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Labor Day Rodeo scheduled
The Lewisville Saddle Club, with sponsorship from the city of Lewisville, will present the 48th Annual Labor Day Rodeo on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, starting at 8 p.m. nightly, at Lewisville Rodeo Arena, 101 Parkway Street. Featured will be the Red River Shooting Stars Drill Team. Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children age 5-11, and free for children younger than 5. A military discount will be available.
For information visit www.lewisvillesaddleclub.net.
Raskin Music Studio will present a free Chamber Ensemble Concert at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Saturday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. The concert is a strings showcase of students, local professionals and original music.
Winning the Fight
The Winning The Fight organization will be hosting "Lighting The Way" for International Overdose Awareness Day from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 31 at Parker Square, 1500 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound. There will be a candlelight ceremony and more. This free event is open to the public.
For information visit WTF-WinningTheFight.org or call Kathy O'Keefe at 972-467-7704.
Lewisville recognized for budget presentation
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Lewisville with the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. A Certificate of Recognition also was presented to Gina Thompson, Budget and Research Director.
The award represents a significant achievement, reflecting the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in four categories: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.
Lewisville library sets youth activities
LegoMania! Will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 in the Bennett Program Room. Children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the program.
Teen role playing sessions will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. On Aug. 6 and 20, role players will play One for All: Régime Diabolique, and Aug. 13 and 27 will be open gaming. All role playing sessions are in teen point on the second floor of the library. Teens age 12-18 are welcome.
Lewisville Public Library teen advisory group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Teens can help create the experiences they would like to see at the library. Develop leadership skills, learn to work as a team, and earn community service hours by picking up an application at the youth service desk, and come to the meetings on the third Thursday of the month.
Family craft day will be helf from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Materials will be provided. Crafts will take place in the Cynthia Bennett Children's Wing.
For information visit http://library.cityoflewisville.com or call the Lewisville Public Library Youth Services desk at 972-219-3577. The library is located at 1197 W. Main St.
Garden class set
Keep Lewisville Beautiful will host a garden secrets class from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. The class will focus on "Fall Veggies." Reservations are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burgess to address Republicans
Rep. Michael C. Burgess, will address the monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party Thursday, Aug. 16.
The DCRP meeting will be at 7 p.m., in the second floor community room of Medical Center of Lewisville, 500 West Main St.
Immediately prior to the meeting at 6 p.m., there will be a social hour for meeting attendees hosted by local Republican activist Mike Brucia. Both the social hour and the meeting are open to all interested Republicans.
The Texas Autism Research and Resource Center is sponsoring the Autism Recognition and Response Workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at The University of North Texas' Wooten Hall, Room 122.
Among those in attendance will be those working in law enforcement, fire rescue, EMS and 911, as well as nurses, doctors, social workers, parents, caregivers, educators and other residents.
Dennis Debbaudt, an international expert on autism risk and safety for first responders, will speak from 8 a.m. to noon. The discussion will include training on pre-escalation techniques, broad-based development, communication and socialization skills, victimization and harassment, safety risks and autism recognition. There will be a question-and-answer period from noon to 1 p.m. with a community autism professionals panel.
The event is free.
Contact Brent Carmichael at email@example.com or go to www.fouruacademy.org for information.
Castle Hills sets events
August in Castle Hills is all about the arts and last minute fun before the new school year begins. Bring family and friends to a magic show on Aug. 3 and on Aug. 24 see a free movie showing. On Aug. 10, come out and listen to the Orquesta Cervantes and finally, begin the school year with a bang at the BMX Stunt Show. All events are free and take place in the Castle Hills Village Shops Plaza, 2560 King Arthur Blvd. at Lady of the Lake in the Castle Hills neighborhood.
The schedule of events for August includes:
Friday, Aug. 3, "Concentrated Insanity" Magic Show, 7 p.m.: Magician Christopher Lyle's most popular show is best described using the adjectives Magic, Mystery, Madness, Mayhem and Danger. He has the ability to take the wildest and most incredibly amazing feats and weave them into a unique tapestry of vivid illusion. This show may be too intense for small children. Don't forget to bring your own chairs and blankets for seating.
Friday, Aug. 10, Live Music at the Plaza: Orquesta Cervantes, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Residents will be treated to the finest in Tropical/Afro-Caribbean music. The mix of salsa, cumbia, and Latin pop dance music is fun for the entire family. This is rescheduled from May cancelation due to rain.
Friday, Aug. 17, Back-to-School Bash presents: BMX Stunt Show, 6:30 to 7 p.m. and DJ, Games and Activities, 7-9pm: The Back-to-School Bash starts off with a high-flying, back-flipping BMX Stunt show by United Freestyle Stunt Team. Some other heart-stopping stunts will be tail-whips, 360's, mega spins and other jaw dropping stunts you'll have to come out to see. For information visit: http://www.unitedfreestyle.com. After the show, stay for the DJ, relay games and other activities.
