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SPLASH PADS Three-year-old Finn Shumate sticks his head in the water as it shoots out at the splash pad at the Shops of Highland Village on Monday. (Photo by Al Key)
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Tony Ferraro & the Satans of Soft Rock are on the bill for Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios during “Free Week.” The Denton band plays Wednesday.
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Fishboy, a favorite on the Denton music scene, returns to Denton on Monday with a gig at Rubber Gloves “Free Week.” Fishboy, a musician and comic strip artist, is pictured here with members of his band for the 2011 release “Classic Creeps.”
Rubber Gloves baptizes new Denton music fans with week of stellar gigs alling all freshmen: Want to get a good taste of Denton’s live music scene and the full flavor of music made by local artists? Then make it a point to find Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio — it’s on the east side of the railroad tracks, in the industrial zone of Denton but not quite in Southeast Denton. Rubber Gloves is getting ready to open its doors on “Free Week.” The deal is simple. College freshmen can join the music loving townies for a week of superior shows. For them, the shows are $5. For ages 21 and up? They spend nary a penny. Owner Josh Baish hopes they spring for some rounds at the bar, though. Denton legend Fishboy gets the week started with a Monday
night set that should have all of Fishboy’s signature humor and wit, which he spreads over music and comics projects alike. Fishboy just released a seveninch EP, Imavolcano, earlier this month. The title track is a tad retro, and sort of punk rock, powerchord anthem with Fishboy’s ever-young voice. Crashing drums and plastic-y keyboards are the backdrop to a story about a guy who falls asleep while smoking. Fishboy would be an ace act to see on a bill with Daniel Johnston, though Fishboy’s songs are more sensible and structured and the guitar work is superior. On Wednesday, Tony Ferraro and the Satans of Soft Rock take the stage. Ferraro’s been hinting at some new music via Twitter, and should it be for Satans of Soft
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Rock, expect broken-in rock, familiar and part of you, but loaded with texture. Ferraro can always be counted on to assemble a killer group of musicians, and to turn out music that is easy on the ears but full of substance. You’ll hear a touch of Tom Petty, a bit of the Beatles, but you’ll also hear a whole lot of Ferraro’s enterprising writing quirks. Finally, the band that probably jabbed an Americana flag firmly
into Denton’s soil wraps up a tour back home. The Baptist Generals just dropped its first album in more than a decade, and the band caps off “Free Week” with a big bash Sept. 7. If you haven’t given Jackleg Devotional to the Heart a chance, do. And then hear Denton’s godfather of scrappy, homemade determination, Chris Flemmons, give voice to the music that took 10 years to make. — Lucinda Breeding
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EVENTS THURSDAY 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit www.denton farmersmarket.com. 9:30 a.m. — Crafters’ Corner at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Work on projects and learn new techniques. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.denton library.com. 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Unicorn Lake Summer Concert Series presents Wise Ruby, by the fountain at 2900 Wind River Lane. Free music and fun, restaurant specials, and vendors from the Denton Community Market. Bring chairs.
FRIDAY Noon — UNT Union groundbreaking ceremony on the Library Mall, following a barbecue for current students at 11 a.m. Student leaders and UNT President Lane Rawlins will speak.
SATURDAY 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit www.denton farmersmarket.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Magazine recycling day at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. What happens to old magazines? They end up in the magazine exchange! It is the perfect place to find vintage and specialty magazines, pictures for projects, something new to read, or a place to share magazines from home. We will have a craft table set up to explore creative ways to reuse those old magazines. Magazines left over after the event will be recycled as part of the effort to keep Denton green. Fun for all ages. Free. Call 940-349-8752. 6 to 8 p.m. — International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 82 fundraiser at 1410 Eden Lane. Homemade ice cream will be served for $3 a bowl, and the public is invited to attend and learn more about the group.
TUESDAY TWU Community Dance Center classes for children, teens and adults in swing, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical/ modern, country-Western, creative dance and ballroom. Cost is $80 for each 10-week class. Registration continues through Monday. Late registration, through Sept. 9, includes a $10 fee. Visit www.twu.edu/dance/ community-dance-center-info.asp, call 940-898-2085 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 a.m. — Denton County Farmers Market at Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard. Visit www.denton farmersmarket.com.
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String Theory Manouche is, from left, Marla Sporrer, Mike Menikos, James Miller and Kim Platko. The Dallas gypsy jazz band pays tribute to Django Reinhardt, and the hot jazz guitar techniques he pioneered. The band plays at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern patio on Sunday night.
Sweet & sad Jazz quartet evokes the bittersweet seduction of Django Reinhardt here’s more art than science in String Theory Manouche. The Dallas-Fort Worth gypsy jazz outfit will take Sweetwater Grill & Tavern diners and drinkers back to a smokey corner or a Parisian bar on Sunday night. The four-piece is dedicated to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, with its hot jazz guitar picking and sashaying tempos. And with “Ma-
ton County Foundation Miniature Golf Tournament at Zone Action Park, 1951 Summit Ave. in Lewisville. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and an awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Entry fees are $20 for adults; $15 for NCTC employees; $10 for students; and $5 for NCTC students and children 10 and younger. Visit www.nctc.edu/Foundation Home.aspx.
nouche” in the name a hat tip to Reinhardt’s descent from Manouche Romanis. Led by guitarist Kim Platko, a former University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band member, String Theory Manouche includes upright bass player Marla Sporrer, guitarist James Miller and violinist Mike Menikos. The quartet can treat “It Don’t Mean A Thing” with acoustic intima-
cy, swinging without over playing. Just as easily, String Theory can turn out the dark music of the French Gypsies, the same dark, doleful stuff that Serge Gainesbourg inherited and wove into French folk-pop. The band performs at 7 p.m. Sunday on the patio at Sweetwater, located at 115 S. Elm St. There’s no cover charge for the music, but patrons can enjoy dinner or drinks on the patio and show their appreciation for the band through tips. — Lucinda Breeding
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Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 — Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival on the grounds adjacent to Bedford City Hall, 1900 Dodson Drive. Festival includes music by acts including John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan and Buddy Guy, a barbecue cook-off and more. For more information, visit www.bedford bluesbbq.com.
