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Les Cockrell: Nonprofit slates back-to-school health fair

Health Services of North Texas will host a back-to-school health fair Saturday, featuring a variety of services and presentations designed to help everyone get ready for the start of class.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the medical center, 4310 Mesa Drive in Denton.

Students can get sports physicals for $10, and featured presentations will include: “How to Pack a Healthy Lunch” at 9 a.m.; “Story Time with My Dentist” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; a mini Zumba class at 10 a.m.; a mini yoga class at 10:30 a.m.; a program on suicide prevention and education at 11 a.m.; and “Managing Back to School Stress” at 11:45 a.m.

A spokeswoman for Health Services of North Texas said the event should offer something for everyone. Information will be available on diabetes, healthy cooking and medical insurance, and there will be blood sugar screenings and a blood pressure check station.

A complete schedule and list of services is available at, or parents can call the medical center at 940-381-1501, ext. 3009, for more information about the event.

Health Services of North Texas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of underserved North Texans through medical care, support services and advocacy, according to its website.


Denton branch of NAACP to meet tonight at center

Members of the Denton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St.

The executive committee will meet at 6 p.m.


Roanoke concert series to feature Bone Doggie

The Evenings on Oak Street free concert series in Roanoke will open its August schedule with a performance by Bone Doggie at 7 p.m. today.

The concert will be offered at Austin Street Plaza, which includes a covered stage, landscaped green space, a picnic area, restrooms and a parking lot.

More information is available at .


Several activities planned for families at state park

A hike for dogs and their owners, a program on insects and spiders, a night hike, a guided bike tour and a ranger talk on the North American beaver are among the activities scheduled this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The “Canines and Campers” hike is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. All pets must be leashed, and participants will gather in the large day-use parking lot at picnic Pavilion 1. The two-mile hike will be along a hard-surface trail, and pet owners should bring bags to pick up after the dogs.

The guided bike tour will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet at the Greenbelt Corridor parking lot on U.S. Highway 380 in Denton, and those interested can call the park for directions.

The family-friendly ride will cover two miles, and there will be frequent stops to explore interesting features of the park. Participants must bring their own equipment — bicycles and safety equipment will not be provided.

Park visitors can learn more about the North American beaver during a ranger talk at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet at the unit’s interpretive center.

A program titled “Quit Bugging Out” from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit will offer families information about insects and spiders. Included will be an art project and a scavenger hunt hike at the end of the talk, and participants should meet in the amphitheater near the Johnson Branch fishing pond.

A night hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch will wrap up scheduled weekend activities at the park. Participants should meet at the pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot.

The two-mile hike will follow a hard-surface trail, and hikers will search for signs of insect activities and nocturnal animals.

Park staff members said that those who plan to take part in hikes should wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring water.

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.


Story session set for kindergarten-age children

The Denton Public Library can help parents get their young children into a reading frame of mind during a “Kindergarten StoryTime” session at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The program will include stories, songs, rhymes and puppets and is best suited for children who will be entering kindergarten and their families.

For more information, call 940-349-8752.


Cook-off, silent auction to benefit Girl Scout project

A chili cook-off and silent auction benefiting a Girl Scout Gold Award project is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Elm Fork Education Center at 1704 W. Mulberry St.

Admission to the event is $2, and there is an additional $2 charge for a chili tasting packet. The event will feature live music and a concession stand.

All proceeds of the event will benefit a Gold Award project to provide public access to microscopes and slides for students, individually or in class groups. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the education center.

Cost to enter the chili cook-off is $12. For more information, e-mail Margaux Khosraviani at .


Registration deadline Tuesday for rainwater talk

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will hold a class on rainwater harvesting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Crawford Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St.

Those who want to attend must RSVP by Tuesday.

Jennifer Davis of Rain Ranchers will present the program. Davis and her father, Jim Davis, specialize in rainwater harvesting. For more information on their company, visit

The program, which is part of KLB’s Garden Secrets series, is free, and attendees are invited to ask questions. For more information, contact 972-538-5949 or visit .


Free lecture on notable Texas women set

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will host a lecture titled “Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Courthouse on the Square in downtown Denton.

Presented by Carmen Goldthwaite, the program will tell the stories of some 53 heroic and notable women who made a difference in Texas.

A seventh-generation Texan, Goldthwaite writes and tells stories about Texas for several Western lore magazines, and she teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and is a “writer-in-residence” at Texas Christian University’s Schieffer School of Journalism. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

The lecture will be in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St., and is free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

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