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Les Cockrell: Library to host animè events

The Denton Public Library will conduct several events for area animè fans Saturday at Mini-A-Kon VII.

Hosted by the library and A-Kon, the event will be held at two new venues, the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., and the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. The doors will open at 10 a.m. and the event will conclude at 5 p.m. Required wristbands will be given out at the Civic Center’s front entrance free of charge.

Mini A-Kon VII will feature an Ani Idol Concert and industry panels with FUNimation and Animè Midstream, local comic and animè artists, role play, board and card games, open video gaming and raffled prizes, including three chances to win a three-day pass to A-Kon 25, according to a press release from the library.

In addition, vendors and artists will sell items, and lunch and snacks will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association to meet

Members of the Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisville, 1002 Fox Ave. in Lewisville.

Guest speaker will be Bill Barnes, legislative coordinator for the Texas Retired Teacher Association, and new officers for the Lewisville group will be elected.

Light refreshments will be served and those attending are eligible to participate in door prize drawings. Members are encouraged to bring a book for the Children’s Book Project and a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.


Red Cross announces two Denton County blood drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives in Denton County this week.

The first drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lewisville campus of Winfree Academy Charter School, 341 Bennett Lane in Lewisville.

Another drive is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Harmony School of Innovation, 1024 W. Rosemeade Parkway in Carrollton.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now, according to a Red Cross press release. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type.

To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood.


Three libraries to be closed Friday for training day

All three Denton Public Libraries will be closed Friday so staff members can participate in an annual training day, according to an announcement from the city of Denton.

The libraries will resume regular business hours Saturday. Book drops will be open at each location for customers returning items, and items held for pickup will be extended an extra day.

Library customers who want to access their accounts, view the catalog or explore other online services can do so at For more information, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail


Symphony offers Ravel and Mendelssohn on Friday

Lewisville Lake Symphony will continue its 30th season Friday with “An Evening with Ravel and Mendelssohn” at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. To order tickets, visit or call 972-874-9087. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand 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 center.


Color Run benefit set Saturday in Denton

The second annual Color Run to benefit Special Abilities of North Texas is planned Saturday at North Lakes Park in Denton, according to a press release.

The event will feature a 5K run and a 1K walk. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m.

Cost is $30 for the 5K event and $15 for the 1K event. A free fun run for youngsters will also be held.

Runners and walkers will be splashed with color as they participate. Online registration is available at

The event raises funding and awareness for persons with special needs. For more information, visit the website or call 972-317-1515.


Environmental learning area sets astronomy program

Area residents with an interest in astronomy can learn more about the wonders of the night sky Saturday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Clyde Camp, a master naturalist who has been an amateur astronomer for more than 30 years, will lead a “Stars on the Prairie” program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The program is open to ages 5 and older, and cost is $10 per person. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

If the sky is cloudy on Saturday, LLELA staff members will lead a night hike.

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


Trout derby to be held at Prosper park on Saturday

The annual trout derby sponsored by Prosper Parks and Recreation will be held at Frontier Park in Prosper on Saturday, according to an announcement from Julie Shivers, recreation services coordinator.

“We’re excited about this being the fifth year of the derby,” Shivers stated. “This was one of the first activities that Parks and Recreation put on, and it has always been a very popular event.”

This year’s derby will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The pond at Frontier Park, site of the last three derbies, has been stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The derby is free and no prior registration is required.

The derby’s underlying purpose is to encourage youngsters 14 and under to try their hand at fishing. Each year, the derby plays host to an almost equal number of boys and girls.

State fishing regulations concerning licenses and other rules apply and can be checked at

Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will also include door prizes and raffles, Shivers said.

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