East Texas Events -- Week of Nov. 8


Achieving Dreams is looking for volunteers to help with its program for adults with special needs. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: 903-521-1383


The Iris Society will kick off its year of irising with a meeting at 1 p.m. today at the 7-B Ranch in Frankston, 300 E Pine St.

The public is invited. Annual membership will be available for $10 per person or $15 for a family. The meetings will discuss organization of the group and preparation of flower beds.

Information: 432-413-9978


The Cherokee County Genealogical Society will host its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, 1031 SE Loop 456.

CCGS President and Tree Talk editor Gordon Bennett will present "Veteran's Stories." There will be a potluck following the meeting.

Information: 903-586-0135


The Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its next meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, 1031 SE Loop 456.

The meeting's topic "Memories of Vietnam" will include a video made by Vietnam veteran Tom Patterson, who served two deployments in the war.

Information: 903-586-4172


The Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County will host an educational event entitled "Sexuality and Dementia" with Dr. Sarah McKenzie at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh Road Church of Christ.

Dr. McKenzie will present strategies on how families, caregivers and medical professionals can address changing and inappropriate behaviors in people with dementia and the physical benefits of intimacy, friendly affection and general touch on a patient's overall health.

Information: 903-509-8323


The Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will host the seventh annual East Texas Transition Conference "Door to the Future" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 5700 N. Loop 256.

The free conference will provide resources for parents and educators of children with disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

Vendors will have resources for families of youths with disabilities, information about behavioral innovations, suicide prevention, financial assistance, advocacy, employment, higher education, recreation, disability rights, advocacy, assistive technology and other important resources.

Participants must be registered to attend.

Information: 903-729-7505


The Tyler Rotary Club will host a Hollywood Gala from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at Willow Brook Country Club. The event will benefit the "Breath of Life" mobile asthma clinic of UT Health Northeast. Sen. Kevin Eltife will be honored with the Billy Hibbs Sr. Award for Community Excellence.

Information: Tylerrotary.org


The St. Louis Baptist Church Comfort and Care Ministry and the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas will host a free luncheon honoring family caregivers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The luncheon will feature a panel on topics including Alzheimer's and dementia, mental health resources, benefits counseling and more. The event also will feature Emmy award-winning producer and writer Piper M. Dellums, whose writing became the Disney movie "The Color of Friendship."

Information: 903-595-5211


The East Texas Genealogical Society will host their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Public Library in the Taylor Auditorium. The meeting's lecture, "Personal Digital Security and Privacy," will be presented by Tony Hanson, an electrical engineer, who recently retired following a 34-year career with AT&T. Hanson is the current president of the Dallas Genealogical Society and has been an active volunteer with the group for 15 years.

Information: etgs.org


The city of Brownsboro will host Brownsboro Pioneer Days all day Saturday at Brownsboro Junior High School and High School.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade beginning at Brownsboro City Park and ending at Brownsboro High School. The event also features family activities starting at 10 a.m., including face painting, a petting zoo, mechanical bull and more. The entertainment continues throughout the day and a concert featuring The Second Chance Band and the Bent Bucket Band begins at 7 p.m. in the Brownsboro High School Gym.

Information: brownsboro.us


"Sip in the City" will bring a night of fundraising and wine tasting to Tyler from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Dixie Paper Company's warehouse/event space, 3010 E. Front St.

The event allows participants to vote between four competing charities to see which will receive 100 percent of the proceeds. Tickets are $30 until Nov. 13. Tickets will be $35 at the door.

Information: sipinthecity.eventbrite.com


The East Texas Burn Resource Center will host the "1st Annual Community Awards Masquerade Ball" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cascades Country Club, 4511 Briarwood Rd.

The event will feature a fashion show composed of burn survivors as models.

Tickets are $25.

Information: etbrc.org


Grace Community High School will host an Operation Christmas Child drop off from Nov. 16 to 23. Shoeboxes filled with gifts can be dropped off at the school for children in need.

Information and drop off hours: samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/#


Pine Springs Community Center will host its annual "Holidays in Pine Springs" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3010 County Road 328 E.

The event features a pancake breakfast for $6, a bake sale and a large vendor marketplace.

Information: 903-595-6131


The Tyler Aggies Mothers' Club will host its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 Copeland Rd.

Guest Speaker General Red Brown is a two-star Major General and Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Armed Forces Command and a Major General in the Army National Guard. He received a military commission from Texas A&M University in May 1980. He also has a master's degree in Strategic Studies and is a graduate of the Army War College, among many other accomplishments.

Information: 903-520-0768


Vacation for Veterans will host their inaugural event to raise funds to send veterans on vacation from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at 18888 Hwy 155 South.

The event will feature a car show, live music, a chili cook-off, games for the family and more. The first 200 people to donate will receive a vacation property. The nonprofit plans to send 200 veterans on vacation in 2016.

Information: 903-574-7242


The Tyler Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host the 19th Worldwide Candle Lighting for bereaved families at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Crossroads Community Church.

Compassionate Friends is a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child. As the candles burn down in one time zone, they will be lit in the next, creating a 24-hour worldwide wave of light.

Information: 903-258-2547


-Compiled by Cory McCoy

Send event information to comccoy@tylerpaper.com

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