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Les Cockrell: Lecture to discuss development of early roads

Area residents are invited to relive history with the Denton County museums Thursday when Bill Covington discusses the development of early roads in Texas and the U.S. during a lecture at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Titled “Getting from Here to There: The Development of Roads,” the lecture will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom.

Covington is a formers instructor with the Dallas ISD and worked for six years as an adjunct instructor for several of the local community colleges. He is currently a social studies instructor at the Waxahachie Global High School in Waxahachie and an adjunct instructor of U.S., European and Texas history at the Navarro College campus in Waxahachie. A native of Fort Worth, he resides in Cedar Hill with his wife and three children.

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

For more information, contact the Denton County Office of History and Culture at 940-349-2850.


Youth banquet planned Tuesday at American Legion Post 71

Members of Denton’s American Legion Post 71 and the post’s Women’s Auxiliary will host a youth banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in honor of the area young people who attended Boys State and Girls State in June.

The banquet will be held at the post, which is located at 2501 Spencer Road in Denton.

The Boys and Girls State program is open to high school juniors and teaches participants about the U.S. Constitution and allows young people to learn about the election process. This year, 41 Denton County high school juniors attended Boys State and 16 attended Girls State, according to a press release from Post 71.

The young people will share highlights of their participation in the program during Tuesday’s banquet. Each of them will receive a medal at their high schools in the spring.

Young people who will be high school juniors during the 2013-14 school year and are interested in the program should contact their principals or counselors to learn how to sign up to participate.

For more information please call Lynn Vowell, at 940-727-8067, or Lee Keith, at 940-382-3709.


Krum Public Library to host three programs Wednesday

The Krum Public Library will host programs on dairy production, emergency planning and weather safety Wednesday, according to an announcement from Donna Pierce, director of the library.

Representatives of Southwest Dairy Farmers will display a dairy cow in the library parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and will offer a presentation about modern milk production, Pierce said.

The Denton County Health Department will present a program for adults titled Prepare Denton County at 11 a.m. The program will cover emergency planning, and the first 20 adults will receive a free three-day emergency kit, Pierce said.

Also at 11 a.m., while adults are focusing on emergency planning, the Krum Fire Department will offer a weather safety program for the kids.

All the programs are free and open to the public. The Krum Public Library is located at 803 E. McCart St. in Krum. For more information, call 940-482-3455.


First African Violet Society plans workshop and show

First African Violet Society of Denton will hold its annual workshop and sale from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, organizers announced last week.

The event will be held in Erwin Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Denton, located at 1114 W. University Drive.


American Red Cross blood drive scheduled Saturday

Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will host an American Red Cross community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The drive will be held in the gymnasium of the church, and a photo ID is required to donate. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto  and search by ZIP code.


Aubrey’s Music in the Park series continues

The band blacktopGYPSY is scheduled to perform in concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

The free concert is part of Aubrey’s Music in the Park series and will be offered at the festival grounds at 301 Main St.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages are typically available for purchase from a vendor booth, but coolers are welcome.

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

Music in the Park is presented by the Keep Aubrey Beautiful Committee and the Aubrey Economic Development Corporation.

For more information, contact Keep Aubrey Beautiful at 940-343-1313 or visit .


Denton artist’s works now on exhibit in Oklahoma

The works of Denton artist Dorothy Bertine are currently on exhibit at the Goddard Center in Ardmore, Okla., according to a press release.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will remain on view through Aug. 3. A public reception and ice cream social for Bertine will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bertine, 97, was born in Antioch, Okla., and attended Texas Woman’s University, where she earned a master’s degree in fine art. The current exhibit at the Goddard Center offers a cross-section of her talent, the press release stated.

Bertine’s work includes landscapes, abstracts, florals, trees and historical houses. Denton residents should recognize many of the historical homes, including structures on Oak Street and Sycamore Street.

The Goddard Center is located at 401 1st Ave. SW in Ardmore. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit  or call 580-226-0909.

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