Fall Family Fun

The weather is finally getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s the perfect time to get out with the family for some fall fun.

Check out these family friendly events and celebrate the changing of the seasons!

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          1Saturday Make & Take Crafts at The Coppell Arts CenterSaturday Make & Take Crafts at The Coppell Arts CenterTime: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Coppell Arts Center hosts free make-and-take craft workshops for kids 3 to 12 on the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM - 12 PM.
The Coppell Arts Center
505 Travis St, Coppell, TX
Movies in the Park: PinocchioMovies in the Park: PinocchioTime: 7:30 pm
Tyler Parks and Recreation is excited to host the fall Movies in the Park Series. Meet at Bergfeld Park to enjoy a free movie for the family. 7:30 pm
Bergfeld Park
1501 S. Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX
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3 4Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
5Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play and LearnPlay and LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The North Garland Branch Library will offer a 60 minute educational free-play time on Wednesday mornings for families to enjoy.
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
6Artwalk LongviewArtwalk LongviewArtWalk Longview is a FREE, self-guided tour of downtown business venues exhibiting and selling art. ArtWalk is free to artists to participate and free to the public to attend. ArtWalk was initially created to be a downtown event, with the goal of attracting more people to downtown Longview to enjoy the museums, restaurants, and businesses that are open and exhibiting artists. The event has grown over the years and now regularly has food trucks and street musicians, as well as the artists. ArtWalk continues to grow and regularly draws more than 100+ artists to each event.
ArtWalk invites artists who create and make their own art! This includes painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, mixed media, and more. No resellers or businesses that are not art-related. ArtWalk is free to participate, but please complete the participation form for placement and to be included on the map.
500 E. Whaley St. Longview, TX 75601
Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
7 8Family Day at Tyler Museum of ArtFamily Day at Tyler Museum of ArtTime: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Looking for a family friendly adventure this weekend? Enjoy free art activities for the whole family and light refreshments. Family Day will be held every second Saturday of the month.
Tyler Museum of Art
1300 South Mahon Avenue, Tyler, TX
9Second Sunday FundaySecond Sunday FundayTime: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Fundays is a hands-on art afternoon that offers parents & children projects they can create together in the creative atmosphere of Irving Arts Center.
Irving Arts Center
3333 North MacArthur Blvd,
Irving, TX, 75062
10 11Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Bilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryBilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 6:00 pm
Join Lewisville Public Library for a bilingual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish! A free ticket is required for entry. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes before class starts on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
12Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play and LearnPlay and LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The North Garland Branch Library will offer a 60 minute educational free-play time on Wednesday mornings for families to enjoy.
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
13Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
14 15Movies in the Park: EncantoMovies in the Park: EncantoTime: 7:00 pm
Tyler Parks and Rec is excited to host the fall Movies in the Park Series. Meet at Bergfeld Park to enjoy a free movie for the family.
Bergfeld Park
1501 S. Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX
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17 18Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
19Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play and LearnPlay and LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The North Garland Branch Library will offer a 60 minute educational free-play time on Wednesday mornings for families to enjoy.
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
20Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
21 22Free Fall FestivalFree Fall FestivalTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tree of Life Lutheran Church is hosting a fun, free event with a bounce house and petting zoo, plus hot dogs and chips! 3 - 6 pm
Tree of Life Lutheran Church
6318 Lyons Rd, Garland, TX
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24 25Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Allen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeAllen Public Library - Baby & Me Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Tuesday morning at 10:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Bilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryBilingual Storytime at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 6:00 pm
Join Lewisville Public Library for a bilingual storytime with books, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish! A free ticket is required for entry. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes before class starts on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
26Together Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTogether Time Storytime at Allen Public LibraryTime: 10:15 am
Allen Public Library - Join every Wednesday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, especially for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Play and LearnPlay and LearnTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The North Garland Branch Library will offer a 60 minute educational free-play time on Wednesday mornings for families to enjoy.
North Garland Branch Library
3845 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX
27Toddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryToddler Time at Lewisville Public LibraryTime: 10:00 am
Join Lewisville Public Library every Thursday at 10:00 AM & at 10:45 AM for Toddler Time. Designed for walkers, we focus on early literacy skills through stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend and participate with children. Free ticket required, space is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Youth Services Desk, 30 minutes before the start of the class.
Lewisville Public Library
1197 W Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067
Fun Ones & Twos Story TimeFun Ones & Twos Story TimeTime: 10:15 am
Join every Thursday morning at 10:15 AM & at 11:15 AM in the Children's Program Room for fun literacy based activities that incorporate reading, talking, playing, singing and writing, for families with toddlers ages 1-2. Registration required.
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, Texas 75013
Fall Family Fun FestivalFall Family Fun FestivalTime: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The annual Fall Family Fun Festival hosted by Glass Recreation Center will be on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-7 p.m. The festival will include booths with candy and games, face painting, jumpers, photo opportunities, food trucks, and a costume contest for children!
Glass Recreation Center
501 W 32nd St, Tyler, TX 75702
28 29Family Weekends at Sammons ParkFamily Weekends at Sammons ParkTime: 10:00 am
Kick off your weekends at Sammons Park with these free outdoor events perfect for the entire family. Enjoy complimentary activities for children like face painting, balloon artists, temporary arm tattoos, a petting zoo and more. Gather the family to play lawn games and a round of mini golf at the Reliant Putting Green. Cool off and splash around the Donor Pool. Our friends from Dallas Animal Services will be onsite with dogs looking for their forever homes. Bring your own picnic or grab lunch at the Center Café to wrap up an ideal family outing!
October 29: It’s a day full of Spooktacular family fun. Jam with DPD as the talented Dallas Police Officers perform a live concert on the Sammons Community Stage, kids can participate in trick or treating and craft stations, plus a meet-and-greet with the owls from Window to the Wild!
Sammons Park Historic District
2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX
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Texas WIC’s Expanded Fruit & Vegetable Benefits Extended Thru Dec. 16

