Attendees check out vendor booths during the 25th Annual Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business 2 Business Expo at Harvey Hall Convention Center on Thursday Jan. 17, 2019. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual B2B Expo Jan. 16 at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St.

Nearly 200 booths will be open from 1-6 p.m. Admission is $5 or free to those who drop off a business card.

There also will be a luncheon with a motivation speaker at 11:30 a.m. The charge to attend the luncheon is $25. Tickets are available at tylertexas.com.

Program explores science of beer 

The Discovery Science Place, 308 N. Broadway Ave. in Tyler, will present the Science of Beer, a program for adults, on Saturday as part of Hit the Bricks. 

Hit the Bricks promotes activities that take place on the second Saturday in downtown Tyler. 

Set for 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. the presentations will feature a talk on how beer is made, a sampling of craft beers from True Vine Brewing Co., appetizers from downtown Tyler restaurants and games, such as corn hole.

Tickets cost $12 for singles or $20 for a couple. Those who attend must be 21. Tickets are available on the museum's website and eventbrite.com

The money raised will benefit the museum's school outreach program.

Rose Festival to hold Winter Gala 

The Winter Gala, a fundraiser for the Texas Rose Museum in Tyler, is set for today at Willow Brook Country Club, 3205 W. Erwin St.

At 6:30 p.m., just prior to the gala, representatives of the Texas Rose Festival Association will announce the theme of the 2020 festival and the women and children who will take part as the rose queen, princess, duchess of the rose growers, ladies-in-waiting and queen's attendants. 

The gala will honor the 1980 Rose Queen Staley Wynne Gray. It will feature dinner and music by Tuxedo Cats.

Tickets to the gala cost $150 and must be reserved at the Texas Rose Museum or by calling its office at 903-597-3130.

Great Decisions opens at Tyler Public Library 

Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave., will open its annual Great Decisions sessions at noon on Wednesday with a presentation by Ed Santos on the relationship between the United States and the Philippines. 

The presentations are free. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. 

The series continue at noon each Wednesday through March 4. 

Caddo Mounds Site to reopen Saturday

The Caddo Mounds State Historical Site will hold activities on Saturday marking its re-opening after being hit by a tornado last year year.

At 1 p.m., a tree will be planted on the property and at 2 p.m. visitors can view the proposed design of the new Caddo Mounds Cultural Complex.  

On April 13, 2019, the site was hit by a tornado. Many people who were on the grounds taking part in Caddo Cultural Day were injured. Its buildings were damaged or destroyed. 

The Texas Historical Commission closed the site at 1649 State Highway 21 West until repairs could be made. 

Spots available in Civic Chorus

LeTourneau University Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor is recruiting singers for the Longview Civic Chorus.

The group consists of 40 to 50 choral enthusiasts, from high school students to adults and music professionals to church choir-level singers. 

A $75 tuition fee each semester is due to LeTouneau University. The chorus can also be taken for academic credit and dual credit by registering through the university.

The Longview Civic Chorus rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Education Building, Room 117, on the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 South Mobberly Ave. in Longview. The first rehearsal this year is Jan. 13. Members can join through mid-February.

“We sing music that ranges from classical masterworks to lighthearted works,” Taylor said. “This spring we will perform choral pieces with a jazz ensemble in late March at the university, followed by the Mozart Requiem with orchestra on April 20 in our annual Masterworks Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church.” 

There is no audition to join the chorus, but it is necessary that singers be able to hold a choral part amid harmony. 

Another opportunity for chorus members this spring is to participate in a missions/performance trip to Kiev, Ukraine, after the semester is over.  Taylor’s new "Cambridge Songs Suite No. 3" will be premiered there with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

For more information on the Longview Civic Chorus contact Taylor at (903) 233-3379 or jimtaylor@letu.edu.


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