Summer camp to stage ‘Shrek Jr.’

Students who are attending a summer camp at Tyler Civic Theatre will stage “Shrek, The Musical Jr.”

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. today and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler.

Tickets cost $12.50 and are available at

The show will feature children and teens entering grades 4 to 12 who are in the Summer Theatre Arts Review’s musical theater camp. The half-day camp began June 17.

Texas Shakespeare Festival continues

The Texas Shakespeare Festival runs through July 28 at Kilgore College’s Anne D. Turk Fine Arts Center at Kilgore College, 1200 S. Henderson Blvd., Kilgore.

Tickets cost $33 for seats and $28 for seating on a padded bench in the back of the auditorium. Group rates are available.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at (903) 983-8601 or going to .

LMFA exhibit opens

Longview Museum of Fine Arts will feature the work of Dallas glass artist Simon Waranch and San Francisco artist Liz Hickok beginning Saturday through Sept. 21.

An opening reception at 7 p.m. July 13 will include gallery talks with the artists at 7:30 p.m. The reception is open to museum members and their guests.

The museum at 215 E. Tyler St. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for members and $5 for guests.

Fundraising exhibit to close today

“110@110,” a fundraising exhibit at Gallery Main Street in Tyler, closes Friday.

Any piece of art on display is for sale for $50.

Dozens of artists painted and donated one or more 10-by-10-inch canvases for the exhibit, Main Street Director Amber Rojas-Varona said. Originally more than 110 pieces were made.

The gallery’s next exhibit, “Celebration” will be on view July 13 through Sept. 10.

The gallery at 110 W. Erwin St. is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Farmers market stages music

The Historic Longview Farmers Market features live music each Saturday in downtown Longview.

The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the city parking lot at Cotton and Fredonia streets. Upcoming performers are:

■ Saturday: Jerry Akin

■ July 13: Tim Worley & the Jalapeno Overdrive

■ July 20: Dick Chapman

Hikes, programs set at Tyler State Park

Boyd Sanders, a ranger at Tyler State Park, will lead hikes and nature talks at the park this week.

The programs are free with a day-pass admission of $6 and for those camping in the park.

Tyler State Park is located on FM 14 two miles north of its intersection with Interstate 20 north of Tyler.

The activities this week include:

Myths and Legends, 10 a.m. today, boat ramp parking. Learn about the legends of the woods during a nature walk.

Apocalypse Walk, 2 p.m. today, Whispering Pines Trail head. Learn about survival skills in nature.

Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 a.m. Saturday, Blackjack Pavilion See a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.

Nature Navigation, 2 p.m. Saturday, Old Road Trail head. Learn to navigate without a map or compass.

Caddo Culture, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Silver Canoe Store. Learn about Caddo Indian Culture.

For a listing of more activities at the state park this summer, go to .

Library presents balloon show

The Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading Club will feature the “Robb Holladay Magical Balloon Show;” at noon today at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center at, 100 Grand Blvd.

The program is presented free as part of Fourth of July activities.

For information, call (903) 237-1345 or visit or www. Library .

Timpson to observe Frontier Days

Timpson Frontier Days brings country music, entertainment and kid-friendly fun to downtown Timpson through Sunday.

A kids carnival is to begin at 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 presale and $18 on-site.

A gospel concert is set for 6:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church 715 N. 2nd St. featuring the Calvary Boys & Trio and Faith’s Journey. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance.

Tonight’s entertainment includes Southern Impact, The C-Dale Cummings and Curtis Daniel.

Saturday’s events include a parade at 10 a.m.; food and craft booths; a car, truck and motorcycle show; The Outlaws gunfighting shows; the Amazing David Wonders; Rebecca Daniel and her puppets; a cake auction; twirlers and cheerleaders; and performances by Jeremy Bowley and the Legal Limit band.

On Sunday, a community service event will take place at 6 p.m. Souled Out, a gospel group, will perform and Levi Cohorst will speak.

For more information, call 936-254-3500.

Celebrate Freedom Sunday at area church

Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Highway in Tyler, will observe Celebrate Freedom Sunday.

Patriotic presentations are set for 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday and take the place of its usual worship service.

The church’s combined choirs will sing patriotic music and Tim Lee, a Marine veteran who lost his legs, will be the speaker, according to information from the church.

Veterans will be recognized during the event. The presentations are open to all.