This week's events

Originally Published December 16, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated December 14, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.
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Dec. 16

Royal Players Production of Annie

BENTON — The Royal Players will present Annie at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton. 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

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!

BRYANT/BENTON — 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

Haskell Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Haskell City Hall. The topic for the program will be “Christmas Past.” Those attending are asked to bring newspaper clippings, photos or articles from the past to be donated, loaned or copied for the museum. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 315-2913.

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.

Dec. 20

Artsy-Craftsy Tweens

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


BENTON — Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to participate in an after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. 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. 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.

Dec. 20-21

Movie Days

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

Dec. 22

Service of Light

BENTON — First United Methodist Church in Benton will have A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness at 7 p.m. in the chapel. This is a quiet, meditative service that makes time for remembering, sharing hurting places with God and preparing hearts for the coming of Christ. The church is at 200 N. Market St. For more information, call (501) 778-3601.

Christmas Concert

BENTON — Ovation Music Academy will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theater. 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


Campus Closings

HOT SPRINGS — The National Park Community College campus is closed 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.

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. The exhibit includes Christmas trees representing the arts organizations in Clark County, 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 10 a.m. to 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 — Free parking is available 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 the cascading fountain. The deck entry is now closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., allowing exiting vehicles only.

POA Committee Applications Accepted

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


Holiday Closings

BENTON/BRYANT — The Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. The libraries will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Swearing-in Ceremony

BENTON — The swearing-in ceremony for the 2013 Benton City Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 3 in Council Chambers at the Benton Municipal Complex. Following the swearing-in ceremony, there will be a Community Services Committee meeting in the Mayor’s Conference Room to select committee members, committee chairmen, commissioners and a liaison to the Public Utilities Commission. Also discussed will be Resolution No. 1 for 2013, which establishes the time of City Council meetings; setting the meeting agenda; and establishing rules for conducting City Council and committee meetings.

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