this week’s EVENTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published April 12, 2012 at 4:16 a.m.
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— TODAY Online Career Help BENTON - Adults 18 and older are invited to attend “Online Career Help” at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Participants will learn to learn how to search and apply for a job online, as well as how to create a resume. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

TODAY AND FRIDAY Death by Chocolate ARKADELPHIA - The Drama Club at Arkadelphia High School will present the murder/mystery detective drama Death by Chocolate at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, and at 7 p.m. Friday at the Arkadelphia High School Little Theater. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The play is funded by a grant from the Cone Foundation, an organization administered by the school’s gifted/talented seniors.

FRIDAY - SUNDAY Birds and Blooms Weekend HOT SPRINGS - Lake Catherine State Park will hold a Birds and Blooms Weekend on Friday through Sunday as part of the facility’s Outdoor Adventure Series. Park officials will provide guided wildflower and bird hikes and educational nature programs. The event is free. For more information, contact the park at (501) 844-4176 or

SATURDAY Ouachita Nature Experiences MOUNTAIN PINE - The staff of Lake Ouachita State Park will offer visitors a ONE (Ouachita Nature Experiences) Day at the park’s Visitor Center picnic area. The event will provide a family-friendly day of outdoor activities that will include skills training for camping, including a Dutch-oven lunch. Admission is $10 per person.

To make reservations or for more information, contact the park at (501) 767-9366 or lakeouachita@arkansas.


Razorbacks for Reading Basketball Fundraiser BENTON - Saline County Leadership will present the third annual Razorbacks for Reading at 7 p.m.

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.

Proceeds will help fund the Imagination Library of Saline County, which provides a book a month to children under 5. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

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

Kite Fest BENTON - The annual Kite Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Watts Field on Airlane Drive. Free kites will be given to the first 500 guests. Food concessions and free water will be available. For more information, call (501) 776-3167.

SUNDAY Political Rally and Pie & Cake Auction AVILLA - The Avilla Extension Homemakers Group will hold a Political Rally and Pie & Cake Auction at 2 p.m. at the Avilla Community Center, 13383 Congo Ferndale Road. Elected officials are invited and will each be given three minutes to speak. Thepublic is invited and encouraged to bring a cake, pie or cookies to be auctioned. The Avilla Extension Homemakers are also selling raffle tickets for a queen-size handmade quilt. All proceeds from the event will go to the upkeep of the community center. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. For more information or directions, contact Barbara Howell at (501) 681-75777, Frances West at (501) 821-3193, or LaVerne Massey at (501) 821-2494.

MONDAY Haskell Historical Society Meeting HASKELL - The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Haskell City Hall. The public is welcome to attend and bring newspaper clippings, photos or articles to be donated, loaned or copied for the museum. The society wants veterans’ names to add to the Honor Board, which features those from this area who have served in the military. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 315-2913.

Piano Recital ARKADELPHIA - The Ouachita Baptist University Division of Music will host Naoki Hakutani, assistant professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in a guest piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. The free recital is open to the public. For more information, contact Lei Cai at (870) 245-5140 or

TUESDAY Park and Recreation Meeting BENTON - The Saline Crossing Regional Park and Recreation Area Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Gene Moss building at Tyndall Park. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Lynn Moore at (501) 778-8661.

Puppet Show BENTON - All ages are invited to a family-friendly puppet show at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

ONGOING Contemporary Art Exhibit ARKADELPHIA - Ouachita Baptist University is sponsoring a contemporary art exhibit by artist Thomas Morrissey at the Arkadelphia Arts Center through April 21. 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.

Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition BENTON - A representation of the creative efforts of Arkansas artists in kindergarten through the 12th grade 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 (501) 984-3178 or

UPCOMING Corvette Club Weekend HOT SPRINGS - The 2012 Central Arkansas Corvette Club Weekend will be held April 19-21 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs. Registration will begin April 19, with various events, including a parade, on April 20. The cars will be on display April 21 at the convention center. The events are free to spectators, and the public is invited. For more information, contact Tom Powal at (501) 922-3898 or tpowal@gmail. com, or visit

All American Concert HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - The Hot Springs Village All American Spectacular Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at TheWoodlands Auditorium in the Ponce de Leon Center. Admission is $35. For more information, call the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at (501) 666-1761 or email bbur

Spring Conference MALVERN - St. Paul United Methodist Church at East Mill and Cherry Lane will hold its sixth annual Spring Conference, “A Deeper Understanding of Spiritual Attacks” and “The Adversary Agenda” with Teresa Roark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be testimonials and lessons for men and women, and Communion will be served with Treccie Cook. For more information, call Nancy Scott at (501) 337-0065 or Beverly Rogge at (501) 337-9665.

Earth Day Celebration HOT SPRINGS - The staff of Lake Catherine State Park invites area residents to celebrate Earth Day at the park on April 22. The event will allow attendees to learn to protect our resources and how to be a good steward of the planet. Activities willinclude interpretive programs and lake tours for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, including a detailed schedule, contact the park at (501) 844-4176 or

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 The Fantasticks BENTON - The Royal Players will present the musical The Fantasticks on April 26-29 and May 3-6 at the historic Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St. in Benton. Thursday through Saturday showtimes are 7 p.m., andthe Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 for general seating, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and children. For more information, contact Susan Dill at (501) 315-5483 or, or visit

Banquet Featuring Gus Malzahn HOT SPRINGS - Gus Malzahn, the new head football coach at Arkansas State University, will be the keynote speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The event will raise money to support FCA in its ministry to youth in south-central Arkansas. For more information or to attend the banquet, be a sponsor or table host, or play in the FCA golf tournament, call Angie Heaton at (501) 318-7740 or email

Flea Market BENTON - First Lutheran Church of Benton will hold its first flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at the church, 18181 Interstate 30. Each 8-by-14-foot site costs $10, and more than one site may be reserved. All proceeds from the sale will bekept by the vendors, who are responsible for setting up, attending their sites during the sale and removing unsold items. Possible sale merchandise includes, but is not limited to, garage sale items, plants, and arts and crafts. For more information, call Cindy at (501) 844-4275.

Creative Arts Festival BENTON - The second annual Creative Arts Festival, sponsored by the Downtown Benton Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. Booths will feature art, authors and crafts on the sidewalks of downtown. For more information, call Janet at (501) 315-0450 or Dianne Roberts at (501) 860-7467.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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