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Les Cockrell: Society to hear professional genealogist present

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will hear a presentation by professional genealogist John Wylie on Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting and program will begin at 7 p.m.

Wylie will speak on the topic, “Migration: Knowing Why Will Help You Learn the Who, When and Where,” according to an event announcement. He will outline and demonstrate the value of understanding the fundamental motives for migration, immigration and emigration, the announcement stated.

Wylie’s presentation is also scheduled to address laws, economics and customs affecting people when they move from one place to another and explain where to find sources for conducting research.

A professional genealogist since 1990, Wylie has served the Texas State Genealogical Society in a variety of offices, the announcement stated. He is the author of more than 30 articles and has lectured at a dozen national conferences and at seminars in 29 states.

Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland St.


Ann’s Haven offers monthly bereavement luncheon Tuesday

Ann’s Haven VNA will host its monthly bereavement luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Guest speaker will be Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy Penny R. Campbell, who will speak about the Denton County Crime Stoppers program. Joining her for the program on crime prevention tips will be Deputy Charley Smith, according to an event press release.

A catered lunch is underwritten by members of the Denton Benefit League and provided at no charge to guests. Reservations are required by contacting Jerald Garner, chaplain and bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900 or


Lewisville Library to offer computer workshops for youngsters

Children in grades four and five are invited to come to the Lewisville Public Library at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for the first of four hands-on computer workshops.

The workshop series in the library’s computer lab will teach how to use the library catalog and electronic resources and evaluate websites for research. It will also offer an introduction to PowerPoint in two parts.

Space is limited and sign-up is required. To check for available space, call 972-219-3577.


Walkers can study birds, nature at environmental learning area

Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join expert birder Keith Lockhart at 7:30 a.m. Saturday as he leads the first bird walk of the fall at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. The walk is for ages 10 and older.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, visitors can join a Texas Master Naturalist in a two-mile nature walk along the Bittern Marsh Trail, which covers bottomland forest, prairie areas and wetlands. The trail is rugged and the walk may not be suitable for children younger than 10, according to an event announcement.

Cost of each activity is $7 per person, and no reservations are required.

LLELA is open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking/canoeing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets) in Lewisville. For more information, visit or call 972-219-3930.


Area dog owners invited to ‘Barking for Health’ event 

Good Samaritan Society — Denton Village will host “Barking for Health,” a day of fun and games for area residents and their dogs, on Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for Denton Village’s campaign to build a Community Life Enrichment and Wellness Center. Featured will be vendor booths, photos, food games and other activities.

Registration and check-in is at 7:30 a.m. at the Denton Village campus, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

Vendor booths open at 8 a.m., and other highlights will include: an owner/dog look-alike contest at 8:20 a.m.; a 1-mile dog walk at 9 a.m.; a best-dressed dog contest at 10 a.m.; a talent show for dogs at 10:30 a.m.; games at 11 a.m. A hot dog combo lunch will be available for purchase at 11:30 a.m.

Registration fee is $10 per person and one dog and $5 for each additional dog. Those who don’t have a dog but want to join the fun can take part by paying a $5 spectator fee.

Online registration is available at For more information, contact Ashley Sellman at or 940-383-6339.


Friends of the Sanger Public Library to hold book sale 

Members of Friends of the Sanger Public Library will hold their 27th annual used book sale during Sanger Sellabration on Saturday.

Adult books will be displayed in the conference room of the library, located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger. Children’s books and videos will be available in the gazebo of Sanger Downtown Park beginning at 8 a.m.

Hardback books will be sold for $1 each, and paperbacks will be 50 cents each. For $5, patrons can fill a brown bag with paperback books.

Left-over inventory will be sold for half price beginning at 2 p.m., and teachers (including home school) can shop for free books at 4 p.m. Visitors can shop for free books at 4:30 p.m.


MHMR Center to host first Race for Hope on Saturday

The Denton County MHMR Center will host its first Race for Hope on Saturday at South Lakes (Eureka) Park, 556 Hobson Lane in Denton.

Featured will be a 5K run and a 1-mile walk, and participants can sign up online at Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the 5K will get under way at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile walk will begin at 8:10 a.m.

Entry fee for the 5K is $20, or $25 on race day. Cost for the 1-mile walk is $15 for adults or $10 for children younger than 12.

Proceeds will benefit Denton County MHMR Center's Holiday Helping Hands program.


Car, truck and cycle show scheduled at Little Elm Park

The Little Elm Parks and Recreation Department will host the “Hooked on Classics Car, Truck and Cycle Show” at Little Elm Park on Sunday, according to an announcement from Keri Kirkwood, Little Elm recreation coordinator.

Little Elm Park is located at 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, just east of the Lewisville Lake bridge in Little Elm. 

The show, put on by Mustang Sally Productions, is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase from the Lighthouse Grill at the park.

Registration for the show and competition starts at 1:30 p.m. and continues until 4 p.m. The show will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. with trophy presentations set for 5:20 p.m. 

Owners of cars, trucks and motorcycles who want to enter a vehicle and be eligible for prizes must arrive in time for registration. Cost is $10 per vehicle. 

Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show Car, Best of Show Truck and Best of Show Motorcycle, and winners in 27 other classes will be acknowledged. Car clubs are welcome to attend and enter as a collective. 

Parking is free within Little Elm Park, which is cooler-friendly. Park rules prohibit glass containers and pets other than service animals.


Don’t forget

Reservations are due today for a free class titled “Fall Bulbs” offered by Keep Lewisville Beautiful from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Crawford Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St.

Master Gardener Nancy Wilten will teach the class, which is part of Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s Garden Secrets series. For more information, or to reserve a spot in the class, call 972-538-5949 or e-mail

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