This week's events

Originally Published December 6, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated December 5, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
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Dec. 6

Christmas Show

BRYANT — The Central Arkansas Development Council Bryant Senior Activity Center at Bishop Park will sponsor a Christmas show at 7 p.m. at the Center, 6401 Boone Road, No. 3. The show will feature The Belles, Ovation Music Academy, Trinity and the Bryant Senior Center Dance Team. The host of the show will be Landon Moses. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For more information, call the center at (501) 943-0056, ext. 3.

Duo Arete Piano Concert

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Division of Music will present Duo Arete, duo pianists Tatiana Roitman Mann and Kristina Marinova, in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall at the Mabee Fine Arts Center at OBU. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call (870) 245-5129.

Village Genealogical Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Mary Reid Warner will be the featured speaker for the Village Genealogical Society meeting and holiday celebration at 2 p.m. in Room 6 of the Coronado Community Center. Anyone interested in family research is welcome to attend. The speaker will discuss organizing genealogical materials, followed by an informal holiday celebration and refreshments. For more information, call Bill Patterson at (501) 922-6965.

Watercolor Class

BENTON — Instructor Carolyn Voss will teach a watercolor class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. “White Roses in Glass: Pastel on Black Paper” will be the theme. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 847-2166 or (501) 778-4766.

Newcomers Coffee

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association invites new residents to a Newcomers Coffee at 9 a.m. in the Ouachita Building of the Ponce de Leon Center. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 8:30 a.m., and presentations will begin at 9 a.m. The meeting offers information on the Property Owners’ Association and organizations and activities in Hot Springs Village. For more information, call (501) 922-4231.

Jewelry Show and Sale

ARKADELPHIA — Glen and Paula Knight, missionaries to the Philippines, will present original handmade jewelry from 3-6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. They will also make custom pieces on request. They use precious stones, crystals, fresh-water pearls and other beads with sterling. The public is invited to attend the show. No tickets are required.

Dec. 6-7

One-Act Plays

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s department of theater arts will host its annual student-directed One-Act Plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 in Verser Theatre. All performances are free and open to the public. The plays are a part of a directing class in which students each direct a one-act play in order to fulfill the requirements for their theater degrees. For more information, contact Daniel Inouye at or (870) 245-5522.

Dec. 6 and 13

Season of Light

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will present public showings of the Christmas-themed Season of Light at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The show, the first of the public shows presented by the Henderson Planetarium, was first presented in December 1999. The shows, which concentrate on the traditions of Christmas and their origins, are open to the public, and admission is $3 per person or $1 with a student ID. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the shows; therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, call (870) 230-5006.

Dec. 7

Special Announcement

ARKADELPHIA — Congressman Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, and Ouachita Baptist University President Rex Horne will make a special announcement at 4 p.m. in Young Auditorium in Hickingbotham Hall at OBU. The announcement will be about a major partnership project between Ross and Ouachita Baptist University. For more information, contact Trennis Henderson, OBU vice president for communications, at (870) 245-5206 or Dustin Smith, Ross’ communications director, at (870) 536-3376.

Christmas Memories

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department will offer Christmas Memories, a family-friendly tree-decorating event, from 6-8 p.m. during the Gallery Walk at Kenneth Adair Memorial Park, 358 Central Ave. Attendees are asked to bring an ornament to hang on one of five memorial trees in memory of loved ones who have died or to honor those who are on active military duty. Santa will entertain the children. For more information, call (501) 321-6871.

General Manager Coffee

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The next Property Owners’ Association General Manager Coffee is set for 9 a.m. at the DeSoto Club Events Center. All Hot Springs Village residents and property owners are encouraged to attend this monthly meeting, intended to improve communications with residents and property owners. The meeting is open to any topic attendees want to discuss with the general manager. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.

Black Tie Banquet

HOT SPRINGS — The annual Black Tie Banquet to benefit Men Mentoring Young Minorities Inc. will be held at 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Christian Fellowship Church, 1536 E. Grand Ave. Tickets are $20. For more information, call Nate at (501) 844-7162.

Opening Reception

HOT SPRINGS — The Artists Workshop Gallery, 801 Central Ave., will have an opening reception from 5-9 p.m. for Sarah Morrow of Benton and Coleen Wagner of Hot Springs Village. These artists’ work will be on display at the gallery through Dec. 31. The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (501) 623-6401.

Dec. 7-9

A Christmas Carol

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The traditional, nonmusical adaptation by Romulus Linney of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodlands Auditorium. The Hot Springs Village Players production will use special lighting and other effects to reveal the dramatic transformation of “Mr. Humbug” on the night before Christmas. Tickets for reserved seating are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at, or at the Ponce de Leon Center box office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dec. 8

Toys for Tots Caravan

BENTON — The ninth annual Toys for Tots Caravan will be held Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., on the old Saline County Airport runway. The cars will assemble there and leave at 10 a.m. to travel to Toy Hill in Little Rock. Any and all antique, vintage, classic, hot-rod and low-rider cars, trucks and specialty vehicles are invited to participate. The only cost to participate is one new, unwrapped toy that costs $10 or more. For more information, call George Beyers at (501) 776-0790.

