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Green Acres Bowl: A Feel Good Sport for All Ages

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Written and Photographed by Barbara King

The pins are crashing, folks are high-fiving, and the atmosphere is loud and energy-filled. It’s League bowling night at Green Acres Bowl in Tyler, and all 32 lanes are jam-packed with bowlers eager for competition.

green-acres-bowl-tyler-tx-eguide-1The alley is a Tyler treasure, open since 1957. It has been a favorite for families, date nights, and league competition.

Gene Goldsmith, one of three brothers who own the alley says, “Bowling has been in my blood since I was three years old and threw an undrilled ball down these same lanes. The great thing about the sport is that you can play, have fun, plus exercise. You can take it as seriously as you want and enter competitive tournaments, or simply bowl for fun.”

The benefits of bowling are plenty – from burning calories during a rousing game, to strengthening and toning muscles, increased heart and respiratory fitness, to speeding up of metabolism. Most bowlers will tell you the best thing about the sport is the social aspect of being on a team, and the healthy competition.

After five decades of family entertainment, the alley has recently undergone a facelift. It is totally non-smoking and is new and improved throughout. Manager since 2013, Andrew Turner points out the new flooring, additional seating areas, TVs for sports viewing on every lane, and new graphics as bowlers arrive and greet their team members.

green-acres-bowl-tyler-tx-eguide-3“We’ve made some cosmetic changes,” said Turner, “but we never want to lose the small town feel of the alley and its history in Tyler. We don’t have aspirations to become a huge event center, we just want to give everyone a great experience with the best customer service and reasonable prices. We have lots more of exciting changes planned in the upcoming year as we continue to make the alley better than ever. We will [always] strive to maintain the personal touch, and the family-friendly environment is most important to us.”

Thirty-two lanes for bowling action are available, along with bumpers for the kids, and an arcade area. You can sit and watch the game with full service food and beverage lane delivery. The newly extended snack bar features hand-made hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, chicken wraps, quesadillas, and nachos.

The brand new pro shop provides equipment and accessories to take your game to the next level, including drilling of new balls, ball cleaning, polishing, and re-surfacing.

The adults in your group can enjoy a beverage or a game of pool in the 11th Frame Club which also hosts live music, line dancing lessons (pay as you attend for $5) on Monday and Wednesday nights, and karaoke on Friday nights. The full service bar and dance floor is just the place to unwind after a game.

green-acres-bowl-tyler-tx-eguide-4The alley is all lit up with glow bowling Thursday-Saturday nights, and Thursday nights is a deal with “all you can bowl” for $10, 9pm-12 midnight.

Sandra Graham, from Tyler ties up her bowling shoes and gets ready to join her team, “Spare Us.” “I’ve been playing in this league for 25 years and I love being with these folks, laughing, and having fun. I play Tuesday and Thursday nights, and also on a ladies’ coffee league. You could say it’s something that’s a big part of my life.”

“One of the great things about bowling,” explains manager Turner, “is that you can see all ages, from toddlers to a 90 year old who play here every week, and we consider everyone family.”

Green Acres Bowl now takes online reservations at greenacresbowl.com, so now it’s even easier to get started and secure a lane ahead of time.

A bowling party is a great alternative for a birthday (you can bring your own cake), corporate or team-building event, or college night out with friends. You can join a League or even rent out the whole facility for a massive bowling extravaganza.

green-acres-bowl-tyler-tx-eguide-2Another team, “Sometimes We Strike,” takes to their alley, encouraging, and joking with each other. Alicia Bowie, who’s been playing on the league for 10 years says, “These people are like my family. I love the challenge, the competition, the fun, and companionship. There is a lot of skill and patience in bowling and it can be frustrating as in every sport to improve, but every game and frame is a different challenge.”

The alley is open seven days a week Monday-Thursday 8am-12 midnight, Friday and Saturday 8am-1am, and Sunday 12pm-12am. Rates and specials can be found on the website or by calling (903)561-2911.

Green Acres Bowl is located at 2311 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler.

Lace up your bowling shoes, bring the family, and go make some strikes and spares!

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April 21st: Lead the Way 5K and more Upcoming Races

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To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to, eguidemagazine@gmail.com. It is always free to list any event.

April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128684.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/thepineywoodsultra 

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 3933 FM 344 in Bullard. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/

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Susan G. Komen 2018 Tyler Race For The Cure®

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Registration is open for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Bergfeld Park. This year’s Race co-chairs are Angie Loosely and Danielle Sepulveda. Their goal is to further the Komen mission by reminding our community that it takes everyone to help raise awareness and funds to help the medically underserved get the breast health screenings, education and resources they need.

The Komen Race Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. This is the largest event for our community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those we have lost, and serve those in need. Breast Cancer Survivors who wish to be recognized will receive a pink SURVIVOR t-shirt as part of their registration. Beginning at 7am breast cancer survivors will be treated to a breakfast during their celebration on the tennis courts at Bergfeld Park, followed by the survivor group photo which will take place at 8am. In addition, all participants are encouraged to wear “in memory” or “in honor” back signs, honoring loved ones for their strength and courage. This is one of the signature traditions that make the Komen Race for the Cure® so unique.

Call (903)561-6992 or visit komenectx.org to register or to find more information about the 2018 Race for the Cure®. Online registration is open and continues through Friday, May 11th, 2018. Along with a registration form, participants are encouraged to download a pledge sheet for the Power of 10 and help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure®. Donations through fundraising are a substantial part of our revenue each year. Every dollar raised goes toward screening mammograms, education and research.

Online registration is $30 Adult (18+), $30 for Survivor, $20 for youth (up to 17 years of age), and $30 Sleep In for the Cure.

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® stay in the local community to fund breast health screenings and educational projects. The remaining twenty-five percent is used to fund national research projects. Sponsorships for the Race are currently being accepted, with packages starting at $500.

The Susan G. Komen promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Our vision is a world without breast cancer. For more info visit komen.org or call 1(800)-GO-KOMEN.

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Warmer Weather Calls for 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More

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To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to, eguidemagazine@gmail.com. It is always free to list any event.

April 7th – Tyler Run for Autism– Join this 7th annual run inspired with the purpose of raising funds to provide much needed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum in East Texas. 100% of the funds raised are given back to children enrolled at The Treatment and Learning Center for Children with Autism (TLC) or Autism Response Team of East Texas (A.R.T.). Register at tylerrunforautism.org.

April 7th – The 7th Annual Home Run 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run hosted by Sky Ranch Camps in Van, Texas will be held at The Cannery in Lindale. All proceeds go to build one home a year for a deserving family in the Lindale/Tyler area. The 10K will begin at 8:15am, the 5K at 8:30am and the Kids Fun Run will be at 9:30am. For more information about the ministry, the race, or to register, you can visit proverbs1917ministries.org.

April 14th – Nightwalk for Hope – Held annually, this nighttime walk will be held 5:30-9pm at Rose Rudman Trail. Come together as a community to walk 2.5 miles through Rose Rudman Park as you carry lanterns to light up the night, symbolizing hope and freedom for those silenced by modern day slavery. Register at nightwalkforhope.org. This is sponsored by For The Silent. This family-friendly fundraiser includes multiple food trucks, children’s activities, music from El Guapo Records, and more. As the sun sets around 8:15pm, they will conclude the night with a 2-mile walk on a section of the Rose Rudman trail.

April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race, now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at facebook.com/events/1219303424838365.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/the-piney-woods-ultra.

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 21508 Merlot Ln., in Tyler. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/.

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