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Les Cockrell: Ann’s Haven slates bereavement luncheon

A VNA Ann’s Haven bereavement luncheon for members of the community grieving the death of a loved one will be offered at noon Tuesday at Denton Elks Lodge No. 2466, 228 E. Oak St.

Guest speaker will be Christy Sciferes, manager of family services for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She will speak on “10 Signs of Alzheimer’s.” A catered lunch underwritten by the Denton County Medical Society Alliance will be provided at no charge.

Attendees are asked to park in the lot across the street from the lodge or on the street so that lodge members can use the parking lot. For more information, contact Jerald Garner at 940-349-5900 or


Workshop on mental health programs set Tuesday

A free workshop and community forum on Denton County mental health programs and future needs will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Denton County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office.

Speakers will be Larry West, administrator of intellectual and developmental disabilities services, Denton County MHMR; Tammy Weppelman, administrator of crisis services, Denton County MHMR; Dr. Linda Szydlik, administrator of mental health services, Denton County MHMR; and Pam Gutierrez, executive director, Denton County MHMR.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Room 115 of the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. Advance registration is requested by email to or by phone at 940-202-4500, ext. 103.

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Business slates Weenie Dog Races for Saturday

D&L Farm & Home of Denton will have its annual Weenie Dog Races and 2014 Purina Check-R-Board Days customer appreciation event on Saturday.

Visitors to the business, located at 3105 Forth Worth Drive in Denton, can register for the races at 10:30 a.m., and the races will get underway at 11 a.m. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and other activities are planned.


Low-cost pet vaccination clinic planned in Aubrey

A low-cost pet vaccination clinic for dogs and cats is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Aubrey.

The event is sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection. Cost will be $5 for rabies and $10 for distemper vaccinations.

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. All animals will receive a cursory medical evaluation prior to vaccination. The church is at 4725 FM720, one-quarter mile south of U.S. Highway 380. For more information, email or visit


Environmental learning area offers activities Saturday

Area bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area on Saturday to look for orioles, warblers, vireos and other species making their way through North Texas.

An expert birder will lead participants to prime observation locations beginning at 7:30 a.m. Ages 10 and older are welcome. There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Registration is not required.

A nature walk is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday. A naturalist will lead the two-hour hike. Cost is regular park admission of $5 per person; children age 5 years and younger are free. No registration is required.

A night hike from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. will close out Saturday’s activities at the park. Registration is required for this event by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing There is a $5 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee.

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. LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (intersection of Jones and Kealy streets) in Lewisville. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit


Families invited to events at state park Saturday

A program titled “Flying Feathered Friends” is planned from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

All levels of bird watchers are welcome to take part, and there will be a short hike on paved and unpaved trails. Participants should meet at picnic Pavilion 1 and binoculars are recommended.

The inaugural meeting of Ray Roberts Reads, a book club offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of the park, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir.

An “Amazing Mothers” picnic and talk is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. Participants should meet at picnic Pavilion 1 for the talk about eight amazing mothers worldwide, as well as some amazing mothers found within the park.

A small art project and an activity sheet are part of the program, and everyone is invited to picnic afterward with their families near the day-use beach.

A Lost Pines Adventure is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

A class in nature journal writing will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. Participants should meet in picnic Pavilion 1 and bring their own journals and art supplies if possible. A limited supply of materials will be available.

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.


Area retired school personnel slate luncheon

The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will have a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at First Presbyterian Church of Lewisville, 1002 Fox Ave.

Entertainment will be provided by the Heritage Elementary School Boys Select Choir under the direction of Debra Spiegel.

Following the luncheon, officers for 2014-16 will be installed by Jack Knowles, incoming president of the District XI unit of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Door prize drawings will also be held.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book for the Children’s Book Project and a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.

The group will not meet June through August and will resume regular monthly meetings in September.


Young equestrians qualify for national finals event

Silent Knight Stables in Krum has qualified for Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals for 2014. The stables are owned by Shannon Flanagan.

Both the Silent Knight high school and middle school teams and two individuals qualified out of Zone 7 — a region covering Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri.

This is the second year for Silent Knight to have teams and the second year for it to attend national finals with individual and team qualifiers. This year the Hunt Seat National Finals will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., May 16-18.

The high school team from Silent Knight Stables includes Leah Willett of Flower Mound, Reagan Stringfellow of Irving, Katie Burton of Highland Village, Nicole MacGregor of Lucas, Alexis Beaty of Flower Mound, Alex Adams of Princeton, Courtney Mulloy of Coppell and Ashlyn Singer of Corinth.

The middle school team includes Maddelyn Wahrmund of Fort Worth, Emma Schnolis of Aledo, Audrey Green of Prosper, Riley Stringfellow of Irving, Alexis MacGregor of Lucas, Caroline Ulanoski of Double Oak, Molly Scher of Prosper and Alexandra Gibson of Lewisville.

Student riders in grades six through 12th will travel from across the United States to participate in the competitions. The competitors represent the best of nearly 9,000 riders on more than 250 teams from eight zones in 32 states.

The top riders and teams in zone finals move to national finals in Hunt and Western disciplines.

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