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Les Cockrell: Lecture aims to preserve heirlooms

A lecture titled “How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms” will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square.

Kim McCoig Cupit, curator of collections for the Denton County Office of History and Culture, will present the lecture.

Her talk will focus on how to display, clean and store heirlooms, according to a press release.

“One of the major misconceptions is that if you put your heirlooms in your cedar chest that they will last forever, but this is not necessarily true,” she said.

Those who plan to attend are invited to ask plenty of questions, Cupit said. It is not necessary to take heirlooms to the program, but guests can bring small items or photographs.

Part of the program will focus on how to locate a conservator.

“Very often a person needs the advice of an expert on how to preserve their precious heirlooms and they need to know how to contact a conservator,” Cupit said.

The Courthouse on the Square is located at 110 W. Hickory St. All exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public, and the courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

For more information, call 940-349-2850.

Brave Combo to play Lewisville

Brave Combo will perform Tuesday as the second act of the free “Sounds of Lewisville” outdoor concert series in Old Town Lewisville.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

Intermission entertainment will feature the Alpine Dancers, showcasing dances and traditions of the Alpine regions of Europe.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Attendees can bring their own food and beverages or purchase refreshments on site, but no outside alcohol is permitted.

Concerts are presented by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau with assistance from Parks and Leisure Services and the MCL Grand.

For more information about events, visit or call 972-219-8446.

Night hike, bird and nature walks planned for weekend

A night hike, bird walk and nature walk will highlight activities this weekend at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Trail guides will lead participants on the hike, which will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing There is a $5 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

Bird watchers of all skill levels, age 10 and older, are invited to come out at 7:30 a.m. Saturday when an expert birder leads an exploration of some of the top spots at LLELA to see birds.

There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person. Reservations are not required.

The nature walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be led by a naturalist. There is no additional fee for the two-hour hike beyond the regular gate fee of $5 per person, and no reservations are required.

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. The entrance is at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville.

Battle of the Badge softball tournament scheduled

The 12th annual Battle of the Badge softball tournament to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County will be played Saturday at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park.

Organized by the Lewisville Police Academy Alumni Association, the tournament’s first game will be at 8:30 a.m. between teams comprising Lewisville firefighters and Lewisville police officers.

Public safety departments throughout North Texas are scheduled to participate in this year’s tournament. Also featured will be a bounce house, clowns, crafts, face painting and a silent auction.

Spectators can purchase tickets at the gate for $5 apiece. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Salvation Army reports fundraising success

An estimated 250 donors, volunteers and community sponsors attended the Salvation Army’s annual Doing the Most Good luncheon May 13 at Apogee Stadium, according to a press release from the organization.

The luncheon, organized by Becky Fredrickson, an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University, raised more than $40,000, an increase of $10,000 over the previous year, the press release stated. The funds will support Salvation Army services in Denton.

Fredrickson was assisted by a luncheon committee composed of Mary Behrens of Northstar Bank, Billy Cheek of Jagoe-Public Co., Hank Dickenson of UNT Athletics, Rennea Howard of the Denton Record-Chronicle, Sandra Robinson of the Crouch Group, Karen Schuck of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Teresa Starrett of TWU. Sportscaster Dave Barnett emceed the event, and the keynote speaker was Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys.

Awards were presented to Greg and LaVonne Ankeney, Arleen Crocker, Wally Davis, the Denton Benefit League, Phil Gallivan and United Way of Denton County for their ongoing support. The Youth in Philanthropy Award was presented to the Guyer High School cheerleaders.

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