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Interested in fashion design and/or an eco challenge? DPL, UNT, City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling and SCRAP Denton are teaming up again to put on a fashion show featuring garments made of recycled trash & other used materials. Designs will be professionally photographed and featured in a runway show at the Denton Redbud Festival on April 20. Prizes will be given for best fashion in each age group.
Deadline to register for this event is Feb. 28, 2013.
Interested in participating, Designers contact: Juli.Gonzalez@cityofdenton.com
Mini A-Kon V Line Up
Main Event Schedule – Events to take place in the front Meeting Room
10am – POP Candy Girls – Para Para Dance Demo & Workshop
They will be will be teaching, Happy Synthesizer by Vocaloid. Expect fun, laughter, excitement, and maybe a few treats here and there!
11am – Ani-Idol All Star Mini Concert -
brought to you by Mu Epsilon Kappa, UNT’s Anime Club http://muepsilonkappa.com/unt/
Winner’s from past Ani-Idol events will do a mini concert of anime and jpop songs.
12pm – All About Comics Panel
What to know how to make comics? Come speak with various writers and artists on how they made their comics.
1pm – 3 pm – Voice Actor Panel
Come hear the people behind the voices of your favorite anime characters talk about their experiences in voice acting.
For now you can follow some of them on twitter!
Cherami Leigh – @CheramiLeigh
Micah Solusod – @maioceaneyes
Sonny Strait – @sonnystrait
Jad B. Saxton – @jadbsaxton
Alexis Tipton -
Bruce Elliot -
Funimation will be on hand to talk about what they have planned and share a few behind the scene stories.
4pm – Cosplay (put on by Mu Epsilon Kappa, UNT’s Anime Club)
Cosplay as your favorite character and you could win one of the several awards!
Voice Actor Autograph Alley Schedule
10am – Cherami Leigh/Micah Solusod
11am – Sonny Strait/Bruce Elliott
12pm – Alexis Tipton/Jad B. Saxton
Artists and/or Writers – will be on hand to provide everything from their hard work (from free sketches to expensive masterpieces) to how you too can be an artist or writer. Come learn from professionals of all shapes and sizes.
Sonny Strait – @sonnystrait
Micah Solusod – @maioceaneyes
Iron Cosplay - by Mu Epsilon Kappa, UNT’s Anime Club http://muepsilonkappa.com/unt/
Join the competition of timed costume creation! The winner will receive a prize!
12pm – 3pm Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Card Game
12pm – North Texas Derby Revolution – @RevolutionDerby
All Day Happenings
Nammi – Vietnamese Fusion – @nammitruck
sshamBBQ – Gourmet Korean Tacos – @ssahmbbq
DFWGames – video game room and tournaments – @DFWGames
Game Demos by:
REAPER - running a free paint and take demo
Pachinko machines – 100 balls for $1
Anime Art Contest Gallery - art on display and winners announced
Sound of the Sky
Emma – A Victorian Romance
The central question, the thing that woke me in the dead of night shivering in a cold sweat, the notion which haunted me as I fought to go back to sleep . . . could monsters be real?
This is the question posed in the preface of Curse of the Wendigo, the sequel to The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. Just what if creatures more terrifying than your most horrific nightmares actually existed? In the first book, Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his young assistant, Will Henry, encounter a pack of Anthropophagi, a headless monster whose eyes are located on its shoulders and its mouth of sharp teeth where its stomach should be, and oh yeah, it likes the taste of human flesh. Of course, the people-eating monsters don’t end there. In Curse of the Wendigo, Dr. Warthrop is not convinced there is a monster at all. Rather, there is a madness affecting people, including one of his oldest friends, that turns them into cannibals. Bodies keep piling up, and Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry must either save the wendigo or save themselves.
These are not books for the faint of heart. Yancey’s descriptions are detailed and graphic, but they make the horror come alive. Yancey’s books are reminiscent of classic horror, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as they are set in the late 19th century and are written as if they actually originated in that era. Yancey elevates the horror genre, such as it is now in young adult fiction, far above sparkly vampires.
Be on the lookout for the next in the series, The Isle of Blood, coming soon to a branch near you.
-Heather Botelho, South Branch Library
Denton Writes 2011 Guidelines
Enter your original, unpublished work by April 20, (11:59 pm).
Email your entry as a Word doc. or rtf. attachment to: email@example.com
You may only enter once per category. All entries should include the following:
Grade (children and teens only)
Category of Writing -
* if Poetry, indicate Free Verse or Form; if Form, please specify the form
* if non-fiction, indicate essay, article or memoir
Writing Categories – Adult and Teen (7th – 12th grade)
Fiction: 1000 – 4500 words (literary or genre)
Non-Fiction: 350 –2500 words (articles, essays, memoirs)
Poetry: Free Verse or Poetry: Form (poet stated)
Min. line count 5– Max line count 50
Writing Categories – Children (2nd – 6th grade)
Fiction: maximum words 1500
Non-Fiction: maximum words 1500
Poetry: Free Verse or Poetry: Form (poet stated)
Min. line count 5– Max line count 30
Join other seniors ages 50+ in an exciting learning adventure. Emeritus College, sponsored by the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning at the University of North Texas, provides an extensive range of classes, travel programs and social activities for the senior set. There are no prerequisites, no tests and no grades. The only requirement? A love of learning!
