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Date Set for Annual Sparks in the Park

Texarkana tradition to provide day of fun, food and fireworks

TEXARKANA, AR – Texarkana’s annual Sparks in the Park celebration will take place Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Four States Fairgrounds. For more than 20 years, the early Independence Day celebration has attracted approximately 25,000 attendees from surrounding states for a day full of musical entertainment, games, contests, food and a fantastic firework show that begins shortly after dusk. Sparks in the Park is offered to the public with no cost of admission.  This year’s event was funded by a $7,500 grant from the Texarkana Advertising and Promotion Commission and a gift of equal value from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. “This is certainly
an event we look forward to sharing with thousands of individuals and families
every year, so we are very appreciative of both of these organizations for
their support,” said Andi Darby, senior account executive for Townsquare Media,
Inc., the event company that manages Sparks in the Park. Continue Reading →

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Entrance of Spring Lake Park to be Reconstructed

TEXARKANA,
TX –The Street Department is planning to begin reconstructing the section of N.
Park Road from Lynn Street to the entrance into Spring Lake Park starting next
Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  This section will
be closed to thru traffic during the day while work is taking place, with
traffic reopened in the evenings. The
Texarkana, Texas Public Works department is estimating that it will take them 2
weeks to complete this section of construction, and once complete they will
have the contractor lay the asphalt.  
Traffic will continue to be open to residents during this time.  From
there, Eli street from Moores Lane and Serenity Lane will be addressed.  “We are planning on starting the first week
of June, and we are estimating that it will take us 2 weeks to complete the
base work for this street as well,” says Dusty Henslee, Director of
Public Works. Both
projects are estimated to be complete by the middle of June, weather
permitting.  For more information, please call The Public
Works Department at 903-798-3948
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The Alamo launches new tour ‘Weapons of the Alamo’

The Alamo is happy to announce the launch of a brand new, living historybased tour called, “Weapons of the Alamo.”

This will be the first living history-based tour at the Alamo. The Weapons of the Alamo tour will teach visitors about the weapons wielded by Crockett, Esparza, and all the Alamo defenders. Led by an Alamo Living Historian, dressed in 19th century attire, this hour-long tour will unpack the mechanics, use, and importance of rifles, muskets and cannons during the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Visitors will learn how to load a flintlock firearm, the location and size of the Alamo’s cannons, and much more. “This tour will give visitors a better sense of what the defenders went through,” Angela Wolfgram said, Director of Living History at the Alamo. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas Community Yard Sale Rescheduled for June 1

TEXARKANA, TX –The
Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department has rescheduled the Annual
Community Yard Sale at Spring Lake to the alternate date of June 01, 2019, due
to inclement weather. The yard sale
will now be held from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM at Spring Lake Park on June 01,
2019. Please contact the
Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation at 903-7998-3978 for more information. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Host Master Gardeners Event

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA,
Texas – Texas
A&M University-Texarkana and the Bowie County Master Gardeners will present
a program titled “All About Herbs” on Monday, May 13, 2019 at
A&M-Texarkana. The class will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in
Room 306 of the Science and Technology Building. The class is free and open to
the public and reservations are not required. The
program’s speaker is Nicholas Auck, a Miller County Master Gardener.  He will be sharing how herb gardening is one
of the most fulfilling types of gardening but requires significantly less skill
than growing exotic flowers. Herb gardening is not only a great place for the
beginner gardener to start, but it is also a type of gardening that produces a
result that is both fragrant and edible. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE to Host Poetry Workshop and Reading

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host poet
Joy Ladin for a poetry workshop and reading on Thursday, May 9th. The workshop will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in University Center
room 230, and the poetry reading will be from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in
University Center room 217. Both events are free and open to the public and
light refreshments will be served. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman
Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and
still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her
work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a
Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research
Fellowship, and two Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowships, among
other honors. Continue Reading →

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Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing Moves to Texarkana College’s Main Campus

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX- The world’s first recognized school of bladesmithing, Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, will have a new home beginning July 1, 2019. With support from the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), Texarkana College will move the school to the main college campus in Texarkana located in Bowie County, Texas. 

Established in 1988 by TC officials and founding ABS members, TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has operated in Washington, Arkansas since its inception. Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith said the move to TC’s main campus will allow the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to offer more modern amenities while preserving the school’s rich history and proven instructional methods. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will begin offering courses in its new location beginning fall 2019. “This school is the real deal when it comes to bladesmithing,” Smith said. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE Hold Lecture on #MeToo and Kesha

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host an open
lecture titled “Kesha is a Joke: #MeToo and Kesha” on Thursday, May 2nd. The discussion will be led by TAMUT Associate Professor of English Dr. Doug
Julien and will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in room 247 of the
Building for Academic and Student Services. The lecture is free and open to the
public and light refreshments will be served. PLACE is a faculty-led
program designed to create a community of learners comprised of
A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE
chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other
activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE to Host Lecture by Novelist Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host
novelist D. Elizabeth Cobbs for a lecture titled “Fighting on Two Fronts: World
War One, The Vote, & America’s First Women Soldiers.” The event is
scheduled for Friday, May 3rd from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in
University Center room 217. All university PLACE events are free and open to
the public. Elizabeth Cobbs is the author of
eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Hello Girls: America’s
First Women Soldiers. Her prior book was the bestselling Hamilton Affair: A
Novel, and she has a forthcoming novel on the Civil War military service of
Harriet Tubman titled The Tubman Command. She is a former juror for The
Pulitzer Prize, holds the Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University, and is a
Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Continue Reading →

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East Texas Giving Day

TODAY, April 30, 2019, until 11:59pm you can schedule your gift to Cypress Basin Hospice for East Texas Giving Day presented by East Texas Communities Foundation. Through East Texas Giving Day, Cypress Basin Hospice has the ability to raise funds directly for charitable care. Our 2019 goal for East Texas Giving Day is $10,000 which will provide 75 Days of charitable care including medications, medical supplies, and durable medical equipment for patients on service through our Cypress Basin Hospice community care patient program. These are unfunded patients that do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid but qualify for charitable care which is provided through the support of community fundraisers and donations.Our organization has been selected for a generous matching funds grant of $2,500 meaning every dollar up to $2,500 will be matched and your gift will be doubled!This is your home, and this is your hospice. You have the opportunity to help us in our little part of doing something incredibly important, not only for the least of our brother and sisters of Northeast Texas, but for all of the citizens of Northeast Texas as well. Will you consider marching forward with us? Not one of the least of these will be denied hospice services for lack of payment. Continue Reading →

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