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Helping Yourself Look Good!

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By Gini Rainey

We just got through spending an action-packed week end in Arlington for the wedding of our granddaughter.  The bride was lovely, the groom was handsome, the kids were amazing, and they are now all one big happy family.  Our daughter knocked herself out and proved once again that she can throw a mighty good party.  The reception was at their home and covered all of the bases, from the popcorn bar to the formal wedding cake.  She admitted that today she feels like she is coming off an adrenaline high, and I’m not one bit surprised, everything was lovely and first-class.

Here’s the thing about entertaining, that I believe most hosts and hostesses forget – it’s a party!  Everyone (including the host/hostess) should have a good time.  If that means minimizing what you want to do, then do it!  I said to my daughter at least 50 times over the past two days, “In a hundred years, it won’t matter!”  and believe me, it won’t.  In fact it probably won’t matter much sooner than that!  Definitely hard advice to follow, but it’s true.  Besides, who wants to be at a party where the host or hostess is a wreck?  So, with that in mind, it’s always a good thing to have some yummy recipes in your arsenal that are easy yet stunning, and able to be prepared ahead.  That way, most of the prep gets done ahead of time and the end result is, well, you get to enjoy yourself and your party!

Seeing as how it’s Sunday and all, a great book to have around is “The Cook’s Bible” by Christopher Kimball, founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.   Published in 1996 by Little, Brown and Company, this 443 page cookbook is loaded with over 400 essential recipes, reviews of kitchen equipment and 200 step-by-step illustrations.   With the opening remark “Good home cooking demands the hospitality of a farmer, the curiosity of a scientist, the affection of a mother, the hands of an artist, and the enthusiasm of a child,” this book gets you started off in the right direction to hone up your skills and make some magic in the kitchen.

One of my standard recipes is for spaghetti sauce, and while it really is a great sauce (if I do say so myself!) I have to admit that while in Mexico I fell in love with Spaghetti Bolognese.  I can’t tell you what the difference is, but I have tried several recipes in an attempt to replicate the same taste – and failed.  This cookbook has a recipe that I think I might give a shot.  It starts with frying two strips of bacon in a large skillet and removing when done and reserving for another use.  Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.  Add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the foam subsides, add 1 peeled and diced medium onion, and 1 diced rib of celery.  Cook until the onion is soft but not browned.  Add 1 peeled and minced clove of garlic and cook 1 minute.  Reduce the heat to low and add ½ pound ground beef and ¼ pound ground pork, breaking it up with a wooden spoon .  After 3 to 4 minutes, add ½ cup white wine and salt to taste – the meat should still be pink inside.  Simmer for 5 minutes and then add 2/3 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram, a dash of nutmeg and a dash of mace.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Add 1 can (28 ounces) Italian plum tomatoes, drained and chopped, and simmer for 1 ½ hours.  Add freshly ground black pepper to taste and ¼ cup heavy cream (optional) just before serving.  Serve over pasta.  Think about this:  make the sauce a day or more ahead (it can be frozen), then serve when company comes, along with a pre-made green salad and garlic bread – oh and wine, red wine!  Talk about looking like a hostess that has it all together!

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Book Worm Central: June Events & Book Signings

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June 2nd (1-4pm) – “The Eyes of the Doe and Mademoiselle Renoir à Paris” by Patricia Taylor Wells Book Signing – Come get a copy and have it signed. Barnes & Noble is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler.

June 13th (12 noon-4pm) – “To the Stars Through Difficulties” by Romalyn Tilghman book signing will be held at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler.

June 16th (11am-2pm) – “Chippy and Little Chipper Junior’s Great Picnic Race” by Lorraine Rusnak McKean book signing will be held at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler.

June 30th (4-8pm) – “Rio Grande Valley ABC and Cajun ABC” by Rickey Pittman book signing will be held at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler.

June 26th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Club Reads’ events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com.

