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(L-R) Evey Martin, Grace Otwell,  Callie-Jo Brookes,  Abby Wren,  Sydney Reynolds. photo by Matt Cornelius
Would you believe bowling dates back to 5200 BC? The ancient Egyptians rolled stones at objects aiming to knock them over. Over time, other bowling variations emerged from the original ancient Egyptian game. Today, besides the mainstream version of bowling, two different forms of the game continue to be played, including lawn bowling and Bocce. Several historical figures that have enjoyed the sport are King Henry VIII and Martin Luther. Francis Drake is rumored to have been engrossed in a game at the arrival of the Spanish armada.

The Monthly Mix

Spring Cleaning … There’s something about the longer days and warmer weather that give you that extra motivation to get it all together! I love to use this time to reorganize and clean up my home. Having the right tools to get the job done comes in handy and I’m sharing my favorite ones to get your own spring cleaning in gear! … Have you ever seen a cuter paper towel? There are so many prints to choose from but I’m loving this fresh lemon design! They’re reusable which makes them super eco-friendly. … $18 available via Papaya Reusables … This thing is magic!

Publisher's Letter

“I thrive in the chaos.” … I jokingly say this to people amid packed schedules and the constant challenges that arise. A typical day for us is running a business, working full time, household chores and all the after-school activities our three kids enjoy. While we all seem to complain about the monotony of the everyday, if we are honest, we recognize that every day comes with a certain amount of uncertainty. … For example, something I seem to be frequently holding my breath about these days is paper. A nationwide paper shortage is a very real problem when you are in the magazine business.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

April Showers Bring... … The older I get, the more aware I am of the stormy seasons that inevitably come into our lives. When I was younger, I just assumed that someone being rude, throwing a fit or acting irrationally was because they were, well... a jerk. But the more times I have been rude, thrown a fit or acted irrationally, I’ve discovered it wasn’t because I was a jerk, but because my life felt like it was being “jerked” out from under me and I let that flow into my actions and reactions. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, I’m actually being a jerk.

Bougie Grubs Taco Tuesday

Birria Tacos

INGREDIENTS

… • 1.5 pounds stew meat … • 1 jar of ranchera salsa … • 32 ounces beef broth … • 1/2 cup of onion … • 1 teaspoon cumin … • 1 teaspoon cinnamon … • 1 teaspoon chili powder … • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano … • 2 teaspoons crushed red peppers … • 5 bay leaves … • Corn tortillas … • Shredded Cheese …

DIRECTIONS

… • Brown Stew meat in a greased skillet. • Move meat to crock pot. • Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on high for six hours. • Remove meat and shred. • Dip tortilla in broth (consume) in crock pot and place in a hot greased skillet.

16th Annual Harvest Wine & Jazz

The 16th Annual Wine and Jazz Gala was held on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Silvermoon on Broad. This year's event was presented by TEXAR Federal Credit Union and honored Norma Durrant the founder of the Wine and Jazz Gala. There was live music from Candace Taylor & Trio, a premier silent auction, a live painting by Texarkana artist Joseph Raymond and expertly selected paired wines with gourmet dishes prepared by local chefs. The Wine and Jazz Gala raised over $50,000 for hunger relief, including an endowment for childhood hunger—The Norma Durrant Childhood Hunger Fund.

Join Opportunities, Inc. and the Angel Guild of Opportunities for the First Annual Sunday Funday that will be held this Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 4:00 PM at Crossties in downtown Texarkana. This event will include live entertainment, barbeque, brews and baggo. Come listen to up-and-coming Nashville star, Lil' Skinny while enjoying barbeque from Naamans. A baggo competition will also be taking place if you choose to participate in a bracket. All proceeds will benefit children and adults with disabilities in our community. Make sure to purchase your ticket! … Opportunities, Inc.

Start a Business with Relationship Banking

Do you have a great idea you think would be a profitable business but are unsure of where to start? Are you overwhelmed with the business side of getting your innovative product out in the world? Is not having enough capital keeping you from making your dream a reality? You are not alone. Many people face the same obstacles in starting a new business.

Watch the Pitches

Watch the pitches this Thursday, March 31, at Texarkana's inaugural Pitch It Texarkana! Pitch It Texarkana was created by a group of Leadership Texarkana graduates and current students who joined forces. The competition focuses on igniting the entrepreneurial spirit and is specifically for Texarkana USA. The winner of the competition will win $5,000 and other prizes. … Pitch It Texarkana is turning strategic thinking into strategic doing. This unique Texarkana program aims to inspire startup companies and promote entrepreneurial synergy within our community.

Distinguished Speakers Series with Captain Scott Kelly

The Farmers Bank Foundation is bringing astronaut, author, speaker, and retired U.S. Navy Captain Scott Kelly to Texarkana as a part of its Distinguished Speaker Series. The April 7th event is being organized to raise funds for scholarships for Texarkana College and University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana students who earn their associate degrees and transition to Texas A&M University-Texarkana to complete their bachelor’s degree. … Distinguished speaker Scott Kelly is a retired astronaut and Navy captain who is a former fighter pilot, test pilot, and engineer.

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