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SPCA Fun Events This Month

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Weekly adoptions are held Saturdays 10am-4pm at the Adoption Center, 4517 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler. Please come and meet the adorable adoptables! Adoption applications are available at The mission of the SPCA of East Texas is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. Other events this month are:

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Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar opens Dec. 14th

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The Tyler Rose Garden and Center is hosting the 14th Annual Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Rose Garden and Center is located on 420 Rose Park Dr.

This year’s event features a holiday costume contest and a gingerbread house display made by Tyler residents, businesses and youth.

Other free activities include train rides in the Garden, storytime with Mrs. Clause, a North Pole workshop where children can make a craft and a station where letters to Santa and cards to U.S. service members can be written.

More than 55 bazaar vendors are scheduled to provide a unique holiday shopping experience for everyone inside the Rose Garden Center. Food trucks and a Kid Zone will be available for a fee.

KLTV-7’s own Santa Scirto will be in the Garden from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for photos. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. Visit for a complete list of activities and events.

The Parks Department will be collecting unwrapped gifts for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree during the event. Event-goers are invited to bring gifts for children as well as senior adults. There will be a drop-off box inside the Rose Garden Center.

This year’s sponsors include the KLTV-7, Owen Family Foundation, Prothro – Wilhelmi and CBS – Contractor Builders Supply.

In addition to Holiday in the Garden, the Rose Garden will remain “dressed for the holidays” through Dec. 28. The Rose Park Drive entrance gate into the garden will be locked from Dec. 2 through Jan. 3. Access to the garden will be permitted through the Rose Garden Center building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. There are special evening times scheduled for visitors to see the garden from 5 to 8 p.m. through December. They are as follows:
  • Dec. 11 through 14 (Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar event day)
  • Dec. 18 through 21
  • Dec. 26 through 28
For more information about the event or to be a vendor, please contact Debbie Isham, special events/recreation manager, at (903) 531-1214.


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Cowan Center: 2020 Line Up Full of Fun

Wondering what will be showing at the Cowan Center in the next year? The center unveiled their lineup for the upcoming season Thursday. Eighteen live events are planned for the 2019-2020 season for the University of Texas at Tyler Cowan Center.

Season tickets and individual tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowan Center box office at (903)566-7424 or visiting in person 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. You can also purchase tickets online at

All events are performed in the Cowan Center located on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Boulevard – FAC 1120, Tyler. More information about the new season can be found at

The upcoming season’s acts are:

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Downtown Tyler

Shop Local Market at Tyler Public Library Dec. 14th


The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to Most of the events are free unless noted. 

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