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Get Outside: Build a Garden, Go for a Boat Ride & Go Fishing

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Spring is always a beautiful time in #tylertx and this spring, although COVID-19 demands that we all practice social distancing, you can still be outside. Here are a few things to do if you are getting stir crazy inside your house.

Go Fishing, Take Boat Ride on Lake Tyler

As of April 7th, from The Lake Tyler Marina Resort’s Facebook page, LTMR) Lake Tyler is open! You can go fishing. You can ride in a boat. You can kayak. And you can enjoy the water!

No organization can hold a fishing tournament until the lake is released by the city. And as always, please practice social distancing while at the lake.

From LTMR, “We want to send a big thank you to our community for all the support you have given us through this period. The lake remains open. We remain open as well. The grill remains open for carryout orders. The setting area remains closed. The only change is that once you place your order, we ask that you go outside or to your car and we will bring it out to you. Please respect the 6-foot distance around you in all directions. Let’s all stay safe and we will get through this craziness.”

The Lake Tyler Marina is located at 18183 Concession Road in Whitehouse. Get Directions. They offer a Marina store, RV park, boat launch, grill, marine gas and a great place to relax. Call (903) 839-2650 to place your order or for questions.

Local Parks Are Open

Tyler Parks are still open. They are Bergfeld Park, The Children’s Park, Faulkner Park, Gassaway Park, Hillside Park, Lindsey Park, Rose Rudman Trail, Southside Park, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, Woldert Park, and Glass Recreation Center.

When visiting the parks be sure to check out the “Four Pedals of the Rose” for free swag or go on a Scavenger Hunt.

Best practices when visiting the parks and playgrounds include using hand sanitizer, washing hands constantly and wiping off equipment before and after use. Residents and visitors should continue to practice social distancing and follow the guideline of avoiding groups of more than ten people. As always, if you, your child or someone in your home is sick or at higher risk for infection, please stay home.

Gardening for Exercise & Fun

Water University at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center offers a range of Virtual courses on water efficiency and water quality protection practices locally and across Texas. Most courses are free to the public. Sign up here. These are just a few of the upcoming classes:

Constructing a Raised Bed Garden – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 7, 2020
Texan Plants – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 9, 2020
Made for the Shade: Shade Gardening – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 14, 2020
Put the Care into Lawn Care – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 16, 2020
“Saving FROM a Rainy Day: DIY Rain Barrel Class – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 18, 2020
Weed’em and Reap: Weeds and Watering – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 21, 2020
Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 23, 2020
The Urban Orchard: Fruits, Nuts and Berries – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 28, 2020
Birds, Bees and Butterflies: Gardening for Wildlife – VIRTUAL CLASSApr 30, 2020
Family Friendly Gardening – VIRTUAL CLASSMay 2, 2020
Butterfly Gardening – VIRTUAL CLASSMay 5, 2020

They also offer guides for building a garden, plant tips, a calendar for when and what to plant, watering guides, lawn how-to’s, How to Build a Rain Barrel, Water Efficient Landscape Designs.

Several cool videos are available at like Grow Your Own Veggies, Virtual Gardening Class, “Let’s Ketchup” on Tomatoes, “You’re Sure to Find APEELing,” and more.

Water University at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center – Dallas is the state’s most comprehensive offering of scientifically based solutions for water conservation and resource management. Water University harnesses the unmatched expertise of the Texas A&M University System to bring you unparalleled opportunities for collaboration in conservation.

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School is Cool August 6th: Sign Up Now

The 7th annual #SchoolIsCool event will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Harvey Convention Center, located at 2000 W. Front St. and the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler.

*Children must be present for backpack tickets. No exceptions.

*Niño(a)s deben estar presentes para recibir boletos para mochilas. Sin excepciones.

Volunteers Needed:

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. If you would like to volunteer, please visit Volunteer Services page to fill out your application or call Volunteer Tyler at (903) 531-1100.

Vendors & Sponsors:

Apply to be a vendor.

Apply to be a sponsor.

The deadline for platinum backpack sponsors is June 30. The deadline for all other applications is July 10.

For donations or sponsor and booth payments, visit our Eventbrite page. 

School Supply Drive:

Please consider donating backpacks, school supplies and/or giving a monetary contribution. $30 will purchase one backpack with supplies. Our goal is to distribute 2,000 backpacks. 

  • Red pens
  • Blue pens
  • Black pens
  • #2 pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Pocket folder with brads
  • Glue sticks
  • Bottle of glue
  • Box of facial tissues
  • Box of colored pencils—12 count
  • Box of crayons—24 count
  • Child’s scissors
  • Package of ruled notebook paper
  • 3×5 index cards
  • Spiral notebook
  • Composition book
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler

Credit card donations may be made at Checks can be made payable to the Tyler Area Business Education Council and mailed to 315 N. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX 75702.

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TJC Science Center Kicks Off Laser Week


The Tyler Junior College Earth and Space Science Center is celebrating the start of summer with Laser Week.

From June 13th-20th, visitors can take a seat under the 40-foot dome and be immersed in sound as they watch brilliant lasers, millions of stars and full-dome digital effects performed to a range of musical artists and genres, including Beatles to Pink Floyd, pop and rock.

Viewing times and shows:

  • 11 a.m. — Laser Mania
  • 12:30 p.m. — Laser Beatles
  • 2 p.m. — Laser Metallica
  • 3:30 p.m. — Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”

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 new guidelines on the website before their visit.

To purchase advance tickets and review the health and safety guidelines, go to

“While we have limited our offerings to comply with health guidelines, we are thrilled to bring these fun and exciting laser shows for a special, one-week event,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, science center director. “We look forward to seeing our friends again.”

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


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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 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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