this week’s EVENTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published April 5, 2012 at 3:34 a.m.
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— TODAY Theater Time Thursday BRYANT - All ages are invited to enjoy a family-friendly movie, selected for ages 12 and under, at 4 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Japan Delegation Trip HOT SPRINGS - An informational meeting for residents interested in exploring travel this fall to Hot Springs’ sister city, Hanamaki, Japan, will be held at noon at the Hale Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs. Details will be provided on the trip, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 1-9. The trip will cost approximately $3,500, including airfare, lodging, transportation, guides, tours and most meals. For more information, contact Sister City Program Coordinator Mary Neilson at (501) 545-6960 or visit hotspringssist

FRIDAY Kelly Miller Brothers Circus MALVERN - The Malvern Area Kiwanis Club and the Malvern Moose Lodge will host the Kelly Miller Brothers Circus. The shows will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Malvern Moose Lodge, 2365 U.S. 67 S. Proceeds will benefit various service projects for area children. For more information, call Susan at (501) 337-6422.

Parkinson Disease Fundraiser HOT SPRINGS - The Arkansas Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association will hold the chapter’s annual silent auction from 5-8 p.m. at The Regency Banquet Room, 714 Central Ave. Proceeds from the auction will be used to operate the Arkansas office and 20 Parkinson’s support groups throughout the state. Items for auction will include work by local and regional artists, entertainment packages, hotel stays and more. Refreshments will be provided by The Regency.

SATURDAY Saline County Egg Hunt BENTON - The Saline County Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Saline County Courthouse. A hunt for children 5 and younger will be at 10:30, followed by a hunt for 6- to 9-year-olds at 11 and a hunt for 10- to 12-year-olds at 11:30. All eggs will be filled with prizes, including chances to win a birthday party and Easter baskets filled with more than $100 in treasures. A Summer Cereal Drive for the Benton Boys and Girls Club will also be held. Other activities will include meeting the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, free inflatable fun houses, and sidewalk activities hosted by church and civic groups. For more information, call (501) 551-1100.

MONDAY Folk Music Concert BENTON - The folk music group Harmony will give a concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive. Harmony regularly performs at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View. For more information, call the library at (501) 778-4766.

Benton Book Club BENTON - The Benton Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. Call (501) 778-4766 for more information.

ONGOING Contemporary Art Exhibit ARKADELPHIA - Ouachita Baptist University is sponsoring a contemporary art exhibit by artist Thomas Morrissey at the Arkadelphia Arts Center. This is a display of random-selection images that have been framed by the artist’s eye and captured through his camera lens to render snippets of daily life. The free exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, through April 21.

Tax-Return Preparation BRYANT - Free preparation of tax returns, including free e-filing, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at an AARP Tax-Aide site at Park Place Baptist Church, 22208 Interstate 30. To make an appointment, call Larry at (501) 303-6829. Walk-ins will be welcome but will be served after those with appointments.

Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition BENTON - A representation of the creative efforts of Arkansas artists in grades K-12 will be on display through April 20 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The works are award winners from the 50th annual Young Arkansas Artists Competition and Exhibition conducted at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and feature four Saline County artists. The display is open during regular library hours. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Watercolor Exhibit HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Artists Jim Oberst and Gary Weeter will exhibit their latest watercolor paintings during April at the Woodlands Auditorium, 1101 DeSoto Blvd. For more information, contact Jim Oberst at or (501) 984-3178.

UPCOMING Razorbacks for Reading BENTON - Saline County Leadership will present the third annual Razorbacks for Reading at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Benton High School Arena. Saline County high school seniors will take on Arkansas Razorbacks alumni in an evening of basketball for all ages. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Daylily Society Meeting HOT SPRINGS - The Hot Springs Daylily Society’s meeting will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 in the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Ave. The program, led by Mary Ann Jarvis, will be “Herbs: How to Incorporate Herbs into Your Flower and/or Veggie Gardens.” Guests are welcome.

Play Auditions BENTON - Auditions for Nobody’s Business, a musical written by Dr. Sam Taggart, will be held at 4 p.m. April 22 and 29 and at 7 p.m. April 23 and 30 at the Royal Theater. Those auditioning should prepare a song to sing and will read from the script. The play focuses on the love stories of five couples immersed in the Delta sharecropper strikes of 1935-36. Rehearsals will begin the first week of June. The show will be held Aug. 16-19 and 23-26 at the Royal Theater. For more information, contact Taggart at (501) 773-7830 or

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