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Fairies and Trolls Theme for Daddy-Daughter Dance

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“Fairies and Trolls” are coming to the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance.  For this year’s event at the Children’s Museum, Main Street will become Troll Town; the west end of the museum will become Fairy Land.   The event will be at the Children’s Museum in Commerce on February 6 with one session from 5:00 to 6:30 and another session from 7:00 to 8:30.

“There will be several changes from our traditional event.  We hope these changes will increase the safety of those attending”, said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director for the Children’s Museum.  “We will have two sessions with each session limited to 50 tickets or couples.  The first session will be from 5:00 to 6:30; the second session will be from 7:00 to 8:30.  Tickets will not be sold at the door, but may be purchased on our website.”  The Children’s Museum will follow the state guidelines for wearing masks which is masks for those ten and over. 

In addition to the dance, crafts will follow the “Fairies and Trolls” theme.  Local businesses and individuals will sponsor a variety of crafts under the leadership of Lonnie Plunkett.  These will include  fairy wings and troll hair.  Majette Murrey will sponsor Cards by Majette for the girls to make for their mothers.  Girls and dads, granddads, uncles, or brothers can feast on Fairy and Troll food.  Brenda Estes, food chairperson for the event, said, “I am so excited about the food for this event.  It includes Troll Pops, Sleeping Logs, Snails, Forest Fruit, and Fairy Wands.  Thalian Culture Club will again sponsor the food. 

Photographers Emily and Joe Shipman will be taking special photos for the evening.  The photos are a special memento for each couple.  These can be purchased at the event.  With decorations by Elana Barton, the museum will be transformed to Fairy Land and Troll Town.  Jim Ayres will return as MC.  

 “Having the ladies that help with this event make it all possible.  Lonnie Plunkett’s  amazing decorations, Brenda Estess’ artistic food creations for the girls, and Elana Barton’s decorations make this event so very special for the girls and their dads, uncles, grandfathers, or brothers,” said Sharline Freeman.

Tickets are $40 per couple with $10 for an additional daughter.  The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum had their first Daddy-Daughter Dance in 2009.  With a variety of themes, the event has continued for 12 years.  The themes for the most popular evenings were “Frozen” and “Unicorn”.                  

Reservations can be made through the Children’s Museum website netxcm.com or by calling the Museum at 903-886-6055.

 

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Toyota ShareLunker Program Launches 35th Season

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The turning of the calendar to January signals the beginning of the 35th season of the Toyota Sharelunker program. The year-round Toyota Sharelunker program offers four levels of participation for catching bass over 8 pounds or 24 inches in Texas.

“We are excited to kick off another ShareLunker season,” said Toyota Sharelunker Program Coordinator Kyle Brookshear. “Not only for the selective spawning and stocking of these world-class offspring, but also to help gather vital catch and genetic data to help our fisheries biologists better manage trophy bass populations throughout the great fisheries of Texas.”

“We are excited to kick off another ShareLunker season,” said Toyota Sharelunker Program Coordinator Kyle Brookshear. “Not only for the selective spawning and stocking of these world-class offspring, but also to help gather vital catch and genetic data to help our fisheries biologists better manage trophy bass populations throughout the great fisheries of Texas.”

During the first three months of the season (Jan. 1 through March 31), anglers who reel in a 13+ pound bass can loan it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the ShareLunker selective breeding and stocking program. These anglers can call the ShareLunker hotline at (903) 681-0550 to report their catch 24/7 until April 1, 2021.

Anglers who catch and donate one of these 13+ lunkers earn Legacy Class status, receive a catch kit filled with merchandise, a 13lb+ Legacy decal for their vehicle or boat, VIP access to the Toyota ShareLunker Annual Awards event and a high-quality replica of their lunker fish. These anglers will also receive entries into two separate drawings; a Legacy Class Drawing and the year-end Grand Prize Drawing. Both drawings will award the winner a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops shopping spree and an annual fishing license.

Anglers who enter data for any lunker they catch greater than 8 lbs. or 24 inches during the calendar year 2021 also receive a catch kit, a decal for their vehicle or boat and an entry into the year-end Grand Prize Drawing to win a $5,000 Bass Pro Shops shopping spree and annual fishing license. ShareLunker

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Northeast Texas Children’s Museum offers STEM activities

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Thursdays in October will be STEM days at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.  Science will be presented in a fun and exciting way for children and hands-on experiences (with COVID 19 safeguards) will be provided.  Classes will be offered for Primary students (Pre-K and Kindergarten) and Intermediate students (1st and 2nd Grades) at 1:00 PM each Thursday.  Thursday classes are open to families and home school groups.  School groups can also attend by reservation on Tuesdays October 6, 13, or 20.

Elements of Water will be the topic for October 15.  The Primary Class will study Water Friction and the Intermediate Class will have Experimenting with Water.  The last class on October 22 will be Amazing Magnets with the Primary Magnets for the younger group and Magnetic Fields for the older group.

Each class will be limited to 10 students so that students will have social distancing.  Visitors’ temperature is taken each day at the Children’s Museum, and each visitor is asked to wash their hands before entering the museum.  Reservations are required for attendance.  The class fee for each child is $4.00 not including the $6.00 price of admission.  Region 8 will cover the fee for any child and family living in Region 8 on these October days.   Reservations can be made by calling 903-886-6055 or by going to netxcm.com.

 The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is beginning its 18th year of operation.  The museum purchased a building and seven acres and moved to the new site at 100 Maple Street, Commerce, Texas, one year ago.  The Children’s Museum has over 50 play areas and includes an outdoor area with the State Farm Ship, a dry river bed with sharks’ teeth, a musical area, and a sandpile.

The indoor area includes the Amazing Airways, a L-3 Harris plane, a Kidsteam Train, and a Main Street with Hunt Regional Hospital, Family Smiles Dental, Lone Star Eatery, Commerce Veterinary Clinic, Cypress Bank, and a Re/Max/Castlerock Realtors playhouse.

The Children’s Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 4:00.  The museum is closed from 12:00 to 1:00 each day for cleaning.  Private events for family groups can be scheduled.  Private Birthday parties can also be scheduled with the museum closed to other visitors.  Reservations for all events can be made by calling 903-886-6055 or by going to netxcm.com.

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