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Les Cockrell: Early maps of Southwest on view

Denton’s North Branch Library will have an exhibit illustrating early mapmakers’ perceptions of the American Southwest throughout July.

The Humanities Texas replica map exhibit includes copies of the earliest known map to outline the Gulf of Mexico. The exhibit shows how the region was not always accurately pictured and how some outstanding misconceptions were handed down through generations, according to a news release.

The exhibit also includes copies of the first map to use a form of the word “Texas” and the 1847 map of the Southwest that was used to establish the boundary between Mexico and the United States.

The free exhibit will be on view at the library, at 3020 N. Locust St., through July 31.

Social worker to speak at NAMI Denton County meeting

Tiana Gooden, vice chairwoman of Wellness Alliance for Total Children’s Health, will speak at 7 p.m. today at the NAMI Denton County monthly program meeting.

The meeting of the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is open to the public and will be in Room 202 of Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 in Double Oak.

Gooden is a licensed clinical social worker and her organization works to increase awareness of and access to mental health services for children in Denton County, according to a news release.

NAMI Denton County sponsors family support groups for family members, friends and caregivers, as well as Recovery International support groups for adults living with mental illness, every Monday evening at Crossroads Bible Church. The free support groups are led by trained facilitators.

For more information about today’s program, NAMI and its support groups, email, call 469-248-8789 or visit

Courthouse lecture to offer basics of genealogy research

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will conduct a lecture on beginning genealogy at 2:30 p.m. July 16 in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The speaker will be Kathy Strauss, genealogy and special collections senior librarian for the Denton Public Library. She will discuss the basics of genealogical research, including gathering information, using genealogical forms, basic sources, staying organized and using library resources.

All courthouse exhibits and lectures are free. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

Emergency response team classes set in Little Elm

The Little Elm Fire Department’s emergency management program and the Denton County Department of Emergency Services are jointly offering classes to prepare residents to become members of the Community Emergency Response Team, according to a news release.

A series of four classes over two weekends will be held. Applicants must be residents of Denton County and must attend all four classes.

Scheduled classes are from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9.

Registration deadline is 5 p.m. July 21. Those interested can contact Brenda Gormley at or 940-349-2855. Applications by fax can be sent to 940-349-5316.

Classes, which are limited in size, will be at the Little Elm Public Safety Center, 88 W. Eldorado Parkway in the Little Elm Municipal Complex.

Trained CERT volunteers assist with disaster preparedness and emergency management in the local community, the news release states. They receive training in disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Community theater actors to visit Denton libraries

Actors from the Denton Community Theatre will be visiting Denton Public Library branches in the next few weeks to present stories, songs and poems that promote the Summer Reading Club’s theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

The program is made possible by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the presentations are designed for ages 3 and older, according to a news release.

Scheduled visits are at 3 p.m. July 15 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.; 3:30 p.m. July 29 at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane; and 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

A 3 p.m. performance on Aug. 7 at North Branch Library will be offered for individuals with special needs. For more information, call Carmen Grant at 940-349-8778.

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

Environmental area offers after-hours activities

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will have after-hours activities in July and August to help visitors participate in outdoor activities without having to battle the heat of Texas summer days, according to an announcement from Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator.

Night hikes are planned on Saturday and Aug. 9. Trail guides will lead the excursions from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or

“Stars on the Prairie” astronomy programs will be offered on July 25 and Aug. 15. Both sessions will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., and reservations are required at 972-219-3930 or If the sky is cloudy, there will be a night hike.

There is a $5 program fee for each night hike and astronomy session, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person.

The environmental learning area is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and other activities. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit

LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. at the intersection of Jones and Kealy Street in Lewisville.

Sponsorships available for Serve Denton tournament

Serve Denton will have its inaugural Charity Golf Classic on Sept. 29, and sponsorship opportunities are now available, according to an announcement from the organization.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Serve Denton’s mission of helping nonprofits serve those in the community who need food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other necessities.

The tournament will be played at Denton Country Club in Argyle. The event will begin at noon and will include a post-tournament awards dinner, auctions, raffles, four hole-in-one contests and other activities.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Puckett at 214-704-4026 or or Jeanne Stewart at 940-442-5402 or

To learn more about Serve Denton, visit or call 940-268-5898.

Don’t forget

Tickets are on sale for the second anniversary dinner and dance planned from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday by St. John Paul II Catholic Church and Campus Center. The event will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1700 Riney Road in Denton. Attire will be casual, and prize raffles and barbecue will be featured.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children younger than 12 and can be purchased from Julie Garrison at the Catholic Campus Center, 1303 Eagle Drive. For more information, contact Garrison at 940-566-0004, 940-736-6166 or

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

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