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Best Bets for Friday, April 9, 2022

The week’s best bets for arts, entertainment and more.

(Deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday. Entries should be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected])


The 77th Four States Fair & Rodeo runs through Sunday at the Four States Fairgrounds. Events include the 4 States Rodeo through Saturday. Gate admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. Info: fourstatesfair.com.

Celebration Talent Competitions hosts a regional competition from today through Sunday at Sullivan Performing Arts Center, 4001 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas. Info: celebrationtalent.com/regionals.

The Friends of the Library Texarkana Public Library Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Cookbooks, jigsaw puzzles and Danielle Steel books are half-price.

Rhea Lana’s of Texarkana hosts a family shopping event through Saturday at Octavia’s Activity Center, 2315 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Texas. Clothes, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, electronics and more. Info: 501-256-6423 or [email protected]

The First Annual Beast of the Southeast strongman competition is coming from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw Nation Wellness Center, 110 South Chahta Road, Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Info and tickets: eventbrite.com.

Good Sams Spring Samboree, featuring the latest in recreational vehicles, travel trailers, pop-up campers, motorhomes and more, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, April 17, at Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 E. 50th St., Texarkana, Arkansas. Info: fourstatesfair.com.

Texarkana College, 2500 North Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas, has its Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in front of the Academic Commons. Food, games, music, prizes and more. Info: texarkanacollege.edu.

TexRep presents its annual Season Reveal Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at The Silvermoon on Broad, 217 West Broad St., Texarkana, Texas. Meet the people behind the organization, have snacks and drinks, and hear the announcement of the 31st season. Info: 903-831-7827 or texrep.org.

Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk is held beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, all meeting at Kress Gap, 116 W. Broad St., Texarkana, Texas. Tickets available at Eventbrite for $15 each, with a discount for groups of 10 and up. Info: facebook.com/hauntedtexarkana.

The Junior League of Texarkana presents its inaugural Twin City Meat Up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the intersection of Wood & E. Broad St., downtown Texarkana. Events include Touch-A-Truck, shopping, food trucks, car show, and a People’s Choice BBQ Tasting. Info: 870-772-9948 or jltexarkana.org.

CASA Colorful 5K benefiting CASA for Children and Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center is Saturday, April 23, at Trinity Baptist Church/Cross Country Trail, 3115 Trinity Blvd., Texarkana, Arkansas. Kids (age 5-12) competitive run is 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the adult competitive 5K for ages 19 and up and family walk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Prices are $10 for kids and students age 13-18, and $30 for ages 19 and up. Registration available at runsignup.com.

Boomtown Border Steak Cookoff is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Dot’s Ace Hardware, 3411 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, Texas. Tickets are available at steakcookoffs.com.

Runnin’ WJ Ranch hosts its Big Bass Round Up on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at Wright Patman Lake, Sportsman Cove. Cash prizes for overall and hourly catches. Registration round-up is May 6 at Crossties, 324 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Arkansas, along with food, silent auction, and raffle tickets. Entry fee is $80, with t-shirts for $20. Info: 903-748-3411 or [email protected]

Four States Auto Museum, 217 Laurel St, Texarkana, Arkansas, has its annual spring car show on Saturday, May 7. Registration is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with awards at 3:30 p.m. Entry fee is $30 and swap meet space is $30. Music, door prizes, TV raffle, food, and 50/50 Pot. Info: [email protected]

The Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Spring Lake Park. Wineries from across Texas, merchants, and local businesses offer wine, food tastings, and artisans and crafts. Info: 903-223-8021 or texarkanawinefestival.com.

Habitat for Humanity has “Diamonds for Doorways” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Silvermoon on Broad, 217 W. Broad St., Texarkana. There is a silent auction, raffle, casino night, a chance to win jewelry donated by Crocker’s Jewelers, the Nail A Stud Competition, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Tickets are $100 per person and available at habitattexarkana.org. Info: 903-832-1746 or [email protected]

The Talimena Rally Cruisin For St. Jude event is 8 a.m. Thursday, May 26, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Holiday Inn/Arkansas Convention Center, 5200 Convention Plaza Drive, Texarkana, Arkansas. Tickets are $80 before May 1, and $100 after, with $20 tickets to just attend at night. Info: 903-276-6884.

The Silvermoon on Broad, 217 West Broad St., Texarkana, Texas, has opened registration for Kids Summer MiniShows for “The Claw,”https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2022/apr/07/best-bets-for-friday-april-9-2022/”Under The Sea,” and “Mamma Mia!.” Registration is at silvermoonkids.com.


Fat Jack’s, 3324 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Arkansas, has Syndicate Band today, Trophy Husband on Saturday, and Allan McEneaney on Thursday. Info: 870-774-JACK.

Twisted Fork Grill & Bar, 5522 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas, has “Carol Miles…and Friends” at 7 p.m. today. Reservations advised. Info: 430-200-2775.

67 Landing, 8400 W. 7th St., Texarkana, Texas, has Brandon Rhyder at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 per seat at table of 4, and $20 per seat at VIP tables (must purchase full tables) Info: 67landing.com.

The Hideout, 311 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has The LaRouxs on stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. Info: 870-330-4165 and facebook.com/thehideouttxk.

Redbone Magic Brewery, 1304 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Texas, has Teazur at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Info: 903-306-0822.

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, has Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez in concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Info: perottheatre.org.

Museums & History

Ace of Clubs House, 420 Pine St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts its 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kids ages 12 and under are welcome to join in, bring your own basket. Admission is free, with crafts available after the hunt. UPCOMING: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Chugga, Chugga, Choo Choo!” is at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Texarkana historian Wilbur Smith’s nephew Griff Hubbard speaks on the Texas & Pacific Railway Engine No. 642 wreck of 1885. $5 general admission, free for members, with donations welcome. Registration available by phone or online. Info: 903-793-4831, [email protected], or texarkanamuseums.org/events.

P.J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel St., Texarkana, Arkansas, hosts a Scott Joplin Bus Tour setting out from the P.J. Ahern Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The tour visits sites and neighborhoods where the young Scott Joplin developed his musical talent, and a chance to meet Scott Joplin. Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for TMS members, with reservations recommended. Info: 903-793-4831 or texarkanamuseums.org/events.

The Regional Arts Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and is closed Tuesday. Member-only access available from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets on sale in advance at perotmuseum.org. The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Visit perotmuseum.org or c
all 214-428-5555.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Info: fortworthmuseum.org.

Arts & Ends

The 1894 Gallery, 105 Olive St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has Downtown Live from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Jeannie Knod Edwards is the new feature artist, along with a special exhibit by Ukrainian artist Nataliya Bittorf, and an exhibit of sunflowers by different artists with proceeds going to Ukraine relief efforts. “Trains and Stuff” as a special exhibit opening at the gallery, featuring photos and other artwork of trains and railroad graffiti. Info: 870-330-5003 or 1894gallery.com.

TRAHC has Julie Coker-Tidwell speaking on wildlife photography, sharing tips and tricks on techniques and recounting adventures in the field, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Regional Arts Center. UPCOMING: Tammy Harrington speaking on the art of printmaking and paper cutting, including how to infuse your heritage into the art you create, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Regional Arts Center. Info: tammyharrington-art.com/home.html. Current gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, with tours available by appointment. Info: trahc.org.