This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark region

Published November 8, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
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Nov. 8

Lunch Bunch

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers will have a Lunch Bunch gathering at 11:45 a.m. at Terrace on the Green, 2200 Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock. Attendees will meet in the parking lot in front of the Hallmark store in Maumelle at 11:15 a.m. or at the restaurant at 11:45 a.m. For more information or to sign up, call Nanjo Coleman at (501) 803-4797.

Author Reading

CONWAY — Mark Spitzer, University of Central Arkansas professor, acclaimed writer and alligator gar conservationist, will read from his newest work, Monstropocalypse Opus IV, at 7 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. The free reading is open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. For more information, call (501) 327-7482.

Nov. 8-9

Fried-Pie Sale

PERRYVILLE — Perryville United Methodist Church will continue its annual fried-pie sale Nov. 8 and 9. Pre-orders may be made by calling the church at (501) 889-5314 before noon, or by placing an order in person at the Perry County Courthouse with Jan Moore, or at Shelter Insurance with Kate Cole. Pies are $2 each and include apple, apricot, chocolate and peach. Sugar-free fruit pies will also be available.

Nov. 10

UACCM Pageant

MORRILTON — The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Phi Beta Lambda student organization will hold its annual UACCM Pageant Nov. 10 in the Fine Arts Auditorium at UACCM. Divisions will range in age from birth to 17 years old, with the Ms. UACCM division open to students enrolled at the community college. The pageant will begin with a welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m. The final registration deadline for the pageant is at 10 a.m. Nov. 9. The fee is $35. For more information or to register, visit or call (501) 977-2047.

Holiday Bazaar

RUSSELLVILLE — The First Cumberland Presbyterian Women will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar Nov. 10. The doors will open at 7 a.m. to showcase a wide variety of homemade jellies, jams and relishes, as well as cakes, fried pies, cookies and candies. Jewelry, white-elephant items, knives, linens and handcrafted holiday and decorative items will also be for sale. A chicken-spaghetti lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $8 per person. The church is at 1200 N. Arkansas in Russellville.

Hope Moore Concert

CONCORD — Hope Moore and the Imagine That Band will perform in the new gymnasium at Concord High School. Moore’s mother, Raquel Hipp Moore, will be the opening act for the 16-year-old singer. A chili and hot dog supper will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 per person. The event is sponsored by the junior class at Concord High School.

Spaghetti Dinner

NEW DIXIE — There will be a spaghetti and sausage dinner in St. Boniface Hall from 4-7:30 p.m. The dinner will feature homemade rolls and peach cobbler. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under age 6 may eat free with a parent. For carryout meals, call (501) 759-2896 after 3:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Nov. 10-11


CLINTON — Rupert Baptist Church will hold a revival Nov. 10 and 11 at the church, 21434 Arkansas 16 W. in Clinton. The event will include services at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 and at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Featured speakers will include Pastor Jerold Posey and Brother Tim Ellis of Courtland, Miss. Music will be provided by the Ellis family, the Nelson family and others.

Nov. 12

Holiday Closing

RUSSELLVILLE — The Hughes Community Center will be closed Monday for observation of Veterans Day. For more information, call (479) 968-1272.

Nov. 13

Cleburne County Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon at The Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. The guest speaker will be Charlotte Lacy, who will tell stories about her world travels. A short business meeting will address the 2013 legislative session and what issues may arise that affect the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Photography Presentation

CONWAY — Photographer, Tim Ernst, will return to the Faulkner County Library at 7 p.m. to present a slide presentation of his latest works. A large selection of picture books, guidebooks, wall calendars, matted prints, screensavers and DVDs will be available before and after the program at special sale prices. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email


Newcomers Luncheon

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers will have a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Maumelle Country Club. The theme is Re-purpose Your Shoes. The speaker will be Karla Allen of the Arkansas Water Project’s Shoes for Wells. The menu will include beef stroganoff. The cost is $14 per person, with checks made payable to the Maumelle Newcomers. Reservations are required by Monday. For more information, call Joan Ann Olsen at (501) 851-4223.

Dazzle Daze

CONWAY — The 11th annual Dazzle Daze will open Nov. 15 at the Conway Expo Center with Girls Nite Out from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature jazz by Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers, a Chicks Who Click photo session and a variety of appetizers by Conway chef Jill McCollum. Dazzle Daze general shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. All proceeds from Dazzle Daze will benefit health care services provided by the Conway Regional Health System. For more information, visit

AARP Driver Safety Class

HEBER SPRINGS — An AARP Driver Safety Program class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 on the Heber Springs campus of Arkansas State University in the Administration/Student Services Building’s McCoy Room. Individuals 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The class is free for veterans and their spouses. Fees may be paid in cash or by check. To reserve a place, call (501) 362-1273 or email

Quilts of Valor Workshop

GREENBRIER — The North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers Council will hold workshops for the Quilts of Valor project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16, Dec. 21 and Jan. 18 in the Fellowship Hall of Lifesong Baptist Church, 56 S. Broadview in Greenbrier, across from Fred’s department store. All are welcome, and sewing is not required. Materials for the first quilt will be at the workshop. Participants are asked to bring irons and boards, sewing notions and other supplies, and sewers need to bring a sewing machine. There will be a potluck lunch at each workshop. Participants may park in the church’s rear parking lot and enter the double doors under the covered portal. For more information, contact Gerri Johnson at or (501) 679-2945.

Centennial Celebration

DARDANELLE — First Presbyterian Church will hold its Big Centennial Celebration on Nov. 17 and 18. The two-day event will include choirs, bagpipe music, a reception with typical foods from 100 years ago and a time-capsule ceremony. The event is free and will re-create the excitement of 100 years ago, when the church was finished and its doors first opened. For more information, call event chairwoman Betsy Harris at the church at (479) 229-3594.

Van Buren County Retired Teachers Meeting

CLINTON — The Van Buren County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Western Sizzlin in Clinton. Debra Lance, director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, will be one of the guest speakers. She will address the need for CASA volunteers, who serve as a voice in court for abused and neglected children in foster care. Peggy Hardy, county coordinator for Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime (CALL) will discuss her group’s mission to provide a future for children in foster care in Van Buren County. The public is invited.

Candlelight Carol Service

CONWAY — The Hendrix College Choir, under the direction of Nancy Fleming, will present the 48th annual Candlelight Carol Service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in Greene Chapel. The services are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations are available beginning Nov. 19 by calling (501) 450-1495. For more information, visit

Sugarplum Festival

LESLIE — The fourth annual Sugarplum Festival will be held from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1 in and around the city park in Leslie. The event will include Santa Claus, vendors, hayrides, clogging and hot apple cider.

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