August 4th (3-7pm) – Book Bash will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. They are doubling the authors for 2018’s Book Bash – 80 authors are attending! There will be a free children’s reading at 12:30-2:30pm prior to the book signings beginning at 3pm. There will be multiple children’s authors present to read their stories and there may even be characters present to interact with the kids. Tickets will be on sale until the day of the event. Come on out and find a new favorite author as well as meet the authors behind the stories. For more info go to facebook.com/events/1715126465459268. Tickets are $12-$17. If you have a child 13 and under, they will be able to get in for $5 the day of the event. VIP tickets will get you in 30 minutes earlier and a tote bag full of goodies. The children’s reading is free to attend.

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Story Times

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Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times

Every month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has a variety of events. All events are free to attend. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call (903)534-3996 or go to barnesandnoble.com.

  • June 2nd (11am) – Storytime and Activities featuring “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” – With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all. Activities to follow.

  • June 9th (11am) – Storytime and Activities featuring “Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack” – The Incredibles are back navigating the heroics of everyday life when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only The Incredibles can overcome together. Activities to follow.

  • June 16th (11am) – Father’s Day Storytime featuring “With My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family” – Join this special Father’s Day Storytime with a book celebrating all that is great about dads. Activities to follow.

  • June 23rd (11am) – Storytime and Activities featuring “Jurassic Park Little Golden Book” – Introduce little ones to the world of Jurassic Park. This action-packed (and age-appropriate) title is great for dinosaur lovers, both new and old. Activities to follow.

  • June 30th (11am) – Storytime and Activities featuring “Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate” – Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty! Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow.

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Loads of Summer Fun at The Library This Season!!

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A Summer Jam Packed Full of Fun At The Library

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com. Most of the events are free unless noted.

Free Bus Rides

June 1st-August 31st, youth up to 18 years old can ride a Tyler Transit bus for free to and from the library with a Tyler Public Library Card. Adult passes are $1 each.

Summer Reading Program

The most important part of the Tyler Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is reading. Children and teens can earn a free book and other prizes by logging 12 hours of reading. Adults will be entered to win a prize for reading eight books from the adult collection.

This year we have partnered with Beanstack to make logging reading time easier. Visit TylerLibrary.com to set up an online account. Also, you can download the Beanstack mobile app, which is available for Android and Apple devices. Don’t have a computer or a smart phone with internet access? No problem! You can log your reading time using the Library’s computers or Wi-Fi.

Ask about forgiveness for fines on children and teen library cards. This program is for fines accrued prior to registration for the 2018 Summer Reading Program and is only available at the time of registration.

June 4th (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm) – Kick-off Celebration Concert and Karaoke with Guitar Center of Tyler – Kick off the Summer Reading Program with this fun event with free snacks, food trucks, and tons more! Register for a Reading Log sheet at the event and start the summer out with a book. When you register, don’t forget to ask about fine forgiveness for kids and teens. The Summer Reading Program is June 4th-July 28th. Track your reading, discover great books, and earn prizes.

Fab Fridays Summer Music Programs

These fabulous performers are geared towards ages 5 and up and their families. These will be in the Library Auditorium.

  • June 8th (10:30am and 11:30am): East Texas Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble – Come hear some great music and learn something about the Brass family, like trumpets, trombones, tubas, and French horns!
  • June 15th  (10:30am and 11:30am): Owls with Ranger Boyd from Tyler State Park – Discover these mysterious creatures of the night.  Learn their calls and how their adaptations make them such excellent hunters.
  • June 22nd  (10:30am and 11:30am): Ms. Maria – Ms. Maria will entertain us with upbeat music and puppets in a fun, interactive show.  Music, Movement, and Much, Much Fun!
  • June 29th (10:30am and 11:30am): The Sound Doctor RX – Join the Sound Doctor for some great tunes and the latest group dance moves. All songs are radio play appropriate.
  • July 6th (10:30am and 11:30am): Family Movie Matinee – Join us for the movie Despicable Me 3. This event is part of Movie Week !
  • July 13th (10:30am and 11:30am): The Creature Teacher – The Creature Teacher will be here with her menagerie of animals for you to see and learn about. You will also get to meet Jaxx the Kangaroo.
  • July 20th (10:30am and 11:30am): Night Creatures with Ranger Boyd from Tyler State Park – There are things that go “bump in the night.” Discover some amazing creatures that share our world when the sun goes down. Learn to identify them by their sounds, tracks, and other evidence they leave behind. Maybe they’re not as scary as you think.
  • July 27th (10:30am and 11:30am): The Science of Sound – Sound is an amazing phenomenon, it surrounds us and is a part of our everyday lives.  From conversations to music, our brains process a vast amount of information from sound waves and the energy they carry. In this presentation we will look at how sound is made, what form it takes, and explore how we manipulate matter and energy to create whole symphonies – the physics of sound.