Holiday Sweet Shoppe

MALVERN — The family of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern invites the public to participate in the seventh annual Holiday Sweet Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include fancy candies, cookies and sweet breads. For more information, call Marty at (501) 332-3381.

Dec. 10

Holiday in the Park

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Community College will present its annual Holiday in the Park at 6:30 p.m. at Horner Hall. This year’s host will be Ned Perme from KATV Channel 7. He will play the piano as part of the evening’s entertainment, along with performances from choirs from area schools. The public is invited to attend.

Caroling and Hot Chocolate

BRYANT — All ages are invited to enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music performed by the Bryant High School Honeybees from 4-5 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (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. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Grief Seminar

BENTON — A seminar, “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death will be held from 7-9 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Benton. The entrance is at the corner of Market and Sevier streets. The seminar will feature practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after the loss of a loved one. For more information, call (501)590-7994 or the church office (501)778-3601.

Dec. 11 and 13

Santa at the Library

BRYANT/BENTON — Children of all ages can visit with Santa from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Participants may bring a camera and have pictures made with Santa. Christmas crafts and activities will also be available. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


Toy Drive

BENTON — First Electric Cooperative is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and will accept donations at the Benton office, 7163 Alcoa Road, through Friday. The community may drop off new, unwrapped toys in the lobby, and First Electric employees will take the toys to the annual Toy Hill on Saturday in Little Rock. For more information, visit

Library Amnesty Month

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Library patrons who have outstanding library fines or who return overdue books to the Coronado Library throughout the month may pay fines with canned goods for people or pets. The donated food will be given to a local food pantry or to the Hot Springs Village Animal Shelter. For more information, contact the Coronado Library at (501) 922-3555.

Toy and Food Drive

ALEXANDER — Forest Hills Funeral Home is sponsoring a food and toy drive for Safe Haven of Saline County. Nonperishable foods and unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the funeral home anytime through Dec. 23. For more information, call (501) 455-1067.


Holiday Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert band will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Woodlands Auditorium. The annual event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village. Tickets are on sale for $10 each from any member of the Concert Band or the Kiwanis Club; at the Woodlands office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; and online at Remaining tickets will be available at the box office prior to the show.

Village Big Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Big Band, featuring guest trumpeter Pat Henry, will present carols and other seasonal music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. The audience will be invited to join in with a carol-sing. There is no admission charge, though a free-will offering will be received to support missions of the church.

Campus Closings

HOT SPRINGS — The National Park Community College campus will be closed from noon Dec. 14 through Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The campus will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 2. The college will also be closed Jan. 11 for a faculty/staff workshop. College classes for the spring semester will start Jan. 12 for Saturday classes and Jan. 14 for non-Saturday classes.

Christmas Scramble Golf Tournament

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Medical Center’s 29th annual NPMC Christmas Scramble Golf Tournament to benefit the Kamo’s Kids Foundation will be held Dec. 15 at the Hot Springs Country Club’s Arlington Course. Registration for the Ultimate Winter Golf Challenge will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The Kamo’s Kids foundation serves underprivileged children, and 100 percent of donations are directed toward the mission. For more information, visit The event will feature breakfast, a player gift, lunch and warming tents with refreshments. To register, contact Mandy Golleher at NPMC at (501) 620-2705.

Christmas Open House

BENTON — The Second Chance Youth Ranch Christmas Open House will be held from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 15 at 201 Destined to Win Road . Hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or for directions, call (501) 594-5200, ext. 200, or visit

Voices of Angels Concert

HOT SPRINGS — The Muses Creative Artistry Project will present the seventh annual Voices of Angels Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs. The concert program features all-female voices, joined by solo pianists and instrumentalists representing more than 400 years of musical styles. Area college and high school vocalists will also perform. Tickets, at $25 each, are available at the Arts Café and Bookstore in the lobby of the Hale Bathhouse in downtown Hot Springs; online at; or by calling the Muses at (501)463-4514.

Well on Your Way: The Hearing Loop

BENTON — Representatives of Saline Audiology will discuss the hearing-loop system for the hearing impaired at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library as part of an ongoing wellness series at the Saline County libraries. The program is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Artists Reception

BENTON — An artists reception honoring the adult students of Dianne Roberts will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The artists, who will be present to visit with attendees, will have their works on display throughout December and January at the library. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Christmas Concert

BENTON — Ovation Music Academy will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Royal Theater in Benton. Musicians will include Oksana Pavilionis on seven-string electric violin, Slavek Bolubah on drums and Brian Hamby on organ and piano. The concert will include Christmas music, as well as other selections. For more information, contact Ovation Music Academy at (870) 405-6856 or visit

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