this week’s EVENTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Published April 19, 2012 at 4:15 a.m.
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— ONGOING 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 assistance in completing the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Students can visit the following locations on Friday and on April 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. Friday at the Mammoth Spring campus. The FAFSA form is used by the college to determine a student’s financial aid package. Students need to bring their 2011 tax forms, 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 twopart GED test three more times during the spring 2012 semester. The following are Monday/Tuesday dates with the test beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays and at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays: 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 UACCB Board of Visitors Meeting BATESVILLE - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meetFRIDAYPageant Entry Deadline NEWPORT - Friday is the deadline to enter the Little Miss Three Rivers Pageant, to be held by the Miss Three Rivers Pageant Association at 2 p.m. April 28 at the ASU-Newport Center for the Arts. Proceeds will go for the preparations for the 2012 Miss Three Rivers and Outstanding Teen to compete in the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen pageants held in July in Hot Springs. This pageant has five age categories: Baby Miss, 0-23 months; Tiny Miss, 2-4 years; Little Miss, 5-7 years; Young Miss, 8-10 years; and Junior Miss, 11-12 years. Optional judging categories include Photogenic, Best Dress, Best Personality and Most Beautiful. The entry fee is $30, plus $10 for each optional category, if chosen. Entry forms can be obtained at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce or by calling Peyton Bowen at (870) 349-2559.

at 4 p.m. in Independence Hall, 140 West, on the campus. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Kim Whitten at (870) 612-2016.

TODAY AND FRIDAYCharlie Brown Musical WALNUT RIDGE - The Williams Baptist College theater program will present its spring production, the musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in WBC’s Old Chapel. The cost is $5 for general admission and $1 for students and seniors.

TODAY - SUNDAY 50th Arkansas Folk Festival MOUNTAIN VIEW - Special music programs, crafts, a parade and other events will highlight the 50th annual Arkansas Folk Festival today through Sunday in Mountain View. The theme of the festival will be “Through the Decades - Celebrating 50 Years.” For more information on specific events, call the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce at (888) 679-2859 or visit www.

FRIDAY Hall of Fame Nomination Deadline NEWPORT - Nominations for the fourth annual Newport High School Hall of Fame Class will be accepted by the Newport School District Charitable Foundation through Friday. Nominees must be graduates of a Newport school. Nominations, including information about the individual, may be mailed to P.O. Box 166 in Newport or emailed to

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Music From Movies CHEROKEE VILLAGE - The Cherokee Village Community Chorus will present fresh choral arrangements of popular songs from the movies at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Tickets, at $4 each, are available from any chorus member or at the door. For more information, contact Arlene Zajicek at (870) 257-4603 or

SATURDAY Bone Marrow Donor Drive CABOT - Mount Carmel Baptist Church will hold a bone marrow donor drive for the benefit of Leslie Harris and others from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Cabot quilt will be raffled off at the event, with proceeds going to Harris and her family for expenses. Those unable to attend the event can visit and request a kit. For more information, call Christie Reed at (501) 628-7624 or Jordan Reed at (501) 628-7623.

SAME Café SEARCY - The SAME Café will be open from 4-6 p.m. at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. in Searcy. The SAME Café is open the first and third Saturdays of each month to anyone in the community who would like a free warm meal.

Searcy AARP Driver Safety Course SEARCY - The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will offer an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hubach Center. Participants are advised to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and use the elevator togo to the first floor. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members with an AARP membership card, and $14 for nonmembers. The instructor will be Jerry Yates. To register, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Southside High School ArtFest BATESVILLE - The talents of local musicians, singers and visual artists from kindergarten through high school will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ArtFest 2012 in the Southside High School cafeteria. The event is held to raise awareness of the arts in the Southside/Batesville area.

SUNDAY Flute Choir Concert BATESVILLE - The Lyon College Flute Choir will give its spring concert at 4 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room. Under the direction of Laura Stinson, the ensemble will perform classical masterworks. Guest artists will include Kenton Adler on bagpipes; dancer Jesse Edgerton; and Han Ong on bass.

