Many children are going back to school next week, and aside from heading out to tax-free weekend sales, parents may be looking for activities for final activities for their children to do before school starts. There are three back-to-school events this weekend along with the regular second Saturday program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Saturday program at Eisenhower State Park. All of these weekend activities are great for children.


1. Bikers united


The Red River Bike Rally will begin at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center, 290 Tanglewood Circle in Pottsboro at 7 a.m. Saturday. The 12th Annual Sherman Kiwanis Red River Bike Rally presented by Holiday Auto Group ends at 2 p.m. This year there will be all new routes, which have been updated to start in Texas then cross the Red River and ride through rural Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.redriverbikerally.com.


2. Free school supplies


The annual back-to-school drive at Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, 830 W. Main St. in Denison, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday where the church will be handing out school supplies. Those receiving supplies must have proof of being a Denison resident. On site, there will also be dental supplies screenings, as well as library books. There will also be a petting zoo on the front lawn and near the bloodmobile. Hot dogs and balloons will be available too.


3. Swim while you can


Grace United Methodist Church in Sherman will be hosting a party for children going back to school next weekend. The back-to-school bash will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and will be held at the The Splash Family Aquatic Center, located at 1121 W. Taylor St. in Fairview Park in Sherman.


4. Bird, birds and more birds


Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge’s second Saturday program for children will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. The event will be on shorebirds. Every spring and fall, shorebirds such as plovers, stilts, avocets, sandpipers, phalaropes and more swoop through Hagerman on their semiannual migration. Learn more about their life cycle, where they nest, where they winter and take a look at the many species that can be seen here. The speaker for this topic will be Wayne Meyer, ornithologist and associate professor of biology at Austin College.


5. Do not look directly at the sun


Eisenhower State Park will be celebrating the sun on Saturday. The event will be held at 50 Road 20 in Denison from 2-3 p.m. Learn about our closest star and take a look through the telescope on the site.