The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-5665483. The Abbey Underground Thurs: The Gypsy Bravado, Kites and Boomerangs, the Effinays, David Florentino, 9pm. Fri: Soul Patrol, Opium Symphony, Fafnirs Bane, 9pm. Week-
ly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s RetroActive Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, signup at 7:30pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. www.facebook. com/TheAbbeyUnderground. American Legion Post 550 Each Fri, free karaoke at 9pm; each Tues, free pool. Live band on the last Sat of the month, free. 905 Foundation St., Pilot Point. 940-686-9901. Andy’s Bar Fri: Jacko Suede, 9pm. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400. Banter Bistro Fri: Bruce Bond, 6pm; Uver, 8pm; Chris Caruvana, 10pm. Tues: Mister Joe & Friends, 8pm; Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, 9pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm; each Sat, live local jazz at 6pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. www.denton banter.com. Cool Beans 1210 W. Hickory St. 940-382-7025. Dan’s Silverleaf Fri: The Buick 6 (Bob Dylan tribute), 9pm, $10. Sat: Mouth Saint, H.I. Jr., Skagg Phillips, 9pm, $5. Mon: Paul Slavens and Friends. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. www.danssilverleaf.com. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds donuts.com. Fry Street Public House Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. www.publichouse denton.com. Fry Street Tavern 940-383-2337. www.thefrystreettavern.com. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8226. The Garage Fri: Buffalo Ruckus. Sat: Jaye Muse. 113 Ave. A. 940-3830045. www.thedentongarage.com. Gerhard’s German Restaurant Thurs: The Texas Sky Band. 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. www.gvrestaurants.com. Gold Mine BBQ 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 102. 940-387-4999. www.texas goldminebbq.com. The Greenhouse Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouse restaurantdenton.com. Hoochie’s Oyster House Live local music each Mon at 6pm. 207 S. Bell Ave. 940-383-0104. http://hoochies oysterhouse.com. Hailey’s Club Fri: Biographies, Pageantry, Horse Thief, Brave Young Lion, 9pm, $5-$7. Mon: Two Knights, the Bullet Proof Tiger, Bashe, 9pm, $3-$5. Wed: Barbar, Boyfrndz, Señor Fin, Cleanup, 9pm, $5-$7. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. www.haileysclub.com. J&J’s Pizza 118 W. Oak St. 940-3827769. www.jandjpizzadenton.com. The LABB Fri: Fred Rush, Ashley Falgout, Zach Smith, 8pm. 218 W. Oak St. 940-293-4240. www.thelabb denton.com. La Milpa Mexican Restaurant Each Fri, Mariachi Quetzal, 7:309:30pm. 820 S. I-35E, Suite 101. 940-382-8470. Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden 200 S. Washington St., Pilot Point. 940-686-3801. www.low brows.us. Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair Each Tues,
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Continued from Page 3 open mic with Bryan Burns, 9pm. 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107. 940566-9910. Mad World Records 115 W. Hickory St. 940-591-3001. Mellow Mushroom 217 E. Hickory St. 940-323-1100. www.mellow mushroom/store/denton. Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor 308 E. Oak St. 940-395-1950. www.oakstdraft house.com. Rockin’ Rodeo Thurs: Quaker City Night Hawks, Joey Green, 8pm, $10. 1009 Ave. C. 940-565-6611. www.rockinrodeodenton.com. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Thurs: Infinite Apaches, Kung Fu Treachery, 9pm, $5-$7. Fri: Cerulean Giallo, Halaska, 9pm, $5-$7. Sat: Old Warhorse, Ralph White, RTB2, Kirkland James, 9pm, $5-$7. Mon: Fishboy, Radioactivity, Anger House, 9pm, free-$5. Tues: Terminator 2, Ascites, Prisons, Apocrypha, 9pm, free-$5. Wed: Tony Ferraro & the Satans of Soft Rock, the Demigs, Hot Coffins, Doug Funnie, 9pm, free-$5. No smoking indoors. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. www.rubbergloves dentontx.com. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Sun: String Theory Manouche. Tues: Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son. Shows on the patio, 7-9pm, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrill andtavern.com. Trail Dust Steak House Fri & Sat: Cypress Creek Band. 26501 E. U.S. 380 in Aubrey. 940-365-4440. www.trailduststeaks.net. UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. 940-369-8257. http://untonthe square.unt.edu. VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St. The Whitehouse Espresso Bar and Beer Garden Each Thurs, open mic hosted by Kelbe Schrank, 7:30pm, signup at 7pm. 424 Bryan St. 940-484-2786. www.twobzandav coffeehouse.com.
FUTURE BOOKINGS Sept. 6 — Denton High School’s Purple Out block party presented by the class of 2015 in front of Bronco Field, 1007 Fulton St. Event includes music by a live DJ, carnival-style games and local food vendors. Admission is free, but fees for items and activities apply. Event leads up to the season-opening home football game between Denton and the Carrollton R.L. Turner Lions. Call Robert West at 940-369-2000. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 14 — Denton County MHMR Center’s Race for Hope 5K and 1-mile walk, in honor of Suicide Prevention Week, at South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane. 5K run starts at 8 a.m., 1-mile walk starts at 8:10 a.m. Registration for the 5K costs $20 in advance, $25 on the morning of the event. Registration for the walk costs $15 for adults, $10 for children 11 and younger. Visit www.dentonmhmr.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 — 14th
Ages 5-12 can play NLF Flag Football and learn the fundamentals of football and teamwork. The leagues are divided by age and will have eight games each. Late registration ends Friday. Practices are at Denton Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St. Register at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., or online at www.dentonparks.com. $70 per child. For more information, call 940-349-7275.
■ Ages 5-12 can learn the basics of soccer in youth soccer. A 30-minute scrimmage follows an hour practice. The clinic begins Sept. 3. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Friday. $25 per player.
■ Girls High School Softball league is a great chance to have extra practice games. Players can be enrolled in a high school softball program, but will be placed on a league based on skill level and school. Register by Aug. 31. The league features 12 games, umpires, field preparation ans American Softball Association registration. $60 per player. Register at www.dentonparks.com. For more information, call 940-349-7275.
■ Ages 6 and up can swim competitively with the Denton Dolphins, a part of the Texas Amateur Athletics Federation. Children must be able to swim 25 yards continu-
annual Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza presented by the Denton Main Street Association, in and around the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Bring antiques, collectibles and jewelry for informational appraisals ($5 per item, or $10 for three). Event also includes fine arts and crafts vendors, Chalk Fest, silent auction, children’s activities and live music. Free. Visit www.denton mainstreet.org.
LITERARY EVENTS Emily Fowler Central Library 502 Oakland St. 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat; 9am-9pm Tues & Thurs; 1-5pm Sun. 940-349-8712. North Branch Library 3020 N. Locust St. 9am-9pm Mon-Wed, 9am-6pm Thurs-Sat, 1-5pm Sun. 940-349-8756. ● Chess Night Casual, non-tournament play, 6-8:45pm Mon ● Computer classes Call 940-3498752. ● North Branch Writers’ Critique Group Writing novels, short stories, poetry or journals, 7pm Tues ● Secondhand Prose Friends of the Denton Public Libraries’ fundraising bookstore is open 9am-3pm & 5:308:30pm Mon, 9am-3pm Sat & 1-4pm Sun.
ously, and will be placed by ability. The red team, for beginning swim team membesr, costs $168 per swimmer. The white team, for intermediate swim team members, costs $168 per swimmer. The blue team, for advanced swimmers, and the gold team, for upper-level advanced swimmers, costs $210 per swimmer. Call 940-349-8800 or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 1. Swimming practice starts on Sept. 10 and ends with a practice on Dec. 19.
