East Texas Events 3-27


Smith County Clean-Up


The annual Smith Countywide Clean-Up is scheduled to begin Monday and continue through April.

Smith County residents will have the chance to use vouchers to take bulk items to the Greenwood Farms Landfill for free.

Smith County citizens can pick up vouchers to take 3 cubic yards of solid waste, which fills the bed of a regular sized pickup, and/or bulk items to be disposed of at the landfill for free through April 30.

Vouchers are available at the Smith County Annex Building, 200 E. Ferguson, or at any Smith County Constable or Justice of the Peace Office.

The vouchers will be good from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from March 28 through April.

Maps to the landfill will be handed out with the vouchers.

Among the many items that will be accepted include furniture, toys and tree trimmings. Items that will not be accepted include: hazardous waste, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, gasoline, oils, paint, acid, batteries, Asbestos, wet paint, Freon, whole tires, televisions, computers, refrigerators and freezers.


Art entries sought for landmark exhibit


Gallery Main Street in Downtown Tyler is accepting entries for its upcoming “Historic Local Landmark” exhibit.

Tyler has many structures that are iconic to the community’s identity. Currently, 119 of these structures are designated as local historic landmarks, both natural and man-made.

Artists are encouraged to honor and interpret these sites for this exhibit. The top 12 pieces from the show will be used to create a 2017 Historic Landmark calendar.

Visit www.TylerHistoricPreservation.com to see Tyler’s local landmark sites. 

To enter, visit www.DowntownTylerArts.com, select “Gallery Exhibits” from the left-side menu then select the “Gallery Exhibit Information for Artists” tab. The link will lead artists to a page that provides all the information they need as well as links to the entry service site. Artists have until April 8 to submit their work. 


Erin Kinsey to perform at Spring Fling event


The Bergfeld Center Merchants Association is proud to announce 15-year-old country music sensation Erin Kinsey will headline the annual “Spring Fling” scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. April 7.

Additionally, Jacqueline Cavender will be signing her cookbook, “As the Spur Stirs,” benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis between 6 and 8 p.m. at Larry Lott Interiors.

Bergfeld Merchants Association includes 20 member businesses all locally owned and operated that range from personal services to retail and specialty shops.


Annual Women in Tyler luncheon on Thursday


The 2016 Women in Tyler luncheon will honor six “Women With a Cause” on Thursday at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.

This year’s honorees are: Debra Davis, Regina Davis, Gayle Helms, Maxine Herbst, Gillian Sheridan and Astlima Vargas.

Doors open at 11 a.m., the buffet starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. 

To make reservations, send a $25 check to Women in Tyler, P.O. Box 1432, Tyler, TX, 75710. 

Those planning to attend the event are advised to reserve their seats as soon as possible because the event usually sells out.


Sorority to host regional conference


Epsilon Beta, a national Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Incorporated, will host the sorority’s 50th Southwest Regional Conference from March 31 to April 3.

Events include a Red Hat and Roses Luncheon honoring Dorothy Scott, the past national officer, and a walk that will honor the past regional and national officers and to provide scholarships in their names.

Educators from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas will meet to foster a spirit of sisterhood among teachers and to promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession.  

The Red Hat and Roses luncheon will be held on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 5701 South Broadway Ave. The walk will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 903-714-1243


Taste of Longview coming to Maude Cobb Convention Center


The 34th Annual Taste of Longview sponsored by the Pilot Club of Longview and the East Texas Restaurant Association take place April 5 at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. 

Many restaurants will feature samples of their signature foods, and music will entertain guests throughout the evening.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and doors open at 7 p.m. VIP Platinum sponsor reserved tables are available for $350, which includes 10 tickets to the Taste, a wine tasting and admission at 6:30 p.m.  Other sponsorship levels are Gold for $150 and 5 tickets and Silver for $75, no tickets. 

For credit card sales for tickets and sponsorships, including VIP tables, stop by the Camera Shop Hallmark (next to Albertson’s on Loop 281), or call Betty at 903-663-6930. 

Tickets and tables can also be purchased online by emailing tasteoflongview@gmail.com.


Canning & Food Preservation Class in Troup


The Texas Extension Education Association Wildcat Club will sponsor a Canning & Food Preservation class on April 9.

The class takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall at Troup First United Methodist Church, 202 East Duval in Troup.

Participants will gain hands on experience learning how to preserve homegrown fruits and vegetables. Demonstrations will include how to prepare jellies, make refrigerated pickles and other canning techniques.

The cost to attend is $15 per participant, cash or check, and door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the class.


Liberty Hall presents Junior Brown in concert


Liberty Hall will present Junior Brown in concert at 8 p.m. April 9.

Brown has received numerous awards and has entertained crowds for more than 30 years.

He draws a vast audience, from young college students to older, traditional country music fans.

Tickets are $25 to $30 and can be purchased at www.LibertyTyler.com.


Holly Lake Ranch Spring Tour of Homes


The Holly Lake Area Women’s Service Guild of Holly Lake Ranch is presenting a Tour of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. April 9.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view 6 homes in Holly Lake Ranch.