Middle East Travelogue ASH FLAT - The Sharp County Historical Society will hold its spring quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of First National Banking Co. in Ash Flat. Special guest speaker Louis Intres, who recently returned from the Middle East, will present his “Historic Middle East Travelogue” slide program to members and guests for a virtual tour of historic Middle East destinations.

MONDAY Citizens Police Alumni Meeting JACKSONVILLE - The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern. All graduates of the citizens police academy are invited. For more information, contact Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or

Bald Knob AARP Driver Safety Course BALD KNOB - There will be an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1507 W. Center. Instructors will be Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members with an AARP membership card, and $14 for nonmembers. To register, call (501) 283-0283.

TUESDAY Student Recital BATESVILLE - The final recital of the academic year by Lyon College music students will take place at 7:30 p.m. The concert will begin in Brown Chapel andconclude in the Bevens Music Room. Performers will include organist Aaron Walton; pianists Claire Brown and Aaron Farris; tubist Steven Rookey; and vocalists Brett Alexander, David Black, David Hernandez, Steven Rookey, Emily Teis, Diana Turnbo, Aaron Walton and Konnie Wright. The Lyon Concert Band, under the baton of Joel Plaag, will also perform. The piano accompanist will be Russell Stinson. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Audubon Society Meeting CLINTON - The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at Western Sizzlin in Clinton, with a Dutch-treat dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. Jay Miller, administrator of program services for Arkansas State Parks, will be the guest speaker. Door prizes will be distributed after the meeting. For more information, email

UPCOMING Searcy Kindergarten Roundup SEARCY - The Searcy Public Schools will hold a kindergarten roundup registration for the upcoming school year from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at each attendance zone’s elementary school, a map of which can be found online at searcyshools. org under the “About SPS” tab. The Students must register at the school they will attend and must be 5 years old by Aug. 1. For each student, the following documents are required: birth certificate, shot records, proof of a physical from a doctor, Social Security card and verification of residence showing the current address. Students are not required to attend the registration. For more information, call (501) 268-3517.

50th-Anniversary Celebration JACKSONVILLE - Nor th Metro Medical Center, 1400 Braden St. in Jacksonville, will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 4:30-6 p.m. April 26 at the hospital’s entrance.

Allergy Seminar SEARCY - The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will hold a seminar for people with headaches, sinus or allergy problems. The seminar will be at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Ewing-Pyeatt Building by the White County Library. Seating is limited to 12 participants, so call (501) 230-2182 to register.

Chamber Member Appreciation Cookout CABOT - The Ambassador Committee of the Cabot Chamber of Commerce will hold a cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 26 for all Cabot Chamber members. The cookout will be at the Town Square in the courtyard area of the Cabot Mini Mall, behind City Hall. For more information, call (501) 843-2136 or email

Heroes for Health Fun Run CABOT - Heroes for Health, a 1K fun run/walk for children ages 4-12, will be held by the Cabot Lions Club at 7 p.m. April 27 at Cabot High School’s Panther Stadium in conjunction with the Health and Fitness Expo. Proceeds from Heroes for Health will support health and wellness programs in the Cabot Public Schools. The cost is $10 per person. Children are encouraged to dress like their favorite superhero for the run. If preregistered by Monday, participants will receive an event T-shirt, a medal and a goodie bag. For registration information, call Shelia DeArmond at (501) 985-4039.

Health and Fitness Expo CABOT - The Cabot Public Schools will offer a Health and Fitness Expo from 6-8 p.m. April 27 at Cabot High School’s Panther Stadium, 401 N. Lincoln. The goals of the expo include providing tobacco-prevention and -cessation resources, identifying and promoting local health and fitness services, offering free health assessments, increasing knowledge of healthy-living strategies, and promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Free booth spaces are available. For more information, contact Kelly Spencer, district health and wellness coordinator, at (501) 843-3363, ext. 1204, or Kelly.spencer@cps.

