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Summer reading programs begin in local libraries

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Summer reading programs for area youngsters got underway this week at the Bowie Public Library and the Nocona Public Library.
The opening day for Bowie was Tuesday at 10 a.m. Theme for the season is “Build a Better World,” and it featured the high school cheerleaders, music and storytime.
Summer reading is open to youngsters through age 12. Each program last about an hour. On opening day children picked up their reading logs.
At the end of the program participants who complete 10 hours of reading will receive a certificate, can select a book for their age group and other prizes. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
On July 11 there will be Three Little Pigs skit, a puppet show on July 18 and a drum program on July 25.
Other dates will be July 11, July 18 and July 25, all at 10 a.m. There will not be a program on July 4.
For those older children, Teen and Tween Summer Reading is 2 p.m. each Wednesday in July for those ages 12-18. Other activities during July will be Makers Space each Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Minecraft and computer coding each Thursday at 4 p.m. for ages 12 and up.
Questions can be directed to the library by calling 872-2681.
Nocona Public Library’s Summer Reading also will be at 10 a.m. each Monday in July.
Children ages 3-16 are invited to attend. Call 825-6373 or stop by 10 Cooke Street.

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Animal shelter volunteers selected as parade grand marshals

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Bowie Community Development Board announces the 31st Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade Grand Marshals as the Friends of the Bowie Animal Shelter – Joellen Stark, Valerie Evans, Valerie Wise, Chesney Bullard and Melodye Massey along with Shelter HEARTS Julie O’Neal and Holly Bullock, Animal Control Officer Willy Conway and Police Commander Lynetta Slaton.
The lighted parade committee has asked for animal shelter donations as the kennels are full of dogs looking for adoption. There will be a donation box at the parade entry station at Tarrant and Mill Street as floats line up for the parade as well as a donation box by the Mason Street stage on Dec. 3.
This year’s grand marshals were selected for their constant dedication to the animal shelter and its animals.

Read the full story about the grand marshals and the upcoming events in your weekend Bowie News.

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Sip & Stroll once more draws record participation

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Warm up to the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival with the popular preview night featuring “Winter Lights Sip and Stroll With Me” on Dec. 2.
Participating businesses are encouraged to decorate with holiday lights. Prizes will be given to first, second and third-place winners.
Once more Sip and Stroll is experiencing a record-breaking number of participants with 31 businesses registered for the event. Bowie Economic Development also is planning its open house from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 2 at its office at 101 E. Pecan.
Guests attending the Sip and Stroll are asked to purchase armbands and glasses for $10 at any of the participating merchants. Strollers also may use their previous Sip & Stroll glasses but must purchase an armband.
Throughout the evening stroll the decorated downtown streets that sparkle as they await the arrival of the Christmas festival the next day.

Read the full story with all the participants in your weekend Bowie News.

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Volunteers braved the cold last Saturday to hang decorations in downtown Bowie in the annual Hanging of the Green event hosted by Bowie Community Development.
Since it was so chilly outside the event coordinators used Debbie Herriage as a lamp post to approximately how the decorations are hung. Debbie was a good sport as everyone got lined up before going outside. (Photos by Barbara Green)
Volunteers picked up their supplies and hit downtown to dress it up for Christmas.
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