The WIC Fruit, Vegetable Bump Extended Thru Dec. 16

Texas WIC’s extended fruit and vegetable benefits are now extended thru December! Congress approved the expanded benefits last week, which were set to expire at the end of September. 

 The new benefits are now available thru Dec. 16. 

According to Texas WIC, “Participants who receive the increased benefits in December are able to redeem them throughout the entire month.”

According to Texas WIC, the new Cash Value Benefits (CVB) amounts for fruits and vegetables are:

  • $25 monthly for children
  • $44 monthly for pregnant and postpartum participants
  • $49 monthly for fully and partially breastfeeding participants
  • $73.50 for mothers breastfeeding multiple children

The expanded WIC fruit and vegetable benefits was expected to return to $11 for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and $9 for children Oct. 1.

WIC clients should contact a local WIC office if they have questions about these benefits. 

WIC clients can get all their WIC groceries in one easy stop at any Grocery Services North location in Dallas, Plano, Waco, Tyler and Longview. There are 11 stores conveniently located near WIC clinics. Find a location online.

Texas WIC Formula Changes Take Effect Oct. 1

On Oct. 1, Texas WIC’s new formula contract went into effect.

Texas WIC’s contract for milk-based formulas has switched from Abbott Laboratories, the makers of Similac, to Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil products. The new contract is only for milk-based formulas. All other formula products remain unchanged. 

“All WIC participants receiving standard milk-based infant formulas will be transitioned to Enfamil products for benefits beginning October 2022,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

There is a Mead Johnson product equivalent for every Abbott Laboratories product.  

If you haven’t already discussed this change with your local WIC office, contact them at your earliest convenience. 

“The WIC program is required to have a contract with one specific formula company to help keep costs down. We renew the contract every 5 years. The award for the contract from October 2022 – September 2027 for milk based formula is Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil. The soy-based formula will continue to be with Abbott, the makers of Similac,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

Recipe Spotlight Using WIC Foods

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be spotlighting several recipes you can make in your kitchen. This one, “A Simple Mexican Salad” is from the USDA website and came from the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service. It’s a refreshing salad with a little bite. It’s cool and refreshing flavors are very comforting. 

A Simple Mexican Salad

Chili powder and lime juice are the secret ingredients in this cucumber and orange salad.

2 cucumbers

2 oranges

1 lemon or lime (the juice)

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Wash the cucumbers, oranges and lemon or lime under cold running water. Slice the cucumbers. Peel and cut the oranges into small pieces. Place cucumber slices and orange pieces in a medium size bowl. Add chili powder, lemon or lime juice and salt.

Get all your WIC foods in one easy stop at any Grocery Services North There are 11 locations in Dallas, Plano, Waco, Tyler and Longview. 

 

Quick, Easy Family Meal Features Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of nutrition. Texas WIC features several approved-foods that offer whole grains. This recipe for Pasta with Peas from the “staff favorites” from the Whole Grain Council is a super easy, quick meal that can be made in 15 minutes for the entire family. Find more recipes like this one on their website.

