Thursday, Aug. 7
TPWD Public Meeting
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed facilities and recreational use concept for Palo Pinto Mountains State Park 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Opel Guest Chapel, 321 Houston Ave., in Strawn.
During the meeting, proposed facilities and recreational use will be discussed.
For general questions regarding the park, contact John Ferguson, park superintendent, at 254-210-3015, or email john.ferguson@tpwd.texas.gov.

Friday, Aug. 8
Murray Family Fundraiser
Jack County Rural Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraiser to benefit the Murray family will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Perrin Elementary School gym. There will be a barbecue dinner, auction, bake sale and more to help Cody Murray and his family who were injured in a well explosion Saturday, Aug. 2.
To donate auction items, bring them to the Jacksboro Fire Station by 4 p.m. Friday. Cash donations may be made at the Jacksboro Fire Station, to any Jack County fireman or at Bank of Jacksboro.

Cooking Class Deadline
Friday, Aug. 8, is the deadline to register for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Bread Basics day camp, with a focus on food and fun. 
The camp will take place 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, and is open to youth in third through eighth grades at the extension office, 221 S. Fifth Ave. in Palo Pinto.

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Participants will get hands on experience in the kitchen as they learn about making bread.  
To reserve a spot, call 940-659-1228. Additional information is available at http://palopinto.agrilife.org.

Saturday, Aug. 9
Back to School Fair
The location of the 17th annual Back to School Fair has changed its location but not the hours.
The annual event will be held 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Mineral Wells High School. 
While organized by First Baptist Church Mineral Wells, this community event is supported by many local churches, businesses and individuals.
All the supplies distributed at the fair come from donations.
Vendors, sponsors and volunteers are still needed. 
If interested in donating funds or time, contact Liz O’Quin at 940-654-0127.

Monday, Aug. 11
Spay/neuter Clinics
The Humane Society of Young County will have a low cost/no cost spay and neuter clinic Monday, Aug. 11.
Space is limited for the income-based clinic.
For information, to qualify and to RSVP for the clinic, call 940-549-1692.

Vacation Bible School
North Oak Church of Christ, 901 N. Oak in Mineral Wells, will hold Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 11-13.
Doors open at 5:30.
For more information, call 940-468-9411.

GHS Registration
Graford High School’s schedule for pre-registration will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 11, for seniors; Tuesday, Aug. 12, juniors; Wednesday, Aug. 13, sophomores; and Thursday, Aug. 14, freshmen.
The first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 25
For more information, contact Graford ISD at 940-664-3101.

Wednesday, Aug. 20
Master Gardener Classes
Four applicants will be accepted into the Master Gardener program to attend master gardener training courses in Weatherford. 
Classes will start Thursday, Oct. 9, and last six to seven weeks.
Application forms and additional information will be available 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Palo Pinto Agrilife Extension Office in Palo Pinto.
For additional information, call the extension office at 940-659-1228.

Saturday, Sept. 6
Boot Scoot
The United Way of Palo Pinto County will hold a Boot Scoot and Bar B Que beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, 362 N. FM 2353.
Music will be by Snuff Garrett and the evening will feature dance lessons, auction items, food and more.
Cost is $30 per person, $50 per couple.
Call 940-325-4848 for tickets or information.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Penny Auction
The United Way of Palo Pinto County will hold its fourth annual Penny Auction Saturday, Sept. 27, at Mineral Wells Junior High School.
Doors open at 5 p.m., the auction begins at 6.
The grand prize will be a leather recliner.
Pennies can be purchased on site or brought along.

On-going activities
Youth Invited
Activities will be held for children and youth 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Community Church of Possum Kingdom Lake, 329 North FM 2353, at Charlie’s Angels.
Dinner is provided.
The last Wednesday evening of every month is movie night..
For more information or to arrange transportation, call the Rev. Terry Reynolds at 817-480-5313.

First Baptist Church
Activities for children, youth and adults will be held from 6-7 p.m. every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Possum Kingdom Lake, located at 200 Highway 16.
Activities will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Snacks will be provided.
For more information or to arrange transportation, call Kathy Rodgers at 817-901-8383 or Cindy Trammell at 940-329-8530.

PK Women’s Club
The Possum Kingdom Women’s Club is a social and charitable club striving to improve the PK community that meets the last Thursday of the month. Local and area women are invited to join. For more information, contact Marily Blair, president, 972-841-9664; or Sabrina Sparkman, vice president, 817-637-8835. 

Inland Divers
The Inland Divers Association is now accepting applications for membership.
It is a non-profit organization in the interest of preserving and developing scuba diving at Possum Kingdom Lake, located next to Lakeside RV Park.
For more information, visit www.inlanddivers.org, Facebook or phone 817-874-0083.

PK West Thrift Store
Want to donate items? Want to save money? The PK Westside Volunteer Emergency Services “Garage Sale” Thrift Store is the answer. For donations, sales or questions, contact Sue at 940-549-6526, Judy at 940-549-5733 or Linda at 940-549-8101.
All donations are tax deductible and sales benefit the volunteer fire and ambulance services.

Auxiliary Donations
The Possum Kingdom East Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Auxiliary welcomes those who have a few hours a week to volunteer.
Contact any member for information. Donations for flea market sales are accepted 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the Lions Club Community Center, 142 La Villa Road.
Do not leave donated items outside the fire station or Lions Club.
To make arrangements to leave items at the Lions Club, call Rita, 940-452-0052; Kathy, 940-468-2178; Lynn, 940-779-2768; or Jon Carol, 940-329-8368.

Spay, Neuter Assistance
Got more pets than money? Financial assistance for spay and neuter services is available from the Palo Pinto County Humane Society.
In addition, the organization needs foster homes for pets pending adoption. Contact Nancy at 214-906-4563 or Sherry, 940-325-3686, for information.