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Get Out, Get Wild, Stay Safe

Need to get out of the house? Do your kids need to “do something?” Anything? Cabin Fever is real and I bet you are starting to realize that you need to get outside and do just that – something!

There’s nothing better to pass some time than taking a drive. We suggest that you check out the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari, located at 1200 CR 4405 in Jacksonville. Cherokee Drive-Thru Safari is social distancing at its best plus it’s fun, and sometimes it’s even comical. It is a fun learning experience too.

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is nestled in the lush piney woods of East Texas, 12 miles east of Jacksonville, TX.

It is a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory.

You can spot a Watusi (African longhorn cow) mother and calf grazing near a spring-fed pond. Watch the Blackbuck (Indian antelope) studding across an open field.

All of the animals are friendly and inquisitive!

There are Aoudad, deer, Barasingha, Canadian Wood Bison, Dromedary Camel, Emu, Javelina or Collared Peccary, Llama, miniature donkeys, a kangaroo, Rocky Mountain Elk, ducks, Sika, Water Buffalo, Zebras, Yaks and Wildebeest.

Don’t know what some of these are? Check out Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari‘s website and make a game out of spotting each one!

Alligators are around the pond and you might even see a few babies this time of year.

At your own pace, you and your family can enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.

From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can observe, feed, and photograph these beautiful creatures. This natural environment has miles of roads that take you into a whole different world.

You only have to get out of your car to sign in, pay, and use the restroom facilities if needed.

There are a few simple rules: Stay inside your vehicle at all times. Feed only the food pellets provided. Drop food pellets on the ground do not hand feed. Keep doors closed at all times. Pets are not allowed. Stay on the roads.

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is open (weather permitting) Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1-6pm. The last car is admitted at 4pm.

The price, which includes one sack of feed, is 11.95 for kids age 3-12, 16.95 for adults, and 14.95 for seniors 65 and up. For more info call (903)683-3322 or go to facebook.com/cherokeetrace/.

“We want you to know that your health and safety are our number one priority. Cherokee Trace is following all of the CDC’s recommended guidelines for the COVID-19 situation presently before us. At Cherokee Trace, you enjoy the animals from your own car; you only have to come in to check-in and use the restroom facilities.

So, it is a great way to get out of the house but still practice the recommended social distancing.

We kindly ask that if you or a family member is sick, please stay home. We also ask that you use proper coughing/sneezing etiquette and hand hygiene as recommended by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

Thank you for your understanding!”

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Downtown Tyler

Hit the Bricks July 11th: ‘Arachnids’ Opens, Online Concerts & Cool Masks

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For the month of July, Hit the Bricks will be partially online with all restaurants and stores reopen to the public. Follow Downtown Tyler and Hit the Bricks on Facebook for updates and more information.

And don’t forget your mask – help end this madness and wear a mask when out in public! Get a cool one at Brands & Threads Apparel Co., now located at 316 S. Broadway (across the street from their old location). Check out their cool stuff at their new store or at facebook.com/BrandsandThreads. They are open 9am-1pm.

Show your support for Tyler’s businesses by being part of Visit Tyler’s Rose City Strong campaign. Purchase Rose City Strong gear and download the Rose City Strong Facebook profile frame. Go to your Facebook page and select “Update Profile Photo,” then select “Add a Frame” and search for Rose City Strong.

Activities

Gallery Main Street is now open inside the new atrium at Plaza Tower and a new art exhibit by John Deaton will be on display. All art is available for purchase. The gallery is open to the public 11am-11:30pm.

Discovery Science Place, located at 308 N. Broadway, will be opening the newest exhibit “The Art and Science of Arachnids” 10am-5pm. Visitors will explore the largest traveling arachnid display in North America as they discover human-arachnid cultural connections through hands-on activities like building robots, conducting science experiments, creating your own arachnid art, and more. The exhibit also displays 100 live arachnids – including endangered species like the Tiger tarantula and Mexican Red Knee tarantula, alien-looking tailless whip scorpions, and beautiful Peacock tarantulas and Sun Tiger tarantulas! (All safely enclosed in their habitats of course!