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at local businesses in the town including: Holiday House, Fashion & Gossip Parlor, Karen’s Clothing, Kathy’s Korner/Wayne’s World and Funky Junk.

Tickets will also be available at a tent located at Holly Lake Ranch’s East Gate on the day of the tour.

The home tour benefits local and surrounding area charities.

A ticket purchase offers the chance to win a three-day, two-night stay at any Silver Leaf Resort for up to six people.


Annual Art Festival in Mineola


The annual Fine Art Festival presented by the Mineola League of the Arts is scheduled for April 8 and 9 at the League building, 200 West Blair St. in Mineola. 

Everyone is invited to attend the show and see artwork presented by various artists from around the state.

Art created from a variety of mediums will be displayed

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9.

Information: 903-569-8877


Annual Teddy Bear Picnic


The Children’s Park of Tyler will hold its seventh annual Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10.

At the event, parents are encouraged to bring their children and a picnic lunch to the Children’s Park of Tyler. Children can bring their favorite teddy bear to join in the fun. Stations will be set up thought the park to enhance the experience of spending intentional time together as a family.

Information: 903-939-1597


Author to sign books during Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair


Jud Parker, author of “Travels With Troy,” a book that celebrates the life of Tyler native and technofolk artist Troy Parker, will hold book-signing sessions at Bergfeld Park.

The session will take place at his son Troy’s booth during the Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair April 9 and 10.

Born with cerebral palsy, Troy struggled trying to find suitable work while in school. His breakthrough came when he enrolled in a computer graphics course at Tyler Junior College.

Since then, Troy’s exhibited and sold hundreds of his colorful technofolk art pieces at shows from Michigan to Louisiana.

The book chronicles the father-son team’s adventures on the road and reflects the father’s respect for his son’s talent, determination and faith.

“Travels With Troy” is available now at the Scroll Christian Bookstore and on Amazon.com.


New paddling trail opening in Chandler


The grand opening of the Chandler Upper Neches Paddling Trail will take place April 9 at River Park.

A ribbon cutting will occur at 10 a.m., followed by an inaugural paddle led by guides.

The city of Chandler would like to round up as many paddlers as possible for this event.

For more information on Texas Paddling Trails, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/paddlingtrails.


Founders of For the Silent to speak at Community Christian Fellowship


Kenny and Julie Rigsby - founders of a ministry in Tyler that actively contends for sexually exploited and trafficked teens -will be guest speakers at Community Christian Fellowship.

The Rigsbys will speak during the 8:15 and 11 a.m. services on April 10.

On that same day, a survivor will come and share her story at 9:15 a.m. for young adults in the Edge Building.

All are invited to learn how to protect the youth from exploitation.

Information: 903-882-8501. 


The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail


The 57th Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail runs through April 10.

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to take time to stroll through the trail’s gardens, join in one of the many community events, and experience Tyler in the spring.

Events include art shows, festivals, tours of Tyler, live entertainment, plays, the Historic Tyler on Tour event and much more.

Information: VisitTyler.com/AzaleaTrail.


John Tyler Class of ’71 reunion events in May


The 45-year reunion for the John Tyler High School Class of 1971 is scheduled May 20 and 21.

At 7 p.m. May 20, the group will meet at The Magnuson Tyler Hotel, 3310 Troup Highway, to mix and mingle. On May 21, festivities will continue at 6:30 p.m. and the group will have dinner and dance.

The cost to attend is $50 per person or $100 per couple for the two evenings. Rooms at the hotel are available for those needing overnight accommodations.

Classmates are encouraged to go to the website www.johntyler1971.com/ to register and update contact information.

For more information on how to register and how to pay, call 903-882-7280 or 903-561-0343


Lee HS Class of ’66 plans 50-year reunion


The 50-year reunion for the Robert E. Lee Class of 1966 is scheduled for April 8 to 10.

On April 8, the class will meet at Rick’s on the Square at 7 p.m. for a meet and greet. On April 9, the class will meet at noon at Spring Creek Barbeque and at 6:30 p.m. at Willowbrook Country Club for a dinner dance with live music.

On April 10, the class will meet for Sunday morning breakfast at the Holiday Inn at 5701 South Broadway.

Information: 903-839-8118


John Tyler Class of ’66plans 50-year reunion


The 50-year reunion for the John Tyler High School class of 1966 is scheduled for June 24 and 25.

The first night will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bruno’s on Old Jacksonville Highway. Celebrations will take place at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway.

Attendees are asked to update and confirm their mailing addresses at www.jths1966reunion.com

Information: 903-825-6506 or 903-574-4628 


Komen Race for the Cure set for May 7 

Registration is open for the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, set for May 7, in downtown Tyler.

This year’s theme is, “Be a Hero in the Fight Against Breast Cancer.”

The Komen Race Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

Again this year, breast cancer survivors will be treated to a breakfast and special gifts in the foyer of Regions Bank after the survivor group photo, which will be at 7 a.m. In addition, all participants are encouraged to wear “in memory” or “in honor” back signs, honoring loved ones for their strength and courage.

Information: To register and for more information, visit www.komentyler.org .


- Compiled by Augusta Robinson

Send event information to augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com



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