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Hiett to be guest speaker

Kirleen Hiett will be the guest speaker at the Franklin County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20 at the Research Room at 110 East Main St. Mrs. Hiett will speak on the new features of Family Tree Maker ‘09, a revised and up-dated version of computer software that allows one to put together their family tree. Mrs. Hiett plans to have handouts available and will try to answer any questions someone might have about the program.

Fight cancer, hunger through Relay for Life luminaria

Not only will Relay For Life of Franklin County be fighting back against cancer at this year’s event, participants will be tackling hunger as well. During the May 15-16 event, luminaria bags will be held in place with cans of food instead of sand. Following the event, all canned food will be donated to the local food pantry.
Anyone desiring to purchase luminaria may do so by using a credit card on the event’s website, www.relayforlife.org/mtvernontx or through other means by contacting Tracie Decker at 903-588-2615 or any Relay For Life team member. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

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.

Little Dribblers compete at regional tournamen

Little Dribblers compete at regional tournamenThe Mount Vernon third and fourth grade boys Little Dribbler’s all-star team recently competed in the regional tournament in Brownsboro. 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.

Pottery exhibit, evaluations offered in “Pottery Road Show”

Pottery experts will be at the Old Depot Museum in Mount Vernon between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in what is dubbed as a “Pottery Road Show.”  Five to six of the states’ top dozen experts on east Texas made pottery will be available to give free evaluations of pottery items during Cypress SpringFest. See the April 16 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.

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.

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.