The weekend is arriving with a variety of happenings in the area. Make it a good one!

1. Cookies for Heroes

Get in a workout, then purchase cookies to donate to local first responders at Camp Gladiator’s Cookies for Heroes event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday in Stephenville City Park. The free community workout will take place first followed by the social where folks can purchase Girl Scout cookies to donate. Rodeo Grounds will provide refreshments.

2. Mardi-Grumps kickoff

Start the party season in style at the Mardi-Grumps kickoff event taking place from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Grumps. The restaurant will have deals going on through Feb. 13, which include Margarita & Mask Mondays, Fat Tuesday and Beer & Beads Fridays. For more information visit

3. Dutch Oven Cakes

Join Dinosaur Valley State Park as it celebrates National Chocolate Cake Day with a Dutch Oven Cakes event taking place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the park’s amphitheater. This event is appropriate for all ages and those attending are welcome to bring their own dutch ovens and ingredients if interested in cooking. If not, then learn how to make one over a campfire. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page or call 254-897-4588.

4. Star Party in the Valley

Take a glimpse into space at Dinosaur Valley State Park’s Star Party in the Valley event taking place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at track site 3. Telescopes will be on-site, but visitors can bring their own to view and learn about constellations, galaxies, stars and the moon. Red tinted lights are permitted, but please do not use flashlights or cell phone lights during the event. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page or call 254-897-4588.

5. Introduction to Essential Oils

Learn about the benefits of essential oils at a free introduction program taking place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the W.K. Gordon Center. Those attending the public educational experience will learn about a variety of oils that work to boost the immune system, fight depression and help with digestive issues. For more information call 254-968-1886. This event is part of the Gordon Center’s 2018 Sunday Afternoon Program series.