There are fundraisers, free movies and volunteer opportunities for all ages in Texarkana this week. Help out by grabbing a great meal at one of the fundraising events, send your kids to the movies or send them to the animal shelter to volunteer.

Check out all of the events happening this weekend and in the upcoming weeks.



Dog Bathers , dog walkers and volunteers are needed at the local animal shelter. The Texarkana, Arkansas Animal Care and Adoption Center located at 203 Harrison and is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM. Anyone can help, ages 16 and up. Call for more information 870-773-6388. You can make a difference by giving a dog a bath or helping a potential adopter walk a dog. Please remember to SPAY AND NEUTER your pets. Our local shelter is always over-crowded with homeless dogs and cats. Don't ask for gifts on your birthday this year, have an animal spayed or neutered instead.

If you have room in your heart and your home for one more person, the Educational Merit Foundation High School Exchange Program is seeking volunteer families to host high school students from France, Germany or Norway for five or ten months starting this August. EMF students are carefully screened and arrive with everything they need, including medical insurance and spending money for their stay. All you have to do is add a seat at your dinner table, provide a bed and your family's unique American way of life. Give a student the chance to learn firsthand about America! Call now for more information and to learn how your family can experience the rewards of hosting a student: 1-800-HOST EMF. That's 1-800-467-8363.

Local Events This Weekend and beyond:

Thursday, March 22:

Free movies for children at the Texarkana Public Library during Spring Breaks. Movies will be shown at 2:30PM in the David Nelson Meeting Room of the Library. Movies titles are posted in the library. For more information call 903-794-2149.

Saturday, March 24:

The Poodle Patch and Texarkana Humane Society will be at Petsmart on Saturday, March 24 from 10AM to 3PM. All of the pets are in private foster home; most are house-trained and all have been fully vetted. They will have everything from toy poodles to a great dane, a good mix of dogs of all sizes and ages.

Sunday, March 25:

Benefit for Doug Depriest and Lana at The Wagon Wheel on Hwy 82 starting at noon. Music, food and fun. For more information call 870-779-0303.

Tuesday, March 27:

Angel Fund Foundation Fundraiser at Chicken Express on Arkansas Blvd from 6P to 8P. Designate "Angel Fund" at purchase and 20% of sales proceeds will be donated. Angel Fund Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. 100% of all your donations go directly to pay the medial expense of cancer patients who qualify. To date, 37 patients have been helped with their medial expenses, totaling more than $74,160.68.

Saturday, March 31:

Domestic Violence Prevention will host their 14th Annual Antique/Classic Car & Motorcycle on March 31 from 10AM to 3PM at the Texas High School parking lot. Activities the day of the show includes children activities, silent and live auctions, live local entertainment, as well as raffles throughout the day. Trophies will be given out to the winners of each division at 3PM. There is still time to sign up to be a vendor or to register your car or motorcycle!!! We are accepting registrations up until the day of the show. For more information please call 903-794-4000 or contact by email at

To Reach Every Youth hamburger and hot dog fundraiser March 31, 2012 from 5PM-8PM at Northwood Presbyterian Church. To Reach Every Youth is a non-profit charity established in honor of Trey Von Sutton to help young people that have been diagnosed with Sarcoma in the four states area. Trey was diagnosed with Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma and during his battle he received some “special gifts” from relatives and friends, with those gifts he was able to cope with his treatments. Many donations helped with his treatment but these special gifts were something he would have never asked for or realized how much it would help him. For more information visit

Wine and Jazz Gala will be March 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Silvermoon on Broad Street in Texarkana, Texas. This is a benefit for Harvest Texarkana. There will be a silent auction and entertainment will be provided by the band Ms Mac & the Groovetones. The event will feature an expertly paired tasting menu from Flour Child Fine Foods and Vincent's Fine Wines. Reservations will be $75 per person in advance, $85 at the door and can be purchased from Harvest Texarkana by calling 870-774-1398. Dress is dressy business or cocktail.

Friday, April 6:

The 3rd Annual Mike White Bull Riding at the DeKalb Indoor Arena, DeKalb, TX.


Saturday, April 7:

The 3rd Annual Mike White Bull Riding at the DeKalb Indoor Arena, DeKalb, TX (more info to come) Silent Auction on April 7 from 9AM to 2PM at the DeKalb Industrial Park--the proceeds will be split between the six families. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children 10 and under and a giveaway of TWO 4-wheelers.

Walk MS Texarkana at Bobby Ferguson Park, 11AM. People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team. Volunteers are also needed! To register or for more information, call 1-800-344-4867, visit or send an email to Lisa Finkbeiner. Walkers can also register on the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m. Click here to read more about this event.

Highland Hills Baptist Church is hosting a Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 7 from 9AM till 1PM. Space rentals are available for $10. Spaces will be available for rental through April 4, but spaces are limited, so register early. For more information and to register your space, call 870-773-1291.

Friday, April 13:

Scout-O-Rama 2012 at Spring Lake Park is Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. This family event will feature Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts from around the ARK-LA-TEX taking part in celebrating the scouting adventure. Scouts will be showing off their skills, talents and spirit to our local community. For more information, contact the Parks Department at 903-798-3978.

Saturday, April 14:

Annual Redwater Volunteer Fire Department Bass Tournament is Saturday, April 14 at Wright Patman Lake in Sportsman’s Cove. All proceeds from our tournament help to purchase much needed equipment in order to protect our local community. Raffles and fun for the entire family. For more information or to download entry forms visit

Thursday, April 26:

Zumbathon 6P - 8P at Liberty Eylau High School Media Center on Leopard Drive. Join a Zumba party like you have never seen! Featuring 2 full hours to benefit Domestic Violence Prevention in Texarkana. Exciting music and a silent auction. For more information call 903-293-3647. You can purchase tickets from your Zumba instructors. For tickets call Katina Levingston at 903-293-6860.

We want to hear about your upcoming events! To have your church, group or civic organization announcements listed here please send an email and include the who, what, where, when and why. Please include contact information for the event.