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Les Cockrell: Program to explore learning benefits

The February session of the Professor’s Corner discussion series will explore possible learning benefits of “Wizard Academies” on Wednesday, according to a program press release.

Dr. Gray Scott will lead the program, titled “The Learner’s Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and the Kingkiller Chronicles Can Teach Us about How Students Learn.”

The program will be presented at 7 p.m. at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Authors J. K. Rowling and Patrick Rothfuss are former English teachers, and although they seem to idealize very different kinds of teachers and students, successful learning in their stories seems to follow the same pattern, according to an event announcement. The discussion will ask if there are lessons to be learned about educating young people from the schools of magic described in their work.

Scott is assistant professor of English in the English, Speech, and Foreign Languages department at Texas Woman’s University and a popular presenter in the Professor’s Corner series.

The program is free and open to the public. The purpose of the series is to provide high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests, the announcement stated. The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion.

For more information contact Fred Kamman at 940-349-8726 or   


Ryan High School Grad Night fundraiser planned

A fundraiser for Ryan High School Grad Night is planned Tuesday at both the Loop 288 and U.S. Highway 380 locations of Palio’s Pizza Café, according to an announcement from organizers.

A percentage of proceeds from customers who say they support Ryan Grad Night will benefit the fundraiser, which will run all day, organizers said.

The restaurants are located at 1760 S. Loop 288, Suite 110 in Denton and 9900 U.S. Highway 380 in Cross Roads.

Ryan Grad Night is an all-night party sponsored and supervised each year by parents of the Ryan High senior class graduates. The party provides a safe, sober and fun event and a time for seniors to celebrate their friendships as a group before they leave high school, organizers said. The 2014 graduates will be going by bus to Main Event in Frisco for games, music, food, prizes and more.

Interfaith Ministries offers Valentine’s Day fundrasier

Interfaith Ministries of Denton is conducting a fundraiser for Valentine’s Day.

For a $5 donation, residents can submit a message to be posted on Interfaith’s “Love Wall.” Submissions can be anonymous, and photos can also be submitted.

All proceeds will benefit Interfaith’s mission to provide emergency basic needs assistance to families in Northern Denton County with the goal of helping them to become self-sufficient. All submissions will be posted on Valentine’s Day.

For more information, visit


Denton County Genealogical Society to meet Thursday

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will conduct a presentation on researching German ancestors at their monthly meeting Thursday at Denton’s 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. The event is free and open to the public.

Davideen Demske will speak about how to find a German ancestor’s town of origin, how to use American and German record sources, how to decipher German script and name variations and how to find a German ancestor who did not live in present-day Germany.

Demske has given seminars at the Lewisville Stake Family History Fair, the Great Family History Fair in Plano and the Arlington Family History Fair. She is a former staff member of the Lewisville Family History Center and current staff member of the Carrollton Family Center.


Library sets ‘anti-Valentine’s Day’ event for teens

The Lewisville Public Library will conduct a “Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day” event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Young people ages 12-18 are invited to join the library in “celebrating an Anti-V-Day by making and eating sweet treats and not-so-lovey-dovey crafts,” an announcement from the library stated.

The library is located at 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. For more information on library activities, visit, or call 972-219-3577.


Basic computing class offered at Denton library

Denton’s South Branch Library will conduct a class titled “Basic Computing with Windows XP” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Space is limited, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8726.

The class will last about 2 1/2 hours and will cover topics including computer components, computer terminology and information about Windows XP. The class is designed for new computer users and those seeking to reinforce their skills, and participants must be able to use a computer mouse, according to an announcement from the library.

The library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane in Denton.


Two performances of ‘Footloose’ set in Lewisville

DFW Performing Arts Conservatory will present performances of Footloose at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at

The theater is located at 100 N. Charles St. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the theater.

For more information, visit or call 972-219-8446.


Health Services offers enrollment information

Health Services of North Texas is offering information to help individuals and families enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and determine eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

Enrollment assistance is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in February and March, according to an announcement from Health Services.

Spanish-speaking certified application counselors are available.

Assistance is offered at no cost at 4308 Mesa Drive in Denton. For more information, call 940-381-1501 or visit


Select Breeders sets free seminar for horse owners

Select Breeders Southwest will conduct a free seminar for horse owners on genetic diseases and testing Feb. 19 at Lantana Resort in Pilot Point.

The seminar will feature Dr. Sharon Spier of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is geared toward veterinarians and horse breeders. Seating is by reservation only.

Information will be of interest to owners of all breeds, and Spier will also discuss cloning, according to an event announcement.

The event will begin with food and beverages at 6:30 p.m. followed by Spier’s presentation at 7 p.m.

For reservations, contact Debbie McPherson at 940-365-2467. For more information about the event, visit or

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