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Les Cockrell: Aubrey Historical Society slates chili fundraiser

The Aubrey Historical Society has scheduled a chili lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coffey Building, 408 N. Main St. in Aubrey.

Entertainment will include live music by Pro Bono, the bluegrass trio of Dale Bruce, Teresa Arnold and Joe Hood.

Also featured will be readings from Skeet Smotherman’s book Bull By the Horns, which was recently republished by the historical society. The book features short stories about Smotherman’s memories of growing up and living in Aubrey.

Proceeds from the event will be used to repair the plumbing in Aubrey’s museum building, 209 S. Main St. Work on the building cannot move forward until plumbing repairs are completed.

Cost is $5 per person. Donations to help with plumbing repairs also will be accepted.

For more information, call 940-343-1313 or e-mail to


Sculptor to speak at Center for the Visual Arts

Sculptor and installation artist Tanya Synar will give a presentation at the Visual Arts Society of Texas monthly meeting, set from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Admission is free for VAST members and $3 for guests.

Synar works in cast metal, video, audio and a range of other materials, and is a professor of sculpture at Texas Woman’s University.

For more information about the meeting, e-mail Jo Williams at For more information about Synar, visit


State park offers variety of outdoor programs

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday can learn more about insects, spiders and animals and take part in the “Greenbelt Experience.”

The park’s Johnson Branch Unit will have a program titled “Quit Bugging Out” at 10 a.m. in the amphitheater near the fishing pond. Families can learn about insects and spiders and then take part in a scavenger hunt.

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 two-mile hike. Hiking shoes and binoculars are recommended, but no reservations are necessary.

A program titled “Fast and Furriest” at 2 p.m. at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit will teach participants about the various mammals found in the park. Participants should meet in Pavilion 1.

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.


Vendors can sign up for Ponder Frontier Days

Members of Ponder Lady VIP are now signing up vendors for the annual Ponder Frontier Days celebration, which will be held May 16-17.

The list of vendors has been expanded to include arts and crafts, retail, entertainment and food and drink. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department.

Anyone interested in a vendor space should contact Amanda Fritz at 940-488-4455.


Voter registration drive planned Saturday at mall

A voter registration drive is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of a series of drives at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

Mary C. Taylor, deputy voter registrar, and volunteers will be at the mall to register voters.

Additional registration drives are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. March 8 and April 12.

In addition to registering, residents who have moved recently and/or had name changes can update their information, and absentee ballot applications will be available for registered voters who cannot go to the polls on election day.

Government-issued photo identification is now required when voting in Texas elections. Information about the free Election Identification Card will be provided.


DAR chapter members to meet Saturday in Denton

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

A presentation titled “First Ladies — Martha and Mary Todd” will be given by Sharon Allen.

Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit


Denton Christian Women’s Connection sets luncheon

Denton Christian Women’s Connection’s February luncheon is themed “Tuning in to L-O-V-E,” and reservations are due by Monday.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 13, at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle. Cost is $15.

A special feature will be a presentation on fashion accessories from Crowned by Grace Boutique of Grapevine. Some items will be available for purchase.

Inspirational speaker Yvonne King, a former Christian radio producer and underwriter, will tell how she overcame life’s crippling circumstances by not letting her past determine who she is today, a press release stated.

Reservations must be honored. Complimentary child care is offered for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age with reservations.

To reserve a spot at the luncheon, call 940-765-3054 or 940-382-6977. For more information, e-mail

No membership fees or dues are required. Denton Christian Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.


Monthly bereavement luncheon set for Tuesday

A monthly bereavement luncheon sponsored by VNA Ann’s Haven is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 Oak St.

The free program will feature a guest speaker and practical information about the grief process. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact Jerald Garner at 940-349-5900.

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