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Les Cockrell: School slates gospel brunch

Tickets are still available for the Fred Moore Day Nursery School’s fifth annual gospel brunch on Saturday, officials said.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St., and proceeds will go toward a planned school expansion and upgrades that will allow 25 additional children up to age 2 to be served.

The brunch had to be rescheduled because of the recent ice storm, and officials are hoping that supporters will come out to participate and help the school. In addition to entertainment by local choirs, food and refreshments, the event will feature a silent auction of holiday wreaths decorated by local businesses. Holiday crafts created by the children will also be on sale.

The school will honor Gene Gumfory and Teri and Andre “Frenchy” Rheault for their service to the facility.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and can be purchased at the school, 821 Cross Timber St., or at the door. For more information, call 940-387-8214.

The nonprofit child care center, which was founded in the early 1950s, provides care for low-income families with children from six weeks to 5 years of age.

The school is funded with tuition fees that are charged on a sliding scale based on a family’s income and the number of people in the household, and from donations, fundraisers and grants.


Birds of prey to take center stage at state park

An owl prowl, two presentations about birds of prey and a campfire Christmas program are among activities planned this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Doris Mager is scheduled to lead the owl prowl, which is planned for 5:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. She will demonstrate how to call owls and provide more information about the birds of prey.

Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater. No reservations are required.

An introduction to bird watching will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pavilion 1 of the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

The discussion will include information about binoculars, field guides and what to do once you’re in the field. A short hike will follow the program. Participants are invited to bring their binoculars and field guides, but some will be available for class use.

A program titled “Flying Feathered Friends” is planned from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 1 of the Johnson Branch Unit.

Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the program, which will include a mile-long hike on paved and unpaved trails to watch and listen for birds.

Participants are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars and water.

Mager will return to the park’s Isle du Bois Unit at 10 a.m. Saturday to give a talk about conservation and birds of prey and she’s expected to bring “ET,” her great horned owl, and other birds.

Mager will give her talk on birds of prey at the Johnson Branch Unit at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The program will be offered in the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

A campfire Christmas program will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater for the campfire, hot cocoa and other holiday treats. They will also make a traditional Christmas ornament and go for a twilight hike.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


‘Homestead Christmas’ set Saturday at learning area

Lewisville Environmental Learning Area staff members are inviting area residents to join them for a “Homestead Christmas” celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The historic Minor-Porter log house, decorated in pioneer fashion, will be open for tour. Visitors can take part in craft projects such as making a corn husk doll or an ornament to take home or creating a hand-dipped candle.

There will be holiday music, and musicians with acoustic instruments are invited to join in a holiday jam session. Snacks will be served.

Volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors, who are welcome to arrive at any time during the open house and join in at their own pace.

There is no additional fee for the holiday activities beyond regular gate admission, which is $5 per person, free for ages 5 and younger.

Musicians who would like to join the jam session will be admitted free and should e-mail or call 972-219-3930 to participate.

The environmental learning area is a 2,000-acre area of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the city of Lewisville, the Lewisville school district and Texas A&M University.

It is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and other activities. The entrance is at 201 E. Jones St., at the intersection with Kealy Street in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Two concerts should help ring in the holidays

Concerts by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band and the Singapore Slingers at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater this weekend should help area residents ring in the holidays.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. The foursome will blast through an evening of Beatles classics, played bluegrass-style, plus add a few holiday musical touches.

Matt Tolentino and the Singapore Slingers will perform a Christmas show at 8 p.m. Saturday. The 18-piece orchestra features an expansive repertoire, specializing in foxtrots, rags, marches, waltzes and hot jazz as well as one-steps, tangos and rhumbas.

Tickets for each show are $20 general admission and can be purchased online at or in person at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St., during regular business hours. The box office at MCL Grand will open one hour prior to show time each night.

Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the theater, located at 100 N. Charles St.

For more information, visit or call 972-219-8446.

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