• Darlene Forshage

Don't let boredom bring you down . . .

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Looking for something to do this week? Look no further . . .


June 17 – 21: Just Desserts! Baking Camp

AGES: 5 - 8 (mornings) 9 - 13 (afternoons) Calling all dessert lovers . . . this is the camp you've been waiting for! NOT JUST CUPCAKES! A new baking project every day that will entertain and teach you basic baking skills!

Class projects will include: * Mini fruit pies * Ice cream cookie sandwiches with homemade ice cream * Baking and painting sugar cookies * Cupcakes * Mini rainbow bundt cakes * Campers will "taste test" their creations and then get to take some home to share with their families.

Cost per camper is $100.00 You can sign up by visiting Athens Christian Preparatory website at www.athensprep.org (under "Student Info" tab), the schedule is posted in the comments.


June 17 – 21: Players in Training Basketball Camp

AGES: 9 - 12 (mornings) 13 - 17 (afternoons) We are excited to announce and offer the first annual Players in Training Basketball Camp for boys, aged 9 - 17. We will focus on basic ball handling, passing, and shooting skills. You will need to bring a good, coachable attitude, basketball or tennis shoes, water bottle, and the correct size basketball for your age.

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED. Snacks provided daily.

Cost per camper is $60.00 You can sign up by visiting Athens Christian Preparatory website at www.athensprep.org (under "Student Info" tab), the schedule is posted in the comments.


June 17 – 21: Bugs & Butterflies

AGES: 5 - 8 This camp is for your little green thumbs! Campers will learn gardening basics and even start a few seeds of their own while learning the beauty and usefulness of plants. Kids and nature go together like Bugs and Butterflies. Campers will do "insectigations" of many common insects and arachnids in our area.

Class projects will include: * Create a gardening it * Make your own planter * Make a seed bomb * Do a seed starting * Plants and Medicine * Bug catcher * Bug boxes * Make insect crafts * Antenna hats * Create a mini butterfly habitat

Cost per camper is $85.00 You can sign up by visiting Athens Christian Preparatory website at www.athensprep.org (under "Student Info" tab), the schedule is posted in the comments.


June 17: There is HOPE Recovery Weekly Meeting

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Sand Springs Baptist Church. A 12-step program for any addiction, recovery is available. We will be putting GOD FIRST so that he can change us from the Inside - Out. No matter what you are dealing with in life, There Is HOPE.


June 18: Baby Story Time

Held at the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library.

Join Ms. Lynn for basic sign language, songs, fine motor skills board books, finger puppet plays, and social interaction.

NOTE: Due to the popularity of this activity, there are now two sessions offered - one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m. Each class is approximately 30 minutes in length.


June 18: Common Medicinal Herbs Demonstration

Join Master Gardener Shannon Greene for a hands-on demonstration on “Common Medicinal Herbs”. This demonstration is part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s Library Series and will be held on Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 pm at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. You will learn about what part of the plants are used, how to prepare the plant parts for use, and storing the prepared herb. Each person will get to assist with making capsules, tinctures, decoctions, and teas. Learn how common Chamomile, Plantain, St. John’s Wort, Lemon Balm, Echinacea, Thyme, and more can be used for common health concerns. This demonstration is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 903-675-6130, send an email to hendersoncmga@gmail.com, or visit our website: txmg.org/hendersonmg.


June 18: Athens Kiwanis Club Weekly Meeting

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Athens Country Club

Athens Kiwanis is a group of dedicated hard-working individuals who raise funds to support youth projects and programs in Athens.


June 18: Alzheimer’s Support Group Monthly Meeting

5:30 p.m. at Arabella Retirement Community

Vision: We are walking daily hand in hand giving support to the caregivers of Henderson County. We provide continuing education and services for caregivers touched by Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias.

Mission: Our mission is to provide support services for caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. We offer respite services for caregivers of persons with a debilitating disease.


June 18: Athens Masonic Lodge #165 Weekly Meeting

The Athens Masonic Lodge meets every Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a monthly business meeting occurring on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.


June 19: Manes and Tails Day Camp

The Henderson County Library and Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch are partnering up to bring you a once in a lifetime program, Manes and Tales! We are so excited to be working with the staff at Black Beauty Ranch, if you would like to be apart of this event you can sign up now at the library! *(Ages 5-12)


June 19: Wonderful Wednesday Day Club for Seniors

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, the Alzheimer's Coalition of Henderson County offers an opportunity for respite to those who are caring for a loved one with Dementia. If you are a primary caregiver, you need a break! Let us help. Contact Aubry Gregory at 03-651-1502 or inquire thru email to wonderfulwednesdaysathens@gmail.com. It's a safe and engaging environment where friends are made and attention is paid. At no cost to you! Check into it and see better days!


