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Blood collect

A Carter BloodCare blood drive will be held in honor of Alicia London and Baby Dusty from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Anderson County Annex, 703 N. Mallard in Palestine. For more information, contact Chylon Davidson at 903-394-3377 or by email at [email protected]

Saturdays on Main

March 5

Palestine main street

Palestine, Texas

On the first Saturday of every month, historic downtown Palestine is the place to be. Explore antique shops and quirky boutiques. Find fresh produce and crafts at the Farmer’s Market. Window show as the buskers play you a tune. Enjoy lunch at a local dive shop, then spend the evening around a campfire with friends in the Old Town.

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Art walk

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5

Stroll downtown, visit local shops, see beautiful sculptures, paintings, various art mediums, and meet the artist at various businesses on Main St., Oak St., and Crawford St.

Altrusa Chicken Spaghetti Lunch

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 7

Altrusa International of Anderson County, Inc. is hosting its annual Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon on Monday, March 7 at the Palestine Senior Activity Center, 200 N. Church St. All proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any Altrusa member or by calling Lois 903-724-3123, Linda 903-724-3471 or Kathleen 903-731-2902.

Anderson County Retired Educators Association

The Anderson County Retired Educators Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at First Christian Church, 113 E. Crawford St. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. Anderson County Sheriff Rudy Flores will be the guest speaker. ACREA collects books for kindergarten and first grade children for its book project.

Community awareness and education on COVID-19

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9

There will be a COVID-19 community awareness and education event at the ACCESS MH/IDD parking lot, 3320 S. Loop 256 in Palestine. Healthcare workers will provide free COVID-19 vaccines, testing and education, as well as blood pressure checks, PAD tests and pulse oxygen saturation checks. Carter Bloodcare will also be on hand for a blood drive. For more information, call 903-729-7505. This event is supported by NET Public Health District and a group of community healthcare partners.

Friday fish fry

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a weekly fish fry every Friday during Lent, with the exception of Good Friday, beginning March 4. They will serve fish from 5-8 p.m. each week, or until it’s gone. Dinner will consist of fish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, dessert and a drink for $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will go to CofC charities.

Fairy garden essay

7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March 18 to May 31

There’s so much more to explore at Davey Dogwood Park this spring! The 5.5 miles of driving trails offer incredible views, but park the car and hit the trails and see how many of our hidden fairy gardens you can find!

Fun for all ages. Open daily from dawn to dusk

Dogwood Trails Celebration

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from March 17 to April 3

For more than 80 years, Palestine has celebrated the Dogwood Trails Festival. Enjoy the delicate beauty of the dogwood trees at Davey Dogwood Park the last two weekends of March and the first weekend of April. Activities are planned each weekend to complete the celebration, including a festival on the first weekend. For more information, log on to

Texas vineyard and smokehouse

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 18 to April 3

Wine tasting in the new tasting room and wine garden. Serving platters of German sausages and burgers and hot dogs.

VIP Artist Reception

5 to 9 p.m. March 18

Located in the parking lot of the Redlands Hotel, artists come together to showcase their work. Enjoy live music, catered hors d’oeuvres and an array of beverages. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 903-729-6066.

Pizza! Pasta! Pavlova !

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 18 to April 1

Chef Simon Webster serves pizzas in his famous wood-fired pizza oven. The meal is served family style and includes a gourmet salad, wood-fired pizza, handmade pasta and her signature New Zealand Pavlova. Aubergine Restaurant. All events require reservations and are BYOB. For more information or to book, call 903-729-9500

Home Grill Steak House Comedy Evening

8 to 9:30 p.m. March 18

Comedians Jim Huggins and Andy Holder will perform from 8-9:30 p.m. The Home Grill Steakhouse is located at 223 W Crawford St. in Palestine.

Bistro dinner at the Aubergine Restaurant

From March 19 to April 2

Experience osteria-style dining and soak up the comfortable ambience that makes every meal at Aubergine Restaurant unforgettable.

3 course fixed price menu. Choose from a selection of starters, main courses and desserts with seasonal and local dishes inspired by Chef Webster’s global influence. All events require reservations and are BYOB. For more information, call 903-729-9500.

dogwood festival

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19

Held downtown and in the Old City of Palestine, the 83rd Dogwood Festival will be a fun day with vendors, artists, buskers and children’s areas. Entrance fee $1.

