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An East Texas Moms Guide to the Month of July

July in East Texas

 

Summer is in full swing!

July in East Texas is bursting with things to do. We are keeping busy thanks to all of the amazing summer programs and events around the area. If you haven’t already checked out the ABC’s of East Texas Summer, I highly suggest you click on the link and be amazed by all there is to see and do this summer!  

There is always something going on in East Texas and we want to keep you in the know! Events in this guide are organized by date as well as category to help you find what you are interested in quickly. If you know of any fun family activities, please take a minute to add it to our Community Events Calendar here or let us know in the comments. We will update this guide with new additions as we receive them. Thank you!

July 1: First Monday Trade Days | “Sun-Up Til Sundown, Rain or Shine” – First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is the oldest, largest, continually operating flea market in the United States.  This popular flea market is open one weekend a month, attracts upwards of 100,000 shoppers, and provides spaces for 6,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres. It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles. And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.

July 2:  Unplugged 2018 Summer Camp | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tyler Rock Gym  Come be a part of our unique summer camp experience. As East Texas’ only indoor rock climbing facility we are offering 3 opportunities for your child to participate in our new summer camp adventure.
Age: 6 to 12 year olds
We will offer a variety of activities both on and off the climbing wall to help your camper unplug from their daily routine and focus on physical activity.
The first half of every day will focus on climbing techniques. Whether your child is new to indoor climbing or a seasoned climber we will have a spot for them. Campers new to climbing will focus on basic climbing skills and safety. More season climbers will continue to improve on their skills with our highly trained staff, all while having fun.
Afternoons will focus on character qualities of strong climbers, yoga lessons to improve flexibility, crafts and much more.
Unplugged campers will conquer new heights, make lasting memories and build a foundation of active play centered around indoor rock climbing.
You can check out our website for more Summer Camp information and booking!

July 3:  Foster Care Orientation Meeting | 6 p.m. Arrow Child & Family Ministries1517 W Southwest Loop 323, Tyler, Texas  Please join us for the next information meeting in your area to get some basic information about fostering or adopting through Arrow. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the need for more Christian foster families, what it takes to become a foster parent, and have all your questions answered. This meeting also serves as our orientation for those who have decided to begin the process of becoming foster parents. Here’s a list of topics we’ll be covering: The history of our ministry, The concept of being Christ’s ambassador, The story of Esther (orphan to queen), The history of foster care, The current child welfare system, How children come into foster care, The trauma experienced by foster children, The steps needed to pursue fostering. You can make an eternal difference in the life of a local child in need. Join us for one of the meetings in Tyler the first Tuesday of every month (except July, we will meet on Mondy the third).

July 4:  Smith County Freedom Ride and Festival | 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Downtown Square, Tyler, Texas  FREE EVENT AND FIREWORK SHOW! Fireworks, hotdogs, drinks, watermelons, kids, pets, hotrods and motorcycles… no better way to celebrate the 4th of July on a Wednesday! Please come out and celebrate our freedom while we honor all those who serve. We will be holding an Independence Day festival and ride on the Square in Tyler, TX. Downtown businesses will be open to the public. Public will vote on SMITH COUNTY MOST PATRIOTIC RIDE and SMITH COUNTY MOST PATRIOTIC HOTROD 2018 from 12PM-4PM. Independence Day Ride will begin at 5PM to clubhouse to the free firework show at dark. Everyone in the community, business or individual, is welcome to join in on the fun! Read flier or contact Jesse Hippie Vann for more details.

July 5:  Foster and Adoption Information Meeting | 6 – 8 p.m. The Bair Foundation, Tyler Answer the Call and Become a Foster Parent. In the United States there are over 400,000 children and teens in the foster care system. The Bair Foundation offers the following opportunities to serve: Full Time Foster Parenting, Part-Time (Respite) Foster Parenting, Foster-to-Adopt, Medically Needy Foster Care, To find out more information join us at one of our upcoming orientations. They are held the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm. We are located 5935 Old Bullard Rd. Ste. 100 Tyler, TX 75703. Prayerfully consider this mission field by becoming a champion for a hurting child or teen.

July 6-7:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday. 

