Mt. Springs holds Sing
The Great Christmas Sing is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Mountain Springs Community Center at 173 Mt. Springs Ln.
The event will feature a Christmas songfest performed by members of the Mountain Springs community and Monica David’s children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point. Pianist Toni Holland will accompany.
Entrance to the event is free, though donations for building renovations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the program.
Tioga School sets Spectacular
The Tioga High School Holiday Spectacular is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, following a city parade and tree lighting in downtown Tioga.
The show will feature holiday music and skits presented by the Tioga High School Performing Arts Club. Donations benefitting the Tioga theater program will be accepted.
Tioga United Methodist Church will provide hot chocolate and refreshments during the event.
Girl Scouts seeking recipes
Girl Scout Troop 8667 is seeking recipe submissions for their upcoming cookbook fundraising project. Funds raised from cookbook sales will provide handicap-accessible swings for parks in the Aubrey, Krugerville and Providence Village areas for children with limited mobility.
Recipes are needed for categories like appetizers and beverages, breakfast and brunch, side dishes, main dishes, crock-pot meals, desserts, kid-friendly food, camping recipes and pet recipes.
To contribute a recipe, visit TypeNSave.com/get-started/ and login using user name troop8667 and password thyme687. Recipes are due by March 28, 2014.
Information is available from April Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toy Drive to benefit Angels
The 9th annual Holiday Toy Drive is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall at 925 N. Charcut St. in Pilot Point.
Attendees will be treated to live performances from the Opera House Singers and Ed Vargas, as well as food, wine, beer and margaritas.
Admission to the event is one unwrapped toy to benefit the Shepherd’s Storehouse’s Angel Tree Program.
Information is available from Donna Stephens at 817-999-2400, Jamie Irick at 940-368-4759, or Ray Brewer at 940-686-9241.
AMS shows off arts and crafts
The Aubrey Middle School Arts and Crafts Extravaganza is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 815 W. Sherman Drive.
Attendees can purchase crafts, jewelry, candles, clothing, accessories and gifts from vendor booths that will be set up during the event. Bounce houses, food and door prizes will also be featured during the extravaganza.
All proceeds raised go to benefit the seventh grade’s annual field trip to San Antonio.
Information about the event or about booth rentals is available from Delore Jones at 940-668-0200 or email@example.com.
Angels available for the choosing
Angels under the Shepherd’s Storehouse Angel Tree program are available at the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce, PointBank’s Pilot Point location, Pilot Point intermediate and elementary schools, Aubrey High School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and Midway Baptist Church.
Each angel will include a Christmas wish list for a needy child in the area. Participants can choose an angel and purchase the items listed. Gift donations are due at the Shepherd’s Storehouse by Friday, Dec. 13. Gifts will be given out at the Shepherd’s Storehouse on Friday, Dec. 20.
Information is available from the Storehouse at 940-686-2620 or from Linda Navarre at 940-686-2151.
Christmas show set at Opera House
The Pilot Point Opera House and Family Friendly Productions will present “Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The play takes place on Christmas Eve in 1933 in Big City, USA. Private eye Sam Shade is out to save Christmas and foil gangster Bugsy Bigtime’s attempts to ruin the season.
This musical is written and directed by Shelby Cranfill. Assistant director is Chip Conrad, music director is Susan Merritt, and costume and scenery designer is Abby Cranfill. The cast features 28 kids and teens and three adults from the area.
Tickets are $5 per person, $3 for kids age 6 and under or $20 per family. Tickets are available online at www.FamilyFriendlyProductions.com.
Casino Night set in Pilot Point
The Johnny Patterson Special Needs Children Fund will host New Years Casino Night on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Pilot Point Community Opera House. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The event will feature dinner from Pedro’s Tex-Mex & Grill of Pilot Point and a live performance by Ed Vargas. Gambling, dancing and a raffle will round out the evening.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. All proceeds raised go toward special education improvements at Pilot Point schools.
For information or to purchase advance tickets, contact 214-535-7428 or 214-236-9503.
Park has full slate of activities
A leisurely sunset hike will begin the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Johnson Branch’s picnic Pavilion 1. Saturday, visitors can learn about old-fashioned campfire cooking using a Dutch oven and how to craft a traditional Christmas present from 5 to 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. Hot chocolate will be available for the holiday-themed talk.
The Johnson Branch will also play host to the Texas Outdoor Family Program for the weekend. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and activities go through the night until 11 a.m. Sunday morning. Basic camping equipment will be provided, but campers will need to bring their own food, dishes, sleeping bags and personal items.
Campers will learn how to build a base camp, how to use GPS systems on the trails, how to build a fire, leave no trace camping principles and more. Rangers will host programs on kayaking, fishing and identifying nighttime animal noises.
Fees for the Texas Outdoor Family Program are $65 for a family of six people. Reservations can be made by phone at 512-389-8903.
The Johnson Branch is located off FM 3002 and can be reached at 940-637-2294.
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