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The 43rd annual Hope Watermelon Festival is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be pageants, parades, a dog show, food, live music, a Kidz Zone and festival, professional wrestling, a fishing derby, car shows, exhibitions and more. Info:


Friends of the (Texarkana) Library has a book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday at 320 W. Broad St. All fiction half-price.


1894 City Market, at the corner of Front and Olive streets in downtown Texarkana has Back-to-School Market Trade Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. 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


Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4505 Elizabeth St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts "Orchestral Solemn High," a coronation Mass of Mozart under direction of Marc-André Bougie, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. A light reception will follow.


Historic Washington State Park hosts its annual summer concert series, with the theme "Arkansas Roots." Free concerts include Harmony on Saturday, Aug. 17. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread on the grounds of the 1874 Courthouse by 7:30 p.m. on concert dates. The gift shop will be open for refreshments. Info: 870-983-2684, [email protected], 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 [email protected]


The 2019 Murphy USA Summer Concert Series presents Low Cut Connie with Abby Lindsey on Saturday, Aug. 24. The all-day event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown El Dorado. There will be cookoffs, free horse and carriage rides, car shows and more. Info: 870-863-4547,, or


The 11th annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival is Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford, Texas. There will be a BBQ Triple Play competition with pitmasters competing for more than $20,000 in prizes over 14 categories, a marketplace and live music. Performers include Boz Scaggs, JJ Grey & Mofro, Ally Venable, Taylor Newman and the Peterson Brothers Band. Tickets start at $10 per person, with specialty tickets and VIP packages available. Info:


The 10th annual Shreveport Blues and Southern Soul Pre-Labor Day Festival is from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Festival Plaza, downtown Shreveport, La. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Vendors are on site, bring a lawn chair. Info:


Hempstead Hall Concert Theater, Hope, Ark., hosts Chicago's sketch and improv comedy legends The Second City at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. A three-course dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $55-$65, with tables for six available for $4oo-$500. Info: 870-722-8565 or at


Arts and Ends

TRAHC has various exhibitions, including the 31st Annual Juried Exhibition through Aug. 24. Info: 903-792-8681.


John F. Moss Library, 7101 University Ave., University Center Suit 316F, Texarkana, Texas, hosts "Life in Motion" featuring artists Katie Stone and Rick Stone through Aug. 30.


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

Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Okla., hosts 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: 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 a carved hearse.


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



Fat Jack's, State Line Avenue, Texarkana, hosts Little Skinny Band on Friday, Aug. 9, Heather Linn & The Deacons on Saturday, and Robin Vosbury on Thursday.


Locked & Loaded will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 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.


Over 30 Dance Club hosts The Edge of Texas Band from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 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.


The American Legion Post 488, 1500 U.S. Highway 82, New Boston, Texas, hosts Durango at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Cover $7. No smoking. Info: 903-628-3456.


Music City Texas Theater, 108 Legion St., Linden, Texas, presents a CD Release Party at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Reserved seating $8 and $12. UPCOMING: Hickory Hill Bluegrass Show 40-year reunion is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $20. Info: 903-756-9934 or


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 second Saturday of the 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.


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