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Les Cockrell: Car show to benefit hospice organization

The Lake Cities Misfits Car Club will present the sixth annual Faith Presbyterian Hospice Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be held at Robinson Restoration and Service in Denton and will feature entries including classic and muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique boats, according to a press release.

The show benefits Faith Presbyterian Hospice, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides innovative services to ease pain and offers programs that improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients, the release stated.

The show is free for observers, and area residents are invited to enter the show in advance or register on Saturday for $15 per vehicle with a maximum of two entries. There will be 10 best of show prizes determined by a panel of judges, and a winner in each category voted on by participants and guests. Several categories will be available.

Visitors can view local car collections and sample offerings from food trucks while they support a good cause, said Brad Soper, president of the Lake Cities Misfits Car Club. He added that the show will also feature raffle tickets with a cash prize, funnel cakes and shaved ice and music.

For more information about the show, visit or call Soper at 214-796-3002. For more information about the hospice, visit


Keep Aubrey Beautiful plans free Dale Watson concert

Keep Aubrey Beautiful will present Texas country music artist Dale Watson on Saturday at the downtown Aubrey festival grounds as the final concert in its 2014 Music in the Park series.

The concert is free. Troy Cartwright will open at 6:45 p.m., and Watson is scheduled to go on stage at 7:30 p.m. The festival grounds are at 301 S. Main St., and attendees are invited to bring coolers, chairs and blankets. Food concessions will be available. For more information, visit


Bird programs, book club on tap this weekend at park

Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend will have opportunities to learn more about birds and attend a meeting of the Ray Roberts Reads book club.

A program on the basics of bird watching will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants will meet in Pavilion 1 and talk about binoculars, field guides and tips for identifying birds. A short bird-watching hike will follow the program.

A full hike for bird watchers is planned at 8 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. All levels of bird watchers are invited to participate. Hikers should meet at Pavilion 1 and bring binoculars.

A hike at 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch will teach participants about the area’s vanishing prairie and the birds and trees that can be found there. Participants should meet at Pavilion 1.

The Ray Roberts Reads book club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater and discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The club focuses on works of fiction shorter than 300 pages and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, email

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.


Program for homeowners scheduled for Saturday

The Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors will present a program to inform local homeowners about resources available in today’s market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Best Western Premier, 2450 Brinker Road in Denton.

The program is designed to inform potential sellers about how to maximize value and how to determine if selling now is the right choice, according to an event announcement.

There is no charge to attend and donations will go to Habitat for Humanity, according to information at To register or for more information, contact Paula Garton at 940-387-8212 or


Company presents check to area support group

Grande Communications recently presented a check for $1,000 to Little Elm Box 620 Support Co. on behalf of its employee philanthropy club, Grande Cares, according to a press release.

The Grande Cares Club is an employee-based giving program within Grande Communications, a Texas-based broadband communications company.

Little Elm Box 620 Support Company provides rehabilitation, safety and assistance to Denton County fire and police departments. Members respond to department calls to provide rest, rehydration, nourishment and medical monitoring.

For more information about the support group, visit or


Don’t forget

The American Red Cross will conduct two local blood drives Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St.; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Timberlinks at Denton, 5201 Par Drive.

Blood donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.

To learn more, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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