1. Savor some outdoor flavor

1. Savor some outdoor flavor

Learn some age-old, outdoor cooking techniques plus get to sample the goods this Saturday at the "Dutch Oven Brunch" at Eisenhower State Park in Denison. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the picnic pavilion in the park’s Cedar Hollow section. The demonstration and brunch are free, but attendees will be required to pay the park entry fee of $5 per person (age 13 and up). As you’ll be in the park anyway, just bring a picnic lunch, the kids, camera, bicycles, etc. and make a day of it! Call 903-465-1956 or go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/eisenhower/dutchoven.brunch for more information.

1. Be the family hero

Treat the whole family to a free night of fun on Saturday night with "Movies on Main" at Heritage Park on Main Street in Denison. The featured movie will be the children’s Disney film "Big Hero 6," which begins at dusk. But don’t wait until dark to get there. All kinds of activities for the kids start at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available or you can bring your own picnic dinner, snacks and drinks. More information is available by calling 903-464-4452 or visiting http://www.denisonlive.com.

3. Get a head start on the holidays

Get some early Christmas shopping done or just treat yourself to some great items this Thursday and Friday at the TMC Volunteers’ "Christmas In July" book and gift fair. The fair includes bestselling novels, cookbooks, toys, educational items, children’s books, inspirational items, Christmas merchandise and more, all marked at 30 percent to 70 percent off retail. The sale is situated inside Texoma Medical Center, conference rooms 1 and 2, in Denison, and sale hours are 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday. Proceeds will be used by the volunteers to help fund their many health care project in the hospital and community.

4. Go quilt crazy in Bonham

Quilt enthusiasts won’t want to miss the annual Bonham Quilt Hop this Friday and Saturday. Quilts and the like from every generation will be displayed at nine different locations throughout Bonham. Attendees to the free event can even be eligible for prize drawings by simply picking up a "patchwork punch card" and going to all nine locations. Friday display hours are 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Sam Rayburn Library. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call the Bonham Visitor’s Center at 903-583-9830 or go to http://www.visitbonham.com for all the details.

5. Cook-off heats up Cooke County

Support Texomaland’s volunteer fire departments and have a scorchin’ good time at the Cooke County Kettle Cook-Off Challenge this Saturday. The event runs from 11 a.m .until 9 p.m. and is being held at the Mountain Creek Ranch in Valley View. A sanctioned chili cook-off plus a volunteer fire department cook-off will spice up the day, along with live music, food, beverages, prizes and lots more. Go to http://www.mtncreekranch.com or call 940-612-3719 for information and directions.