■ Adult Flag Football and Kickball leagues are still open. Get a team together, or register individually. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 3.
■ Ages 5-10 can join the coed, outdoor soccer league. There are eight games, and practices during the week at the Mack-Roberts Complex, at 2000 E. McKinney St. Leagues are divided into age groups. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 3. $60 per children kid.
■ Ages 9 and up can learn hip hop dance moves in the Hip Hop class on Wednesday nights at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Learn fun combinations and get a great cardio workout. Bring knee pads
South Branch Library 3228 Teasley Lane. Noon-9pm Mon, 9am-6pm Tues & Thurs-Sat, 9am-9pm Wed, 1-5pm Sun. 940-349-8251.
POINTS OF INTEREST The Bayless-Selby House Museum Restored Victorian-style home built in 1898. 317 W. Mulberry St. Tues-Sat 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Free. Handicapped accessible. Regular special events and workshops. 940349-2865. www.dentoncounty.com/ bsh. Denton County African American Museum Exhibits of historic black families in the county, including artwork and quilting, and personal items of the lady of the house. 317 W. Mulberry St., next to the BaylessSelby House Museum. Tues-Sat 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Free. www.dentoncounty.com/dcaam. Bethlehem in Denton County Small gallery in Sanger displaying a personal collection of 2,900 nativities. Open evenings and weekends, by appointment only. Free. Small groups and children welcome. To schedule your visit, call 940-231-4520 or e-mail email@example.com. www.bethlehemindentonco.com. Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum Exhibits include photos of Denton communities, historic Hispanic and black families, farm and ranch-
and gloves. Classes begin Sept. 4. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 3. $40 per dancer.
■ Take a four-mile hike along Clear Creek on Sept. 7 and discover the diverse habitats in the area. All ages are welcome. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www. dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 4. $3 per hiker.
■ Ages 50 and up can kayak Clear Creek on Sept. 7. No experience is needed to enjoy this outing. Register at the Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave., or online at www.dentonparks.com by Sept. 4. Meet at the center on the day of the trip.
which offers classes in soccer, flag football and basketball. Each class is four weeks and will have scrimmages. Classes begin Sept. 7. $55 per child. Register by Sept. 6.
■ Year-round indoor swimming lessons begin in September for all ages. Each class teaches skills that build on previous classes, and is designed to make each swimmer stronger. See the full schedule at www.dentonparks.com or call (940) 349-8800.
■ Group exercise classes begin first of September. Do yoga or boot camp first thing in the morning, then take a boxing, zumba, selfdefense or many other classes.
Ages 4-7 can learn to skateboard in a one-day clinic Sept. 7. The class is designed for true beginners and will teach balance and safety. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www.dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 5. $20 per child.
Adult dance classes are offered through the Senior Center for all ages. You can learn Tap, Country Western, Middle Eastern and the Jitterbug. View the full class schedule at www.dentonparks.com. Classes begin the first week of September. Register online or through the Senior Center.
■ Ages 7-15 can learn to rock climb in the introductory Rock the Wall course. One-on-one time is provided and wall safety will be taught. Classes begin Sept. 3. Call 940-349-PARK or go to www. dentonparks.com to register by Sept. 5. $30 per kid.
■ Ages 3-4 can participate in Start Smart Sports Instruction,
ing artifacts, and special collections including Southwest American Indian and Denton County pottery, pressed glass and weaponry. Research materials, county cemetery records, genealogical info, photographs. 110 W. Hickory St. 10-4:30 Mon-Fri and 11-3 Sat, closed holidays. Free. Special monthly exhibits and lectures. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www.denton county.com/chos. Denton Community Market, a local artists and farmers market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Denton County Historical Park, on Mulberry Street near Carroll Boulevard. Visit http://dentonmarket.org. Denton County Farmers Market Local farmers sell fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to sellout. At Sycamore Street and Carroll Boulevard, in the parking lot by the Denton County Historical Park. Visit www.dentonfarmersmarket. com. Denton Firefighters Museum Collection at Central Fire Station, 332 E. Hickory St., displays firefighting memorabilia from the 1800s to the present. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. Closed on city holidays. Free and handicapped accessible. Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas Created in 1940, exhibit features garments worn by wives of governors of Texas. 8am-5pm Mon-
■ The Denton Civic Center Pool will open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 2. Ages 18 and up get in for $3, ages 2 to 17 pay $2.25. Children under 2 get in free. Pool is located at 515 N. Bell Ave. For information, call 940-349-8279.
Fri. Administration Conference Tower, TWU campus. Free, reservations required. 940-898-3644. Hangar Ten Flying Museum WWII aircraft on display including Lockheed 10A, Beech Aircraft Stagger Wing, PT22 and Piper L-4. Mon-Sat 8am-3 pm. 1945 Matt Wright Lane. Free. 940-565-1945. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Three hiking trails; camping, fishing and more on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River; restored 1870 log home. Winter hours: Fri-Sun 7am-5pm. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 5 and younger. Front gate is at Jones Street and North Kealy Avenue in Lewisville. Call 972-219-3930 for directions. www.ias.unt.edu/llela. Little Chapel-in-the-Woods Built in 1939, one of 20 outstanding architectural achievements in Texas. Daily 8am-5pm, except on university holidays or when booked for weddings, weekends by appointment only, TWU campus. 940-898-3644. Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch Nonprofit 126-acre ranch with rare and exotic animals, including black bears, kangaroos, bobcats, zebras and more. Exhibits, tram ride, animal presentations and restaurant. Open to the public 10am-5pm Sat & Sun, March through November. Tickets
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EVENTS Continued from Page 4 cost $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 3-12, $8 for seniors. 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point. 940-686-4600. www.sharkarosa.com. UNT Sky Theater Planetarium in UNT’s Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 1704 W. Mulberry St. 940-369-8213. http://skytheater.unt.edu.
SENIORS American Legion Hall Senior Center 629 Lakey Drive in Fred Moore Park. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 6-9pm Thurs. 940-349-8298. Denton Senior Center Offers daily lunches, classes, travel, health services and numerous drop-in activities. 8am-9pm Mon-Fri. 509 N. Bell Ave. 940-349-8280. www.dentonsenior center.com. Ongoing activities: ● Aletha’s Craft Store, open 9am-1pm Mon-Fri. Call 940-3498720. ● Dancing and potluck, live big band and country music every second and fourth Friday, 7-9:30pm, $5. ● Movies 6pm each Wed. Free for Denton seniors. $1 for popcorn and soda. ● SPAN noon meal each Mon-Fri. $1.50 for seniors age 60 and older, $3.50 for those younger than 60. ● Chime Choir 9:30am Mon ● Pinochle 10:30am-1:30pm Mon ● Young at Heart band practice, 9am Tues, 10am Thurs ● Card workshop 9am first Tues ● Needlework group 9am Tues ● Red Hat Society 11am first Wed ● Tap dance classes, for beginners, intermediate/advanced, Wed nights or Fri mornings. ● Bridge Party bridge, 12:30pm Thurs; duplicate bridge, 1pm Wed ● Benefits counseling 1:30-4pm third Thurs ● Bingo 12:45pm first and third Fri ● Square dancing 7-10pm first and third Fri, $6 ● Ed Bonk Woodshop 9am-noon Mon-Thurs; 9am-noon Sat. $6 annual membership plus $1 per visit. RSVP Referral and placement service for volunteers age 55 and older. 1400 Crescent St. 940-383-1508.
