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7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Holiday Camp for children in grades K-6, with dropoff and pickup at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Each day has a themed field trip. Cost is $28 per day. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit .

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 .

7 p.m. — Death and Dessert Mystery Book Club at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Explore new mysteries each month and eat a themed dessert. Free. E-mail

7 to 8 p.m. — Conversation Club, for those wishing to practice their English language skills with others, at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. No registration required. Call 940-349-8752.


7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Holiday Camp for children in grades K-6, with dropoff and pickup at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Each day has a themed field trip. Cost is $28 per day. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit .

1 p.m. — “Getting Started With iOS,” a free class for new iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Bring your iOS device to learn the basics, such as changing settings and getting apps . Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

3 to 4 p.m. — “Getting Started With Android,” a free class for new Android users at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Bring your Android device to learn the basics, such as changing settings and getting apps. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

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

5 p.m. — “Skate for NF” at Lone Star Indoor Sports Center, 1800 Shady Oaks Drive. Family-friendly skate night and auctions will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation. Admission is $10 (includes skate rental). E-mail


1 p.m. — Half-mile hike along the Lost Pines Nature Trail 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.

10 a.m. — Journal writing class in Pavilion 1 at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Learn about different types of nature journals and get some practice writing. Bring journals and art supplies if possible, although there will be a limited supply of items available. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-637-2294.


7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Holiday Camp for children in grades K-6, with dropoff and pickup at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Children will go on a themed field trip. Cost is $28 per day. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit .

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.

6 to 9 p.m. — 10th annual Epiphany Party for the poor and homeless at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. The non-denominational event includes clothing and food, flowers, gifts and entertainment. Sponsors are still welcome; contact Lico Reyes at 817-454-4716 or e-mail


7 to 8 p.m. — Amazing YA Book Club, for adult fans of young adult books, meets at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. This month, discuss Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Free. Call 940-349-8718 or e-mail

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.


2 to 3 p.m. — “How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits,” a free seminar taught by Jerry Brooks at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Read to Rover at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Free. Children ages 6-11 struggling with reading can read one-on-one with a trained therapy dog from Therapy Pals of Golden Triangle. Parents or guardians must register their children in person and sign a permission slip. Call 940-349-8752.

7 to 8:30 p.m. — “Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction,” presented by TWU professor AnaLouise Keating, at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Part of Professor’s Corner, a literary discussion group. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

7 to 8:30 p.m. — Exploring Philosophy at North Branch Library, 3020 Locust St. Join the ongoing discussions of time-honored philosophical issues with Dr. Eva H. Cadwallader, professor of philosophy. Free and open to the public. Call 940-349-8752.


The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Each Wed, County Rexford, 7-9pm, free. 101 W. Hickory St. 940-566-5483.

The Abbey Underground Thurs: The Holophonics, 9pm. 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. .

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: The Holophonics (CD release), 9pm. 122 N. Locust St. 940-565-5400.

Banter Bistro Thurs: Alex Blair, 6pm. Fri: Claire Hebert, 6pm; “Songwriters in the Round” with Ginny Mac, Kristy Kruger, Sydney Wright, 8pm. Sat: Ryan Bradetich and Inbar Horowitz, 8pm. Tues: Mister Joe & Friends, 8pm; Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, 9pm. Each Thurs, open mic at 8pm; each Sat, live local jazz at 6pm. 219 W. Oak St. 940-565-1638.

Crossroads Bar 1803 Elm St. 940-808-1177. .

Dan’s Silverleaf Thurs: Chris Watson, 9pm, $8. Fri: Spiderweb Salon’s “Winter Formal” with Catastica, Cozy Hawks, Forever & Everest, spoken word performances and more, 9pm, $5. Sat: Night with Babalou, Criminal Birds, the BoomBachs, 8pm, $10. Sun: Hares on the Mountain, 5pm, free. Tues: A Taste of Herb, 5pm, free. No smoking indoors. 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000. .

Fry Street Public House Each Tues, karaoke, 9pm, free. 125 Ave. A. 940-323-9800. .

Fry Street Tavern 940-383-2337. .

The Garage 113 Ave. A. 940-383-0045. .

The Greenhouse Live jazz each Mon at 10pm, free. 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349. .

Hailey’s Club Sat: The Red Death, Chase Ryan and the Grave, Vestibule, Strange Robotic, 9pm, $5-$10. Each Tues, ’90s music, 10pm, free-$5. 122 W. Mulberry St. 940-323-1160. .

Hoochie’s Oyster House Live local music each Mon at 6pm. 207 S. Bell Ave. 940-383-0104. .

J&J’s Pizza 118 W. Oak St. 940-382-7769. .

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. 113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022. .

Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden 200 S. Washington St., Pilot Point. 940-686-3801. .

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: “Acoustic Slam Jam” with Mike Ryan, Mark McKinney, Brandon Jenkins, Joey Green, Rodney Parker, Brant Croucher, free-$10. 1009 Ave. C. 940-565-6611. .

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Thurs: Moonbather, Growl, Goldeen, Nite, 9pm, $5-$7. Fri: Born and Raised, the Raven Charter, Daylight Industries, Preston Cole Band, Oh! Hello, 8pm, $5-$7. Sat: Brutal Juice, Bad Design, It Hurts to Be Dead, Cornhole, 9pm, $10-$12. No smoking indoors. 411 E. Sycamore St. 940-387-7781. .

