Gallery Main Street to showcase works of Caldwell Arts Academy students

Gallery Main Street will showcase works by the students of the Caldwell Arts Academy at an exhibit opening and reception for the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the venue, 110 W. Erwin St.

The reception will feature an opportunity to meet the young artists, with Best in Show being announced around 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit will feature works by local students and is in partnership with Caldwell Arts Academy. The Caldwell Arts Academy is a K-6 public magnet school with a focus on engaging students through the fine arts.

The gallery opening will coincide with “Hit the Bricks,” a Second Saturday event organized by Visit Tyler. The event will feature a variety of activities throughout the downtown area. Details can be found at http://visittyler.com/hitthebricks.

“In addition to enjoying the gallery opening and Second Saturday, we invite our guests to make it a complete evening by enjoying drinks and dining at our variety of downtown Tyler restaurants and bars,” said Amber Rojas-Varona, Main Street manager.

Information on Gallery Main Street hours and rules for entering the exhibit jury process can be found at www.DowntownTylerArts.com or by calling 903-593-6905.

ET Gem & Mineral Society meets

The East Texas Gem & Mineral Society meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at 2015 Deerbrook Drive.

Areas such as minerals, fossils, gemology, lapidary and other rocky topics will be discussed.

The meeting is free and family friendly.

Poynor Country Music

Poynor Civic Center will host a country music event at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Lasagna will be served. Bring your favorite side dish and, if you wish, dessert. Come and enjoy the food, music, visiting and dancing.

Food will be served at 6 p.m. Participation is free to all and the music with a house band and open microphone begins at 6:30 p.m.

For further information, call 903-360-0766 or 903-876-5448. There is a “Poynor Country Music” Facebook page, which will contain any updates or changes, as well as photos and videos.

Border Lows to meet

The Border Lows, a local chapter of Loners on Wheels (lonersonwheels.com), will have its monthly campout Wednesday through Sunday at Bedrock RV Park, CR 1803, Grand Saline.

For information call Rene at 903-372-1452.

The cost is $29 a night for full hook-ups. All camping singles are welcome to camp with us or just come visit awhile.

For more info, call Ruth at 903-678-3714, Dorothy at 870-648-7118, Tina at 214-926-6144 or email ruthann19508@aol.com.

East Texas Genealogical Society meets Saturday

East Texas Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Auditorium at Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave., and is free and open to the public.

Speaker Patti Todd Gillespie will talk on “Brick Wall Busting Strategies: Hammering at the Wall.”

This is a fun presentation with strategies, sources and a variety of documents that can hammer down your brick wall. Examples of brick walls broken down are demonstrated by using vital records; military records; census, prison and land records; newspapers; passenger manifests; and divorce records, along with a complicated story tracking a woman who changed her name three times in public records.

Gillespie has been an avid hobby genealogist for 20 years, formeing her own research company, Family Lines & Stories, six years ago. She is enjoying her venture into blogging at http://www.familylinesandstories.com/

Sanders to speak at NARFE 

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association monthly meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 230 Rusk St. Enter from the College Street side.

The speaker will be Ed Sanders, who will share the “Top 10 Internet and Device Safety Best Practices.” This information is designed to protect cellphones, watch for telephone and text scams and solicitations, learn about malware protection, and more.

Current federal employees, federal retirees, their spouses and survivors are welcome.

Retired teachers and school personnel to meet

The Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel will have their annual end-of-year banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Traditions Restaurant on South Broadway.

The program will include the installation of officers for 2019-20. Members are encouraged to attend. 

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