ACTIVITIES Acoustic Lawn Jam from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, weather permitting, on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Open acoustic jam for all levels of musicians. Denton Celtic Dancers meets from 5 to 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Beginners’ class starts at 6 p.m. Call 940-321-0012 or visit www.dentoncelticdancers.org. Denton County Dulcimer Club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on the third Saturday of each month in the community room at Denton Good Samaritan Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive. Dues are $3 per month. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Call 940-5659331 or e-mail donnasgregory@gmail.
com. Friday night community dances at Denton Senior Center from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month. Dances are open to all adults and include live music and refreshments. Dance hosts will be present to dance with unaccompanied ladies. Admission is $5. The Senior Center is at 509 N. Bell Ave. Call 940-349-8720. Green Space Arts Collective Ballet, tap, modern, and hip-hop dance classes for children and adults. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com. Harps Over Texas Autoharp Club Jamming as well as help for new and experienced players. All acoustic instruments welcome. 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1424 Stuart Road. 940-382-3248. The Triangle Squares Local square dancing group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Fridays each month at Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. Starts with early rounds and workshops. Grand march starts at 8pm. Non-members pay $6 per person, members get in free. Call 214-288-6883. ● Mainstream dance lessons at 7pm each Tues at 1424 Stuart Road.
VISUAL ARTS Banter Bistro 219 W. Oak St. 940565-1638. Center for the Visual Arts Greater Denton Arts Council’s galleries, meeting space and offices. 400 E. Hickory St. Free. Tues-Sun 1-5pm. 940-382-2787. www.dentonarts.com. ● “No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates,” a joint exhibit by Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach, opens Sept. 8 in the Meadows Gallery. Opening reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8, with a gallery talk and reading at 3 p.m. The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat
9am-2:30pm, Sun 11am-2pm. 940591-9475. www.chestnuttearoom. com. A Creative Art Studio 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun by appointment only. 940-442-1251. www.acreativeartstudio.com Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe 200 W. Congress St. 940-3875386. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.ds donuts.com. The DIME Store Denton Independent Maker Exchange’s store carrying local art, crafts and vintage items, plus workshop/gallery space. TuesSat 10-6. 510 S. Locust St. 940-3812324. www.dimehandmade.com. Farmer’s & Merchant’s Gallery Early and contemporary Texas art. 100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Appointments encouraged. 940-6862396. www.farmersandmerchants gallery.com. Gallery 010 in the TWU student union, at the corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Mon-Thurs 8-9; Fri 8-5; Sun 1-9. Free. Green Space Arts Collective Studio/gallery available for rental. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com. Impressions by DSSLC Store selling ceramics by residents of Denton State Supported Living Center. 105 1/2 W. Hickory St. 940-3823399. Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100. La Meme Gallery At Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore St. www.lamemegallery.com. PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon-Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St. ● Paintings by Lorraine Hayes, through Oct. 11. SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store
selling reused materials for arts and crafts. 215 W. Oak St. 940-391-7499. www.scrapdenton.org. TWU Blagg-Huey Library MonThurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-midnight. 1322 Oakland St. 940-898-3701. www.twu.edu/library. TWU East and West galleries in the TWU Fine Arts Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Free. Mon-Fri 9-4, weekends by appointment. 940-898-2530. www.twu.edu/ visual-arts. ● “Contemplation: Emerging Female Photographers From Japan,” photos by Tomoe Murakami, Yuki Tawada, Yuhki Toyama and Ai Takahashi, through Sept. 18. An artists’ lecture will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 12, followed by a reception in the
West Gallery at 5 p.m. UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. at Welch. Tues noon-5pm, Wed-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Free. 940-565-4316. http://gallery.unt.edu. UNT Cora Stafford Gallery In UNT’s Oak Street Hall, 1120 W. Oak St. Tues-Fri 10am-2pm or by appointment. 940-565-4005. UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-5pm, with extended hours Thurs until 8pm; Sat 11am-3pm. 940-369-8257. ● “Photographs of Denton,” a group show of work by photography students, opens Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 26. Reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.
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RESTAURANTS AMERICAN CUISINE Central Grill 1005 Ave. C. 940-3239464. Dusty’s Bar and Grill Laid-back bar just off the Square serves a beltbusting burger and fries, a kitchen homily for meat and cheese lovers. Seven plasma TVs for fans to track the game, or patrons can take part in interactive trivia and poker. Darts, pool, video games and foosball. Kitchen open throughout business hours. 119 S. Elm St. Daily noon-2am. $-$$. 940-243-7300. www.dustys bar.com. Hooligans 104 N. Locust St. 940442-6950. www.hooligansonline.com. The LABB 218 W. Oak St. 940-2934240. www.thelabbdenton.com. The Loophole Square staple has charming menu with cleverly named items, like Misdemeanor and Felony nachos. Decent range of burgers. 119 W. Hickory St. Daily 11am-2am; food served until midnight. Full bar. $-$$. 940-565-0770. www.loopholepub .com. Pourhouse Sports Grill Classy sports bar and restaurant boasts large TVs and a theater-style media room and serves burgers, pizza, salads and generous main courses. Full bar. Smoking on patio only. 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. $-$$. 940-484-7455. Rocky’s Sports Bar Big games on big screens plus some pretty big tastes, too. Now open for lunch. For finger food, roll chicken chipotle and battered jalapeno and onion strips are standouts. Homestyle burgers; savory Caesar salad with chicken. Full bar. 2000 W. University Drive. Daily 11am-2am. $. 940-382-6090. Rooster’s Roadhouse “We Ain’t Chicken” is what the eatery claims, though the menu kindly includes it on a sandwich and in a wing basket — plus barbecue, burgers and hangout appetizers (cheese fries, tamales, and queso and chips). Beer. 113 Industrial St. Sun-Wed 11-10; Thurs-Sat 11midnight. $. 940-382-4227. www.roosters-roadhouse.com. RT’s Neighborhood Bar 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 124. 940-381-2277. Sweetwater Grill & Tavern It may claim a place among the world’s other memorable pubs, rathskellers, hangouts and haunts where the food satisfies as much as the libations that wash them down. 115 S. Elm St. Tues-Sat 11-2am, Sun-Mon 11-midnight. $-$$. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com. Treehouse Bar & Grill 1512 W. Hickory St. Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun noon-midnight. 940-484-7900. www.thetreehousedenton.com. II Charlies Bar & Grill 809 Sunset St. 940-891-1100.
