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  • During December, huge flocks of wintering geese can be seen on the Refuge. Visitors can make reservations to take a 60-90-minute tour of Wildlife Drive aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express. Guided tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. An additional tour is set for Wednesday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge, however, donations to the tram maintenance fund are accepted.
  • Popular vocalist Erica Lane will dazzle in the holiday concert Christmas Joy, featuring exciting jazz tunes, elegant ballads and seasonal arrangements. Special guests include Le Sorelle and Shoshana Renee.
  • In Gang of Four, British art critic Waldemar Januszczak focuses on the four most influential Impressionists -- Pissarro (pictured), Monet, Renoir and Bazille -- and uses their personal histories to illuminate the sociocultural influences that informed their style of painting. He travels to different places where these artists lived, from the West Indies to Paris to the suburbs of South London, examining the ways in which the four men drew inspiration from their surroundings, breaking convention by depicting everyday encounters within ever-changing environments.

  • Drop off a new, unwrapped toy for needy children thru 12/17. Park Place Lexus, the official "Drive For Toys" sponsor of the GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) Christmas Cottage, recently kicked off the 2016 toy drive collection. The GRACE Christmas Cottage will be open for a full two weeks prior to Christmas.
  • Lifelong friends Clint Hayes and John Darrell Beezley are proud to bring you Texas Best Propane – and the man behind the wheel of the brightly colored delivery truck is well-known local businessman, John Darrell.
  • 1830 – birth of Emily Dickinson, American poet. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its community, Dickinson lived much of her life in reclusive isolation. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a noted penchant for white clothing and became known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence. Dickinson was a recluse for the later years of her life. While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Although Dickinson's acquaintances were most likely aware of her writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Dickinson's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that the breadth of her work became apparent to the public. A complete, and mostly unaltered, collection of her poetry became available for the first time when scholar Thomas H. Johnson published The Poems of Emily Dickinson in 1955. Despite some unfavorable reception and skepticism over the late 19th and early 20th centuries regarding her literary prowess, Dickinson is now almost universally considered to be one of the most significant of all American poets.