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Les Cockrell: Program on TRASHion Show planned at library

Anyone who is interested in fashion and wants to help protect the environment by promoting recycling and reuse may be interested in attending a program planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Denton’s North Branch Library.

The library will conduct an information session about this year’s TRASHion Show, which challenges designers to turn trash into fashion.

Participants will learn how they can be a part of the event, hear from recycling and reuse experts and see samples from last year’s show. The program will also provide guidelines for the show, including the new Thrift Store category.

This year’s TRASHion Show will be held April 12 at Denton’s annual Redbud Festival.

The North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. For more information, contact Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741 or


Car and truck enthusiasts invited to meet-and-greet event

A Denton Hot Rods meet-and-greet event for anyone interested in cars is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at El Guapo’s restaurant, located at 419 S. Elm St. in Denton.

There is no membership fee, and participants don’t have to bring a vehicle. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and meet other car and truck enthusiasts, organizers said.

T-shirts will be available for purchase, and a portion of the cost will be donated to Denton County Friends of the Family. Donations for the agency also will be accepted.

Plans call for conducting additional meet-and-greet events each month at a different location in the area, said Buddy Morgan, an event organizer.

“If we get enough people, we may have a car show this summer,” he said.

For more information, call Morgan at 972-533-4830, visit or check out Denton Hot Rods on Facebook.


Kayaking, campfire program on tap at environmental learning area

A kayaking tour and a campfire program are planned to launch February’s slate of activities at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

All skill levels are invited to participate in a kayaking tour on McWhorter Creek planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, but space is limited.

The tour is open to ages 7 and older, and paddlers will receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided.

Cost is $20 per paddler. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

The campfire program will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Participants will share traditional campfire activities including stories, songs and roasting marshmallows. A craft for children will also be featured.

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


NAMI Denton County offers Famly-to-Family program

NAMI Denton County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family Education Program each Wednesday for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 5.

Each session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Trophy Club Fire Station, 295 Trophy Club Dr. in Trophy Club.

Family-to-Family is a free education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness, according to a program press release. The course is designed to provide a broad perspective that will help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support loved ones living with mental illness, while taking care of their own needs.

“Through education and sharing in Family-to-Family, we hope to minimize the chronic pain families of persons with a mental disorder suffer,” Esther Fidler, NAMI Denton County president and a NAMI-trained teacher for the course, stated in the press release. “So many have said, ‘You saved my life,’ and that is the reward that keeps us teaching Family-to-Family.”

The course will provide information about major mental illnesses and current research on their biological aspects; information about treatment strategies and prospects for recovery; specific skills for communication, problem-solving, handling crises and relapse; coping skills for family caregivers to alleviate worry, stress and emotional overload; and guidance on finding appropriate mental health care and support in the community.

Mental illnesses covered in the course include major depression, major anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia, according to the press release.

For more information or to register for the course, contact Fidler at or call 469-248-8789.


County MHMR Center sets pre-screening events

The Denton County MHMR Center has announced two upcoming mental health pre-screening events for young people ages 3-17, according to an announcement from the center.

The first event, planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4, will be held at 2519 Scripture St. in Denton.

The second event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at 101 E. Corporate Drive in Lewisville.

Smile Magic Dentistry, Autism Speaks and firefighters are scheduled to participate with information and activities for children, the announcement stated.

For more information, call 940-381-5000.


Tax-Aide program returns with free income tax help

The Tax-Aide program will offer free income tax preparation help to area residents with low to moderate incomes at the Denton Civic Center, 212 E. McKinney St., this year, according to a program announcement.

The assistance is available to all ages, and AARP membership is not required. Hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays.

Last year, more than 500 Denton area families took advantage of the tax service provided by the Tax-Aide program, the announcement stated.

Those interested can call 940-349-8728 for an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted beginning Tuesday.


Don’t forget

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 Friday.

Classes are held at the CASA of Denton County office and the winter session runs for five weeks. For more information, contact Victoria M. Calvin at 940-243-2272, ext. 104 or

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