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Guide: Potential plans to maximize summer fun

Guide: Potential plans to maximize summer fun

Books line the shelves at the North Branch Library. On May 16, the Friends of the Library organization will host its quarterly book sale.

Guide: Potential plans to maximize summer fun
April 29
22:41 2015

Erica Wieting / Staff Writer

With summer quickly approaching, UNT students may start to make vacation plans.

Fortunately, for those staying in Denton, the city offers plenty to do during the sweltering summer months.

Up, up and away

One of Denton’s most popular events is the annual air show, which will take place June 20. The show features vintage planes, military demonstrations and helicopter rides in addition to modern aircraft shows.

Pilot Andrew Wright, who will perform this year, said the best air shows have a variety of acts.

“There are aerobatic guys that do really cool flying,” Wright said. “Some people come to see the military jets. It’s a mix of things.”

Wright said there are many kinds of flying. He started out doing competitive aerobatics, which is a very precise type of flying, he said, but this extent of precision is not required for air shows. Wright said military planes also practice a specific type of flying.

“They’re way faster than me, and they pull a lot of Gs,” Wright said. “But they won’t be doing things like tumbling end over end.”

Retired Air Force pilot Joseph Lanza said he is amazed by the air show performances he has seen.

“Having been a military pilot, I can really appreciate the amount of athleticism it takes,” he said.

This year, the show will include a heritage flight showcasing two planes: a modern F-16 and a vintage WWII F-86, which Lanza said is a Korean fighter jet.

“For me, it’s nostalgic,” Lanza said. “It’s a neat culmination of the new and the old.”

Junior English major William Villarreal said he is looking forward to seeing what the event will offer.

“The air shows are ridiculous out here in Texas,” Villarreal said. “They get pretty crazy.”

Down and dirty

For students looking to blow off steam after finals week, the North Lakes Recreation Center will host its fifth annual mud volleyball tournament from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16.

Although full team rosters are not due until May 15, event organizer Alicia McDaniel said students should sign up quickly because spots fill up fast.

“We max out on teams every year,” McDaniel said. “If a group of students is interested in participating, they need to rally their team together.”

McDaniel said volunteers are also needed for the event. Anyone interested can volunteer in two-, four-, or eight-hour shifts. 

Reading power

For those looking for some cheap summer reads, Denton’s local library support group, Friends of the Library, will host its quarterly book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 in the meeting room of the North Branch Library.

Charlie Collier, a volunteer with the larger Friends of Libraries organization, said he helps out at North Branch when they need it.

“I take books to all three libraries around here,” Collier said.

Denton support group member Teri Lupo said all books will be priced between 50 cents and $1.

“We also sell albums, CDs and VHS tapes,” Lupo said. “You’d be surprised how much people love the tapes.”

Exploring local history

For the first time in Denton history, an exhibit featuring local historical items will be displayed in the courthouse.

Exhibits curator of the Office of History and Culture Joe Duncan said the exhibit will go up in June or July and stay up until next spring.

Due to a common misconception that the courthouse on Denton’s Square belongs to the city rather than the county, Duncan said city directors are trying to introduce more programming to represent local history outside of Denton city limits.

“It’s basically just a local showcase that’s offering local historical societies and groups a platform here in the city,” Duncan said. “This was a way to continue the initiative to involve the community and develop partnerships.”

The exhibit will have spaces for local communities and groups in and around Denton to showcase their historical artifacts.

 

Series of concerts

Presented by Denton Radio, an assortment of local talent will perform at six separate venues throughout the summer. Venues include LSA Burger Company, Golden Triangle Mall, Dan’s Silverleaf, Rayzor Ranch, Unicorn Lake and the Denton community market.

CEO of Denton Radio Jake Laughlin said he started Denton Radio after graduating UNT in 2011 with a communications studies degree.

“I’ve been booking shows for about three or four years,” Laughlin said. “I had a lot of great talent signing up [at first], but didn’t have a big listener base.”

To increase listenership, Laughlin said he discussed advertising with local venues, and most businesses were more interested in the artists Laughlin was working with.

“It kind of happened organically from there,” Laughlin said. “We started getting more interest and people wanting us to do events for them.”

Shows at LSA Burger Company will occur most frequently. Local bands featured at the venues will include the Texas Bluescrew, Remain, JR Byrd and Gravity Feed.

Featured Image: Books line the shelves at the North Branch Library.  On May 16, the Friends of the Library organization will host its quarterly book sale. Photo by Erica Weiting – Staff Writer

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