Games, art, homegrown goodies, music and an old-fashioned community celebration are all on tap this weekend in Texomaland.

Games, art, homegrown goodies, music and an old-fashioned community celebration are all on tap this weekend in Texomaland.


1. Dallas band softens summer heat


You won’t even notice the heat at this Thursday’s Hot Summer Nights concert as Dallas-based band Northern National takes the stage, bringing its alternative pop sound. This will be the season’s last HSN concert. The free concert will run from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on the Sherman Municipal Building lawn, so bring something to sit on. You can bring your own munchies and cold drinks or visit the concession stand. Go to http://shermantx.org or http://www.facebook.com/NorthernNational for more information.


2. Get your game on


If your greatest thrill is dethroning an opposing king, then get to CJ’s Coffee Shop this Friday for Chess Night! The Denison eatery, located on Main Street, provides the chessboards, so all you have to do is show up by 6 p.m., prepared to do battle. You’ll be able to play (for free, by the way) inside or outside on the coffee shop’s popular patio. For any extra info, go to http://www.cjscoffeecafe.com.


3. Feel the country at Denison concert


Experience Texas-style country when recording artist Deryl Dodd takes to the Music on Main stage in Denison Friday. The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Heritage Park on Main Street. Seating isn’t provided, so bring those chairs or blankets. Picnic baskets and/or ice chests are encouraged and welcomed, but concession stands with barbecue, snow cones, cold drinks, wine and more will also be available. Get additional information at http://www.denisonlive.com or http://www.deryldodd.com.


4. Put on those walking shoes and shop


Throw on your most comfortable walking shoes, grab a bag or basket and head to Durant this Saturday for the Main Street Art Work and Farmers Market. The event encompasses Durant’s historic downtown area and will last from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Local artisans will be displaying their wares and local gardeners will be offering up their just-picked produce. Call 580-924-1550 or visit http://www.durantchamber.org to get more details.


5. Have some fun downtown


Enjoy old friends and make some new ones during a downtown block party in Howe this Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The festivities are being hosted by the Howe Chamber of Commerce and Keep Howe Beautiful. Live music will be provided by the Bill Boyd Band and there will be lots of stuff going on for the whole family. Go to http://www.howechamber.com for information.