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Les Cockrell: LLELA invites residents to night sky program

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area invites area residents to explore the wonders of the night sky during a program titled, “Stars on the Prairie” at 8:45 p.m. Friday.

Clyde Camp, a master naturalist who has been an amateur astronomer for more than 30 years, will lead the program, according to a press release.

The program is for ages 5 and older, and there is a $2 program fee in addition to the regular gate admission of $5 per person.

Reservations are required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing . If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held instead of the scheduled program.

LLELA will offer its monthly nature walk at 10 a.m. Saturday. A naturalist will lead participants in search of animal tracks, nesting birds, butterflies and other highlights of the summer landscape.

The hike will last about two hours and there is a $2 program fee in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are not required.


Free program to offer information about compatibility of medications

The Denton Foundation for Health Education will offer a free program on the compatibility of medications from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Denton Woman’s Club Building, 610 Oakland St.

Three pharmacists are scheduled to attend and provide information. Attendees should bring prescription medications and a list of the nutritional supplements and vitamins they take.

Reservations are requested by calling 940-382-2367, but anyone without a reservation is welcome, organizers said.


Library to host program on mediumship Thursday

Michael John Weaver, director of the Texas Parapsychology Society, will present a program on mediumship at 7 p.m. Thursday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Mediumship is the subjective practice of mediating communication between the living and the dead, according to a press release from the library. Weaver will trace the practice from its beginnings in early human history to today.

The program is co-sponsored by the Texas Parapsychology Society. For more information, contact Laura Douglas, public services librarian, at 940-349-8749 or .


Workshop for baby sitters planned Saturday at library

A workshop for baby sitters is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdayat Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The Denton Fire Department will share baby-sitting strategies, emergency procedures and life-saving knowledge, according to a press release from the library.

The workshop is for 12- to 18-year olds, and participants will receive baby sitter certification.

Seating is limited for the free training, and registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 940-349-8752.

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


Deadline for next Garden Secrets class set

Keep Lewisville Beautiful announced recently that reservations for its next Garden Secrets class must be made by Monday, July 15.

The class, titled “Canning and Preserving,” will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in the Crawford Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

The presentation will be led by Donelle Simmons and is open to all area residents. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or e-mail

For more information about Simmons, visit .


Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful named Gold Star Affiliate

Keep Texas Beautiful recently named the Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful organization a Gold Star Affiliate, according to a press release from the city of Lake Dallas.

The designation is the highest any community affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful can receive and was conferred on just 62 of KTB’s more than 360 affiliates in 2013, the press release stated.

To qualify for the honor, Keep Lake Dallas Beautiful successfully implemented programs to prevent litter, reduce waste, beautify community areas and educate local citizens last year, officials said.

Keep Texas Beautiful formally recognized Gold Star communities during its 46th annual conference, held June 17-20 in San Antonio.

Keep Texas Beautiful is a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit organization. For more information, visit .


Book about Denton named as award finalist

Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image, written by 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton and published by the city of Denton has been selected as a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist in four categories: historical non-fiction, poetry, regional non-fiction and best overall design, according to a press release.

Winners and finalists were announced at an awards ceremony held in May in New York City.

Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image is the history of Denton told in poems written by Morton and images created by area artists. When the book launched in 2012, an exhibition of the poems and art were displayed at Denton’s Center for Visual Arts. Currently, the book’s art and poems are on display throughout Denton city buildings for the public to enjoy.

“What a thrill and honor to be chosen as a finalist in four unique categories for the 2013 Next Generation Book Awards,” Morton stated in the press release. “I am so proud of this unique book and how it combines poetry with artwork by so many talented artists.”

Earlier this year, the book also won the 2013 North Texas Book Festival Award in the category of adult non-fiction and was selected as an award finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.


Prosper announces location change for final seminars

The final two water conservation seminars in a series presented by the town of Prosper and the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service have been moved indoors, according to a press release from Angela Tucker, the town’s water conservation coordinator.

The two remaining seminars will be about lawn care maintenance at 6:30 p.m. July 15 and rainwater harvesting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Both will be held at the Prosper Community Library on the campus of Reynolds Middle School, 700 N. Coleman St.

The July 15 program will provide information about proper lawn care, the amount of water required for a healthy lawn, the methods of encouraging a deep root system for grasses and which lawn grasses are better suited for this area. A question-and-answer session will end the seminar.

To register for this particular seminar, residents should visit:,-2013-lawncare-maintenance-(city-of-prosper-only)/ .

The Aug. 5 program will teach residents how to harvest rain for irrigation. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home. To register for this seminar, residents should visit:,-2013-saving-from-a-rainy-day-rain-barrel-class-(prosper-residents-only)/ .

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