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May 12th: Walk ‘n Roll Expo, Car Show and more

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May 12th (9:30am-2:30pm) – 4th Annual “Walk ‘n Roll” disABILITY Expo – The East Texas Center for Independent Living (ETCIL) is excited to present this free event for the community. There will be lots of things to do for the family.  This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more info look for them on Facebook.

May 12th (8am-3pm) – East Texas Salute Texas Veterans Classic Car Show – Join the 2018 East Texas Salute honoring Vietnam Veterans! Bring your family for the day and enjoy 50+ military vehicles on display, classic car show, firepower demo, live music, Vietnam Wall, flyover and more. Classic car show registration is $20 and includes lunch. Contact mikebalfay@gmail.com to register. This will be held at the American Freedom Museum, 1051 N. Houston St., Bullard. It is free to browse the cars and it is free to attend.

May 16th (11:30am-1pm) –  IABC East Texas Luncheon & Workshop: Learn to Take Great Photos – The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” has never been truer in today’s imaged-based society.  Learn how to improve your images on smartphones and tablets during this upcoming photography luncheon and workshop, sponsored by the East Texas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Local corporate photographer Callynth Finney will present “Great Photos from your Cellphone” at Callynth Photography, 117 E. Erwin St. in Downtown Tyler. Tickets are available on Facebook for $12-$28.45.

May 17th-19th – Lindale Championship Rodeo – It’s almost rodeo time again in Lindale, Texas! The 31st Annual Lindale Championship Rodeo will be held at the Lindale Rodeo Arena. We are continuing a three-night rodeo with “slack” on Saturday morning. This year the Lindale Championship Rodeo has teamed up with the Ram Rodeo Series to bring you exciting rodeo action and events all three nights. Gates open at 6pm, Muttin’ Bustin’ will be at 6:15pm, live music starts at 6:45pm, and the rodeo begins at 7:30pm. This will be held in the Lindale Rodeo Arena, 609 W. Hubbard, Lindale. Register for Mutton Bustin at the Chamber office in Lindale.

May 19th-20th (8am-3pm) – USDAA Agility Show – Come out for this fun weekend – there will be lots of agility dogs showing off their skills. The general public is welcome. Admission is free.  This will be held at the Lucky Dog Training Center, 15545 CR 1134, Tyler.

May 19th (9am-5pm) – Market 903 – Held at True Vine Brewery, 2453 Earl Campbell Pkwy., Tyler, this handmade market will feature handmade goods, food, beer, shopping, music, and more. Admission is $5, and under 12 is free. This will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with 40% of all entry fees being donated. Come out and support the makers, musicians, and this great organization. More info can be found on the Facebook event page. Makers can apply at 903handmade.com.

May 19th (3-6pm) – Paws in the Park – You and your leashed pup/ dog are invited to the first ever Paws in the Park at Whitehouse City Park. Come meet fellow dog owners, other pet enthusiasts, and local vets and animal service providers from 3-6pm. It is free to attend.

May 19th (9am-6pm) – TMC Annual Spring Fun Fly  – World War two fighters, bi-planes, helicopters, and stunt planes will be  all in the air at the same time. This is the annual east Tyler modelers Club Spring fun fly when dozens of experienced pilots turn out for the annual event. The event draws young and old to see what some of the acrobatic pilots can do with remote controlled planes. There will be planes from 12 foot wingspans to barely a foot. “Everybody since the Wright brothers have been fascinated with aircraft, and this gives you a chance to come out and get up close and personal because these aircraft fly just like the real ones do,” says model pilot Jimmy Shaw. The Tyler Modelers Club holds the fun fly event every fall and spring. For more info call (903)363-7353 or email genocyberkun@hotmail.com. This event will be held at the Northside RC Park, Hwy. 69N in Tyler.

May 25th-28th (9am-12 noon) – 13th Annual Spring Thing Food “Ride” for East Texas Food Bank – This community event will start in Downtown Tyler with music, games, bike/car show, and entertainment for everyone. There will be a drop off lane if you do not want to leave your vehicle but still donate to this wonderful cause. At 12 noon, it will be “kick-stands up” time and a “Food Ride” will begin where you can follow the line to the East Texas Food Bank and then across Smith County to the Rally, held at 22053 CR 2147, Troup. For more info go to easttexasfoodbank.org or “42 Taillights M/C” on Facebook.

May 26th (2-9:30pm) – Whitehouse Freedom in the Park and Car Show – The family-friendly fun event kicks-off at 2pm.  There will be a car show at 4pm, and live music all day with the headliner Blind Pursuit at 7pm. There will be a firework display to music starting around 9pm. Food, vendors, kid activities, games, and a free splash park will be available 12 noon-6pm. This is sponsored by the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce.

May 28th (9am) – Memorial Day Ride Parade will be held for motorcyclists and anyone who would like to join in. Start in Downtown Tyler and ride to Tyler Memorial Cemetery for services. Come out and help honor our heroes who have sacrificed everything for our country. Bring every flag you can! For more info go to “42 Taillights M/C” on Facebook.

May 31st (5-8pm) – Cattle Baron’s Kick Off Party – Cavender’s in Tyler is hosting the 9th annual Kick-Off Party where you can shop for a new pair of boots and the best of western wear around while enjoying food and cocktails, door prizes, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. For more info find the event on Facebook.

Ongoing Events

Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler (Second Saturday of each month, 12 noon-10pm) – Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses will be offering fun events all day long. There is free parking in the Fair parking garage. Rain or shine, Downtown Tyler will be the place to be every second Saturday. For more info and a full list of events go to visittyler.com/secondsaturday or find Hit the Bricks on Facebook. Dates are: May 12th, June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th.

