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Strays cast prepares for performances

The cast of Strays The Musical has been rehearsing since late September, preparing for the Nov. 6, 7 and 8 performances at 7 p.m. in the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman. Strays is an original show by Amy Shojai and Frank Steele that explores furry foibles from the pets’ point of view. Proceeds will benefit two local, non-profit animal rescue groups - the Animal Refuge Foundation in Sherman and the Red River SPCA based outside of Whitesboro.

International artisan fair comes to Sherman

Ten Thousand Villages (TTV), a non-profit organization, will bring its International Artisan Fair to Sherman this Friday and Saturday. The event, hosted by the Mission Team of First United Methodist Church, will be held in the church’s Community Life Center. Hours will be 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds will directly benefit the artisans from 38 countries.

Garden Show draws a crowd

Fred and Marilyn Zickrick talk to Jenna Roper, center and Cadey Vickers about bluebonnet seeds the girls were selling as a 4-H Club fundraiser at the Grayson County Master Gardners Garden Show at Loy Lake in Denison Saturday afternoon.

Helping others

Courtesy photo Helping others, Charley Carter, left, and Ron Engelke, right, of the Sherman Elks Lodge work to paint the eaves on the home of Art and Elaine Olsen. This was the lodge’s first community service project of this type. Art Olsen, a veteran, worked for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and was a long-time educator, as was Elaine Olsen. Also aiding in the project was lodge member DeQuita Engelke.

CAC tournament

Courtesy photo CAC tournament winners Making up the winning team of the 9th annual Guardian Angel Golf Tournament benefiting the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center were Michael Omahondro, Bobby Wilson, William May and Rickey Wheeler. The team was sponsored by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Association. The tournament, held at Stone Creek Golf Club, aids local children and families. Among sponsors, donors and volunteers were the Sheriff’s Association, Sherman and Denison Police Departments, the mayors of Sherman and Denison, and local businesses.

Contests and Promotions

Student of the month

Courtesy photo Students of the month The Sherman Kiwanis Club recently named Connor Luckett, left, as its October “Student of the Month” and Samuel N. Dick, right, as its September “Student of the Month.” Making the presentations was Amos Mazzant, center.

Belt testing

Courtesy photo Belt testing Students from the Sherman Shotokan Karate Dojo recently completed belt testing. Conducting the tests was Sensei Debra Williamson, assisted by Shihan David Foster. Pictured are: True Shaw, yellow belt; Billie Sanders and Ymani Carroll, green I belts; and Joe Hood and Landry Pierce, green II belts. Also pictured are Anderson Pierce and Emma Clater who will test at a later date.

Halk Fall Festival benefits MPS research

Carnival-styled games, competitions and more await attendees of the annual Halk Fall Festival, set for Oct. 25. The event will run from noon until 4 p.m. at the Denison Boys & Girls Club and all money raised goes directly to the National MPS Society for research into the many diseases associated with MPS (mucopolysaccharidoses).

Yee Haw show comes to Whitesboro

WHITESBORO - Country-styled musical entertainment and comedy will be offered when the Red River Valley Chorus performs its second annual Yee Haw Show Oct. 25 and 26 at Cook’s Main Stage, 142 East Main Street in Whitesboro.The all-female, acapella chorus is a part of the Sweet Adelines and focuses on barbershop-styled music.

Pink Hat event; and other local news in brief

The public is encouraged to decorate a hat and support the fight against breast cancer in the 2014 Pink Hat Contest. The event is being sponsored by the Texoma Health Foundation and 100 percent of the proceeds to the THF’s 500 STrong campaign, helping local women and men battling breast cancer.

Erika Ettin: After online meeting, 4 tips for a great first date

There are some surefire ways to turn off a first date — having your cell phone out on the table, drinking excessively or being rude to the wait staff, to name a few. But just as important as knowing what not to do is knowing what to do on a first date to increase your chances of making it to the all-important second date.

Tuna Christmas auditions set

Auditions will be this Saturday and Sunday for the Sherman Community Players next production - A Tuna Christmas. Auditions times will be 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Finley Theater, 500 North Elm, in Sherman.