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Les Cockrell: Library’s June events fuse science, literature

Denton’s North Branch Library will offer a series of programs with hands-on activities combining science and literature for young people during the month of June.

Titled “Facts from Fiction: Science from Stories,” the series will feature:

Friday, Scumble by Ingrid Law;

Friday, June 14, Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart;

Friday, June 21, Wonder by R.J. Palacio; and

Friday, June 28, Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky.

Each program will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Amy Petros, a University of North Texas chemistry professor.

The programs are designed for young people in the fourth through eighth grades, and participants are not required to read the featured books. Parents and teachers interested in science, technology, engineering and math are welcome, according to a press release from the library.

For more information, contact Juli Gonzalez, public services librarian, at 940-349-8741 or .


Sounds of Lewisville concert series to begin annual run Tuesday

The annual Sounds of Lewisville free concert series kicks off with the party rock band Downtown Fever in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the courtyard of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Additional concerts are planned every Tuesday in June and July, and all future concerts are set to begin at 7 p.m., according to a press release.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed.

Other performers in the series include groups new to the Lewisville stage such as a Journey cover band and an Elvis tribute show, as well as fan favorites Brave Combo, the Killdares and the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings.

For a full schedule, visit .


Denton resident offers free rose grafting clinic Thursday

Denton resident Jim Herbison will conduct a rose grafting clinic and offer advice on growing roses at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Herbison, who has more than 650 rose bushes in his garden, said the program is open to anyone interested. There is no charge to attend.

“I am a rosarian, certified by the American Rose Society,” he said.

The garden is located at 1301 Haggard Lane. For more information, call 940-230-5422.


Blood drive planned for Friday at Denton business

A blood drive is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Lowe’s, 1255 S. Loop 288 in Denton, according to a press release from the American Red Cross.

All blood types are needed. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. Donors also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit  or call 1-800-733-2767.


Center to host hootenanny and ice cream social

Area residents are invited to step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and hootenanny at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center.

Neighbors will compete to see who has the best homemade ice cream creations, and games for all ages will be featured, including a balloon race, an egg and spoon race, a potato sack race, a shower cap and shaving cream race, circle tag and a hula hoop race. The Mountain Springs Jammers will perform bluegrass music.

There is no charge for the music or games, and ice cream will be sold for $1 per serving, according to an announcement.

Judges will award prizes to the winners, and proceeds will go toward improvements to the community center’s interior and outdoor stage. Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

For more information or to enter the ice cream competition, call Amy McCormick at 940-637-3104 or Lisa Prier at 817-266-5511.

The Mountain Springs Community Center is located at 173 Mounting Springs Lane, near the intersection of FM372 and FM922 in Valley View.


World War II vet scheduled to play guitar for Widows

The only man ever invited to a Widows of America Inc. event — Walter Douglas, 93, who flew B-29 bombers in World War II — is scheduled to play electric guitar at the Widows Love God and Country Jamboree and Salad Luncheon on Saturday.

Reservations are required by noon Friday, according to an event press release.

Douglas will join other musicians to honor a West explosion survivor and a Denton WOA member during the event, planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baptist Student Ministries Building, 1111 Oakland St., near Texas Woman’s University. Area widows are invited to attend.

The annual Eagle Award will be presented to a widow who has achieved success through adversity.

Tickets for the program with luncheon cost $6 apiece and can be paid for at the door. To reserve a seat, call Fran Massengale at 940-566-2983, Diana White at 940-458-7260, Faye Goode at 940-365-1401, Jeanne Lewis at 214-779-0874 or E. Curina Morris at 940-648-2540.


Volunteers sought for study on blueberries, bone density

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at TWU is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of blueberries on bone density, according to a press release.

The study is open to postmenopausal women between the ages of 45 and 70 who have osteopenia, also known as bone loss. Participants must otherwise be healthy and mobile and willing to consume either a whole-blueberry powder or a similar powder without blueberries for a period of three months.

Participants also will undergo bone density measurements and complete physical activity and dietary questionnaires. Blood will be drawn at the start and end of the study.

Additionally, participants will provide a blood and urine specimen three times during the study, according to the press release. Benefits of the study include $75 in compensation — $25 paid at the midpoint and $50 paid upon completion — for time spent on the study. The total time commitment for this study is approximately three hours, 15 minutes over a three-month period. Three visits to TWU will be required.

For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at 940-898-2704 or .


Water district accepting applications for position

Officials with the Upper Trinity Regional Water District said last week that they are accepting applications for an opening on the nine-member governing body for the Upper Trinity Conservation Trust.

The trust is a charitable conservancy with the mission of helping protect watersheds for water supply sources. The appointment as an unpaid trustee would be for a three-year term beginning this month.

The trust works with individual landowners, communities and developers to protect water resources and preserve riparian and other lands along and near waterways, according to a press release.

Applicants should have a passion for the protection and preservation of water and land resources within watersheds and a willingness to help raise funds in support of the Upper Trinity Conservation Trust, according to the press release. To learn more about the trust, visit

Application forms are available online or at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 N. Kealy St., Lewisville, TX 75057. For more information, contact Jason Pierce at  or 972-219-1228.

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