Community & Culture

Giving Guide 2022

When we give, it touches so many people. Nonprofits have always been an essential part of our local economy and culture. The assistance and support they offer is crucial to the well-being of our entire region. Each one makes the area a better place to live and work. … These organizations across the region are still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus, yet they have continued providing vital services and resources and are fulfilling needs.

Sunni Cranfill West

photo by Ashley Kelly
Sunni Cranfill West has a background of more than 30 years in the dancing and performing arts industry. She has studied and danced professionally with ballet companies, including Ballet Arkansas, Ballet Austin, The Lone Star Ballet, and the Russian Ballet. Eventually, Sunni turned in her pointe shoes for a pair of white cowboy boots. Sunni spent three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as one of America’s Sweethearts and performed in front of the NFL’s record-breaking crowd of 105,000 in the inaugural game at AT&T Stadium.

A Community on Pointe

photo by Matt Cornelius
The Christmas season is just around the corner, and children far and wide are dreaming of a little girl named Clara, a charming prince, and their visit to an enchanted land of sweets. For a number of local ballerinas, they are not only dreaming about it, but thanks to the Texarkana Community Ballet, they are working hard to put together the 2022 performance of The Nutcracker. … Fifty-five years ago, dance instructors Judith McCarty, Dixie Splawn, and Sandra Robinson founded the Texarkana Community Ballet (TCB) out of their strong desire to bring classical ballet to the community.

A Whole New World

There are certain things in this life that do not go together—forks and power outlets, Mexican food and tight jeans, and the idea of an exotic Norwegian living in the piney woods of Northeast Texas. … Almost seven years ago, my family and I hosted a foreign exchange student from Norway. Her name was Karoline Gregersen and in my melodramatic mind, she was sure to arrive in America with long, blonde braids showing from underneath her horned Viking helmet, all while wielding a sword. Karoline’s hair was indeed blonde, but she looked just like everybody else in Atlanta, Texas.

Texana Bank Presents Breast Cancer Warriors

Texarkana Magazine recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October and supports breast cancer survivors, those fighting breast cancer, and their families. Texana Bank celebrates three of their own employees and breast cancer warriors and survivors. … Warrior One: Linda Roberts … Breast cancer arrived in our lives in 2009. A small raised lump on my upper right breast required an immediate biopsy. The biopsy was positive for those dreaded words. An immediate appointment was made in Little Rock at the Women’s Oncology Group.


Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

photo by Matt Cornelius
Will it be a boy or girl? Who will they look like? How big will they be? Will I be a good parent? … When a child is born, eager moms and dads experience an array of emotions elicited by few other days in their lives. Hearing that first cry brings a sigh of relief as they look to the medical professionals surrounding them in the busy delivery room to give the “all is well” thumbs up. … Eight years ago, Kristi and Clint Lachowsky, who were about to be parents for the second time, anxiously anticipated every emotion that would accompany the addition of another daughter to their family.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

photo courtesy of Criterion Pictures
Show Notes … … Are you ready for a night of absolute pleasure? For one night and one night only, join The Perot Theatre as they screen the eccentric cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical stage show written in 1973 by Richard O’Brien. Later in 1975, the horror musical made its cinematic debut when it was turned into a movie.

Blake Alkire, MD

photo courtesy of American Academy of Otolaryngology
Dr. Blake Alkire is an otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon—at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, Massachusetts, and an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Given his interests in global health initiatives, he also is on faculty with the Program in Global Surgery at Harvard and co-founded the Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeon Initiative (globalohns.org), an international collaborative research group with hundreds of members from more than 40 countries with a mission to expand access for ear, nose, and throat conditions around the globe.

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