This week's events

Originally Published December 13, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated December 12, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
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Dec. 13

Santa at the Library

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

Neighborhood Association Meeting

BENTON — The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. at 1600 Dixie St. in Benton. Among other items, the agenda will include a discussion on strategic planning priorities, funding, the financial report, membership and civic engagement. All persons interested in the development of the Ralph Bunche community are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Anderson at (501) 315-3486.

ASMSA Roadshow

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold a Christmas Open House from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school’s Student Center. The Open House is the final event of the school’s fall ASMSA Roadshow. The event will feature the opportunity to visit with ASMSA Director Corey Alderdice, get an update on the progress of the school and learn about important upcoming events. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by visiting and clicking on the appropriate date. For more information, contact Vicki Hinz, development specialist, at (501) 622-5110 or

Season of Light

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will present a public showing of the Christmas-themed Season of Light at 7 p.m. The show, the first of the public shows presented by the Henderson Planetarium, was first presented in December 1999. The show, which concentrates on the traditions of Christmas and their origins, is 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 show; therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, call (870) 230-5006.

Holiday Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert band will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Dec. 13-16

Royal Players Production of Annie

BENTON — The Royal Players will present Annie today through Sunday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton. Dec. 13-15 performances start at 7 p.m., and the Dec. 16 matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray. For reservations, call (501) 315-5483 or visit

Dec. 14

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. 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.

Dec. 14-15

Live Nativity Scene

MALVERN — St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern will present a live Nativity scene from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The display will feature more than 40 costumed characters and live animals. For more information, call Marty at (501) 332-3381.

Dec. 14–Jan. 1

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.

Dec. 15

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 Saturday 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. 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

Dec. 16

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. 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.

Dec. 17

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. 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.

Game On!

BENTON/BRYANT — Tweens and teens are invited to play video and/or board games from 3:30-5 p.m. at both Saline County Library locations. The program is for ages 8 to 18 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and for ages 13-18 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Dec. 18

Puppet Show

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

Dec. 19

Book Club

BENTON — Ages 18 and over are invited to join a monthly book club at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. This month’s selection is Anatomy of a Murder, by Robert Traver. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


Library Amnesty Month

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Library patrons who have library fines or who return overdue books to the Coronado Library throughout December 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, call 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 food and unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the funeral home anytime through Dec. 23. For more information, call (501) 455-1067.

Trees and Treasures

ARKADELPHIA — The Trees and Treasures exhibit is now showing at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St. Christmas trees representing the arts organizations in Clark County are throughout the exhibit along with a large variety of vintage treasures including a collection of musical instruments from around the world, small old sewing machines, doilies, peddle tractors, rocking chairs from the 1800s and much more. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The display is free and open to the public. The trees will be displayed through Dec. 29 and the treasures will remain on exhibit through Jan. 19. For more information, visit or call (870) 245-3612.

Free Parking

HOT SPRINGS — Parking is available free of charge until New Year’s Day at the Exchange Street Parking Plaza, 128 Exchange St., to make it easier to visit downtown during the holiday season. The parking facility features new holiday decorations this year, including rows of brightly-lit trees banking either side of its cascading fountain. The deck entry is now closed nightly from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., allowing exiting vehicles only.

Committee Applications Accepted

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association is currently accepting applications for interested property owners willing to serve in 2013 on the POA”s standing committees. There are also two board positions open in the upcoming year on the Property Owners’ Association Board of Directors. Applications may be picked up in the general manager’s office, located on the second floor of the Administration Building, or downloaded online at Interested property owners should return their applications for standing committees by Jan. 31 and by Jan. 17 for board vacancies. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.


Movie Days

BRYANT — Teens are invited to unwind from finals by enjoying a movie and pizza at noon Dec. 20 and 21 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The event is presented by the Hornet Readers. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Artsy-Craftsy Tweens

BRYANT — Tweens (ages 8-12) are invited to create arts and crafts revolving around children’s literature from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.


BENTON — Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to participate in this after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. 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. In addition to Christmas music, the concert will include other selections. For more information, contact Ovation Music Academy at (870) 405-6856 or visit

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