Upcoming East Texas events: SFA scholarship bass fishing contest, John Tyler Class of 2006 reunion and more


Tyler Public Library hosts ‘The Nature of Art’ by The Eastside Fiber Artists

The Tyler Public Library will host The Eastside Fiber Artists for their monthlong event, “The Nature of Fiber.”

Special demonstrations, as well as meet-and-greets with the artists, are scheduled for Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library lobby. Patrons are welcome to enjoy the art and may purchase pieces that are on display by The Eastside Fiber Artists.  Proceeds from the sales will go to the library’s programming budget.

Information: call 903-593-7323 or go www.tylerlibrary.com .


Beef quality assurance to take place in Center 

A beef quality assurance training will be held Tuesday in Center. The training is a collaborative effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Beef Council.

The program will be held at the John D. Windham Civic Center at 146 Express Blvd.  It will start at 5 p.m. with a steak dinner and conclude around 8:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, but organizers request RSVPs through the AgriLife Extension office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 for an accurate meal count.

Information: visit www.texasbeefquality.com


Basketball camps offered at recreation center

Tyler Parks and Recreation is teaming with Romen Tucker for the second annual Warrior’s Basketball Camp. These basketball camps offer a low-cost, fun-filled experience for boys and girls ages 6 to18.

The next and final camp will be July 11 through July 15. Each camp will separate children according to age group: ages 6 to 8 will participate from 8 to 10 a.m. and ages 9 to 18 will participate from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60 per child.

Campers will be divided in groups based upon age/ability level, and work on age-appropriate fundamentals that will increase each child’s skill level. Participants will receive a jersey and shorts.

For more information and to register, call the Glass Recreation Center at 903-595-7271 or visit www.tylerparksandrec.com .


John Tyler Class of ’66 reunion events in June

The 50-year reunion for the John Tyler High School class of 1966 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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

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

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


Tickets on sale for downtown Wine Swirl

Ticket sales have begun for the third annual Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl, scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

At a wine swirl, participants report to a central site (Gallery Main Street) to pick up a plate, glass and information on Swirl sites around the downtown Tyler square. Restaurants and wineries are paired in various buildings throughout the area.

More than two-dozen restaurants and wineries are expected to participate.

Tickets are $50 each, and net proceeds help fund the city of Tyler Main Street.

Purchases may be made at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., or online at www.TylerWineSwirl.com .


SFA announces scholarship bass fishing tournament

The Stephen F. Austin State University Campus Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Worsham Bass Tournament beginning at safe light Saturday, June 25, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

The tournament benefits the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation established with the SFA Alumni Association.

Worsham was the intramural department director at SFA for 43 years.

The entry fee is $150 per boat, and participants can register for the tournament online at www.sfaalumni.com/event/Bass2016, by mailing a registration form to the SFA Alumni Association or registering at the Jackson Hill boat ramp before the tournament begins.

There will be a 60-percent payout for first, second and third place and a prize package for Big Bass.

Information: Call 936-468-3407 or email kouliavtsg@sfasu.edu


’50s and ’60s Rock N Roll to be performed at concert in Edom

Buddy and the Flashbacks will be performing rock n roll music from the ’50s and ’60s at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Edom Community Center, 150 PR 8279 off 279 in Edom.

The musical production is a fundraiser for the Edom Civic Theatre's scholarship program.  All seats are $10 each and will be “first come, first serve” - doors will open at 6 p.m. 

Contct Eddie Pirtle at 903-445-3387 or eddie.pirtle57@yahoo.com or Lee Shults at 903-352-3158 or leeshults@aol.com for more information.


Gallery Main Street fundraiser exhibit continues through June

Hundreds of people made their way to Gallery Main Street at 110 W. Erwin Monday evening to get first choice among the 864 canvases available for sale in the 6x6@110 fundraiser exhibit, but that doesn’t mean the project is over.

More than 600 of the canvases are still for sale and the fundraiser, and the exhibit will continue through June.