Tyler Public Library, located at 201 S. College, has re-open its doors with modified operating hours of Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm. The Library will be allowing up to 30 patrons at a time and continuing to hold modified operations. Library facilities have been modified to encourage social distancing. Call (903)593-7323 to speak to a member of the Library staff. And don’t forget to log your summer reading or sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at tpl.beanstack.org! The challenge continues through July 31st. Children and teens who read 12 hours earn a FREE book and t-shirt and are eligible for other rewards. Adults who read 8 books receive a FREE tote bag and may select a FREE book from the Library’s Book Nook.

And don’t forget that the Tyler Library just added another Grab and Go Kit for you to enjoy. This FREE kit has supplies for making a heart-shaped bird feeder with a pipe cleaner and cheerios. You can pick this and other Makerspace Grab and Go kits at the Makerspace table inside the Library.

Urban Deaux Candle Co. & Mercantile Store and 903 Closet, located at 317 S. Bois D’Arc Ave.will be offering two candle-pouring classes – “Paint, Sip & Pour” at 3pm and 6pm. Sign up at facebook.com/pg/urbandeauxcandle/.

Liberty Hall is celebrating its 90th anniversary! Join them on Facebook Live for “Liberty Live: Concerts from the Couch.” The lineup is: 11-11:30am: Cody Norman; 11:30am-12 noon: Covenant Olatunde; 12 noon-12:30pm: Lucas Kelm; and 12:30-1pm: 2nd Childhood.

Watch KLTV’sOne Texas: Songs from Home” concert.

The Joanitones at ETX Brewing from 8-10pm. There is no cover and all ages are welcome as well as your four-legged friends.

Restaurants

1948 Coffee & Juice Co. is now open offering a full espresso bar, cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls, vegan eats, organic and gluten-free options, and more! Also, downtown’s Urban Market, which is in 1948 Coffee’s area, offers goods and food from all over the world.

Andy’s Frozen Custard, located at 110 S. College Ave., is open 11am-12 midnight.

Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., is still closed however their Food Menu & Cocktails are available at Ricks on the Square after 4pm.

Culture ETX, located at 118 W. Erwin St., is open from 5-10pm.

Don Juan on The Square, located at 113 E. Erwin St., is open 11am-9pm.

The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway Ave., is open 7am-6pm. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Porch at  ETX Brewery, located at 221 S. Broadway Ave., is open 11am-11:30pm. They offer beer to-go too!

SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., is open at 3pm-1am.

Rhea’s Hot Links, located at 204 S. Fannin St., is open from 9am-5:30pm. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Rick’s on the Square, located at 104 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-1am.

Tapatio’s Grill Chicken, located at 614 W. Valentine St., is open 10am-11pm.

True Vine on the Square, located 110 S. College Ave. Suite 102, is open 4-8pm. They offer beer to-go too by an individualized Pick Six option. Pick six 12oz cans or six 16oz cans or two 12oz and four 16oz, or three of each, the limit does not exist (well okay it exists up to 288 ounces per day, but you get it.) Order online or in-person for pickup. Be sure to try the new “Galactic Minotaurt Gose” variation – total cucumber and watermelon yumminess!

There are usually a few Food Trucks hanging around Downtown as well so there’s no excuse to leave hungry with all of the dining options because in Downtown you can have your cake and eat it too.

Shopping

Backbone Hair + Beauty, located at 235 S. Broadway, is open 9am-5pm. Get a stylish new hairdo along with experiencing a downtown jibe in this hip new hair salon. They also sell a line of cool t-shirts and hair products.

Brands & Threads Apparel Co. is now located at 316 S. Broadway (across the street from their old location). Check out their cool stuff at their new store or at facebook.com/BrandsandThreads. They are open 9am-1pm. And to note, they are offering VERY COOL custom-made masks too!

Cindy’s Balloons, located at 301 E. Elm St., is open from 9am-5pm.

Moss: Where Flowers are Fair, located at 237 S. Broadway Ave., is open 10am-3pm.

Salvation Army Thrift Shop, is open to treasure and bargain hunters alike. They are located at 723 N. Broadway, open 10am-5pm.

Urban Deaux Candle Co. & Mercantile Store and 903 Closet is located at 317 S. Bois D’Arc Ave. and open 11am-6pm.

