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Monster Mash And Trunk-Or-Treat
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm

The Reno Monster Mash and Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, Oct 29, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Reno Kiwanis Park, 6800 Pine Mill Road in Reno.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Begins in Paris @ Businesses Throughout Paris
Nov 7 – Dec 24 all-day


Paris, Texas (November 7, 2022) – The familiar Red Kettle Campaign of The Salvation Army will soon be in full swing here in Paris. The Christmas season represents the organization’s busiest and most important fundraising time of the year. Every dollar raised through the iconic Red Kettle Campaign remains in the community in which it was given and makes it possible for The Salvation Army to deliver life-changing programs and services throughout the year.

Thousands of families continue to struggle in the current economy, and many live from paycheck to paycheck. The Salvation Army is there, not only at Christmastime but all year round to help when times are tough; when people are forced to choose between paying the rent or the utility bill, when families need help putting food on the table, or when children need school supplies or new clothes for the school year. The generosity of the community during the Red Kettle Campaign provides essential funds for the Army to Love Beyond Christmas, and step in the gap in times of crisis.

“From its humble beginnings in 1891, when a Salvation Army Captain used a crab pot to collect funds in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the best recognized charitable campaigns anywhere,” said Major Guy Watts, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Paris. “Thanks to the support of donors and corporate partners, the money raised will help The Salvation Army provide food, shelter and social services to people who come to us in crisis, often at the very worst times of their life.”

Red Kettles will be stationed outside area stores and local businesses, Monday-Saturday, from the beginning of November continuing through Christmas Eve. Last year, The Salvation Army in Paris raised $40,000 and is hoping to raise $50,000 this season. “With fewer and fewer people carrying cash, we’re also offering several cashless ways to donate,” said Watts. “Donors can give on their smartphone, using Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo right there at the red kettle.”

The Salvation Army is issuing a rallying cry for Americans to “Love Beyond.” The organization’s message is simply that when we love beyond late bills, love beyond shelter, and love beyond Christmas, we can provide hope and help for millions who need it. Love Beyond is also a symbol of the resources and programs that so many people rely on year-round when they turn to The Salvation Army for assistance.

Visit or call (903) 784-7548 to donate or learn more about how you can support The Salvation Army this Christmas.

Christmas In The Park
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day

“Christmas in the Park” is our highlighted event for the month to be hosted on Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, nightly. It is a free event, but please bring a nonperishable food item per person to be donated to our local nonprofit, the Delta Hope House. The attached photos are from last year’s festivities.

“Christmas in the Park” and so much more to Experience at Cooper Lake State Park

Cooper, TX— December at Texas State Parks is special! Imagine a cold night huddled around a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows, and listening to tales of Christmas past as lonesome wails of coyotes sing in the distance. You look up just in time to see a shooting star framed in the protected dark skies at the park. The fire warms your face as you sip a hot chocolate. You see the reflections of the flickering fire in your friend’s and family’s eyes. You immerse yourself in this magical moment, being grateful. It could be you! You usually don’t think of camping and December together, but they should be here at Cooper Lake State Park! The park has a variety of overnight camping accommodations, from cabins nestled on the banks of the lake to cottages, RV campsites, and tent sites. So start making your outdoor memories at a Texas State Park!

“Christmas in the Park” is our highlighted event for the month. This traditional celebration will be at the Doctors Creek Unit on Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm nightly. Festive campers will decorate their campsites for visitors to see and enjoy. Camping is free for all holiday decorators!

Unfortunately, we may have a couple of campsites available due to late cancellations. If you are interested in joining the holiday FUN, please get in touch with Doctors Creek at 903-395-3100. We are waiving all entrance fees and camping fees for this “give back” event; we ask each visitor to donate a nonperishable food item for entrance into the park. We will give all donated food items to the nonprofit Delta Hope House for distribution within Delta County.

To kick off a healthy and happy 2023, Cooper Lake State Park Units will host a First Day Hike on January 1, 2023! Are you ready for an adventurous hike winding through a post-oak forest? Park Rangers will guide you along the trail, often stopping to tell stories about our park and the natural world. It is a Must to get 2023 started right!

Your health and wellness journey begins with your first step. So please keep it going throughout 2023, hiking and walking in outdoors. The South Sulphur Unit First Day Hike will start at 10:00 am when you meet the Park Ranger at the Coyote Run Trailhead. The Doctors Creek Hike will begin at 2:00 pm. The Park Ranger is near the playground in the Pelican Point Day Use Area.

Standard Park entrance fees are $5 for adults, with kids 12 and under always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. Unlimited Park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle happen when you purchase a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70, which lasts 12 months. All programs are free, with paid entrance fees. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek 903 395-3100).

Recreational and Educational Programs Upcoming

Doctors Creek Unit

Saturday, December 3 – DC 

Country Christmas – Make and take home a country Christmas-inspired ornament. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion at 10:00 am.

