Raccoons or robots? Feathers in the air or your hair? How about some gardening? All are being offered in the next few days and the choice is yours as to how you’ll be spending your free time in Texoma.


1. One lump or two


Don that fancy, maybe even feathered, hat and matching gloves, pick up your favorite China cup — pinky extended — and join in the “Elegant Ladies Tea Party” at the Bonham Public Library. The tea will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the library, 305 East 5th, in downtown Bonham. There will be tea, light sandwiches and desserts plus some fun games. Call the library at 903-583-3128 or visit http://www.bonhamlibrary.net to get more details.


2. A home for Harriett


Even raccoons named Harriett need a home. Find out how the furry female fares Thursday during Story Time at Pickles & Pottery, 212 West Houston, in Sherman. The event is geared for children ages 2 to 5 years old, but is open to children of all ages. Besides the story, the young participants will get to paint a raccoon. There is a fee of $11.20 plus tax to participate, but no pre-registration is required. Just show up at the door. Go to http://www.picklesandpottery.com or visit the shop’s Facebook page.


3. Counting’s for the birds


If it’s got feathers, count it — well, almost anything with feathers. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place this Friday through Monday and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers. At 1 p.m. Sunday, there will be a guided birding walk, led by Wayne Meyer. Bring binoculars or borrow some from the refuge and dress for the weather. Sightings during the walk will be reported to the Great Backyard Bird Count officials. This can also be done at one’s home.


Youngsters and adults can learn all about birds during the free, monthly nature program on Saturday from 10 until 11:30 p.m. Besides the informative discussion about local and area birds, there will be bird crafts and a nature walk, weather permitting. Parents or a responsible adult must accompany children ages 4 to 7. Go to http://www.friendsofhagerman.com or call 903-783-2826 to register or for more information.


4. Time to get dirty


Just because winter’s going to hang on another month or two, it doesn’t mean gardening will wait. Get started by checking out the Collin County Master Gardeners’ “Spring Into Vegetable Gardening” program. Lectures and hands-on displays on local vegetable gardening will be provided. The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at The Landing at Myers Park, 7117 County Road 166, in McKinney. The cost is $10 per person and will be collected that morning at 8:30 a.m. To register or for all the details, call 972-548-4232 or visit http://www.ccmgatx.org.


5. Hello robo


They may not have R2D2, but it’s probably close. The Homeschool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education group) Robotics program will meet at the Bonham Public Library at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Call 903-583-3128 or go to http://www.bonhamlibrary.net for all the scoop. The library is at 305 East 5th in downtown Bonham and the phone number is 903-583-3128.