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Les Cockrell: Cooking school tickets, vendor spaces available

Tickets and vendor spaces are still available for the first Taste of Home Cooking School to be hosted by the Denton Record-Chronicle on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event will be in the auditorium at Denton High School, 1007 Fulton St. A vendor marketplace will open at 4 p.m., and the cooking show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The show will feature cooking demonstrations by culinary specialists featuring items easily found at local grocery stories and free gift bags filled with products and coupons.

Tickets are $12 each, and group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the newspaper office, 314 E. Hickory St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about group discounts, call Amanda Cox at 940-566-6809.

Local crafters, local artists, massage therapists, direct sales companies, restaurants, photographers and other vendors are welcome. Vendor spaces are $30 each and will be available until Friday. For more information about booth spaces, e-mail


Denton County Genealogical Society to meet today

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

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

Guest speaker will be Kelvin Meyers, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of exploring church records to learn more about ancestors. Meyers, a fifth-generation Texan, has been a professional genealogist for the last 25 years and an avid researcher-historian for 33 years.


Denton County NAACP members invited to meeting

The Denton County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. today at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St.

Memberships are available for $30 annually.


Hikes, program on plants among offerings at park

Hikes and a program on edible plants are among scheduled events at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

A twilight hike is planned at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants will meet at the Hawthorn parking area and hike the Randy Bell scenic trail.

A program titled “Can I Eat This?” will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater of the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

Information about several edible plants and their historical uses will be offered, and a half-mile hike will be included. Participants should meet at the amphitheater, which is located near the fishing pond.

A “Prairies, Timbers and Lake Hike” is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. This moderate 2.8-mile walk will begin in the Hawthorn parking area.

Park staff members advise all hikers to wear sturdy shoes and bring bottled water.

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older.

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

For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.


Local DAR chapter members to meet Friday

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

Guest speaker will be Diana Mason, Ph.D., who will discuss “The Day of the Flag.”

For more information about the organization and membership, go to or call 940-387-4741.


Lewisville community theater to launch season

The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre will launch its 2013-14 season on Friday with a musical spoof of the Arthurian legend, Monty Python’s Spamalot.

The four-week run continues through Nov. 3. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

The theater is at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for ages 65 and older or 18 and younger. For reservations, call 972-221-7469. For more information, visit


Bonnie and Clyde Days festival set Saturday

Pilot Point’s Main Street Program will sponsor the fourth annual Bonnie and Clyde Days festival beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on the historic square in the downtown area.

Admission is free. The event will include a bank robbery re-enactment, a soap box derby challenge, live music on three stages, exhibits, food and other family-friendly activities.

The festival is held annually to commemorate and re-enact the filming of the famous bank robbery scene in the 1967 Warner Brothers movie Bonnie and Clyde, which was partly filmed in Pilot Point.

For more information, visit the event website at


Pantry Dash to fight hunger planned for Saturday

The Pantry Dash — A Run Against Hunger is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane in Denton.

The event, which includes a 5K run and a 1-mile walk, is now in its second year. It is spearheaded by Trinity United Methodist Church and is designed to help raise awareness about hunger in Denton County, said Jacquelyn Harper, committee chairwoman.

The event kicks off a full week of fundraising and community activities at Trinity UMC. Other scheduled events include movies in the church’s pumpkin patch, comedy night and a bluegrass concert.

Full race details are available at

Last year, the Pantry Dash and subsequent food collection projects conducted by the church raised more than 40,000 pounds of food in three days. This year’s goal is 50,000 pounds-plus.

Proceeds and donations will benefit Denton Community Food Center, Our Daily Bread, Shepherd’s Hand, Living Waters Ministries, Vision Ministries, Asbury Relief Ministry and the Singing Oaks Church of Christ Benevolence Ministry.


SCRAP Denton to hold Masquerade Fundraiser

SCRAP Denton will host its Masquerade Fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 109 Industrial St.

The event will feature food, a mask contest, a photo booth, music, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are on sale for $5 each at SCRAP, 215 W. Oak St., and will be available at the door for $10.

SCRAP is a nonprofit organization with the goal of inspiring creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community, according to information at

For more information, e-mail or call 940-808-1611.


Hospital slates free seminar on Parkinson’s disease

A free education seminar on Parkinson’s disease is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, 2620 Scripture St.

This seminar is for any member of the community who has Parkinson’s or has a family member or loved one with the disease.

It will feature refreshments and door prizes and free resources for those affected by this debilitating disease.

Those who plan to attend are asked to make reservations by calling 940-297-6500.


Give Hope Golf Classic planned Tuesday

The Give Hope Golf Classic will be held Tuesday at The Tribute Golf Club, 1000 Lebanon Road in The Colony.

Organized by John Luke and Courtney Spitler of Lantana and hosted by the Encompass Group, the fourth annual event will benefit orphanCare International, the humanitarian aid program of nonprofit Dillon International.

Same-day registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will conclude with an awards dinner at 6 p.m.

For information about space availability and fees, visit


White Cane Day planned in downtown Denton

The Denton Mayor’s Committee on People With Disabilities in partnership with North Texas Rehabilitation Association and Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society invite area residents to attend the fourth annual White Cane Day at noon Tuesday in downtown Denton.

The event is celebrated nationally to raise public awareness of issues related to blindness and low vision. Participants will be using white canes to navigate the sidewalks around the downtown Square. The walk will begin at the UNT on the Square gallery at the corner of Elm and Hickory streets.

A limited number of canes will be available for use, or participants are invited to bring their own.

For more information, contact Rebecca Cagle at or 940-565-4323.


Area events

Area seniors will have items available for sale at the 52nd annual Senior Citizens Fair Arts & Crafts Marketplace today through Saturday at Fort Worth’s Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The nearly 800 crafters (ages 55 and older) who registered this year will receive 90 percent of their net sales. The remaining 10 percent helps underwrite event expenses.

Admission is $5. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

For more information, visit

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