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Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.

This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and was donated by guild member Billie Owens. Maria Hall, another guild member, also worked on the quilt. The quilt has been professionally appraised with a replacement value of $7,000, according to a news release from the guild.

Raffle tickets cost $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10 and are available by emailing Debbie Coates at Area businesses and organizations interested in helping display the quilt should email Coates.

Quilt showings have been booked from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Oct. 4 at the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store at Rayzor Ranch, at 2640 W. University Drive.

Guild community service projects include continuing education classes and workshops. Members also make and donate quilts for the Kids Kwilts project, which supports the efforts of Denton County Child Protective Services, Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, Project Adoptions and other nonprofit agencies. A program to provide Christmas stockings for less-fortunate children is another guild project.

For more information about the Denton Quilt Guild, visit

Balloon art and magic to be featured at library program

The start of school may be on the horizon, but youngsters can still have fun at remaining summer programs offered by the Denton Public Library.

The South Branch Library will offer a show featuring “Gregg the Balloon Guy” at 4 p.m. Thursday. He combines magic and balloon art to entertain audiences. The show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

For more information, contact public services librarian Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741 or

Lewisville Grand Theater to host ‘Illusions’ on Saturday

Husband and wife magicians David and Kylie Knight will present a show titled “Illusions” on Saturday at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, available at Tickets at the door will cost $15.

The Knights have been performing magic together for more than a decade, according to an event press release.

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

Pilot Point Opera House stages small-town comedy

The Pilot Point Community Opera House will present a comedy production titled When Bullfrogs Sing Opera on Friday, Saturday and Aug. 15 and 16.

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.

The award-winning play by Carl L. Williams is about two female cousins who grew up in a town named Bullfrog Waller. One becomes a city snob who tries to keep her “cornbread and grits” country cousin from embarrassing her in front of her new high-society friends.

The production, directed by Tom Thompson, will be presented at the opera house, located at 110 S. Washington St. in historic downtown Pilot Point.

For more information, call Rowland Funk at 214-405-4708.

Vista Ridge shoppers can help nonprofit meet needs

Families who visit Vista Ridge mall in Lewisville to take advantage of tax-free weekend shopping Friday through Sunday will be invited to donate to Christian Community Action, a Lewisville nonprofit agency that provides qualifying students with back-to-school items.

Donations will be placed in a store at CCA where parents and children can shop for back-to-school outfits, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Each qualifying student receives two new outfits, a pair of shoes, a backpack and grade-specific school supplies.

Representatives of CCA will be in the food court during the mall’s extended hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Christian Community Action has been helping southern Denton County families in need for more than 40 years.

CCA Resale stores are located at 2202 S. State Highway 121 in Lewisville, 3050 N. Josey Lane in Carrollton and 5000 Main St. in The Colony. For more information about the agency, visit

Vista Ridge Mall is located at Interstate 35E and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville. For information, visit

Little Elm Park to screen final outdoor movie

The Little Elm Parks and Recreation Department will present the final feature in its summer outdoor movie series on Saturday at Little Elm Park Beach, according to an announcement.

Featured will be Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightning Thief, in which a teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure.

The free screening will start at dusk, around 9 p.m. Beach-themed activities, including a hula-hoop contest, limbo dancing and balloon tossing, will start at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the beach area or floats and air mattresses for wading into the lake to watch the movie.

The entrance to Little Elm Park is at 704 W. Eldorado Parkway. For more information, visit

Environmental learning area offers night hike Saturday

Visitors to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area on Saturday are invited to take part in a night hike.

Trail guides will lead the hike from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. through wooded and prairie areas and help participants listen for coyotes, owls and other nocturnal creatures.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or emailing There is a $5 program fee for the night hike, 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 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 streets in Lewisville.

Speedway workers help update Denton shelter

Texas Motor Speedway recently concluded the seventh year of its “Speeding to Help” community outreach program by painting the interior of a “safe shelter” for Denton County Friends of the Family.

Texas Motor Speedway provided 13 employees to help revitalize the interior of the organization’s 4,400-square-foot facility in Denton, which assists women affected by relationship violence and/or sexual abuse. They painted the main foyer, dining room and hallway on the ground level as well as a large bedroom and the hallway on the second story, according to a news release.

The shelter gets a constant influx of people coming in, and about 500 women and children are served each year, which results in a lot of wear and tear on the house, according to RayAnne Climer, director of residential and crisis services for Friends of the Family.

“That is a lot of crayon marking on the walls,” she said in the news release. “It’s absolutely vital that we have volunteers come in and help us.”

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