July 7: First Saturday Sale at Flamingos to benefit ETCrisis Center | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tyler, Texas Flamingos Upscale Resale generates revenue that helps support the emergency shelter of the East Texas Crisis Center. The store provides clothing and shoes for women who arrive at our shelter with no other clothing than what they are wearing, for women going on job interviews and for clients going to court. Sales to the public are ancillary funding source for East Texas Crisis Center programs. Resale store operations at Flamingos in the heart of Tyler provides women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, furniture, household goods and home décor. All donations of clothing must be on hangers. For more information please call 903-593-2553.

July 7: Liberty Opry | 4 p.m. Liberty, Texas Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme each Saturday. Gospel; country; ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s classic oldies; specialty; and comedy on every show. Group and child discounts available. 1816 Sam Houston St.

July 10: Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting | 6 – 7 p.m. Buckner – Lonvgiew, Texas  Learn more about the process of becoming a foster parent or adopting through Buckner at this free information meeting, the second Tuesday of every month.  Contact Info: Sherri Tucker, Buckner Children and Family Services, 1014 South High St., Longview, TX 75601.  [email protected]   903-757-9383 

 

July 11th: Lunch Bunch with McDonald’s | 11am-noon 

2034 E Southeast Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701-8316, United States

 

 
July 13-14:  Hoops for Hope | Noon – 11 p.m. Tyler, Texas   3v3 Basketball Tournament benefiting the Salvation Army in Tyler.  See website for details and registration.
 
July 14:  Hit The Bricks | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas The second Saturday of every month, Downtown is the place to be! Downtown businesses will host special events on and off the square for all to enjoy. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square! Also, ride the FREE hop on/hop off shuttle! FAMILY FRIENDLY
 
July 14: Liberty Opry | 4 p.m. Liberty, Texas Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme each Saturday. Gospel; country; ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s classic oldies; specialty; and comedy on every show. Group and child discounts available. 1816 Sam Houston St.

July 20-21:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday.

July 21:  Main Street Market Days | Lufkin, Texas  This monthly event takes place every month starting in April and running through December.  First Street will be blocked off to through traffic, and the streets will be transformed into a market place with vendors lining both sides of the streets. “Market Days will feature everything from food to homemade goods to clothes, crafts and art as well as our downtown merchants being open. This will be a shopping extravaganza that you don’t want to miss,” said Barbara Thompson, Main Street director. Bring the whole family and mark your calendars for the second Saturday of each month and enjoy a great day of shopping and exploring in Downtown Lufkin. 

July 21:  Moana | 2 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas, Liberty Hall  An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.
We will be showing Saturday Matinees at 2 p.m. for the kiddos during the summer.

July 24:  Pediatric CPR | 6:30 p.m. Tyler, Texas  American Heart Association (AHA) Course.  In this interactive class, participants will learn preventive measures to protect the health and well-being of your infant/child. You will learn how to remain calm and handle an emergency should the need arise with hands-on manikin CPR training and infant/child choking education. Participants also receive an AHA CPR booklet and course completion card. Price:  $20

July 28:  School is Cool Ride | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Downtown Square, Tyler, Texas  FREE EVENT! “SCHOOL IS COOL” Program is trying to collect 2000 fully stocked backpacks for Texas children. We will be collecting school supplies and Tyler Area Business Education Council will be on site for all monetary donations. Music, games, bike/car show, and entertainment downtown for everyone. Downtown businesses will be open to the public. We will have a drop off lane set up in front of the courthouse if you do not wish to stay for the festivities. Ride will begin at 2PM around Smith County area. School supplies and other details are on the flier. Further details will be posted as we get closer to the event. Contact Jesse “Hippie” Vann for more information.

July 28: Liberty Opry | 4 p.m. Liberty, Texas Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme each Saturday. Gospel; country; ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s classic oldies; specialty; and comedy on every show. Group and child discounts available. 1816 Sam Houston St.

July 4:  Smith County Freedom Ride and Festival | 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Downtown Square, Tyler, Texas  FREE EVENT AND FIREWORK SHOW! Fireworks, hotdogs, drinks, watermelons, kids, pets, hotrods and motorcycles… no better way to celebrate the 4th of July on a Wednesday! Please come out and celebrate our freedom while we honor all those who serve. We will be holding an Independence Day festival and ride on the Square in Tyler, TX. Downtown businesses will be open to the public. Public will vote on SMITH COUNTY MOST PATRIOTIC RIDE and SMITH COUNTY MOST PATRIOTIC HOTROD 2018 from 12PM-4PM. Independence Day Ride will begin at 5PM to clubhouse to the free firework show at dark. Everyone in the community, business or individual, is welcome to join in on the fun! Read flier or contact Jesse Hippie Vann for more details.

