This week's events

Originally Published December 23, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated December 21, 2012 at 9:54 a.m.
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Dec. 23

Toy and Food Drive Deadline

ALEXANDER — Forest Hills Funeral Home is sponsoring a food and toy drive for Safe Haven of Saline County. Today is the last day to drop off nonperishable food and unwrapped toys at the funeral home. For more information, call (501) 455-1067.

Candlelight Service

OKOLONA — Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend, and fellowship will follow the service. The church is at 7374 Arkansas 51 S. in the Trinity community in Okolona.


Holiday Closings

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Administration Building will be closed Monday and Tuesday for Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. The Coronado Center Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday for Christmas. The facility will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1. For more information, call (501) 922-5556.

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.

Holiday Closings

HOT SPRINGS — All city offices, except public safety and the airport, will be closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as Jan. 1, for the holidays. Commercial and residential sanitation routes will run one day behind schedule, with Tuesday’s collection taking place on Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, continuing the pattern throughout the week. On Monday and Dec. 31, commercial and residential sanitation collection will occur as usual. On Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1, the main office and Regional Recycling Center will be closed. The Intracity Transit office will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1. During this time, reservation cancellations can be left on voicemail at (501) 321-6625. Buses and paratransit vans will not operate on Tuesday and Jan. 1. The city compost facility will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1.

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.

Trees and Treasures

ARKADELPHIA — The Trees and Treasures exhibit at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St., includes Christmas trees representing the arts organizations in Clark County. A large variety of vintage treasures includes a collection of musical instruments from around the world, old sewing machines, doilies, pedal tractors, rocking chairs from the 1800s and 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

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association is accepting applications for property owners willing to serve on the POA’s standing committees in 2013. There are also two POA 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 board applications by Jan. 17. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.

Student-Delegate Applications

HOT SPRINGS — Student-delegation applications for eighth- through 11th-graders who want to be part of the 2013 Sister City student delegation traveling to Hanamaki, Japan, in July are due Jan. 14. The weeklong educational study trip is sponsored by the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation. Between five and 10 students will be chosen to travel to Hanamaki as representatives of Hot Springs and will be expected to participate in Sister City programs and promotions throughout the year. The study trip will take place during the 20th anniversary year of the Hot Springs-Hanamaki Sister City relationship. Applications are available from the Sister City Program page of the city of Hot Springs website at Limited scholarships are available. For more information, call (501) 545-6960.


Movie Monday

BENTON — All ages are invited to enjoy a movie selected for ages 12 and under at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

New Year’s Eve Gala

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Paul Bewie Boys and Girls Club of the Hot Springs Village area will hold a New Year’s Eve Gala on Dec. 31 at the DeSoto Events Center in Hot Springs Village Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served beginning at 7 p.m. There will be music by Marcus, dancing and a “casino” event. Tickets are $37.50 per person and may be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club on Arkansas 7 North during business hours. All proceeds will benefit the children of north Garland County. For more information, call (501) 984-6996.

New Year’s Eve Dance

BRYANT — The Central Arkansas Development Council Bryant Senior Activity Center at Bishop Park will hold a New Year’s Eve dance with the Ramblin’ Fever Band from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. The public is invited. The center is at 6401 Boone Road, No. 3, in the Bishop Park Complex. The event will begin with a potluck at 7 p.m., followed by the dance at 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Favors and door prizes will be available. For more information, call the center at (501) 943-0056, ext. 3.

Swearing-in Ceremony

BENTON — The swearing-in ceremony for the 2013 Benton City Council will be held at 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.

Aerospace Open House

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Community College will hold an aerospace open house at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the aerospace lab on the south side of campus for students interested in the next apprentice class, scheduled to begin Feb. 16. For more information, call (501) 760-4135 or visit

Cirque Ziva Performance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Chinese acrobatic troupe Cirque Ziva will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Woodlands Auditorium. Reserved-seat tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets, visit, call (501) 922-4231 or stop by the Woodlands Box Office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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