The band Kansas is set for a concert Sept. 1 at the LeTourneau University's Belcher Center. (COurtesy) 

The Smith County Master Gardeners will present a lecture at noon on the first Tuesday of the month from September to November in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive.

Reservations are not required. If the weather is bad, the presentation will move into Rose Garden Center.

The dates and topics of the free lectures are:

■ Sept. 3: “Wildlife in the Fall and Winter Garden”

■ Oct. 1: “Summer Bulbs”

■ Nov. 5: “Shade Gardening”

Edom night street fair

The Van Zandt County town of Edom will host a new event, the Little Big Easy in Edom, on Saturday.

It is being promoted as a “New Orleans-inspired evening stroll of art, music and food.”

Many of the businesses and artist studios will open at 7 p.m. Visitors will find live music, food, art and street performers, organizers said.

Joan Lunden to speak

Alzheimer’s Alliance of East Texas has announced that Joan Lunden, a former host of “Good Morning America,” will be the keynote speaker at the group’s annual Butterfly Hope Luncheon.

The “Monarchs & Memories” luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Green Acres CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Highway, Tyler.

Lunden will speak about her experience taking care of her mother, who had dementia, said Jennifer Gaston, luncheon chairwoman.

Tickets cost $100 and can be bought at alzalliance.org or the Alzheimer’s Alliance office, 211 Winchester, Tyler. Organizers also are seeking sponsors.

Downtown Live returns in Longview

Classic rock cover band Black Ice will kick off Downtown Live when it returns Friday for a 10-week run.

This is the longest season Downtown Live has ever scheduled, with bands performing from 5 to 8 p.m. each Friday through Nov. 1 on the Elaine Reynolds Stage at Heritage Plaza, at Green and Methvin streets in downtown Longview. Performances typically move inside to the Oil Horse Brewing Co. on Tyler Street in the event of bad weather, but updates are provided on the Longview Main Street Facebook. Admission is free, and food trucks and beverages are available as well.

This fall’s lineup is:

■ Aug. 30 — Black Ice

■ Sept. 6 — Down Home

■ Sept. 13 — Gypsy Creek Band

■ Sept. 20 — The Social Club

■ Sept. 27 — Jenn Ford and the Wide Eyed Devils

■ Oct. 4 — Wade Skinner Band

■ Oct. 11 — Junk Drawer Music Presents

■ Oct. 18 — 6 Miles to Mixon

■ Oct. 25 — Bobby O and the Mojos

■ Nov. 1 — Galaxy

Kansas heading to Longview

Kansas, a band whose music has spanned more than four decades, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview.

The band released its first album in 1974 and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, with two, million-selling gold singles — “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”

Tickets cost $45 to $95, with VIP packages priced at $209 to $259. For information, visit www.belchercenter.com/concerts/kansas.html.

Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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