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Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.

The event is being organized by the Friends of the Square nonprofit volunteer organization, the city’s Main Street Committee and the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4 at Pilot Point Intermediate School and will follow a route of about 1.5 miles to the Pilot Point square, organizers said in a news release.

A panel of judges will select the most patriotic entry and the best decorated bicycle, tricycle, wagon, golf cart, flatbed trailer and other entries. For individuals and families who walk in the parade, there will be awards for most patriotic costume, and awards will also be presented for best patriotic costume for pets and horses.

Floats are still needed from businesses, community groups and residents. Parade participation forms are available at Pilot Point City Hall, 102 E. Main St., and the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce at 300 S. Washington St.

The mission of the Friends of the Square is to promote community spirit while ensuring the preservation, improvement and beautification of Pilot Point’s historic town square. For more information or to volunteer to help with the parade or other events, email

Free digital photography workshop at North Branch

A digital photography workshop offering professional tips and strategies will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, according to public services librarian Juli Gonzalez.

Titled “Get Your Camera Off Auto,” the free class for teens and adults will be taught by Denton photographer and instructor Will Milne. The class is designed to help participants learn to take a more active role in their photography, Gonzalez said, and they should bring a camera.

Milne is a portrait photographer who teaches commercial photography for the Denton school district and has had his work published in Texas Monthly and W Magazine.

No registration is required. North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. For more information, call 940-349-8752.

‘Yoga on the Beach’ planned at Ray Roberts Lake park

Staff members at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park have announced a program titled “Yoga on the Beach” that will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The moderate class is open to all skill levels, according to an event announcement. Participants should bring a yoga mat, water and sun protection and meet at the day-use beach area at Isle du Bois.

No reservations are required. The class fee is $10 in addition to the park entrance fee of $7 per person for those 13 and older.

For directions and more information, call 940-686-2148 or visit

Blood drives coming up in Denton County

The American Red Cross reminded last week that two Denton County blood drives will be held before the end of June.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with Type O-negative, B-negative and A-negative, according to a news release.

Drives will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lowe’s in Little Elm, at 2773 E. El Dorado Parkway; and from 2 to 6 p.m. June 30 at the Denton Lowe’s, at 1255 S. Loop 288.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. People who are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information or to make an appointment.

Lewisville event to benefit counseling nonprofit

The “Superhero Soiree,” featuring food samplings from several Denton County restaurants, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater to benefit Youth and Family Counseling.

The fundraiser will also feature a DJ, dancing, raffles, a costume contest and a silent auction. Tickets cost $50 each or two for $80.

Attendees are invited to dress as Superman or Clark Kent, but business casual will also be acceptable, organizers said.

The MCL Grand is located at 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Youth and Family Counseling, a nonprofit based in Lewisville, offers mental health services for all income levels. For more information, call 972-724-2005, email or visit

Argyle chamber planning tasting event in September

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce, which recently held its first fundraising golf tournament, has another event in the works to benefit member charities.

Gavin Fleten, vice president of events, and the chamber’s board of directors are planning “Taste for Good” for Sept. 9 at the Denton Country Club. The fundraising event will feature tastings, casino games and a cigar bar.

Tickets can be purchased on the chamber’s website,

Don’t forget

Librarians with the Denton school district and the Denton Public Library are conducting a children’s book drive through June 30.

All the books collected will be given to children who receive free summer lunches through the city of Denton. Each child will also receive a packet of games, science experiments and crafts they can do at home.

The program goal is to give each child five books and an age-appropriate activity pack in July.

Book donations can be dropped off at numerous locations, including all three Denton library branches, DATCU in downtown Denton, Jupiter House Coffee, Mr. Chopsticks, Denton Community Market, SCRAP Denton and Recycled Books Records CDs. Supporters should look for a large yellow box at each collection site.

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