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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.

Garden Club to host Monarch session
The Gladewater Garden Club will host Kay Lowery of the Native Plant Society on Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Gardens of Gladewater Clubhouse. Lowery is a member of the Caddo Wildflower Chapter. She will discuss “Milkweed and Monarchs”. Hostesses for the event are Lorraine Clark, Joy Barnett, Shelia Faggans, Terrie Hammer and Diane Wood. Everyone is invited to attend.

Gregg GOP Women to meet April 20
The Republican Women of Gregg County will meet Wednesday, April 20, at noon at Barrons, 405 W. Loop 281, Longview. Speaker will be Oscar Martinez, a retired Border Patrol and Immigration Officer. Contact information: 903-987-3477.

Masterworks Concert April 26 in Longview will feature Mozart’s ‘Great Mass in C Minor’
Kilgore College choirs will present a special concert this month in Longview featuring the performance of Mozart’s “Great Mass in C Minor.” The free concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 906 Padon Street in Longview.
The concert will feature the KC Masterworks Chorus, comprised of the KC Chorale and the East Texas Community Chorus, accompanied by a full orchestra. Soloists will include Alyssa Marshall, soprano; Melanie Sullivan, soprano; Jon Starling, tenor; and Eric Thomas, bass. Conductor of the concert will be Dr. Jim Taylor, director of choral activities at KC.
The KC Children’s Chorus will also perform at the concert. The concert will be dedicated in honor of Jeanne Johnson, who is retiring this year after 40 years of service to KC. Johnson serves as the department chair of the KC Music & Dance Department.

Lee Library Story Time
Lee Public Library invites young children to the library for story time Wednesday at 11 a.m. There will have a coloring activity following the story. All activities are free to the public. The library is located at 312 W. Pacific Ave. in Gladewater. For more information, call the library at 903-845-2640.

Opry lineup announced
The Gladewater Opry will host Dorothy Hinman, Callie Howard, Lance Moore, April Sanders, Jay Olson, Kaylynn Backus and feature Longview’s Tim Price along with the Texas Smoke Band this Saturday night at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 and children $5.

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 Wonderful Things You Will Be” by Emily Winfield Martin and “Finding Monkey Moon” by Elizabeth Pulford, 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.

Kindergarten Roundup set for April 25
Gay Avenue Kindergarten Roundup will be held April 25-29 from 8-8:30 a.m. with a parent orientation on April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Gay Avenue Primary auditorium.
The parent orientation will also provide kindergarten readiness materials, as well as a sight word DVD and take home readers.
This is a great opportunity to help children be prepared for kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year.
Documents needed to register include a birth certificate, social security card, current immunization record and TWO proofs of residency. One must either be a driver’s license, lease agreement or tax statement and the second must either be a water, gas or electric bill. All the names on the proofs have to match the name of the parent enrolling the child.

UGISD Spring Fling 3D Archery shoot on tap
Union Grove ISD will host the seventh annual Spring Fling 3D archery shoot with funds raised benefiting the UG NASP national qualifiers competing in Louisville, Kentucky May 13-14.
A 15-target course with multiple divisions for all ages and ability levels will be offered with a $20 entry fee which includes a hot dog lunch. Awards will go to the top 3-person team and top three individuals in each division.
In the hunter division all age levels and any individual shooting a modern compound bow. There will also be high school, middle school and elementary divisions.
The event will be held on the grounds behind the UGISD administration building.

UT Tyler announces 2016 Patriot Days
Students at The University of Texas at Tyler are invited to participate in the 2016 Patriot Days April 11 – 16, Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced.
Patriot Days is UT Tyler’s annual student appreciation week. School spirit and campus community is enhanced with concerts, games, food and prizes.
The event begins with the Crawfish Boil & Patriot Paddle Race featuring Midnight River Choir at noon Monday, April 11 at Harvey Deck on campus.
For more information, visit uttyler.edu/sll/campusactivities/patriotdays.php.

Varmint hunt slated for April 22-24
GILMER–The Second Semi-Annual Varmint Hunting Tournament, sponsored by the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce, is set April 22-24.
Some 75 percent of the revenue from the tourney’s regular $100 entrance fees will be paid back in prizes. Hunters may also pay an additional optional $100 fee to enter a contest for most beavers brought in dead, and 100 percent of the revenue from those fees will be awarded the winner.
Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the chamber office at 106 Buffalo, on the north side of the downtown courthouse square.
Animals which can be hunted, and the number of points for each, include beavers (30), coyotes (25), bobcats (20), skunks (15), armadillos (10), raccoons (5) and wild hogs (1). Hunting is permitted anywhere in Texas, but not elsewhere.
In case of a total points tie, the two top teams will decide whether to split the jackpot or flip a coin for the winner.
Point counts will be held at the Yamboree Grounds livestock pavilion April 23 and 24 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Pooling of animals between teams is disallowed.
To win prizes, a team must be present at 12 noon Sunday, April 24. All points will be tallied and winners will be announced then.
All hunters must have a valid Texas hunter’s license, and all born after 1971 must have taken a hunting safety course. Hunters from out of state are asked to purchase a Texas license at a Walmart or sporting goods store.
Each team must dispose of its kills legally, not by roadside dumping or on an unsuspecting person’s property.

SBA Lender Training’ May 20 in Longview
The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center will partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host a one-day advanced training for bankers.
“SBA Lender Training” is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Summit Club in Longview, located at 3700 Judson Road. The seminar will give the latest SBA guidelines and regulations featuring information on a new program called SBA One. Networking and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served.
Registration fee is $75 and can be paid by credit card by calling 903-757-5857 or 800-338-7232.
Attendees can also pay by mailing a check to: 911 NW Loop 281, Suite 209, Longview, Texas, 75604.
Instructors will be Perry Espie, supervisory lender relations specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Michelle Torres and Derenda Fisher, SBA lender relations specialists; and Brad Bunt, KCSBDC director.
For more information, call 903-757-5857 or 800-338-7232 or visit www.KilgoreSBDC.com.

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