Pasta with Peas

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 cup frozen peas

12 ounces whole wheat pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and break linguini in half and cook according to package directions. 

While the pasta is cooking, combine the eggs and cheese in a small bowl, beat, and set aside. Put peas in a strainer, rinse under hot water, and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for several minutes, until it softens. Add the peas to the skillet and cook for about one minute longer.

Drain the pasta and add to the skillet. Toss gently to mix. Create a well in the center, add the eggs and cheese, and cook until they are starting to firm up. Toss with the pasta and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Let’s celebrate whole grains! 

September is Whole Grains Month! 

Whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Texas WIC food packages also include whole grains, including brown rice, whole wheat bread and tortillas, corn tortillas, oatmeal and whole-wheat pasta. 

Health experts recommend including whole grains in our diets because they can help “reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity,” according to the Oldways Whole Grains Council.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of all the grains you eat are whole grains. If you’re like most people, you’re not getting enough whole grains — so see how to make whole grains a part of your healthy diet.

Grains can be either whole or refined. Whole grains have the entire grain kernel, and include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and brown rice to name a few. Refined grains remove fiber, iron and some vitamins. Examples include white flour, bread and rice. 

In honor of whole grains month, here is a recipe to try:

WIC Whole Grains: Add whole grains to your Tuna Patties

Whole-Grain Tuna Rice Cakes

1 can tuna, undrained

2 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1 Tbsp finely chopped onion

1 slice of whole wheat bread, shredded or crumbled

Dash or two of ground black pepper

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the tuna with its liquid, rice, celery, onion, bread and pepper. Stir in the eggs and mix well. Form mixture into 4 patties using about ¼ cup mix for each. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add patties and brown on each side. Enjoy!

Get all your WIC foods at Grocery Services North in one easy stop. Grocery Services North is a chain of grocery stores that caters to WIC clients. There are 11 locations in Dallas, Plano, Waco, Tyler and Longview. Visit today!

 

Grocery Services North Announces Special Labor Day Hours

Grocery Services North will open certain locations for Labor Day. 

The following stores will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM on September 5th. 

  • Grocery Services North at 1050 N. Westmoreland Rd. Ste. 312, Dallas, TX 75211
  • Grocery Services North at 6921 Lake June Road, Dallas, TX 75217 
  • Grocery Services North at 310 N. Barnes Rd. Ste. A, Garland, TX 75042 
  • Grocery Services North at 8202 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 300, Dallas, TX 75240 

“We know how important it is to WIC clients, our customers, to be open at the beginning of the month,” said Cristina Torres, store manager. “We love our customers and want to make WIC shopping as easy and convenient as possible.”

Grocery Services North makes it easy for WIC clients to get all their WIC groceries in one easy stop. Our stores and staff cater to WIC clients. Walk in to get everything you need today. 

Everyone at Grocery Services North wishes your family a happy and safe Labor Day. 

2 New Grocery Services North Locations Now Open In Tyler, Longview

Grocery Services North opened two new stores in East Texas. WIC clients can now get all their WIC foods in one easy stop in Tyler and Longview. 

 The primarily WIC store in Tyler is at 225 East Amherst #700 and the Longview location is at 2430 South High Street, #C4. Both are conveniently located next door to WIC clinics. 

WIC clients can easily get all their WIC foods in one easy stop. Grocery Services North clerks are bilingual and can help customers in English and Spanish. Customers can check their WIC balance before shopping and see exactly what WIC benefits are remaining. Clerks assist customers throughout the process. 

WIC clients can visit a store, and insert their WIC EBT card at the counter. Bilingual clerks help assist WIC customers get all their desired WIC groceries for checkout. 

WIC clients then approve each item for redemption while a clerk sacks all their groceries.

Grocery Services North is a primarily WIC grocery store chain with locations in Dallas and Waco, TX and now East Texas. The stores offer an easy WIC shopping format that takes the hassle out of WIC shopping.

NEW Product Alert!

Grocery Services Offering Kashi® Cereals While Supplies Last

Customers can redeem WIC benefits for Kashi® organic cereals at Grocery Services North locations, while supplies last.

Grocery Services North is currently offering Kashi® Organic Honey Toasted and Kashi® Organic Warm Cinnamon in 12 ounce boxes. 

The cereals are shaped as hearts and O’s, making it a fun and nutritious treat for children and adults. WIC-approved cereals are low in sugar, iron-fortified and are high in fiber. 

Stop by any Grocery Services North location in Dallas, Waco, Tyler and Longview to pick up your WIC foods in one easy stop.