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Les Cockrell: State park to offer four yoga classes

A yoga class will be offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park beginning Tuesday, according to a park press release.

Nicki Roseman will be the instructor for the class, which will meet from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Future sessions will be Aug. 12, 19 and 26.

Participants can prepay at Individual classes cost $15, and a package price of $48 is available for all four classes. The prepaid fee includes park entrance, and participants should check in with gate attendees.

Cost for walk-in participants will be $7 for park entrance, plus a $10 class fee paid separately, according to the release.

Participants should bring a yoga mat, water and sun protection. They should plan to arrive five to 10 minutes early, and are invited to stay after class to enjoy the park.

Activities set this weekend at the park include a slacklining activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Isle du Bois. Visitors should stop by the interpretive center to try slacklining, an exercise in balance along a line tensioned between two anchor points.

A nature journal class is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lost Pines Amphitheater at Isle du Bois. The program is open to adults and children, and participants should bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

Another nature journal class will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday in Pavilion 1 of the park’s Johnson Branch Unit. Participants should bring their own journals and art supplies, if possible. A limited number of journals/art supplies will be available.

Park visitors can learn how to make a Dutch oven dessert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Pavilion 1 at Johnson Branch. A Dutch oven is a cast iron pot with a lid that can be used for cooking while camping, and participants should bring a spoon and a plate for sampling. There will also be take-home recipes.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


Lewisville musical tells story of Holly’s last concert

Texas Family Musicals will present three performances of The Night the Music Died on Friday and Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

Shows are planned at 7:30 p.m. daily, with a 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday. For ticket prices or more information, visit or call 1-800-547-4697.

The production is about the last concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, which was held in 1959 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. All three stars were killed in the crash of a chartered plane just hours after the end of the show.

The theater is at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

For details about upcoming events, visit or call 972-219-8446.


Denton Herb Society to hear program on type of onion

The Denton Herb Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Guest speaker will be Roberta Wallace, who will give a presentation on the Egyptian walking onion, also known as the “tree onion, which offers both culinary and medicinal benefits,” according to a press release. There will be onion bulbs for attendees to take home.

The program is open to the public at no cost. For more information, visit


North Central Texas Chorale seeks Denton singers

The North Central Texas Chorale is seeking Denton singers for its fall season, the group announced recently.

Major works will include Mozart’s “The Solemn Vespers” to be performed at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.

A rehearsal is planned at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the North Central Texas College campus in Gainesville.

No audition is required. Experience in choir singing and the ability to read music and sing on pitch are important considerations, the announcement stated.

For more information, call Phil Schenk at 940-387-1886 or visit


Members of friends group planning book sale

Members of the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries will conduct a quarterly book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Admission is $1, or free for group members. Most items will cost 50 cents or $1. Customers also can buy a book bag for $15 and fill it up with books at no additional charge.

The book sale raises money for Denton Public Library programs, materials and equipment. For more information, contact Laura Douglas at 940-349-8752 or


Author’s book chosen as regional Scholastic selection

Argyle author Lynn Sheffield Simmons’ latest children’s book, Bo and the Ghosts of Tumbleweed Ranch, has been chosen by Scholastic Inc. as a regional selection for readers ages 8 through 12, according to an announcement from the author.

The book is the sixth in a series about Bo, a Labrador retriever who gets involved in various adventures. Denton artist Lin Hampton illustrated the book and it was formatted by Crystal Wood of Tattersall Publishing.

Simmons’ books published by Argyle Books include Rowdy’s Night Before Christmas and The Place Is Argyle: Historical Facts and Recollections. Pelican Publishing is the publisher of other books in the Bo series, and Arcadia Publishing is the publisher of her book Images of America-Argyle. They are available at local booksellers, as well as and other online retailers.

For additional information, visit or call 940-464-3368.


Don’t forget

Denton’s North Branch Library will conduct a documentary filmmaking workshop for ages 11 to 18 in three sessions beginning Saturday.

Future sessions will be offered Aug. 9 and 16. All sessions will meet from 9 a.m. to noon.

The library and representatives of the Thin Line festival have teamed up to present the workshop, which will be led by veteran filmmaker Mark Birnbaum.

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

The library is at 3020 N. Locust St.

For more information, call 940-349-8741.

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