Community & Culture

63rd Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Texarkana has a mission to improve the world, one child and one community at a time. The 83 members of the Kiwanis Club once again invite all residents of the Ark-La-Tex to join them on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Truman Arnold Center on Texarkana College’s campus for the 63rd Annual Pancake Day fundraiser event! Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the event. Without a doubt, Pancake Day is the best breakfast deal in town: it is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, complete with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, and milk!

From the Country to the Courtroom

photo by Brian Jones
When COVID-19 shut down America in 2020, the Honorable John Tidwell, Texas 202nd District Court Judge, adapted and continued to administer justice in his court. First elected in 2016, he knew the need to press forward. … “The way we are set up in Bowie County for the District level, I have half of all the criminal, civil and family law cases,” explained Judge Tidwell. In 2020, he received 800 cases. Despite the pandemic, he continued to work. The Bowie County District Judges tried more cases March through November 2020 than any county in the State of Texas.

Life Training in Disguise

photo by Matt Cornelius
“There are so many things that theatre teaches that are lessons everyone needs in life.” explains Meredith Farren and Susannah Linnett, sisters, co-producers, managers and visionaries behind Silvermoon Children’s Theatre. “Through the process of auditions, weeks and weeks of rehearsals, making friendships, following rules, letting loose and not being afraid to laugh at themselves when they make mistakes, we have seen kids stretch and grow and excel at things that might not be in their wheelhouse.

King Lawrence

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King Lawrence is an advertising and editorial photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Texas and based in Phoenix, Arizona. King and his team of ninjas produce both still and motion content for brands, magazines and ad agencies specializing in industries such as sports/fitness, agriculture, healthcare and development. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Twice as Fine when there's Wine

A celebration of art, food, music and wine-It’s Twice as Fine when there’s Wine! … The Alzheimer’s Alliance Tri-State Area cordially invites you to join us for the 6th Annual Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival going on this Saturday, May 1 at beautiful Spring Lake Park in Texarkana from 11 am to 7 pm. You will enjoy twenty-four wineries, one beer booth, eleven restaurants, fifty-three artisan vendors and local musicians every hour! Shopping, eating and music are all open to the public at no charge.

2nd Annual Walking for Williams

We would like to invite the Texarkana Community to join us for our 2nd Annual Walking for Williams on Sunday, April 25! This family focused event will take place outdoors on the church grounds at Williams Memorial, 4000 Moores Lane.

CASA Colorful 5K

The CASA Colorful 5K and Family Run is back! Join us this Saturday, April 24, at Trinity Baptist Church for a morning full of fun for the whole family. The Kids Fun Run (ages 5-12) will begin at 8:30 am, followed by the Adult Run at 9:00 am. The race begins with each participant releasing a bag of color into the air creating a beautiful burst of color at the starting line. Stations will also be located throughout the race where runners will be showered with brightly colored powder.

It Is Never Too Late

Ms. Sharonda Smith is a recent recipient of an award from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) of Miller County. Sharonda is the proud mother of one, Halston Gregory, who is a senior this year.

Crafting Chords

photo by Brian Jones
For some of us, music is a getaway from the real world. For others, it’s just fun. But for many, it is a passion from the very first day they pick up an instrument. … Bryan Jefferies is a guitar-maker, musician, photographer, and more, bringing art in multiple forms to our community. Along with music, which is “his main diet,” he also runs two media businesses, Fresh Focus Films and Over the Edge Studios, where he does event and commercial photography and video work. His projects include music recording, writing and performing, which he says are his true loves in life.

Anna Beth White Gorman

Anna Beth White Gorman … Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas … “I lived in Texarkana from the early 1980s, until graduating from College in 2004—When I first was recruited to work in Arkansas, I spent three months training in Texarkana.” … What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … Four States Fair and Rodeo. I would look forward to the fair and rodeo every fall as a child and well into my early adult years.

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