Topics will range from fine arts to current issues, from history and social science to language and literature, from religions and spirituality to health and well being. Enjoy short lectures and in-depth seminars.
Over 40 classes offered this fall
Here are just a few
- Historical Overview of the US Congress and Supreme Court
- Elder Law Boot Camp
- Mark Twain’s America
- Frontiers of Renewable Energy
- World War II
- Looking for Bonnie and Clyde
- Europe: Two Decades Since the Wall Tumbled Down
- Jackson Pollack and Abstract Expressionism
- Exploring What it Means to be Human in a High-Tech World
- Challenges to Christian Traditions
- Important American Trials
Learn More at
Steve Allen Goen, author of several railroad books in our collection such as “Miss Katy in the Lone Star State” and “Texas and Pacific Color Pictoral”, will be presenting a program of slide photography from the collection of Tom Hughes on July 31st at the Emily Fowler Public Library. Mr. Goen presented for us a couple years back in conjuction with a “Railroads in Denton” program created by Laura Douglas, Librarian in the Genealogy Dept. I was at the program and it was well-attended and informative. Nothing like seeing these vintage pictures projected on a large screen.
We will also have model train exhibit on the same day as well as items on display in the Genealogy Dept.
While searching for some images to accompany this blog post, I came across this posting from another blog regarding a tavern and grill start up in the old T&P building in downtown Fort Worth. http://fortworthology.com/2009/04/10/tp-tavern-and-grill/
Also related, a couple weeks back I rode part of the old T&P from Dallas to Texarkana on Amtrak as part of my vacation to Michigan. Along the way, many old stations are still intact if not actually still being used by either Amtrak or the Union Pacific RR (owners after Missouri Pacific). Here’s my pic of the Marshall, Texas Depot still in use that is located between two lines, which folks access though a tunnel. Cool.
From the passenger window, the station stop in Mineola looks out on an old Missouri Pacific caboose and “The Beckham Hotel and Coffee Shop”.
Another vignette from the passenger coach, just down the track from the Longview, Texas station: a row of buildings along a street paralleling the tracks that look as if they never left the 1930s. Here is one:
Finally, railroad landscape personified: maintenance-of-way (mow) equipment on a siding deep in East Texas, near Atlanta, with vintage structures in background.
Railroads cut through old America. There are few better ways to trace the evolution of America’s physical and cultural landscape and to witness what we still have and what has been lost.
The much lamented “homogenization of America”, while occuring in places, is gloriously absent from the window of a passenger coach.
A Family-Filled Learning Adventure
Returns to UNT June 24-25, 2010
The popular Grandparents University is returning to the University of North Texas campus June 24-25.
Grandparents (or other special adults) and grandchildren (ages 7-12) can earn a Grandparents University® degree by “majoring” in two of 10 topics. Participants have the opportunity to spend the night in a UNT dorm and to experience college life.
This is a terrific program! College becomes real when kids are physically present on a campus, especially overnight. – Terri Muldoon, grandparent
This was one of the best things I have done with my grandparents in my whole life. I can’t wait to come next year. – Brian, age 10
This experience was above all our expectations! – Lynda Taylor, grandparent
It was a great time and it was fun! – Katie, age 11
This Year’s Majors Are:
- Apparel Merchandising: Textiles in the Fashion Industry
- Computer Animation and Games
- CSI Denton
- Conquering Crises: First Responders and Disaster Preparedness
- Vive La France! French Culture and Language
- Animal Geniuses: All About Animal Behavior
- Twist and Wrap: Creating Recycled Newspaper Baskets
- Wallhanging Batiks: A Wax Wonder
- Family Portraits: Exploring Genealogy
This coming Friday, April 9th from 1-1:30pm, Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 844 will be making a whistle stop in downtown Denton at the 600 block of East Hickory Street. Coincidentally, the theme for our upcoming Summer Reading Club is, “Catch The Reading Express” with a railroad theme: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/projects/trc/2010/index.html
More information from the Union Pacific about this train and its itinerary can be found here: http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/trace.cfm
The 844 was built for the Union Pacific by the American Locomotive Corp. in 1944 and has never been out of service-a unique fact amongst mainline steam locomotives. The 844 and her sister, Challenger 3985, represent the height of steam locomotive technology. More info about her and UP’s steam operations can be found here: http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/excurs/up844.shtml
So, if you are a train geek like myself, don’t miss this RARE opportunity to see, hear and smell a beast from the past. And, three celebrities from Library Larry’s Big Day may be in attendance, as well.
As always, the Denton Public Library has materials for all ages on railroading and steam engines. Specifically, we have books on railroads in Texas in our Special Collections area at the Emily Fowler Library. The Katy, Santa Fe and Texas & Pacific Railroads are nicely represented but these materials must remain in the building.
Posted by Chuck, 4/6/10