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Les Cockrell: UNT set to present ‘Comics in Action’ exhibit

An exhibit titled “Comics in Action,” featuring items from the Comic Books Collection at the University of North Texas, will go on view Friday at UNT’s Willis Library.

Open to the public, the display will be in the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library during regular hours and will remain on view through Aug. 15.

UNT’s comic book collection was developed after Doug Campbell’s donation of 1,600 comic books on behalf of his grandmother, Floydine Campbell, according to a press release. Campbell’s grandmother had been instrumental in helping him build his personal collection, purchasing the comic books at her job at The Leonard Pharmacy in Leonard.

Comic books are the subject of study across multiple disciplines at UNT and are used as research and teaching tools. UNT is home to the annual Comic Studies Conference, which brings together faculty, students and librarians to discuss the ways that comics influence culture.

The exhibit will include comics from DC, Marvel and other classic publishers. For more information, contact UNT Libraries, Special Collections, at 940-369-8657 or


Kayaking among activities Saturday at state park

Kayaking, nature journals and hiking will be featured activities Saturday at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

A class in nature journals will begin at 10 a.m. at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet in the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

A “Habitats and History” hike will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hawthorn parking area of Isle du Bois. The hike will take participants through the Eastern Cross Timbers area of the park.

Visitors to the park’s Johnson Branch Unit can learn to kayak during a class planned from 1 to 4 p.m. The class can accommodate children ages 3 and older with adults. Water shoes and sunscreen are recommended and participants will meet at the boat ramp parking area.

Space is limited and reservations are required. To check space availability, call 940-637-2636.

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.


Group announces Apple Tree Project registration

Families can now register their children as part of Interfaith Ministries’ annual Apple Tree Project.

The Apple Tree Project provides school supplies, clothing, backpacks and shoes to children from low-income families in the Denton school district. The goal is for every child to be able to start off the school year on a competitive level with their peers, and last year, the Apple Tree Project helped 1,500 children go back to school with the supplies they needed.

For more information about the project and how to register a child, contact Interfaith Ministries of Denton at 940-565-5479 or email


Two authors to sign books in Denton on Saturday

Tate Publishing has announced that two authors are scheduled to be in Denton on Saturday to sign copies of their books.

Zachary H. Welsh, author of Love and the Battlefront, will be at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2205, 909 Sunset St., at 1 p.m.

Denton resident William Vargas will be at the Denton Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Quakertown Park from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to sign copies of his book, A Family Living in Darkness.

For more information, visit


Civil Air Patrol squadron to conduct open house

Denton’s Nighthawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4633 and 4555 Spartan Drive at Denton Enterprise Airport.

Civil Air Patrol offers opportunities for cadets (ages 12 to 21) and senior members (ages 18 and older) to serve their community and country, supporting awareness about aerospace education, emergency services and offering an opportunity to become involved in aviation.

The open house will feature exhibits demonstrating CAP’s involvement in these areas plus displays of CAP aircraft, historic aircraft, model rocketry, communications and cadet activities.

CAP will also sponsor an FAA Wings Seminar presented by Lockheed Martin Flight Services and the Civil Air Patrol. It will cover visual flight rule plans and initial planning for search and rescue. The seminar will be held in sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the U.S. Aviation Academy at the airport.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. For more information about the Denton Nighthawk Composite Squadron, visit


Denton Christian Women’s Connection slates program

The Denton Christian Women’s Connection will conduct a program titled “Giving Gardeners Something to Cheer About” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 8, at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

A program by Meador Nursery will provide suggestions on annuals, perennials and herbs that are recommended for the North Texas climate.

Inspirational speaker will be Geni Manning, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and current real estate agent. Her topic will be “Something to Cheer About,” and she will discuss how fame, adventure and worldly possessions did not bring her true fulfillment, according to a press release.

Cost is $15 inclusive, and reservations are due by Monday. Reservations must be honored. Complimentary child care for ages 6 months to 5 years is available by reservation. To make reservations, call Cathy at 940-765-3054 or Mary Ann at 940-382-6977.

There are no membership dues or fees to join the group. For more information, email


Master Gardener group slates garden tour

The Denton County Master Gardener Association has announced plans for its 2014 Spring Garden Tour, which will open five area gardens to ticket holders on Saturday, May 10.

Hours for the tour will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost is $10 a person. Tickets are available from Master Gardeners, local nurseries and online at Children younger than 14 will be admitted free. Admission to a single garden will be $5 at the gate.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and point out interesting aspects of each garden.

Featured this year will be:

An “Urban Garden” in Argyle that features 3 acres of native trees and perennials;

A “Tranquility Garden” in Double Oak that offers a calm, relaxing atmosphere;

A two-tier “Perennial Pizazz Garden” in Flower Mound that creates a lush, tropical oasis;

A cottage-like “Patchwork Garden” in Highland Village that showcases colorful roses, perennials and garden art; and

The 13-acre Flower Mound, at the corner of FM3040 and FM2499 in the city of Flower Mound, protected by the Mound Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has identified more than 175 species of wildflowers there. Admission to the site is free.

All money raised from the tour helps fund local educational activities, such as the children’s garden, the annual Vegetable, Flower, Herb & Fruit Show and the Bayless-Selby Victorian Garden.

For more information, visit


Denton High class of 1969 announces reunion plans

Members of the Denton High School graduating class of 1969 will have their 45th class reunion June 20-21.

Several activities have been planned for the weekend. A deadline of May 15 has been set for signing up for the Saturday night dinner and dance at a Denton hotel. For more information, call 972-394-438.


Don’t forget

An open house is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to unveil the restoration of the historic Evers home at 1035 W. Oak St. in Denton. The public is invited to tour the 6,600-square-foot, nine-bedroom, six-bath home, with a modern kitchen and newly added wine cellar.

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