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BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE IN HENDERSON

The Battle of the Badges of Henderson blood drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 at Lowe’s, 1603 S. Highway 79, on the Carter BloodCare bus.

To schedule an appointment, contact Belinda Murphy at 903-574-4513.

Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110, the donor feels well that day, and the donor presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.

Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently; and there is no upper age limit for donating blood, according to Carter BloodCare officials.

For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carter bloodcare.org.

Daddy Daughter Date Night planned Thursday in Tyler

Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual Daddy Daughter Date Night in Tyler.

The event is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive.

Tickets for the “Night at the Beach” can be purchased at http://daddy-daughter.eventbrite.com for $20 per dad and daughter. Several seating times are available to choose from on Eventbrite.

Chick-fil-A will provide the meal and there will be photo opportunities, live entertainment, a craft project for dads and daughters to work on together and surprises to take home.

This event is sponsored by the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department and Chick-fil-A.

For more information, call Debbie Isham, special events/recreation manager at 903-531-1214.

Blue Santa toy drive kicks off in Palestine WITH CONCERT

The Palestine Police Department and Smooth Rock 93.5 will be at the Redlands Hotel hosting a night of live acoustic music from 6 to 9 p.m. July 24.

For a $10 donation, guests will have the opportunity to hang out with the 93.5 crew and Palestine police officers.

The event benefits Blue Santa, an annual toy drive to make Christmas better for families in need. Families can apply to take part in the program by picking up an application at the Palestine Police Department.

“This is a great head start for Blue Santa to be able to bless more children this year for Christmas. Come out and have fun and donate what you can,” said Assistant Chief Mark Harcrow.

Those who cannot attend the event but who wish to donate to Blue Santa can drop off donations at the Palestine Police Department, 511 N. John St., or Smooth Rock 93.5, 400 N. Queen St. Checks can be made out to City of Palestine/Blue Santa.

For more information, contact the Palestine Police Department community liaison, Michele Herbert, at 903-731-8418 or mherbertreyes@palestine-tx.org, or Victoria Minton, Smooth Rock 93.5 at 903-282-1001 or victoria@smoothrock93.5.

Volunteers sought to work runs scheduled in Canton

The Canton half-marathon, 10K and 5K event is scheduled for 7 a.m. Aug. 4.

Volunteers are needed to serve as monitors along the course and give out water along the route.

If you can spare a few hours the morning of Aug. 4, call Shawn Stewart at 903-275-8537.

Smith County Hay Show to mark 35th anniversary

The annual Smith County Hay Show this year will mark its 35th anniversary.

A copy of the rules for the 2019 show can be found on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County office, website at smith.agrilife.org under the Smith County Hay Show tab. This year’s show will be Sept. 23 at Harvey Convention Center.

Last year the hay auction at the East Texas State Fair raised over $29,000 to support scholarships, youth activities and conservation efforts in Tyler and the East Texas area, organizers said.

The entry fee per hay sample remains at $3 this year, saving $7 a sample over sending it in for testing on your own. There will be ribbons and recognition at the hay sale for the top 25 bales.

Samples are due Aug. 9-10.

Contact Clint Perkins with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Smith County, 1517 W. Front St., Suite 116, Tyler, 75702, or call 903-590-2980.

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