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Les Cockrell: Library gets into spirit of season with activities

The Denton Public Library will get in the spirit of the season this week with programs for children and teenagers.

The library will offer its popular Spooky StoryTime at all three branches beginning Tuesday. Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to wear a costume to hear spooky stories and take part in a trick-or-treating parade.

Program times, dates and locations are 7 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.; 10 a.m. Friday at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane; 10 a.m. Saturday at South Branch Library and 7 p.m Oct. 30 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Denton’s South Branch Library will host a “Monster Mash” program for teenagers at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Children ages 11 and older are invited to create spooky, monster decorations and crafts for Halloween and enjoy monster treats.

The programs are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, a spokeswoman for the library said.


Environmental learning area to host two tarantula releases

Area residents are invited to take part in a tarantula release program at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, according to a LLELA press release.

Release dates and times are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdayand 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Participants can adopt, name and release a tarantula for $10 each. There is a fee of $5 to enter LLELA (or free for Friends of LLELA members or LLELA annual pass holders).

Tarantula expert Leah Patton and LLELA staff will be on hand to discuss the spiders and answer questions. Patton, who has bred, hand-raised and donated the hundreds of tarantula spiderlings to LLELA, pointed out that tarantulas were once common in this area. LLELA staff members said they hope the tiny native Texas spiders to be released will successfully repopulate the habitat where they once thrived.

“Spiders, including tarantulas, are an important part of North Texas ecosystems,” Ken Steigman, LLELA director, stated in a press release. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to participate in one of our restoration efforts.”

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets) in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-219-3930.


‘Boo at the U’ offers activities Thursday

Treats, train rides, carnival games, inflatables and a haunted house will be part of the annual “Boo at the U” fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas Woman’s University.

The festival will be held at the TWU Student Union, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. The event is open to the public and admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring one canned food item per person to help support the TWU Food Pantry.

More than 3,000 children attend the festival each year, which includes trunk-or-treating. Cars decorated for the season will be parked throughout the campus visitor parking lot across from the Student Union and treats will be given away from their trunks.

For more information, call 940-898-3641.


Brave Combo scheduled to perform in Roanoke

Denton band Brave Combo is scheduled to perform Thursday as part of Roanoke’s Evenings on Oak Street concert series.

The concert is free and will start at 7 p.m. at Austin Street Plaza in historic downtown Roanoke. The plaza features a covered stage, landscaped green space, picnic area, restrooms and parking area.

For more information, visit


Little Elm to offer Pumpkin Hollow celebration

Halloween tricks, treats, games and jack-o’-lanterns will be featured at Little Elm’s Pumpkin Hollow celebration Thursday through Saturday at Little Elm Park.

“During the three evenings of Pumpkin Hollow, we’ll have three separate events that will alight, fright and delight,” Megan McGraw, Little Elm festival and special events coordinator, stated in a press release. “First, the Johnny Broyles Nature Trail will be alight with homemade jack-o’-lanterns illuminating the edges of the trail. Then, scary ghosts, goblins and witches will frighten even the hardiest souls at Haunted Hollow. And, finally, lots of delightful games and kiddie activities will bring smiles to everyone at the Old Fashioned Carnival.”

Hours for Pumpkin Hollow are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free parking is available at the park located at 704 West Eldorado Parkway.

The event will include a haunted house experience called Haunted Hollow. Entry into the walk-through house is $5. Proceeds from the haunted house will be donated to a local charity.

A free old-fashioned carnival will feature games and other children’s activities.

For more information, call Little Elm Parks and Recreation at 972-731-3296.


League hosts program about human trafficking

The League of Women Voters of Denton will host a presentation on human trafficking by Dr. Sandra Spencer, director of Women’s Studies at the University of North Texas, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 176 of the UNT Environmental Science Building at West Hickory Street and Avenue C.

Visitors can park free in the lot on the west side of the building, according to an event press release.


Seventh annual Robson Ranch Craft Bazaar planned

The seventh annual Robson Ranch Craft Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Robson Ranch Clubhouse on Ed Robson Boulevard.

Admission and parking are free.

The sale will feature about 40 vendors, all Robson Ranch residents, offering handcrafted wreaths, silk floral arrangements, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, cards, doll clothes, doll furniture, knitted and crocheted items, needlecrafts, decorative art, ceramic pottery, wood crafts and toys.

To reach the bazaar, take Interstate 35W to Exit 79, Robson Ranch Road. Go west 1.5 miles and follow the signs for the craft bazaar after you enter the gate.


Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q features pink cups

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q will feature its pink cups this month for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and funds for the Young Survival Coalition, according to a press release.

The Young Survival Coalition is an international nonprofit organization focusing on women ages 40 and under who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q guests can purchase the pink cups, which are only available while supplies last, and make a dollar donation to the Young Survival Coalition in exchange for a free drink redeemable on a return visit at participating locations.

Additionally, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q will add a dollar to the total funds it raises at its stores for every new verifiable Facebook like (, Twitter follower ( and Instagram follower ( through its Follow2Support program, according to the press release.

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