 

Please check out our comprehensive list of Celebrations!

https://easttexas.citymomsblog.com/local-events/celebrating-independence-east-texas-fireworks-2018-east-texas-moms-blog/

KIDS BOWL FREE : Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child!

Shenaniganz of Greenville  1908 Joe Ramsey Blvd E., Greenville, TX, 75401, (903) 455-2065

Oil Bowl  1102 W. Cotton St., Longview, TX, 75604, (903) 758-9961

Pleasant Bowl  754 E 16th Street, Mt Pleasant, TX, 75455-2246, (903) 572-0347

Shenaniganz  1290 E. I-30, Rockwall, TX, 75087, (972) 722-1133

Terrell Bowling Center  2500 W. Moore Ave., Terrell, TX, 75160-2356, (972) 563-6468

 

Athens, Texas Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – Noon Saturdays beginning in May, at 212 N Palestine St, Athens, Texas.

Edom, Texas Grow It Forward Farm | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays at VZ County Road 4609, Edom, Texas. We are a small family farm located in Edom, Texas. Our goal is to bring our community & customers fresh, locally grown produce that is chemical free.

Jefferson Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – Noon  Every Saturday in downtown Jefferson in front of the First National Bank you can get fresh produce.  For more information you can call 903-665-2421. 

Lindale Farmers Market | 8:00 a.m.  This covered open-air venue provides farmers a place to showcase their seasonal and bountiful crops and allows the citizens of Lindale a place to purchase home-grown local produce, grass-fed beef and poultry, free range eggs, and homemade arts and crafts. Homemade breads, pies, jellies, jams are also sold at the market.

The Historic Longview Farmers Market | 7:30-11:30 a.m.  The Saturday Market is located at the corner of High and Cotton Streets, on the site of the former Kelly Plow Works.  The Historic Longview Farmers Market, a project of Preservation Longview, provides local residents and visitors the opportunity to buy locally grown produce directly from the farmers as well as other local farm and specialty products–no products in the market are purchased wholesale and resold.

Mineola Farmers Market | 8 – 11 a.m.  Saturdays at The Pavilion @ 101 Front Street (west of the train depot).

Nacogdoches Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – Noon  The Market is located at the old “hitch lot” in historic downtown Nacogdoches, at 107 Pearl Street.

Rose City Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – Noon Open Saturdays (beginning in April), at 236 South Broadway.We are Tyler’s truly local farmers market. Since our humble beginnings we have been a producer’s only market so you can rest assured everything on our tables was produced by the person selling it.  A family- and dog-friendly community gathering place, Rose City Farmers Market is THE place to be! Produce, herbs, wood oven breads, pastries and granola, jams, pickles, locally roasted coffee, cheese, artists and artisans, live music, and yoga on the terrace 8:30-9:30. 

Rusk County Farmers Market | 7 a.m. – Sold Out! Every Tuesday and Saturday. The farmers’ market is located next to the Henderson Activities Center parking lot on Fair Park and South High in Henderson, Texas.

Tyler Farmers Market | 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning in May. Located at 4850 Old Bullard Rd in Tyler, Texas,  in the Broadway Square Mall parking lot on the Sears end of the mall. Established in 1983, Tyler Farmers Market is the go to place for homegrown fruits and vegetables.  If it’s grown in East Texas, you will find it from one of the local farmers at the Tyler Farmers Market.  Most farmers will sell you any size container. You may purchase small quantities or if you ask, most farmers will sell wholesale lots in larger quantities.  Regardless, you will meet a smiling face and some very resilient hard working farmers whom are dedicated to providing you the best that East Texas has to offer.

Winnsboro Farmers Market | 8:00 a.m. – Noon  April –  October 2017. Every Saturday Rain or Shine!  Downtown Winnsboro, Texas, on Market Street at Broadway (Hwy. 11).

Bullard Community Library | 211 W Main St, Bullard, TX

Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Grand Saline Library | 201 E. Pacifit, Grandsaline, TX 

Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (September to mid-December and February to mid-May)

Lillie Russell Memorial Library Lindale | 200 East Hubbard St., Lindale, TX

Story Time – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Longview Public Library| 222 W. Cotton Street, Longview, TX

Babygarten Story Time – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Children ages 0-2. Infant story time! We welcome parents to come with their babies and listen to songs, nursery rhymes, and stories geared toward their age. The children may not yet be of speaking or walking age, but physical interaction is extremely important in the early stages of child development. The infant story time also allows for parents to start off their child’s habits right by coming to the Library each week. Due to young attention spans, this story time will last about 15 minutes.

