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An East Texas Moms Guide to the month of January

January

Hello 2018! Time to start anew. ETMB wishes you a Happy New Year!

We’ve rounded up a fun selection of activities and events that will get you connected to nature, art, performances, community, and more. And don’t forget to check your local high school and our local colleges schedules for basketball games and other events!

As you are looking for fun for your family in the new year, look to East Texas Moms Blog for help, because our archives are full of posts relating to many topics that can be found with a quick search. 

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!

January 1:  5K Fun Walk/Run | 9 a.m. Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines We will be doing our first annual 5k FUN Walk/Run on NEW YEARS day January 1, 2018 at 9:am. This event will be open to any of our campers and guests staying the new years weekend. 
In additions to the 5k we will be offering: Family activites such as Hey Hey Hey rides, Tie Dye, Ceramics, Gem mining and Laser tag. We will aslo have apperances by Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. (we are waking them up just to see you all)

January 1:  New Year’s Resolution Hike | 10 a.m. – Noon Tyler State Park  Start your New Year off on the right foot. Join us on a 2 mile hike through the woods and learn the beneifts of being outdoors. Dress for the weather, wear strudy shoes, bring water, and be ready for a moderate hike.

January 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.

January 1:  Texas de Brazil | Open Regular Dining Hours New Year’s Day Tyler, Texas  

January 1-4:  Santa Land | 6 – 10:30 p.m. Tyler, Texas Experience the sights and sounds of a Christmas Wonderland with over 2 ½ million lights lighting your path. Take a ride on Santa’s Trailer or remain in the warmth of your own vehicle as you drive through Santa Land’s 24 acres of unforgettable adventure designed especially for the entire family. Before you leave, shop the 4,000 sq. ft. gift shop. Admission Fee $25 per car / $35 for 15 passenger commercial vans, $5 per person for each additional passenger / Additional fee for trailer rides. 11455 I-20 West At Exit 557, Tyler, TX

January 2-3:  Festival of Trees | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, Texas The Museum Guild’s annual Festival of Trees has become a spectacular holiday tradition in Lufkin. Come see the amazing forest of lovingly decorated trees ranging in size from 4’ to 12’ tall. Each tree is sponsored by an individual or group with a specific theme. The Festival of Trees opens November 20 and ends January 3, 2018. Our hours are 10-5 Monday through Friday and 1-5 on Saturday and Sunday. We are closed Christmas and New Years Day. Bring your friends and family and revel in the joy of the season!

January 2:  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.

January 3:  Gentle Yoga | 12 – 1 p.m. Tyler Public Library  The Library will be offering free gentle yoga classes in the Taylor Auditorium. For those who would like to participate in the class, signup sheets and health waivers are located at the Library’s information desk. Please note that this program is for adults only and each class size is limited to 35. It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga mat. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. For more information go to www.tylerlibrary.com, call (903)593-7323 (READ) or stop by at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler.

January 5-6:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8:00am to 5:00pm  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. 

January 6: 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.

January 6: 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.

January 10:  Gentle Yoga | 12 – 1 p.m. Tyler Public Library  The Library will be offering free gentle yoga classes in the Taylor Auditorium. For those who would like to participate in the class, signup sheets and health waivers are located at the Library’s information desk. Please note that this program is for adults only and each class size is limited to 35. It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga mat. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. For more information go to www.tylerlibrary.com, call (903)593-7323 (READ) or stop by at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler.

January 13:  Hit The Bricks | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas Downtown businesses and attractions (around the square and off the square) will be bursting with things to do the second Saturday of every month. Downtown Tyler businesses will offer fun for the whole family and, of course, the chance to check out the great, locally-owned restaurants, bars, retail establishments, museums, and other Downtown businesses. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square. Also, there will be a FREE hop on/hop off shuttle that will take you around Downtown starting at 12 noon. With its ongoing revitalization, Downtown Tyler has become a happening place to be. Visit Tyler, the City of Tyler, and Downtown businesses, organizations, and enthusiasts are all coming together to organize activities for the entire family the second Saturday of every month throughout Downtown Tyler, on and off the square. Hit the Bricks will offer a chance for the community to come together in the heart of the city. For details and events each month, check out eguidemagazine.com/secondsaturday/

January 13: 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.

