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Les Cockrell: Rotary Club presents member with award

Todd Price, a member of the Denton Rotary Club, recently was honored with the Cliff Dochterman Award, which recognizes Rotarians who act as role models and render service to the world Scouting movement, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

Dr. Ron Aldridge, a past recipient, presented the award at a meeting of the club.

“We’re only allowed to give one [Dochterman Award] a year, and this is the fourth one that this club has given,” Aldridge said.

The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians gives the award to Rotarians who are actively involved in Scouting, Aldridge said, and Price was more than qualified.

“He’s provided a lot of leadership over the years in Denton,” Aldridge said.

Price said the award was a surprise.

“I was really floored by it,” he said.

Price is a past board member of the Denton Rotary Club, co-chairman of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award project and a flag project member.

His Boy Scouts of America activities include serving as Frontier Trails District Committee chairman from 2012 to the present and serving as Frontier Trails Denton Day Camp director in 2012 and assistant director in 2011. He has served as cubmaster for Pack 4600 in Denton and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 65 in Denton, among other contributions.


Dixon to speak at plant society meeting

Dr. Richard Dixon will speak on “Succulents and Cacti” at a meeting of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas today.

The group meets at the Ann Stewart Science Complex at Texas Woman’s University. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer, and the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium.

Dixon is a distinguished research professor at the University of North Texas, according to Cecil Carter, chapter president.

“Dr. Dixon holds degrees from Oxford University and has published 25 papers and monographs on plants,” Carter said.

For more information, e-mail Carter at or visit


Event offers weekend of entertainment in Little Elm

Autumnfest, sponsored by the Little Elm Festival Association in conjunction with the town of Little Elm, opens today and continues through Sunday at Little Elm Park.

Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, provides free parking. The park is cooler-friendly, but glass containers are prohibited. Service animals, but no pets, are allowed.

The festival will offer carnival rides, vendors, a barbecue cook-off, the “Anything that Floats” watercraft race, a fireworks show and a variety of other activities throughout the weekend.

A schedule of activities can be found at


Roanoke concert series to offer bluegrass music

Roanoke’s Evenings on Oak Street concert series will continue at 7 p.m. today with a performance by Whitehouse Harmony.

The group will offer bluegrass music at the Austin Street Plaza, which includes a covered stage, landscaped green space, picnic area, restrooms and parking area. Admission is free.

For more information, visit


Garage sale to benefit area equestrian center

A garage sale to benefit Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center is planned for Friday and Saturday at 2324 Yorkshire St. in Denton.

Hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, said Mary Gwinner, director of the center.

A wide variety of items will be featured, including furniture, electronics and horse tack, Gwinner said, and donations will be welcome.

“If somebody wants to bring something, we’ll certainly take it,” she said.

The center, located in Aubrey, provides safe and affordable therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs for children and adults with disabilities, according to the center’s website. For more information, visit


Denton Newcomer Friendship Club to meet

Members of the Denton Newcomer Friendship Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dogwood Estates, 2820 Wind River Lane.

Social time will begin at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The program will be “Decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” presented by Garden Gate of Denton.

For more information, call Sue Russell at 940-382-0520.


Owl Prowl on tap at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Area residents are invited to participate in an Owl Prowl campfire talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond. A program on owls will be followed by a hike.

The program is free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older. For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.


Greater Denton Arts Council slates Wild Beast Feast

The Greater Denton Arts Council will have its annual Wild Beast Feast festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

The event offers local restaurants and businesses a chance to cook up exotic cuisine and compete for the coveted “Best of Beast” title. Also featured will be music by the Boxcar Bandits and live and silent auctions, with all proceeds going to benefit the projects, programs and operations of the arts council.

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at or at the gate. Parking is free.

For more event information, visit the website, call the council at 940-382-2787 or e-mail


Old Town Lewisville plans Western Days event

Old Town Lewisville will be filled with staged gunfights, stick horse rodeo riders, world-champion competitive eaters, gourmet chefs, Old West artifacts, 5K runners and much more Friday and Saturday for the 2013 Western Days festival.

The festival is free with a ticket, and tickets can be printed by visiting

People without a ticket must pay $20 at the gate. Free tickets are available through sponsor “The Wolf” KPLX-FM (99.5) and at most Lewisville municipal facilities.

Festival hours are 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Planned activities include music on four stages, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, cooking demonstrations, a 5-kilometer run and plenty of activities for youngsters.

Headlining music acts will be the Randy Rodgers Band at 10 p.m. Friday and the Casey Donahew Band at 10 p.m. Saturday. Other performers will include Hudson Moore, Jake Hooker, Mark McKinney and Tyler & The Tribe.

Off-site parking will be available at the Vista Ridge Village shopping center (FM3040 at Interstate 35E) and the Old Town and Hebron stations of the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train. Free shuttles will carry visitors between the parking lots and the festival zone.

For more information, call 972-219-3401.


Environmental learning area offers night hike

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area has scheduled a night hike for Saturday.

At 7 p.m., trail guides will lead participants along the Redbud Trail for an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary, but reservations are required by calling 972-219-3930.

The learning area is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for outdoor activities. The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville.


Iris society slates annual sale in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Iris Society will have its annual iris sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Admission is free. The society includes several members from Denton County.


Don’t forget

The Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County will present the second annual GreenFest on the Greenbelt on 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.

Tickets cost $5 per person if purchased in advance at, or $7 per person if purchased at the event. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

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