Whether you need a good dose of laughter, a good book, music, art, theater or a combination of things, you’ll find it in north Texas in the coming days. There’s something for everyone of all ages.


1. Have a musical laugh


For a down home night of music and comedy, go no farther than the Sadler Community Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s “Pickin’ ‘N Grinnin’ ‘N Laffin’ Out Loud” night! Local musicians and singers will be performing, plus telling a few stories and providing family-friendly entertainment. The program is free and a concession will offer drinks and snacks for sale. There will even be a cake drawing, in case you’ve got a sweet tooth.


2. Read a good book lately


Little is better on a chilly, damp night than a comfy chair, fuzzy house shoes, hot chocolate and a good book. It’s extra good when the book is written by someone right here at home. Local authors Barbara Willis of Tom Bean and Rita Ownby Holcomb of Sherman and Whitewright will have a book signing on Jan. 28, promoting their latest works. The event will be from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 111 West Grand in downtown Whitewright. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.


3. Paint the night away


Explore your creative side on Jan. 23 at a “Painting Art On The Town” adult art party at the Creative Arts Center of Bonham. The fun evening, taught by Kay Carrel, will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and participants will get to create their own painting on canvas. Participants can bring their favorite wine or other libations to enjoy and all art supplies will be provided. The cost is $35 per person. The art center is at 200 West 5th Street in downtown Bonham. Call for reservations at 903-640-2196.


4. Kids can sing too


Got a fourth or fifth grade kiddo who loves to sing, can match pitch and can attend all rehearsals and performances? If so, they need to audition for the Denison Performing Arts Honor Choir. The choir rehearses from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Denison Public Library and is directed by Susan Matthews. Susan Pedigo accompanies the group on the piano. Auditions will be on Thursdays at the Denison library. The choir is free and open to auditions for children in fourth or fifth grades in any school in the area. Send an email to Matthews at swmatthews1000@gmail.com for more information or to schedule an audition.


5. Feel those stage lights


If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like under the stage lights of stardom, you’ve got a chance to find out. Auditions for Theatricks spring production of Robin Hood will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 31 at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman. Parts are available for a wide range of ages and audition forms are available online — www.theatricks.org — or at the audition. Copies of the script can be obtained by contacting Webster Crocker, Theatricks director, at director@theatricks.org. The performances will be the first and second weeks of March. Go to www.scptheater.org for more information.