Canton First Monday Trade Days Market is held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be found anywhere. For more info call (903)567-6556 or go to firstmondaycanton.com. Dates are: May 3rd-6th, May 31st-June 3rd, June 28th-July 1st, August 2nd-5th, August 30th-September 2nd, September 27th-30th, November 1st-4th, November 29th-December 2nd.

Free Yoga Saturday (9am-12:30pm) – Every 3rd Saturday of the month, beFree offers a free day of yoga. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time but you can if you’d like to, and there are no catches – just free yoga with the beFree instructors in their beautiful and healing studio space. Check the schedule to choose any class on that day that you will most enjoy at befreeyogatyler.com. beFree Yoga is located at 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler, (903)630-6142, befreeyogatyler.com.

Every 4th Thursday, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th (6-10pm) – Geek World Paint Night – With all the excitement around games requiring models, Geek World has had a few of the communities best painters offer to lead a free painting night the 4th Thursday of every month. Bring your painting projects and get your questions answered plus learn some new tricks and techniques. This is free to attend and all painting supplies will be 10% off during the event and 20% off special orders. Geek World is located at 410 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, (903)363-9751, geekworldconsignment@gmail.com. Geek World also offers nightly tournaments, game nights, all day Commander games, Friday night magic, and many re-release sneak peek events.

 

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Festival of Fruit: 34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

34th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 9th

Welcome to Jacksonville – home of the best tasting fruit – tomatoes!

Local farmers are busy getting ready for the upcoming 34th Annual Tomato Fest in Jacksonville, Texas by planting acres of the best tastin’ tomatoes. Join the celebration Saturday, June 9th in downtown Jacksonville for a BIG day of activities that will be happening all day long. Over 200+ vendors and all kinds of festival food, including the famous fried green tomatoes, Farmers Market, $500 Got Talent Contest, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Tennis Tournament, Soccer Tournament, Softball Tournament, Entertainment, Kidz Zone, and so much more will cover 5 blocks downtown. Tomato events include Salsa Contest, Tomato Eating and Peeling Contest, Tomato Archery, Tomato Shoot, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Packing Contest and tour the Tomato Shed. Saturday evening, Chili’s Street Dance will take place featuring Brian Chance Band and Lady Chazz and the Tramps. 

Activities kick off on Saturday, June 2nd with a 5k run sponsored by All Smiles. Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th is Family First Clinic’s corporate challenge Dodgeball Tournament. On Wednesday, June 6th, a Gospel Concert sponsored by Whataburger featuring, The Group, will perform at Central Baptist Church. New this year on Thursday, June 8th  is the Farm to Table dinner event that will take place at Castle on the Lake on beautiful Lake Jacksonville and will be catered by Rob Gowin, Sadler’s Kitchen & Catering. A 4 Man Scramble takes place at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club on Friday, June 8th. The final Tomato Fest week celebration ends at Lake Jacksonville with a Ski Show on Sunday, June 10th.

Taste for yourself the best tomatoes and fun festival packed with lots to do for everyone.  For additional information, contact Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at (903)586-2217, or go to  JacksonvilleTexas.com/Tomato-Fest or Facebook.com/JacksonvilleChamber.

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Easton Corbin Headlining 2018 Cattle Barons’ Gala

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Southern Raised, Southern Strong:

Easton Corbin to Headline

The 2018 American Cancer Society’s Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala will be held June 16th at Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 TX-110, Tyler. Come out and two-step the night away at the “Southern Raised, Southern Strong” Gala that promises to be the highlight of summer!

Easton Corbin is 2018 Cattle Barons’ Gala headline. With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards, and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world. Mercury Nashville’s Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape and is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics, and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, “Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was just made for singing country music.” Guest performance is the Tyler Dudley Band.

There will be lots of food, drinks, silent auctions, vendors and tons of fun. Tickets for $100 will be  available for a drawing to win a 2018 Z71 Cattle Barons’ Edition Crew Cab truck. This beautiful truck was donated by Hall Buick GMC. Tickets can be purchased at the American Cancer Society office, all Texas National Bank locations, Cozad Insurance Group, Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry, Citizens National Bank, and Hall Buick GMC. The drawing will be held at this year’s Cattle Barons’ Gala. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Tickets are $200 per person for general admission and $300 for Barons admission and can be purchased at tylercattlebaronsgala.org.

“Signs of Hope” has been a Cattle Barons’ tradition for years. It’s an expression of support from local businesses and individuals. This is a special way to honor a loved one by sponsoring a sign that will be uniquely displayed at the entrance of the Texas Rose Horse Park/Brunson Equestrian Center upon entering the 2018 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala. Sponsors will have their names or company’s name individually produced on these prominent signs. Sponsors can join the mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer by purchasing a “Signs Of Hope 2018” by contacting Charlotte Epperson, Signs of Hope Coordinator, at (903)724-3430, 2charlieepperson@gmail.com.

Cancer does not discriminate. For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society (ACS) has been] leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, the American Cancer Society has helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating research findings into action, ACS has seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990’s.

For more information about the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, volunteering at the event, becoming a sponsor, or donation of auction items, contact Cindy Brady at (903)597-1383 or cindy.brady@cancer.org.

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July 4th: Freedom Fighters 5K Race and more races!

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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.

November 10th – Salute to Service 5K will be held in Whitehouse. More details to come.

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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