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Les Cockrell: Society harvesting Aubrey’s history

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Members of the Aubrey Historical Society will host the Aubrey Area History Harvest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and area residents are invited to bring letters, photographs and other artifacts and share information about the items’ historical significance.

The event will be held at the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 205 S. Main St. in downtown Aubrey.

Each item will be scanned, photographed or recorded, then shared in future history books and a Web-based museum for education and study, according to a press release from society members. All items will be recorded digitally and returned to the owners.

The purpose of the Aubrey Area History Harvest is to collect and share the history of the Aubrey area by preserving residents’ stories, experiences and objects.

For more information about the Aubrey Historical Society, visit or the organization’s Facebook page.


Program targets identity theft

A program on identify theft is planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Jon Madsen, executive vice president of operations with DATCU, will discuss what identity theft is, how to prevent it and what to do if your identity has been compromised.

To register for the class, call 940-349-8752.


Fundraiser benefits Ryan High School Grad Night

A fundraiser to benefit Ryan High School Grad Night is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chicken Express, 1115 S. Loop 288 in Denton.

A percentage of proceeds from sales during the event will go to support the Grad Night project.

Ryan Grad Night is an all-night party sponsored and supervised each year by parents of the Ryan seniors. The party provides a safe, sober and fun event and a time for seniors to celebrate their friendships as a group before they leave high school, organizers said. The 2014 graduates will be going by bus to Main Event in Frisco for games, music, food, prizes and more.


Krum library set to host Teen Read program Tuesday

The Krum Public Library will host Rochelle Rabouin and Stewart Shelton at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as its series of Teen Read programs for March continues.

Featured will be a program on cellphone choir and body-vocal percussion, according to a press release from the library.

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


Master Naturalists to hear from biology professor

Kelly Reyna, assistant professor of biology at the University of North Texas and executive director of UNT Quail, will speak to members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be held at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

UNT Quail is an innovative game bird laboratory focused on the northern bobwhite. UNT Quail fosters sustainable quail populations through research, conservation and education, according to a press release. The organization works with partners to create large corridors of habitat with sustainable populations of quail and other wildlife.

The North Texas Quail Corridor is one of the largest quail conservation efforts in the state, the press release stated.

Reyna is working on quail and prairie chicken population dynamics and game bird re-introduction techniques.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Elm Fork Chapter was established in 1999 and has active members from Denton, Wise and Cooke counties.

For more information, visit


Retired school personnel to learn about gardening

Master Gardener Candy Bennett will be guest speaker for the Thursday meeting of the Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 1002 Fox Ave. in Lewisville.

Bennett will tell the group about good plant choices for Texas gardens and discuss activities sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardeners that are open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and attendees are eligible to participate in the door prize drawings.

Members are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book for the children's book project and a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. The association meets on the third Thursday of each month, September through May.


‘Marathon to Good Health’ series to start Thursday

Medical Center of Lewisville will present the “Marathon to Good Health” series for 2014 through its HealthyU program beginning Thursday.

The series will feature free monthly events featuring physician speakers, health education, motivation and support. The monthly series will be held at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

“Foods to Keep You Going” will be the first program. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30. Attendees will learn about foods that provide energy and support optimal health.

Tickets can be obtained online at

For more information, call 972-420-7444 or e-mail


Online registration continues for 5K fundraiser

Online registration continues for the second annual Marching for Health 5K to be held March 29 at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village.

The event benefits Denton Village’s Partners in Well-Being Campaign to build a community life enrichment and wellness center for adults older than 55.

Featured will be a chip-timed 5-kilometer race and casual fun run/walk, with awards for top finishers in various age groups.

Online registration is available at at a cost of $35 per person (race-day cost will be $40), $20 for students ages 12-21 and $10 for children younger than 12.

Race-day registration will open at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 8 a.m. The event will begin and end at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive. The race course will go through North Lakes Park.

Supporters who can’t participate in the race can make a donation at the website. For more information, contact Ashley Sellman at 940-383-6339 or


28th annual Mexican supper slated for March 28

Denton Christian Preschool will hold its 28th annual Mexican supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28.

This year’s event will feature a performance by Los Patos Poderosos.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased through the school, located at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive.

For more information, call 940-383-3332.


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