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Lacie Ballinger is joining the Discovery Science Place as the museum's new executive director. Ballinger was most recently the director of collections and exhibits for the Tallahassee Museum in Florida. Ballinger will oversee the nonprofit science museum and its mobile science education program.

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Jacksonville’s 37th Tomato Fest is back this year — red, ripe, and full of fun. The festival celebrating all things tomatoes kicks off June 5 and culminates in a full day of activities June 12.

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The Texas Historical Association's historic house museums represent Texas’ diverse landscape and architectural heritage. Experience how Texans lived over the past 175 years in modest homes, comfortable residences, and opulent estates.

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Kids' Trout Fishing Day takes place at Bridge Bob's Pond in the Mineola Nature Preserve. The event is sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the City of Mineola, local merchants, civic organizations, and many individual contributors. It takes place…

When mother and daughter Carolyn DeWoody and Amber Green found themselves with one acre of land tucked into a corner of the vineyards of Los Pinos Ranch near Pittsburg, it was easy to envision a perfect getaway destination.

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Two of the region’s historic sites are hosting family and budget-friendly holiday events this season. Visit the Starr family Home in Marshall and the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site for entertaining and educational activities. Both sites encourage guests to call ahead to reserve a time.

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State parks all around the Upper East Side of Texas are offering safe, socially-distanced holiday activities that encourage enjoyment of the outdoors — from craft projects to scavenger hunts to decorating a campsite drive-through light displays.

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Holidays in the city of Ennis, Texas get bigger and better every year. In addition to offering fabulous holiday events in December, Ennis is adding an outstanding light display that warrants a trip to Ellis County. 

The Earth and Space Science Center at Tyler Junior College is offering a variety of Holiday Dome Shows at the Hudnall Planetarium, November 21-28 and December 19 to January 2.

In November, Mother Nature adds artistic touches of gold, orange, and red to foliage all over the Upper East Side of Texas. For a true delight, visit one of the Texas state parks in our region, which offer a calm, peaceful environment where nature takes center stage.

Photo ops and fun abound at the Haymaze and Pumpkin Patch this month in the historic Main Street District of Ennis, Texas. The Haymaze is an anchor attraction for Ennis Autumn Daze, which are building up to a fun finale at the end of October.

Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines near Tyler offers possibilities for staycations and special events beneath the peaceful piney woods. An award-winning venue, the resort offers a setting for special events, family gatherings, and corporate retreats.

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The Hudnall Planetarium at Tyler Junior College is offering live virtual field trips on a range of earth and space science topics this fall to schools, scout groups, and community groups.

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Rockwall, seat of Texas' smallest county, was once known as the Wedding Capital of Texas. To commemorate that heritage, Rockwall County Historical Foundation is presenting a free historical exhibit this month. Memorabilia are on display at the Bailey House, on the grounds of Rockwall's Histo…

With summer upon us, local farmers' markets and produce stands are open for business. This is a great way to practice social distancing in open air markets as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Supporting our local farmers markets can be beneficial to all who visit them and purc…

Summer and early fall are perfect for enjoying the breezy rush of a zipline adventure. Guests enjoy the contactless sport at a few venues in the region offering packages for individuals and small groups. Adventure awaits for almost anyone meeting participation requirements, which vary among parks.