Youth trout derby

Youth trout derby

The Denison Parks & Recreation Department and Texas Parks & Wildlife will sponsor the 16th annual Youth Trout Derby on Feb. 8. Fishing will be from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Waterloo Lake-Pond in Denison. Lunch will be provided.

The derby is open to boys and girls ages 16 and younger. Trophies will go to the boy and the girl catching the largest trout, the smallest trout and bringing in the heaviest stringer (five fish). Participants must have their own basket or stringer. Prizes will also be awarded for the first five tagged and/or golden trout caught during the derby. In addition, there will be a casting contest and other prizes.

The registration fee is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. The first 50 paid participants will receive a free gift.

To register, go by the Denison Parks & Recreation Department, 531 West Chestnut, or call 903-465-2720, extension 2034.

Shojai book-signing/talk

Pet care and behavior expert and award-winning author, Amy Shojai of Sherman, will be holding a special program and signing for her latest book on Feb. 8. The signing and talk, entitled "Valentine’s For Pets - And Pet People," will be from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. inside Petco in Sherman and is open to the public.

Shojai recently released Hide and Seek, the second in her Thrillers With Bite! series. It is the sequel to her debut thriller Lost and Found. The Thrillers series books are the first fictional works Shojai has produced and are written from a dog’s point of view.

In addition to the thriller series books, Shojai will also have at the signing copies of a few of her non-fiction dog and cat books ranging in topics from health to training, available at the signing. Her work includes 27 best-selling pet books as well as being featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including the New York Times, Reader’s Digest and Family Circle, as well as on national radio and television networks such as CNN and the Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101.

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Travel video presentation

The Sherman Public Library will continue its Brown Bag Travel Videos in February with "Travel the West." The free presentations will be given at noon each Wednesday in the library’s Hope Waller Community Room. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Participants can bring a lunch and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Sherman Public Library.

The schedule of presentations will be: Feb. 5 - the Historic Wild West, Nature’s Untamed Wilderness; Feb. 12 - The Timeless Land of Cowboys; Feb. 19 - Exploring the Wild West; and Feb. 26 - Wonderland of Nature featuring western locales.

For additional information, call the library at 903-892-7240 or visit the library’s Service Desk.