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Volunteers prepare for Clear the Shelter

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Friends of the Bowie Animal Shelter and ShelterHearts will take part in National Clear the Shelters Day on Aug. 20 with an array of activities to help pet owners and fundraising.
On the day all pet adoption fees will be waived. If you are thinking about adopting an animal, this would be a great opportunity.
Cross Timbers Veterinary Clinic will offer low-cost vaccines from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 20. Microchipping for pets will be available for $15.
There will be prize drawings for several great items including a hammock, ice chest and gifts cards valued at more than $100. A wonderful selection of items will be up for bid in a silent auction, along with a bake sale and door prizes.
Stop in to see what the shelter volunteers do. The fundraising goal is $2,000 for various projects around the shelter. Follow the Friends of the Shelter Facebook page for updates on prizes.

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Fantasy of Lights Festival one of the biggest ever

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By BARBARA GREEN
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The 32nd annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival in Bowie this past weekend was one of the biggest in its history with record turnout in the parade and other activities.
Cindy Roller, executive director for Bowie Community Development, festival host, said she has been told this is the largest parade in 15 years, but confirms it is the largest during her five years in Bowie. There were 57 entries, plus 10 Jeeps, 11 UTVs with extra fire trucks pushing the participation to 80.
The Bowie High School cheerleaders repeated as sweepstakes winners for their dancing gingerbread float. The parade theme this year was “Sweet Tidings of Gingerbread.” Cheer sponsor is Destanie Curry.

Read the full story on the festival and see more photos in the mid-week Bowie News.

Pictured above the Bowie High School Marching Band leads off the Christmas parade. (Photo by Jordan Neal).

The Bowie High School cheerleaders float won Sweepstakes. See more photos in the mid-week and weekend Bowie News. (Photo by Jordan Neal)
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Forestburg readies Christmas festival

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The community of Forestburg will celebrate its Christmas festival on Dec. 9 with a variety of activities.
On Dec. 8 enjoy a Movie Under the Stars starting at 6:30 p.m. in the community center parking lot.
On Dec. 9 the chili cook-off opens the day running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center. From noon to 5 p.m. families can visit Santa’s Workshop at the center with a bake shop, kid’s corner, ornament decorating and more.
Throughout town there will be vendor and food trucks, a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating at LifeChurch 2:42, a candy cane maze at the log cabin and a corn hole tourney at the fire hall.
Have fun with Christmas bingo from 1-3 at the Methodist church followed by books with Mrs. Claus from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the center.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m. there will be photos with Santa and a s’mores station at the center.
From 5-6 p.m. there will be a live nativity scene, followed by a lighted Christmas parade and a dance from 7-11 p.m. hosted by the fire department. Many of the activities and events are free.

The Forestburg Christmas tree was lighted last Wednesday in ceremonies that included music and other fun activities. (Courtesy photos)
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Homemade soup lunch to aid families

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Enjoy “Soup’er Sunday” on Dec. 10 with a homemade lunch of soups and desserts at noon in the Bowie First Methodist Church.
Enjoy good food and fellowship to help raise funds for the Bowie Pregnancy Resource Center. The cost of admission is a donation of your choice.
Guests also are invited to bring items needed at the center including diapers sizes 4-7, wipes, diaper rash cream, baby Tylenol or Motrin, powder with corn starch, baby bath items and teething tablets.

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