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Friends of the (Texarkana) Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 320 W. Broad St. Christmas in July—all Christmas and children's books are half-price.


The Red River Balloon Rally is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday on the campus of LSU Shreveport, 1 University Place, Shreveport, La. Advance tickets are $10 for ages 6 and up. At the gate, tickets are $12 for ages 18 and up, $10 for ages 6-17, $10 for military, and admission is free for ages 5 and under. Info:


1894 City Market, at the corner of Front and Olive streets in downtown Texarkana has Market Trade Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Red, White and Blues with local band Cajun Blue will perform. A #1894selfie scavenger hunt will be held. Vendor booths are available for free, $10, or $20 at street level, $20 at the dock, and $40 inside, with $20 for electricity and $25 for a canopy rental. Info: 870-772-5026 or


Historic Washington State Park hosts its annual summer concert series, with the theme "Arkansas Roots." Free concerts include Bear Creek Boys on Saturday, July 20, and Harmony on Saturday, Aug. 17. Info: 870-983-2684,, or


The 81st Naples (Texas) Watermelon Festival is being held Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27. There will be a parade, music, food and arts and crafts booths, blood drive and games. Info: 903-563-9713.


Jefferson (Texas) Opera House Theatre Players presents "Marvelous Wonderettes Dream On" from Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28, at the Jefferson Playhouse. Info: 903-926-2760, or


The Four States Fairgrounds Arena presents the WWE "Summerslam Heatwave Tour" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26. Included on the card are Seth Rollins, Baron Corbin, Becky Lynch, Lacey Evans, A.J. Styles and more. Tickets begin at $15 and are on sale at the Fairgrounds Box Office. Info:


The 2019 Murphy USA Summer Concert Series continues with Adam Dolec with The Burners on Saturday, July 27; and Low Cut Connie with Abby Lindsey on Saturday, Aug. 24. These are all-day events, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown El Dorado. There will be cookoffs, free horse-drawn carriage rides, car shows and more. Info: 870-863-4547,, or


The 13th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium in Historic Washington State Park. There are workshops on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, with 12 credit hours available. Cost is $40 and lunch is included. Attendance to the symposium is $30 with an evening meal included, with a timeframe of 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Discount price of $60 for teachers to attend both workshops and symposium. Info: 870-983-2684 or


The Texarkana Regional Chorale holds auditions for the upcoming season on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Tuition is $120 for the year or $70 per semester. Qualified high school and middle school singers may participate for $10 per semester. Vocal auditions required for new singers. To schedule an audition, contact


Arts and Ends

The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council presents its annual STAR Academy theater classes and performances July 22 through July 26. Forms are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at SWAAC Arts Station, 200 E. Division St., Hope, Ark., or at Cost is $50 for children of members and $60 for non-members, with a $10 discount for second and third family members. Limit 30 slots, grades 1st through 12th.


TRAHC has various exhibitions, including the 27th Annual Juried Student Exhibition through Saturday, celebrating artists from local schools; and the 31st Annual Juried Exhibition from July 26 through Aug. 24. Info: 903-792-8681.


Arts on Main will have open mosaic classes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays across from the Perot Theater in downtown Texarkana. Info: 903-792-8681.


Regional Arts Center, 321 W. Fourth St., downtown Texarkana, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tours are free. Info: 903-792-8681.


Museums & History

P.J. Ahern House, 403 Laurel St., Texarkana, Ark., hosts a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members, due by July 20. Info: 903-793-4831,, or


Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Okla., features a new exhibit, "Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51" through Aug. 11. Info:


Four States Auto Museum, 217 Laurel St., Texarkana, Ark., offers a unique automotive collection. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tours available by appointment. Admission is free.


The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope, Ark., offers exhibits and tours of the home where Clinton spent his first 10 years. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Free admission. Info: 870-777-4455.


Two Rivers Museum on Main Street, Hwy. 71 and Main St., Ashdown, Ark., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Museum hosts Civil War and Weapons Exhibits and carved hearse.


DeKalb Williams House Museum, 303 E. Front St., DeKalb, Texas, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Museum hosts memorabilia and artifacts depicting Bowie County life through the generations.



Fat Jack's, State Line Avenue, Texarkana, hosts Kyle Rainer Band today, Lost in the Attik on Saturday and Jake Williams on Thursday.


Maytag Opry, 908 W. 3rd St., Texarkana, Texas, home of live country music and dance, at 7 p.m. today features the Maytag Opry Band and guests Ameri Shaye Garrett, Blind Uncle Keith and Frank and Keith Ross.


Over 30 Dance Club hosts The Edge of Texas Band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Texarkana, Texas, Elks Lodge 3702 New Boston Road. No outside drinks allowed. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for guests. Membership is not required. For reserved seating, call Janet at 903-832-4496.


Locked and Loaded will perform at 8 p.m. today at Billy T. Norton VFW Post 4562, U.S. Highway 82 E. Cover is $8. Membership not required. For more information, contact 870-772-1772.


Music City Texas Theater, 108 Legion St., Linden, Texas, presents Mouse and the Trap on Saturday, July 27. Tickets $20. UPCOMING: Hickory Hill Bluegrass Show 40-year reunion at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets $20. Info: 903-756-9934.


Other Entertainment

Double R International Room, 6900 N. State Line, has Freddyvon and Vicki hosting karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays.


Pop's Place, 6701 East Broad St., has Know It All Trivia at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and Texarkana Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday.


Fat Jack's Oyster Bar, 3324 N. State Line Ave. in Texarkana, has live action trivia game shows at 8 p.m. every Sunday. Free to play and prizes for winners.


Texarkana Elks Lodge, 3702 New Boston Road, has TNA karaoke on the second Saturday of every month. Call 903-832-5405. No cover. Smoke free.


Backyard Social Club, Foreman, Ark., has karaoke at 8 p.m. every Friday.


Moonlight Entertainment and Karaoke, 26 E. Commerce St. in Ashdown, is open at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday with Wayne and Shannon. Family environment and alcohol and smoke free.


Ted's Hog Wild Sports Grill, Ashdown, Ark., on Lake Millwood, has karaoke every Friday night. Memberships are available. Info: 870-898-3693.