Sun Spots

Saturday, July 2

PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show

View the annual Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show from the grounds of YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and closing at 8:45, no exceptions, on Saturday, July 2. Entry fee is $5 per person. Children age 3 and under will be admitted for free. There will be activities for children and a food vendor on site. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and also a picnic. The PK Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event which is funded solely by donations. To make a contribution or for more information, call the PKCC at 940-779-2424.


Thursday, July 7

Junior Firefighters Meet

Graford Fire and EMS will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, July 7. Persons age 8-18 interested in becoming a Junior Firefighter are encouraged to attend. Classes are free and will be held at the fire station on West Lee Avenue in Graford. For more information, call Linda Channer at 940-329-8161.


Saturday, July 9

Buckets & Boots Music Fest/Fundraiser

The sixth annual  Buckets and Boots Music Festival will be Saturday,  July 9, at Graford’s Rocker B Ranch. The 2016 lineup will include Wade Bowen, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jack Ingram and Jerry Jeff Walker. All proceeds will benefit Palo Pinto County’s volunteer firefighters. Adult tickets cost $25 and kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and shows will begin at 6 p.m. The Rocker B Ranch is located at 1125 Chaney Lane in Graford. For more information, visit


Monday, July 11

A Taste of Palo Pinto County

The Mineral Wells Senior Center will host “A Taste of Palo Pinto County,” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, July 11, at the Holiday Hills Country Club in Mineral Wells. The seventh annual event will raise funds for the center’s programming and operating expenses throughout the year. There will also be live, silent and brown bag auctions. General admission is $35 for standing cocktail tables; designated seats are $50. To become a participant or a sponsor or to purchase tickets, call 940-325-6470. 


Monday-Friday July 18-22

Bible/Basketball Camp

Community Church of PK Lake, 251 N. FM 2353, will offer Bible/Basketball Camp for children and youth from 10 a.m. until noon Monday-Friday, July 18-22. Call the church at 940-779-2882 for information. All ages are welcome.


Thursday-Saturday July 21-23

Junior Golf Camp

The Cliffs Resort at Possum Kingdom Lake will host a three-day junior sports camp from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday July 21-23, for children 6 -13 years of age. Cost is $125 per child. For more information, call Christian Hughes at The Cliffs Resort Golf Shop, at 940-779-4520, to sign up.


Ongoing Events

Summer Meal Program

Graford ISD will serve lunch from 11:15 until 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday through Thursday, June 30. Families with children between the ages of 4 and 18 are invited to participate. No identification required. For more information, call Debra Moore at 940-664-5821, ext. 233. 


Through June 25

Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker Exhibit

The Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum will host the Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker Exhibit through June 25. More than 40 rare photos depicting the lives of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are being furnished by the Lakes Trail Program traveling exhibit for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Schedule tours by calling Ann Reagan at (940) 659-2555.


Graford Fire & Ambulance

The Graford Fire and Ambulance Auxiliary welcomes new members at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Also, there are a few cookbooks available for sale. Call Bonnie Ramsey at 940-664-5431.


PK East VFD & EMS 

The PK East Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Auxiliary is seeking new members to help with its monthly Flea Market at 142 La Villa Road at PK Lake. All proceeds from sales benefit the PK East Volunteer Fire Department and EMS. To donate items for the Flea Market or find out more about how to join, call Kathy Hardin at 940-468-2178; Rita Nieswiadomy at 940-452-0052; or Doris King at 817-994-5486. Also, visit for more information.


PK Women’s Club

The Possum Kingdom Women’s Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Thursday of each month at the PK Chamber of Commerce. New members are welcome. For more information, call Sue McCormick at 214-502-2908.


PK West Auxiliary

The PK West Auxiliary needs volunteers to help raise funds for the Westside VFD and EMS. To become a member or find out about donating items for the Thrift Store, call Sue Tolleson at (940) 549-6526 or Linda Klein (940) 549-8101.


PTSD Counseling At VFW

PTSD Counseling is provided the first and third Tuesday of each month at the VFW Post 2399, 1400 S.E. Veterans of Foreign Wars St., in Mineral Wells. Call 940-325-1470. Group sessions at 1 p.m. will be provided by Fort Worth VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service. Call Mike Coulter at 817-921-9095 for more information and to make an appointment.


Bible Studies

* First Baptist Church of PK Lake, 200 Highway 16, has activities for children, youth and adults from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Snacks provided. To arrange transportation, call Kathy Rogers at  817-901-8383.

* Community Church of PK Lake, 251 N. FM 2353, has Bible study classes for men, women, children and youth from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call the church at 940-779-2882 for information.


Humane Society

The Palo Pinto County Humane Society offers low-cost spay and neuter services for pets. The group also accepts volunteers for foster services. Visit for information, or call Nancy at (214) 906-4563.


PK Hike-Bike Trails

The Brazos River Authority will close PK Lake hike and bike trails during and sometimes after inclement weather. Call (940) 779-2321 or visit for the latest updates.


Special Education SSA

Children up to 21 years of age with a disability living in Palo Pinto County may be eligible for services through Palo Pinto County Special Education SSA. The organization serves children with disabilities attending home school and private non-profit schools in Gordon, Graford, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Santo and Strawn. Call 940-327-5131 for more info.


Inland Divers

The Inland Divers Association sport diving group works to raise awareness for conservation and water safety at PK Lake. It is offering a chance to win a Yeti cooler, a Jetovator ride, and a $100 gift card to Smart Hardware. The drawing will be held Saturday, June 4, at the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition. Raffle tickets are $5 each. Visit or call Phil Kirchhoff at 817-688-9644.


Museum Hours

The Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Schedule tours by calling Ann Reagan at (940) 659-2555.


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Phone: (940) 549-7800
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