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HWY. 271 CAR CRUISE
The annual Highway 271 Progressive Car Cruise is on for Saturday, April 9. It will include Gladewater, Gilmer, Pittsburg and Mt. Pleasant. Over a $1,000 in cash prizes will be given away and door prizes at each stop.
Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce in each participating city. For more information go to Facebook.com/Hwy271.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET
The 85th Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be inspirational artist Richard Height. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table seating eight. Contact the Chamber for more information. 903-845-5501.
The Songfellows Quartet of Nashville will perform March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 300 W. Upshur Ave. (Hwy. 80). There is no charge but a love offering will be taken. The group performs weekly on the Bursh Arbor Jubilee.
BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED
The Friends of Lee Library will hold a book sale during Gusher Days April 16 at Lee Library. Book donations are being accepted now and may be dropped off at Lee Library 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays or at the Gladewater Mirror weekdays 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The money raised will support the Children’s Summer Reading Program.
GALA WOMEN TO MEET
The Gladewater Area Ladies’ Association will hold a Saturday, April 2 fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to raise money for area scholarships for graduating seniors. The admission is $10 which includes a luncheon, games, silent auction and shopping bazaar. Area ladies are warmly invited to attend. For information call 903-918-7549 or 903-845-5501.
GARDEN CLUB HOSTS ORGANIC PROGRAM
The Gladewater Garden Club will meet Monday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Gardens of Gladewater Clubhouse to hear speaker Jeanette Swahn of Mansfield discuss Organic Gardening. The hostesses for the event are Tammy White, Fritzy Glenn, Peggy Rich, Tish St. John and Marilyn Ussery.
IT’S BACK…GUSHER DAYS
Gusher Days’ activities open with Carnival rides on Thursday, April 14 and officially kicks off with a luncheon on Friday, April 15 with tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce. A bass tourney is o tap of Saturday, April 23.
The event will host craft, commercial and food vendors, free live music and DJS including DJ Jack Fowler “Jack Attack” Saturday 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The Ragin’ Sound Crew will provide karaoke on Friday night from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for kids 16 and under. After 8 p.m. it will be adult performances only.
There will be the annual chili cookoff with nationally competitive chili cooks as well as a local division for chili and beans. Community groups interested in participating need to call Jim Bardwell at 903-845-2235.
The Friends of Lee Library will host a book sale at the library from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Children’s
Summer Reading Program.
With a car show, a parade, carnival rides and great shopping this is a not to be missed event. Check the Gusher Days website for more information and signup forms for events and contests.
LEE LIBRARY STORY TIME
Story Time at Lee Library is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. with coloring activities after the story time. All activities are free to the public. The library is located at 312 W. Pacific Ave. in Gladewater. For more information call 903-845-2640.
Union Grove juniors are hosting Lion G-Force days March 15 and April 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money for prom. G-Force is an indoor trampoline and karting complex at 4800 Gilmer Road in Longview.
OPRY PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED
The Gladewater Opry will host April Sanders, Lance Moore, Dorothy Hinman, Rodney Walls, David Allen, Shara Stanley, Bennie Davis, Danny Turrentine and The Texas Smoke Band at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets are $5.
GRACE BAPTIST REVIVAL
Grace Baptist Church at 212 E. George Richey Road will hold a revival March 16-20 with Ohio evangelist Jared Williams bringing the message. Services Wednesday through Saturday are at 7 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Jim Withers is pastor of the family of faith.
WALK ACROSS TEXAS
Walk Across Texas sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension will hold a kick off event April 1 at Gregg County Courthouse at 101 E. Methvin in Longview. The program will set the goal of an eight week walking program. For information contact Tami Putnam, FCS Agent at 903-236-8429 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STORYTIME IS ON THURSDAY IN GILMER
GILMER–Two books will be read to small children at both of the Upshur County Library’s two weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.
“The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever” by Teddy Slater, and “Ten Lucky Leprechauns” by Kathryn Heling, will be read at the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. sessions at the library, 702 W. Tyler (which is also Texas Hwy. 154.)
A craft will follow Storytime, said Debbie White of the library’s Children’s Services division.
The events are free to the public, but children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the library at (903) 843-5001 or visit its website at www.youseemore.com/upshur.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPONSORS NEEDED
GILMER–Financial sponsors are still being sought for the 5th Annual Special Olympics Field Day, to be co-sponsored April 1 at Jeff Traylor Stadium by the Kiwanis Club of Gilmer and Upshur County Shared Services Arrangement.
Those wishing to donate may contact Carter at 903-790-1311 or email@example.com. Checks should be made payable to the Gilmer Kiwanis Club and marked Special Olympics, she said.
RANGERETTE REVELS SET FOR APRIL 6-9
The Kilgore College Rangerettes will present Rangerette Revels April 6-9 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
Shows are set for 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, and two performances on Saturday, April 9, at 1 and 7 p.m.
The show’s theme is “The Show Must Go On” and will include a variety of dance genres including the Rangerettes’ signature “high kick” production for the finale.
Tickets can currently be purchased online at www.rangerette.com or in-person beginning Wednesday, March 16, at the Rangerette Box Office located on the first floor of the Rangerette Gymnasium on the Kilgore campus.
The box office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $25 each and are seats all reserved. For more information, contact the box office at 903-983-8179.
ST. JAMES HOSTING GRANDPARENTS’ DAY
St. James Missionary Baptist Church on March 19 will host a Musicians’ Appreciation at its 6 p.m. service.
BRICKS & BLOOM PLANT SALE
The Lions’ Club will hold a flower and plant sale on April 2 from 9 a.m. until noon at the derrick downtown. There will be a wide variety of hanging pots and flower selections for spring. The proceeds will go toward their scholarship program.
BASS-N-BABIES TOURNAMENT SET
A “Bass-N-Babies Fishing Tournament” to benefit the Hannah House Maternity Home near Gilmer is set April 9 at Lake O’ The Pines Johnson Creek.
First place wins 10 percent of the total entry fees submitted, and is guaranteed to be at least $1,000, plus an extra $500 if the boat was purchased from Plano Marine. Total payout to anglers will be 50 percent of the entry fees.
The overall event includes two-man teams and five-fish stringer/boats. Early entry fee, due by April 1, is $125 per boat while entry fee afterward is $150 per boat, and those fees include lunch starting at 1 p.m.
Final registration opens at 5 a.m. with opening ceremony at 5:50 a.m. The shotgun start is at 6 a.m. with weigh-in from 1-3 p.m.
To register, ask questions, or help sponsor the event, call Darlene Rawlinson of the Hannah House at 903-238-5351.
WARREN CITY SECRETARY RETIRING
A special farewell paty will be held March 25 from 6-8 p.m. for Warren City Secretary Vi Melton, who is retiring March 31 after14 years of service. The party will be held at the City Hall.
Everyone is invited to attend and visit with Melton.