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Les Cockrell: Area gardeners to compete in show Saturday

Area gardeners are invited to enter flowers and produce in the 2014 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday.

The annual event is limited to entries grown in Denton County and is sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardeners Association, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the city of Denton. The show will be at the Denton County Historical Park, located at Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry Street. Any county resident may participate, and there is no entry fee.

Entries will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. on show day and will be split into two divisions: youth, ages 18 and younger; and adults, older than 18. Contestants may enter as many classes as they like, but they can have only one entry per class, according an event news release.

Judging will be between 10 a.m. and noon. The contest focuses on best of species. Fruits and vegetables will be judged on flavor, and there must be enough of each entry to fill a dinner plate, which organizers will provide.

Herb and flower entries are restricted to a single species, and contestants must provide their own containers for arrangements, the release states. Both potted and cut flowers and herbs will be accepted.

Entries will be judged on a combination of market qualities including maturity, appearance, fragrance, color, size, uniformity and freedom from blemishes, pest damage or disease. The judges will also consider the degree of difficulty of growing particular items in North Texas.

Ribbons will be awarded for the top three entrants in each class at noon. Division champions and best in show winners will receive ribbons and cash awards.

For more information, call 940-349-2892 or visit


Friends of LLELA to have quarterly meeting today

Friends of LLELA members will hold their quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. today, the group announced recently.

The meeting will be in the Glenmore Savage Community Room of the Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St. Members and other supporters of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, or LLELA, are invited to attend.

Special guest Bob Monaghan, director of Parks and Leisure Services for the city of Lewisville, will give a talk titled “Lewisville and LLELA: A Natural Partnership.” Attendees also will learn about educational and fundraising activities scheduled for the second half of 2014.

Friends of LLELA is a nonprofit group formed to support the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area. For more information, email


Geocaching, animal programs on tap at park

Area families can participate in a sunset hike and learn more about animals, geocaching and the greenbelt corridor this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The sunset hike will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should bring water and sun protection and meet trail guides at the Hawthorn parking area. No reservations are required.

A program titled “Can I Eat This?” at 7 p.m. Friday will lead off activities at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will take an easy half-mile hike and learn about edible plants and their historical uses. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended, and the hike will begin at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

Hikers can learn about the greenbelt experience at 8 a.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Participants should meet at the Elms East parking area for a guided hike along the Trinity River.

A program on geocaching with a Father’s Day theme will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Johnson Branch. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants should gather at picnic Pavilion 1 for the program. A limited number of GPS units will be available for visitors’ use, or they can bring their own.

A program titled “Animal Antics” will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Participants will meet at the park interpretive center for a ranger talk about animals and will then go for a short walk on the interpretive trail.

A presentation about insects and spiders titled “Quit Bugging Out” will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch.

Participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fish pond for the program, which will include an art project and a scavenger hunt.

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 Public Library offers ‘Library Larry Live!’

All three branches of the Denton Public Library have scheduled live performances featuring the puppets from Library Larry’s Big Day television show.

“Library Larry Live!” performances are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.; 4 p.m. June 20 at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane; and 4 p.m. June 27 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Families can watch the award-winning Library Larry’s Big Day show every day at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Verizon Channel 38, Charter Channel 194 and Grande Channel 12. Watch the current episode any time at


Organizers of two upcoming craft events seek vendors

The organizers of two upcoming craft events are seeking vendors.

The Women’s Club of Robson Ranch is planning its “Holiday Market” fundraising effort from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Robson Ranch.

The event is open to the public and is designed to be a “one-stop shop for Christmas,” organizers said. The event will benefit local charities including the Denton Community Food Bank, Denton County Friends of the Family and others to be determined.

Vendors interested in renting a booth and participating should call Judy Ruggiero at 940-262-0094 or Anne Meyer at 940-262-2622.

Lake Cities United Methodist Church, at 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas, will host its fifth Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18.

Interested vendors should contact Holly Witter or Helen Hutto at for complete information and a registration form.


Craft brew, barbecue on Little Elm festival menu

The inaugural Craft Brew & Que Festival is planned from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Little Elm Park on the shores of Lewisville Lake, according to a news release from Megan McGraw, Little Elm festival and special events coordinator.

More than 30 brewers are expected to attend and offer samplings of various products. There will also be wine and nonalcoholic beverages available.

Several barbecue vendors will be on hand offering samplings. The variety will include various Asian-inspired dishes along with the more traditional Texas-style fare.

Live music will also be featured. Admission to the family-friendly event is free, but beer, wine, drinks and barbecue will be sold, McGraw stated.

The park is at 701 W. Eldorado Parkway in Little Elm. For more information, visit

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