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Les Cockrell: Denton library’s improv class open to teens

The Denton Public Library will offer teenagers a three-day workshop on improvisational acting skills beginning Tuesday, July 29, according to an announcement from the library.

The workshop will be from 1 to 5 p.m. July 29-31 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Youths ages 11-18 are invited to learn acting techniques through exercises, games and other activities, according to the announcement.

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

Denton donation drive to collect items to help immigrant children

A Denton donation drive to provide relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed the Texas border recently is planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, according to an announcement from organizers.

The drive will be at the south end of the parking lot at Denton Bible Church, 2300 E. University Drive.

Items needed include dish soap, washcloths, all-purpose cleaner, notebook paper, English/Spanish flash cards, Lego sets, stress balls and small toys, organizers said. A full list of items is available at Money given to the drive will provide welcome boxes for the children to provide for their basic needs.

For more information about the Donate Denton County relief effort, email

Red Cross to hold blood drive at Sanger High School Friday

The American Red Cross will have blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Sanger High School, 100 Indian Lane.

The Red Cross is reporting fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than the number needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients, according to a news release. Blood donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative are especially needed.

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

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Eleven Hundred Springs to perform in Lewisville

Country music band Eleven Hundred Springs is scheduled to perform on Tuesday as the eighth act of 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. Shaved ice, hot dogs, beer, wine and water will be available for sale.

Since Eleven Hundred Springs got started in 1998, the group has produced nine albums and remains committed to the true soul of country music, according to a news release.

Attendees can bring lawn chairs or blankets, and free public parking is available along Main and Church streets or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

A performance by the Killdares on July 29 will close out the concert series. For more information, visit

Interfaith Ministries seeking volunteers to help clients

Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc. is seeking volunteers to see clients and assess their need for assistance using Interfaith’s new online client management system, according to a news release from the agency.

Volunteers should be able to commit at least six months to serve a minimum of four hours a week, the release states. Additionally, those interested must be dedicated to Interfaith’s mission of providing emergency basic needs assistance to the people of northern Denton County with the goal of helping those people become self-sufficient.

For more information, call Interfaith Ministries at 940-566-5927. To fill out a volunteer application, visit

Interfaith Ministries is a United Way of Denton County partner agency.

Foundation grant presented to SpiritHorse riding center

A grant from the CoServ Charitable Foundation will allow SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center in Corinth to purchase a much-needed ranch truck, according to a CoServ news release.

CoServ Area Manager Craig Chambers presented SpiritHorse with a check to purchase a 2010 Suzuki Equator. The purchase price included a $500 discount from Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Denton, according to the release.

SpiritHorse was using a 1999 model vehicle that was expensive to maintain, and Chief Operating Officer Shelly Turner applied for the grant.

Chambers said CoServ members and customers deserve the credit for helping SpiritHorse with the upgrade.

“Members and customers support CCF through Operation RoundUp, which makes grants like this possible, and employees donate and contribute to fundraisers so we can help others outside our service territory,” Chambers said in the news release.

SpiritHorse is a nonprofit in Corinth that assists people with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses, according to For more information about the CoServ Charitable Foundation, visit

Vendor spaces available for Aubrey Peanut Festival

Vendor booth spaces are now available for the 29th annual Aubrey Peanut Festival, which will be held Oct. 4, organizers announced last week.

Keep Aubrey Beautiful sponsors and organizes the event, which pays tribute to the town’s heritage and agricultural past. An estimated 8,000 visitors attend the free day-long festival.

A 10 a.m. parade will get the festivities underway. This year’s parade theme is “Nuts About Aubrey.” The event will also include music, a gunslinger show, magicians and games.

The peanut always plays a prominent part in the festival, which features a peanut shelling contest, peanut butter sandwich eating contest and a peanut cooking contest. A photo contest is also planned.

Organizers expect more than 100 booths, including various food booths including barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, and vendors will offer T-shirts, jewelry and arts and crafts.

For information about vendor spaces, fees, sizes and applications, visit, email or call 940-343-1313. Parade applications are also available.

Don’t forget

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will offer a “Stars on the Prairie” astronomy program from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday.

There is a $5 program fee in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 per person, and reservations are required at 972-219-3930 or If the sky is cloudy, there will be a night hike.

The environmental learning area is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing 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.

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