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Les Cockrell: Local healthy aging fair set at TWU on Saturday

A senior fitness assessment and healthy aging fair is planned on Saturday at Kitty McGee Arena, located at 1600 N. Bell Ave. on the Texas Woman’s University campus.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon and will offer an assessment of muscle strength, joint mobility, aerobic capacity, walking speed and endurance, program organizers said.

Participants will receive report cards that can be used for upcoming events in the spring to retest and grade individual performance areas. Consultations on physical conditioning and exercise, fall prevention and nutrition will be available.

The event is offered to people age 55 and older and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete, organizers said.

Sponsors of the event include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Age Well Live Well, the University of North Texas, TWU and Seniors in Motion.

The event is free, but canned donations for local charities will be appreciated. Registration is available at Seniors in Motion, 111 Industrial St., or at the event on Saturday morning. For more information, call 940-566-5291.


Voters group to review proposed amendments

The League of Women Voters of Denton will meet at 7 p.m. today for a review of the proposed constitutional amendments appearing on the November ballot.

The program will be led by Jim Alexander and Pat Deveraux as they take attendees through the process and review the potential impact of the proposals.

The meeting will be in Room 176 of the University of North Texas Environmental Sciences Building at West Hickory Street and Avenue C. Visitor parking is available in the lot on the west side of the building.


Twilight hike, bike tour planned at state park

A twilight hike and a guided bike tour will be offered this weekend at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The hike will begin at 7:15 p.m. Friday and will follow the Randy Bell scenic trail. Participants should meet in the Hawthorn parking area.

The bike tour is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, and participants should meet at the Greenbelt Corridor parking lot on U.S. Highway 380. The 3-mile ride is a family-friendly event and frequent stops will be made to explore interesting park features.

Participants must bring their own bicycles and safety equipment. No equipment will be provided.

For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148.


Denton Herb Society to hear program Saturday

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The speaker will be Susan Perry, Ph.D., who will give a presentation on the herbal practices of three medieval healers: Trotula, Hildegard von Bingen and Nostradamus.

The free presentation is open to the public. For more information, visit


Master Gardeners to offer Fall Garden Fest

The Denton County Master Gardener Association will offer its 2013 Fall Garden Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton Bible Church, 2300 E. University Drive.

The theme of the event is “Water-Wise,” and admission is free.

Garden Fest will feature presentations or demonstrations on raising bees, propagation, fire-wise landscaping, herbs, garden design, vermiculture, turf, succulents, trees, “Earth-Kind” plants, water conservation, rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation.

Attendees are invited to participate in a seed exchange by bringing seeds from their favorite plants, packaged and labeled, to swap for other varieties. A 4-H Club petting zoo, a bounce house and face painting will be featured for youngsters.

Vendors will offer educational information and a variety of products. Refreshments will be available for purchase from the 4-H Club, and live music will be performed by local choral groups.

For more information, visit, call 940-394-2883 or look for the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Facebook.


Mayor’s Mile walk/run planned Saturday along trail

The Mayor’s Mile 2013, a free community event on Denton’s Rail Trail, will be held on Saturday.

The event is part of the Mayor’s Challenge to promote health and wellness throughout the community and is offered in collaboration with Age Well–Live Well.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and the run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants of all ages are invited to take part in the event, which will start and finish at MedPark Station, 3220 MedPark Drive. Vendors, refreshments and family-friendly activities will be featured.

For more information, contact Sara Travis at 940-349-8734 or


Prosper Fire Department to host open house Saturday

The Prosper Fire Department will have its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The location will be the Central Fire Station, 1500 E. First St. Free refreshments and hot dogs will be served while supplies last.


Learning area to host fishing day, workshops

A fishing day for youngsters, a primitive living class and a Boy Scout forestry merit badge workshop are on tap this weekend at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Angling instructors have planned several activities to introduce children to the art of fishing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

There is a $2 program fee in addition to the general admission fee of $5 per person, and adults pay only the admission fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or by e-mailing

No tackle is required, but participants will need to bring their own gear if they intend to stay and fish after the workshop. Participants should wear comfortable clothes for outdoor activities, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

Mark Suter of Primitive Texas will be at the learning area from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to conduct a class in bow and hand drill fire making for ages 18 and older. Cost is 50 per person, and participants will learn to make fire with two ancient and dependable methods.

Registration is required by contacting Suter at 979-777-3902 or

The learning area will host a workshop for Scouts earning a forestry merit badge from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee for the badge workshop is $5 per participant in addition to the regular $5 admission, and adults pay only the admission free.

Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or

The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville.


Arts, crafts and bluegrass festival slated Saturday

The 21st annual Mountain Springs Arts, Crafts and Bluegrass Festival is planned on Saturday at the Mountain Springs Community Center to benefit the Valley View and North Shore volunteer fire departments.

Arts and crafts booths will be open at 8 a.m. There is no charge for booth registration; however vendor donations for the fire departments are appreciated. Proceeds from the arts and crafts sales go to the vendors.

The bluegrass music will begin at noon, with seven bands performing until 8 p.m. Admission fee for the bluegrass performances is $5 per person, and there is no charge for children younger than 12.

Food will be available for purchase. A dessert and bake sale will be hosted by the Mountain Springs Quilting Club.

A quilt show and sale will be held in the old church section of the community center. In addition, the quilting club will have a quilt raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The community center is at 173 Mounting Springs Lane, near the intersection of FM372 and FM922 in Valley View. For additional information, call Lisa Prier at 817-266-5511.


Fundraiser to benefit Little Light House-Denton

Laps for Little Ones, a fundraiser for Little Light House-Denton, will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the track at Ryan High School, 5101 E. McKinney St.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for a community fun run, and supporters are invited to secure donations to benefit The Little Light House, a Christian developmental center for children with special needs. Registration information is available by e-mailing A free carnival celebration follows the event. For more information, call 940-808-0835.

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