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Les Cockrell: Aubrey society to salute veterans

The Aubrey Historical Society will conduct a veterans’ recognition event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Aubrey Community Center.

The society will be recognizing all military veterans — including those who served during peacetime and those who fought in various conflicts. Veterans and families of veterans are encouraged to bring items including awards, medals, uniforms and other items of interest to share with the public.

A program will honor veterans with flag presentations, patriotic songs and stories about their service.

The Aubrey Community Center is located at 226 Countryside Drive. For more information about the event or providing items for display, contact society members at 940-343-1313 or

Denton Organic Society to hear program on grains

Members of the Denton Organic Society are scheduled to hear a presentation on the benefits of sprouted grains by organic farmer Pam Johnson on Wednesday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

A seed and information exchange will start at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Johnson is leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter in Wise County. She will discuss why sprouted grains enhance nutritive value and reduce digestive distress, according to a meeting announcement.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Mike Mizell at 940-382-8551 or visit

Library seeks volunteers to help with summer program

The Denton Public Library is seeking teenagers and adults to help with its Summer Reading Club, according to a news release.

The library needs volunteers to help register participants for the club, which is the library’s largest program of the year, and to hand out prizes. Applications are available at the reference desks of all three Denton Public Library locations. No prior experience is needed, but attendance at an orientation session is required.

Here is a schedule of the orientation sessions:

* Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.: Orientations are scheduled at 7 p.m. May 29 and June 12 and 4 p.m. June 21. For more information, contact Grace Smart at 940-349-8759 or

* North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.: Orientations are planned at 7 p.m. May 27 and June 17, 4 p.m. May 31 and 3 p.m. June 11. For more information, contact Greg Fowler or Dana Tucker at 940-349-8715 or or

* South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane: Orientations are scheduled at 2 p.m. May 31 and June 21 and 1 p.m. June 13. For more information, contact Jess Turner at 940-349-8256 or

Lewisville set to dive into summer pool season

Lewisville’s summer pool season will begin with a splash day planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sun Valley Aquatic Center, 801 S. Valley Parkway in Lewisville.

Admission is free for the day, which marks the opening of the Sun Valley facility for the Memorial Day weekend. Sun Valley also will be open for the May 31-June 1 weekend. Both Sun Valley and the Old Town Aquatic Park, 535 W. College St., will begin regular operating hours at 4:30 p.m. June 6.

For more information, visit

Willis, Robison to perform Lewisville concert Saturday

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will perform at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater on Saturday as part of the fourth annual Texas Tunes concert series.

The two Texas music performers are scheduled to preview their new CD, Our Year, which will be released May 27 on Premium/Thirty Tigers Records.

The show will start at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St., and will include a brief intermission. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors 60 and older or children 12 and younger, and can be purchased at

Lewisville residents can purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at Lewisville City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. A current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful draws record participation

Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 28th annual citywide cleanup recently with record-breaking participation, according to the organization.

Nearly 700 volunteers participated in the event, picking up more than seven tons of litter from streets, parks, historic cemeteries and creeks, a news release stated. Volunteers contributed 2,456 volunteer hours valued at $55,383 in litter abatement services for Lewisville.

Five teams were awarded trophies. Youth group winners included members of Girl Scout Troop 3533/4910, who picked up 45 bags of trash, and members of the Lewisville High School ROTC, with 52 bags of trash.

In the adult group category, the Hlatky family won with more than 85 bags of trash collected by just three team members, and the Lewisville Texan Journal team and EA Engineering won with more than 162 bags trash collected from a local cemetery.

Blue Anjou Yoga Studio won the trophy for the most unusual trash item by bringing back an uncashed check for $8,183.19 found at a cleanup site. Other unusual items found included swimsuits, a refrigerator door, the top of a telephone pole, picture albums, debit cards, a wicker chair set, a motorcycle helmet, Marcus High School metal signs and several wigs, according to the press release.

For more information about Keep Lewisville Beautiful, call 972-538-5949 or email

Applications accepted for armed services scholarship

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, recently opened the application period for the second annual Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program for House District 106 in Denton County.

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship, administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, was created by the Legislature in 2009 to assist promising students from throughout the state who are committed to education and service, according to a news release.

The scholarship program encourages young leaders to participate in ROTC programs at Texas colleges and universities and to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Services or members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air Force National Guard, the Texas State Guard or the U.S. Merchant Marine force.

Each member of the Texas Legislature is able to appoint one qualified student for the annual accolade.

To apply for Fallon’s nomination, students must meet the minimum qualifications set forth by the coordinating board and claim residency in House District 106.

For more information about the program and to obtain an application packet, call Fallon’s office at 469-362-0500. The application period will close June 10.

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