this week’s EVENTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published April 19, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.
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— TODAY Genealogy Help BRYANT - Steve Perdue, head of local history and genealogy for the Saline County Library, will be available to help individuals with local history and genealogy questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Call (501) 778-4766 to reserve a time.

Radio History Program BENTON - Preston and Erma Bridges will present a program on the history of radio in Benton and Saline County at 7 p.m. at the Saline County History and Heritage Society Center, 123 N. Market St. The free program is open to the public.

Artsy-Craftsy Tweens BRYANT - Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to create arts and crafts with a focus toward children’s literature from 4-4:45 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Preparing for an Emergency BENTON - The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will present Preparing for an Emergency at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to the public. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

TODAY AND FRIDAY Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition BENTON - A display of the creative efforts of Arkansas artists in kindergarten through the 12th grade will end Friday 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.

TODAY - SATURDAY Corvette Club Weekend HOT SPRINGS - The 2012 Central Arkansas Corvette Club Weekend will be held today through Saturday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Registration will begin today, and various events, including a parade, will be held Friday. The cars will be on display Saturday 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 www.centralarkcc.com.

Contemporary Art Exhibit ARKADELPHIA - Ouachita Baptist University’s contemporary art exhibit by artist Thomas Morrissey at the Arkadelphia Arts Center will end Saturday. 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.

FRIDAY Bean Supper Fundraiser MALVERN - The Hot Spring County Salvation Army will hold its annual bean supper from 5-7 p.m. at the Malvern Community Center. The proceeds will provide prescriptionassistance, emergency dental visits and assistance with gas vouchers for out-of-town medical appointments for folks in Hot Spring County who qualify. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Salvation Army board members, Libby’s R.O.S.E. or Robert’s Locks, or at the door. Tickets are $6 for age 13 and up, and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Susan at (501) 337-6422.

Symphony Concert H OT S P R I N G S V I L L AG E - The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Philip Mann, will perform an All American Spectacular Concert at 7:30 p.m. in The Woodlands Auditorium at the Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village. The featured soloist will be pianist Tatiana Roitman. Admission is $35. For more information, call the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at (501) 666-1761 or email bburroughs@ arkansassymphony.org.

SATURDAY 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. to3 p.m. 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.

SUNDAY Earth Day Celebration HOT SPRINGS - Area residents are invited to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday at Lake Catherine State Park. Attendees will learn to protect natural resources and how to be a good steward of the planet. Activities will include 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 lakecatherine@arkansas.com.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY Concert and Ice Cream Social HOT PRINGS VILLAGE - The annual Spring Concert and Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village, will feature the Hot Springs Concert Band at 3 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. Ice cream sundaes will be served before eachconcert. Guests need to arrive at least 30 minutes early for the ice cream. The band will perform a number of new selections, as well as old favorites. Tickets are $10 and will be available at Woodlands. For more information, call (501) 984-1678 or visit www.hotspringband.org.

Play Auditions BENTON - Auditions for Nobody’s Business, a musical written by Dr. Sam Taggart, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday at the Royal Theater, and again at 4 p.m. April 29 and at 7 p.m. April 30. 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 sam@weallhearvoices.com.MONDAY GriefShare Support Group BENTON - The GriefShare recovery support group will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the parlor of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St. GriefShare is a 13-week support group that includes a weekly video featuring people who have gone through the grieving process, experts ongrief and recovery topics. For more information, call Gail Lavender at (501) 590-7994 or the church office at (501) 778-3601.

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

UPCOMING 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 at 7 p.m., and the 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 theroyalplayers@gmail.com, or visit theroyalplayers.com.

Fine Arts Festival BENTON - Artists from across the state will exhibit and sell their work at a Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and 28 at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St. The free event is open to the public.

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, call Angie Heaton at (501) 318-7740 or email aheaton@fca.org.

First Lutheran Flea Market BENTON - First Lutheran Church of Benton will hold a 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 be kept 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.

Salem United Methodist Flea Market BENTON - Salem United Methodist Church will hold a flea-market fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at 1647 Salem Road to benefit Habitat for Humanity of SalineCounty and the Apostles Build for 2012. Breakfast and lunch will be sold at the event.

Habitat Application Meeting BENTON - Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library for anyone interested in learning more about the affordable-housing program. Information about the application process and requirements will be distributed. For more information, call the Habitat office at (501) 315-5434.

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.

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