February is here!
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 this month, 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!
February 1: 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.
February 1: Groundhog Day | 7 – 9 p.m. Liberty Hall, Tyler Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
February 1-4: 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.
February 2: ETCC Raffle Car at Stanley’s | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tyler The East Texas Crisis Center raffle car donated by Gearhead Garage TX &Tyler Ford will be at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q on Friday, February 2nd from 11am-2pm. Be sure to swing by to enjoy some amazing food and pick up your ticket(s) to win a 1964 1/2 Mustang Convertible. $10/each! Plus, anyone who purchases a ticket for the Mustang will also be eligible for a chance to win 2 free tickets to see Charley Crockett later that same night at Stanley’s as well as a $20 Gift Card. Drawing for the winner of the two show tickets & $20 Gift Card will take place at 2:00 p.m. You *do not* have to be present to win!
February 2: Longview Go Red for Women Luncheon | 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Sumit Club, Longview Go Red For Women encourages women and their families to take action and live a healthier life. Let’s get started. Let’s unite. Together we are stronger and unstoppable. Join us at GoRedForWomen.org and at this year’s Go Red For Women luncheon.
February 2-3: 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.
February 2: Carpenters Once More | 7 – 9 p.m. Liberty Hall, Tyler Come celebrate one Unforgettable Voice and one unforgettable duo, with the sounds of Carpenters Once More featuring Branson Show Awards 2016 Tribute Show of the Year, 2017 Female Entertainer of the Year nominee, and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner-Vocalist Diana Lynn. From the birth of this dynamic brother/sister duo to the last of their public performances, this powerful show highlights hits like Yesterday Once More, Close To You, For All We Know, We’ve Only Just Begun, Postman, Ticket To Ride and many more.
February 3: Freeze Your Fanny Run | 8 a.m. Longview, Texas This will be our 30th year to provide one of the first events in the calendar year that tells cycling enthusiast that the time has come to brush off the cobwebs and start pedaling. Runners wear your earmuffs! Freeze Your Fanny is the one and only fundraiser for East Texas Lightnin’. Our, volunteers and community partners, mission is to provide athletic and recreational events for individuals with intellectual disabilities. All of that being said, “Welcome to beautiful East Texas, the hills and whatever weather happens on the first Saturday in February.” Remember to follow us on facebook for weather updates (as we get closer to day of event) and/or to reach out to your cycling and running buddies. Register early to get your long sleeve t-shirt.
February 3: For the Love of Junk | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Harvey Hall, Tyler Mark your Calendars and come join us for a fun filled day of shopping & and get a prize for your valentine! Goodie bags are given to the first 50 people in the door! And door prizes given away all day! We will have a ton of vendors with awesome goodies all under one roof! There will also be activities for the kids, so don’t get a babysitter! See you there!
February 3: 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.
February 3: 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.
February 3: The Mountaintop | 7:30 p.m. W.M. Turner Auditorium, Nacogdoches Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and the University Series will present L.A. Theatre Works’ production of “The Mountaintop” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. In this award-winning Broadway play, author Katori Hall speculates what may have transpired in a conversation between legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a humble hotel maid in the hours before King was assassinated. Shortly after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” King reveals his hopes, regrets and fears in a performance by acclaimed radio theatre company L.A. Theatre Works. Contains some mature language.
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.
February 3: Star Party Saturday | 8 – 9:30 p.m. TJC Center for Earth and Space Science Education, Tyler Live Sky shows at 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00PM., Telescope viewing from 8:00 – 10:00PM Admission: Free
February 6: Foster Care Orientation Meeting | 6 p.m. Arrow Child & Family Ministries, 1517 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.
February 7: 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.
February 10: Jacksonville Swap & Shop | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown, Jacksonville, Texas This is our second event for Jacksonville Swap and Shop. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bring your favorite person or family, friends and neighbors! This is such a great event. Over 50 vendors – shop local and support downtown Jacksonville and local vendors!
February 10: 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
Febuary 10: Downtown Heart Hunt | 2 – 5 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas Explore Downtown in a fun and competitive scavenger hunt! Teams of two will take on the Downtown Heart Hunt starting at 2:00 pm from Gallery Main Street. Teams will earn points by locating hearts around Downtown using hints provided and then uploading photos of the two team members with each heart onto social media using the hashtag #DowntownHeartHunt. The team with the most points who makes it back to Gallery Main Street by the designated time, will win the grand Valentine’s Day prize! See registration page for more information and event rules. Registration is $20 per team and is limited to only 20 teams! So be sure to get your tickets now! Good luck and happy hunting!
February 10: 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.
February 12: Winter Concert | 7:30 – 9 p.m. Le Tourneau University Belcher Center Join us for our winter concert of the East Texas Symphonic Band! The East Texas Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr James Snowden will present a Grand Winter Celebration Concert. Featured selections include Kung Fu Panda, Absolute Crossover, Robin Hood and more. Concert is only $5 for adults – cash or check at the door (no tickets). Children and students are free!
February 12: Million Dollar Quartet | 7:30 – 10 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame…at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
February 13: Jordan World Circus | 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oil Palace, Tyler With three rings of affordable family fun, “The Jordan World Circus” will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals. * Acts are subject to change *
February 13: 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
February 14: 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.
February 14: Valentine Cookie & Cupcake Decorating | 5:30 p.m. Nacogdoches Public Library Learn icing and decorating techniques to make the most beautiful Valentines for your sweetheart, or just for your sweet tooth! Ages: 10-17 years. Registration: Free. Please register by February 13.
February 16-17: 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.
February 17: Lego Club | 2:30 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.
February 20: 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!!!
February 20: Movie Night “Hidden Figures” | 6 – 8 p.m. Longview Public Library Help us celebrate Black History Month on February 20th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM as we watch the fantastic film, “Hidden Figures!” Light snacks will be provided. Ages 18+ only please. For more info, please call (903) 237-1350!
February 21: 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.
February 23-24: Feminar | Le Tourneau University Belcher Center We have good news!! It’s not too late to purchase your tickets for FEMINAR® women’s conference in Longview, TX!! You don’t want to miss out what God has in store for you. Share this post with your friends and invite them to be apart of this spirit-filled weekend!! Click the link below to get you tickets now.
February 24: Let’s Get AG-tive Fun Run | 7 a.m. Palestine, Texas Hay y’all! Don’t like being a porker, but don’t mind smelling fowl for a good cause? Come run (or walk) like a filly, cause everybody knows there’s no udder way to get fit than some good ole fashioned AG-tivity! Come join the Anderson County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers for our first annual event! The 2018 Let’s Get AG-tive Fun Run is set in the heart of historic downtown Palestine, Texas. The event is a loop course, which begins and ends at the Palestine Farmers Market. The 1 mile is designed as a run for kids, and an easy stroll for adults. The 5k is designed for runners who want to go the extra mile by either running or walking.
February 24: 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.
February 28: 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!
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