By Gini Rainey
I must say that one of the things that gives me great joy is being a part of a musical ensemble, whether it’s piano duets, playing the organ/piano/keyboard, hand bells, choir, or in the orchestra pit, I love making music with my friends. Music has always been a huge part of my life. My dad was a professional musician and circuit piano teacher who could pick up almost any instrument and play it. My mom was a piano teacher and sat on the organ bench in nearly every denomination church you can name, so it just seemed like the natural thing for me to do, also.
Our church encourages its members to join small groups to help maintain a small group feeling while being a part of the larger congregation. It just so happens that my choice has been the Chancel Choir. This morning it provided me, not only to be a part of the singing group, but also to have the opportunity to play keyboard, thus making me even more happy!
Now, I must also admit, I have a problem with the mega-churches out there, but that being said, there is church here in town that, although it falls under the heading of mega, it has an amazing Celebration Choir/Orchestra that would definitely challenge the “small-group” rule for me. With over 200 voices in the choir, I doubt it would fill that need, but this amazing group of voices has performed at Lincoln Center and also with such notable musicians as The East Texas Symphony, Sandi Patti, Don Moen, and Larnell Harris. In an effort to raise funds for their trip in 2008 to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center, they published the “Celebration Cuisine” cookbook in 2007. With hundreds of recipes contributed by members, this cookbook is filled to the brim with lots of great recipes and ideas
One of my dear friends, Sally Reed, has her recipe for Cheesy Potato Casserole included in this cookbook and it sounds absolutely easy and yummy. First completely thaw a large bag of shredded hash browns. Then mix them together with 4 to 5 chopped green onions, 2 cups of sour cream, 2 sticks of melted butter, 2 cups of grated Cheddar cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Then pour into a greased 9×13 casserole dish and bake in the oven at 350° for 30 to 45 minutes until brown and bubbly. Served as a side to just about any main course meat, this will make a perfect meal for Sunday lunch!
April 5th-7th: Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair
Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair:
Thursday-Saturday, April 5th-7th
The annual Book Fair, the primary fundraiser, began in 1968. A spring and fall sale event, each consisting of a three day sale, gives 75% of net proceeds funds to health career scholarships at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler.
The Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair will be held at 2004 Broussard St., Tyler. The book fair will be held April 5th-7th, 8am-6pm. Only cash and checks are accepted.
“The community looks forward to our sales and anticipates all the great ‘deals’ and wonderful books they will purchase. We have shoppers from all around the state. We enjoy greeting our seasoned shoppers and meeting new ones as they line up early Thursday morning in anticipation to opening,” said Kelly Michaels, current President of SCMSA.
She continues, “‘Achieving Dreams’ a group of exceptional young adults volunteer every Monday to sort, shelve books, clean, and help with other various jobs. The “Achievers” love working at the Book Fair and show us the meaning of giving back to the community. They are a huge part of Book Fair success.”
Now, shoppers have a nicer shopping experience with more room to roam and more books to choose from. There are books for everyone! There are children’s books, collector’s books, cookbooks, new releases, coffee table books, fiction, non-fiction, hobbies and “How To” books, autobiography and biography, sports, religion, self-help, romance, travel, children’s, gardening, history, and much more.
If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the book shelves outside in the front of the building. Donations can be made any day, at any time. Donated books are brought in daily. For a donation receipt, please leave your name and address information with your donation or call (903)561-1353 to schedule a drop-off.
For additional information visit scmsalliance.com or call Book Fair at (903)561-1353.
We also take monetary donations. If you would like to donate to Book Fair, please see the Donations page at scmsalliance.com. This is a wonderful way to honor or remember a friend or loved one and to further health care education.
March 2018: Book Worm Events!
March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell and discuss her book “Our Baby.” The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com
March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com
April 5th-7th (8am-6pm) – Book Fair – This year’s event focuses on the sale of donated books which will go to endowed scholarships for nursing and healthcare at TJC and UT-T and for community health projects. Thousand of books will be available for purchase. This is held at SCMSA, 2004 Broussard St., Tyler.
August 4th (1-5pm) – 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! 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.
Spring Programs at the Library
Spring Programs at the Library
The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com.
All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. Storytimes will not meet the week of Spring Break, March 12th-16th.
- Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am
- 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
March 3rd (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.
March 10th and 24th (2-4pm) – Makerspace – This continuing STEM education for children and teens will feature March 10th, Multiplication Bingo; and March 24th, Cardboard Challenge. This will be held in the Library Treehouse.
Spring Break: March 12th-March 16th (10:30am) – Spring Break Movie Matinees – Families are invited to watch a fun feature length films in the library’s auditorium. A different movie will be shown each day. Pillows, blankets, and carpet friendly snacks welcome.
Every Tuesday (4:30-5:30pm) – Teen Tuesdays – If you are in Middle School or High School you’re in! The Library will have games, activities, and fun just for teens. Earn volunteer hours completing special projects. Descriptions for weekly activities can be found at library.cityoftyler.org/Programs/Teens. Events are:
- March 6th: Silent Library Games
- March 13th: Movie
- March 20th: Whose Line? Improv Games
- March 27th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theater
March 3rd (11:30am-1:30pm) – Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners – Pick up tips and tricks for handling your dog from Certified American Kennel Club Evaluator, Judy Parson. No pets in the Library.
March 7th (12 noon) – Great Decisions is a foreign policy lecture series. Books are available for $22 at the circulation desk. The March topic and speaker is “China and American: The New Geopolitical Equation,” Dr. Robert Sterken.
March 9th (11:30am) – “Raised Bed Gardening on a Hillside” with Wayne Elliot will be presented as part of the Smith County Master Gardener Series. Free to attend.
March 15th (5pm) – Reel Talk – This event is like a book-club, but for movies! Free to attend.
March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell and discuss her book “Our Baby.”
March 2nd and 16th (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.
March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan.
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 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 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.
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