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Les Cockrell: State park offers variety of outdoor activities

A program on insects and spiders, hikes and a bike ride are among the activities on tap this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will host a guided hike at 10 a.m. Friday. Hikers will explore the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

“Quit Bugging Out!” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit invites families to learn more about insects and spiders, including what makes an insect and how they communicate. An art project will be featured during the program, which will be held at the amphitheater near the fishing pond. A scavenger hunt hike will be held at the end of the program.

Johnson Branch will host a sunset hike at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The half-mile hike on a concrete trail will start at picnic Pavilion 1, and participants should bring a flashlight.

A family-friendly, two-mile bike ride at the Isle du Bois Unit will get park activities rolling at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants must provide their own bikes and safety equipment, and should bring water.

Frequent breaks will be offered so riders can explore interesting park features. Participants should meet at the Greenbelt Corridor parking lot on U.S. Highway 380.

Hikes are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit, and each will travel through areas shaded by oak trees on the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association, or DORBA, Trail. The 1.1-mile hikes will begin at the picnic pavilion in the parking lot of the Dogwood camping area.

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes and a hat and bring water.

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


Grief support group to meet at Catholic church

The grief support group sponsored by the bereavement ministry of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today.

The meeting will be in the conference room of the church at 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.

The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, and anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome to attend. No reservations are required. For more information, e-mail .


Trade days event planned to benefit Krum park fund

The Krum Park Board has scheduled its Fourth Saturday Trade Days event for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a site across FM1173 from the Sonic Drive-In.

Proceeds will be used to develop a new park. Anyone who is interested in a vendor space or garage sale space should contact Les Bishop at 330-257-3835 or for more information.


Krum offers movie night for area families Saturday

The city of Krum invites residents to a movie night on Saturday in the east parking lot of Krum City Hall, 102 W. McCart St.

The featured film will be Escape from Planet Earth, and it has a scheduled start time of 8 p.m.

Popcorn will be sold by members of the Friends of the Krum Library, drinks will be sold by local businesses and free hot dogs will be available.


Golf tournament to benefit animal shelter foundation

A “Puttin’ for Paws” golf tournament is planned for Monday to benefit the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant LLP will host the tournament at the Denton Country Club, and it will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $125 per player or $500 per four-person team. Sponsorships are available.

Space is limited to 120 golfers, and the entry deadline is Friday. For registration information, visit .


Women’s association to meet at local church

The Denton Association of Christian Women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.

The guest speaker will be Sgt. Carol Hernandez of the Salvation Army.


Free conference on Alzheimer’s disease set

A free conference on Alzheimer’s disease titled “Practical Help for Hardworking Caregivers” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at First United Methodist Church of Denton.

Topics will include: “Is My Loved One Hurting?: Detecting and Treating Pain in Dementia” by Dr. Sandi Peterson; “Compassionate Communication” by Pam Kovacs of Friends Place; “Activities and Safety at Home” by Diane Brown; and “Understanding Palliative Care” by Kirsten Kaae.

The conference is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with the Stepping Stones Activity and Socialization Group and will be in Flinn Hall at the church, located at 201 S. Locust St.

To register, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit .


Denton parish plans to celebrate anniversary

A dance is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Blessed John Paul II Parish in Denton.

The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road.

The casual-attire event will feature dinner, drinks and dancing. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for student volunteers and $5 for children 12 and younger.

For more information, e-mail Julie Garrison at .


Don’t Forget

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

The center will receive a percentage of the total sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that day.

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.

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is .