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Les Cockrell: Environmental area offers variety of events

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area staff members have planned an event-filled day for visitors on Saturday, with a birding event, a nature walk, a kayaking tour and a campfire program on tap.

Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart as he visits several prime birding locations beginning at 7:30 a.m. The walk is open to ages 10 and older and the cost is $7 per person. No reservations are required.

The naturalist-led nature walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will last about two hours. Participants will search for animal tracks, deer trails, wintering ducks and other features along the trail.

The cost of this event is regular gate admission, which is $5 or free for children 5 and younger. No reservations are required.

A kayaking tour on McWhorter Creek is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. All skill levels are welcome and paddlers will receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided.

The event is open to ages 7 and older, and space is limited. Cost is $20 per paddler. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

The campfire program is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include traditional activities such as stories, songs, a children’s craft project and toasted marshmallows. Cost is $10 per person and registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

The environmental learning area includes 2,000 acres of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by 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 .


Denton County Genealogical Society to meet tonight

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will have their monthly meeting tonight at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

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

Featured will be “A Century of Texas Immigration 1820-1920” presented by Richard Monroe. He will discuss where the immigrants to Texas came from, what motivated them to come, problems they had, why they moved on (if they did) and what they brought to Texas in the way of culture, innovation, skills and politics.

Monroe is a trustee of Webb Chapel Cemetery and has served as an officer of the Peters Colony Historical Society in Dallas County for many years.

For more information about the society, visit


Goal-setting workshop planned at library Saturday

A free goal-setting workshop will be held at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop will be presented by Maru Iabichela, a certified life coach and motivational speaker, and will offer strategies to help participants stay on track with their dreams and goals.

The library is at 502 Oakland St. and those interested can call 940-349-8752 to register.


Introductory photography workshop set at state park

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday can check out a nature photography workshop and learn more about the park’s greenbelt area.

Space is limited for the free introductory photography workshop, and those interested can call Danielle Bradley at 940-637-2636 or 714-612-7159 to check space availability and register.

The workshop will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Pavilion 1 of the park’s Johnson Branch Unit, and it will be led by Elizabeth Malmberg. Topics will include using different camera settings, lighting and nature photography basics.

Single-lens reflex and point-and-shoot cameras with multiple settings are recommended and no cellphone cameras will be used.

A program titled “The Greenbelt Experience” is planned at 10 a.m. at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants will meet at the Elm East parking area of the Greenbelt Corridor Trail (located off FM455 in Pilot Point) for a moderate to easy 2-mile hike.

Hikers will visit a wetlands area and observe wildlife. No reservations are required.

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.


Barn dance planned Friday at Lewisville Rodeo Grounds

A barn dance is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lewisville Rodeo Grounds, 101 Parkway Drive.

The event is being held in conjunction with a television network’s filming of a reality competition show episode for national broadcast, so attendees might be required to sign a release form if they appear on video, a press release stated.

Entertainment will include music by The King Bucks, a mechanical bull and rodeo demonstrations by the Lewisville Saddle Club. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 972-219-3710.


Visual Art League to present new judged show

Visual Art League of Lewisville will present “Black and White,” a new judged show, through Jan. 25 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Gallery, 100 N. Charles St.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performances at the MCL Grand.

For information about the league, call 972-420-9393 or visit


Office of History and Culture seeks volunteers

The Denton County Office of History and Culture is seeking volunteers to join its team of docents, and a “Lunch ’n Learn” orientation and training session is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the 1896 Room of the Courthouse on the Square.

Reservations are due by Thursday, Jan. 16, by contacting Gretel L’Heureux at 940-349-2850 or gretel.l’

Volunteers can help as museum greeters, tour guides, in educational outreach programming to the schools, in the research room and as amateur archeologists at the Taylor farm site. Hours and days are flexible.

For more information, visit and go to volunteers.

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