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Van is Hosting a Girls Softball 8U Machine Pitch State Tournament

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Van Baseball Softball Association Girls 8U

State Tournament

Community Involvement Requested

We are very excited to be hosting the Texas Teenage 8U Girls state tournament in Van this season.  Please pass the word and help welcome these families to Van.

This opportunity has been awarded to us by Texas Teenage due to our volunteer’s commitment to the children in our community and far beyond.  We are expecting thousands of people in Van all next week.

We will be playing host to teams from all around the State of Texas and we are asking local businesses and individuals from the community to help us make it a wonderful experience for our guests.

We are very thankful to our Chamber of Commerce for stepping up and assisting us with this task.

The families that will be arriving in Van on July 13th 2015 and will be here for a week.

On behalf of the VBSA we are very thankful for any help in making this tournament something special for the girls and their families to remember.

                                       Van Baseball Softball Association

Summertime Reading Program – Wednesdays July 8, 15, 22 & Thursday July 30


Free Books!!!!! for Children Kindergarten through 8th grade

from Van Community Library 


Baseball Boys Advancing to Playoffs!!!



Hi Everyone,

I have recently joined the Education Foundation on the events and marketing committee.  As a member of this community for 32 years I am very excited about this opportunity.

We are going to start bringing back some of that Vandal spirit that we are known for.

I know that we have a lot going on in Van right now, but we would like to show our spirit for the baseball team. They have moved on to the next round in the playoffs this week.  They play on Thursday and Friday this week.  I don’t have any details yet.

We are asking that if you can decorate your business by Thursday in support of them we would appreciate it.

The Foundation members are going to be filling in the gaps!  We appreciate the help and support so much.

Thank you all for everything that you have done and are doing to keep the Vandal Pride going!

Stephanie Harris

Texas Rose Horse Park- ACTHA – Ride for the Tigers ADC I & II, CTC


 Texas Rose Horse Park

July 31 to Aug 1, 2015   ACTHA Six Miles…Six Smiles – see below

Contact Texas Rose for more information:


14078 State Hwy 110 N, Tyler,75704 

Six Miles Six Smiles

Brookshire’s Celebrates Valentine’s Day!!!!


Have you been curious as to what the Big White Tent is for located in the Brookshire’s Parking Lot?   

Starting Friday, Feb 13 through Feb 14, there will be special items in the tent to celebrate Valentine’s day
Floral, Chocolates, Candies and lots of other Valentine Gift items.
The Big Tent will be open Friday and Saturday for your shopping convenience.


East Texas Men in Harmony presentation!!

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The men from Van that are members of the East Texas Men in Harmony want to let you know about the presentation on Feb 26 at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.  
The Letterman!!!
What a nice treat!
Make plans to go!!  See the flyer for all the information to make your reservations today.


Shoot Van Photo Contest 2015

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2015 Shoot Van Contest is on!!!!!

Theme is “Holidays” – Photos taken from April 2014 through March 31, 2015 are welcome.

The photos will be judged and winners will be announced at the Spring Fling on April 4, 2015 at the Oil Museum.  Come and enjoy the day with your family.  The museum will have an Easter Egg Hunt, there will be vendors of all kind – including food and entertainment.

Click below to find the entire rules for the contest.

click here:  Shoot_Van_application


2015 Spring Soccer Season Information

2015 Spring Soccer Season

Don’t be late to Register for
Van Soccer Association 2015 Spring Season!

Tell all your friends to:

Late Registration Begins Sunday January 25!

There will be a $5.00 per player increase!

The website also offers a Registration Form to download and fill out, which you can bring to:

Van Community Center

January 24, between 10 am and 2 pm

– Late Registration

January 31, between 10 am and 2 pm

 Team Coaches will draft players on Saturday, February 7 from fully paid registrations. Season opening is planned for Saturday, March 7 allowing for practices before the first game.

Location: Van Community Center

online –

Saturdays: January 24, and 31

Time: 10am – 2pm
   or ONLINE!
$65 / child
$60 / first sibling
$55 / each additional

Online Registration:
Beginning January 25 there will no longer be a $5.00 per player discount for registering through the online system.

What to bring: 
Credit Card for online
Cash …or…
Check payable
to VSA
New Players:
bring copy
of player’s
birth certificate
for VSA to file
Draft: February 7
First Game:
March 7
Call / text

Edith Wineland



Spirit Of Christmas Lighting Contest – Dec 6

The Spirit of Christmas

Van Businesses and Churches

Christmas Lighting Contest

Sponsored by the Van Area Chamber of Commerce

Ready for your participation. 

Click here 2014 for complete information and printable poster for your bulletin boards or windows.

Judging will take place on Dec 5.

Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places and awarded at the Annual Derrick Lighting at the Van Oil Museum

December 6, 2014  at 6 PM

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