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HOMELESS COUNT & ANNUAL BRIDGE CITY SET FOR JANUARY 28 & 29

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TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texarkana Homeless Coalition (TXKHC) will conduct its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless population observational count on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 902 W. 12th Street, Texarkana, Texas. On January 29, 2021 TXKHC’s Bridge City Project Chili Cookoff will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. at 316 Hazel Street in Texarkana, AR 71854, in front of the Salvation Army shelter. The annual Bridge city Chili Cookoff challenges members of the community or organizations to enter their best chili in a chili cook-off competition. To register for the annual Bridge City Chili Cook-Off 2021 visit at www.txkhc.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/122176533081933

Every year the Department of Housing and Urban Development requires all homeless coalitions to count the number of homeless individuals by the last week in January. The PIT count offers insight into understanding our local homeless population, their current needs, and provide data to secure future funding for programs that combat homelessness. Continue Reading →

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Perot Holiday Traditions has entertainment for all ages

TEXARKANA, TEX- The Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, City of Texarkana, TX, and Texarkana Arts & Historic District are partnering with the Perot Theatre to present the 3rd annual Perot Holiday Traditions on December 19, 2020.  Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Frozen will play on the largest indoor movie screen in Texarkana at 10:00 a.m. with a repeat of the short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure along with Frozen II at 2:00 p.m.  Festivities on Main Street, including Santa Claus, food trucks, and vendors, will be available from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in front of the theatre. There is a 100% chance of snow all day on Main Street! 

Thanks to the support of daytime movie sponsors, Snow Developments and Kinetic by Windstream, and returning event sponsor, Farmers Bank & Trust, ticket prices are $6 for the daytime movie package. The City of Texarkana, TX will offer hot chocolate and hot apple cider to festival attendees, served from the back of an antique fire truck.  Vendors will line the street for last-minute holiday gift shopping and food trucks will be on-site to grab a bite to eat between movies.  

In consideration of COVID-19 safety protocols, changes have been made to ensure attendees feel comfortable and safe.  In lieu of the craft table, prepackaged craft bags will be distributed to children. Santa Claus will be on-hand to offer a safe photo opportunity, and the event space has been expanded and modified to allow more room for social distancing. Staff will sanitize surfaces in and out of the theatre regularly throughout the day. Continue Reading →

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Perot Theatre is Going Frozen!

The Perot Theatre is going frozen for the 3rd annual Perot Holiday Traditions on December 19, 2020.  Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Frozen will play on the largest indoor movie screen in Texarkana at 10AM with a repeat of the short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure along with Frozen II at 2PM.  Festivities on Main Street, including Santa Claus, food trucks, and vendors, are from 12PM-2PM in front of the theatre.  There is a 100% chance of snow all day on Main Street! Thanks to the support of daytime movie sponsors, Snow Developments and Kinetic by Windstream, and returning event sponsor, Farmers Bank & Trust, ticket prices are $6 for the daytime movie package. The City of Texarkana, TX will offer hot chocolate and hot apple cider to festival attendees, served from the back of an antique fire truck.  Vendors will line the street for last-minute holiday gift shopping and food trucks will be on-site to grab a bite to eat between movies. 

In consideration of Covid-19 concerns, changes have been made to ensure attendees feel comfortable and safe.  In lieu of the craft table, prepackaged craft bags will be distributed to the younger ticket holders.  This modification will allow children to still create a memorable craft but without the risk of sharing supplies with others.  The Santa Claus experience will also be different than years past but will allow a safe interaction with Santa and offer a great photo opportunity.  The event space has been expanded and modified to allow more room for social distancing and staff will sanitize surfaces in and out of the theatre regularly. 

The nostalgic atmosphere begins at sunset with a horse-drawn carriage at the theatre from 5PM-7PM.  It’s a Wonderful Life ticket holders receive a complimentary ride in the gorgeous carriage.  The movie starts at 7PM, so arrive early to experience your carriage ride without being late to the movie.  Tickets for the evening movie, including the carriage ride, are $6 per person thanks to our event sponsor Farmers Bank & Trust. 

All of these holiday festivities will take place in or around the historic Perot Theatre at 221 Main Street in Downtown Texarkana with the support of Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Perot Theatre, City of Texarkana, TX, and Texarkana Arts & Historic District. 

Call the Box Office at 903-792-4992 to purchase your tickets.  Seating is reserved due to distance seating guidelines. 
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BECOME AN ANTI-LITTER STAR IN NEW DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS SONG SEARCH

Lone Star Song Search is accepting entries through Dec. 31

AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti-litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose an original song to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center and the School of Rock. Two winners will be selected in two different categories with each winning valuable prizes. “The contest is an exciting way for Texans to add their voice to Don’t mess with Texas,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas campaign. “We are seeking fresh and unique songs, written by Texans, to creatively communicate the importance of keeping our state clean and litter-free.”   

