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Movies in the Park tonight, Co-ed softball tournament, a bake sale and pet adoptions this weekend in Texarkana.

Local Events This Weekend:

Thursday, May 17:

Movies in the Park, at Spring Lake Park Thursday at 8 p.m., "The Smurfs," Rated PG. Admission is free! Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be available. You can bring your own food but no alcohol is allowed. For more details contact the City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department at 903-798-3978.

Saturday, May 19:

Hooks Cub Scout Pack 547 will have their annual Yard Sale beginning at 8 a.m. at 113 East Ave. G in Hooks, Texas. They will also sell hamburger plates for $5. All proceeds will benefit Pack 547. For more information please contact Vanessa 903-276-3977.

Co-Ed Softball Tournament at the New Boston Tapp Memorial Park. This is a tournament to benefit the Strack Family. Their 3-year-old boy was killed in a car accident and his mother suffered a broken neck in the accident. This fundraiser is to help the family with their medical costs. The entry fee will be $150 per team. For more information call 903-278-7393.

Circle J Cowboy Church Bake Sale at Tractor Supply on starting at 9 a.m. This fundraiser is to help send kids to camp. For more information call Tiffany at 903-908-4262.

The Texarkana Animal League is hosting a pet adoption event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petsmart in Texarkana, Texas. Several local rescues will be there as well with many different dog breeds. All dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. There are also cats and kittens available for adoption in TAL’s cat adoption center inside Petsmart. Become a Fan of Texarkana Animal League’s Facebook page to find out more about this adoption event and future events.

Fish Fry at Ashdown Farmers Market from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit Little River Patriots. Candidates for the upcoming 2012 election will speak at the event. For more information visit LittleRiverPatriots.com

The 24th annual Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off is May 18-19 in Magnolia. The event includes a sidewalk art show, crafts, a car and motorcycle show, a fishing tournament, and more. Over 5,000 steaks are cooked by teams vying to win the coveted Governor's Cup and title as the World Championship Steak Cooker. For more details check out blossomfestival.org or call 870-234-4352.

Washington hosts Armed Forces Day May 19 in Washington at Historic Washington State Park. This day is set aside to remember the many ways in which armed forces personnel have impacted our country since its founding. The event features exhibits and first person living history attractions related to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, The Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, and an appearance by current armed forces representatives.Special programs and activities open at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. Park tours are available at regular prices from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free for special exhibits. Tours cost $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12 years old. Visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com or call 870-983-2684 for more details.


Vote for Texarkana, Ark. to win a grant for a dog park: Please vote daily for Texarkana, Ark.! The PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest has started and runs through June 14. You can vote every day! Texarkana, Ark. is ready for its first community dog park and shelter dog park. It will be known as "JefFURson Park," located on the Partnership for the Pathway Trail. It's the triangle area between the pathway, pavilion and road that runs along AHS. Areas will be sectioned off for large, medium and small dogs. There will also be an agility course. The community will be able to exercise and socialize their dogs with other dog lovers.

Crystal Sloan is helping to organize this project. She says, "We also want to create a dog park at the Animal Care and Adoption Center of Texarkana, Ark. with a portion of the grant. Our shelter dogs desperately need a safe place to run off-leash and play with volunteers and potential owners. As of now, the shelter dogs can escape from their slip leads and run into nearby traffic when they are taken outside of the shelter.

Texarkana Animal League's Tails of Two Cities Day Planner-2013 edition is underway. Please share with your animal-loving friends and family. The more people that sponsor a page, the more lives we can save. Applications can be downloaded at TexarkanaAnimalLeague.org.

Here are just a few of the ways you help animals by sponsoring or underwriting a page:

Low Income Spay/Neuter Assistance Program available to residents of Bowie, Miller, Cass, & Little River Counties.

Foster Care for cats, dogs and the occasional rabbit or ferret. All of the animals in our foster care program are fully vetted prior to adoption.

TAL purchases all vaccines for animals residing at the local city-run shelter, Animal Care & Adoption Center. Shelter pets deserve a healthy life!

Wildlife Rehabilitation: baby birds, raccoons, opossums, oh my! All of these and more have come through and been successfully released back into the wild.

Life Saver Program: our way of helping local rescues offset unexpected, but necessary veterinary expenses.

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