this week’s EVENTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published April 12, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.
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— ONGOING Hall of Fame Nominations NEWPORT - The Newport School District Charitable Foundation is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Newport High School Hall of Fame class. Nominees must be graduates of a Newport school. Nominations, including information about the individual, can be mailed to P.O. Box 166 in Newport or emailed to Nominations will be accepted through April 20.

Pool Party Raffle SEARCY - The Searcy Hampton Inn Relay for Life team will have a pool party raffle, with the drawing set for April 27. Tickets, at $5 each or five for $20, are available until April 27 at the Hampton Inn front desk, 3204 E. Race Ave. The winner will receive a free pool party at the Hampton Inn, including a cake, sodas and a banquet room. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call (501) 268-0654.

Financial Aid Fridays MELBOURNE - Ozarka College Student Services will hold FAFSA Fridays during April to offer students free financial-aid assistance in completing the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Students can visit the following locations on Friday and on April 20 and 27: Melbourne, TRiO Computer Lab, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Ash Flat, Room AF101, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Mountain View, Resource Room 107, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Mammoth Spring campus. The FAFSA form is used by the college to determine a student’s complete financial aid package. Students need to bring their 2011 tax forms, if filed, all W-2 forms and an FAFSA pin number. For a pin number, visit For more information, call (870) 368-2024.

GED Testing NEWPORT - The Adult Education Department at Arkansas State University-Newport will offer the two-part GED test four more times during the spring 2012 semester. The following are Monday/Tuesday dates with the test beginning at 8:30 a.m. onMondays and at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays: April 16-17; April 30-May 1; May 14-15; and May 21-22. Candidates must register and fulfill preliminary testing requirements prior to taking the Official GED exam. Contact the Adult Education Center at (870) 512-7824 to determine eligibility.

TODAY Cabot Community Coalition Meeting CABOT - The Cabot Community Coalition will meet at noon at The Diner Restaurant, 3286 S. Second St. The guest speaker will be from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. The coalition is a group of agencies and individuals who provide services for those in need throughout the greater Cabot area and offer volunteer opportunities. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (501) 529-0604.

Swing Into Spring Fundraiser SEARCY - Main Street Searcy will hold a fundraising event, Swing Into Spring, from 7-9 p.m. at Robbins-Sanford Grand Hall in historic downtown Searcy. There will be live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or through the Main Street Searcy office at (501) 279-9007.

FRIDAY Chamber Awards Banquet WARD - The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. in downtown Ward. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 per table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987, or visit

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Communitywide Yard Sale SALEM - The Salem Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spring Communitywide Yard Sale will be held in the Salem area Friday and Saturday. The yard sales will be in conjunction with the ninth annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market. Many area businesses will have special sales. A map of the city of Salem with a listing of yard-sale addresses will be available at local businesses. For more information, call the Salem Chamber at (870) 895-5565.

Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market SALEM - The ninth annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market, along with the Salem Chamber of Commerce Communitywide Yard Sale, will be Friday and Saturday in Salem. All inside space for the flea market is rented, but outside vendor space is still available. The rental fee is $40 for a 12-by-20-foot space.

Admission and parking are free at the flea market, and those attending can register for a $50 gas card given away by the Fulton County Fair Association and the Salem Chamber of Commerce. The flea market is at 124 Arena Lane. For more information or to reserve outside booth space, call (870) 895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair@

FRIDAY - SUNDAY Broom-making Event MOUNTAIN VIEW - The third annual SweepIn will be held at Ozark Folk Center State Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The $15 registration fee covers admission to the three-day event and a concert at the end. The event will focus on the art of broom-making with classes, demonstrations and sales going on throughout the weekend. For more information, call (870) 269-3851 or visit

SATURDAY Spring Citywide Yard Sale HORSESHOE BEND - The Horseshoe Bend Spring Citywide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up your yard sale in Horseshoe Bend, contact the chamber office at (870) 670-5433. A list of the sales will be given out Saturday morning at the chamber office, in the lower Diamond B Mall.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale BATESVILLE - The Independence County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Armory, 1690 White Drive. Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice on successful plant selection and gardening techniques. Vendors will sell organic soil, yard ornaments, blooming plants and birdhouses. For more information, call Suzanne Coots at (870) 698-0415.

Car and Truck Show JACKSONVILLE - The 12th annual Car and Truck Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 401 Municipal Drive in Jacksonville. The entry fee is a donation to the Boys and Girls Club. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented for sponsor’s choice, mayor’s choice, longest distance, ladies’ choice, participants’ choice, participants’ choice car, participants’ choice truck and participants’ choice tractor. For more information, call (501) 982-2245.

Ladies Day Spring Extravaganza HARDY - The General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Timely Club of Hardy will hold its second annual Ladies Day Extravaganza shopping event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center at Highland School. Concessionswill be available throughout the day, along with hourly drawings for door prizes offered by the vendors. The cost of admission is a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to an area food bank.

Appreciation Banquet HARDY - The Ozark Gateway Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet will takeplace at 5 p.m. at Creekside Loft, 111 Woodland Hills Road. The event will feature dinner, awards presentations, speaker Skip Rutherford from the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock and recent American Idol contestant Lauren Gray. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and space is limited. For more information, contact Cathy Drew at (800) 264-0316 or

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