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. .

Trail Dust Steak House 26501 E. U.S. 380 in Aubrey. 940-365-4440. .

Treehouse Bar & Grill Each Wed, karaoke, 9:30pm. 1512 W. Hickory St. 940-484-7900. .

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. .


Through Sunday — The Gift of Lights & Snow, a drive-through display of 2 million LED lights at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. Includes a Snow Village with a tubing hill, snow castles, a snowball gallery, a play area and visits with Santa. Lights-only admission is $15-$20 per car. Admission to only the evening Snow Village is $12 per person. Combo packages are available. For pricing and hours, visit .


Through Saturday — Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, features what’s billed as America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, with daily Illumination Celebration light shows, Slappy’s Holiday Circus shows on weekends, and more. Free. Call 972-392-3363 or visit .

Through Saturday — The Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail in Grapevine, features the ICE! sculpture exhibit, photos with Santa, indoor “snow” tubing, gingerbread decorating and a scavenger hunt. Ticket prices vary. “Lone Star Christmas” decorations can be viewed for free (after paying to park). Call 817-778-2000 or visit .

Through Saturday — Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square includes a parachuting Santa, a snow slide, carriage rides, a trackless train, ice rink and other family fun. Free, but fees charged for carriage and train rides. Visit .

Through Saturday — The Hilton Anatole’s holiday spectacular “Sparkle!” and Christmas at the Anatole, at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. For schedule and more information, visit

Through Sunday — Dallas Cityscape at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, an exhibit of toy brick buildings with a kids’ construction zone, benefiting East Dallas Community Schools. Located on on Level 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 2 and older. Visit .

Through Sunday — Light Show Spectacular at the Town Square Gazebo in downtown Grapevine. Holiday events include Christmas on Main with seasonal characters and tractor-drawn wagon rides, Friday through Sunday. The light show continues nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. at 325 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free. Visit .

Through Sunday — Christmas at the Bush Center includes lights, trimmed trees and a special exhibit, “Home for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House 2001.” Admission costs $10-$16. At the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas. Call 214-200-4300 or visit .

Through Sunday — WaterTower Theatre presents The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays by Ken Ludwig at 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Tickets cost $30-$40. Call 972-450-6232 or visit .

Through Sunday — The Trains at NorthPark, 4,000-square-foot toy train exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. On Level 2 of NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older. Visit .

Through Monday — Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. Includes Frosty Snow Hill, SantaLand Express, rides, light shows, crafts and more. Tickets cost $50-$65. Call 817-640-8900 or visit .


2 p.m. Jan. 12 — District 13 American Legion Oratorical Competition on the U.S. Constitution at American Legion Post 71, 2501 Spencer Road. For more information, call Lynn Vowell at 940-727-8067.

7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 — “Design for Your Yard” landscaping class series, offered by the Denton County Master Gardener Association, begins at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. The class will be offered on four consecutive Monday evenings concluding Feb. 3. The series will cover design considerations and preparation, hardscape and plant selection. Cost is $15. Sign up online at and pay for the class using PayPal or by mailing a check.

6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 — Community forum on recreation and quality of life in Denton, at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. Denton residents of all ages are invited to participate. To register, contact Julia Wolfe at 940-784-3780 or

10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 — Denton Christian Women’s Connection presents “Starting Anew in the New Year” at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle. Featured speakers are Tonya Harless, owner of Time to Kiln, and author Grace LaJoy Henderson. Cost is $15. Reservations are due by Jan. 13. Complimentary child care for youngsters 6 months to 5 years old is available by reservation. For more information, e-mail For reservations, call Cathy at 940-765-3054 or Mary Ann at 940-382-6977.


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 Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 940-382-2787. .

“Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino,” through Jan. 17 in the Meadows 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. .

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. .

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. .

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. .

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. .

Imagine Gallery at Denton Square Donuts, 208 W. Oak St. .

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. .

PointBank Black Box Theatre Denton Community Theatre’s black box performance space. Mon-Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10:30am-1pm, and during performances. 318 E. Hickory St.

Visual Arts Society of Texas holiday exhibition, through Jan. 10. Artists include Darla Bostick, Gail Cope, Lynne Cox, Jackie Haugen, James J. Johnson Jr., Lori MacLean, Carol Rowley, Olivia Walker and Sharon Warwick.

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. .

“Crafternoon,” open workshop each Thursday, 3-6pm.

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888. .

tAd The Art Den, a small, artist-run space inside the Bowllery, 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. 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. .

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. .

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.

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.

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 or call Executive Director Lynne Cagle Cox at 972-VAST-ORG.


American Legion Hall Senior Center 629 Lakey Drive in Fred Moore Park. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 6-9pm Thurs. 940-349-8298.

Denton Senior Center Offers daily lunches, classes, travel, health services and numerous drop-in activities. 8am-9pm Mon-Fri. 509 N. Bell Ave. 940-349-8280. .

Dancing and potluck, live big band and country music every second and fourth Friday, 7-9:30pm, $5.

Movies 6pm each Wed. Free for Denton seniors. $1 for popcorn and soda.

SPAN noon meal each Mon-Fri. $1.50 for seniors age 60 and older, $3.50 for those younger than 60.

Bingo 12:45pm first and third Fri

RSVP Referral and placement service for volunteers age 55 and older. 1400 Crescent St. 940-383-1508.