January 16:  Storybook Parties at Chick-Fil-A | Gilmer Road, Longview, Texas EVERY 3rd TUESDAY from September to May will be Storybook Night at Chick-fil-A on Gilmer Road from 5-7pm!!!! We will feature one character each month at Gilmer Rd location! We are so excited to see ALL of our friends and can’t wait to make new friends!!! 

January 16: 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.  Contact Info: Sherri Tucker, Buckner Children and Family Services, 1014 South High St., Longview, TX 75601.  [email protected]   903-757-9383 

January 17:  Gentle Yoga | 12 – 1 p.m. Tyler Public Library  The Library will be offering free gentle yoga classes in the Taylor Auditorium. For those who would like to participate in the class, signup sheets and health waivers are located at the Library’s information desk. Please note that this program is for adults only and each class size is limited to 35. It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga mat. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. For more information go to www.tylerlibrary.com, call (903)593-7323 (READ) or stop by at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler.

January 18:  Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella | 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. www.cinderellaonbroadway.com

January 19-20:  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.

January 19:  “Chanticleer” | 7:30 p.m. SFASU Nacogdoches, Texas Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and the University Series will present the a cappella chorus Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.  Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco-based Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the globe as “an orchestra of voices.” The choir is famous for its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, gospel to pop.  Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

January 20:  Rains County Eagle Fest | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Emory, Texas Eagle Fest is an amazing festival filled with entertainment, education, food, vendors and more. It includes bus and barge tours for eagle sighting!

January 20:  Lego Club | 2:30 – 4 p.m . Nacogdoches Public Library  The library has thousands of Lego® pieces from which to choose to build whatever you can imagine. It’s fun for the whole family! Ages: 5-17 years  Registration: Free. No registration.

January 20:  The Next Generation Comedy Gala Featuring Michael Jr. | 7 p.m. Le Tourneau Belcher Center  Invest In The Next Generation Comedy Gala – featuring Michael Jr. at the Belcher Center on January 20! Michael Jr. is making the world 
smile again…. No matter where you experience his humor, on-stage, online or one-on-one, you get the same Michael Jr. with humor that creates waves of laughter. Whether as an actor in the #1 box office hit War Room or appearing on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live or at a large church event, Michael Jr. shows up and delivers the funny! “Absolutely brilliant, thought provoking and life changing!”  -Facebook Fan Presented by Longview Christian SchooL and sponsored by Pegues-Hurst Ford, tickets are available at www.BelcherCenter.com or by calling 903-233-3080.

January 21:  Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Angelina Arts Aliance, Lufkin, Texas  Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. www.cinderellaonbroadway.com

January 24:  Gentle Yoga | 12 – 1 p.m. Tyler Public Library  The Library will be offering free gentle yoga classes in the Taylor Auditorium. For those who would like to participate in the class, signup sheets and health waivers are located at the Library’s information desk. Please note that this program is for adults only and each class size is limited to 35. It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga mat. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. For more information go to www.tylerlibrary.com, call (903)593-7323 (READ) or stop by at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler.

January 27: 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.

January 27:  Larry Gatlin in Concert | 7:30 p.m. Piney Woods Fine Arts Association, Crockett, Texas As a solo artist and with The Gatlin Brothers, Larry Gatlin has scored 33 Top 40 hits and won several awards including a Grammy. Gatlin’s hits include “All the Gold in California” and “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Pat Dickey Realtor and Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. Tickets start at $32 and are available by calling the PWFAA office at (936)544-4276 or on the web at www.pwfaa.org

January 31:  Gentle Yoga | 12 – 1 p.m. Tyler Public Library  The Library will be offering free gentle yoga classes in the Taylor Auditorium. For those who would like to participate in the class, signup sheets and health waivers are located at the Library’s information desk. Please note that this program is for adults only and each class size is limited to 35. It is recommended that participants bring their own yoga mat. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. For more information go to www.tylerlibrary.com, call (903)593-7323 (READ) or stop by at 201 S. College Ave. in downtown Tyler.

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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As you prepare for 2018, take some time to set goals. Reflect on your accomplishments from years past and look forward to a brand new year!

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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