Storytimes

All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium.

  • Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am

  • Summer Storytime at Panera (June 5th-August 14th at 10:30am) – Meet at Panera Bread, 5755 S. Broadway for this storytime geared towards children 3-6 years old.
  • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) features stories, songs, and playtime with developmental toys at 9:30am every Wednesday

  • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under age 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am

  • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Thursdays at 10:30am

Kid Buzz

This is at 2pm and geared towards 1st-5th graders.

June 6th : Caldwell Zoo – Join as the experts from Caldwell Zoo introduce us to different types of animals.

June 13th: Sing with Birds with Ranger Boyd – Learn how to identify birds by the sounds they make. Learn tricks to remember their songs and calls. Then try to sing like the birds!

June 20th: Mr. Mike his violin, mandolin and more – Learn about the instruments and the different styles of music that can be played on each.

June 27th: Sound Stations – Make a set of maracas, test a water xylophone, use percussion instruments to match a rhythm chart, and create your own jazz painting.

July 11th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theatre – Tongue twisters, games, and a performance.

July 18th: Rock Around the World Clock Ranger Boyd – Discover the interactions of the sun, the planets, the moon cycle and the constellations. Learn how people have used them to keep time and mark our calendars for centuries.

July 25th: Interactive Movie – “Willy Wonka” Discover the golden ticket and sing along like an Oompa Loompa for this interactive movie experience.

Makerspace STEAM

Held the second and fourth Saturday at 2pm.

  • June 9th: KinderArt Ocean Drum (ages K – 2nd grade) – Kids will create an “ocean drum” from common materials cardboard box, plastic, and beads.
  • June 23rd: Creative Writing (2nd grade and up) – Explore the basics of storytelling and character development using your inner voice.
  • July 14th: Frog Robot – Make a frog robot from cardboard and craft sticks and watch it hop as we give it life via a 9v battery and rotating motor.
  • July 28th: Rubber Band Helicopter – See Hooke’s Law in action as we make our helicopters fly using a rubber band, paper clip, craft stick, and construction paper.

Thursdays (2-4pm) – LEGO® Block Party – Children ages 3 and up, bring your imagination for an afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Duplo Blocks are provided.

Read with a Teen is a program for children to practice reading aloud to a trained teen reading buddy. Check online for our schedule of times.

Movie Madness

A different family friendly movie will be shown on the library’s big screen on each week on Mondays at 2pm and Tuesdays at 10:30am. For safety purposes children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times.

  • June 5th (10:30am): “Sing”
  • June 11th (2pm): “Paddington 2”
  • June 12th (10:30am): “Paddington 2”
  • June 13th (10:30am): “Coco”
  • June 18th (2pm): “Coco”
  • June 25th (2pm): “ Moana”
  • July 2nd (10:30am): “Aladdin”
  • July 2nd (2pm): “Beauty and the Beast(Live)”
  • July 3rd (10:30am): “The Princess and the Frog”
  • July 5th (10:30am): “Cars 3”
  • July 5th (2pm): “Kudo and the Two Strings”
  • July 6th (10:30am): “Despicable Me 3”
  • July 9th (2pm): “Rock Dog”
  • July 10th (10:30am): “Rock Dog”
  • July 16th (2pm): “A Wrinkle in Time”
  • July 23rd (2pm): “Sherlock Gnomes”
  • July 24th (10:30am): “Sherlock Gnomes”
  • July 30th (10:30am): “Finding Dory”
  • July 30th (2pm): “Newsies”
  • July 31st (2pm): “The Lion King”
  • August 1st (10:30am): “Frozen”
  • August 1st (2pm): “Mulan”
  • August 2nd (10:30am): “The Little Mermaid”
  • August 2nd (2pm): “Tangled”
  • August 3rd (10:30am): “The Jungle Book”