Tutoring Tuesdays – Tuesday from 3 – 5 p.m.
If your child, 5-13 years old, is struggling with their homework or understanding what they are doing in class, simply register them for Tutoring Tuesdays, and our qualified librarians will help!
Space is limited, so children must pre-register at the Children’s Desk prior to the tutoring session.
Due to time constraints, we will only be able to assist up to 10 students each Tuesday.
Please bring your child’s homework, along with any detailed instructions from their teacher(s).
We love our young patrons, and are very excited about this opportunity to assist in their learning and education! Sign up today!
If you would like to volunteer to help with Tutoring Tuesdays, please call Taylor Harding at (903) 237-1349 or e-mail her at [email protected]
If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for tutoring, please call the Children’s Desk at (903) 237-1345.

Early Learning Journeys Story Time – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Suggested for children ages 3-5. Young children will enjoy singing along and interacting with Library staff while building their educational foundation! Story time opens with a time of singing beloved childhood songs and nursery rhymes, followed by a newly-published book being read aloud. Children will then enjoy activities and crafts geared towards helping them to imagine, create, and grow! This story time lasts about 30 minutes.

Discovery Kids Story Time – Wednesday at 4 p.m.
After a long day at school, Discovery Kids is a time for children of all ages at the Broughton Recreation Center to gather around and hear a newly-published, popular chapter book read aloud while enjoying a small after-school snack. Afterward, time is set aside for the children to share their various thoughts and ideas regarding the book. The time frame for the this story time is about 40 minutes.

LEGOs @ The Library – Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A children’s book is read aloud, then children build their creations with a new theme each time while a movie is being played. Children of all ages are welcome to build! Larger Duplo bricks are provided for toddlers. At the end of each session, everyone’s creations are put in the Children’s Department’s display case until the next LEGOs @ the Library. Feel free to bring your friends and family by to show them what you built! This come-and-go event requires no registration, and you don’t even have to bring your own bricks. We have plenty to share, so just show up in the Children’s Department on Saturday morning! 

Mineola Memorial Library | 310 N. Pacific St., Mineola, TX

Playing to Grow – Monday 5-6 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

Playing to Grow – Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

After School Programs – Tuesday 4 – 4:30 p.m. Two programs for children.  One program is for those children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The other program is for children in Middle and High School (6th grade and up). Both programs have different activities weekly. Parents must remain on premises or make arrangements for their child’s supervision.  When the programs are over, an adult must be available to pick up the child; or, if there is a problem in the program, an adult must be available to help address the issue.

Toddler Story Time – Wednesday 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Ages 18 months to 3 years.

Preschool Story Time – Wednesday 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Nacogdoches Public Library | 1112 North St., Nacogdoches, TX

Story Time – Wednesday 10 a.m. Ages: 12 years and younger. Introduce your child to the richness of literature through stories, songs, crafts and activities. Story time helps instill a lifelong love of reading, and it is informative and engaging for parents as well.
Reading Buddies – Wednesday 4 – 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-12. Volunteers and library staff are available to help your children practice their reading aloud skills. Buddies sit with the parent/caregiver and the child to help the child with pronunciation and comprehension. 

STEAM 4 Kids: Lights! Camera! Action! – Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. STEAM 4 Kids will be devoted to the art of filmmaking. We will investigate types of cameras, types of videos, enhancing videos through lighting and sound, and how to edit and share our videos. Each program will have a different lesson so children can participate as they are able. Registration: Free. Please register by the day before the event.

Rusk County Library System Central Library | 106 East Main St., Henderson, TX

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Tyler Public Library | 201 South College Avenue, Tyler, TX.  

Teen Tuesdays – Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. For middle school and high school students.

Lap & Play Time – Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For babies up to 18 months.

Toddlers Explore – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  For toddlers ages 18 to 36 months.

Read Aloud Crowd – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 3 to 6.

Upshur County Library | 702 W. Tyler St., Gilmer, TX

Story Time – Thursdays 10 a.m and 4:15 p.m.

Whitehouse Community Library | 107 Bascom Rd., Whitehouse, TX

Story Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

 

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans.  If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. 

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