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Community events in the River Valley & Ozark areaPublished November 11, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
CLINTON — Rupert Baptist Church will continue its revival today at the church, 21434 Arkansas 16 W. in Clinton. The event will include services at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 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.
Christmas Open House
CONWAY — The annual Downtown Christmas Open House will be held from 1-5 p.m. in Conway. The event will include live musical performances, arts-and-crafts vendors, local artists and specials offered by local merchants. For more information, visit www.downtownconway.org.
Wind Ensemble Fall Concert
CONWAY — The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium. For more information on this and other events at Hendrix, visit www.hendrix.edu.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Hughes Community Center will be closed Nov. 12 for observation of Veterans Day. For more information, call (479) 968-1272.
CONWAY — Mark Richard, an award-wining novelist, short-story writer, poet and screenwriter, will discuss reading for solace and writing as therapy at Reves Recital Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on this and other events at Hendrix College, visit www.hendrix.edu.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Guitar Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 450-5751.
CONWAY — Heather Parton, a liberal political blogger who writes under the pseudonym “Digby,” will read posts from her blog, Hullaballoo, at 7.30 p.m. as part of the University of Central Arkansas’ Artists in Residence series. The reading will take place in the College of Business building 107. For more information, call (501) 450-3293 or email email@example.com.
Cleburne County Retired Teachers
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.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 450-5751.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ fall 2012 Juried Senior Exhibition will be on view Nov. 15 through Dec. 7 in the Baum Gallery at the university’s McCastlain Hall. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition can be viewed during regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; and also from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit uca.edu/art.
MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers will have a luncheon at 11 a.m. 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.
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 www.dazzledaze.com.
String Quartet Recital
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ String Chamber Music program, centered on the string quartet repertoire, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, visit uca.edu/music/strings.
CONWAY — Curtis Sebrem, guest clarinetist, will perform at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 450-5751.
AARP Driver Safety Class
HEBER SPRINGS — An AARP Driver Safety class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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. To reserve a place, call (501) 362-1273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, and on 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 email@example.com or (501) 679-2945.
Nov. 17 and 18
DARDANELLE — First Presbyterian Church will hold its Big Centennial Celebration on Saturday and Nov. 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.
UCA Student Drawing Exhibit
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ Black Box Student Gallery will have a class show, with Jennifer Rospert’s drawing IV students on view through Friday in Schichtl Hall during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit uca.edu/art/blackbox/black_box_exhibits.php.
Brass Choir Concert
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’ brass choir will perform at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 450-5751.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas will present the Pinnacle Brass Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 450-5751.
Chamber Players Performance
CONWAY — The Hendrix College Chamber Players will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Reves Recital Hall. For more information on this and other events at Hendrix, visit www.hendrix.edu.
Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert
CONWAY — The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Reves Recital Hall. For more information on this and other events at Hendrix, visit www.hendrix.edu.
Van Buren County Retired Teachers
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.
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The 15th annual Mountain Rendezvous will be held Nov. 23-25 at Petit Jean State Park. The events will offer attendees a chance to experience primitive camping; learn some of the survival skills of Arkansas pioneers; and watch demonstrations of activities such as muzzleloading and tomahawk throwing. The rendezvous is co-sponsored by the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association. For more information on this free event, contact the park by calling (501) 727-5441, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
MORRILTON — The annual lighting of the Conway County Courthouse, the train depot and City Hall in Morrilton is slated for sundown Nov. 26. In conjunction with the displays, which will continue through Dec. 31, the annual Morrilton Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Morrilton, followed by the Night of Luminaries at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.
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 www.hendrix.edu/news/news.aspx?id=62440.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Winter Wonderland Drive Through Light Display will be open Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and 8, Dec. 14 and 15, and Dec. 19-24. Pictures with Santa Claus will be available to area youths on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 19-24. There will be a live Nativity scene. On Dec. 19-24, an outdoor ice -skating rink will be added. Admission is a $5 donation. For more information, visit discoverrussellville.org.
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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