Retired teachers meeting, vigil for child abuse victims among upcoming East Texas events

Published on Friday, 8 December 2017 20:59 - Written by

Vigil to honor child victims of abuse, neglect

A candlelight vigil to honor child victims of abuse and neglect will take place at 6 p.m. Monday in the outside seating area of Jersey Mike’s, 1690 S. Beckham Ave.

The event will kick off the holiday partnership between Tyler area Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants and CASA for Kids of East Texas.

From Dec. 12-14, Jersey Mike’s guests can donate to CASA while at the Tyler restaurants. For every $5 donation, the restaurant will provide a coupon for a free regular sub.

CASA for Kids of East Texas is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide trained volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children involved in the courts of Smith, Wood and Van Zandt Counties, with a goal of achieving a permanent living arrangement for each child, which will serve that child’s best interest.

Tyler area Jersey Mike’s Subs are located at 1690 S. Beckham Ave. and 4754 S. Broadway Ave.

Church holding auditions for spring musical

Pollard Theater Center, the theater ministry for Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road, will hold auditions for its Spring 2018 musical production, “1776.”

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The ministry will seek to cast 25 men, high school ages and older, and two women, ages 18 and older.

The production is scheduled for April 12-14.

Information: For more details, contact Arnold Sherman, director of music and fine arts at Pollard, by text at 903-372-9683 or call the Pollard church office at 903-597-2571.

Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association to meet

The Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association will have its next meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jim Plyler Instructional Complex, 807 West Glenwood Blvd.

There will be a Christmas program with music performed by the Texas College Choir. Light refreshments will also be available.

Information: For more information, email

Tyler Community Band to present two free Christmas concerts

The Tyler Community Band, under the direction of Brent Farber, will present its annual Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tyler Civic Theatre, 400 Rose Park Drive, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Atria Willow Park, 3500 S. Vine Ave.

The program, entitled “Cowboy Christmas,” features new seasonal music and favorites such as “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

Other selections include ensemble music performed by various instrumental sections in the band. The concerts are free.

Presentation to teach grape growing

A workshop for prospective wine grape growers will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Skinner Bridge Vineyard, 848 County Road 1213, Canton.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is focused on educating residents in growing grapes as a hobby and commercially, where favorable to their production in Texas.

The workshop will be a full day of research-based education information to prepare attendees as they consider viticulture, said Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension regional viticulture specialist, of Denton.

The cost to attend is $150 per person or $220 per couple. Those who would like to attend must RSVP by Dec. 13, and payment via cash or check is due at the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees can bring soil or water analysis reports for evaluation by AgriLife Extension viticulture specialists.

Information: For more information, contact Michael Cook at 940-349-2896 or email

Exhibit of ancient coins on display at Vanishing Texana Museum

An exhibit of 20 ancient coins minted between 500 B.C. and 1000 A.D. is currently on display at the Vanishing Texana Museum, 300 S. Bolton, Jacksonville.

Alexander the Great once approved the designs of some of the coins on display, while the exhibit’s Byzantine coins are believed to be the first to include Jesus’ image.

Five coins certified by the International Numismatic Bureau as being “Widow’s Mite” coins are also included in the collection.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Heart for Hearts to hold inaugural gala

Heart for Hearts Mission -- a ministry that delivers bouquets of flowers to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and hospice facilities -- will hold its inaugural gala at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive.

Several community members and leaders will be honored at the event.

Annilia Wright Mosely, of Stockbridge, Georgia, will serve as the guest speaker at the event.

Tickets can be purchased for a $20 donation.

Information: For more information, or to purchase a ticket, contact Gloria at 903-283-6089.

Steel Guitar show set for Sunday

The East Texas Steel Guitar Association will present an event titled “Steel Guitars in Concert” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Woodmen Life building, 1922 Sybil Lane.

The featured artist for the annual Christmas steel guitar show will be Bob McCormick, of Nashville.

Admission is free, and donations will be accepted to offset the building rental fee.

Refreshments are offered to all attendees, and attendees are asked to bring snacks to share.

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