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Texarkana College celebrates National Hispanic History Month with a line-up of virtual events on the college website and social media pages through Oct. 15. Virtual celebrations include student and alumni spotlights, authentic Hispanic cooking demonstrations, art history segments, recommended readings and literature selections and more Info: or TC’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.

The Summer Send-Off Drive In Concert series is held every Saturday through Sept. 25 at The Stoner Skate Park, Shreveport, La. Tickets provide parking space, tailgate area and room to social distance. Performers include Flow Tribe on Saturday, The Soul Rebels with special guest Tipsey the Band on Sept. 11, and Tank and The Bangas with special guest Sweet Crude on Sept. 25. Info:

The Celebrate! Maya Project presents its Build A Better World Through The Arts & Literature lecture series as an online program. All lectures are at 6 p.m. at and registration is available. Speakers include Linda Holzer on Oct. 1, Janis F. Kearney on Oct. 29, and Anthony Tidwell on Nov. 5. Info: [email protected] or

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, hosts “Autumn at the Arboretum Fall Festival” Saturday through Nov. 1. On-sale tickets available Sept. 1 through Sept. 18. A full schedule of events is available online at Info: 214-515-6500.

The 15th annual Songwriters on the Edge of Texas Golf Tournament benefitting CASA for Children will be held Sept. 28 at Northridge Country Club, along with the Tiny House raffle drawing. Call 903-794-6196 for tournament information.

Hempstead Hall Concert Theater, Hope, Ark., presents a new virtual event, “HH Unplugged” featuring local artists Bitsy Carter and Jeff Smith in an acoustic concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, on all of Hempstead Hall’s digital sites. To replace two of their biggest annual fundraisers, the Junior Auxiliary of Hope will be selling sponsorships. To register as a sponsor, complete the form on by Sept. 28, mail to P.O. Box 81, Hope, AR 71802-0081 or email to [email protected], or contact any JA of Hope member. Info: 870-722-8565 or at

HandsOn Texarkana, 1915 Olive St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts the annual Tapas and Wine event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Collins Home. A five-course tapas selection by chef Jeff Loving, a wine pairing by Dr. David Whitten of The Beauty and Wellness Center and a silent auction are scheduled for the evening. Tickets are $100 per person with table purchases available. Info: 903-798-3211, [email protected], or

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra presents “Happy Birthday, Ludwig!” celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, on Nov. 7 at the Perot Theatre. For ticket information call 870-773-3401.

Museums & History

Texarkana Museums System and the P.J. Ahern Home present a Community Recipe Exchange at The Flying Crow Restaurant, 305 E. Front St., Texarkana, Ark., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission is free with one recipe to share, registration is advised. Info: 903-793-4831 or

Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Okla., hosts a “Home Spa Saturday” class from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, where local homesteader Angela Smith teaches about homemade luxury bath products such as bombs, salts and oils, cost is $45 and attendance is limited to the first 10 to sign up; a stained glass workshop with local artist Brenda Johnson is Saturday, Oct. 17; and “Fun with Tin Painting” happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, using paper plates and aluminum foil. Info:

Texarkana Museums System properties are open with the exception of Discovery Place. Info: 903-793-4831.

The Regional Arts Center is open with reduced hours from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, 1100 North St., Little Rock, offers a digital tour of T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, aka The Old Mill, online at Info:

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has reopened with new public-health protocols and reduced hours and occupancy. Beginning Sept. 18, the Museum will operate Fridays through Sundays. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets now on sale in advance at The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Visit or call 214-428-5555.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, has reopened to the public. All museum staff will wear face masks on duty, all guests age 5 and up are required to wear a face mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided, lockers will be closed and timed ticketing will ensure lower occupancy and allow for social distancing. ALSO: the museum offers the “Discovery Lab Online!” series of videos discussing various historical and scientific curiosities. Info:

Mid-America Science Museum, 500 Mid America Blvd, Hot Springs, Ark., has reopened with social distancing measures in place. The newest exhibit is “Bionic Me.” Info:

The Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Commerce, Little Rock, hosts its 62nd Annual Delta Exhibition featuring 63 works in digital format from a variety of artists. ALSO: The Small Works on Paper touring exhibit contest has awards of up to $2,000. Info: 501-372-4000 or

Cancellations & Postponements

Music City Texas Theater, 108 Legion St., Linden, Texas, has postponed the Gene Watson show until 2021. Info:

The 6th Annual Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival has been canceled. Info: [email protected] or

Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas police departments have canceled the area’s National Night Out events in October.

The 11th annual Jeans & Bling 2.0 fundraising event has been canceled for this year. For information, visit or call Leigh Davis at 903-794-4263.

The Great American Conference, Russellville, Ark., has suspended all fall and winter sports through Dec. 31.

TEDxUAHT at the University of Arkansas Hempstead Hall, Hope, Ark., has been postponed indefinitely. Info: 870-722-8565, [email protected] or or

35th Anniversary King Biscuit Blues Festival has been postponed to October of 2021. 2020 ticket holders may roll over tickets, receive a refund, or donate ticket money to help sustain King Biscuit operations. Info: or [email protected]

The 2020 Dragon Boat Festival hosted by HandsOn Texarkana has been canceled. The 2021 event is scheduled for May 22.

Party with Picassos “Roaring ’20s Style” and accompanying events have been canceled for 2020. The next Picassos event is scheduled for March 27.

Friends of the (Texarkana) Library bookstore remains closed until further notice.

Border Lows Camping Club has canceled all group campouts until further notice.

The Delta Roots Music Festival, Helena, Ark., has been postponed until April 24.

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