ASIAN Gobi Mongolian Grill and Asian Diner 717 S. I-35E, Suite 100. 940387-6666. Little Asia 7650 S. I-35E, Corinth. 940-269-1110. Mr. Chopsticks This pan-Asian eatery does a little Chinese, Japanese,
DINING PROFILE AND LISTINGS POLICY Restaurant profiles and listings are compiled by the Denton Record-Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News. A comprehensive list of Dallas-Fort Worth area restaurants is available at www.guidelive.com Denton Time publishes restaurant profiles and a guide of restaurants that have been featured in the weekly dining section and online at DentonRC.com. Profiles and listings are not related to advertising and are published as space is available. Denton Time does not publish reviews. Incorrect information can be reported by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone to 940-566-
Thai and even Indian food. Offers a plethora of tasty appetizers and entrees. Many vegetarian dishes (some with egg). Beer and wine. 1633 Scripture St. Mon-Sat 11-10, Sun 11:30-9. $-$$. 940-382-5437.
BAKERIES Candy Haven and Kolache Haven 301 N. I-35E. 940-565-1474, 940-5659700. Crickles & Co. Breakfast, pastries, desserts, coffee and tea. 2430 S. I-35E, Suite 136. Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 7am-3pm. 940-382-6500. www.cricklesandco.com. Davis Purity Bakery Denton’s oldest bakery has sculpted but simple and flavorful cakes, soft egg bread,
6860 or by fax to 940-566-6888. To be considered for a profile, send the restaurant name,address, phone nuber, days and hours of operation and a copy of the menu to: Denton Time Editor, P.O. Box 369, Denton, TX 76202. Please indicate whether the restaurant is new or has changed ownership, chefs or menus.
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cookies and more. 520 S. Locust St. Mon-Sat 5am-5:30pm. 940-387-6712. NV Cupcakes Gourmet cupcakes and other sweets. 4251 FM2181, Suite 216, Corinth; 118 E. McKinney St., Denton. Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or until sellout. 817-996-2852. www.nv cupcakes.com. Ravelin Bakery Gourmet bakery offers fresh-baked bread, mouthwatering sweets and a fine cup of coffee. 416 S. Elm St. Tues-Sat 6:30am-5:30pm, Sun 8am-5:30pm. 940-382-8561. Sugar Queen Cupcakes Denton location: 2320 W. University Drive. Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun noon-8pm. 940566-7900. Lake Dallas location: 211 Main St., Suite 100. Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat
BARBECUE Clint’s BBQ Barbecue spot serves up brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and breakfast too. 921 S. U.S. Highway 377, Aubrey. Tues-Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-9pm; Sun 6am-3pm. 940-365-9338. www.clintsbbq.com. Gold Mine BBQ 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 102. 940-387-4999. www.texas goldminebbq.com. Metzler’s Bar-B-Q Much more than a barbecue joint, with wine and beer shop, deli with German foods and more. Smoked turkey is lean yet juicy;
generous doses of delightful barbecue sauce. Tender, well-priced chicken-fried steak. Hot sausage sampler has a secret weapon: spicy mustard. Beer and wine. 628 Londonderry Lane. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $. 940591-1652. Old House BBQ 1007 Ave. C. 940383-3536. The Smokehouse Denton barbecue joint serves up surprisingly tender and juicy beef, pork, chicken and catfish. Good sauces, bulky sandwiches and mashed potatoes near perfection. Good pies and cobblers. Beer and
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MOVIES THEATERS Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www. cinemark.com. Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com. Carmike Hickory Creek 16 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-3212788. www.carmike.com. Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-3871957. www.silvercinemasinc.com.
OPENING FRIDAY Getaway A former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) hijacks the souped-up Mustang of a young woman (Selena Gomez) and follows the commands of the people who have kidnapped his wife. Rated PG-13. — Miami Herald One Direction: This Is Us Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this documentary recounting the meteoric
rise of the British boy band. Rated PG. — MH The Grandmaster (PG-13) Director Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love) spent six years working on this martial-arts epic that focuses on Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the kung-fu master who taught Bruce Lee everything he knew. Rated PG-13. — MH
NOW PLAYING Blue Jasmine (★★★1⁄2) Woody Allen wrote and directed this dramawith-humor that takes license with A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, the Blanche DuBois figure, disgraced and penniless when she arrives at the San Francisco home of her sister (Sally Hawkins). Jasmine makes demands and acts imperious even while it becomes obvious she is gradually losing mental control. With Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and a surprisingly effective Andrew Dice
Clay. Rated PG-13, 98 minutes. — Boo Allen Closed Circuit Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are two lawyers (and former lovers) whose lives are imperiled after they’re hired by a terrorist to defend him in court. Rated R, 96 minutes. — MH Elysium (★★★1⁄2) Neill Blomkamp (District 9) picks up on the Occupy Movement, the immigration debate and the rationing-by-cost nature of American health care and came up with Elysium, a violent, derivative and yet thoroughly entertaining trip into the future. In 2159, Earth has become overcrowded, polluted, littered with high-rise shantytowns. An accident dooms factory worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), unless he can get to Elysium — the space station where the 1 percent live well, live long and have their every illness cured in a jiffy. With Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner. Rated R, 108 minutes. — McClatchyTribune News Service The Hunt (★★★) In this formulaic
Drugs in the big city Cinemark screens ‘French Connection’ in classic series ction and intrigue are on the marquee Sunday and Wednesday for the next installment of the Cinemark Classic Series. The French Connection hit theaters in 1971, and earned eight Academy Award nominations. It went on to win five. What made the film work was director William Friedkin’s deft direction, a tight script and a standout performance by Gene Hackman. The movie is about two New York City cops, the prominent one being Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Hackman), who sniff out a French connection intertwined with a fierce heroin ring led by cunning smugglers with broken moral compasses. The film is still said to include one of the best car chases in movie history, with Doyle zipping along under an elevated train in a civilian’s car in hot pursuit of a hit man aboard it. If the film feels authentic, it’s because the narrative is based on drug smuggling in the 1960s and 1970s, a time when much of the heroin imported to the East
Gene Hackman is Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in the five-time Oscar-winning film “The French Connection.” In this scene, Doyle, pictured at the bottom of the steps to the elevated train, fires at a hit man trying to give him the slip. The classic screens Sunday and Wednesday at the Denton Cinemark. Coast came through France. Cinemark Holdings Inc. routinely screens series of movies that have either cult status or are considered significant American contributions to the art form. The Cinemark in Denton will screen The French Connection at 2 p.m. Sunday and again at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets to matinee performances cost $6.50. Tickets for the twilight performance cost $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children. To reserve tickets, visit www.cinemark.
com, or visit the Denton cinema at 2825 Wind River Lane. Coming up on Sept. 8 and 11: Some Like It Hot.
yet tense drama from provocative Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), a lonely, recently divorced man (always excellent Mads Mikkelsen) takes a default job teaching small children. When he finds himself falsely accused of child abuse, he loses his job, his friends, and is prosecuted. The Kafkaesque scenario escalates as he struggles to survive and to maintain sanity. Rated R, 115 minutes. Opens Friday, August 30 at the Dallas Angelika. — Boo Allen Jobs A biopic about the life of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs from 1971 through 2000. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K.
