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PJ Ahern Home, 403 Laurel St., Texarkana, Arkansas, hosts a Mad Hatter Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Wear your most outrageous DIY or hand-decorated hat for the best hat contest. Tickets cost $ 25 per person or $ 20 for TMS members. Registration before Wednesday. Info: 903-793-4831 or

The 2021 Little Rockers Children’s Marathon opens for registration Monday at 11 a.m. on November 20. The marathon offers children in grades 1 to 6 the opportunity to improve their physical activity while focusing on achieving a goal. Participants will run or walk at least 25.2 miles over an extended period and complete the last mile on the official Little Rock Marathon course. Registration and info online at

Applications for the upcoming South High School Songbook Singing Competition: Great American Songbook Edition 2021, are being accepted until Wednesday via Mentors and trainers include Broadway star / voice over artist Naz Edwards and jazz pianist Daryl Kojak.

The Choctaw Casino, 1790 S. Park Drive, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, hosts Independence Day Thursday through Sunday, July 4, with fireworks, shows, games and more.

Union Baptist Church Center, 520 Houston St., Jefferson, Texas, hosts the “Rootin ‘Tootin’ Saloon Show!” a musical and comedy show for the whole family presented by the Opera House Theater Players at 7:30 p.m. Friday July 2 and Saturday July 3. Tickets are on sale at the Willow Tree and at the door on the night of the show. The cost is $ 12 per person and wine will be served after the performances on both evenings for a social “meet the actors” time. Information:

Texarkana Museums Systems presents a walking tour of monuments and memorials in historic downtown Texarkana for the Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 3. Living history artists representing different branches of the military will be present. The visit begins at the Regional History Museum at 11 a.m. Tickets are $ 10 for members and $ 15 for non-members. Registration available at Info: 903-793-4831 or [email protected]

The Crossties event location, 324 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has performers The Steel Woods on Saturday, July 10, to celebrate their new album “All of Your Stones”.

Historic Washington State Park presents “Reading, Signing, and Celebration of the Declaration of Independence” at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5 at the 1874 courthouse. Then, sign a copy to take home with you. Free entry. READ MORE: The annual Music In The Park summer concert series is underway, with the 106th Army Band of the Arkansas National Guard on Saturday, July 17; and 1859 Marine Band on Saturday August 21. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., with the gift shop open for refreshments. Guests are welcome to bring garden chairs or a blanket to sit on. Info: 870-983-2684 or

The Texarkana Museum System has “Mischief at the Museum: A Scooby-Doo Mystery Night”. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at PJ Ahern Home, 403 Laurel St., Texarkana, Arkansas. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Information: 903-793-4831.

Successful country music creator Phil Vassar will headline the 45th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7, on the CMC stage inside Hope Fair Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, along with a special one-day early bird general admission ticket at $ 12 for adults and $ 6 for children ages 4-10. Advanced general admission is $ 15 for adults, with show day tickets $ 20 and children’s tickets $ 6 on show day. All reserved tickets cost $ 40. Tickets are available at the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or online at

The Bridal Show of Crossties Event & Wedding Venue will take place on August 21. Info:

Magic Springs Theme & Water Park, Hot Springs, Ark., Features its 2021 Summer Concert Series lineup every Saturday through September 5. Concerts are included with partial full-day admission or the purchase of a season pass. Daily admission is $ 59.99 for adults or $ 39.99 plus tax for children and seniors, with season passes at $ 69.99 and Gold season passes at $ 139.98 plus taxes. Complete program of concerts available online. Information:

The 10th Annual Shreveport Blues and Southern Soul Pre-Labor Day Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 5 at Festival Plaza. Sponsorship and supplier kiosks available at 318-220-6118 or 832-969-2031. Info:

The Jeans & Bling 2.0 fundraising event is October 2. For more information, visit or call Leigh Davis at 903-794-4263.

Texarkana Regional Chorale is offering a New York tour with Texarkana’s Marc-André Bougie on the Carnegie Hall stage in March 2022. The trip can be joined as a performer or non-performer, with residency packages for groups. Information: 903-276-7139.

Museums & History

The Regional Arts Center is open with reduced hours from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, host stone sculptor Dominic Benhura until Sunday during Zimsculpt, with Benhura giving daily talks at 2 p.m. each day. COMING SOON: A July 4th celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 2, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, with a variety of competitions and events. ‘events. READ MORE: The Cool Thursdays spring concert series has performances that continue through July. Artists and other dates are listed online. Info: 214-515-6500 or

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, 1100 North St., Little Rock, offers its Sandwiching in History virtual tours online at Tours to historic sites include the Baring Cross Bridge, Foster Robinsin House, and Toltec Mounds State Park. Information:

The Perot Museum of Nature and Sciences is open from Friday to Sunday. Customers are strongly encouraged to purchase scheduled entry tickets on sale in advance at The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Visit or call 214-428-5555.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, announces its public reopening today, featuring a “Current Science Studio” and a preview of the museum at 9 am and the ceremony. ‘inauguration at 10 a.m. The hours are at 10 o’clock. at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Current public health and safety guidelines will be followed. All museum systems will reopen except the Omni Theater. Info:

The Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Blvd, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is offering summer camp programs for ages 6 to 12 through August 6. The information is available online. Info:

Arts and purposes

1894 Gallery, 105 Olive St., Texarkana, Arkansas, hosts the Global Art Camp for pages 5 and up. The camps are classified by age: 5 to 6 year olds meet from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 7 to 9 year olds meet from 1 pm to 3 pm from July 13 to 16; with a 10-11 reunion from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a 12+ reunion from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. from July 20 to 23. The cost is $ 125. Info: 870-330-5003. The opening hours of the gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

The South Arkansas Arts Center is presenting a “Step Forward / Stand Back” visual art exhibition by internationally renowned artist and Magnolia native Jay Shinn, July 1-24, with a closing reception at 6 p.m., at the Merkle and Price Galleries, Magnolia, Arkansas.

Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, Louisiana, hosts the works of Lucia Woo and Dan Wasserman from August 1 to September 30. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday August 6 at the Council. ALSO: The gallery is looking for local artists to fill the gallery spaces. Accepted artists are entitled to a two-month show. The spaces include the East Bank Gallery and the Emerging Artist Gallery. The deadline to apply is September 1st. Info: 318-741-8310 or [email protected]

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