This week's events

Originally Published November 8, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated November 7, 2012 at 11:06 a.m.
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Nov. 8

Ralph Bunch Neighborhood Meeting

BENTON — The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. at 1600 Dixie St. in Benton. Among other items, the agenda will include a discussion on neighborhood planning, grants and funding for infrastructure improvements and involvement in the committees and boards with the city of Benton. All who are interested in the development of the Ralph Bunche community are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Gail Anderson at (501) 315-3486.

Business After Hours

ARKADELPHIA — An Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Celebrations, 1210 N. 10th St. The event will include a wine tasting, along with information and suggestions about different wines from Bruce Cochran, wine importer, distributor, teacher and writer. The event is open to the public.

Lecture and Reception

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — A reception will be held for Curtis W. Coleman following his third and final lecture today on the U.S. Constitution. Chairman of the Institute for Constitutional Policy in Little Rock, Coleman will present Major Moments in Constitution History at 7 p.m. in the Ouachita Activities Building. General admission is $10, and tickets are available online at or at the Ponce Center box office, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Using a Mouse and Keyboard

BENTON — The Saline County Library will offer Using a Mouse and Keyboard, a beginning computer class for adults 18 and older, at 1 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class can be attended as a standalone class or as part of the Introduction to Technology series. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Retirement Open House

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association will hold a public open house for Laroy Cornett, director of public safety, from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the DeSoto Club Events Center. Cornett is set to retire from his post Friday, following more than 18 years of service.

Master Gardeners Presentation

BENTON — The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenters Mary Walden and Kathy Lewallen will discuss “Shade Gardening” at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

After-School Arts and Crafts

BENTON — Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to participate in this after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. This month’s theme is Native American crafts. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Quilt Guild Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on DeSoto Boulevard. Norma McKinnon, owner of Hickory Hill Quilts, will talk about the latest quilting gadgets, tools, fabrics and techniques from the Houston Fall Market. Jennie Sharpe of Huntsville will present a trunk show of her custom-designed sweatshirt jackets and vests, as well as teach an afternoon workshop, Sweatshirt Vest. To register for the class and order the kit, call (501) 922-4220.

Diabetes Health Fair

BENTON — Saline Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes health fair from 9 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s health education building. A variety of vendors will provide information on products and how they relate to diabetes health. Educational seminars will be presented, as well as a variety of free screenings. For more information, visit

Nov. 8-10

Wait Until Dark

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of the classic thriller Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Monday and Nov. 15-17. A reception will follow today’s opening-night performance. Admission is $8, or free with an HSU student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board. For more information or to make reservations, call (870) 230-5291 or email

Nov. 8 and 15

Planetarium Presentation

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will present Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. today and Nov. 15. The program will include visualizations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The shows are open to the public. 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, contact Jim Duke at (870) 230-5006 or

Nov. 9

General Manager Coffee

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

FEMA Flood Insurance Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Governmental Affairs and Lakes and Water committees will sponsor a Federal Emergency Management Agency and Lender Flood Insurance Requirements informational meeting. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Ouachita Building in the Ponce de Leon Center. Gary Ballard, Saline County Geographic Information Systems administrator, will present information about flood-insurance requirements and alternatives. The meeting is open to all Hot Springs Village residents.

Introduction to the Internet

BENTON — The Saline County Library will offer Introduction to the Internet, a beginning computer class for adults 18 and older at 1 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class can be attended as a standalone class or as part of the Introduction to Technology series. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Nov. 10

Living Gift Market

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Heifer Club will hold its annual Living Gift Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Animals such as cows, sheep, water buffalo and llamas, as well as bees and seeds, can be purchased outright or shared as gifts for others. In accordance with Heifer guidelines, the animals will be given to families in the Arkansas Delta, Appalachia and other needy areas throughout the world. The event will also include homemade sloppy Joes and the Heifer gift shop. The event is open to the public. Donations will go to Heifer International.    

ASMSA Open House

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold an open house for prospective students and their families from 9 a.m. until noon at the campus in downtown Hot Springs. Tours of the school will be available every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to current students and teachers. ASMSA is one of 13 public residential high schools specializing in the education of juniors and seniors with an advanced aptitude for science and math. Enrollment is open to all Arkansas students who meet the academic criteria. Room, board and tuition are free. Students should apply during their sophomore year. For more information, call the ASMSA admissions office at (501) 622-5146 or visit

Nov. 10 and 17

Merry Mixers Dances

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a country dance from 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Coronado Community Center ballroom. The group will also have a dance from 7-10:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ballroom, with entertainment provided by the Fab 3. For more information, call (501) 922-2997.

Nov. 12

Veterans Day Closing

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

Saxophone Quartet Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will host the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in W. Francis Mcbeth Recital Hall at the Mabee Fine Arts Center. The event, sponsored by the Ouachita Division of Music, is free and open to the public. The quartet has performed throughout the U.S., as well as at the World Saxophone Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland. For more information, contact Caroline Taylor at or (870) 245-5139.

