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Les Cockrell: Go Red event ticket deadline today

Today is the deadline to buy tickets for the annual Go Red for Women luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Denton chapter of the American Heart Association.

This year’s event, set for Feb. 14 at the Gateway Center on the University of North Texas campus, celebrates 10 years of raising awareness and funds in Denton County and will feature lunch, a fashion show, table favors and a silent auction.

Individual tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Northstar Bank, 400 N. Carroll Blvd., or at DATCU, 225 W. Mulberry St. No tickets will be sold at the door.

A silent auction and socializing will begin at 11 a.m. and the luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. The fashion show will feature clothing designed with the color red, created by fashion students at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. Luncheon guests will vote for their favorite fashions, and those votes will be counted to give cash awards to the winning fashion students.

Event parking will be available at the Fouts Field parking lot, just across the street from the Gateway Center, off Interstate 35E on North Texas Boulevard.

For ticket information, call Lee Albright at 940-442-5443, Kimberly Reasoner-Hilley at 940-565-4866 or Carrell Ann Simmons at 940-367-8311.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the American Heart Association’s research and education in heart health.


Ruth’s Room, Too Bookshop planning sidewalk sale

Ruth’s Room, Too Bookshop is having a sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Denton County.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the shop, 615 Sunset St. in Denton.

The not-for-profit shop carries books, music, movies and more and will “blow out” its inventory this weekend by offering drastically discounted items to make room for new arrivals, a spokeswoman for the shop said.

For more information about the shop, check out


Denton library schedules magazine recycling day

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will have a magazine recycling day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The free event will feature vintage and specialty magazines, pictures for projects and plenty of new reading material.

There will be a craft table set up to help attendees explore creative ways to reuse old magazines.

Magazines left over after the event will be recycled as part of the effort to keep Denton “green.” The library is at 502 Oakland St.


Denton Herb Society to host program on supplements

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

Guest speaker Theresa Page is scheduled to give a presentation on the safe use of herbal supplements.

The society is an educational and informational organization that teaches and shares information about herbs. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


‘Wildlife Detectives,’ fishing class on tap at park

Visitors to the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday can learn how to use their observation skills to track animal activity and get tips on catching fish.

The park’s “Wildlife Detectives” program will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. The talk teaches children and adults how to find traces of animal activity, followed by an optional track-hunting hike.

Participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Park visitors can learn the basics of fishing from a ranger from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the kid’s pond.

Participants can bring their own fishing pole or borrow one from the park staff.

Events are free with park admission, which is $7 for those 13 and older.

For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


Friends of LLELA slate kick-off event for activities

Friends of LLELA, a nonprofit group formed to support the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will have a kick-off event for activities and service opportunities at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Point Church, 422 N. Mill St. in Lewisville.

The event will feature food, prizes and information about upcoming opportunities including an April trail run, Dinner on the Prairie in May, a half-marathon in October, volunteer positions and speaker’s bureau training.

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. For more information about LLELA, call 972-219-3930 or visit For more information about Tuesday’s event, e-mail


Sanger Public Library to host program on fossils

The Sanger Public Library will host a visit from area amateur paleontologist “Fossil Bob,” also known as Bob Williams, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

He will speak about the types of fossils found in the Sanger area and display a few examples. He will also identify items brought in by fossil finders of all ages.

Known as Fossil Bob to children in the Valley View school system, Williams now shares his program in the Era schools as well and hopes to offer it to others next year.

Williams is active in the Dallas Paleontological Society. The group provides the opportunity for anyone to interface with professionals and other amateurs at monthly meetings and to join in on the frequent field trips to fossil-collecting sites.

To reserve a seat at the program, visit the library at 501 Bolivar St., call 940-458-3257 or e-mail


Denton church plans annual Stone Soup event

First United Methodist Church of Denton will have its annual Stone Soup event starting at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The church will serve vegetable and beef soup along with hot rolls, drinks and assorted homemade desserts.

Donations will be accepted to help restock local food bank shelves. This year’s goal is $3,500.

The church is at 201 S. Locust St. and the event will be held in the Monroe Fellowship Building. For more information, call 940-382-5478.


Don’t forget

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is conducting its annual cookie program through Feb. 17, with individual and booth sales. Each box sells for $4.

The program helps Girl Scouts develop five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. For more information, call 800-442-2260 or visit

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is