Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content

Les Cockrell: Class gives start to young documentary filmmakers

Denton’s North Branch Library will offer a documentary filmmaking workshop for youths ages 11-18 in three sessions next month.

Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, according to a press release from the library.

The library and representatives of the Thin Line festival have teamed up to present “An Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking,” said Juli Gonzalez, public services librarian.

The workshop will be led by veteran filmmaker Mark Birnbaum, who will discuss the fundamentals of storytelling and working with a camera. Other topics will include sound and light and the basics of editing.

Birnbaum will screen examples from his own work, and participants who attend all three sessions and have access to a camera or smartphone will have the opportunity to create their own short documentaries, according to the announcement.

All films created will be presented at a public screening. In addition, Thin Line will choose a winning film to be included in the 2015 Thin Line lineup.

North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. For more information, call Gonzalez at 940-349-8741.

Killdares to close out Lewisville concert series

The Killdares will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the last performance of this summer’s free “Sounds of Lewisville” outdoor concert series in Old Town Lewisville.

The concert will be 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 purchase.

Originally formed in 1996, the Killdares are known for performing a new version of hard-driving, alternative Celtic rock music, according to the band’s press information.

The Dallas Highland Dancers, a traditional Scottish Highland dancing group, will perform at intermission.

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

Girl Scouts’ cookbooks support Silver Award project

Three Girl Scouts from Troop 8667 are selling cookbooks to raise money for a Silver Award project.

Jacy Woods, Samantha Mayer and Angelique LaPiene want to place one or more special swings in area parks to serve children with disabilities that limit movement, a spokeswoman for the troop said.

The Troop 8667 Silver Project cookbooks cost $15 each, plus $5 shipping. The spiral-bound books have 48 pages and 132 recipes for appetizers and beverages, breakfast and brunch, side dishes, main dishes, slow-cooker dishes, desserts and treats for pets. The books also feature recipes especially for youngsters to prepare.

The Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can attain at the Cadette level.

Cookbooks can be purchased by mailing a check payable to: Troop 8667, Attn: Troop 8667 – Silver Award, 305 Janis Lane, Krugerville, TX 76227. For more information about the cookbook, call 940-735-7138, email or visit

More information about the swings can be found at

Party wraps up Sanger summer reading program

The Sanger Public Library will wrap up its summer reading programs with a special Doctor Who-themed party for all ages at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The party will feature music from the Doctor Who show, games including trivia and costume contests, and themed foods.

The party will also provide a good opportunity to celebrate the library’s reopening after it was forced to close due to flooding damage in March, according to a news release from the library.

Any science fiction fans are welcome to attend the party, whether or not they participated in the summer reading program.

The library, at 501 Bolivar St., will have an open house in the fall, after new furniture arrives. For more information, call 940-458-3257.

Teams and help needed for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Organizers are now signing up teams, volunteers and sponsors for the Denton County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The event will be held Sept. 13 at Denton’s South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane. Check-in will start at 7:30 a.m., and the event will begin at 9 a.m.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information about the association and its programs, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit

For more information about the Denton County event, email Erin Caston at or Jerri Johnston at

Free workshop offers info on Parkinson’s disease

Select Rehabilitation Hospital in Denton will present a free workshop and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to offer information about Parkinson’s disease.

Those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and those caring for someone with the disease are invited to attend.

The program will include an overview of the disease and information about medication management and treatments by neurologist and Parkinson’s specialist Dr. Sunil Thummala, according to a press release.

The event also includes a presentation by Medtronic on a new surgical intervention, an overview of Select Rehabilitation’s therapy programs and information about free community resources.

Select Rehabilitation is located at 2620 Scripture St. To make reservations, call 940-297-6500.

Lewisville police program accepting applications

The Lewisville Citizen Police Academy is accepting applications through Aug. 15 for its upcoming course, which will run from Sept. 11 to Dec. 11, according to a news release from the city.

The academy is designed to provide residents with a better understanding of what police officers do every day. The class is made up of a cross-section of the Lewisville community, and applicants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Lewisville.

Most sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Two Saturday sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to 30 students.

There is no cost to attend; however, the course requires a substantial time commitment. During the 13-week program, students will receive about 30 hours of instruction. Students will not be allowed to graduate if they miss more than three sessions.

Applications can be downloaded at

LES COCKRELL is interested in your input for Out & About. Help share information about Denton County events and people by calling him at 940-566-6887. His e-mail address is