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A Short Drive Gets You To The What-A-Melon Festival This Weekend

Texas knows how to throw a festival that centers on food!

We've got the Tomato Fest in Jacksonville, the Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, and this weekend it's all about watermelon in Center.

If you don't mind the hour-and-a-half drive, you'll be able to sample some watermelon, hear live music, ride carnival rides, and benefit a bunch of East Texas non-profits.

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‘#SchoolisCool’ Back To School Event Coming To Tyler’s Harvey Hall

The farthest thing from our kids' mind right now is school; they're focused on summer vacation plans, swimming, hanging out with friends and just being kids! Right now, we're basically one-third of the way through summer and pretty soon we'll be buying school supplies and uniforms and packing their lunch to send them off to continue learning.

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Grilling Questions? There’s a Hotline For That!

At Thanksgiving there's a hotline to help us with turkeys,and guess what will be set up on the biggest grilling weekend of the year?  Yep!  There will be experts on the phone waiting to help us with steaks and brisket.

Longhorn Steakhouse will open up a hotline tomorrow (July 3rd) and it will be open through Sunday, so if you're in the back yard and you get in a seasoning bind, they'll be waiting to rescue ya.

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July 4th Fireworks In + Near Tyler

There's nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July than with a great fireworks show. And thankfully we've had some great (and rainy!) weather this year in Tyler and East Texas, so that means fireworks will be blowing up all over the area this weekend.

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Grilling This Weekend? Here Are Some Not-So-Helpful Tips.

Have you ever cleaned your grill with an onion?  Me neither!  A top grilling tip is to cut the onion in half and use the flat side to scrub and clean the grill instead of using a scraper. Onion lovers are high-fiving on that idea.  But wouldn't it make you cry?

Another top grilling tip is to microwave the meat before you stick it on the grill.  It speeds up the process, and basically allows you to do all the major cooking inside, and just the finishing touches on the grill.  Kinda defeats the purpose of grilling since you don't get to stand around and drink beverages with your grilling mates and I wonder if it would make the food taste rubbery.  But okay!

What else?

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What Was Your First Drink? [POLL]

Turning 21 is supposedly the last of the fun birthdays. People always say there's nothing left to look forward to about birthdays after that point, unless you consider renting cars or having your car insurance decrease to be fun. But if 21 is the last good one, shouldn't you make the most of it?

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4th of July Fireworks Safety Tips

Next Friday, July 4th, we'll be celebrating our nation's birthday with a big birthday party that will most likely involve fireworks! Although they are a source of great joy and full of amazement because of all their beautiful colors, they can though be quite dangerous.

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Women Want Men With Experience!

So ladies, when it comes to relationships, do you think a guy with a failed marriage is damaged goods?  Or is he road-tested and primed with good experience, and someone who has learned from his mistakes?

More and more women are saying it's the latter.  Yes please!

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Tyler Artist Will Have Winning Work Displayed This Weekend

Tyler's Main Street Department is working on revitalizing downtown, and all you have to do to pitch in and help is drink a little wine.

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This Is The Only Spot You Can Be Cold During The Summer

The pool is tons of fun, but if it's less than 95 degrees outside Mama needs a space heater!

I've got three little girls that LOVE the pool, and always ask within five minutes of arriving, "Mama, can we stay for two hours?" They have no to-do list running through their head and no agenda. I love that about them. So we stay for two hours. even if we're cold. The 6 and 4 year-olds splash and swim the whole time, and sometimes the 2-year old and I sit there on the chairs together and talk about life while our teeth chatter.

Tyler pool hours are online, and I'll post the link for ya.

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Dad Gets A Smartphone And Learns To Text

My mom got my dad an iPhone for Father’s Day, and my first text from Dad arrived Monday.

He needed a day or so to figure out how to text on this “newfangled thing,” but once he figured it out he didn’t mess around with just words. He sent me a pic! Of my grandma’s 1980-something Buick. And he didn’t say a word about it, just the pic.

This is going to be a wild texting adventure with Pop.

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Tyler’s 4th of July Fireworks Will Go On As Usual At Lindsey Park

The fireworks at Lindsey Park in Tyler were in jeopardy of not going off this year because the Tyler Jaycees, who traditionally has hosted the show, pulled out and the show was cancelled for a short while. Now that a group of generous people has come up with the funds and the show can go on!

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