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Les Cockrell: Group to present program on bumblebees

Out & About

Members of the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will hear a presentation on conservation of North Texas bumblebees today at the Denton County Elections Building, 701 Kimberly Drive.

A social time is planned at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

Guest speaker will be Jessica Beckham, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of North Texas.

The program will include information on the natural history of bumblebees, identification of species in North Texas, ongoing research at UNT and ways that individuals can help to conserve these vital resources, according to a press release.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Elm Fork Chapter has 130 active members from Denton, Wise and Cooke counties. Visit for more information.

Blood drive scheduled

Saturday at Denton church

Denton’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The drive will be in the church gym. St. Andrew is at 300 W. Oak St.

Individuals who are age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required.

Environmental learning area

sets weekend events

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is open again for regular summer hours, and visitors this weekend will find activities scheduled early or late in the day to help avoid the heat.

A twilight kayak tour for ages 16 and older will be offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. Prior kayaking experience is required and all equipment is provided. Cost is $25 per paddler. To check space availability and to register, call 972-219-3930 or email

A “bird by boat” outing for ages 10 and older is planned from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. All skill levels are welcome, and paddlers will receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water of the beaver pond.

Basic bird identification and use of binoculars will be discussed. All equipment is provided. Cost is $20 per paddler. To check space availability and to register, call 972-219-3930 or email

A “stars on the prairie” program for ages 5 and older is set from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will gather at the prairie restoration area to explore the wonders of the night sky.

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

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.

Pilot Point Opera House to present musical

A cast of 31 young actors from Denton and Cooke counties will present A Most Fantastical Pirate Tale! this weekend at the Pilot Point Opera House.

Performances are planned at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and a 1:30 p.m. matinee will also be offered Saturday.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. A family rate is offered and children 5 and younger are free.

The original program is presented by Family Friendly Productions and features 13 musical numbers, according to a press release.

The Pilot Point Opera House is at 110 S. Washington St. on the downtown square. For more information, visit

Group plans dementia caregiver conference

Members of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Denton Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board will present a caregiver conference from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 24, at First Baptist Church of Lewisville.

The conference is designed to help families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Topics will focus on Alzheimer’s medications and behavior challenges.

The event is free to the public. Representatives of health agencies serving individuals with dementia will also be present.

The church is at 1251 Valley Ridge Blvd. in Lewisville. To register and for more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit

Robson Ranch women golfers plan tournament

Members of the Wildhorse Lady Niners group at Robson Ranch are sponsoring a Play 9 Tournament for women golfers at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Robson Ranch Golf Club.

Greens fees are $18 and registration is $5. All proceeds benefit the Community Clothes Closet in Justin, according to a press release.

To register and for information, contact Maureen Fitzgerald at

Diabetes support group offered in Denton

A diabetes support group called Sweet Talk is offered by the Denton County Health Department and open to the community.

A class in English meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month except on holidays, and a class in Spanish meets on the third Monday of the month.

The department’s Denton Administrative Complex-Health Services Building is located at 535 S. Loop 288. For more information, call 940-349-2900.

Don’t forget

Aubrey’s Music in the Park free concert series will continue Saturday with performances by Zach Coffey and Sam Riggs at the Aubrey festival grounds, 301 S. Main St. in the downtown area.

Coffey will begin the show with an acoustic performance at 6:45 p.m., and Riggs will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food and beverages are typically available for purchase from a vendor booth; however, attendees are welcome to bring a cooler.


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