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Les Cockrell: Libraries to offer puppet performances this week

Live performances featuring the puppets from the award-winning television show Library Larry’s Big Day will be offered this week at two Denton Public Library branches.

Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will host the puppets at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and the South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will welcome the puppets at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The puppets are scheduled to visit the North Branch Library, located at 3020 N. Locust St., at 3 p.m. July 24.

For more information, contact Kerol Harrod at 940-349-8758 or , or visit .


Lewisville Library offers activities for young people

The Lewisville Public Library will offer several activities for young people this week, according to a library press release.

A teen role-playing session is planned at 6 p.m. today. Participants can outwit cunning villains, solve puzzles and unravel mysteries. The only limit is imagination.

Role-playing sessions are for ages 12 to 18, and are held in Teen Point (second floor of the library), every Monday night.

An “Absolutely Fabulous Magic Class” program, with James Wand, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Space is limited.

The library also offers Summer Preschool Specials every Friday. This week’s session, “The Gingerbread Man,” will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The library is located at 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. For more information, check out the library website at  or call the Lewisville Public Library Youth Services desk at 972-219-3577.


Denton library to host teen crafting club Wednesday

A teen crafting club will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The program is for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 18, and participants will create their own decorative glass vases out of old bottles and jars.

To register for this program or for more information about future teen crafting club sessions, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail .


Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist program to meet

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program will host a presentation on urban forestry at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to an announcement from the group.

Urban forester Angie Kralik will discuss how to manage trees in an urban setting. Kralik graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2000 with a degree in forestry. She worked for the city of Fort Worth as an education/GIS forester and the Texas Forest Service as a conservation education state coordinator prior to coming to the city of Denton in July 2011, the press release stated.

Guests are welcome to attend the meeting. The chapter meets at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

The Elm Fork Chapter was established in 1999 and has 110 active members from Denton, Wise and Cooke counties. Training for the 2013 class begins Sept. 3. Applications are currently being accepted. Visit for more information.


Kwik Kar to host fundraiser for Denton Animal Shelter Foundation

Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Centers of Denton will host a fundraiser for the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation, Inc. on Saturday, according to a press release.

All day Saturday, $5 from every oil change at all four Denton and Aubrey locations will be donated to DASF, the press release stated.

Also featured will be a live broadcast of the Ed Wallace “Wheels” radio program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kwik Kar Denton east location, 3507 E. University Drive.

Other KwiK Kar locations are: Denton north, 2303 W. University Drive; Denton south, 2233 Colorado Blvd.; and Paloma Creek, 26737 U.S. Highway 380 East.

DASF supporters who may not need an oil change can make a donation Saturday at one of the four Kwik Kar locations, a spokeswoman for the company said.

Friendly pets are welcome at Kwik Kar, and dog and cat treats are available.

Established in 1995 and locally owned and operated by Marta and Frank Dudowicz, Kwik Kar Denton serves the Denton and Aubrey communities for oil changes and most other vehicle maintenance and repair needs, the press release stated.

For more information .


Library to host class on making friendship bracelets

The Sanger Public Library will host a class on making friendship bracelets for teens and tweens from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, according to an announcement from the library.

The class is free. Two different patterns for bracelets will be taught by library staff members, and all participants will be given the supplies needed to make two bracelets.

Friendship bracelets, usually woven out of embroidery thread or yarn, are a tradition from Central and South America, according to the press release. The bracelets first became popular in the United States in the 1970s, the press release stated.

The library is located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger. Reservations are needed to ensure adequate handouts.


Lake Cities Library to host program on boating safety

A workshop on boating safety featuring a speaker from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Cities Library, according to a library press release.

The library is located at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas. For more information about the program, contact Danny Puckett at 940-497-3566.


Town of Prosper to host meeting on West Nile virus

The town of Prosper will host a community information meeting on the West Nile virus at 6 p.m. June 24, according to a press release.

The one-hour meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at the Prosper Municipal Chambers, 108 W. Broadway in the downtown area.

Speakers will provide information about mosquitoes that carry the disease and prevention tips, said Trish Eller, Prosper code compliance officer.

Following the presentation, a question-and-answer session will be held.


Reunion organizers remind classmates of event

Members of the Denton High School graduating class of 1973 are planning their 40th reunion for June 28-29, organizers reminded last week.

The event will begin with a mix-and-mingle session at Fair Hall on the North Texas Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. June 28. Attendees are invited to bring their own beer, according to an event press release.

A dinner and dance are planned from 7 to 11 p.m. June 29 at Robson Ranch. Cost before is $45 per person or $90 per couple.

Checks should be made payable to DHS Class of 1973 and mailed to: DHS Class of '73, Attn: Mike Brooks, 2615 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, TX 76205.

Reservations can be made by e-mailing .

A golf tournament is planned at noon June 29 at Robson Ranch. To check space availability and cost e-mail Sam Serur at .


Theatre’s outreach group receives grants

Denton Community Theatre’s touring outreach performance group, RoadShow, has received grants from Walmart and the Texas Commission on the Arts for the 2013 summer tour, according to a press release.

The grant funds will ensure that that DCT’s RoadShow will be presented to eligible groups for free, the press release stated.

The program specifically targets at-risk and special-needs children in the Denton area through the techniques of story theater, DCTA officials said, and the grants will fund up to 12 performances.

DCT RoadShow’s Summer Tour will focus on the theme of “Dig Into Reading.” A troupe of three to four actors will prepare an interactive and interchangeable program of fables, stories and songs to augment and extend the Texas State Library’s Texas Reading Club theme, according to the press release.

For more information, contact Julie Brinker, DCT outreach director, at 940-382-7014, extension 3.

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