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Les Cockrell: Individuals to serve as grand marshals of parade

Six individuals who have been honored with the Life Saving Award from the police departments of Corinth, Hickory Creek and Lake Dallas will serve as grand marshals of the Orr Nissan Lake Cities Fourth of July Parade, according to a press release from the city of Lake Dallas.

To earn the Life Saving Award, sworn or ancillary members of a police department must have distinguished themselves by performing an extraordinary physical act or rendering life-saving techniques to aid in the preservation of human life, the press release stated.

“This year’s parade grand marshal choice is a statement of thanks to our first-responders and an opportunity to highlight the service of six individuals that have saved the lives of some of our own,” said Julie Chapman, a Lake Dallas spokeswoman.

Chapman listed the grand marshals as: Sgt. Sean Ross and Officer Alan Sawyer of the Lake Dallas Police Department; Gail Hall, city of Lake Dallas telecommunications director; and Cpl. Lee Thompson, Officer Christopher Tepfer and Officer James Crow of the Corinth Police Department.

The 9 a.m. parade is the opening event for Thursday’s Independence Day celebration, presented by the cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas and Shady Shores. The parade will begin at Lake Dallas City Park, 101 W. Hundley Drive.

Activities at the park throughout the day will include live music, food trucks, a vendor market, an apple pie bake-off, awards for the most patriotic costumes, and performances by the top 10 finalists in the Lake Cities Idol competition.

Closing out the day’s events will be a concert by country band Eleven Hundred Springs from 7 to 9 p.m., and a fireworks show.

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


Old-fashioned parade planned in Pilot Point to celebrate July 4

The Friends of the Square and the city of Pilot Point Main Street Program will present an old-fashioned parade Thursday in downtown Pilot Point, according to an event announcement.

Area residents are invited to come out to view the patriotic procession, which will get underway at 9 a.m. and is expected to include decorated trailers and vehicles ranging from cars to golf carts to bikes and scooters. Costumed individuals and families will also participate.

The parade will begin at Pilot Point Intermediate School, 501 E. Carroll St., and participants will cover a route of about 1.5 miles to the square where an awards presentation will be held.

A panel of judges will present awards for the most patriotic entry and best-decorated vehicle in several categories. For individuals and families who walk in the parade, there will be awards for most patriotic costume. Awards will be presented for best patriotic costume for pets and horses. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade, organizers said. Those who would like to help can volunteer by e-mailing


Robson Ranch to host free Independence Day celebration 

Robson Ranch will host a free Independence Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from the community.

Activities will include a parade and fly-over at 9 a.m., a patriotic sing-a-long at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse and tours and other activities in the community’s model village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be live musical entertainment and games, according to the press release.

The community’s office is located at 9501 Ed Robson Blvd in Denton. For more information, visit or call 940-246-2000.


Sanger’s annual Fourth of July parade set to begin at 9 a.m. 

Officials with the Sanger Parks and Recreation Department have announced that the city’s annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Area residents are invited to wear red, white and blue and join the fun at the park in downtown Sanger. The parade route will run down Bolivar Street and back up Elm Street.

More information about Sanger’s Independence Day activities is available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 201 Bolivar St. or Sanger City Hall, 502 Elm St. or by calling 940-458-2059.


Lewisville Summer Musicals to launch third season 

The third season of Lewisville Summer Musicals will bring five musical plays and tributes to the performance hall at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, according to a press release.

The shows will be presented by Texas Family Musicals.

The season will begin with performances of Red Skelton’s American Way on Fridayand Saturday, according to an event announcement.

Steve Einspahr, as Red Skelton, directs a large cast in a tribute to America. Featured will be sketches and characters made famous by Red Skelton and patriotic tunes including “Follow the Band” and “Grand Old Flag.”

Upcoming productions include: All Shook Up, a musical comedy built around songs made famous by Elvis Presley, July 19-20; Roy Orbison Experience, a celebration of Orbison’s music, Aug. 2-3; The Night the Music Died, a Buddy Holly tribute, Aug. 16-17; and The Marvelous Wonderettes, featuring hits of the 50s and 60s, on Aug. 23 only.

Performance times are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on each day for each show. Ticket prices for individual shows are $26, $28 or $30, depending on the seating. Discounts are available for seniors or for groups of 12 or more. Season ticket packages are available.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets, in Lewisville. For tickets, visit For information, call 800-547-4697.


Arts council to present ‘Paper + Wood’ exhibit

The Greater Denton Arts Council will present “Paper + Wood,” a collaborative exhibit by artists Shelley Scott and Delaney Smith from Sunday through Aug. 23 in the Gough Gallery of the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

Both artists explore the ideas of art, functionality and sculpture in their work, according to an event press release.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The artists are scheduled to attend.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information, visit

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