9:30 a.m. — Crafters’ Corner at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Work on projects and learn new techniques. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — B.O.Y.S. (Boys Only Yucky Stories) at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Book club for boys in grades 2-5. This month, discuss Icky Ricky Toilet Paper Mummy by Michael Rex. Free. Call 940-349-8749 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noon to 4 p.m. — American Red Cross blood drive at Lowe’s, 1255 S. Loop 288. Donors must have ID, be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org .
4 p.m. — Lego Builders Club for ages 6 and older at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8718 or e-mail email@example.com.
5 to 6:30 p.m. — Introduction to bird watching at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Discussion will include information about binoculars, field guides, and what to do in the field, followed by a short hike. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-637-2294.
5:30 p.m. — “Owl Prowl” at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM455, 10 miles east of I-35. meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater. Doris Mager will demonstrate how to call owls and teach participants about the birds of prey. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148.
8 to 11 p.m. — Junior High Jamz for sixth- through eighth-graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Supervised event includes a live DJ, pool tables, air hockey, foosball, basketball and more. Student IDs are required for admission. Entry fee is $4. Call 940-349-8575 or visit www.dentonparks.com .
8 to 9:30 a.m. — “Flying Feathered Friends” at Pavilion 1 at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Bird watchers of all skill levels can go on a mile-long hike. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-637-2294.
10 a.m. — Birds of prey presentation by Doris Mager, including ET, her great horned owl, and other birds, at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM455, 10 miles east of I-35. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148.
Noon to 4 p.m. — American Red Cross blood drive at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Donors must have ID, be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org .
1:30 p.m. — Birds of prey presentation by Doris Mager in the amphitheater at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-637-2294.
6 p.m. — Chess Night at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. Free. Call 940-349-8752.
7 to 8:45 p.m. — North Branch Writers’ Critique Group, for those interested in writing novels, short stories, poetry or journals, meets at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Free.
The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-566-5483.
The Abbey Underground Thurs: Boxcar Bandits, 8pm. Fri: Soul Patrol, 8pm. Weekly events: Each Sat, “’80s and ’90s RetroActive Dance Party”; each Sun, open mic hosted by Bone Doggie, signup at 7:30pm; each Mon, karaoke. 100 W. Walnut St. www.facebook.com/TheAbbeyUnderground .
American Legion Post 550 Each Fri, free karaoke at 9pm; each Tues, free pool. Live band on the last Sat of the month, free. 905 Foundation St., Pilot Point. 940-686-9901.
Andy’s Bar Fri: Thieves of SunRise, 8pm. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400.
Banter Bistro Thurs: Austin Byrd Quartet, 6pm. Fri: Oui Bis, 6pm; “Song & Story” hosted by Richard Gilbert, 8pm; Elliot Liebman and Isabel Crespo, 10pm. Sat: Bonduris Music Studio recital, 4pm; Emily Davis and Kent Shores, 6pm; the Lightning Crispies, 8pm; “Willie Dixon: A Tribute,” 10pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm; each Sat, live local jazz at 6pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638. www.dentonbanter.com .
Crossroads Bar Fri: The Holophonics. 1803 Elm St. 940-808-1177. http://crossroadsbardenton.com .
Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs: Amanda Shires, Sydney Wright, 9pm, $9-$12. Fri: Savage & the Big Beat, Daniel Folmer and the Designated Drivers, Forever and Everest, 10pm, $5. Sat: Brave Combo, 9pm, $10. Sun: Queen for a Day, 5:30pm, $10. Mon: Paul Slavens & Friends, 10pm, free. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. www.danssilverleaf.com .
Fry Street Public House Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. www.publichousedenton.com .
The Garage 113 Ave. A. 940-383-0045. www.thedentongarage.com .
Gerhard’s German Restaurant 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. www.gvrestaurants.com .
The Greenhouse Mon: Zach Forsythe. Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com .
Hoochie’s Oyster House Live local music each Mon at 6pm. 207 S. Bell Ave. 940-383-0104. http://hoochiesoysterhouse.com .
Hailey’s Club Sun: DJ sets by Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and Jason Faries, and Yeahdef, 9pm, $5-$10. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. www.haileysclub.com .
J&J’s Pizza 118 W. Oak St. 940-382-7769. www.jandjpizzadenton.com .
La Milpa Mexican Restaurant Each Fri, Mariachi Quetzal, 7:30-9:30pm. 820 S. I-35E, Suite 101. 940-382-8470.
Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. Thurs: Jennifer Holm. Fri: Shoot Low Sheriff. Sat: Isaac Hoskins. Shows at 8pm on upstairs patio, free. 113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022. www.lsaburger.com .
Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden 200 S. Washington St., Pilot Point. 940-686-3801. www.lowbrows.us .
Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair Each Tues, open mic, 9pm. 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107. 940-566-9910.
Rockin’ Rodeo Thurs: Josh Ward, 8pm, free for ages 21 and older with advance tickets, or $5 at the door. 1009 Ave. C. 940-565-6611. www.rockinrodeodenton.com .
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Thurs: Merry Chrisfits, Half Truths, Comedy with Clint Werth and Scott Crisp, 9pm, $5-$7. Fri: “Suite 101: Jingle Fest” with Bryan Taylor & Ronin, House of Cards, DJ Neenyo, IamIam, Theo/Therka, Taylor Thomas & Telykast, 8pm, $5-$7. Sat: Pan-Ector Christmas Party with Bashe, Botany, 9pm, free-$3. Sun: Banditos, Levi Cobb & the Big Smoke, 9pm, $5-$7. No smoking indoors. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. www.rubberglovesdentontx.com .
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Sat: Miss Polly & Her Tiny Big Band, 1pm. Sun: Bubba Hernandez’s “Holiday Hangout,” 7-9pm. Shows on the patio, free. 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com .
Trail Dust Steak House 26501 E. U.S. 380 in Aubrey. 940-365-4440. www.trailduststeaks.net .
Treehouse Bar & Grill Each Wed, karaoke, 9:30pm. 1512 W. Hickory St. 940-484-7900. www.thetreehousedenton.com .
VFW Post 2205 Free karaoke at 8pm each Thurs, Fri and Sat. 909 Sunset St.
The Whitehouse Espresso Bar and Beer Garden Each Thurs, open mic hosted by Kelbe Schrank, 7:30pm, signup at 7pm. 424 Bryan St. 940-484-2786. www.twobzandavcoffeehouse.com .
Banter Bistro 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638.
Center for the Visual Arts Greater Denton Arts Council’s galleries, meeting space and offices. 400 E. Hickory St. Free. Tues-Sun 1-5pm. Galleries closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 940-382-2787. www.dentonarts.com .
“Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino,” through Jan. 17 in the Meadows Gallery.
“Dance With Life: Works in Fiber” through Dec. 29 in the Gough Gallery.
The Chestnut Tree 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm; dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-9pm. 940-591-9475. www.chestnuttearoom.com .
A Creative Art Studio Gallery, classes and workshops. 227 W. Oak St., Suite 101. Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun by appointment only. 940-442-1251. www.acreativeartstudio.com .
Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe 200 W. Congress St. 940-387-5386.
The DIME Store Denton Independent Maker Exchange’s store carrying local art, crafts and vintage items, plus workshop/gallery space. Tues-Sat 10-6. 510 S. Locust St. 940-381-2324. www.dimehandmade.com .
Farmer’s & Merchant’s Gallery Early and contemporary Texas art. 100 N. Washington St., Pilot Point. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Appointments encouraged. 940-686-2396. www.farmersandmerchantsgallery.com .
Gallery 010 in the TWU student union, at the corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Mon-Thurs 8-9; Fri 8-5; Sun 1-9. Free.
Green Space Arts Collective Studio/gallery available for rental. 529 Malone St. 940-595-9219. www.greenspacearts.com .
Imagine Gallery at Denton Square Donuts, 208 W. Oak St. www.facebook.com/imaginegallerydenton .
“Amalgam d(8),” through Dec. 30. Group show includes works by Kaitly Arnold, Maren Henson, Caroline Irvin, Maxx Martinez, Jordan Miller, Justin Nguyen, Catherine Parkinson and Katie Vallee.
Impressions by DSSLC Store selling ceramics by residents of Denton State Supported Living Center. 105 1/2 W. Hickory St. 940-382-3399.
Jupiter House 114 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100.
Spiderweb Salon and Koan School collaborative gallery exhibit, through early February.
Oxide Fine Art & Floral Gallery 115 W. Eagle Drive. 940-483-8900. www.oxidegallery.com .
Ruben Miranda, featured artist for December.
PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon-Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St.
