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Les Cockrell: Residents to be in carving show

Several Denton residents are scheduled to participate in the 40th annual North Texas Wood Carvers Guild Show and Competition planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. in Grapevine.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 per person.

The show will feature about 53 tables of carvings this year, said Doug Sandling, a spokesman for the guild.

One of the highlights of the show will be a whittling contest at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“I can guarantee you that no two pieces will come out alike,” Sandling said.

Fifty categories in wood carving, turning and burning will be displayed and judged, and a silent auction will be held.

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Fishing, kayak tour on tap for weekend at learning area

A fishing day for youngsters and a kayaking tour highlight events planned this weekend at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Angling instructors will introduce children to the art of fishing from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Activities will include casting, fish identification and knot tying. There will be information about aquatic habitats, fishing rules and ethics and more.

Cost is $7 per child and $5 for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 972-219-3930.

No fishing tackle will be required for the activities, but participants will need their own equipment if they want to stay and fish after the event.

A kayaking tour on McWhorter Creek will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. Participants will receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water.

All equipment is provided. Cost is $20 per paddler. Space is limited, and those interested can check space availability by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

Coming up at LLELA is Spring Break Eco Adventure Camp for ages 9-12. Campers will have opportunities to go fishing, explore a pond, kayak, investigate insects, blaze trails, play games, create nature art and more. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10-14, and the fee is $190 per child, with a Monday registration deadline.

To check space availability, contact Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator, at 972-219-3930 or

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


Fundraiser for Children’s Tumor Foundation set

A fundraiser to benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation is planned all day today at Chili’s, 2406 S. Interstate 35E in Denton, organizers announced.

Chili’s will donate a percentage of dine-in and to-go orders when customers tell staff members they support Children’s Tumor Foundation.

For more information about the foundation, visit


Denton Herb Society announces meeting

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

Speaker will be Raquel Bryson, who will present “Granny’s Herb Garden.” The presentation will include how to grow and propagate 10 essential herbs. It is open to the public at no charge.

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Interfaith Ministries offers help with electric bills

Interfaith Ministries has funds available to assist low-income families with their TXU and city of Denton electric bills.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility and must provide verification of household income and expenses.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. at 940-565-5479.


Denton library to host two-part computer class

Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will host a two-part computer class titled “Working with Word” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 7.

The class is free, but registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.

The class will teach about writing all types of documents, from letters to research papers. Participants must know how to type, use a mouse and save and retrieve files in Microsoft Windows. Attendance at both sessions is required.


Cookbook author to visit Lewisville book store

Corinth author Nuhad HeLal will visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 2325 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 401 from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of her cookbook, Let’s Dine Lebanese.

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Programs on snakes, bats planned at state park

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday will have opportunities to learn about snakes and bats.

Families are invited to a program titled “Snakes Alive!” at 2 p.m. at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit for a talk about snakes. Participants should gather at the unit’s interpretive center, where they will get to meet a native — and nonvenomous — milk snake.

A program titled “The Good, the Bat and the Ugly” is planned for 6 to 7 p.m. in the amphitheater near the fishing pond at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will learn about bats and then go on a short night hike.

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.


Krum library to begin series of Teen Read programs

The Krum Public Library will begin a series of Teen Read programs for March at 3 p.m. Saturday with a return visit from manga artist Kristen McGuire.

McGuire will offer a manga drawing workshop.

Remaining programs will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Participants need to keep track of the books they read because the teen who reads the most books will win $50, library staff members said.

The library is located at 803 E. McCart St. in Krum. For more information, call 940-482-3455 or visit


Little Elm planning first Mardi Gras event

Some of the magic of Mardi Gras is coming to Little Elm on Saturday, according to an announcement from Megan McGraw, Little Elm’s festival and special events coordinator.

The inaugural “Big Easy in Little Elm Crawfish Boil and Night Run” is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway.

The event will include beads, bands and boiled crawfish, along with a 5-kilometer nighttime run along Lewisville Lake.

Runners and their supporters are encouraged to form krewes, adopt a theme and wear costumes appropriate for their theme, McGraw said. Judges will award prizes based on creativity and team spirit. The race will be certified and chip-timed.

The Zydeco Stingrays will entertain with a mixture of rock and zydeco classics. For registration and other information, visit


Red Cross to host two area blood drives this week

The American Red Cross has announced blood drives on Sunday at Golden Triangle Mall and Monday at The Colony City Hall.

Sunday’s drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the food court area near the west main entrance of the mall, located at 2201 S. I-35E, according to the mall’s website.

The Colony drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6800 Main St.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed, and a blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.


Symphony to present ‘Peter and the Wolf’

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will present Peter and the Wolf at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle.

This will be the symphony’s Family Popcorn Concert. Youngsters from pre-kindergarten through third grade will listen to Peter’s adventure and learn about music. Symphony volunteers will operate an instrument petting zoo after the show, and children can try out real instruments. Free popcorn will be available to everyone.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 per family and can be purchased at For general information about the concert, call 972-874-9087.

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