The 6x6@110 project combines fundraising with increasing participation in and awareness of Gallery Main Street. For several weeks, artists, patrons and the public obtained 6-inch-square canvases upon which to create art in any media. 

Full details on 6x6@110 and Gallery Main Street are available at www.DowntownTylerArts.com .


East Texas Writers Guild to have annual summer conference

The East Texas Writers Guild 13th annual summer conference will take place on July 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 230 West Rusk St.

Targeted for writers of all genres, the conference will offer area writers and a speaker line-up of four award-winning authors, sharing tools and tips to improve the craft of writing. 

The action-packed day also provides the opportunity to network with fellow writers.

For more information, and to register, go to etwritersguild.org.                          


East Texas Automotive to hold benefit for FitSTEPS for Life

East Texas Automotive will hold a car show that will benefit FitSTEPS for Life from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 23 The event will feature a silent auction, food and beverages and dinner with John Schneider.

To register, find out about sponsorships and more go to www.fitstepsforlife.org/events/ or call 903-805-4005 for more information.


Tickets on sale for murder mystery dinner at the Goodman

Tickets are on sale now for “A Reason to Kill: Murder Mystery Dinner at the Goodman” taking place Saturday, July 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum located at 624 N. Broadway Ave. in Downtown Tyler. 

Guests will be treated to an interactive dinner with the following backstory: “It is July 30, 1929. Everyone has gathered to observe the memory of Mr. Gaslight. Tonight, his will is to be read to everyone in attendance. While guests enjoy their evening meal, there is a scream from the upstairs hall. The bodyguard has been stabbed! Someone at this gathering is a murderer …”

This event is open to adults 21 years of age or older. Dinner tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased at the Goodman Museum by cash, check or money order. Seating is limited. Dinner will be provided by the Potpourri House.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Goodman Museum and donations are tax deductible.

 Information: call 903-531-1286 or email mefoster@tylertexas.com


John Tyler Class of ’06 plans reunion

John Tyler High School's Class of 2006 10-year class reunion is set for July 29 and 30. Organizers expect a fun-filled two-day event where classmates can reconnect.

For more information, contact the class reunion committee by calling or texting 903-345-JT06 or sending an e-mail to JTHSReunion2006@gmail.com


Audiobook giveaway for teens ends Aug. 17

Going on its sixth year, the Tyler Public Library’s Youth Services program once again invites young adults to take advantage of the free summer audiobook program, SYNC.

Provided by the publishers of the audiobooks and AudioFile Magazine, SYNC is giving away two themed audiobook titles per week now through Aug. 17 via their website, www.audio booksync.com.

To listen to the audiobooks, participants must download the OverDrive app that is available free for smartphones, tablets, computers and other listening device platforms.

Information: call 903-593- 7323 or go to www.tylerlibrary.com .


Volunteers needed this summer at the Tyler Public Library

The Tyler Public Library is seeking youth volunteers ages 12 to 17 to assist with summer programs. Those interested should complete a youth volunteer application by downloading the form from Volunteer Tyler’s website at www.VolunteerTyler.com or stopping by the Library’s information desk.

Information: call 903-593-7323 or go www.tylerlibrary.com .


Tyler Transit to offer free rides to the Library for children and teens this summer

Through Aug. 31, children and teens wanting to go to the library can ride the bus for free.

Throughout the summer months, the library offers free programs to coincide with its annual Summer Reading Club. Families wishing to take advantage of this offer will need to show a Tyler Public Library card to the Tyler Transit bus driver and state that they are either traveling to or from the library. Transit and transfer passes are free for children and teens up to age 18, only to and from the library. Adult passes are $1 each. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, more than 18, at all times.

Located at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler, the bus stop closest to the library is near the corner of South Broadway Avenue and West Elm Street at the south end of the Fair Parking Garage.

Information: Call 903-593-7323 or visit www.TylerLibrary.com .


- Compiled by Augusta Robinson

Send event information to augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com


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