Even though this weekend in Grayson County is guaranteed to be a cold one, there will be plenty of opportunities for area residents to get outside. The city of Sherman, Austin College and the NAACP have invited the public to come out and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade. And, aside from holiday celebration, there will be many other events going on around North Texas. Here are five events in Sherman and Denison to help kick off the MLK holiday weekend.


1. A parade honoring the Civil Rights Movement


The Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held Saturday at noon in Sherman. All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in the parade. The parade route begins at 400 S. Travis Street and will progress eastward on Brockett. A service will follow in Mabee Hall in the Wright Campus Center of Austin College at 1301 E. Brockett.


2. Robotics class


This Ideation Station workshop teaches students to program robots and to build and control electronic circuits. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at 227 S. Travis Street in Sherman. Students of all levels of engineering education are able to attend the class. The workshop is led by Austin College Physics professor Andra Petrean. For more information, visit Facebook Page Ideation Station LLC.


3. Books and more


Denison native Cabrina Jackson will be in Denison this weekend presenting her new book, “Is Love Enough?” Cabrina’s book launch and signing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Denison Public Library, 300 W. Gandy St., Denison. Books can be purchased at the event.


4. The great outdoors


Walt and Isabel Davis recently wrote a book about the travels they have made around Texas. They will be telling all about the Texas landscape during the second Saturday program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Sherman. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. The book, “Exploring the Edges of Texas” combines travel, history and natural history, literature, and art. Second Saturday programs are open to the public and free of charge.


5. Supporting the museum


Frontier Village and Museum of Grayson County will have a chili dinner and fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 100 RC Vaughan Drive in Denison. This event is open to the public. The dinner includes chili and all the fixings. It also includes dessert and a drink. Tickets are available in the museum or from any museum board member. Ticket prices are $10 for all you can eat and $5 for one trip. Children ages four and under are free. The proceeds from this event will help provide needed repairs to the homes and the museum located within Frontier Village. For more information, visit graysoncofrontiervillage.us.