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Les Cockrell: Master Gardeners plan spring plant sale

Members of the Denton County Master Gardener Association have announced plans for their annual spring plant sale, promising an extensive selection of plants and supplies.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, on the grounds of Trinity United Methodist Church, 6333 Hobson Lane in Denton.

The inventory will include a wide selection of shrubs, ground covers and bedding plants, plus an expanded selection of herbs, native Texas plants, perennials and roses, organizers said. There will also be specialty container plants and pass-along plants from the homes of local Master Gardeners.

The Garden Shoppe will feature pots, garden art, decorative items and tools. Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to discuss landscaping advice and plant care and answer questions.

All money raised from the sale helps fund the local association’s educational activities, including Children’s Arbor Day, the Children’s Garden, Denton’s annual Vegetable, Flower, Herb & Fruit Show, the Speaker’s Bureau and the Bayless-Selby Victorian Garden.

For more information about the association, visit


Ticket sales continue for LULAC scholarship event

Tickets can still be purchased online for the 32nd annual scholarship banquet sponsored by Denton Council 4366 of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

This year’s event will be at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

The Denton LULAC Council was founded in 1981. In 1982 the council hosted its first scholarship banquet and awarded its first three recipients, according to a press release. Last year, the council received 110 applications from Ryan, Denton and Guyer high school seniors, and from these applications, approximately 20 students will be selected to receive scholarships.

The council raises funds to award scholarships with donations from local businesses and individuals. Last year, the combined scholarship total was $112,227.

Keynote speaker for this year’s banquet will be Carlos Manuel, an alumnus of the University of North Texas who is president of the Young Professionals Movement of LULAC.

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Golf tournament to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

The eighth annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit Golf Tournament is planned Thursday, April 24, at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 Windsor Drive in Flower Mound.

The event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas and will feature a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per golfer and includes golf, cart, lunch and a goodie bag.

For more information, visit


Event planned in Corinth to benefit police department

The Corinth Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will host the Corinth Police Department’s “Foot Pursuit” 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Lake Dallas High School, 3016 Parkridge Drive in Corinth.

The event is a chip-timed run and prizes will be awarded for various age groups. There will also be a “cop and criminal” costume contest.

Advance registration is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and younger and $65 for families of four. Same-day registration will be $5 more. Proceeds will benefit the Corinth Police Department.

For more information, call 940-498-2017. To register online, visit


‘Artists as Peacemakers’ exhibit slated at library

An exhibit titled “Artists as Peacemakers” will be on view at the Little Elm Public Library starting Saturday and continuing through April 26, according to an announcement from Spencer Smith, library director.

The exhibit combines the search for peace with elements of the traditional display of contemporary art, music, performance art, writing and other forms of creative expression and is sponsored by the International Committee of Artists for Peace, the announcement stated.

The library is in the Little Elm Town Hall complex, 100 W. Eldorado Parkway. For more information, visit


Hike to kick off weekend activities at state park

A sunset hike will kick off activities at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

The hike will begin at 7:45 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants should meet at picnic Pavilion 1 and bring a flashlight.

Two additional hikes are planned at Johnson Branch on Saturday — a “Flying Feathered Friends” hike at 8 a.m. and a hike along the Vanishing Prairies Trail at 10 a.m. — and both will begin at Pavilion 1.

The first hike will be dedicated to watching and listening for birds, and bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome. Binoculars are recommended, and staff members will have a limited supply of binoculars and pocket field guides available to loan.

The second hike will follow a half-mile loop as participants learn about birds and trees in the area.

Staff members at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit will host a program titled “The Bright Side of Fire” at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will feature a ranger talk and a guided hike, and participants should meet at the interpretive center. 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.


Group accepting donations of used cellphones

Interfaith Ministries is accepting donations of used cellphones and smartphones of all types, and all proceeds made from donated phones will go back to helping those in need.

Phones can be dropped off at the Interfaith office at 1109 N. Elm St. in Denton. For more information, call 940-565-5479.


Keep Denton Beautiful reports results of cleanup

Keep Denton Beautiful Inc. hosted this year’s Great American Cleanup event March 29 as part of a nationwide cleanup effort with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, and by the end of the four-hour effort, nearly three tons of trash and recycling had been collected, according to a press release from the organization.

The cleanup was followed by a volunteer party and environmental fair hosted by Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs. Attendees were also treated to a free lunch provided by local food trucks Flatlanders Taco Company, the Pickled Carrot, and the Waffle Wagon, and local band the PurlSnapShirts provided music.

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Environmental learning area sets weekend activities

A night hike and the opportunity to tour a restored log house will be offered at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area this weekend.

Guides will lead the hike along the Redbud Trail from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Hikers can expect to hear various nocturnal sounds including howling coyotes and hooting owls, and no flashlights are necessary.

The hike is open to ages 5 and older. Cost is $10 person, and registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing

Tours of the Minor-Porter Log House are planned from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The structure has been restored and furnished with many items typically found in the houses of frontier families in Denton County.

Interested visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Volunteers will guide visitors through the structures and answer questions. Cost is regular park admission of $5 per person; children age 5 and younger get in free.

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

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