Simmons and Matthew Modine. Written by Matthew Whitely. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes. — Los Angeles Times Kick-Ass 2 Having inspired a new wave of amateur superheroes, the masked vigilantes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl team with a new ally to take on a new villain with an old vendetta. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. Rated R, 103 minutes. — LAT Lee Daniels’ The Butler (★★)
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All the gentlemen are fictional ‘Austenland’ whisks heroine to Regency-era theme park for sake of love By Boo Allen Film Critic email@example.com
The scariest thing about Austenland is that it could be true. But being scary is usually what is expected in a horror film and not in a romantic-comedy. An undeniable sense of desperation runs throughout Austenland. It’s not intentional, however, as the movie instead aspires only to achieve a level of light, romantic fluff. But it so constantly traffics in emotions and raw feelings, it’s inevitable that damage will come to some sensitive psyches. Keri Russell stars as Jane Hayes, an inveterate Jane Austen lover. She proves her enthusiasm by spending her savings on a vacation at Austenland, a faux theme park of sorts that immerses the participant in a promised Jane Austen-like world. Along the way, she meets a fellow American known only by her pseudonym, Miss Elizabeth Charming, played by an overly obnoxious Jennifer Coolidge, a one-note actress set free by director Jerusha Hess to mug, talk loud and virtually ruin every scene she is in. Once in the lush surroundings of Austenland, paid actors take parts related to Austen characters, both generically and, specifically — such as the imperious Darcy stand-in, here, Nobley (JJ Feild). From this set-up, scenes meant to be parodies seem to play out realistically. Does Nobley-Darcy really care for Jane, or is this an act?
MOVIES Continued from Page 7 Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, based on the real-life butler who worked in the White House under eight presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan. Cecil always seems to be around when anything important is discussed, while his son Louis (David Oyelowo) magically appears at all the big civil rights events of the day. An impressive cast plays the U.S. presidents: Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack and Alan Rickman. Rated PG-13, 130
Keri Russell, left, is Jane Hayes and JJ Feild is Mr. Nobley pretending to be Mr. Darcy in “Austenland.” Does Jane care for him, even though that is forbidden in this immersion experience? This ambivalence combines with a lack of any definite goal for the film, making it rely on contrivances and false encounters to keep the mood from ever becoming truly light, or romantic for that matter. Of course, poor Jane feels confused, as she should, because she has been painted as unlucky-inlove and prone to making deci-
sions that will end in heartache. Shannon Hale and director Jerusha Hess’ screenplay, from Hale’s novel, moves along inconsistently, hitting only a few funny moments among the treacly romances. Austenland stretches itself thin, drawing out a seemingly main premise of promised romance even when it has nowhere to go. The primary immersion experience also looks as stuck as the narrative, with the women
sitting around knitting or indulging in some inert activity that looks false and adds little to the already slight story. On several occasions, actors stand stiffly around, mumbling lines, as though they are not sure what comes next, making individual sequences squirm-inducing. Just throwing the name “Austen” onto the title of a romantic comedy should not guarantee that it will approximate the wit, sophistication and ele-
gance found in a Jane Austen novel. And Austenland never has to worry about that.
minutes. — B.A. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones In New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager discovers she is descended from a secret line of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan. Based on the young adult book series by Cassandra Clare. Directed by Harald Zwart. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. — LAT Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters A young demigod and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey to recover the magical Golden Fleece from the Bermuda Triangle. With
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — LAT The Smurfs 2 There’s trouble brewing in the blue-skinned forestdwellers new adventure-comedy, which mixes animation and liveaction. Wannabe evil sorcerer Gargamel (Hank Azaria) intends to kidnap Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) from her enchanted-forest home to obtain the formula for the magical Smurf essence that Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters, in his final film role) used to originally bestow her with blue-skinned bliss. With Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and Neil Patrick Harris. Rated PG, 105
minutes. — HR We’re the Millers (★★) Jason Sudeikis plays a pot dealer who, as a disguise for smuggling a huge shipment of weed, forms a fake family to drive an RV across the Mexico border. He gathers local stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), surly homeless teenager Casey (Emma Roberts) and his young, naive neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter). Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP The World’s End (★★1⁄2) Co-writer Edgar Wright directs the story of four mates (Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost) dragged by their still-adolescent friend (Simon Pegg, who cowrote the film) back to their home-
town to do a pub crawl. They find the town and the people have changed enough to set up the intermittently funny spoof. Rated R, 109 minutes. — B.A. You’re Next This nasty little slasher film starts poorly but gets better once most of the cast has been butchered. Indie film figures Joe Swanberg and Ti West play two attendees at a party where four siblings and their significant others are celebrating their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. An unknown number of men, wearing animal masks and wielding crossbows (why not guns?), are stalking the family from without and within the house. Rated R, 96 minutes. — HR
Austenland Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. Opens Friday at the Magnolia and Angelika Plano.
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Local moms put fundraising prowess behind proposed free splash pad By Lucinda Breeding Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Local moms can barely get their little ones to slow down and strip down to bathing suits. The kids are locked on to the splash pad in the middle of some of the busiest businesses at the Shops at Highland Village. As soon as moms give the greenlight, the children scamper into the jets of water shooting from the simple concrete pad. Boys play tag from jet to jet, occasionally stopping at an idle spot, poised to thrust themselves into the cool, arching bar of water that will shoot into the air at any minute. Lulu Briggle, a tiny tot clapping her hands through the water, occasionally picks up a pink rubber dinosaur, either to bath him in the geyser or place his toothy, open mouth over the spray. If she can stir up enough interest — about $100,000 of interest by Sept. 17, to be exact — Amber Briggle, Lulu’s mom and Denton resident, will have done everything in her power to bring a free splash pad to Denton. “We were on vacation in Boulder, in Colorado, and the kids were playing in a splash pad. I was sitting there drinking wine and just kind of said, ‘We need one of these in Denton, and I’m going to make it happen,’” said Briggle, who juggles parenting Lulu and her big sister, Gracie, with her husband and college professor, Adam. Amber Briggle also owns and operates a massage therapy in Denton. Briggle serves on the Citizen Community Development Advisory Board and harnessed her network through the board and
among her friends to launch a fundraising campaign on Indie gogo.com, an online crowdsourcing site. Unlike Kick starter.com, which poses all-ornothing campaigns, Indigogo .com allows fundraisers to keep what they’ve raised after paying a percentage to the site. Briggle started plotting her strategy as soon as she got back from vacation. The first step was a letter to the Denton Parks & Recreation Department. Briggle said she was thrilled when Emerson Vorel, director of the parks department, responded saying a splash pad was something the department had been interested in building. Vorel said splash pads have been popping up in cities of all sizes across the country. “It’s a wonderful amenity in the parks,” he said. “In the Texas heat, if you have a splash pad, there’s an opportunity for the kids and the adults to be outside and be in the water.” Vorel said a splash pad showed up on what he calls the parks department staff’s “wish list” for 2014, and that residents have asked for one before. “We didn’t get to the splash pad, because we had many more projects than money to pay for them, of course,” he said. “But just because we didn’t get to it doesn’t mean we don’t still want one.” For families with children in Denton, summers present unique challenges, Briggle said. “It’s hot. We have kids,” she said. “We’re off to the park first thing in the morning, and the civic center pool is pretty busy with camps and just the people See SPLASH on 10
Four-year-old Kameron Hypes plays at the splash pad at the Shops of Highland Village on Monday.
