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Eastern Star fish fry Saturday

Members of the Mount Vernon Order of the Eastern Star will be hosts for a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Mount Vernon Lodge Hall on the I-30 Access Rd.Fried catfish and all the trimmings will be served. The cost for a meal is $7 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12. Live Entertainment will be provided at the event by Stuart Richey and Band, the Mount Vernon Jazz Band, and Courtnee Damron. All proceeds from the event will go into the Mount Vernon Eastern Star Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors at Mount Vernon High School.

The Wizard of Oz to be featured for Family Film Night Saturday

The Wizard of Oz will be featured at 7 p.m. Saturday night, April 18 to conclude the weekend of Cypress SpringFest activities. The film will be shown outdoor in the Heritage Plaza parking lot, just east of the fountain. The movie is free. Concessions will be available for purchase, including popcorn, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and candy. Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and wraps for their comfort.

Bunny hopping

Bunny hoppingJakobi Kennedy and Mareli Castro eye the finish line of the sack race at the annual Easter in the Park Celebration. More than 200 children participated in the event that included sack races, other games, and an egg hunt on Saturday, April 11 at Tiger Stadium. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Key Club Bake-Off set for Saturday

Key Club Bake-Off set for SaturdayThe sixth annual Spring Bake-Off and Auction, sponsored by the Key Club, will be Saturday, April 18 in conjunction with the annual  Cypress SpringFest. Above, Kitty Ramsay displays an award winning bake item while Bobby Elbert encourages spectators to bid during the 2008 Key Club Bake-Off. See  the Cypress SpringFest Special Section in the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Kids ride free at Tour de Cypress

Kids age 12 and under can ride free with a paid adult registration in the Tour de Cypress Bike Tour slated for Saturday, April 18.See the April 9 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Reception to open exhibit of Dean Teague paintings

A retrospective exhibit of the varied styles and media used by nationally recognized local artist Dean Teague  will be on display at the Old Fire Station Museum. The exhibit opening will be marked by a reception honoring the late artist’s family from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 17. The pieces will continue to be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Varied artists at April Arts 2009

This year’s April Arts portion of the Cypress SpringFest celebration will feature works by more than 18 area artists.
The variety of media being exhibited, demonstrated and sold is sure to have something for almost everyone. See the April 9 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Arts, entertainment found during April Arts at arts center

Arts, entertainment found during April Arts at arts centerArt in all forms will delight the eyes and ears during the two days of 2009 April Arts events. The events are sponsored annually by the Franklin County Arts Alliance at the Cultural Arts Center. Above, Fran Hilton was one of the many artists who exhibited work in the 2008 show. See  the Cypress SpringFest Special Section in the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Writers roundup set this month

Three award-winning novelists, two agents, and an editor will headline the 2008 Writers’ Conference sponsored by the Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization (NETWO). The event will be conducted at the Camp Shiloh Retreat near Pittsburg, on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. See the April 9 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.