Top Texas authors at library, $5 Mineola art league classes among upcoming East Texas events

Published on Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:25 - Written by

Award-winning authors to visit library

 Multiple winners of the Texas Association of Authors Best Book Awards will be visiting the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. in August and September as part of a meet-and-greet series.

The Texas Association of Authors is an organization that seeks to promote authors in the state of Texas. The association holds a contest each year to determine the best books of the year in the state. The list contains 48 of the top authors in Texas.

The meet-and-greets will be held in the Taylor Auditorium at the library. Each event will be from noon to 2 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Work from each author will be available for purchase at the events.

On Aug. 18, C.M. Bratton, the second author in this series, will promote her science fiction work. A native of San Antonio, Bratton is a science fiction author with works detailing worlds filled with dragons, zombies and the like.

Wrapping up this meet and greet series on Saturday, Sept. 30, author Myra Hargrave McIlvain, of Austin, will be available for book signings and photos. McIlvain is a historian, lecturer and author.

Information: For more details, call the Tyler Public Library at 903-593-7323 or go to .

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary to hold sale

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will have an overstock sale at the group’s Marketplace furniture building and Old Spence garage sale buildings from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday.

Both buildings will be open on Aug. 18 morning for auxiliary members and their guests, as well as Salvation Army employees and their families to shop. The buildings will be open to the public for shopping on Aug. 19. 

The buildings are on the southeast and northeast corners of Spring and Bow streets in Tyler. All proceeds will benefit the Tyler Salvation Army.


Clothing giveaway slated for Saturday

The St. Louis Baptist Church Usher Ministry will host a clothing giveaway from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church’s Family Life Center, 4000 Frankston Highway.

Fall and winter clothing will be available for people of all ages.

Information: For more details, contact G. Thompson at 903-520-7533, O. Williams at 903-747-7790 or Z. Oliver at 903-245-7775.


Winter grazing program set for Overton

A program designed to help beef cattle producers reduce cost and maximize winter grazing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program will be presented by Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, and Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, both in Overton.

Topics will include: stockpiled forage management and utilization, determining acres of stockpiled forage and winter pasture needed, cool-season forages and variety selection and more.

The cost to attend is $75 per person if registered by Aug. 22. It includes lunch and program materials.

A money-back guarantee is being offered. Register online at or call Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604.


Mineola League of the Arts to present annual “Sampler Week”

Mineola League of the Arts will present its annual “Sampler Week” on Saturday through Aug. 26 at the organization’s office, 200 West Blair St., Mineola.

 Classes are $5 each and will the following topics:  crochet, potholder, metal jewelry, tapestry weaving, encaustic painting, paper mache and more.

Classes include all supplies.  A list of classes being offered can be found at

Information: For more details, or to register, call 903-569-8877.


Transit to offer free rides to Tyler library for children and teens this summer

The Tyler Public Library is partnering with Tyler Transit to bring children and teenagers to the library this summer.

Through Aug. 31, children and teens wanting to go to the library, 201 S. College Ave., can ride the bus for free. Throughout the summer months, the library offers a multitude of free programs for all ages to coincide with its annual Summer Reading Club.

Transit and transfer passes are free for children and teens up to age 18, only to and from the library. Adult passes are $1 each. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over 18 at all times.

Families wishing to take advantage of the offer will need to show a Tyler Public Library card to the bus driver and state that they are either traveling to or from the library.

Information: For more details on the transit program and other library events, go to call 903-593-7323. to hold Sight Night will hold an event titled “The Joy of Sight” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Callynth Photography Studio, 117 E. Erwin St.

The event will feature art by local artists in a silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres and live music will also be featured.

All proceeds will be used to help fulfill its mission to help provide sight to the blind in Togo, West Africa.


JT Class of ’67 to hold reunion

The John Tyler High School Class of 1967 will celebrate their 50th reunion Oct. 6 and 7 at Staybridge Suites, 2759 McDonald Road.

The cost to attend is $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door.

Information: For more details, or if you have not yet received your invitation by mail or email, contact Becky Bingham Ray at 903-539-2939 or Andy Rountree at 903-571-9899.


Event to celebrate veterans and first responders 

The Empowerment Community Development Corporation will hold an event to thank veterans and first responders from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28, at the T.B. Butler Fountain plaza in downtown Tyler.

The event will feature music, vendors, games and other entertainment. The event will have a country and western theme.

The Empowerment Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit that has the mission to engage in community development activities that provide resources to educate, equip and empower individuals and their communities.

Information: For more details, or to learn about vendor opportunities, email


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