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Splash who want to cool off. But by noon, it’s really hot.” Briggle said that she often waits to take her children to the pool until 3 p.m., when ozone levels in the air tend to drop and the sun is on its way down. “As much as I love the pool, the staff is pretty much made up of teenagers who lifeguard. So when school starts back up, they’re gone,” Briggle said. Local moms said the civic center pool is convenient and well-maintained. All of the moms at the Highland Village shopping center sang the praises of Water Works Park, the city’s park with giant slides, wading pools and lazy river. But the pool and water park aren’t accessible to all moms in the city, they pointed out. Heidi Thaden-Pierce has six children. “They’ve invested in Water Works Park, and it’s great. It’s wonderful. But it’s $80 to take a family to Water Works Park one time with six children,” ThadenPierce said. “You know, for smaller families, it’s still a lot. Maybe more than you can afford for as much as you’d like to take your children.” Thaden-Pierce said she and her children visit the Denton parks about six days a week. But the triple-digit days of summer — and the many days when the highs reach the upper 90s — make the park impractical from noon and until dusk. The dangers aren’t just sunburn, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, she said. “My son [Bennett] went down the slide one day when we were in the park and he came off of it screaming,” she said. “Blisters were coming up on his hands. The slide burned him. We didn’t think we needed to worry about a plastic slide, but that’s how hot it was.” Anyah Martinez, a Denton mother of three, agreed. “My husband works full time and makes a fine living,” she said. “But we live on the opposite side of town from the water park. I can afford it, but it would be so nice to have something like this in Fred Moore Park.” Fred Moore Park is located close to downtown in Southeast Denton — close to the A-Train and central city bus station.
Parents bring their children to play at the splash pad at the Shops at Highland Village on Monday. Al Key/DRC
Vorel said Briggle is the first resident he knows of who has proposed a community drive to cover the cost of a splash pad. Spalsh pads don’t come cheap, either. Vorel said a simple project — a small plot of concrete with a circle of water jets — would likely cost about $200,000. A city can spend more for a larger pad with more features, such as aerial buckets that fill with water and then tip over, small water slides and overhead sprays. More elaborate pads have interactive features, such as basins that children can fill and tip over, or jets that shoot water through swiveling heads. Others have water canons. Vorel broke down the costs of a simple splash pad: ■ The city would have to install a new tap at the splash pad area, because the city wouldn’t be able to “tie in” to an existing water system, such as a sprinkler system. A new tap would be one of the more expensive portions of the project. ■ The water would have to be tied into sanitary sewer for filtration and cleaning. ■ Water would be re-circulated back to the pad, and then kept in underground storage when the water jets are idle. ■ Installation and maintenance of the pumps that move water to jets during operation. Vorel pinpointed one cost savings of a splash pad: Because
a splash pad doesn’t include standing water, no lifeguards are needed. Moms of toddlers liked that, too. “The pool can be a lot of work,” Thaden-Pierce said. “You have to pack up to get there, and then once you’re there, if you’ve got a couple of kids, you’ve got some who can swim and, in my case, some who don’t yet.” For Briggle, the real gift of the proposed splash pad project would be that it would be free. “That can make such a big difference for families,” she said. There are additional costs, but first, Vorel said that the fundraiser and proposal would have to be passed by the Denton Parks Foundation. The foundation would ultimately hold any money raised through the Indie gogo.com fundraiser. The foundation accepts and disperses sponsorships for a number of community initiatives and projects — including Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center and Wiggly Field dog park, among others. Vorel said he expects the foundation to pass the proposal, but the board was to meet Wednesday afternoon, after this article went to press. Neither Vorel nor Briggle said they could anticipate when the proposed splash pad might be started. “If we had the funding — all of the funding — we’d have to go
HOW TO HELP BUY A SPLASH PAD If you donate a certain amount of money to the Indiegogo.com fundraising campaign to bring a free splash pad to Denton, here’s what you can get: ■ $20 — gift certificate for a free ice cream cone at Beth Marie’s ■ $35 — one of three first edition books signed by local author Colin Winnette; Supply is limited ■ $50 — two hours of babysitting provided by a local licensed childcare owner ■ $75 — a $50 discount on tuition at Hilltop Montessori School in Denton ■ $100 — A guest DJ spot for one hour at DentonRadio.com; A one-hour Massage from Soma Massage Therapy ■ $150 — unlimited sessions over a two-week period at Denton Taekwondo Academy; An engraved brick in honor of a person or organization at the splash pad ■ $250 — a 2014 Season Family Pass to Denton Civic Center Pool; A “Drink & Think” political discussion hosted by Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden for you and seven of your friends; a free general pest treatment from Natural Pest Solutions if you live within the company’s treatment area ■ $300 — One individual all-access pass to the Denton Parks & Recreation recreation center pass; good for 12 months; A free spot for you and nine of your friends on the Ghosts of Denton tour, or credit for a basic birthday package for up to 20 attendees at Lone Star Lanes skating rink in Denton ■ $450 — a 2014 season family pass to Water Works Park ■ $500 — a family pass to the Denton natatorium, good for one year; a private house show concert from Paul Slavens Peruse the perks at http://bit.ly/1dQ6Qz2
through the planning and design, then bid it out and then it’s got to go for council approvals,” Vorel said. “Is it realistic to think this would be built by next summer? Probably not. It’s still a significant amount of money to come up with, and it has to go through the process.” In the meantime, Briggle and other volunteers plan to push
the fundraiser as far as they can. “I really want this to be a community project,” she said. “A free splash pad would benefit so many people.” To donate to the fundraiser, visit http://www.indiegogo.com /projects/denton-communitysplash-park. LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.
DINING Continued from Page 6 wine. 1123 Fort Worth Drive. SunThurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940566-3073.
