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Les Cockrell: Aubrey offers free Music in the Park concert

Aubrey’s Music in the Park series will feature Two Tons of Steel at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Jonathan Fox will be the opening act for the free outdoor concert, which will be held at the Aubrey Festival Grounds, 301 S. Main St.

The series is presented by Keep Aubrey Beautiful, the city of Aubrey and the Aubrey Economic Development Committee, according to the Keep Aubrey Beautiful website. The series is funded through the economic development committee and business sponsors.

Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Food concessions will be available.

Parking is available around the festival grounds and on Main Street in the downtown area.

Two Tons of Steel frontman Kevin Geil and his original band, the Dead Crickets, were known for pushing the envelope of Texas music with a signature brand of high-energy country and raw punk, according to a press release.

The group was renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996. The band has collected a number of awards, including being named Best Country Band by San Antonio Current magazine 10 times, the press release stated.


Willow Bend Assisted Living slates luminary lighting

Denton’s Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care, 2125 Brinker Road, will light luminaries along the front of its building at 8 p.m. Saturday as a show of support for those facing Alzheimer’s disease, according to the facility.

The activity is part of The Longest Day observance, which is held on the summer solstice.

Supporters come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s, with a day of activity and to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, an announcement stated.

To learn more about making a donation, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s national website,


State park plans slate of activities this weekend

Staff members at Ray Roberts Lake State Park have planned a variety of activities for this weekend to keep visitors entertained, and families can hike and learn about wildlife and fishing.

First up is a 1.1-mile hike for dogs and their owners Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants should meet in the Dogwood parking lot at 7 p.m. Doggy bags are recommended.

Saturday’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. with the Habitats and History Hike at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit.

No reservations are required for the 2.2-mile guided hike, and participants should meet at the Hawthorn parking area.

Johnson Branch will conduct a program on birds at 8 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 1. Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited, and a short hike on paved and unpaved trails will be included. Binoculars are recommended. A limited number of binoculars and pocket field guides will be available for public use.

The Vanishing Prairie guided hike will be offered at Johnson Branch at 10 a.m. Saturday. The half-mile hike will begin at Picnic Pavilion 1.

A class on nature journals will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois.

The program is open to adults and children, and participants should meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater and bring a notebook and a pencil or pen. There will be an opportunity for youngsters to make their own nature journals.

Park visitors are invited to learn the basics of fishing from a park ranger at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Branch Unit’s fishing pond. Participants should bring their own bait — night crawlers, corn and hot dogs are recommended — and they can bring their own pole and tackle or borrow gear from the park for free.

All park visitors are advised to bring water and sun protection, and those planning on participating in hikes should wear sturdy shoes.

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.


Native Plant Society to offer program on oak wilt

Members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will conduct a program on oak wilt and other tree killers at 7 p.m. next Thursday, according to a press release.

Urban forester Courtney Blevins will present the program in the second-floor auditorium/classroom of the Ann Stuart Science Complex at Texas Woman’s University. Refreshments will be served in the foyer of the building at 6:30 p.m.

Blevins has been a member of the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council for years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, he began a career with the Texas A&M Forest Service. He worked with the U.S. Forest Service at Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming and at Sam Houston National Forest.

Since 1991, he has been a regional urban forester, first for the Dallas area and then for the Fort Worth area.

For more information, visit


Interfaith seeks donations for charity cars program

Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. is seeking donations for Interfaith Denton Charity Cars, a program that allows area residents to donate cars to assist local families in need, according to an announcement.

The cars are auctioned, and proceeds fund the emergency assistance program at Interfaith Ministries.

Cars do not need to run, and all donations are tax-deductible up to the amount allowed by the IRS, the announcement stated. Free towing is available.

For more information or to donate, call 940-566-5927.


CoServ charity golf tournament sets record

The annual CoServ Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament held recently at Lantana Golf Club raised a record amount of $47,380, according to a CoServ press release.

“Two things happened this year that had never happened before,” Stacia Sims, CoServ senior vice president of information services and foundation board member, stated. “It rained, and we raised more than $47,000.”

The funds raised are classified as “unrestricted,” which means they can be distributed to worthy causes outside of CoServ’s service territory, including tornado relief for Moore, Oklahoma, and disaster recovery for the town of West, officials said.

Money donated by CoServ members and customers through the company’s Operation Roundup program can only be spent in CoServ’s service territory.

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