It is a three-day weekend for most. Find out what is there is to do in and around the Texarkana area.


Local Events This Weekend:

Thursday, May 24:

Movies in the Park, at Spring Lake Park Thursday at 8 p.m., “Puss in Boots” Rated PG. Admission is free! Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be available. You can bring your own food but no alcohol is allowed. For more details contact the City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 798-3978.

Mudbug Madness Festival is in Shreveport May 24 – 27.

Saturday, May 26:

The South Arkansas Symphony presents the First Financial Bank – Symphony on the Square May 26 in El Dorado at the Union County Courthouse. The free concert is one of the most popular performances of the year for the symphony. For more details go to or call (870) 862-0521.

The 21st annual Dinosaur Festival is May 26 in Nashville at Nashville City Park. The festival is a celebration of the town’s ties to dinosaurs: one of the largest dinosaur trackways in the world was discovered a few miles from town. The festival features a Dino Dig, a softball and baseball tournament, and more. Visit or call (870) 845-7405 for more information.

Monday, May 28:

Veterans Memorial Service, 11 a.m. meet at Veteran’s Memorial at the Miller County Courthouse. Memorial Day Walk from courthouse to the Korean-Vietnam Memorial on 7th Street and Stateline Avenue. Then at 1 p.m. the conclusion of the events will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Hwy 67 West. Tour through the flags and watch the balloons fly.

Saturday, June 2:

Dog adoptions at Petsmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many different breeds of dogs will be available. All of the dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on shots. For more information visit

Saturday, June 9:

Paws on the Pavement, 2nd annual 5k run/walk for Kylee’s P.A.W.S. for a Cause coming up June 9th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Walk/run, team race, dunk booth, bands, food, vendors and more.

Monday, June 11:

Summer Basketball Camp: A full week of fun with former Harlem Globetrotter (Elbert “Tree” Gordon) for a global legend basketball camp, shooting, dribbling, defense, rebounding, passing, and competitive games. Southwest Center on 7th Street. June 11 – June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $90 per child, ages 7-17.

Friday, July 13:

The inaugural Rhythm N’ Roots Festival will be held on July 13 – 15 at the Pike Co. Fairgrounds in Glenwood, Ark. There will be several bands performing including County Line; Drew Henderson and Wolf Creek; Identity Crises; Silent Conspiracy; She Breathes Fire; and 9 Miles Ahead. There will be lots of door prizes along with games and prizes for the kids. The events will include homemade bikini contest, horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament, bow shoot, car show, and a bike show. All entry form money collected from the car and bike shows will be donated to the local “Relay for Life” chapter. Come join us and enjoy the food, fun, and entertainment. For more information, or if you would like to become a vendor or volunteer, contact Rick at (870) 356-7930.


Vote for Texarkana, Ark. to win a grant for a dog park: Please vote daily for Texarkana, Ark.! The PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest has started and runs through June 14. You can vote every day! Texarkana, Ark. is ready for its first community dog park and shelter dog park. It will be known as “JefFURson Park,” located on the Partnership for the Pathway Trail. It’s the triangle area between the pathway, pavilion and road that runs along AHS. Areas will be sectioned off for large, medium and small dogs. There will also be an agility course. The community will be able to exercise and socialize their dogs with other dog lovers.

Crystal Sloan is helping to organize this project. She says, “We also want to create a dog park at the Animal Care and Adoption Center of Texarkana, Ark. with a portion of the grant. Our shelter dogs desperately need a safe place to run off-leash and play with volunteers and potential owners. As of now, the shelter dogs can escape from their slip leads and run into nearby traffic when they are taken outside of the shelter.

Texarkana Animal League’s Tails of Two Cities Day Planner-2013 edition is underway. Please share with your animal-loving friends and family. The more people that sponsor a page, the more lives we can save. Applications can be downloaded at

Here are just a few of the ways you help animals by sponsoring or underwriting a page:

Low Income Spay/Neuter Assistance Program available to residents of Bowie, Miller, Cass, & Little River Counties.

Foster Care for cats, dogs and the occasional rabbit or ferret. All of the animals in our foster care program are fully vetted prior to adoption.

TAL purchases all vaccines for animals residing at the local city-run shelter, Animal Care & Adoption Center. Shelter pets deserve a healthy life!

Wildlife Rehabilitation: baby birds, raccoons, opossums, oh my! All of these and more have come through and been successfully released back into the wild.

Life Saver Program: our way of helping local rescues offset unexpected, but necessary veterinary expenses.

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