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Les Cockrell: Nonprofit to present Rockin’ Roundup fundraiser

The third annual Rockin’ Roundup fundraiser for Health Services of North Texas will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Hopper’s Ranch in Aubrey.

This year’s event will feature a barrel racing competition and family and children’s activities.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children and will be available at the door. Barrel racers can still sign up at the event Friday for $70 plus a late fee of $20, an event spokeswoman said.

Hopper’s Ranch is at 5502 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Aubrey. For more information, visit or email

Health Services of North Texas is a nonprofit organization whose focus is delivering compassionate, high-quality medical care regardless of a person’s ability to pay, according to the agency’s website.


Concert today at Guyer High to benefit SpiritHorse

The Ensemble, a group of student volunteers from the band, orchestra and choir at Guyer High School, will present a concert at 4:30 p.m. today to benefit SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center.

Selections will include “God Bless the USA” and other well-known pieces. There is no admission charge, and donations will be accepted for SpiritHorse, a nonprofit in Corinth that assists people with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses, according to

The concert will be in the auditorium at Guyer High, 7501 Teasley Lane.


National Trails Day set Saturday at heritage center

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center will again observe the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free event will feature family activities including: an all-day reptile and amphibian display from Turtle Discovery; a 9 a.m. wildflower hike with staff from the Denton Parks and Recreation Department; geocaching classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.; a live raptor show at 10:30 a.m. presented by Blackland Prairie Raptor Center; a 1 p.m. nature hike with a Texas Master Naturalist; archery workshops; and a children’s craft station.

The event will be hosted at the center’s Hartlee Field access, located at 5800 Field Road. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks, and participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Clear Creek began as a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Denton to restore 2,900 acres of Lewisville Lake’s upper floodplain, according to a news release from the city.

For more information, visit or contact Kathy Jack at 940-349-8152 or


Night hike, family fishing event on tap at state park

A night hike and a family fishing event will highlight activities at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

The night hike will start at 8 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants should meet at the pavilion in the Dogwood parking lot for the 2.5-mile hike along a paved trail. Sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight are recommended.

The park’s Isle du Bois Unit will help families learn the basics of fishing during a program that begins with registration at 9 a.m. and continues until noon Saturday. Equipment and bait will be provided, or participants can bring their own. Adults must accompany their children, and families should bring sun protection and water.

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.


Denton Herb Society to meet Saturday at library

Members of the Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Dr. Betsy Schenck will give a presentation titled “Wilderness 911: Are You Prepared for Your Health and Safety?” She will discuss the best practices for prevention and treatment of common outdoor medical emergencies, items needed for an emergency kit and plants that can be used in first aid, according to an event announcement. Participants will receive a comprehensive handout by email.

The presentation is open to the public at no charge. For more information, visit


Lewisville Public Library to begin reading program

A carnival-style celebration is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to kick off the Lewisville Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club for babies, children, teens and adults.

The all-ages party will be in the Cynthia Bennett Children’s Wing of the library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The event will feature face painting, balloon art, raffles and music, and attendees can register for the reading program.

For more information, visit or call 972-219-3577.


Aubrey area chamber reminds of golf tourney

The Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a golf tournament Monday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and play begins at 10 a.m. Fee for the four-person scramble is $100 per player, according to a chamber news release.

The entry fee includes greens and cart fees, complimentary range balls, breakfast burritos and a fajita buffet and awards presentation.

To check space availability, visit For more information, call Donna Sims at 940-365-9781 or Melissa Geiger at 940-440-9100.


Denton DAR chapter holds installation luncheon

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held an installation luncheon on May 17 at the Robson Ranch Grill, according to an announcement from the chapter.

In honor of Armed Forces Day, Linda Weinberg presented a program on honoring all of the armed forces.

Executive board members installed by District Director Paula Smith were: Wanda Samek, chapter regent; Lin Weinberg, vice regent; Donna Cunningham, chaplain; Susanne Barnett, recording secretary; Phyllis Black, corresponding secretary; Susan Schwartz, treasurer; Diana White, registrar; Pamela Fant, historian; and Mary Hunter, librarian.

The chapter presented its first DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal to retired Army Maj. Christopher Eric Strauss. This award is a national award presented to an outstanding citizen who exhibits the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism, and who has significantly participated in providing defense and security to the United States, and has thereby contributed to the freedom and stability of the nation in an exceptional manner, the announcement stated.

For more information, call Diana White at 940-387-4741 or visit


VNA Ann’s Haven sets grief support workshop, luncheon

VNA Ann’s Haven will sponsor both a grief support workshop and its monthly bereavement luncheon on Tuesday.

The workshop, titled “Good Grief,” will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Ann’s Haven VNA office, 325 W. McKinney St., Suite 101. It will be presented by Jerald Garner, chaplain/bereavement coordinator, and those interested can call 940-349-5900 to make a reservation.

The bereavement luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St. Attendees should enter through the front door facing Oak Street and can now use the lodge parking area, according to an event announcement.

Guest speaker will be Christy Scifres, manager of family services for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lunch is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church of Denton and no reservations are required.


Denton Public Library plans training for volunteers

The Denton Public Library has announced upcoming volunteer training sessions for its Summer Reading Club.

Planned sessions are: 3 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. June 17 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.; 7 p.m. June 12 and 4 p.m. June 21 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.; and 1:30 p.m. June 13 and 2 p.m. June 21 at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

Volunteers must complete one of the training sessions to help with the program, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.


Organization offers class on rainwater harvesting

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will present a class on rainwater harvesting at 6 p.m. June 12 in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St.

The class is free, but reservations are due by Tuesday. The class is part of the organization’s “Garden Secrets” series. Denton County Master Gardener Sue Hudiburgh will teach participants about rain barrels and other aspects of rainwater harvesting.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or

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