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— The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources has planned several events in February to celebrate the “month of love,” according to a news release.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, the monthly program Tinker Time will be about Electric Circuits. Participants will learn how circuits work and make a light up a Valentine’s card for the one they love whether that person is Mom or that “special someone,” states the release.

Also on the Feb. 9, the museum will present a program at 2 p.m. for attendees to learn about backyard birds and take a walk through the park to bird-watch.

Feb. 23 is “The History of Cookies” program. Learn how cookies came about and how an innovation of the 1920s changed cookie history. Participants will get to decorate two cookies and receive a 1920s cookie recipe. There is no charge for the cookie workshop, but reservations are required.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, author Lyle Blackburn will present a PowerPoint presentation and book-signing about the history of Bigfoot in Arkansas and the famous Fouke Monster/Boggy Creek.

This is not the first time Union County has been visited by Bigfoot experts. According to an article by Toni Walthall published in the El Dorado News-Times on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, investigators from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization ( went to El Dorado to follow up on a Bigfoot sighting on Victor Dumas Road.

Blackburn is a native Texan known for his work in writing, music, and film. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including “The Beast of Boggy Creek” and “Lizard Man,” whose subject matter reflects his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of unknown creatures. Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast To Coast AM, and has been featured on numerous television shows airing on Animal Planet, Destination America, Discovery Science, and A&E. In his work with Monsters and Mysteries in America, he served as both consulting producer and special episode host.

See more at his website Registration is required for this program as seating is limited.

Registration is suggested for all events and required for the cookie and Bigfoot program.

For more information contact the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources 870-725-2877.

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