June 19: Henderson County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting

12:00 p.m. at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center


June 19: Women on the Go! Lunch and Learn

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Maggie's House (808 N. Prairieville, Athens)

Come network with other women, learn something new, and enjoy a delicious lunch all for $5. June's guest speaker is Dr. Francine McCain (Ask Dr. Fran).


June 19: Super Ride National Equestrian Championships

National Championships in Equestrian Drill, Color Guard, Quad, Trick Riding, Show Riding. This is a spectator and family friendly event. Come see the thrilling rides and events, June 19-22, 2019. Shows daily. Check the website www.superride.org for times. Main Events on Friday at 7pm to 9pm and Saturday 5pm to 8:30pm.


June 19: Faith Family Feast Weekly Dinner

Join us for a family style dinner then pick which small group Bible study you want to get in on from 6:30-7:30pm. Verse by Verse Bible study, The Daniel Plan or Financial Peace. There’s also a group for every age from Babies to College age! You are not gonna want to miss it! Suggested donation of $3/person with no more than $10/family.


June 20: Kids’ Adventure Camp

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society

Our first summer camp features "Outdoor Adventures." Get those kiddos outside! $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Kindergarten through 5th grade. Give us a call 903-675-5630


June 20: Rotary International Weekly Meeting

The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Rotary members share ideas, make plans, hear from the community, and catch up with friends during club programs that fuel the impact we make.


June 20: Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting

The purpose of the Friends of the Library is to foster a positive relationship between the Library and the community, secure volunteers, and raise funds to support the Library in order to promote reading and education. Everyone is invited to join us for our Friends of the Library meetings Every 3rd Thursday at 1:30 pm at the library. We always appreciate new ideas, and we hope to see more of you involved every month.


June 20: Dogwood Church’s Men’s Dominoes Weekly Fellowship

Join in the fun of the Men's Dominoes group! They meet every Thursday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. Come early, come late, come enjoy fun and fellowship! For more information and to confirm dates, please call the church at 903-677-3185.


June 20: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Bi-Monthly Meeting

Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (i.e., "MOPS") meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday at First Presbyterian Church Athens from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a potluck and free childcare. MOPS is open to any mothers & moms-to-be! #MOPS #MothersofPreschoolers


June 20: ETXIBA (East Texas Independent Business Alliance) Monthly Meeting

Supporting businesses throughout East Texas, the East Texas Independent Business Alliance meets monthly to discuss ways to self-promote and support. The June Business Connection of ETXIBA will be held at the Big Red School House & Community Center on Hwy. 175 West in front of the Texan RV Park. Our guest speaker that evening will be State Representative Keith Bell.


June 20: Family Movie Night at the Library

Visit the Library every Thursday evening for a fun-filled family movie night! Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. Movie and popcorn are provided FREE of charge for all ages! For additional information, please contact the Library directly at 903-677-7296.


June 21: Pea Pickers and Single Peas Square Dance

7:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet (with snacks) 7:30 p.m. - Dancing Begins $7/person donation suggested. Ages 8-16 Free Square dance attire is encouraged but not mandatory. NOTE: Subject to change. Please confirm prior to attending. Harry Zaiontz: 903-677-6050 Betty Gore: 903-675-2120


June 21: Friday Night Singing

We are a small country church that was originally a "Mission Church" until May of 1969 when the Mission was declared a separate church. We have been in our current location since August of 1989. We would welcome you to join our Friday Night Singing every third Friday of the month from 7:00 pm until 9 pm.


June 22: Athens Farmer’s Market

Join us for local produce, products, and community. In addition to amazing locally sourced only produce, we will have activities and education for children as well as education for adults too! To be a vendor, please register via our google form at https://forms.gle/i47kFww1rGSphXYJ8


June 22: Mike Frieley in Concert

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Boogie’s

Saturday June 22nd we will be hosting Mike Freiley from 7pm to 10pm! Another great show you are not going to want to miss!!


. . . and these are just the events that have been shared with us! If your church or service organization has an upcoming event for which they would like to spread the word, please have them contact us at info@athenscommunityconnection.com. Also, please consider sharing this blog post with your friends so that we can help draw attention to these events!


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