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This Weekend Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

What are going to do this weekend? We have a few unique and fun ideas!

Watch Some Live Music

A few concerts with be held virtually this weekend. Log in:

Have a Pizza Party

Rotolo’s Pizzeria is offering a fun Survival Kits with it’s new 12” Home Pizza Kits. Just pick up a kit, take it home then make a special night where everyone can create their own pizzas. Kits include everything you need – dough to flatten, toppings, sauce, and cheese – all in one convenient box. To place your order call (903)561-8805. Rotolo’s Pizzeria is located in south Tyler at 8970 S Broadway Ave, Ste 148. The kits are $10.

Go On a Bunny Hunt

The Bunny Hunt has been an annual favorite activity for families enjoying the Tyler Azalea & Spring Trail for several years, and this year is no different. While the festivities look a little different this year, the bunnies are back and hiding along the Trail.

Even though you are probably adhering to the shelter in place rule and staying home, you might be in the mood to take a drive, which is perfectly ok under the new rules. The Azalea District is a beautiful afternoon drive. The historic homes are always pretty, and flowers are blooming. Spring is the perfect time to get out in this area of Tyler.  MORE INFO

Attend a Watch Party for “Clue”

If you are getting bored at home, how about watching a movie virtually with some new friends? Join this free watch party virtually on April 3rd at 7pm where they will be watching the movie “Clue!” There will be a live discussion via the Facebook event. “Clue” is available for free on Kanopy with your library card.

Check out the event page at

This starts at 7pm. They encourage everyone who wants to participate to use this event for discussions throughout the movie. Library staff will be available to discuss alongside with you.

Need an ecard? Go HERE. It’s free and you can apply completely online.

FREE Activity Guides Especially for the Kiddos

Kids at home due to closed schools? Here’s a free activity book from Texas A&M that will keep them busy – at least for a while.

Use the Alphabet Activities guidebook HERE to provide activities for kids to do at home.  The tips and games were created by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Child Health Specialist.

Also, here is another Activity Guide that you can print out, created from local #tylertx businesses. Click HERE or on the “Until We Meet Again” image on the right.

Exercise with Locals

Several locally owned #tylertx businesses are offering free online classes. Here are a few:

Play Mario Kart Tournament Virtually

April 11th at 7pm, tune in at! If you have Mario Kart on your Switch, then the Tyler Public Library invites you and your family to join for an online Mario Kart Tournament. To join, you’ll need to go to “Online Play” then select tournaments, search by code and enter code: 1499-5751-4795.  May the best racer win!

Cookies Will Make Everything Better

We promise, yummy hand decorated cookies *will* make this whole ordeal better. Check out these fun projects.

Get Baked by Christina will be selling and delivering kits for the 3rd week in Tyler Texas, we have tons of themes to choose from! Each kit now has photos to refer to(like the first pic) instruction sheets, 2 different consistency icings to get the best results and sprinkles! The cost is $27 and they will be delivered anywhere in #tylertx.

Tutorials are held on weekends on the Fiesta and Unicorn kits for y’all to follow along at home. They will also have Chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles and lactation cookies available for delivery as well! This is a “drop off at your door” and get a call when they’re delivered.

If you don’t want to decorate cookies, they are also offering wood painting kits on their Etsy shop for $15! Wood cutout, acrylic paint, brushes and detailed instruction sheet all included.

Go check out Get Baked by Christina for cookie kits and Kailiani Designs for wood kits to order.

Delivery, Carry Out and Alcohol To Go

You can still order take out, call ahead for curbside service, go through the drive-thru from some local restaurants to support their business and get delivery from a variety of services. And thanks to Governor Abbott, restaurants can now sell alcohol to go!

Links to restaurant’s new condensed menus, websites for ordering, phone numbers and what is available (delivery, drive-thru, curbside, etc…) are all posted HERE in a convenient and easy to use format.

To add your restaurant or report any changes or additions to this list, please email

Speaking of local favorite winery Kiepersol is now offering Wine To Go & More via their Drive Thru! Check it out at…/



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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