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A Lock, A Key & A Symbol of Love

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A Lover’s Tradition at a Rose Rudman Trail Bridge:

February is the month of romance and Tyler has a unique offering for those who want a symbol of their love at the Rose Rudman Trails.

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically, the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.

Tyler offers lovebirds a place to place a symbol of their love at Rose Rudman Trails.

In the section behind Woodcreek Club, follow the path south to the huge bridge. There you will find a fun display of locks of all kinds and sizes. Some have words, names, even photos. Others are simple displays with only initials or colors. All represent someone’s love to another.

From one end to the other, locks line the rail. More than one hundred locks are clipped to the bars. Each one has its own story and symbolize love and devotion. Keys tossed in the river are devoured by the water, love locked forever.

Although it is arguable where and when the tradition started, the most famous bridge of locks was in Paris at the Pont des Arts. The padlocks were symbolically fastened to the French capital’s main bridges by loved-up couples. Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts, then throwing the key into the River Seine beneath was a tourist tradition. The padlocks that weigh heavily on the sides of the Pont des Arts tell stories dear to the lovers who affixed them to the celebrated bridge’s iron grillwork. The weight of that love took a toll in Paris, where about eight feet of protective fencing on part of the bridge collapsed. The locks have since been removed due to their enormous weigh that was destroying the bridge.

Paris is perhaps the most-famous spot, but now locks can be found on bridges all across the world.

Rose Rudman Trails are free and are easily accessible with a number of entry points. The picturesque trails wind through south Tyler and are perfect for walking, biking, skating, or jogging. They are enjoyable for the entire family and all fitness levels. There is lots of playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, park benches, and water fountains scattered along the way. The trail is well-maintained and always clean. They are patrolled by Tyler Police on bicycles. Rose Rudman Trails even remembered the doggies with scattered dog bowls attached to the water fountains.

Rudman Trail is comprised of 4 individual paths is paved, double wide trail that winds through South Tyler. Rudman Loop is 1.2 miles, Southside Trail is .5 miles, Creekside Trial is .75 miles and the Grande Trail 1.7 miles. Several of the trails end/begin at parks. The trails offer a challenge in both distance and in elevation.

On the northeast segment of the trail is the Tyler Cancer Bell and Pavilion, a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.

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SAVE TONS on Pet Microchips This April

$5 Pet Microchipping in April

The Tyler Animal Shelter is offering discounted microchipping prices of $5 through the month of April, plus a one-day discounted rabies and microchipping event.

This year, the $5 microchipping is through the month of April at our 4218 Chandler Hwy location, not 3393 W. Grande.

The Rabies Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic will be April 26th at Fun Forest Park, 2000 N Forest, starting at 6pm.

“Filling out the paperwork takes longer than the actual microchipping,” said Shelter Manager Shawn Markmann.

“If your dog gets lost or gets picked up, then you have an identifier to get your pet back to you, and if your animal is stolen it also helps retrieve ownership,” Markmann said, adding that all of the animal control officers have microchip scanners on their trucks to help find the owner before they go into the shelter.

The Tyler Animal Shelter also is accepting donations to help the pets in their care. Dry pet food is accepted as part of its pet food bank program, which has given out 1,500 pounds of food since its inception. The food is given to families who want to give up their pets because they cannot afford to feed them. Other donations needed include white towels of any size, stainless steel food bowls, and hard rubber chew toys, similar to the Kong brand toys.

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Calling All Poets, April 21st

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The East Texas Spoken Word Invitational Competition

The East Texas Spoken Word Invitational is an ‘East Texas poets only’ competition and will be held Saturday, April 21st, 7:30-9:30pm at El Guapo Records, 257 S. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler.

On this night, come celebrate International Poetry Month in a family-friendly space. At this collective community gathering, the featured poet will be Aaron Dunn, author of the new collection “Poetry For Your Sake.” Aaron will be reciting works which will be available for purchase.

There will be 12 poets selected for his annual spoken word event. Prizes will be awarded. Poets can enter the competition for $10. There is free admission for any audience member.

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com > East Texas Spoken Word Invitational. To participate, you must have an eventbrite ticket.

Seating is limited. For more info call or text (972)704-5001 or go to mikeguinn.biz.

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Horror & Paranormal Conference Held April 20th-21st

Horror & Paranormal Conference & Psychic Fair to be Held April 20th-21st

This year’s annual Horror & Paranormal Conference & Psychic Fair is coming to town April 20th-21st, and it promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

Held at Staybridge Inn & Suites, 2759 McDonald Rd., in Tyler, you can experience everything from ghosts, to Bigfoot, to UFO’s, to psychic readings – everything can be found at this hugely popular event.

New and returning guest speakers make this an event one to remember. Come satisfy your curiosity or add to your current knowledge. You will have the opportunity to meet the established stars, the up and coming stars, and of course, experience astounding psychic readings and galleries that will be going on.

April 20th kicks it all off with a VIP dinner with the stars. This event will also include some light ghost hunting plus a movie screening. Be sure to  experience the speakers and vendors all day Saturday, the 21st, and a psychic gallery that evening, followed by an all night ghost hunt at multiple locations. VIP ticket holders get early access with free coffee and donuts, front row seating, super stuffed goody bags, a special free tarot or rune reading by special guest Alexis Jones, access to a free movie of your choice Friday night at Hollywood Theaters, free dinner at Athena’s Greek Restaurant on Friday night, and free admission to the psychic gallery on Saturday night. These tickets are very limited, so get yours early.

Guests include Scott Gruenwald, Trana Simmons, Marie Davis, Rosa Ramirez, Mike McCaskill, Jeff Hurley, Dr. Heidi Hoke, Ashton Rogers, and more.

Throughout the day there will be tarot readings, astrology readings, angelic guide connection sessions, psychic rune card readings, hypnotherapy demos, medium readings, mind clearing and energy balancing sessions, reiki healing, and photo ops.

The full itinerary as well as tickets are available at toursoftyler.com. Tickets are $15-$60.

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