Friday, December 9 — DC

“Christmas in the Park,” is a drive-through experience! Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and kick off the holiday season by viewing the decorated campsites. Bring your camera and join the fun starting at 6:00 pm.

Saturday, December 10 – DC 

Master Naturalist – 10:00 am. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. Enjoy a discussion with a Master Naturalist about a topic not yet announced.

Saturday, December 10 — DC

“Christmas in the Park,” is a drive-through experience! Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and kick off the holiday season by viewing the decorated campsites. Bring your camera and join the fun starting at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, December 11 — DC

Rain Deer – 10:00 am. Meet at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Day Use Area. Watercolor painting – create a winter-themed inspired landscape painting.

Saturday, December 17— DC

Stargazing – Join us as we explore the night sky. We’ll have the telescopes out to view a planet or two, and viewing starts at 6:30 pm at Pelican Point Swim Beach. We’ll also be looking for a meteor from the Geminids meteor shower.

Saturday, December 24 — DC

Self-guided Stargazing – Ursids Meteor Shower – pick up an informational flyer at Headquarters.

Saturday, December 31 — DC

Kid’s Fishing – 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Meet at the Bluebonnet Fishing Pier and Day Use Area. Bring your fishing gear. No pole? No bait? No worries. We have fishing poles available to borrow. No experience is needed!

Saturday, January 1 – DC

First Day Hike – Meet at 2:00 pm at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Day Use Area. Begin your 2023 health and wellness adventure! 


South Sulphur Unit

Saturday, December 3 – SS 

Country Christmas – Make and take home a country Christmas-inspired activity. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area at 2:00 pm.

Sunday, December 4 — SS

Mr. and Mrs. Claws – 10:00 am at Heron Harbor Day Use Area– Learn about the talons of various animals – dare to complete this matching game.

Saturday, December 10 — SS

Roving with the Ranger – Starting at 1:30 pm, stop our ranger as she roams around the park to discuss the interpretive item(s) she’s carrying.

Saturday, December 17— SS

Gems of the Universe – 2:00 pm at Heron Harbor – Learn about the Geminids Meteor Shower, where, when, and how to view them. Create your Gem of the Universe, make and take.

Saturday, December 24 – SS

Self-guided Stargazing – Ursids Meteor Shower – pick up an informational flyer at Headquarters.

Saturday, December 31 — SS

Kid’s Fishing – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Meet at the Heron Harbor Fishing Wall.

Saturday, January 1 – SS

First Day Hike – Meet at 10:00 am at South Sulphur’s Coyote Run Trailhead. Begin your 2023 health and wellness adventure!

Paris FFA Annual Auction And Chili Cook-Off
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Paris FFA Annual Auction & Chili Cook-Off is Friday, Dec. 9, at the Gibraltar Hotel in Downtown Paris. It starts at 5:30 with a Chili Supper and a viewing of auction items, with bids at 6:00 pm.

All proceeds fund the Paris FFA Chapter and Paris Agricultural Education Program. In addition, they use the funds for leadership development, career development, livestock supplies, conference cost, and more!

Dec 10 all-day

Adopt a pet today- give a dog or cat a forever home! Head to the Paris Animal Shelter or look for the Lamar County Humane Association in front of Petco on Saturdays. And if you have a pet, have them spayed or neutered.

Federal Disaster Low-Interest Loans
Dec 10 all-day

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents due to the Severe Storms & Tornadoes that occurred on November 4, 2022.

The Agency Declaration covers Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus, Upshur, and the adjacent Oklahoma counties of Bryan & Choctaw.

The deadline for physical damage is January 17, 2022. For Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the deadline is August 16, 2023.

They encourage people to complete the SBA application even if they are unsure if they need it. Then, if approved, the loan becomes an option. Money is available for both businesses and residential.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. In addition, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Housing Issues?
Dec 10 all-day

Are your housing issues keeping you up at night? Behind on rent or facing eviction? Have you applied for rental assistance, but it’s taking too long? We may be able to help. Just call 1-888-982-1163. Attorneys and advocates answer calls Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can leave a message anytime, and help and resources are free. Immigration status is not required. Visit for more information.

Paris Farmers And Artisan Market
Dec 10 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Paris Farmers and Artisan Summer Full Market are every Saturday from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm. A whole house of vendors will sell items such as fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, coffee, bread and pastries, jams, pasta, pickles, soaps, artisan items, and so much more.

Reno’s Christmas In The Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Reno Christmas in the Park features vendors, bounce houses, DJs, games, and Santa! It is Saturday, Dec 10, at Reno Kiwanis Park, 6800 Pine Mill Road, Reno, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Tony Clark Memorial Nursing Christmas Parades @ City-Wide Paris
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am