Teen Tuesdays

At 2pm, these are for youth entering 6th-12th grades.

  • June 5th: Musical Chairs of Doom – When the music stops grab a chair, but beware! The person who did not get a chair would challenge you for yours. Win the challenge to keep your chair.
  • June 12th: SNAP Coding with Sphero Robots – Use SNAP Coding to navigate a maze, create a drawing and more.
  • June 19th: Chopped – Four teams. Four baskets of food. Which team can create the best meal?
  • June 26th: Action Games with Ranger Boyd – Get up and move with these fun games.
  • July 3rd: Movie Sing-Along: “Grease” – Grease is the word! Sing along with the Pink Ladies and Tbirds.
  • July 10th: Marvel/DC – Test your comic book knowledge with trivia, logo bingo and more.
  • July 17th: Zombie Apocalypse with Ranger Boyd – What happens when things go wrong? Can you survive without cell phones, electricity or transportation? Come and play this light-hearted game of survival and see if you make it through the apocalypse!
  • July 24th: Makerspace: Frog Robots – Make a frog robot from cardboard and craft sticks and watch it hop as we give it life via a 9v battery and rotating motor.

Adults

The Summer Reading Program is for adults too! Adults will be entered to win a prize for reading eight books from the adult or young adult collections. This year, Tyler public Library has partnered with Beanstack to make logging reading time easier.  Reporting of reading begins June 4th. Visit TylerLibrary.com and select the Summer Reading Club banner to register for an online account.

Second and Fourth Fridays, June 8th-July 27th (1:30-3:30pm) – Movie Musicals will be shown.

  • June 8th: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
  • June 22nd: “Singing’ in the Rain”
  • July 13th: “An American in Paris”
  • July 27th: “Annie”

Also this summer are these events geared for adults.

  • Thursdays, June 14th-July 26th (10am-12 noon) – Beading Jewelry – Supplies provided.
  • Thursdays, June 7th-28th (5:30-6:30pm) – Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Registration required, guitars not provided.
  • Saturday, June 23rd (12 noon-2pm) – Silver Swing – Attention all seniors, come out and dance to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Light refreshments will be available.
  • Saturday, July 28th (2:30-4:30pm) – Bronte Bash: Celebrate Emily’s 200th Birthday – There will be high tea and entertainment. Costumes are encouraged.

June 26th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) – Quilting Class – Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Fabric and quilt patterns will be provided. Participants are asked to provide their own sewing machines, if you have them, plus scissors, and neutral or white thread. For details and a complete list of supplies please contact the Library’s information desk.

Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) – Evening Meditation – Learn the practice of Heartfulness Meditation with Gayathri Kambhampati.

Every Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm) – Gentle Yoga – This gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan Vrba who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid.

Every First and Third Friday (1-3pm) – Veteran’s Movie – Join this biweekly screening of movies presented especially for veterans. This free event is held the first and third Friday every month.

Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) – Crochet Classes will be held in the 3rd floor Internet Center Workroom. These are free classes. Learn to crochet with Library staff and volunteers. All materials are provided. All experience levels are welcome.

Every Third Thursday (5:30pm) – Reel Talk – This event is like a book-club, but for movies! Free to attend.

First and Third Saturday (10am-12 noon) – EastSide Fiber Artists – An open gathering of all things fiber. Whether you quilt, knit, crochet, weave, spin, needle felt, etc. Bring your current or completed project and make some new friends.

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