Renaissance Days BATESVILLE - The ninth annual Renaissance Days at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will be held April 27 and 28. Activitiesand demonstrations will include sword fighting, mini-jousting, tug o’ war, archery, a maypole, storytelling, costumes, banners, and Renaissance music and dance. The free festival is open to the public. April 27’s activities will be from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with the Friday Night Showcase at 6:30 p.m., featuring UACCB’s Commedia dell ‘Arte Players and the UACCB Renaissance Chamber Singers and others. April 28’s festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus is at 2005 White Drive in northeast Batesville. For more information, call Marla Bennett at (870) 612-2038.

Heber Springs Springfest HEBER SPRINGS - The 25th annual Springfest will be April 27-29 in downtown Heber Springs. April 27 will include an ArtWalk at the Cleburne County judge’s office, a street fair on Third Street, a beef dinner, children’s activities, live music, a cupcake-baking contest, a chair-art and planterart auction and a classic car cruise down Main Street. On April 28, events will start at 10 a.m. in Spring Park and feature artisans, festival food, inflatable bounce obstacles, a petting zoo, the Miss Springfest Pageant, live music, a car and bike show, a 5K race and the Arkansas Children’s Theatre’s production of Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood in the amphitheater. “Heber Springs’ Got Talent” will be at 1:30 p.m. April 29 at the Spring Park Bandshell. For more information, contact the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at (501) 362-2444 or visit

Plant and Bake Sale HEBER SPRINGS - Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Plant and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the church, 300 Trailwood Drive. There will also be hot dogs and brats for sale. This is the church’s annual fundraiser for Heber Springs Missions. For more information, call (501) 362-0685.

Singing Fundraiser H EB ER S PRIN GS - T he Mountain Top Cowboy Church will present a benefit singing fundraiser for Teresa Chasteen, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and music beginning at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Cleburne County Fairgrounds. Bluegrass and gospel music will be featured, and donations will be accepted. Free hot dogs, drinks and chips will be served.

Hooked Rug Workshop POWHATAN - Powhatan Historic State Park will offer a hooked rug workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. The registration fee is $15 per person. Participants will learn the art of locker hooking - an old craft using scrap fabric to make rugs, place mats,chair-seat covers, handbags and more. Attendees will learn how to design patterns on canvas, cut the fabric and use the locker hook and yarn to create mats of all styles. The fee includes all materials. Bring a sack lunch. Class size is limited, so call to reserve a space. For more information, call (870) 878-6765 or email

Bald Knob Strawberry Pageant BALD KNOB - The Bald Knob Strawberry Pageant will be at 2 p.m. April 28 in the Bald Knob High School Gym. Entry forms can be picked up at Von’s in Judsonia, the Bald Knob Chamber of Commerce, Smile 4 Me in Bald Knob, Reba’s Bridal in Searcy and Ann’s Bridal in Searcy. For more information, call Terry Pate at (501) 724-5694 or the Bald Knob Chamber at (501) 724-3140.

Stride to Prevent Suicide SEARCY - The 2012 Elliott Foundation Stride to Prevent Suicide 5K and 1-mile run/fun walk will begin at 9 a.m. April 28 at Spring Park. To help shine a light on the disease of depression, register for the run/walk at

Boot Scootin’ Bash and 5K Dash WARD - A race benefiting Beyond Boundaries, an equineassisted therapy center, will be held at 8 a.m. April 28 at Beyond Boundaries Arena, 2195 Peyton St./Arkansas 319. The cost is $20 if registered by Friday, or $25 the day of the event. Fees include an event T-shirt, a gift bag and eligibility for division awards. For more information, contact Nikki Chumley at or visit beyond

Spaghetti Supper QUITMAN - The Cove Creek/ Pearson Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Supper from 4 to 6 p.m. April 28. The station is on Arkansas 16 West between the Gateway Country Junction and Cove Creek Grocery. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 may eat free when accompanied by an adult. Vegetarian sauce is available upon request. Funds raised from the event will provide firefighting and safety equipment.

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