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Les Cockrell: Lisapalooza to benefit woman with cancer

Lisapalooza, a benefit concert and auction for Lisa L. Rollins, a Denton native who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer, is planned from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dan’s Silverleaf.

Music will be provided by a list of performers including Andy Timmons, Matthew Johnson, Steve Wilson, April Samuels, New Voodoo, Les Black, Cliff Temple, Cody Culberson and Dakoda Rollins, event organizers said. Rollins is Lisa’s son.

The auction features handcrafted jewelry and quilts, autographed music memorabilia, CDs and books, gift certificates and more. Auction items can be viewed and bid may be placed at

Rollins was born in Denton and grew up in Argyle, organizers said. She graduated from Denton High School in 1983 and majored in journalism at the University of North Texas. A former music columnist and editor for the Denton Record Chronicle, she later wrote for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, taught journalism at Middle Tennessee State University for 14 years and is presently an Ashford University journalism professor.

Tickets cost $15 at the door at the door or $10 in advance at Dan’s Silverleaf is at 103 Industrial St. in Denton, and the event is open to all ages.

Lisapalooza is the first event sponsored by the Denton High School Family Assistance Foundation, a charity formed with the mission of providing financial assistance to Denton High alumni and/or their families in times of crisis, organizers said.

For more information, call 940-320-2000.


Denton Quilt Guild plans sale today at arts center

The Denton Quilt Guild is sponsoring a sale at 6 p.m. today at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The event will feature more than 700 yards of fabric, books, notions and snack food, and the public is invited to participate. Proceeds will help fund the guild’s various charity projects, a spokeswoman for the group said.

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.

Area businesses and organizations interested in helping display the quilt can email Debbie Coates at

For more information about the guild, visit


‘Friday Night Frog Talk’ to kick off weekend at park

A “Friday Night Frog Talk” will kick off activities at Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend.

Visitors to the park’s Johnson Branch Unit are invited to attend the talk at 8 p.m. Friday and learn about frogs and toads found in the area. A short frog-spotting hike will follow the discussion. Participants should gather at the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

An introductory kayaking class will be offered from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch. The class can accommodate children ages 3 and up with adults. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided, but class space is limited and reservations are required by calling Danielle Bradley at 940-637-2636. Participants should meet at the boat ramp parking lot and bring water shoes.

A ranger talk on animal antics is planned at 3 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Isle du Bois Unit. Participants should meet at the unit’s interpretive center for the talk, which will be followed by a short hike.

A sunset hike is planned at 8 p.m. Saturday at Isle du Bois. Hikers should meet at the Hawthorne parking area for the 2-mile guided walk along the paved Randy Bell scenic trail.

Park visitors are advised to bring water and sun protection, and anyone planning to participate in a hike should wear sturdy footwear. 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.


North Branch Library sets back-to-school celebration

A back-to-school celebration for children ages 5 to 11 is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

The event will feature crafts and other activities and a special reading of Ready and Waiting for You by Judi Moreillon. Librarians from Evers Park Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School are scheduled to attend.

For more information, call 940-349-8741.


Hospital schedules heart screenings for young people

The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton has announced that the Living for Zachary heart screening program is now available.

Screenings are offered Monday through Friday at the hospital, 2801 S. Mayhill Road. Call 1-800-4BAYLOR to schedule an appointment. Screening price is $100, according to a press release.

Special screening events are planned at the hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 30, the press release stated.

Cardiologists will be on site to answer questions. A registration form must be faxed to 214-818-2748 for these special events, and cost of the screening is $100.

The Living for Zachary Heart screening is a special screening program created and provided by the hospital for youths ages 12-22 that can help detect heart abnormalities that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

This noninvasive screening package includes an electrocardiogram, limited 2-D echocardiogram and blood pressure screening.

Living for Zachary was founded in honor of Zachary Schrah, who collapsed in 2009 during a football practice due to sudden cardiac arrest. After his death, the nonprofit organization was established to raise awareness of the condition, the press release stated.

For more information, call 1-877-584-4922 or visit


Keep Lewisville Beautiful taking grant applications

Keep Lewisville Beautiful is taking applications for the John Boehm Youth Grant, according to a press release.

Boehm, a Lewisville resident, was one of the founders of Keep Lewisville Beautiful. To honor his years of service, the agency donates funds to help youth groups complete community service projects through a $500 grant four times each year.

The grant will be given to adult-sponsored youth groups for projects that reflect one or more of the following goals: litter prevention, beautification/community improvement, waste reduction/resource conservation and/or environmental education.

It is the policy of KLB to fund projects within the city limits of Lewisville. A brief project report is required within 10 days of the project completion.

For more information, visit All applications must be postmarked by Sept. 2. Applications are available by contacting the agency at 972-538-5949, or at the website.


Don’t forget

The Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program will have an open house at 10 a.m. today at Denton’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave.

The annual event is designed to help the public learn more about the program and the projects that are underway in Denton County.

The Elm Fork Chapter was established in 1999 and has 117 active members from Denton, Wise and Cooke counties. For more information, call 940-349-2883 or visit

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