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Les Cockrell: Library seeks input on new plan

The Denton Public Library is seeking input from the community to help create a new strategic plan for the future, according to a press release from Terri Gibbs, director of libraries.

The library wants to know what residents think about the community, the issues of the day and the library system, according to the press release.

Residents who have not been in one of the three library branches in a while are invited to visit and check out the wide range of services available, Gibbs stated.

Key library programs today include literacy instruction and development, including early literacy classes for preschoolers and one-on-one tutoring for adults.

The libraries host a wide range of classes, including computer instruction, and residents can learn about local history and genealogy at Emily Fowler Central Library from expert genealogy librarians.

Those who can’t make it to one of the three branch libraries can take advantage of training courses and specialized information through database access. Students, for example, can connect with real-time tutors after school to help with homework assignments. 

The library offers homebound mail delivery service of materials for those who are physically unable to visit a branch and also free inter-library loan service through a reciprocal agreement with other libraries.

Materials are available in numerous formats, and the library will soon have downloadable music and magazines, Gibbs stated.

Residents who have suggestions or comments to help the library create its new strategic plan are invited to take a survey at The survey will be open through Aug. 31.


 Center plans event for Suicide Prevention Week

Area runners and walkers can now sign up for the Denton County MHMR Center’s first 5K/1-mile walk to be held Sept. 14 in honor of Suicide Prevention Week.

The event will be held at South Lakes (Eureka) Park in Denton. Participants can register on the MHMR Center’s website, at

Suicide Prevention Week is set Sept. 8-14 this year, according to a press release from the center. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide occurring on average every 14 minutes, according to the press release.


Free concert series to continue Thursday night

Roanoke’s Evenings on Oak Street concert series will continue Thursday with an appearance by Russ Dorsey and the Musicmakers.

The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the Austin Street Plaza in historic downtown Roanoke.

For more information, visit


Little Elm to offer free ‘dive-in’ movie Saturday

The Little Elm Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free “dive-in” movie at dusk Friday at Little Elm Park Beach, according to an announcement from Keri Kirkwood, parks and recreation coordinator.

Featured will be The Sandlot, a PG-rated film about friendship, teamwork and coming of age.

Although the movie won’t begin until about 8:30 p.m., beach-themed activities will be offered beginning at 7:30 p.m. Among the fun attractions will be hula hoop contests, limbo dancing, balloon tossing and other participation games.

Food, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the Lighthouse Grill, steps away from the beach, and attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the beach area and floats or air mattresses for watching the movie from the water.

The main entrance to Little Elm Park Beach is 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, just east of the bridge over Lewisville Lake.

Little Elm Park Beach is cooler-friendly, but does not allow glass containers or pets, other than service animals, according to the announcement. 


Trail guides to lead night hike at learning area

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a night hike Saturday to help area residents beat the August heat.

The hike will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., and is open to visitors ages 5 and older.

Trail guides will lead hikers through wooded areas and across stretches of prairie in search of nocturnal wildlife.

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

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville.


Visual Art League planning art supply sale Saturday

The Visual Art League of Lewisville will hold an art supply sale starting at noon Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St., in Lewisville.

The sale of the new and used items will benefit league activities promoting the arts.

A wide assortment of items will be available, including brushes, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, oil paint, small and large canvases, easels, art boxes for storing supplies, instruction books, paint palettes, watercolor travel sets, T squares, pencil sharpeners and more.

For more information about the league, visit, or call 972-420-9393.


Area mall invites young people to Saturday event 

Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville invites teens and tweens to say goodbye to summer during an event planned from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature information about the latest style trends, and contemporary style stations will be set up in the mall’s center court, according to an event press release.

A fashion panel will take the stage throughout the afternoon, and accessory artists, makeup experts and fashion stylists will be available to answer questions and give demonstrations.

A DJ will entertain from 3 to 7 p.m. and prizes will be given away.

The event is free, and no reservations are necessary. Vista Ridge Mall is located at Interstate 35E and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville. For information, visit or call 972-315-3641.


Mayor to serve as honorary chairman of Clothe a Child 

Celina Mayor Sean Terry will serve as honorary chairman of the 2013 Clothe a Child program, according to a press release

Terry recently read a proclamation declaring September as Clothe a Child month in Celina. The all-volunteer program raises funds and recruits volunteers to purchase new clothing for economically disadvantaged students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Frisco, Little Elm, Prosper and Celina school districts.

Clothe a Child has set a goal of clothing 3,000 children in 2013, through the strength of 2,000 volunteers. For more information, visit


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