Friday, Aug. 24, Movie Night at the Plaza: "Mirror, Mirror" (Rated PG), 7:30 p.m.: Bring your own chairs and blankets to enjoy the timeless fairy tale Snow White, as it gets a dazzling makeover in this fantasy adventure starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and newcomer Lily Collins as the fair-skinned Princess Snow White.
For information visit www.CastleHills.com. In the event of inclement weather, events in the plaza will be cancelled. Check the website for updates or contact Divina Penaloza at Divina.Penaloza@Brightco.com or call at 214-559-9287.
Senior center garage sale set
Lewisville Senior Activity Center will hold its annual indoor garage sale Saturday, Aug. 25, at Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway, from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be more than 50 vendors from which to find hidden treasures, crafts or name-brand products from representatives of Scentsy, Velata, Pampered Chef and more.
Those interested in reserving a booth space need to register in advance. Cost per 10'X10' booth is $15 and includes one 6-foot table and two chairs. Additional tables can be added for $5 each. Booths can be set up the evening before (Friday, Aug. 24) from 4-9 p.m.
The senior center also is accepting donated items (no clothing or broken items) from the community to help raise money for programs, special events and facility needs. Donated items will be sold at the center's booth during the garage sale.
Spirithorse International program
Spirithorse International in Corinth announces its newest program, Spirithorses for Heroes, which is designed to serve wounded American warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Utilizing its award-winning methods for rehabilitation, Spirithorse will provide free equine-assisted healthcare sessions to physically and mentally wounded veterans commencing Sept. 4 at its headquarters facilities in Corinth.
Spirithorse currently is the largest center for equine-assisted healthcare in the world, serving over 400 people with special needs free of charge each week.
Additionally, Spirithorse has 70 licensed centers worldwide that serve approximately 5,000 clients with special needs each week.
The launching of this program is strongly supported by the American legion, post 71, Denton, and the Denton lions club, which is holding a bowl-a-thon at Brunswick Bowling Alley in Denton behind the golden triangle mall on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. Teams are being organized by john loving, Denton Lions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-566-2363.
Contributions to support the wounded warriors may be mailed to Spirithorse at 1960 Post Oak Drive, Corinth, Texas 76210, or made by credit/debit card through its web site at www.spirithorsetherapy.com.
Doggie dive-in welcomes pets to the pool
People are not the only ones who like to take a refreshing dip in the pool. Bring your darling doggie to Sun Valley Aquatic Center for the annual Doggie Dive-In to be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, featuring a morning full of fun canine activities.
Contests include: Best Costume, Best Trick, Longest Jump and Fastest Ball Retrieval. Written proof of current Bortatella, DHLP and Rabies vaccinations must be presented upon check-in on the day of the event. Only dogs will be permitted in the water.
For information contact either Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center at 972-219-3560 or Memorial Park Recreation Center at 972-219-5061. Cost: $4 per dog. Free for humans. Space limited to 250 dogs.
Ducks Unlimited to host banquet
The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, will hold its banquet Thursday, Sept. 13 at Celebrations Event Center, 2380 Justin Road in Highland Village. The event will start at 6 p.m. featuring a full catered meal from Outback Steakhouse. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited, the Lake Lewisville Chapter will include live and silent auctions and an impressive raffle. Premium prizes include X-Box 360 game console, spa, golf and family entertainment packages, as well as a variety of fire arms.
For information contact Scott Kline at 940-783-7186 or Jeff Potter at 214-908-5563.
KLB seeks nominations
Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) recognizes one residential and one business each month from April through October for the "Yard of the Month." KLB is looking for nominations. All nominations must be in by the 20th of each month. Photos of each property will be displayed on KLB's website by the 25th of each month for voting.
For information call 972-538-5949 or visit www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.
Flower Mound Walking Women
The Flower Mound Walking Women meet-up group is a free all women's walking group that walks various trails in Flower Mound. The group encourages those interested to bring their socialized dog. Go to http://www.meetup.com/Flower-Mound-walking-women to sign up for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and evening walks.
Volunteers needed to help nursing home residents
The North Central Texas Council of Governments' (NCTCOG) Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman Program has immediate need for warm-hearted volunteers to help residents of nursing and assisted living facilities in Denton and Collin Counties. Ombudsmen advocate for residents' rights including, but not limited to, dependable and consistent care and an environment that promotes the residents' dignity, self-determination and communication.
Volunteer Ombudsmen also receive and investigate complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents or their families. Since many residents do not receive regular visitors or have close relatives, it may be difficult for them to enlist advocates. Volunteer Ombudsmen serve as advocates for all residents, connecting them to their broader communities, affirming their rights, and assisting them in resolving concerns.
No prior experience is required to serve as a volunteer ombudsman, but volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and complete a free training course that consists of both classroom study and training at local nursing homes, lasting up to 34 contact hours. After training, volunteers serve an internship, working two to three hours per week in their assigned facility. Hours are flexible and are determined by each volunteer. Training begins in late August and will be held locally.
For information contact Pat Borgfeldt at 817-360-0984 or PBorgfeldt@nctcog.org.
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