Texoma has many indoor and outdoor activities available for area residents to participate in this weekend. From fossils, constellations, popsicle and birds at local parks to role-playing games and even a play, all of these activities can appeal to all ages groups. So if you are looking for some fun, check out one of these weekend events.
1. Just a walk in the park
Eisenhower State Park is hosting a couple of events on Friday. From 3-4 p.m. a park ranger will be putting on a presentation about the fossils at Eisenhower and then will help patrons make their own souvenirs out of plaster. The park encourages patrons to bring fossils for identification but asks that they not remove them from the park. From 9 to 9:30 p.m., the park will take a tour of the night sky and hear stories about the season’s brightest constellations. Bring chairs and blankets for sitting. The park will have a telescope set up for viewing, but patrons are invited to bring their own. Both programs will take place at Deer Haven Recreation Hall. All park programs are free with paid admission. For more information, call the park office at 903-465-1956.
2. Popsicles in the park
Sherman Parks and Recreation will be giving out free popsicles Saturday at Hawn Park in Sherman. There will also be games and other activities available for families. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the spray ground at 1202 S. Dewey St. Patrons are encouraged to wear their swimsuits.
3. Want to play a game?
The Denison Public Library will be hosting a tabletop role-playing game contest Saturday. From noon to 4 p.m. at the library located at 300 W. Gandy in Denison, game players will be gathered for the tournament. The event is open to anyone 13 years or older. Each month, the library has one day dedicated to those who enjoy playing or want to learn to play tabletop role-playing games.
4. Birds, birds, and more birds
If you have ever wanted to learn the songs sung by backyard birds, then Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be having an event Saturday that may be of interest to you. Wayne Meyer of Austin College will present “How to Recognize Songs of Backyard Birds” at 3 p.m. at the refuge. The program will teach about the songs of bluebirds, cardinals, wrens, woodpeckers and others. Meyer will show how to associate sounds with words we know and how to train our ears to recognize which bird we are hearing. The program is sponsored by the Bluestem Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and is free and open to the public. The refuge is located at 6465 Refuge Rd in Sherman.
5. Last Chance
The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival is showing its last play of the summer. The musical, “Cinderella” will be shown for the final time by the theater guild at 7 p.m. Saturday. The play will show at Montgomery Auditorium on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus in Durant, Oklahoma. For more information, visit https://www.oklahomashakes.com/.