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Les Cockrell: Nursery school slates basketball fundraiser

Hoops for Moore, a basketball fundraiser to benefit Denton’s Fred Moore Day Nursery School, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at Denton High School, 1007 Fulton St.

Fred’s Flyers and the Mighty Moores, teams comprising area business people, teachers, principals, city officials and other supporters of the school, will square off in the benefit game.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children younger than 2 will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. All proceeds will support the school’s new classroom activities.

Tickets purchased for Fred Moore Day Nursery School’s Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Game, postponed in March because of inclement weather, will be accepted at the door, organizers said.

For more information about tickets, call 940-387-8214.


Registration still open for Take the First Step event

Area residents still can register for Saturday’s annual Take the First Step 5-kilomter/1-mile fun run and walk sponsored by the Denton County Health Department.

The free event will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane in Denton. Residents can register at the event on race day or visit the health department office to register before the event.

Families are invited to participate. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome, organizers aid.

The health department office is at 535 S. Loop 288 in Denton. For more information, visit


Grandparents and Friends Day activities on tap

A Texas program, a book and gift fair and an open house are among activities planned during Immaculate Conception Catholic School’s annual Grandparents and Friends Day on Friday.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, followed by breakfast snacks in the school.

Fourth-graders will present the Texas program at 9:30 a.m. The Divine Mercy Book and Gift Fair will be in the library throughout the day.

Grandparents and visitors are invited to visit classrooms for special programs and activities, and there will be an encore performance of the upper school’s one-act play “V.I.L.L.A.I.N.S.” at 2 p.m. in the gym.

The school is at 2301 N. Bonnie Brae St. in Denton.

Call 940-381-1155 for more information.


Denton County Livestock Jamboree set for Saturday

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Denton County will have a livestock jamboree Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds, and young people interested in showing livestock for a 4-H Club or FFA project are invited to attend.

The Denton County Livestock Jamboree will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and young people and parents can learn about what it takes to raise and show livestock from area and state experts. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. Attendees will register upon arrival at the fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

For more information about Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Denton County, visit


Learning area to host ‘Stars on the Prairie’ program

Area residents are invited to explore the wonders of the night sky during a program titled “Stars on the Prairie” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

The program is open to those 5 and older, and cost is $10 per person. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held.

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


Park visitors to learn about frogs, nature journals

Programs on frogs and nature journals as well as several hikes are on tap this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A program titled “Friday Night Frog Talk” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit.

Participants should meet in the amphitheater near the fishing pond, where they will learn about frogs and toads. A short hike to look for frogs will follow the discussion, and participants should bring a flashlight.

A habitats and history hike is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

A nature journal class will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

A talk titled “Quit Bugging Out” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater near the fish pond at Johnson Branch and will include information about insects and spiders. Participants will also go on a short scavenger hunt hike.

A night hike at Johnson Branch on Saturday will close out planned activities at the park. The 2-mile hike on a paved trail will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot, and flashlights are recommended.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


Sanger church to host family band Sunday

Pilgrims Way Baptist Church in Sanger will present a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday featuring the Amber Waves Band.

The Colorado-based family band will present a cross section of tunes including folk, bluegrass, Irish and gospel music. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

There will be an offering taken to assist the band in paying expenses.

The church is at 806 N. Keaton Drive. For more information, call 940-458-4729.


Keep Lewisville Beautiful offers gardening class

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will host a class on raised-bed gardening from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St.

The class is part of the organization’s Garden Secrets series and will be taught by Denton County Master Gardener Linda Harvey.

Reservations are required by Tuesday.

The class is free, and a question-and-answer session will follow Harvey’s presentation. To reserve a seat, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or


Don’t forget

Members of the Denton County Master Gardener Association will host their annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Trinity United Methodist Church, 6333 Hobson Lane in Denton.

For more information, visit

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