduction to the Internet” on Wednesday and on Friday, May 31.

Each session will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and students will learn how to use e-mail, search the Internet and find specific sites.

The class is free, but registration is required by contacting Fred Kamman at 940-349-8726.


Center to present annual Air Power Symposium

The University of North Texas Military History Center will present its fifth annual Air Power Symposium on Wednesday at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, 4572 Claire Chennault St. in Addison.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Conrad C. Crane, chief of historical services of the Army Heritage and Education Center.

He will speak on “The Cigar That Brought the Fire Wind: Curtis LeMay, American Airpower and the Bombing of Japan.”

The event is open to the public.

For more information and luncheon reservations, call 940-565-3197 or e-mail .

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