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Les Cockrell: Park to offer weekend activities

This weekend promises to a busy one at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, with hikes and programs on animals and birds among the scheduled activities.

A 10 a.m. hike is planned Friday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. The hike will follow the Randy Bell scenic trail, and participants should meet at the park’s Hawthorn parking area.

The park’s Johnson Branch Unit will offer a program titled “Quit Bugging Out!” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

The program will teach children and adults about insects and spiders, including what makes an insect and how they communicate. Activities will include an art project and a scavenger hunt hike.

Closing out activities on Friday will be a sunset hike from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson Branch Unit. The half-mile hike will begin at picnic Pavilion 1, and participants should bring a flashlight.

A program titled “Flying Feathered Friends” will get things started on Saturday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. A short hike will begin at 8 a.m. in Pavilion 1, and participants will watch and listen for birds in the area.

All levels of bird watchers are welcome, and binoculars are recommended.

A hike along the Lost Pines Natural Trail is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit.

A family program titled “The Fast and the Furriest” will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit.

The program will teach participants how to identify animals, and participants should meet in Pavilion 1. Park interpreters recommend that hikers wear sturdy shoes and bring hats and water.

For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.


DAR members attend event in Washington, D.C.

Seven members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 122nd Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., June 29-31.

Chapter members who attended were: Linda Scott, chapter regent; Wanda Samek, chapter vice regent; Donna Cunningham, chapter chaplain; Mary Hafer, parliamentarian; Ann Redfearn, yearbook editor; Pamela Fant, historian; and Amanda Cowan, state treasurer.

Chapter members served as delegates and alternates as the organization elected and installed a new administration.

Heading the ticket was Texan Lynn Forney Young, who was installed as president general and will serve as head of the 165,000-member women’s service organization for the next three years. This is the first time that a Texan has held the office.

Chapter members saw many awards presented, including: the President General’s Medallion to Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught; the Founders Medal for Patriotism to Connie Stevens; and the Americanism Medal to comedian Rich Little.

DAR members are involved in projects that promote patriotism, education, historic preservation and community service. For more information, call 940-384-1212.


Texas Siamese Rescue plans fundraiser in Corinth

Texas Siamese Rescue will have an open house and fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1123 N. Corinth St. in Corinth.

“This is our summer fundraiser kick-off,” Alisa Lee, director of Texas Siamese Rescue, wrote in an e-mail. “You can donate and get a brick with your name, pet or family member’s name on it and permanently become part of TXSR location.”

Texas Siamese Rescue is a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1998. The organization is supported though grants, sponsorships and donations. For more information, visit .


Drive helps provide items for area food bank

Caliber Collision’s second annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive resulted in a record amount of food and cash donations to help the Tarrant Area Food Bank, according to a press release from the food bank.

The drive should help provide more than 67,000 additional meals for children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Caliber Collision has locations in several North Texas cities including Denton. The food drive aimed to provide meals for at-risk children who may go hungry during summer months without regular school lunches. The employee-driven food drive raised more than 275,000 meals in five states, according to the press release.

In addition to food items, Caliber Collision committed to a matching corporate donation of $10,000 to be distributed across 14 food banks, officials said.

Tarrant Area Food Bank, a regional food bank in the national Feeding America network, provides donated groceries to more than 300 hunger-relief charities in 13 North Texas counties.


Scholarships available for autism conference

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder are eligible to apply for scholarships to attend the University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center’s fifth Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference on July 27.

The scholarship funds from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities will support attendance of 50 parents of children with autism. Free child care and lunch will be provided. Contact Kevin Stewart at  or 940-369-7949 for information.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Brian Reichow of the Yale University Child Study Center and Dr. Katherine Loveland of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. More than 20 other presentations will cover research developments that will be of interest to special-education teachers, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and others.

After the conference, eight bands from the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin areas will perform in a benefit concert from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 27 to raise money to support the mission of the Kristin Farmer Autism Center in the atrium of the UNT Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.

Tickets are $15 and are available at or .

The conference and benefit concert are sponsored by Autism Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.

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