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Les Cockrell: UNT to observe Global Citizens Month in April

The University of North Texas will observe Celebrating Global Citizens Month in April, and the observance is scheduled to kick off Tuesday with an international food fair.

Set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center, 1132 Union Circle, the event will feature dishes prepared by UNT’s international students.

Food prices vary. Access to the building during construction of UNT’s new student union is through the back door across from the Union Circle Garage.

Also set this week is a Saudi Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the mall area outside the Willis Library.

The university will offer events every week to educate students, faculty, staff and community members about diversity, internationalism and sustainability, according to a press release.

A complete list of events can be found at

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at UNT-International at 940-369-8625.


Denia Area Community Group to present candidate forum

Denton’s Denia Area Community Group will present a forum for City Council candidates at 6:30 p.m. today at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St.

Questions may be submitted to prior to the forum, according to an announcement from the group. Questions will be accepted in writing by the moderator from those in attendance. No questions will be addressed directly to candidates from the floor.

For more information, call 940-382-5962.


Library sets program on cave painting, bison

Denton’s South Branch Library will conduct programs on cave painting and bison this week, according to announcements from the library.

A session titled “Cave Painting Adventures” will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for youngsters in kindergarten-third grade. A story titled “The First Drawing” by Mordicai Gertstein will be featured, and then participants will make some cave art of their own.

Author Deborah Johnston will lead the session about bison at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Children ages 5-9 are invited to participate.

The South Branch Library is located at 3228 Teasley Lane. For more information, call 940-349-8752.


Preschool to hold annual spring plant sale

Denton Christian Preschool’s annual spring plant sale is planned Friday and Saturday at the school, located at 1114 W. University Drive.

Hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and the sale will offer bedding plants, herbs, perennials, hanging baskets, color pots and vegetables.

For more information, call 940-383-3332.


Lewisville library schedules used book sale

A used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Lewisville Public Library will begin with a preview from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at a cost of $5 per person.

The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

More than 10,000 gently used children’s, teen and adult books, movies, music CDs, audiobooks and more will be on sale, according to a library press release.


Foundation presents grant to Civil Air Patrol squadron

The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently presented the Nighthawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol with a $17,000 grant, according to a CoServ press release.

The grant will help the Denton nonprofit organization fund technology upgrades to create a mission-ready command at the center, according to the press release.

The all-volunteer squadron emphasizes aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

In the grant application, Civil Air Patrol Maj. Steve Robertson, the squadron’s commander, said that information technology is the foundation for operational readiness and success.

“These funds will help the squadron in life-saving missions in response to emergencies and disasters, in the training of adults and cadets in a variety of Civil Air Patrol tasks, and cadet instruction in cybersecurity,” Civil Air Patrol Maj. Steve Robertson, squadron commander, stated.

For more information about the CoServ Charitable Foundation, visit


Golf tournament helps brain tumor patients, caregivers

The third annual Glenn Garcelon Foundation Golf Tournament to benefit brain tumor patients and their caregivers is planned Sunday at Tour 18 in Flower Mound.

Registration for the four-person scramble opens at 11 a.m. and tee time is 1 p.m. For space availability and fee information, visit Registration includes a complimentary lunch provided by McAlister’s Deli followed by dinner, prizes and awards.

In 2008, Glenn Garcelon succumbed to complications from his brain tumor after a more than three-year battle. Glenn’s family wanted to honor his memory and help other families.

Tour 18 is located at 8718 Amen Corner in Flower Mound.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful offers class on composting

Keep Lewisville Beautiful is offering a free class on composting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

The class, part of the organization’s Garden Secrets series, will be led by Denton County Master Gardener Barbara Brown. A question-and-answer session will be included.

Lewisville residency is not required to attend the class, but space is limited, and reservations are required by April 8. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or


Environmental learning area to offer summer day camps

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer three weeks of day camps for children ages 7-12 in June.

Parents can choose a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule at a cost of $130 per child or a full week of classes for $190 per child.

The camps will feature a variety of activities designed to teach youngsters about nature and will include hiking, fishing and kayaking.

Space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting Lisa Cole, education coordinator, at 972-219-3930 or

The environmental learning area includes 2,000 acres of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve.

It is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and other activities. For more information about LLELA, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Simmons to autograph work at book festival

Columnist and children’s book author Lynn Sheffield Simmons will autograph her most recent book, Bo and the Ghosts of Tumbleweed Ranch, along with her other work at The North Texas Book Festival on Saturday at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

Many of Simmons’ books are on the accelerated reader list, and in addition, she has made her storybooks into textbooks. By visiting her website,, parents and teachers can click on “Book Search” at the top of the home page, then click the title of one of the books and print off a teacher’s guide and activity sheets.

Simmons received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Texas Woman’s University. She taught in Texas public schools for many years and is the founder of the North Texas Book Festival.

For more information about the festival, visit

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