Ye Olde City Antiques is open again at 302 E. Locust after a recent fire took out part of their showroom. They will offer hidden bricks with discounts for all Hit the Brick shoppers.

Museums & More

Take a virtual tour of the Goodman LeGrand House and Museum while listening to the audio tour from our Roses and Weeds podcast. The museum is open for visitors 11am-4pm. Capacity limit of 5 visitors at a time.

Smith County Historical Society is open by appointments only.

Gallery Main Street is now located in the lobby of Plaza Tower. Go to DowntownTyler.org to view and purchase artwork in the current exhibit.

More Info

Hit the Bricks is held rain or shine, cold or hot, and even amid pandemics. Help us support our local Downtown businesses during this time. For more information, visit the event on Facebook or download the FREE app “EGuide Tyler TX.”

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TJC Science Center features New Dome Show & Private Screenings

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The Tyler Junior College Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall Planetarium is offering a new dome show on how we see — plus an option to reserve the theater for a private screening.

Narrated by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey” takes the audience on an exploration of the life of a photon. The 22-minute, full-immersion planetarium show uses hemispheric 2D and 3D animations and video to teach how human vision works.

Imagery from all over the world — including humanity, landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and space — provides the backdrop for photo-realistic animations that create the story of a photon’s journey through the human eye and its conversion to an electrochemical impulse that travels the neural pathways from the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees.

“Audiences will be amazed by this show and how technology has enabled us to restore vision and prevent a variety of diseases that affect sight,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, TJC science center director.

Daily shows and showtimes are:

  • 11 a.m. — Children’s Show
  • 12:15 p.m. — “Space Park 360”
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey”
  • 2:45 p.m. — “The Hot and Energetic Universe”
  • 4 p.m. — “The Sun, Our Living Star”

Individual tickets are $3 per person, and advance online reservations are required. Policies and procedures have been modified for the health and safety of science center visitors, and guests are advised to review the guidelines on the website before their visit. The dome theater is thoroughly cleaned between each showing.

On Tuesdays through Fridays throughout the summer, guests can reserve a private screening in the planetarium during the 9:45 a.m. timeslot. For a $25 flat fee, up to 15 visitors can enjoy a private viewing of any one of the shows from the center’s existing library.

To purchase advance tickets and review the health and safety guidelines, go to sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

The science center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Operating hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and private screening showtimes are 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Parking is free.

For more information, go to sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

More To Do The Science Center This Summer

The summer schedule is June 22-August 29. This summer we have some exciting new additions, along with discounted summer rates of just $3 tickets!
First, TJC’s Science Center is offering private show screenings at 9:45am Tuesday-Friday for those guests who would like the option to reserve the planetarium for their family and friends. For $25 (or $20 for members, please call for discount code) you may reserve our planetarium theater for up to 15 people. You can select any one of our planetarium shows from the show library to enjoy with just your family and friends. Selections include children’s shows, live narrated presentations, documentary-style movies, as well as music and holiday shows.
This summer TJC’s Science Center is also premiering our brand new show, “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey.” Join famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as he takes you on a journey exploring the life of a photon. Discover how the eye works, how technology has enabled us to restore vision and prevent a variety of diseases that affect sight in the show “Seeing”.
TJC’s Science Center is also thrilled to bring back our popular Space Park 360 show. This is a thrilling 9-ride show that takes audiences on a wild immersive ride through the Solar System while recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides—roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more.
And rest assured that they are continuing to follow health and safety guidelines and recommendations, with spread-out seating in the planetarium, ample cleaning in between shows, and social distancing markers. We also require that all tickets be purchased online for a contactless payment process.

More Info

The science center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Operating hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Parking is free.

For more information, go to sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

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Downtown Tyler

Rose City Strong: Buy Cool Swag & #supportlocal

In these trying times, everyone wants to help and do their part. One way is to support local businesses. You can do so and get a cool t-shirt in the process!

VisitTyler and EGuideMagazine.com have teamed up and created a cool line of t-shirts, mugs, stickers, caps, and more!

Check out this cool swag and #supportlocal by being #rosecitystrong!

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