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Les Cockrell: Ryan High group slates arts and crafts show

More than 100 vendors are expected to display items at the annual Ryan High School Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday.

The show, sponsored by the Ryan High Parent-Teacher-Student Association, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 5101 E. McKinney St. Admission is $1 for adults and free for students and children.

Organizers promise “great holiday shopping” from a wide selection of food, arts and crafts.

“Money raised is used to support Ryan High’s Renaissance Program, which emphasizes academic excellence, good attendance and character, as well as the school’s PTSA scholarship program,” said Jody McGuire, association president.

McGuire also is one of many bakers who prepare items for the Goodies Galore Bakery at the show. This will be the third year that the bakery has offered homemade goods, she said.

“It’s one of the best-kept secrets in Denton,” McGuire said. “We have about 43 bakers.”

She said items will include cherry, apple, buttermilk, pecan, pumpkin, chocolate bourbon pecan and blueberry crunch pies, bar cookies, almond toffee bars and several varieties of cookies. Shoppers also can choose from tea breads, muffins, biscotti and cakes.

“All items are wrapped, boxed or packaged for presentation and/or gift giving,” McGuire said. “We hope to see you there.”


State park offers a variety of activities this weekend

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend can launch November with a guided nature hike, learn more about insects and spiders and take a class in journal writing.

The park’s Johnson Branch Unit will host a program titled “Quit Bugging Out!” from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater near the fishing pond. Families can learn about insects and spiders, including how they communicate.

Staff members at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit will host a guided nature hike at 10 a.m. Saturday, and participants should meet at the Hawthorne parking area. The 2.2-mile hike will follow a paved trail, and guides will point out interesting park features along the way.

A class on journal writing is planned for 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 1 at the Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will learn about types of nature journals and which one is right for them.

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.


Student groups to offer productions at theater

Two student theater groups have scheduled performances of Harvey and Robin Hood at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Coram Deo Academy Theatre will present Harvey today and Friday, and both shows will start at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.

The Prestonwood Christian Academy Fine Arts Department will present Robin Hood from Nov. 7-9, with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at

Free public parking for the theater is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall.


Retired school personnel association to meet

The Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

Jonita Widner, director of the Denton school district’s health services department, will introduce the Denton ISD Wellness Fair, which will be Nov. 16.

Marti Lathrop of the Elm Fork Education Center at the University of North Texas will suggest volunteer opportunities with children. A children’s book drive is underway. Members are invited to bring cash or books to the meeting, and anyone who would like to donate can call Dee Carrico at 940-382-3821.


Denton church to hold alternative gifts fair

An alternative gifts fair is planned for Friday through Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Denton, and shoppers will be offered one-of-a-kind artisan items from more than 20 vendors.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the participating nonprofit organizations. They include: Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV, Heifer Project, Marfa Ministry, Crouch Gardens, Interfaith Ministries, First Meal, Threads of Hope, Our Daily Bread, Dawn of Hope International, Fred Moore Day Nursery, FUMC-Children’s Day Out/FunStop, Habitat for Humanity, Guatemala Mission, Red Bird Mission, United Methodist Women, Victoria Goebel for Pearl Alliance, Paper for Water, Credo Choir, FUMC youth, Equal Exchange and Denton Wesley Foundation.

Vendors will offer fair-trade goods, handmade merchandise from Third World countries and merchandise donated by church members and city residents.

The fair will begin with “First Choice” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Admission for this session will be $5 per individual or $10 per family. The fair will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free both days. The church is at 201 S. Locust St.


Denton Herb Society to host program on herbs

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

Guest speaker will be Dr. J.R. Toledo, who will discuss the physiological, psychological and cultural aspects of herbs and healing. Aloe vera, maguey and nopales will be discussed.

The society is an educational and informational organization whose mission is to teach and share information about herbs. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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