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Les Cockrell: Naturalists set to hear hawk presentation

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation today from Jim Bednarz on his research into the behavior of red-shouldered hawks.

The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Carroll Administration Building, 401 W. Hickory St.

The presentation will feature videos of hawks, information about the natural history of nesting raptors and research into the social behavior of birds of prey.

Bednarz teaches at the University of North Texas and Collin College, and is affiliated with the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

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Dogwood Estates slates luncheon for volunteers

Residents of Denton’s Dogwood Estates retirement community will have an appreciation luncheon for volunteers of SPAN’s Meals on Wheels program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today.

More than 50 volunteers are scheduled to attend. Raffle prizes will be awarded and volunteers will receive a gift bag.

Dogwood Estates is at 2820 Wind River Lane. For more information, call Ken Caspar at 940-383-8600 or visit


Red Cross plans two Denton County blood drives

The American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives on Friday at Sanger High School and Saturday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton.

The Friday drive will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sanger High, 100 Indian Lane. Saturday’s drive will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew, 300 W. Oak St.

Donors must be 17 or older and must present a photo ID. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


North Texas Songwriter’s Festival set for Pilot Point

The sixth annual North Texas Songwriter’s Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at the Pilot Point Opera House, 110 S. Washington St.

The event begins at 2 p.m. both days, and 50 songwriters are scheduled to perform. Admission costs $5, with ages 12 and younger admitted free.

This year’s event will also include displays of professional and amateur chalk art outside the Opera House.

For more information, contact Jay Melugin at or Rowland Funk or 214-405-4708.


Friends of the Denton Public Libraries plan book sale

The Friends of the Denton Public Libraries will have a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Admission will be free for Friends members and $1 for non-members.

Prices will be $1 for most hardbacks and 50 cents for most paperbacks. The sale will include a selection of children’s and teen books as well as records, CDs and DVDs. The sale raises money for Denton Public Library programs, materials and equipment.


Denton County Farm & Garden Expo coming up

The Denton County Farm & Garden Expo is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton.

Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment & Primitive Club and will feature lawn and garden information, arts and crafts, vendors, farm demonstrations, antique tractors, old farm equipment, antiques, food, children’s activities and live music.

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Motorcycle show, ride scheduled Saturday

Members of the North Texas Hammerheads will conduct their annual spring motorcycle show and ride on Saturday at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 2412 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.

The entry fee is $20, which includes the show and ride. Registration starts at 8 a.m. First bike out will be at 9 a.m. and last bike in will be at noon. Judging will start at noon. Prizes will include $200 for best poker hand and $100 for best of show. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 940-453-7680.


State park schedules hikes, program on snakes

Two hikes and a program about snakes are planned on Saturday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The first hike will get underway at 9 a.m. at the Lost Pines Nature Trail. The guided, family-friendly hike will be about a half-mile in length and will feature frequent breaks.

Another hike is planned at 10 a.m. Hikers should meet at the Bluestem parking area.

A program titled “Snakes Alive” is planned at 2 p.m. in the interpretive center and will feature information about native reptiles.

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


Corinth to conduct fishing event for youths Saturday

Corinth will conduct “Fish N’ Fun,” a free fishing event for children ages 5 to 13, at Corinth Community Park, 3700 Corinth Parkway, at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in each age group.

After the fishing event, Denton Public Library children’s librarian Dana Tucker will play host to a fish-themed story time and science program at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact WyLaina Polk at 940-349-8774 or or Corinth’s recreation division at 940-498-1386.


Chalk festival returns to Old Town Lewisville

The “Chalk This Way” family festival returns to the heart of historic Old Town Lewisville on Saturday in and around the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

The festival hours, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include professional chalk artists, amateur sidewalk chalk competitions, a children’s gallery for onsite chalk creations, arts and crafts vendors, festival food, sidewalk games and live entertainment.

Entry to the festival is free, although participating in some activities will carry a nominal charge.

Kiwanis members will offer a pancake breakfast and lunch inside the MCL Grand from 7:30 to 11 a.m. with proceeds benefiting the Lakeside Arts Foundation scholarship fund. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Free festival parking is available along Main Street, one block south at the corner of Elm and Mill streets, or one block north at Lewisville City Hall at the corner of Church and Mill streets.

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Interfaith seeking host sites for Apple Tree Project

Interfaith Ministries of Denton is seeking host sites for its Apple Tree Project.

Individuals, families, groups and organizations can help by adopting an “apple” representing a child from the tree and purchasing clothing for that child.

Interfaith Ministries provides school supplies, shoes and clothing to economically disadvantaged children in the Denton school district. Last year, the Apple Tree Project provided more than 1,500 children with essential items needed for going back to school.

For more information, call Interfaith Ministries at 940-565-5479 or email project coordinator Lehia Hill at


Take a Soldier Fishing event returns to state park

The Take a Soldier Fishing event will return to the Johnson Branch of Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend, and boats are needed to help take the veterans out on the lake.

The public is invited for events on Saturday at Pavilion 1, between the boat ramp and the beach. Breakfast will be served at 6 a.m., and fishing will start at safe light. All boats are expected back in by 4 p.m. for a fish fry.

A bus will bring 34 veterans from Bonham, and many other active-duty military personnel and veterans are expected to attend. Activities will include a volleyball tournament, ladder golf, washer games and domino and horseshoe tournaments.

American Legion Post 550 in Pilot Point held a fundraiser in March to help support the event, and a grant from Lake Ray Roberts Elk Lodge 2862 helped purchase food, organizers said.

For more information or to sign up to help with the boats, contact Lyndee Prieskop at 940-458-0233 or at


Dustin Lucas to perform in concert at church

A concert featuring Dustin Lucas to benefit youth missions will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Denton, 301 S. Locust St.

Lucas is a former youth choir director at the church. From 2007 to 2011, he was a tenor chorister and soloist in the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus. He currently holds a position as a tenor vocalist in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

For more information, call 940-382-5478.


Church sets reception for longtime pastor

The First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Denton will have a reception honoring the Rev. John V. Lindsay, church pastor, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Lindsay, who is completing his 24th year with the church, will now be semi-retired and will return to his hometown of Marshall, where he will continue his work in the ministry.

The public is invited to attend the reception, which will be in the fellowship hall of the church at 1424 Stuart Road.

In addition to his work at the church, Lindsay has provided pastoral leadership to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, participated in the Denton Hospital Chaplains Association and accompanied the Baptist Men in relief and recovery efforts.

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