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Les Cockrell: History and culture office seeks volunteers

The Denton County Office of History and Culture has scheduled a “Lunch ’n Learn” volunteer training and orientation session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The training will be held in the 1896 Room and will include a lecture on the Lee-Peacock Feud presented by Janet Latham.

Reservations for the training session are due by Thursday. Those interested should call Gretel L’Heureux, tourism coordinator, at 940-349-2850, or e-mail both and Gretel.L’ 

Volunteers are needed to join the county’s team of docents and serve as museum greeters, tour guides, in educational outreach programming to the schools, in the research room and as an amateur archeologist at the Taylor farm site. Hours and days are flexible.

All training sessions are free and open to the public.


Krum Library continues teen events Tuesday, Wednesday

The Krum Public Library will offer a teen finance class with free pizza and soft drinks at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and a chip and cola challenge at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The events are part of a series of Teen Read programs planned this month at the library, located at 803 E. McCart St. in Krum.

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.

For more information, call 940-482-3455 or visit


Lake Dallas sets annual Mardi Gras celebration

The city of Lake Dallas will hold its annual Mardi Gras celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, featuring a parade, a costume contest, a crawfish eating contest and live music from the N’awlins Gumbo Kings, according to a schedule of events on the city’s website.

Free children’s activities will include a bounce house, a face painter, juggler, balloon artist and a craft station.

A vendor market, food trucks and other activities will be available beginning at 5 p.m., and the parade is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. near Lake Dallas Middle School. The Lake Dallas Jazz Band is scheduled to perform at 6:15 p.m. on the main stage at Lake Dallas City Hall, and the N’awlins Gumbo Kings will perform on the main stage at 8:10 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, visit For more information, call 940-497-2226.


Butterfield Stage Players to open new production

The Butterfield Stage Players will present 12 Angry Jurors Thursday-Saturday and March 14-16 at Butterfield Stage, 201 S. Denton St. in Gainesville.

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m., except for March 16, when a 2:30 p.m. matinee will be offered.

Tickets are $15 for adults and can be reserved by calling the theater box office at 940-665-1284. For more information, visit


Ghosts of Denton offers ‘Late Night Fright’ tours

“Late Night Fright,” a haunted history tour by Ghosts of Denton, is planned at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday to commemorate the 29th annual Texas Storytelling Festival.

Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller and local history buff, will lead the tours beginning at Jupiter House Coffee on the east side of the Denton Square, according to a press release.

This year’s storytelling festival, presented by the Tejas Storytelling Association, will be held Thursday-Sunday in Denton. A schedule of events can be found at

Tucker leads the Ghosts of Denton haunted tour at 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday and said she decided to offer a special late-night edition this weekend. Tickets are $10 per person, and Tucker said a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tejas Storytelling Association to help foster the art of storytelling.

Advance reservations are required. Visit to purchase tickets. For more information, call 817-996-9775 or e-mail


Community forum series continues Friday

A forum to discuss community support and services for Denton residents age 60 and older will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St.

Coffee and snacks will be served and a Spanish translator will be available.

The free event is one of a series of meetings inviting locals to share views about the quality of life in Denton in various areas. The University of North Texas, in partnership with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, is seeking Denton residents of all ages to participate in the community forums.

To register, contact Julia Wolfe, project coordinator, at 940-784-3780 or


Retired school personnel to meet Friday in Denton

The next meeting of the Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

The program will be “Writing Our Stories” presented by Maggie Dodd. The community project will be cash donations for the Denton Community Food Center. Coffee and refreshments will be served from 9:30 to 10 a.m.


Born 2 Be to conduct Trail Horse Challenge event

Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center will conduct an American Competitive Trail Horse Challenge on Saturday at Valhalla Stables in Aubrey.

All riders must register online prior to the event at to participate.

The Arena Obstacle Course will be the new Gambler’s Choice format and will have eight trail obstacles. Competitors will have a one-minute time limit to maneuver each obstacle.

Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in all divisions. There will also be a Therapeutic Riding Center Competitors Division for this competition. The casual competition is open to riders of all levels, the press release stated.

For more information call the equestrian center at 940-595-8200.


Library to host role-playing game group

Denton’s South Branch Library has invited residents to enter a world of knights, wizards and other heroes with a role-playing game group that will meet at 12:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month beginning this Saturday.

Michael Weaver, who has more than 20 years of experience as a player and a game master, will help others explore many genres of role-playing games, according to a press release from the library. The group is open to anyone, whether they are a longtime fan or are new to role-playing games.

Weaver was first attracted to role-playing games by the cooperative aspect of players working together to succeed rather than competing with one another, the press release stated.

The library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane. For more information, contact Fred Kamman at 940-349-8725 or

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