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Les Cockrell: Aubrey group slates cook-off

The Aubrey Fire Department Auxiliary will have its annual chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

The fundraiser will be at Aubrey Fire Station One and the adjoining festival grounds at 301 S. Main St.

Chili teams from fire departments across North Texas and area residents are invited to compete for best chili recipe. Regular and spicy chili categories will be featured, and local business leaders will judge the entries. Chili samples will be available for $5 per person.

A concession stand will sell hot dogs and drinks and a bake sale will offer a variety of homemade items. A raffle will be held and live music will be featured.

This year, the auxiliary is bringing back the Flame Contest from the 1960s and 1970s. Age categories are: Little Miss Spark, ages 2-6; Little Miss Flame, ages 7-10; Miss Flame, ages 11-21; and Ms. Burnt Out, ages 22 and older.

Admission is free. Advance tickets are available for the unlimited chili sampling at Aubrey fire stations or from a Flame contestant. Chili team registration forms, bake sale sign-up forms and contest forms are available at Aubrey City Hall or at the fire stations.

For more information, call 940-365-9785.


Group slates presentation on tracing Irish ancestry

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will hear a presentation titled “Wearing the Green: Tracing Your Irish Ancestry” at their monthly meeting tonight.

The meeting will be at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Refreshments and networking will start at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Chuck Voellinger, a special collections librarian, will discuss information resources and how to find historical records of Irish ancestors.

For more information, visit


Catholic Campus Center sets yard sale for Saturday

Blessed John Paul II Catholic Church and Campus Center will have a yard sale from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1303 Eagle Drive in Denton.

A bake sale will also be held. All proceeds will go to the campus ministry for fall programming expenses. Donations for the yard sale can still be dropped off at the center today.


Linda Robinson Cook-Off planned in Pilot Point

The American Legion Unit 550 Auxiliary will play host to the Linda Robinson Cook-Off on Saturday at American Legion Post 550, 905 Foundation Drive in Pilot Point.

Categories are brisket, chicken, ribs, chili and beans. Entry fee is $15 per category or $60 for all five. Separate jackpot competitions will be featured.

Cooks will begin signing up Friday afternoon and getting their sites set up. Turn-in times will begin at noon with chili. Winners will receive trophies at 3 p.m. “People’s Choice” sampling cups will be available for $3, and visitors can vote for their favorite dishes in each category.

There will be a silent auction Friday night and a live auction Saturday after the trophy presentation.

The post is camper-friendly. To check recreational vehicle site availability, call Tracie Bradford at 214-679-8334.


Screening to benefit Denton Community Market

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St., will have a screening of the documentary Food Fight at 7 p.m. Saturday to benefit Denton Community Market.

The film offers a look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century impact lives today.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children, which includes admission and refreshments. Refreshments will be organic popcorn, fresh lemonade, fair trade coffee and sweets from the Denton Vegan Cooperative. Additional refreshments will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the market.

For more information, call Pamela Wat at 940-381-2457.


Hikes highlight Saturday activities at state park

Several hikes, one for dog owners and their pets, will be featured Saturday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

All pets must be leashed for the “Canines and Campers” hike planned at 10 a.m. at the Johnson Banch Unit. The 1.1-mile hike will be along the DORBA trail, and participants should meet at the pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot. Doggy bags are recommended.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will conduct a “Habitats and History Hike” at 10 a.m. through the Eastern Cross Timbers section of the unit. Participants should meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

A 1.1-mile hike along the Johnson Branch Unit’s Shady Oaks Trail will be featured at 2 p.m. This trail winds through the trees and provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing. Participants should meet at the picnic pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot.

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.


Environmental learning area sets events for Saturday

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will conduct an event for bird watchers, a nature walk and a campfire program on Saturday.

Keith Lockhart will lead visitors to prime birding locations along nature trails beginning at 7:30 a.m. The walk is open to bird watchers of all skill levels who are 10 and older. Cost is $7 per person and no reservations are required.

A naturalist will lead the two-hour nature walk beginning at 10 a.m. There is no additional cost for this activity beyond the regular admission fee of $5 per person (free for ages 5 and younger) and no reservations are required.

The campfire program will feature stories, songs, a craft for children and toasted marshmallows from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing

The environmental learning area 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, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Event featuring music and art planned at fairgrounds

The Reach, an event featuring music and art, is planned from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Fair Hall building at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

Admission is free, and there will be two stages, one inside and one outside.

Food trucks will be available and booths will offer art from local artists and other items including T-shirts, prints and beauty items.

More than 20 performers are scheduled to participate.

For more information, email Kait Qualls at or visit


Voter registration drive set at Denton mall Saturday

A voter registration drive is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

Mary C. Taylor, deputy voter registrar, and volunteers will be at the mall to register voters. In addition, residents who have moved recently and/or had name changes can update their information.

Government-issued photo identification is now required when voting in Texas elections. Information about the free Election Identification Card will be provided.


Foo McBubba, U-Tubes to perform in concert Sunday

A concert featuring Foo McBubba, the big band of First United Methodist Church of Denton, and the U-Tubes, a University of North Texas jazz ensemble, is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary.

Both groups will be joined by guest artist Steve Wiest, director of UNT’s One O’clock Lab Band. Admission is free.

The church is at 201 S. Locust St.


Don’t forget

The Denton County Heritage Festival will offer a variety of events designed to take visitors back in time Saturday at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square.

Activities including historical re-enactments, concerts, storytelling and crafts will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free festival will commemorate the years 1861-1877 in Denton County. For more information, visit

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