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Les Cockrell: Environmental learning area offers night hike

Families are invited to explore portions of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area during a night hike on Saturday.

The hike will get underway at 5:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Guides will lead participants down the Redbud Trail to experience the nighttime sights and sounds of the environmental learning area, where coyotes, owls, armadillos and other nocturnal creatures can be found.

The hike is for ages 5 and older. No flashlights are necessary. 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.

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


Library sets program on Social Security benefits

Denton’s North Branch Library will play host to a program on Social Security benefits presented by David Wells at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Wells will offer strategies for maximizing benefits and explain when it makes sense to delay benefits, how to estimate benefits, how to minimize taxes on benefits and more.

The library is at 3020 N. Locust St. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are needed. For more information, call 940-349-8752.


Area railroad clubs to participate in Dallas show

Railroad clubs from Denton and several other area cities are scheduled to take part in the 29th annual Dallas Area Train Show sponsored by the North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs.

This year’s show will be Saturday and Sunday at the Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 per person. Children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult admission. Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform will be admitted free, according to a press release.

The show will feature several operating layouts and more than 200 dealer tables offering art, clothing and other items.

For more information, visit


Denton County MHMR accepting new clients

Denton County MHMR Child and Adolescent Services is accepting new child and adolescent clients with severe emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Services act as a part of the Denton County MHMR Center as a way to coordinate services for children and adolescents in the county.

The agency currently serves clients ages 3 through 17 years with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health diagnoses. Services include psychiatry, case management, counseling and rehabilitation services.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are accepted. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 1-800-762-0157.


CoServ foundation gives grant to Denton clinic

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently presented a $15,200 grant to the Denton Community Health Clinic, according to a CoServe press release.

The nonprofit clinic is run by volunteers with the goal of providing quality health care services to residents regardless of their ability to pay, the press release stated.

In December, the clinic moved to 525 S. Locust St., the site of the recent check presentation from Dennis Engelke, executive director of the Co-Serve Charitable Foundation. The money will go toward the purchase of medical and office equipment, officials said.

The grant was made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric members and CoServ Gas customers who donate to the company’s Operation Roundup program.

For more information about the Denton Community Health Clinic, visit

For more information about the foundation, including how to apply for a grant and/or make a tax-deductible contribution, visit


CASA of Denton County slates volunteer training

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Denton County is actively recruiting volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children, and training classes are scheduled to begin Jan. 31.

Classes are held at the CASA of Denton County office. The winter session runs for five weeks. Class times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

A swearing-in ceremony for new advocates is planned at 4:45 p.m. March 11.

In addition to traditional in-class training, the organization also offers a flex-training program, which includes both in-class and online training for five weeks. It begins April 7.

For more information, contact Victoria M. Calvin at 940-243-2272, ext.104, or


Don’t forget

American Red Cross blood drives are planned from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Sanger High School, 100 Indian Lane, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. in Denton.

Potential donors can call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment.

A drive to register potential bone marrow donors is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Dallas High School by family members and friends of Renee Brown, a lifelong resident of the Lake Cities area who was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

The school is at 3016 Parkridge Drive in Corinth.

For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, visit

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