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Les Cockrell: Native Plant Society slates nature program

Ray Chancellor will present a program about birds, pollinators and the flora and fauna found along local walking trails to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas today.

The group meets in the new science building at Texas Woman’s University. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer, and the program will be offered at 7 p.m. in the large auditorium/classroom on the second floor.

Chancellor, a nature enthusiast since he was in grade school, is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After a career as a chemist, he served as a school district superintendent for almost a decade before serving as executive director of Education Service Center, Region XI.

Chancellor has long been dedicated to preserving local wildlife areas. He publishes an electronic journal that covers the flora and fauna of the local ecosystem and has made 500 nature presentations over the years.

For more information, visit


Preschool reminds of annual Mexican supper fundraiser

Denton Christian Preschool is featuring its 28th annual Mexican supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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.


Marching for Health 5K event planned Saturday

The second annual Marching for Health 5K is slated for Saturday 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.

Registration information is available at

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


Denton church offers free expo for parents, children

A free expo is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Denton for parents and children up to second grade.

The event will feature activities including cooking, exercise, crafts and information on safety. Food will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

The church is at 1100 Malone St. Pre-registration is available at For more information, e-mail Angela Adams at


Blue Mound church to play host to children’s choirs

Blue Mound United Methodist Church will conduct a service of special music presented by several children’s choirs from Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewisville at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The various young choirs, including the hand bell choir, will be making their first road trip and will perform under the direction of Victor Lozada, former choir director at Blue Mound and now director of children’s music at Trietsch Memorial.

The Blue Mound church is just south of Milam Road at Exit 473 on the west frontage road of North Interstate 35 between Sanger and Denton.


State park slates programs on journals, edible plants

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park on Saturday will have opportunities to learn about nature journals and edible plants.

A class on the basics of starting and keeping a nature journal will be offered at 10 a.m. at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit and is open to adults and children.

Participants should meet at Lost Pines Amphitheater and bring something to write with and a notebook. Cameras and art supplies may also come in handy. There will be an opportunity for youngsters to make their own journals.

Anyone who has ever come across a plant and wondered if it was edible may want to attend a program planned at 2 p.m. at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. A half-mile hike will cover a number of edible plants and their historical uses.

Sturdy shoes and water are recommended, and participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

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.


Learning area offers ‘Stars on the Prairie’ program

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer a “Stars on the Prairie” astronomy program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Clyde Camp, a master naturalist and amateur astronomer, will lead the program and help participants explore the wonders of the night sky.

The program is open to ages 5 and older and cost is $10 per person.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing

If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held instead of the astronomy program.

For more information about LLELA, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Local DAR chapter members attend conference in Dallas

Nineteen members of Denton’s Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently attended the 115th conference of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Dallas.

Attending were Mildred Allen, Phyllis Black, Donna Cunningham, Pam Fant, Judy Gramling, Mary Hafer, Laine LaBrecque, Veneta Lewis, Diana Mason, Genene Murphy, Rynell Novak, Ann Redfearn, Wanda Samek, Jan Schmallian, Susan Schwartz, Linda Scott, Joan Vranesa, Lin Weinberg and Diana White, according to a press release.

The Texas Society DAR is DAR’s largest society with more than 17,000 members. For more information, visit or


Don’t forget

Keep Denton Beautiful needs volunteers Saturday for the local Great American Cleanup event.

The effort begins at 9 a.m. and anyone interested in helping can get more information by calling 940-349-8737 or visiting

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