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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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AUSTIN — On Wednesday, November 11th, Texas Land Commissioner and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board George P. Bush will be hosting a virtual Veterans Day ceremony to honor and recognize our nation’s heroes who dedicated their lives to fighting for our freedom. The ceremony will feature keynote remarks by Retired Major General Albert Zapanta, remarks by Veterans Land Board Chairman George P. Bush, the national anthem performed by Operation Encore’s Shannon Book, and the Presentation of Colors by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Gen. Zapanta currently serves as the President of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, has previously held numerous Presidential appointments, and was awarded the Silver Star, 5 Bronze Stars for Valor, Purple Heart, and 30 other awards for his service during the Vietnam War. Please join us online to honor our Texas Veterans. Click here to find the livestream. 

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Fouke Monster Halloween Bash at Smith Park

Events October 30-November 1 for Halloween Weekend

Miller County, AR: This year Halloween will be unique because instead of tricks, many people will be worried about COVID. It goes without saying that this “Season of the Ghost and Goblins” will be like none in recent memory. Those worried about COVID are being encouraged to not let it ruin your fun. A weekend-long event is about to start at Smith Park in Miller County. Starting Friday, October 30, and going into Sunday, November 1, Smith Park will host the Fouke Monster Halloween Bash. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX – For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs…who just happened to be there too. It is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Texas High School’s Tiger Theatre Company production of Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a 2015 original play by New York-based playwright Matt Cox.  The play is a comedic retelling of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, but from the Puffs’ perspective.  The show has been praised for its comedy and staging. This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving the audience a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.  Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theatre wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life).  Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be. Cate Rounds, Tiger Theatre Company member and senior Texas High School student takes her first undertaking into directing the production.  After seeing the show last fall, Rounds, a self-confessed “Potterhead,” knew it was something she wanted to do for her senior year. “I have had the most fun with my first time directing,” said Rounds.  “It has been a blast being able to work directly with Mrs. Newton, Mr. Hanna and Mrs. Flieder, along with all of my friends, to create a show that is truly magical.  This show will make you laugh, cry and it will keep you rooting for the underdogs.”


Performances will be Saturday and Monday, November 7 & 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre, 3941 Summerhill Road.  Tiger Theatre Company will also offer a Live Stream via on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m.

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TEXARKANA, TX – Animal Control Services for the City of Texarkana, Texas is hosting Bark at the Park this Saturday.

FREE rabies vaccinations for any dog or cat will be offered at this community-wide event.  It will be held on Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the pavilion near the Kylee Sullivan Dog Park in Spring Lake Park. In addition to the free rabies vaccinations, city pet registrations will be available to Texarkana, Texas residents at no cost.  A local veterinarian will also be there to provide other vaccines and microchipping services for a reasonable fee. All dog must be on a leash, and all cats must be in a carrier. A limited number of box carriers will be available. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about the pet services available in Texarkana.  Donations will be accepted to assist with the funding of future pet-oriented community activities. Continue Reading →

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Twin City Freedom Cruise

Texarkana, AR, October 23, 2020: The Texarkana region will participate in an Arkansas statewide event on October 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in a show of support of the re-election of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The peaceful protest will be held in the old Regions Bank parking lot in Downtown Texarkana. After the rally, cars, trucks, and motorcycles will join supporters across the state in a cruise through Texarkana adorning TRUMP and United States of America flags and decor.

The peaceful event will begin at 1:00 pm with a welcome message, followed by a prayer for our country and leaders from Brother Donnie Edwards of Legacy Baptist Church.  Then, Gracie Pendergraft will sing the Star-Spangled Banner.  Once the cheers subside from the patriotic presentation, Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison will welcome and introduce Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin to address the attendees. 

“This event will show support of our country’s President and Vice President and their re-election in conjunction many other counties in Arkansas.  The supporters of the TRUMP 2020 movement feel strongly this election is critical to the continued success of our great country despite the many obstacles our nation has endured.  The attendees and participants will show our patriotic pride and express our support of President Trump, all while maintaining a respectful environment of those that do not agree with our message.  Our event is unlike others in Arkansas due to our Texas neighbors participating, making it a Twin City Freedom Cruise,” Tiffani Whitehead, event coordinator, said. The final speaker will instruct attendees to fire up their engines to cruise through the region beginning at 2:00pm.  Once drivers exit the parking lot, the recommended route takes supporters down State Line Avenue to Arkansas Boulevard, then onto Jefferson Avenue, and the final turn onto Broad Street.  However, many will cross the state line expanding the show of support into Texas by taking their own route. The Trump decorated vehicles are to adhere to traffic laws and be respectful of other motorists on the roadways. 

“This event is special because it is part of a much larger picture.  While cruises are happening on water and roadways across the country, this one is unique to the official Arkansas Freedom Cruise that is coordinating counties across the state to cruise at 2:00 pm.  The goal is to have as many motorists as possible on the roads at 2:00 pm with their flags waving,” Whitehead said. 

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COVID Cancels 2020 Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana

The popular Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Texarkana Community Ballet will not be seen in Texarkana this year due to COVID19. Texarkana, USA: As a year that most of us would like to forget winds down, COVID has managed to knock out the Annual Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana. In September of this year, the Texarkana Community Ballet made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nutcracker Ballet. The cancellation strikes at a Texarkana tradition for young and old alike and the opportunity for the ballet dancers of the city to shine. The Texarkana Community Ballet cited problems and regulations currently in place for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Neighborhood Clean-Up and Block Party October 10

Bridging The Gaps of Arkansas and partners plan clean up in Texarkana, Arkansas. Texarkana, AR: Bridging The Gaps of Arkansas will partner with the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Keep Arkansas Beautiful to sponsor a city clean-up on October 10, 2020. The event will start at 209 E. 14th Street, in Texarkana, Arkansas at 9 a.m. It is planned to go through 11:30 a.m. that day. The Sandflat Glendale Community Center, located at 209 E. 14th Street, will serve as the host site. DJ HollyGrove will provide music on-site during the event and trash bags, masks, and gloves will be provided. Continue Reading →

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