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Les Cockrell: Upcoming garden tour showcases city’s best

“In-Town Gardens” is the theme of the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s spring garden tour, which will give participants a close look at five gardens located inside the Denton city limits.

The tour will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and proceeds benefit horticultural education programs.

Tickets cost $10 per person and are available from Master Gardeners, local nurseries and online at Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Admission to a single garden is $5 at the gate.

Veteran Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and point out interesting characteristics of each landscape.

Residential gardens included in the tour feature a variety of flowers and plants, including old-time favorites such as day lilies, daisies, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, herbs, yarrow, salvia, Mexican milkweed and seasonal annuals, according to a press release from the association.

Visitors will also find antique and whimsical yard art, systems using rainwater collection barrels and plants in raised beds and containers. There are trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables, all of them native or adapted to North Texas, and each garden has its own personality, providing the homeowners with several treasured places for work, play and renewal.

One of the gardens is located at Lake Forest Village. Primarily a vegetable garden, it was built and is used by residents to produce food for personal use. The surplus is sold in the Village grocery store to residents who might not be able to participate in garden activities. An assortment of flowers and Texas-adapted plants provide color and attract pollinators to the grounds.

A list of featured gardens and locations can be found at the website.


Program on managing weight set for today

NAMI Denton County will have a presentation by registered dietitian Anna Love, Ph.D., about “Weight Management for Mental Health” today.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 202 of Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 FM407 (Justin Road) in Double Oak, and the public is invited to attend.

Love will discuss how mental health and stress can be key factors in the cycle of weight gain and how to work with these factors to live a healthier lifestyle.

NAMI Denton County is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

For more information about the presentation, call 469-248-8789 or email


Alzheimer’s program planned Thursday

A program titled “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” will be presented on Thursday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

The presentation is part of an award-winning program produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization that acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care, according to a press release.

Registration will be at 1 p.m. Moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the program will be shown from 1:30 to 4 p.m. A panel discussion will follow.

This program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits, the press release stated. For full program details, see HFA’s website at


Women’s conference planned Saturday in Denton

A women’s conference focusing on spiritual motherhood is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at El Guapo’s, located at 419 S. Elm St. in Denton.

All women are invited to attend the event, according to an announcement from organizers. Cost is $30 per person and includes lunch.

Author Kim Brown will be the conference speaker and the day will include prayer, a talk on spiritual motherhood and time for fellowship.

Online registration is available at Space is limited.

The event is hosted by Kingdom of God Sisters.

For more information, email, call 940-727-8028, or visit or


Environmental learning area has busy weekend schedule

Visitors to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area can celebrate spring with a full range of outdoor activities this weekend.

First up will be a “Stars on the Prairie” program set from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. The program is open to ages 5 and older and participants will visit LLELA’s prairie restoration area to get a good look at the night sky.

There is a $5 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee. Reservations are required at 972-219-3930 or If the sky is cloudy, a night hike will be held.

Activities on Saturday will get started early with a 7:30 a.m. bird walk for ages 10 and older. Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited. There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5 person. Reservations are not required.

A nature walk set for 10 a.m. Saturday will take participants on a tour to take a close look at blooming wildflowers, butterflies and more natural features of the area. There is no additional fee for the walk and reservations are not required.

A kayak tour of McWhorter Creek is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and all skill levels are invited. Cost is $20 per paddler, and equipment is provided.

The tour is open to ages 7 and older, and paddlers will receive an introduction to using a kayak before going into the water. Space is limited and registration is required at 972-219-3930 or

Saturday’s tour includes LLELA’s new Art Boat activity. Each kayak will be outfitted with a canvas, watercolor paints and brushes. Kayakers will use the water of McWhorter Creek to mix their paints and create a memory to take home with them.

A night hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday will close out weekend activities. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or There is a $5 program fee for the night hike.

The environmental learning area is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 972-219-3930 or visit

The entrance is at the intersection of Jones and Kealy streets in Lewisville. Admission is $5 per person, with children 5 and younger admitted free.


‘Chalk this Way’ family festival set Saturday

The “Chalk this Way” free family festival will return to the heart of historic Old Town Lewisville on Saturday, in and around the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

Festival hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Planned activities include professional chalk artists, amateur sidewalk chalk competitions, a children’s gallery for on-site chalk creations, arts and crafts vendors, food, sidewalk games and live entertainment.

Entry to the festival is free, although there may be a fee to participate in some activities.

The fifth annual festival is being held by Lakeside Arts Foundation in partnership with Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance, the city of Lewisville and the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Local performing groups will present shows inside the MCL Grand, located at 100 N. Charles St., between Main and Church streets. There also will be a silent auction inside the MCL Grand lobby, conducted by Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, to raise money for the Lewisville Morning Rotary Scholarship Art Competition.

The festival is a fundraiser for college scholarships provided by Lakeside Arts Foundation.

For information, visit or call 972-625-1726.

Free festival parking is available in the east lot of City Hall, on Walters Street behind Lewisville City Hall, the parking lot at Elm and Mill streets and along Main Street.


Don’t forget

The Nepalese Student Association at the University of North Texas has set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help victims of the Nepal earthquake. For more information, call 940-597-7051 or 940-536-7265. To donate online, visit

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