BISTROS AND CAFES Banter Bistro Gourmet sandwiches and salads, breakfast items, coffee and espresso, plus traditional Spanish tapas (small savory dishes) by reservation only. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 219 W. Oak St. Daily 10ammidnight. $. 940-565-1638. www. dentonbanter.com. Bochy’s Bistro Fusion menu grabs elements of European cuisines with many salad and sandwich selections. Winning Greek chicken lisi panini. Artful desserts: tuxedo cake, cream cheese brownie. No smoking. 2430 I-35E, Suite 136. Mon-Thurs 8-3, Fri-Sat 8-9, Sun brunch 8-3. $$. 940-387-3354. www.bochys.com. Cachette Bistro 144 N. Old Town Blvd., Suite 1, Argyle. Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. 940464-3041. www.cachettebistro.com. The Chestnut Tree Salads, sandwiches, soups and other lunch and brunch options served in back of small shop on the Square. Chicken pot pie is stellar. Tasty quiche. Decadent fudge lava cake and rich carrot cake. Revolving dinner menu. No smoking. 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm; dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-9pm. $-$$. 940-5919475. www.chestnuttearoom.com. Sidewalk Bistro 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 132. Sun-Mon 7am-3pm, Tues-Sat 7am-9pm. 940-591-1999. www.sidewalk-bistro.com.
BRITISH The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Full bar. 101 W. Hickory St. Sun-Wed 11-10, Thurs-Sat 11-midnight. $-$$. 940-566-5483.
BRUNCH Cups and Crepes Eatery serves up both traditional American and European breakfasts and lunch. Get biscuits and gravy or test a crepe filled with rich hazelnut spread. Specialty coffees. Smoking on patio only. 309 Fry St. Tues-Sun 8am-3pm. $. 940-3871696. Join the Cups and Crepes group on Facebook.com. Loco Cafe Casual breakfast/lunch cafe that’s a sister restaurant to the Greenhouse Restaurant across the street. Signature plate is the Loco Moco: stacked hash browns topped with eggs, cheese, salsa or gravy with a fresh biscuit. No smoking. 603 N. Locust St. Mon-Fri 6am-2pm; Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $-$$. 940-387-1413. Royal’s Bagels & Deli 503 W. University Drive. Daily 6:30am-2pm. $. 940-808-1009. www.facebook. com/RoyalsBagels. Seven Mile Cafe Breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, including vegan options. 311 W. Congress St. Daily 7am-3pm. 940-808-0200. www. sevenmilecafe.com.
CHINESE Buffet King Dining spot serves more than 200 items of Chinese cuisine, Mongolian grill and sushi. No smok-
ing. 2251 S. Loop 288. Mon-Thurs 11-9:30, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. $-$$. 940-387-0888. Chinatown Cafe Bountiful buffet guarantees no visit need taste like another. Good selections include cucumber salad, spring rolls, orange chicken, crispy pan-fried noodles, beef with asparagus, steamed mussels. Beer and wine. 2317 W. University Drive. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 11:30-10, Sun 11:30-10. $. 940-3828797. Golden China Small restaurant boasts quick and friendly service. Nice selections on buffet tables include wonton and egg drop soups, teriyaki chicken and hot pepper chicken. Beer and wine. 717 I-35E, Suite 100. Daily 11-10. $. 940-566-5588. Taipei Railroad Restaurant 4405 Pockrus Paige Road. Mon-Sat 5-9pm. 940-387-3871.
COFFEE AND TEA Amitea 708 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm. 940382-8898. www.amitea.org. Big Mike’s Coffee Shop Fair-trade coffee and smoothies near UNT. 1306 W. Hickory St. Open 24 hours daily. $. 940-383-7478. Jupiter House Coffeehouse on the Square offers espresso, coffee, smoothies, shakes, teas and other drinks, as well as pastries and snacks. No smoking inside. 106 N. Locust St. Daily 6am-midnight. $. 940-387-7100. Kaleo Bubble Tea & Coffee 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 108. Daily 7am-10pm. 940-387-4848. www. cafekaleo.com. Naranja Cafe Famous for its bubble tea, this shop also serves teas, juices, smoothies and coffee. 906 Ave. C. Suite 100. $ 940-483-0800. Seven Mile Coffee 529 Bolivar St. Daily 7am-8pm. www.sevenmile coffee.com Zera Coffee Co. Features artisan coffee and specialty coffee drinks and light snacks. Free Wi-Fi. No smoking. 420 E. McKinney St., Suite 106.
Mon-Sat 6am-midnight. $. 940-2398002.
CREOLE Eminent Kings & Queens Creole Restaurant 1614 W. University Drive. Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 1-7pm. 940-4650517. www.kingsandqueenscreole restaurant.com.
ECLECTIC Bears Den Food Safari Dine with two rescued bears at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch’s restaurant, specializing in brick oven pizza. Full bar. 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point. Tues-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. $-$$. 940-489-3064. www.bears dentexas.com. Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. Daily 7:30am-5:30pm. 940220-9447. www.dsdonuts.com. All About Mac This “macaroni and cheese emporium” near UNT offers more than two dozen flavors. 1206 W. Hickory St. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11am-3am. 940-808-1003. www.all aboutmacrestaurants.com.
FINE DINING The Great American Grill at Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. Dinner: Daily 5-10pm. 940-891-4700. The Greenhouse Restaurant Casual dining atmosphere complements fresh seafood, beef and chicken from the grill. Even vegetarian selections get a flavor boost from the woodpile. Starters are rich: spinachartichoke dip, asiago olives. Refined cocktails and rich desserts. Patio dining available. 600 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 12-11, Sun noon-9 (bar stays open later). $-$$. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouse restaurantdenton.com. Hannah’s Off the Square Executive chef Sheena Croft’s “upscale comfort food” puts the focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Steaks get A-plus. Tempting desserts. Full bar. Smoking on terrace only. No checks. 111 W. Mulberry St. Lunch: Mon-Sat
11-3. Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Mon 4:30-9; Tues-Thurs 4:30-10; Fri-Sat 4:30-11. $$-$$$. 940-566-1110. www.hannahsoffthe square.com. Queenie’s Steakhouse Chef Tim Love’s steakhouse just off the downtown Square. Live jazz nightly. Full bar. 115 E. Hickory St. Lunch: Fri 11:30-2:30. Dinner: Wed-Thurs 4:3010pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11pm. $$-$$$. 940-442-6834. www.queeniessteak house.com. The Wildwood Inn Elegant dining room tucked away in a bed and breakfast. Excellent food like hearty soups, Angus rib-eye, meal-size salads and daily specials. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway. Thurs-Sat 6-10pm. $$$. 940-243-4919. www.denton-
FROZEN YOGURT Yogurt Fusion 209 W. Hickory St. 940-597-6367. www.yofusion.com. Yogurt Story 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 393. 940-898-0131. Second location: 2700 W. University Drive, Suite 1080. 940-484-5407. www. yogurtstory.net.
GERMAN Gerhard’s German Restaurant 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. www.gvrestaurants.com.
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN Caesar Island Mediterranean Food 7650 S. I-35E, Suite 112, Corinth. 940-269-4370.
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