Nov. 13


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Recreation Department will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. for the new Balboa Spillway Trail Extension at Promesa Drive. The extension is at the intersection of Promesa and Ponce de Leon drives and continues south to connect with the Balboa Spillway Trail. Meet at the Balboa Pavilion at 1:15 p.m. to go to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information, call (501) 922-0322.

Nov. 13-16

Rat Pack Shows

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Concerts Association will present four performances featuring music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. on Tuesday through Nov. 16 at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. The showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more information about the concert series, call (501) 922-6539 or visit


Student Salon Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University Visual Art Department will present a student salon exhibit at the Arkadelphia Arts Center through Nov. 24. The exhibit will feature recent works created by students enrolled in classes offered by the department. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Arkadelphia Arts Center is at 625 Main St.

VFW Bingo

BENTON — Bingo is held at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and at 1 p.m. every Saturday at Benton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2256. Members and guests are welcome but must be at least 21 years old. There is no charge for admission, and the kitchen will serve burgers, fries, taco salads and other dishes.


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Geocaching, an outdoor game in which a GPS device is used for a scavenger hunt, is available in Hot Springs Village. Participants will pick up a geocaching flyer and gate pass at the Hot Springs Village Visitor Center; use a handheld GPS device to hunt for seven interesting places in Hot Springs Village; look for a container that may be partially hidden and collect an information card tucked inside; and bring all seven cards to the visitor center to be entered in a monthly drawing for a prize until March 1. For more information, visit

Art on Display

BENTON — The Saline County Library is featuring the works of photographer Tanya Betts at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library throughout November. They are available for viewing during regular library hours. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


Stepping Up for Ouachita

ARKADELPHIA — The third annual Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon will be held Nov. 15 at the Chenal Country Club in Little Rock. This year’s honoree, Molly (Goforth) Kircher, is a 1964 cum laude graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. This year’s luncheon will feature a live decorating demonstration by Providence Ltd. Design. Event registration and the opening of the gallery will begin at 11 a.m., and luncheon doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 each for individuals and $1,000 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the luncheon are designated for scholarships for outstanding women students attending Ouachita Baptist. For more information, email or call (870) 245-5169.

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. Nov. 15 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Creative Writing

BRYANT — Jennifer Watson will teach creative writing for ages 16 and older at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Computer Petting Zoo

BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to a computer petting zoo presented by Donovan Mays of the Arkansas State Library from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Hansel and Gretel

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts Division of Music Opera Theatre will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 each at, but current OBU students may receive one free ticket with a student ID. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555.

Well on Your Way

BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Library will continue its Well On Your Way wellness series at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant with certified instructor Clifford Hicks discussing the Alexander Technique. The program is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Holidays at Hurricane

BRYANT — The fourth annual Holidays at Hurricane will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at Hurricane Creek Elementary School in Benton. This community event presents more than 60 vendors from across central Arkansas with more than 1,000 shoppers expected. The event kicks off with a Ladies Night Out from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16, and the doors will be open to everyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17. Professional photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17. The event is sponsored by the Hurricane Creek PTO, and proceeds will be used to purchase computers and playground equipment, as well as provide activities for students. Admission is $3 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit

Arts and Crafts Fair

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Coronado Community Center Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the center. The event will feature a variety of arts and crafts items for sale. The Hot Springs Village Optimist Club will have food available for purchase. The public is invited. For more information, call (501) 922-5050 or email

5K/1K Event

BRYANT — Imagination Library of Saline County will hold its third annual 5K/1K event at Bishop Park on Nov. 17. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., followed by the 1K. There will be “grinches,” who will attempt to grab participants’ flags on the 5K course. For the 1K, participants will receive a sticker for each “grinch” they catch. For more information, call (501) 993-7737 or email

Bake Sale

BENTON — The St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Women will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the church, 1112 Alcoa Road. There will be cookies, brownies, casseroles, pies, breads, cakes and more. Proceeds will benefit the Episcopal Church Women’s community-outreach projects. For more information, call (501) 594-5566.

Bunko Bash

HOT SPRINGS — The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs will hold Bunko Bash 2012 on Nov. 17 at Coco Beverage in Hot Springs. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with bunko starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a silent auction, prize giveaways, and food and beverages. The annual fundraiser supports the Junior Auxiliary’s service projects that support Garland County kids. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Junior Auxiliary members, online at, or at the door, if still available.

Ham and Turkey Smoking

MALVERN — St. Paul United Methodist Men in Malvern at East Mill and Cherry Lane will smoke 14- to 16-pound Petit Jean hams and 7- to 9-pound turkey breasts for Thanksgiving Nov. 20 and 21. Whole hams are $50, and half hams $28. Turkey breasts are $45 whole and $25 for a half. Pickup time is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21. Orders should be by Nov. 19 by calling (501) 337-7364. The United Methodist Women will have a bake sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 and will also sell cranberry relish.

Colt & the Old 45s Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Colt and the Old 45s will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Woodlands Auditorium. The band covers music of the ’60s, as well as tunes from the late ’50s and early ’70s. To purchase tickets for $20 each, visit, call (501) 922-4231 or stop by the Woodlands Auditorium 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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