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October 7th: Foraging with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen

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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to foraging workshop with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen. Mark writes the Foraging Texas Blog, and is a practiced forager and teacher. Mark’s book and Idiot’s Guide to Foraging was published April 2016. Make sure to bring your copy or pick one up at our gift shop to have Mark sign while you are here!

These exciting workshops are sponsored by the Friends of Caddo Mounds, Inc.

There is a $50.00 charge for the program, and the fee includes a tour of the Caddo Mounds Site.

Space is limited, and the program fee must be paid in advance. You may pay by cash or check at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, or you can mail your check to Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas. Refunds will only be offered if the class is canceled.

WHO:             Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen and the Friends of Caddo Mounds will host the program.

WHAT:            Foraging.

HOW MUCH:  $50.00 admission fee per person, 12 and older. Ample parking provided

WHEN:           Saturday, October 7, 2017 (two sessions to choose from) — 9:00 – 12:30 PM -or- 1:30 – 5:30 PM

WHERE:        Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas.  The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.

BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit


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DATE CHANGES!! April 2nd: Glass Rec. Center, Summer Camp Registration Open


Glass Recreation Center Summer Camp Registration to Open April 2nd 

Summer time is almost here and some may need a place for their children to spend the day. Those should look no further!! The Glass Recreation Center (GRC) Summer Camp is the ideal day camp for children looking for a variety of things to do on any given summer day. GRC fun-filled summer events will include sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, education enrichment program, special events, field trips and much more for children ages 6 to 10.

Registration opens on April 2 and camp will start Tuesday, June 5th through August 3rd; Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 3pm.

A mandatory meet and greet for parents will be held Monday, June 4th at 6pm at Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St. This meeting will outline behavior guidelines, introduce camp leaders and pass out the camp activity calendar. Parents will be able to pay the remaining balance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the East Texas Food Bank Summer Food Program.

The cost to participate is $100 per child for the entire summer. Field trip fees are additional if child attends. A partial payment is due to register child. (There will be no refunds after payment has been made and all fees must be paid before June 6.) Space limited to 100 kids.

For more information, please contact the Glass Recreation Center at (903)595–7271.


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March 29th: Hop to the 17th Annual Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

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Gather your families and friends and hop to the Tyler Parks and Recreation’s 17th Annual Twilight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29 at Lindsey Park located at 12557 Spur 344 W. The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. and Easter egg hunts kick off at 6:45pm on the softball fields.

The egg hunts are categorized by age groups: children with special needs at 6:45pm.; children ages 3 to 5 at 7 pm; ages 6 to 8 at 7:20pm.; and ages 9 to 10 at 7:45pm. Hunt times are subject to change depending on circumstance. Only one group at a time will be allowed to hunt. Parents will only be allowed on the field with the special needs hunting group. Lights will remain on during all hunts.

Admission is free, but children should bring their own Easter baskets. The entertainment includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny so bring your cameras to capture the moment. There will also be karaoke, vendor booths and other fun activities. Concessions will be available for a fee.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this event or need more information, call the Glass Recreation Center at (903) 595-7271.

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4 Legged Fun: Tyler Museum of Art Adoption Day March 25th


Some Great 4-Legged Fun:

Pooches on the Patio Returns

Join the fun with your four legged friend this month – have some fun and bond with your best friend!

The SPCA of East Texas rescues, fosters, rehabilitates and adopts homeless pets from the community. The SPCA is located at 4517 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, (903)596-7722,

Scheduled events are:

March 11th (10am-12 noon) – Hounds & Grounds will be held at Roost, 3314 Troup Hwy., Tyler. Join the fun on the patio for brunch and coffee and bring your furry friends.

March 15th (6-8pm) Pooches on the Patio will be at Grub Burger Bar. Bring your furry friends and enjoy a great evening. Grub Burger is located at 6421 S. Broadway, Tyler.

March 25th (1-5pm) – Tyler Museum of Art Adoption Event – Come close out Tyler Museum of Art’s “Best Friends II Exhibit” with an SPCA Adoption Event. Come meet our adoptables! Tyler Museum of Art is located at 1300 S. Mahon on the Tyler Jr. College campus.


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