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Les Cockrell: Denton libraries offer variety of activities

The Denton Public Library’s summer activities for young people continue with special visitors, a photography workshop and a bike parade.

“Critterman,” a wildlife educator, is scheduled to visit North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Ages 5 and older are invited to learn more about wild animals from all over the world, according to a library press release.

Magician and sleight-of-hand artist Gerald Edmundson is scheduled to visit South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, at 4 p.m. Friday. Seating is limited, and free tickets will be available starting an hour before showtime on a first-come, first-served basis.

A hands-on photography workshop, presented by students from the Denton school district’s commercial photography class, will be offered at North Branch Library at 11 a.m. Saturday. The workshop is recommended for ages 6-10 and will offer tips and tricks to have fun with photography, the press release stated.

A baby-sitting workshop will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Presented by the Denton Fire Department, the workshop will feature strategies, emergency procedures and other information to help baby sitters. The program is open to ages 11-18 and registration is required. Call the library at 940-349-8752.

Youngsters are invited to decorate their bikes and participate in a parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the South Branch Library. The event is open to bicycles, tricycles and scooters.

For more information about youth programs, call Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718.


‘Owl prowl,’ treasure hunt scheduled at state park

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend can go on the prowl for owls, take a high-tech treasure hunt and learn more about frogs.

Staff members at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit will present a talk about owls at 8 p.m. Friday, then lead a guided hike, or “owl prowl,” in search of the nocturnal predators. No reservations are required.

A “Friday Night Frog Talk” will lead off weekend activities at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will learn about frogs found in the local region and then go on a short frog-spotting hike. The program begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

An introduction to geocaching, a high-tech “treasure hunt” using GPS units, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Participants will meet at the interpretive center for instruction and then try out what they learn.

No reservations are required. A limited number of GPS units will be available on a first-come, first-served basis or participants can supply their own.

A program called the “Fast and Furriest” will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Pavilion 1 of the Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will learn how to identify animals found in the park.

Both units will close out scheduled weekend activities with a class on nature journals at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Isle du Bois class will be at the Lost Pines Amphitheater, and participants should bring along a notebook and pen or pencil. The program is open to adults and children.

The Johnson Branch nature journal class will be in Pavilion 1. Participants should bring their journals and art supplies; a limited number of supplies will be available for public use.

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.


Social Media Day Denton to benefit nonprofit

A food and book drive will be part of events planned Monday at Rotary House in Denton, a facility offering medical and nonprofit offices and transitional housing for homeless families.

The event is part of a Denton Social Media Day conducted by The Crouch Group, a local marketing and advertising firm. Social Media Day is a nationally recognized event acknowledging the digital revolution happening across the globe and here in Denton, according to a press release from the agency.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 821 Elm St., and admission will be one donation — a canned food item or a children’s book. The event benefits Serve Denton, a local nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits fulfill their missions, the press release stated.

The event will include music from Sound and Show, food truck vendors including Lean Machine and Say Kimchi, and nonprofit agencies including Serve Denton, Denton Community Market and more.

For more information about Serve Denton, visit or email


County amateur radio group sets field day event

The Denton County Amateur Radio Association will participate in a field day exercise beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and continuing until 11 a.m. Sunday, a spokesman for the group said.

Members will set up operations at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane in Denton.

Ham radio demonstrations and tours of emergency communications vehicles will be offered throughout the event, and the public is invited to visit the site and learn more about the group.

The association meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Denton County Emergency Services building, 9060 Teasley Lane. For more information, visit


Red Cross to hold blood drive at Denton store

An American Red Cross blood drive is planned in Denton on Monday, according to a press release.

The drive is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 1255 S. Loop 288. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with Type O-negative, B-negative and A-negative.

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.

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


Twice as Nice Resale shop to celebrate milestone

Congratulations to the folks at Twice as Nice Resale of Denton as they celebrate 10 years in business on Saturday.

Twice as Nice Resale, 413 E. Oak St., supports Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center. For more information, visit

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