Dogwood Festival Artist Tent

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19

Located in the parking lot of the Redlands Hotel, artists come together to showcase their work. Select the pieces available for purchase and consult the artist for more information.

Dogwood Children’s Literacy and Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19

On the Lawn of the Carnegie Library Building Join United Way of East Central Texas for this free event encouraging kids in kindergarten through third grade to aim for the moon while promoting a love of reading and art. Enjoy storytelling, activities, snow cones and each child can take a book home for their personal library.

Visit of the stained glass windows

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 – First Christian Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. April 2 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Dogwood Jamboree

7 p.m. on March 19

Classic country music and comedy. Palestine High School Auditorium, Highway 287 South and Loop 256, Palestine. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. All adult tickets are $18.00. Visit the website at or call 903-729-7080 for information or tickets. Call for special hotel rates 903-729-6070 or 903-724-2556.

Dogwood Bruch at Aubergine Restaurant

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 20 and April 2

Gourmet plated breakfast with free mimosa. All events require reservations. For more information or to make reservations, call 903-729-9500.

Early Music and Dulcimer Festival

From March 24 to March 26

A festival with a laid back attitude and great music. Some of the country’s top dulcimer and old-time artists headline concerts and lead workshops. Friday and Saturday are filled with live performances, jamming sessions, concerts and workshops. For more information, call 936-222-1892. Email: [email protected] Learn more at

fair dogwood fly

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and March 26

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27

Arts and crafts, gun show, antiques, militaria, collectibles, cornhole tournament, chili and three-meat barbecue. Admission $5 per vehicle. Free parking. For more information, call Charles Montgomery 817-929-1816 or email [email protected]

steel magnolia

From March 25 to March 27

from April 1 to April 3

Texas Historical Theater Palestine, Texas

The play is a comedy-drama about the bond between a group of southern women in northwest Louisiana.

Farm and flower market

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26

Shop a wide selection of flowers, plants, herbs, produce, local honey, meat and eggs, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, art and more at the Palestine Farmers Market, 815 W Spring St.

5K Evangelical Temple Church of Central America

9:00 a.m. on March 26

Davey Dogwood Park to 4205 N. Link St. Evangelistic Temple Church-3011 TX-256 Loop. Proceeds benefit 2022 Mission Trips. Contact Evangelistic Temple for details or to register 903-729-2863

1833 Chariot races

From April 22 to April 24

Diamond B Ranch

The 1836 is held each year during the Texas Independence Day celebration at the Diamond B Ranch in Neches, Texas. There are several divisions of wagon racing as well as trail rides, Dutch cooking classes, herding dog demonstrations, hoof care clinics, horse auctions, barn dancing and karaoke, music live, a cowboy church and much more! Doors are open at the campsite on the Monday before the races and on a first-come, first-served basis. Whether you come to participate either to watch for the week or for the day, you will enjoy a truly unique western event not to be missed!

Quiz night at the pint

Monday evening

7 p.m.

Test your Pint and Barrel knowledge at a quiz night. Teams of up to five people. The cost is $10 per team. Pint and Barrel Drafthouse, 302 E. Crawford St. in Palestine.

Music Circle Monday

Monday evening

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

The 10 Spot Education and Events Center

201 E. Commerce, No. 205

Jacksonville, TX


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Bring your instrument and come jam with our musician friends.

Rotating schedule of hosts including Sonny Powers, Jodi Westendorf, Wayne Yeargain and Eddy Chastain. Coffee, drinks and some snacks available.

Admission $2

Singles group

Looking for a fun group of singles to hang out with? Look no further. Come to Lone Pine Baptist Church, 299 N. US 287 in Palestine. Our singles meet every Tuesday from 6-7pm for a Bible study with Billy Webb. We will organize lots of fun activities throughout the year and keep you updated. For more information call Anneita Piediscalzi at 409-313-0409

Railway Heritage Center

A 37ft x 17ft HO scale train display and exhibit that illustrates the many facets of the railroad. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Anderson County Republican Youth Club

To be involved! A new Anderson County Republican Youth Club has been formed to further involve the younger generation in what is happening in our country and our country. For more information, email [email protected]

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