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Les Cockrell: Changes announced for second annual GreenFest

The Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County recently announced changes for the second annual GreenFest on the Greenbelt planned Saturday.

Gates will open at noon for the event, to be held at Greenbelt Park. Activities will begin at 1 p.m.

The family-friendly event will celebrate the Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt through outdoor activities, live music and food, organizers said. New activities include a fly-fishing demonstration, fish on ice, equestrian demonstrations, a game warden demonstration, a CSI campsite exhibit, a Dutch oven-cooking demonstration, fossil digging, a CareFlite helicopter visit and a traveling water safety exhibit.

Also featured will be archery, rock climbing, kayaking, biking, geocaching, demonstrations by historians and artisans of the Cross Timbers eco-region, cowboy poetry, live animal and reptile exhibits, pony rides, a backyard bass competition and a kid-sized inflatable obstacle course and slide. Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will be at the event with birds of prey.

Musical guests will include Denton’s own Grammy Award-winning band Brave Combo, Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son and AM Ramblers. Food vendors will provide a variety of items.

All proceeds will benefit the Greenbelt Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt. Specifically, the 2013 GreenFest seeks to raise funds for reopening the park’s equestrian trail between Farm-to-Market roads 428 and 455 by building a bridge across a ravine. The trail was damaged by a flood in 2010 and has been closed since then.

Tickets are $5 per person, if purchased in advance at or $7 per person if purchased at the event. Children under the age of 6 will be admitted free. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times.


Sanger library to host workshop on funding post-high school education

A workshop titled “Funding Your Children’s Post High School Education — Strategies to Consider” will be offered at the Sanger Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The free workshop will be presented by North Texas Adult Education Services, according to a press release from the library.

The instructor will be C. William Biggs, a financial services professional in North Texas for the past 30 years who has also taught financial courses in the Dallas County Community College system.

The Sanger Public Library is located at 501 Bolivar St. in Sanger. To register for the workshop, call 940-391-2750 or visit


Organizational meeting planned Tuesday for Friends of LLELA group

Supporters of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area are joining to form a nonprofit organization to assist in the promotion, interpretation and operation of the urban wilderness area.

The Friends of LLELA will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the LLELA office, 1801 N. Mill St. in Lewisville, for anyone who wants to become a charter member.

The Friends of LLELA will serve as the chief fundraising and service group for LLELA. Formed in 1991, and funded by habitat mitigation grants, LLELA is now coming to the end of that funding source, according to a press release.

LLELA offers a wide range of outdoor activities for the public, including nature hikes and birding tours, fishing, kayaking, pre-school and home school classes, field trips and interpretive programs and summer and school break camps. For more information, call 972-219-3930.


Registration deadline for teen court training is Friday

Registration deadline is Friday for a Lewisville/Flower Mound Teen Court volunteer training session planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St., according to a press release.

Youth also can earn community service hours for attending the training. Youth ages 13-17 or still in high school (including home-schooled students) are eligible to volunteer as attorneys, bailiffs, judges, jurors or check-in clerks.

Teen Court is a voluntary program that offers youth offenders the opportunity to perform community service hours and jury terms instead of paying a fine for minor offenses. The teen offender is brought before a jury of peers to determine the number of community service hours to be served. Successful completion of the court order dismisses the case from the youth’s criminal record, according to the press release.

For information, visit and click on “Municipal Courts,” then “Teen Court.” To register for the training session, contact Pam Everitt at 972-219-3671 or no later than Friday.


Science fair invites middle, high schoolers to enter

All Denton County middle and high school students — individuals and groups of three or less — are invited to participate in a science fair sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Saturday.

The fair will be held at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. Set up begins at 9 a.m. and judging starts at 11 a.m.

“Water-Wise” is the theme of the fair and students should demonstrate a unique way for the average family household to conserve water, decrease water usage or use water more wisely in the home, landscape or both, according to an event press release.

Guidelines for the fair can be found at

All projects must be submitted in person by the student. Finalists will present their projects at the Master Gardener Fall Garden Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the grounds of Denton Bible Church. Prizes will be awarded to the top three places. For more information, call 972-809-0247 or go to The Denton County Master Gardener program is an education and volunteer initiative affiliated with the Texas Master Gardener Association and Texas AgriLIFE Extension within Texas A&M University.


Runners, walkers invited to sign up for annual event

Area runners and walkers are invited to sign up for the Stonecutter Shuffle 5K and Masonic Mile planned Saturdayin downtown Lewisville to raise money for children’s programs.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the race staging area on the corner of Walters and Mill streets. Advance registration also is available online at

The one-mile event will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30. Awards will be given in multiple age categories for both men and women.

The event is being conducted for the ninth year by Lewisville Masonic Lodge 201. Beneficiaries in 2013 will be the Lewisville Education Foundation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Vista Academies, according to an event press release.

The run is a featured event for the second day of Western Days 2013, a celebration of Lewisville’s heritage and tradition. Event hours are 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free with a ticket. Those who visit can print as many tickets as they need and present those tickets at the festival gates for free admission. Those entering the festival without a ticket (in paper form or presented on the screen of a phone or other electronic device) must pay $20 at the gate. Free tickets also are available through entertainment sponsor 99.5 The Wolf.

Main stage headliners are the Randy Rogers Band on Friday night and the Casey Donahew Band on Saturday night. In addition to the best of Texas country music and local performers on four stages, the festival will offer arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, trick ropers, cooking demonstrations, a car show, children’s fishing area, the ninth annual World Tamale Eating Championship, an exhibit of Old West artifacts, food vendors, a stick horse rodeo for kids and more.

For the latest information on Western Days 2013, visit or call 972-219-3401.


TxDOT to offer year-round child safety seat inspections

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation will now offer free, year-round child safety seat inspections conducted by certified technicians, according to a TxDOT press release.

The inspections are available by appointment at each of TxDOT’s 25 district offices.

Texas law states that children younger than 8 years of age, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in safety seats, according to the press release.

Nationally, three out of four safety seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) found nearly nine out of 10 Texas children were riding in safety seats, but many were not properly buckled. The new study also revealed 37 percent of infants and toddlers in Texas were secured incorrectly — or not at all — when riding in a vehicle, according to the press release.

TxDOT’s new interactive seat finder at can help drivers find the proper safety seats for their children. Visit the site and click on “Child Safety” to begin the search. To schedule a safety seat inspection, call a TxDOT district office or find your local contact at

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