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Les Cockrell: Lewisville Lake events will have eyes on skies

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will conduct a program titled “Stars on the Prairie” on Friday and a bird walk and nature walk on Saturday.

Friday’s program, set for 8:45 to 9:45 p.m., is for those 5 and older and will feature Master Naturalist Clyde Camp, an amateur astronomer who will help participants explore the night sky. If the skies are cloudy, a hike will be held.

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

Bird watchers of all skill levels who are 10 and older are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA during the park’s monthly bird walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee, but reservations are not required.

LLELA’s monthly nature walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and last about two hours. Participants will look for nesting songbirds, blooming wildflowers and other highlights of late spring. There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee, but reservations are not required.


Hikes, animal identification program set for Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Hikes and a program on animal identification are among the opportunities offered at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

A program titled “The Fast and the Furriest” will be offered from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. The family event will be held at Pavilion 1 and will teach participants how to identify animals found in the park based on tracks and other signs.

Also planned for Friday at the Johnson Branch is a two-mile night hike. Participants will gather at the pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot to begin the hike at 8 p.m. and go in search of signs of insect activity and nocturnal animals. Park staff members recommend that hikers wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a flashlight.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will offer a guided hike Saturday. The hike will begin at 11 a.m., and participants should meet in the Bluestem parking area.

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.


Annual Trietsch Family Reunion slated for Saturday

The 57th annual Trietsch Family Reunion is planned for Saturday at Blue Mound United Methodist Church, according to an announcement from Rachel Trietsch Bartel, reunion chairwoman.

Doors will open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served around noon. Everyone is asked to bring a favorite covered dish for lunch, along with photos and memories to share with other attendees.

After lunch, there will be a short meeting to discuss family business, births, deaths and marriages.

All family members are asked to share reunion information with others and to bring someone to the reunion.

The church is located at 8421 N. Interstate 35 in Denton. Take Exit 473 for Milam Road, and the church is on the west side of the highway. For more information, call Bartel at 940-390-7639.


West Nile task force offered

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Serving Denton County has a task force available to speak to groups about West Nile virus defense strategies, a spokeswoman for the organization said Tuesday.

Task force members offer a presentation that includes a brief history of the West Nile virus, how the virus is spread, symptoms, treatment and how to prevent mosquito bites and limit mosquito breeding sites. RSVP volunteers are available to speak to businesses, civic clubs, church groups, retiree organizations, homeowner associations and senior housing complexes of all sizes.

The Denton County Health Department will provide information about West Nile and its prevention to all who participate for easy reference at home, according to a press release.

RSVP is a federal project of the Corporation for National Service and is a United Way partner agency. For more information about the task force, contact Christina Penland at 940-383-1508 or .


Paws in the Park adoption event planned for Lewisville

Lewisville Animal Services will hold Paws in the Park, a pet adoption event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park.

The springtime adoption event will include local veterinarians, municipal shelters, pet vendors, the Lewisville Police Department’s K-9 unit and more. For more information, call 972-219-3478 or visit .


Keep Lewisville Beautiful offers landscaping program

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will offer a free class titled “Landscaping with Stone” from 6 to 7 p.m. June 13, and reservations need to be made by Monday.

The class, part of KLB’s Garden Secrets series, will be offered in the Crawford Room of the Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St.

The featured speaker will be Rudy Ramirez of Green Meadows, an area landscaping business, according to a press release. The class will include information on landscaping that doesn’t require watering, implementing different types of stones in landscapes and the many ways stones can be used in pathways, retaining walls, borders and birdbaths.

To make a reservation, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or .


Music teachers association to mark 40th anniversary

The Denton Music Teachers Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, members announced this week.

Founded in 1973, the association is a professional nonprofit providing support for its music teachers and offering a variety of events for students and teachers. The association offers workshops, master classes, student competitions and noncompetitive festivals and programs, and provides scholarships and teacher certification programs.

Its membership comprises nationally certified music teachers who have met certain membership qualifications, according to a press release. The Denton group is affiliated with the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.

For more information, call Bridget Bem-Jones at 940-383-0000.


Fruit, vegetable, herb and flower show scheduled

The 2013 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show will offer county residents an opportunity to showcase their best produce on June 15.

The show will be held at Denton County Fire Fighters Memorial Park, located at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry Street in downtown Denton. The show is open to any Denton County resident who grows fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers, and there is no entry fee.

All entries will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the show in two divisions: youth, those 18 and younger; and adults. Contestants can enter as many classes as they like but have only one entry per class.

The contest focuses on best of species, according to a press release.

Fruits and vegetables will be judged on flavor, and each entry must be sufficient in number to fill a dinner plate, which will be provided.

Herb and flower entries are restricted to a single species, and contestants must provide their own containers for arrangements. Both potted and cut flowers and herbs will be accepted.

Winners will be announced and awards distributed at noon or immediately following judging. Winners will receive ribbons, and division champions and best of show will receive cash prizes from NorthStar Bank.

There will be an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth available from 9 a.m. to noon for those who have questions about gardening.

For more information, call the Denton County Master Gardener help desk at 940-349-2892 or visit .


Don’t forget

Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. will offer the second of four community registrations for the 2013 Apple Tree Project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Denton school district’s Administration Building, 1307 N. Locust St.

The Apple Tree Project provides Denton ISD students from low-income families with school supplies, shoes, backpacks and new clothing in time for the new school year in August.

Applicants also can call the office at 940-565-5479 to set up an appointment to register. Visit  for more information.

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