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Les Cockrell: Group slates Vision presentation

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will have a presentation on Vision North Texas at 9:30 a.m. today at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Vision North Texas is a private-public partnership designed to increase awareness about expected growth in North Texas and to involve people and organizations in initiatives that accommodate that growth successfully.

Steve Houser, owner/president of a Dallas-Forth Worth area Tree-Care Expert firm, is a Texas Master Gardener, a Texas Master Naturalist, a certified arborist, chairman emeritus of the city of Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee and past president of the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition.

He works to help others understand the value of regional watersheds and why native trees and plants are critical to water quality and quantity.

The Elm Fork Chapter has 110 active members from Denton, Wise and Cooke counties. For more information, visit


Fred Moore Day Nursery School sets fundraiser

Tickets for “Hoops 4 Moore,” a basketball fundraiser to benefit the Fred Moore Day Nursery School, are now on sale.

The event, set for 6:30 p.m. March 3, will be a basketball game between the Harlem Ambassadors and Fred’s Flyers, a local team playing for the school. The event will be at the Denton High School gym, 1007 Fulton St.

Denton High is a community partner for the fundraiser, promoting the event and providing the gym and volunteers.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at Fred Moore Day Nursery School, 821 Cross Timber St. Tickets sold at the event cost $12.

Ages 2 and younger will be admitted free, and children younger than 12 get in free if they are wearing a basketball jersey. Senior citizen tickets cost $10.


Liberty Christian School to offer ‘The Sound of Music’

Liberty Christian School’s advanced theater class, Encore, will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music today through Sunday.

Show times are 7 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for students.

The school is at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. Reservations can be made by e-mailing


‘Sweater Curse’ to be staged at Lewisville theater

Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love, will be presented by Our Productions Theatre Company at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater today through Sunday.

Show times in the Black Box Theater are 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Our Productions Theatre is a nonprofit professional theater.

Tickets cost $15 per person, with a 10 percent discount available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 972-724-2147. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the MCL Grand.

The MCL Grand is at 100 N. Charles St. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets or at Lewisville City Hall across from the center.


Denton High Fillies to perform in spring show

Members of the Fillies, Denton High School’s dance team, will perform in their spring show, Fillies Follies, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in the school auditorium, 1007 Fulton St.

The variety show will feature various dance routines and skits. The show will also include a specially prepared dance routine by the Junior Fillies, a group of young dancers under the direction of Fillies sponsor Kerri Burgess and dance team members. This year’s theme is “Rock ’N’ Out.”

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the main office prior to the show or at the auditorium on the day of the show.

For more information, contact Burgess at or 940-369-2124.


Hikes highlight activities at Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Three hikes highlight activities planned Saturday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A hike for dog owners and their pets is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. The 1.1-mile hike will wind through a post oak forest and should offer plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Participants will meet in the picnic pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot. All pets must be leashed.

Lost Pines Adventure, a half-mile hike along the Lost Pines Nature Trail, will begin at 1 p.m. at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants will stop regularly to check out interesting features along the trail.

A 1.1-mile hike along the Shady Oaks Trail will be offered at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will meet at the picnic pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot.

All hikers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

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.


2-Bit Palomino to perform Saturday in Lewisville

2-Bit Palomino will perform at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater on Saturday as part of the Texas Tunes concert series.

The show will start at 8 p.m. in the performance hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at

Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at Lewisville City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. A current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.

Band members also will conduct a songwriting workshop during the day at MCL Grand, offering professional guidance on writing songs, stage performance and home recording. Cost is $40 per person and includes a ticket to the concert. Advance registration is required.

To register, visit or call 972-219-8446.

Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets.


Bowen to visit Pilgrim’s Way Baptist Church Sunday

Nashville recording artist Bobby Bowen is scheduled to be at Pilgrims Way Baptist Church in Sanger at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bowen, a Dove Award winner, is known for his Christian country music and will present music and testimony.

The event is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken to help Bowen cover expenses.

The church is at 806 N. Keaton Drive. For more information, call 940-458-5157.


Commissioner to speak to Denia neighborhood group

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads is scheduled to speak to members of the Denia Neighborhood Community Group at 7 p.m. Monday at the Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. in Denton.

In addition to providing an overview of his office, Eads will update neighbors on the pending expansion of U.S. Highway 377 and extension/expansion of Bonnie Brae Street.

Denia meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-382-5962.


Little Elm Library trivia fundraiser planned Tuesday

The 16th annual Little Elm Public Library trivia fundraiser is planned Tuesday at the Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St.

Proceeds go to the Friends of the Little Elm Public Library.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the contest starting at 7 p.m. Teams of eight seated at tables attempt to correctly answer as many trivia questions as possible. Teams also vie for awards including “Most Spirited and “Best Costumes.”

Registration fee for a regular table is $80 in advance and $90 at the door. Today is the deadline for VIP tables, which cost $250.

Entry forms are available at, at the library or Little Elm Town Hall, 100 W. Eldorado Parkway. For more information, contact Wood at 469-285-0930.

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