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Les Cockrell: Empty Bowls tickets on sale

Tickets for the 14th annual Empty Bowls Denton, a fundraiser luncheon, are now on sale, and proceeds will help keep residents from going hungry, organizers said.

This year’s event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. Tickets cost $20.

The grassroots effort sells handmade bowls at a soup-and-bread lunch and is a ministry of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Denton. All proceeds are given to assist the Denton Community Food Center and the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen at St. Andrew.

Thanks to the generosity of Denton-area supporters, the event has resulted in donations of approximately $105,000 over the years, organizers said. The event will feature a silent auction, homemade soup, bread from Ravelin Bakery and handmade pottery and wooden bowls. For more information, call 940-387-1984.


Ray Roberts Lake State Park plans busy weekend

It promises to be a busy weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, with several activities on tap for area families.

First up will be a program about owls and their diets at 6 p.m. Friday in picnic Pavilion 1 of the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Families will dissect owl pellets for study, and there is a $1 activity fee that must be paid at park headquarters prior to the event.

An owl prowl and campfire talk will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Johnson Branch to help families learn how to observe owls. Participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

Families can learn about a variety of birds during a program titled “Flying Feathered Friends” at 8 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. Participants should meet at Pavilion 1, and the program will include a short hike.

Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome. Binoculars are recommended, and the park has a limited supply of binoculars and pocket field guides available for use by the public.

A program titled “Animal Adaptations,” planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch Pavilion 1, will feature a discovery trunk provided by the Texas Wildlife Association to help families learn about mammals.

Staff members at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit will host a “Creatures of the Night” program and owl prowl beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn about the nocturnal creatures of the Eastern Cross Timbers region and go on a night hike to search for owls.

The family-friendly event will feature prizes for the best nature-inspired Halloween costumes. Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

The folks at the Isle du Bois Unit also have announced a photography workshop set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. An outdoor photographer will direct the workshop, which will cover topics including problem solving in the field, photographing wildlife and composition.

Participants must have a single-lens reflex digital camera. Space is limited and reservations are required. To check space availability, call 940-686-2148, ext. 258.

Park admission 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.


Area residents invited to Fall Round-Up event at church

Members of Bolivar Baptist Church are inviting area residents to participate in the church’s Fall Round-Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Western or old-fashioned clothing for the free event is optional, and guests are asked to bring a covered-dish food item to be served during the dinner on the grounds portion of the program, which will follow morning worship services. Singing will be featured after the lunch.

The church is at 6690 W. FM455 in Sanger. For more information, call 940-458-3082.


Sanger library to host ‘Money Smarts’ program

The Sanger Public Library will host a program titled “Money Smarts” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The program is free and will feature information offered by representatives of Prosperity Bank on using credit wisely, recovering from money difficulties and saving funds for emergencies. The library is at 501 Bolivar St. For more information, call 940-458-3257.


Marine Corps League detachment plans event

The Lance Cpl. Jacob R. Lugo Detachment of the Marine Corps League is inviting area residents to its U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Nov. 9.

The event will be at Singing Oaks Church of Christ, 101 Cardinal Drive in Denton. Tickets are available for a $50 nonrefundable donation and will be on sale through Oct. 27.

The event will get underway with a nonalcoholic cocktail hour featuring beverages and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner, ceremonies and speaker, silent auction, dancing and the kickoff to the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Guest of honor will be Jacob Schick, a U.S. Marine who was deployed to Iraq and severely injured when his vehicle struck a land mine in Anbar Province. He now works with Carry the Load, an organization dedicated to returning meaning to Memorial Day while raising awareness and funds for families of fallen heroes, according to an event press release.

The Marine Corps League is a nonprofit organization that supports all Marines and former Marines, as well as their widows and orphans. The group provides support to Marines and their families during times of need and links Marines and their families with other organizations that can help.

For more information, to offer support or to buy tickets to the Birthday Ball, e-mail or call Nathan Hanson at 940-390-7992 or Mark Roy at 940-395-0236.


The Acting Studio to offer ‘Cats’ in Lewisville

The Acting Studio will present three performances of the musical Cats from Oct. 24-26 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

All shows will start at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger. To order tickets, visit Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the theater.

The Acting Studio is operated in Grapevine and Frisco by owners Shane and Erica Peterman.

Staff members teach classes in voice, dance and acting for stage and film for students of all ages, and students have the opportunity to perform in area productions.

The theater is at 100 N. Charles St.

Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.


Don’t forget

The second annual Fry Street WakePoolooza presented by Fry Street Tavern is planned for 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and organizers said the event will feature a DJ, live wakeboarding and other activities.

The event is free for all ages, and more information is available at

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