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Les Cockrell: Library offers teen crafting session

Teens can learn how to create a memory book during a Teen Crafting Club session planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Participants will learn how to create artistic “smash books,” which can include journaling, photos, lists, musings and memorabilia such as movie or concert tickets, programs, ribbons and other treasures with special meaning, according to a press release from the library.

Each teen will receive a book to transform into a creative memory book. Participants can bring personal items to add to the book, but art supplies will be provided.

Class size is limited, so participants should register by calling 940-349-8741 or sending an e-mail to .


Denton County MHMR Center announces fundraiser

The Denton County MHMR Center is requesting the support of the community Friday during a fundraiser at the new Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 2412 Interstate 35E.

The center will receive a percentage of the total sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that date, according to an announcement from Denton County MHMR. Participants should mention that they are at the restaurant to support the Denton County MHMR Center when placing an order.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the center’s Holiday Helping Hands Program.


Restaurant helps Lions Club collect eyeglasses

The Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2001 Justin Road (FM407) in Flower Mound and members of the Highland Village Lions Club are teaming up for a “Looking UR Way Day” from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Anyone who brings in a pair of prescription eyeglasses for recycling will receive a free sandwich (one sandwich per person).

The Chick-fil-A “Looking UR Way Day” is designed to help the club collect used eyeglasses. Lions clubs collect used eyeglasses that are cleaned, read for prescription and sorted for reuse by those who cannot afford glasses.

Members of the Highland Village Lions Club will be at the restaurant on Thursday to collect the donations.


‘Float Fly’ event to feature radio-controlled airplanes

Pilots flying radio-controlled airplanes will be demonstrating their skills at Willow Grove Park in Lake Dallas on Saturday during a “Float Fly” event sponsored by the Falcons Flying Club.

The Falcons Flying Club is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and Saturday’s event will feature members of the Falcons Flying Club, members of other area clubs and some participants from out of state, said Gerald Sanders, treasurer of the Falcons Flying Club.

Sanders said the flying will begin at 8 a.m. and will run until mid-afternoon. Admission is free to the public, and families are invited to bring chairs and watch the action.

“It’s enjoyable for kids and adults,” Sanders said.

Sanders, who has been participating in the event for about a dozen years, said those who attend will see a variety of radio-controlled aircraft ranging from small one-engine types to four-engine craft such as his Pan Am Clipper that weighs 40 pounds and has a wingspan of several feet.

“We have a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s contagious.”

Willow Grove Park is located at 800 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. For more information, call Sanders at 972-247-7611.


Environmental learning area planning night hike

Area residents are invited to experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center during a night hike at the facility Saturday.

Trail guides will lead the hike from 8 to 10 p.m., providing participants with an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience as they travel through wooded areas and across stretches of prairie, a spokeswoman said.

Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or, and there is a $2 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville.


Keep Denton Beautiful targets cigarette litter

Keep Denton Beautiful will take part in the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, the local group announced recently.

Keep Denton Beautiful’s program will focus on the Fry Street area, targeting cigar tip and cigarette litter through a marketing campaign and the placement of new, permanent ash receptacles.

In 2012, there were 195 grant-supported programs conducted across the country including downtowns, roadways, beaches, parks, marinas, colleges/universities, tourist spots and at special events, according to the announcement. The communities reported an average 55 percent reduction in littered cigarette butts.

Locally, Keep Denton Beautiful has received funding for the cigarette litter prevention program on an annual basis since 2011.

“Nationally, cigarette litter prevention program efforts, including the installation of ash receptacles and distribution of pocket ashtrays, have proven effective in reducing cigarette litter,” Lauren Barker, Keep Denton Beautiful program manager, stated in the announcement. “This is an ongoing problem in Denton, as evidenced by the nearly 2,000 cigarette butts we recently collected from the Fry Street area — this accumulation was in only one month’s time.”

Cigarette litter has very real implications for economic and environmental health in the community, Barker said.

“We plan to use this program to bring attention to the issue, decrease litter and ultimately make our city cleaner and more beautiful,” she stated.

For more information, call Keep Denton Beautiful at 940-349-8737.


Christian Community Action seeks donations for shops

Christian Community Action needs donations of household goods, clothing, toys and especially furniture, officials with the organization announced recently.

Christian Community Action helps individuals and families by providing medical care, financial assistance, food and vocational/educational services, and sales of donations generate revenue to fund CCA’s many services, officials said.

Donations can be dropped off at the new main donation center located at 900 Lakeside Parkway in Flower Mound, or at one of CCA’s four resale stores: Old Town Lewisville resale store, 128 S. Mill St. in Lewisville; Lewisville resale store, 2202 S. State Highway 121 in Lewisville; Carrollton resale store, 3050 N. Josey Lane, Suite 120, in Carrollton; and The Colony resale store, 500 Main St., Suite 270, in The Colony.

To schedule a donation pickup, call 972-219-4304. For more information about the organization, visit  or contact Maureen Cummings at or 214-680-2662.

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