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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.

Doing Good

photo by Maddy Green
Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. With most of us leading busy lives, the idea of volunteering may seem impossible. How can we fit anything else into our already … jam-packed schedules? Why would we do that? Despite all the other important things that compete for her time, Joan Carter, our own hometown treasure, has made it her mission to do exactly that. She is a woman who has made it her mission to lighten the burden for thousands of Texarkana residents for over five decades now.

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.

Save Jane

The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA Raise Awareness For Child Abuse with Save Jane Event … Area To Read Names Representing Over 1,100 Children Abused Last Year … Virtual Event/Facebook Live … On April 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., local volunteers and community members will join the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event. … I am Jane Doe.

On the Scene, Ready to Serve

A child or adult in cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, with a fractured hip, brain bleed, motor vehicle accident, stroke, seizure or needing lift assist are just a few of the things an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professional may encounter in their day.

A Calm Voice in the Dark

PHOTO BY Matt Cornelius
The day starts as I walk into the dimly lit communication center for the beginning of a 12-hour shift full of unknowns. We work in teams as system status controllers. The call takers on-shift are already on the phones assisting callers who need our help with medical emergencies, while the dispatchers are on the radios talking to the ambulance crews.

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