The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” is open to Texas residents, ages 13 and above. Continue Reading →

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Small Business Challenge for Texarkana from November 20 to December 4 this year

Texarkana, USA: The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Texarkana Arkansas and Texas, Main Street Texarkana, and Greater Texarkana Young Professionals announced today that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, it will be hosting a contest via social media as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country. The Small Business Saturday Challenge will begin November 20 and end December 4. The challenge encourages community members to post a photo on Facebook and Instagram showing a proof of purchase from a local small business, and using the hashtag #ShopSmallTXK during the contest time frame. For every #ShopSmallTXK post, the participant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Continue Reading →

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Doddridge Christmas in The Park

Christmas at the Park

November 28 at 5 p.m.

Doddridge, AR- On November 26 Thanksgiving will fill your hearts with family love and your waistline with calories, so why not take a trip to the park on Saturday? Saturday, November 28th, and just in time to walk off some of those calories, Doddridge will host “Christmas in the Park.” Don’t’ miss this opportunity for exercise…err…some fun with the family at the park! Doddridge Christmas in the Park has been referred to as a “Lifetime movie” by one Miller County elected official on social media. The event offers a glimpse of Christmas in the closing days of November. Continue Reading →

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Community Gardens – Rosehill and Beverly

The City of Texarkana, Texas in partnership with the Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas (HATT), Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association and Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association, recently completed the installation of a new community garden and upgrades to an existing community garden.  These projects were part of the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan, and HATT provided the lot for the new community garden in Rosehill located at the corner of Milam and W. 13th Street.  Volunteers from both neighborhood associations came together working hard to complete these gardens for the communities.  “These dedicated community volunteers were not only instrumental in completing these community gardens but have continuously volunteered their time for revitalization in our community” stated Kristi Kendrick, President of the Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association. The new garden consists of eleven (11) raised garden boxes and eight (8) elevated garden boxes, three (3) picnic tables, and a water tank to catch rainwater.  Apple and fig trees were planted as well as blueberry bushes, with flowers planned for Spring planting.  At the Beverly Community Garden, additional raised beds were installed, fresh soil brought in for all beds, a new top installed on the rainwater tank, fig trees were planted as well as blueberries and raspberries.  A “Little Library” was installed at both community gardens as well as a new sign. The community gardens are open to anyone in the community who would like to grow their own vegetables, flowers, or herbs and everyone is encouraged to utilize the spaces.  The “Little Libraries” are designed with a take one – leave one concept.  All ages are encouraged to utilize the community gardens and little libraries. “This is an avenue to build community, spark creativity, and inspire our youth”, stated Rhonda Dolberry, President of Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association. “Enough cannot be said of how wonderful it was to have really great volunteers from organizations like Phi Lambda Chi National Fraternity, The Scholars and also individuals that want to see these neighborhoods continue to improve,” stated Vashil Fernandez, Community Development Specialist for the City of Texarkana, Texas. “This is a great start towards phase one of the neighborhood stabilization, which is to improve community engagement in the planning and implementation of various strategies for development.”

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Texarkana Community Ballet to be featured at 1894 Trade Days

1894 Gallery downtown Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – The 1894 Trade Days will have a variety of events at the grand opening on November 14th including the Texarkana Community Ballet. Unable to perform the Annual Nutcracker Ballet due to the COVID pandemic, the dancers will be featured from 9 a.m to noon at the Trade Days opening. There will be nutcracker wooden figurines on sale, opportunities to meet the dancers, and have photo opportunities with them, and a special visitor from the North Pole! Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive in Texarkana at 1 p.m. and stay until 2:30 p.m. Apparently, the Clause family has heard of Texarkana’s famous 1894 Trade Days and they want to see what all the fuss is about. Naturally, a visit to the 1894 Trade Days by a family as famous as the Clause family sends out a signal to children young and old to come on out and enjoy the day! Continue Reading →

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Chili Cook-Off Saturday Hosted by Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall

802 Walton Dr. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Texarkana Harley Davidson

Colder weather, leaves falling, and coats coming out can mean only one thing in Texarkana – It’s time for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall. The organization, a 501 (c) 3 continues to raise funds for a memorial wall to be placed in Texarkana. The wall will serve as a park area, memorial to bikers who have been lost in accidents, and an educational beacon for the continual reminder that motorcycles are on the roads too. The cook-off starts at 11 a.m. this Saturday and will run to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per pot and the community is welcome. For $10 per person, you can get all the chili you can eat. Continue Reading →

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