This week's events

Originally Published November 15, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated November 14, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.
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Nov. 15

Road Closing

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Cranford Construction will install a culvert today at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Drive and Arkansas 5. The intersection will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Signs will be posted. Drivers are asked to use an alternate route during this work. For more information, contact the Property Owners’ Association Department of Public Works at (501) 922-5524.

Benton Book Club

BENTON — The Benton Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

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. 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

Stepping Up for Ouachita

ARKADELPHIA — The third annual Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon will be held 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. The luncheon will feature a live decorating demonstration by Providence Ltd. Design. Event registration and the opening of the gallery will be 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. 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. 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. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Nov. 15-16

Rat Pack Shows

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

Nov. 15-18

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. today through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 each at and current OBU students may receive one free ticket with a student ID. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555.

Nov. 15 and Nov. 29

Well on Your Way

BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Library will continue its Well On Your Way wellness series at 6:30 p.m. today 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.

Nov. 16-17

Holidays at Hurricane

BRYANT — The fourth annual Holidays at Hurricane will be held Friday and Saturday at Hurricane Creek Elementary School in Benton. This community event presents more than 60 vendors from across central Arkansas. A Ladies Night Out will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, and the doors will be open to everyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Professional photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 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

Nov. 17

Book Sale

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Friends of the Coronado Center Library will hold their annual fall book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the Fall Arts and Crafts Fair at the Coronado Community Center. Prices are $2 for hardcover books and 50 cents for paperbacks. There will be a variety of genres available, including mysteries, romance, westerns and general fiction. Proceeds will help expand library assets not covered by the library budget. For more information, call (501) 922-3555 or visit

Merry Mixers Dance

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

Arts and Crafts Fair

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Coronado Community Center Arts and Crafts Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 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. 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 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 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.

Nov. 18

NPCC Singers Concert

HOT SPRINGS — The National Park Community College Singers will present their annual fall concert at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. The concert will feature choral pieces from several time periods of music history. Also featured in this concert will be the NPCC Soundwaves, singing jazz arrangements; and the newest ensemble, the NPCC Chamber Chorale, singing selections from the Alfred Burt Carols. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to help fund music scholarships. For more information, call (501) 844-6414 or (501) 760-4165.

Nov. 19

Public Hearing

HOT SPRINGS — A public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant Program Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Action Plan will be held at 9 a.m. at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. Residents are encouraged to express their comments on projects to be considered during Tuesday’s City Board of Directors meeting. For more information, call Mike Scott at (501) 321-6845.

Movie Monday

BENTON — All ages are invited to enjoy a movie specifically selected for ages 12 and under at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Popcorn and drinks 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 8-18 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 847-2166.

Nov. 20

Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Haskell City Hall. Emaline Stroud will speak on “Haskell in the 1870s.” The public is invited to attend and bring pictures, articles or items to be copied, loaned or donated to the Haskell Museum. For more information, call (501) 315-6405.

Saline Crossing Meeting

BENTON — The Saline Crossing Regional Park and Recreation Area Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Gene Moss building in Tyndall Park. All members and the public are urged to attend and help plan for the 200th anniversary celebration of Saline County’s first settlement at Saline Crossing.

Puppet Show

BENTON — All ages are invited to a family-friendly puppet show at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Nov. 20-21

Thanksgiving Story Time

BRYANT/BENTON — All ages are invited to a Thanksgiving-themed story time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Crafts and snacks will be part of the program. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

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 Tuesday and Wednesday for Thanksgiving. Whole hams are $50, and half hams are $28. Turkey breasts are $45 whole and $25 for a half. Pickup time will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Place orders by Monday by calling (501) 337-7364. The United Methodist Women will have a bake sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday and will also sell cranberry relish.


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.


Thanksgiving Closings

BRYANT/BENTON — The Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. The libraries will reopen at 9 a.m. Nov. 24.

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.

A Festival of Christmas

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will present its 20th-anniversary production of A Festival of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Jones Performing Arts Center on OBU’s Arkadelphia campus. Ticket prices are $10 each, with groups of 10 or more receiving a discounted price of $8 each. Admission is free for current Ouachita students. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555.

Holiday Concert

BRYANT — Sweet Tunes’ Creations will present its first annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, featuring David Suits and Denaz Suits. They will perform traditional holiday favorites, as well as an original instrumental song, at the Center of Bryant in the Purple Room upstairs. The event is open to the public, and with each ticket purchase, Sweet Tunes’ Creations will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that helps provide programs, services and treatment for sick and injured children. Tickets can be purchased at

Starlight Gala

BRYANT — The Bryant Boys and Girls Club staff and board of directors, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bryant, will hold the second annual Starlight Gala on Dec. 1 at the Center at Bishop Park. The formal holiday event will begin with hors d’oeuvres and silent-auction viewing at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow. Moodnight and Roses, this year’s theme, will be presented by Landers of Benton and Chick-fil-A on Reynolds Road. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are on sale, with both individual and corporate table options available. For more information, contact Jessica at or (501) 773-5151.

Season of Light

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will present public showings of the Christmas-themed Season of Light at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. This show, the first of the public shows presented by the Henderson Planetarium, was first presented in December 1999. The shows, which concentrate on the traditions of Christmas and their origins, are open to the public, and 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, call (870) 230-5006.

A Christmas Carol

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The traditional, nonmusical adaptation by Romulus Linney of Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday story A Christmas Carol will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Woodlands Auditorium. The Hot Springs Village Players production will use special lighting and other effects to reveal the dramatic transformation of “Mr. Humbug” on the night before Christmas. Tickets for reserved seating are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at, or at the Ponce de Leon Center box office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Holiday Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert band will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Woodlands Auditorium. The annual event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village. Tickets are on sale for $10 each from any member of the Concert Band or the Kiwanis Club; at the Woodlands office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; and online at Remaining tickets will be available at the box office prior to the show.

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