SCRAP Denton Nonprofit store selling reused materials for arts and crafts, with the Re:Vision Gallery featuring art made of reused and repurposed items. Classes and workshops. 215 W. Oak St. 940-391-7499. www.scrapdenton.org .
“Crafternoon,” open workshop each Thursday, 3-6pm.
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com .
tAd The Art Den, a small, artist-run space inside the Bowllery, 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. www.tadgallery.org. 940-383-2695.
TWU Blagg-Huey Library Mon-Thurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 2pm-midnight. 1322 Oakland St. 940-898-3701. www.twu.edu/library .
TWU East and West galleries in the TWU Fine Arts Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Free. Mon-Fri 9-4, weekends by appointment. 940-898-2530. www.twu.edu/visual-arts .
UNT Art Gallery in the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St. at Welch. Tues noon-5pm, Wed-Thurs 9:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Free. 940-565-4316. http://gallery.unt.edu .
UNT Cora Stafford Gallery In UNT’s Oak Street Hall, 1120 W. Oak St. Tues-Fri 10am-2pm or by appointment. 940-565-4005.
UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-noon & 1-5pm, with extended hours Thurs until 8pm; Sat 11am-3pm. 940-369-8257. http://untonthesquare.unt.edu .
Annual CVAD Faculty and Staff Exhibition, works by artists in the College of Visual Arts and Design, through Jan. 9.
Visual Arts Society of Texas Member organization of the Greater Denton Arts Council offers community and continuing education for local visual artists, professional and amateur. Meetings are at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Monthly meetings include mini-shows and demonstrations by visiting artists. Two annual juried exhibits. Critique groups and workshops. Visit www.vastarts.org or call Executive Director Lynne Cagle Cox at 972-VAST-ORG.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Bayless-Selby House Museum Restored Victorian-style home built in 1898. 317 W. Mulberry St. Tues-Sat 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Free. Handicapped accessible. Regular special events and workshops. 940-349-2865. www.dentoncounty.com/bsh .
Denton County African American Museum Exhibits of historic black families in the county, including artwork and quilting, and personal items of the lady of the house. 317 W. Mulberry St., next to the Bayless-Selby House Museum. Tues-Sat 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Free. www.dentoncounty.com/dcaam .
Bethlehem in Denton County Small gallery in Sanger displaying a personal collection of 2,900 nativities. Open evenings and weekends, by appointment only. Free. Small groups and children welcome. To schedule your visit, call 940-231-4520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.bethlehemindentonco.com .
Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum Exhibits include photos of Denton communities, historic Hispanic and black families, farm and ranching artifacts, and special collections including Southwest American Indian and Denton County pottery, pressed glass and weaponry. Research materials, county cemetery records, genealogical info, photographs. 110 W. Hickory St. 10-4:30 Mon-Fri and 11-3 Sat, closed holidays. Free. Special monthly exhibits and lectures. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/chos .
Kay Copeland’s Santa Collection, through the holiday season, and “Big Wheels Turnin’: The Evolution of Transportation in Denton County,” through June 7.
Denton Firefighters Museum Collection at Central Fire Station, 332 E. Hickory St., displays firefighting memorabilia from the 1800s to the present. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. Closed on city holidays. Free and handicapped accessible.
Hangar Ten Flying Museum WWII aircraft on display including Lockheed 10A, Beech Aircraft Stagger Wing, PT22 and Piper L-4. Mon-Sat 8am-3 pm. 1945 Matt Wright Lane. Free. 940-565-1945.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Three hiking trails; camping, fishing and more on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River; restored 1870 log home. Winter hours: Fri-Sun 7am-5pm. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 5 and younger. Front gate is at Jones Street and North Kealy Avenue in Lewisville. Call 972-219-3930 for directions. www.ias.unt.edu/llela .
Little Chapel-in-the-Woods Built in 1939, one of 20 outstanding architectural achievements in Texas. Daily 8am-5pm, except on university holidays or when booked for weddings, weekends by appointment only, TWU campus. 940-898-3644.
UNT Rafes Urban Astronomy Center UNT’s astronomy center, open to the public once a month. 2350 Tom Cole Road. Visit www.astronomy.unt.edu/obsv.html .
Western Heritage Gallery at Stonehill Center, 5800 N. I-35, Suite 400. 940-243-3933. www.thewesternheritagegallery.com .
“JFK Texas Exhibit,” an exhibit of photos, mementos and other items related to the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, through Dec. 29. Free; donations benefit the Denton Community Food Center.