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Les Cockrell: Library to offer hero events

Young people who enjoy the exploits of super heroes should be interested in two programs planned at Denton’s North Branch Library this week.

Teens and tweens can learn to create and draw dynamic superheroes with local comic artist Brandon McKinney at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the library.

The class will cover the basics of drawing superheroes and provide professional tips and tricks for aspiring artists. Beginning and intermediate artists between the ages of 10 and 18 are welcome.

Attendees will be entered into a prize drawing planned for the second super hero event, a “Man of Steel Party,” at 3 p.m. Thursday. Entrants must be present to win, the press release stated.

The party, planned to celebrate the release of the new Superman film, will also feature themed crafts, trivia, games and snacks. The event is open to young people between the ages of 10 and 18, and they are invited to come dressed as their favorite super hero.

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


World War II vintage bomber to fly into Denton

Airbase Arizona of the Commemorative Air Force is flying its World War II bomber B-25J “Maid in the Shade” into Denton Enterprise Airport today, and area residents are invited to take a look at the historic aircraft.

The plane is scheduled to arrive at noon today, according to a press release.

Ground tours of the B-25 will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through the week, and paid flights of 25-30 minutes will be offered at 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Paid flights are $395 and $650 and can be reserved by calling 480-322-5503 or e-mailing , according to the press release.

For more information about the Commemorative Air Force, visit .


Ann’s Haven VNA to hold monthly luncheon Tuesday

Ann’s Haven VNA will hold its monthly luncheon for friends and supporters at noon Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Guest speaker will be Barb Petsel, MS, LPC, FT, RN, of Healing Transitions Counseling, PLLC. She will advise attendees on how to self-advocate, network and gather resources in their communities, according to a press release.

The lunch is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church of Denton. There is no cost to attend.

Reservations are requested by not required. Call Ginny Hudson, hospice volunteer coordinator at 940-349-5900


Book fair planned to benefit Oklahoma rebuilding effort

A book fair is planned through Sunday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Golden Triangle Mall in Denton to raise funds for the schools in Moore, Okla., that were destroyed by tornadoes, according to a press release.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made through Sunday to the cause, and supporters can also shop online at through Sunday and include the book fair voucher ID on the payment page during checkout, the press release stated.

A percentage of book fair sales will underwrite efforts to help rebuild the schools, and the library and teachers have made a wish list of new books to replace their collections. Supporters may choose books from an in-store wish list display to purchase for the library.

Events planned during the book fair include:

11 a.m. Tuesday, story time for young readers.

7 p.m. Wednesday, New York Times best-selling author Glenn Frankel will conduct a discussion and signing of his new book, The Searchers. The book features the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and how it’s been retold by Hollywood and history itself.

2 p.m. Thursday, musical story time and songs performed by Stephani Short from Stephens Elementary School and Shannon Raikes from W.S. Ryan Elementary School.

11 a.m. Friday, a weekly story time and craft session provided by Texas Woman’s University students.

7 p.m. Friday, a poetry reading with 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton of Denton.

For more information, contact Amy Harper, Barnes & Noble community relations manager, at 940-383-9261 or .


Lake Cities Library writer’s group to host Edwin Jones

Members of the Lake Cities Library writer’s group will host author Edwin Jones at their June meeting, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jones is author of the book Up Against the Wall, which is about this experience doing intelligence work in West Berlin for the U.S. military, according to a press release from the library.

He is scheduled to return to the library for another visit from noon to 3 p.m. July 27 to sign copies of the book.

The library is located at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas. For more information, call 940-497-3566.


DAR members invite young people to Flag Day event

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have planned a Flag Day ceremony for Denton-area young people at 10 a.m. Friday, according to an announcement from the organization.

The ceremony will be held at Post 2205 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, located at 909 Sunset St. in Denton.

The program will be presented by the Children of the American Revolution and there will be a skit, activities, refreshments and goodie bags. The event is free.

All young people need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To RSVP, call Linda Scott at 940-384-1212 or contact Ellen Samek at 972-679-6637 or .


Entries for Lake Cities Idol competition due on Friday

Entries for the seventh annual Lake Cities Idol competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, according to a press release.

Area singers who think they have the talent it takes to win are invited to send an entry form and YouTube link to Entry forms can be obtained from  or at Lake Dallas City Hall, located at 212 Main St. in Lake Dallas.

This year’s Lake Cities Idol competition will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 4 at the Lake Cities Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Dallas City Park.

Any non–professional or amateur singer age 10 and older can enter. The first-place winner will receive $750, second place will be awarded $500 and third place will net $250.

After YouTube submissions and applications are reviewed, a maximum of 10 finalists will be selected to compete on July 4, the press release stated.

Contestants will be judged on stage presence, originality, musical ability and audience approval. Since the competition is open and free to the public, audience members will have a say in the competition by voting for their favorite performer.

The 2012 Lake Cities Idol winner, Ryann Mathews of Murphy, will sing the national anthem at this year’s flag service scheduled for 10 a.m. July 4.

For more information, contact Julie Chapman at 940-497-2226, extension 132.


Alverson set to perform free concert in Aubrey

Tommy Alverson is scheduled to perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the festival grounds at 301 S. Main St. in downtown Aubrey.

The concert is part of the Music in the Park series presented by Keep Aubrey Beautiful, the city of Aubrey and the Aubrey Economic Development Corporation.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages are typically available for purchase from a vendor booth, but participants are welcome to bring a cooler, according to a press release from organizers.

For more information, visit .

Parking is available around the park area and on Main Street in downtown Aubrey.


Dive-in movie planned on beach at Little Elm Park

The Little Elm Parks and Recreation Department will present a dive-in movie at dusk Saturday at the beach of Little Elm Park, according to an announcement from Keri Kirkwood, recreation coordinator.

“We’re presenting Universal’s Despicable Me on an outdoor screen right on the beach, so movie buffs should come prepared to enjoy the film either afloat on the lake or lounging on the sand,” she stated.

The entrance to Little Elm Park Beach is located at 704 West Eldorado Parkway in Little Elm.

Beach-themed activities including a hula hoop contest, limbo dancing, a balloon toss and other games will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the free movie will start about 9 p.m.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Lighthouse Grill. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chair or blankets for the beach area and air mattresses or other flotation devices.

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