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Les Cockrell: Denton High class of ’54 schedules reunion

Members of the Denton High School graduating class of 1954 have announced plans for their 60th reunion.

Reunion committee members said reservations can now be made for the event, to be held April 21-22 at a Denton hotel.

Various activities are planned, including dinners both nights, live and silent auctions and class photographs the evening of April 22. Organizers said that in addition to members of the class, all former Denton High students are invited to participate.

Cost is $40 for one dinner or $70 for both. To make reservations, contact Glenda Simmons at 940-381-1936, 940-391-7488 or Anyone with information about members of the class should also contact organizers.


Fundraiser to support Take a Soldier Fishing event

A fundraiser for an upcoming Take a Soldier Fishing event will be Saturday at American Legion Post 550, 905 Foundation Drive in Pilot Point.

A fish fry will start at 2 p.m., followed by an auction and raffles. Catfish or chicken strips with all the trimmings will be available for a $7.95 donation. Guests can eat at the event or purchase a takeout plate.

Auction items are needed, and donations can be dropped off after noon each day at the post or at Ray’s Auto Repair, 400 N. U.S. Highway 377.

This is the fifth year that the Take a Soldier Fishing event will be held at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. It is a free weekend open to veterans or active duty soldiers and their families.

This year’s event will be held the weekend of May 17 at the Johnson Branch Unit of the park, organizers said.


First African Violet Society plans show, sale

The First African Violet Society of Denton will have its annual African Violet Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday in Erwin Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive.

Hours will be 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Workshops will include a session on leaf propagation from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday and a session on repotting and the importance of a good growing medium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


Spring break activities continue at state park

Spring break continues at Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Friday and Saturday with hikes, an owl prowl and programs about animals and nature photography.

Friday’s activities will get underway at 9:30 a.m. at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit with a free introductory nature photography workshop. Participants should meet in Pavilion 1 and bring a single-lens reflex camera. Space is limited. To check space availability, call 940-637-2636 or 714-612-7159.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will have a “Lost Pines Adventure” hike at 2 p.m. Friday. Participants should meet the Lost Pines Nature Trail for the half-mile hike.

The park’s Johnson Branch Unit will have a program titled “Quit Bugging Out!” at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Participants will learn more about insects during the talk, which will be held at the amphitheater near the fishing pond, and then go on a scavenger hunt hike.

Visitors to Isle du Bois will have an opportunity to go on an owl prowl at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The event will feature a brief ranger talk, followed by a night hike on the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

Staff members at Johnson Branch have also planned a night hike at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Participants should meet at the Dogwood parking lot for the 2-mile hike. Flashlights are recommended.

Saturday’s activities will begin with a “Flying Feathered Friends” hike at 8 a.m. at Johnson Branch. Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the hike, which will begin at Pavilion 1 and cover about a mile. Binoculars are recommended.

A nature photography workshop for adults is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. A presentation at the interpretive center will be followed by practice in the field.

The workshop is for those who are already familiar with operating a camera and participants will need to bring a digital single-lens reflex camera. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Johnson Branch will have a hike on the Vanishing Prairies Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday. The half-mile hike will start at Pavilion 1.

A program to teach bird watching basics at 2 p.m. Saturday will close out the weekend at Johnson Branch.

Participants should meet at Pavilion 1 for the talk and a short hike.

A child-friendly talk about animal behavior is planned at 2:30 p.m. at Isle du Bois, followed by a hike.

All visitors planning to take part in hikes 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.


North Branch Library slates movie release party

Denton’s North Branch Library will have a Faction before Blood movie release party for the film based on Divergent, Veronica Roth’s best-selling young adult novel, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The program is designed for ages 11 through 17 and will include themed snacks, crafts and games. Participants can compete in a trivia challenge for a chance to win a ticket to see the movie.

To register, contact Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741 or


Ray Rock benefit event set Saturday in Denton

The second annual Ray Rock event to benefit Raylyn’s Heart Foundation is planned from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Campus Theater, 214 W. Hickory St.

Concerts and a silent auction will be featured, and all ages are welcome.

Performers scheduled to take part include: Alyssa Reynolds, 11 a.m.; The Mothers, noon; Ellie Meyer, 1 p.m.; Melissa Ratley, 2 p.m.; Cary Cooper, 3 p.m.; Laura Nichols, 4 p.m.; Crossing Main, 5:30 p.m.; Victor Gann, 7 p.m.; Josh Knight & the Vintage Experience, 8:30 p.m.; and New VooDoo, 10 p.m.

Admission will be a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Families of three or more will be admitted for $5 per person and children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

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