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Les Cockrell: Young church plans 2nd anniversary fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the second anniversary dinner and dance planned by St. John Paul II Catholic Church and Campus Center.

The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. July 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road in Denton. Attire will be casual, and prize raffles and barbecue will be featured.

Tickets for the event cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children younger than 12. Tickets can be purchased from Julie Garrison at the Catholic Campus Center, 1303 Eagle Drive, or at the information table at any Saturday or Sunday Mass, organizers said.

For more information, contact Garrison at 940-566-0004, 940-736-6166 or

The church and campus ministry serve the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students, as well as alumni, faculty and the greater Denton community.

Free Loaders set to perform Tuesday in Lewisville concert

The Free Loaders, a six-piece Dallas band, will perform Tuesday as the fifth act in the free “Sounds of Lewisville” outdoor concert series in historic 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. in Lewisville.

The Free Loaders play jazz, swing and blues music.

For information about upcoming events at the MCL Grand Theater, visit or call 972-219-8446.

Wildlife Detective program kicks off holiday weekend at state park

Staff members at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will get the holiday weekend off to an early start by conducting a Wildlife Detectives program at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The program will teach families how to search for traces of animal activity. An optional track-hunting hike will follow the presentation.

Participants should meet at the amphitheater near the fishing pond and wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sun protection.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older.

The Johnson Branch Unit is located on FM3002, 7 miles east of Interstate 35. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.

Denton library programs aimed at young thespians

The Denton Public Library has announced that it will conduct a theater camp and a workshop on improvisational acting this summer to help young thespians in the area hone their performance skills, according to a library news release.

The theater camp, set for July 21-25, is open to children ages 9-12. Each session will run from 2 to 5 p.m. at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Participants will learn about the various aspects of staging a play, from directing and producing to costume design and prop-making. They will learn how to dive into character, work as a cast and conquer stage fright, the release states. The camp will conclude with a live performance.

The workshop on improvisational acting will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. July 29-31 at North Branch Library. Youths ages 11-18 are invited to learn the art of improv acting through exercises, games and more, according to the release.

For more information about youth programs offered by the library, contact youth services librarian Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or

LLELA support group announces fundraiser

Friends of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will kick off a new fundraising effort at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Square One Cafe in Old Town Lewisville.

The business, at 136 W. Main St., will donate a percentage of all food purchases made every Tuesday in July to LLELA, event organizers said. In addition, the cafe will donate $1 for every pint of beer purchased and $2 for each growler purchased.

Friends of LLELA is a nonprofit group formed to support the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, which 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.

For more information about Friends of LLELA, email For more information about the environmental learning area and scheduled activities, call 972-219-3930.

Area mall to conduct voter registration drive this week

Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall will conduct a nonpartisan voter registration drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The process is simple, requiring the completion of a short application, drive organizers said. In addition to registering to vote, residents who have moved recently and/or had name changes will be able to update their information, or they can stop by the registration table to request a replacement card.

Volunteers will be at the mall’s center court to offer assistance. Vista Ridge Mall is located at Interstate 35E and Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville. For information, visit or call 972-315-3641.

Operation Kindness to offer holiday adoption discount

Operation Kindness animal shelter in Carrollton will celebrate Independence Day by offering one-fourth off adoption fees starting Friday through next Monday.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and noon to 7 p.m. July 7, according to an event announcement.

Normal adoption fees are $110 for cats, $135 for kittens younger than 1 year, $160 for dogs and $185 for puppies younger than 1 year. Adoption fees help cover the costs of procedures for the animals in care, including tests, vaccinations, collars and tags, microchipping, surgeries, rehabilitation and recovery, according to the announcement.

Operation Kindness is located at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton. For more information, visit or call 972-418-7297.

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