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This article was originally published November 15, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Updated November 14, 2012 at 9:43 a.m.

Nov. 15

Workshop and Piano Concert

SEARCY — Andrew Granade, a musicologist and pianist specializing in modern American music, will continue Harding University’s Lyceum Series with a concert and workshop. The free workshop, to be held at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall, will give an introduction to minimalism as it relates to popular media and music. Following the workshop, Granade will perform in the Administration Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be $3 at the door. For more information, call the music department at (501) 279-4343 or visit

Kate Klim Concert

BEEBE — Singer/songwriter Kate Klim will perform at 8 p.m. at the Student Center at Arkansas State University-Beebe. The free event is open to the public. Noted for her folk/pop style, Klim has been influenced by artists such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and John Lennon. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2007, she released her first album, Up and Down and Up Again, and in April 2011, she released her second album, Kamikaze Love. For more information about Klim, contact Emily Codick at (716) 836-6366 or visit

Symphonic Band Performance

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Department of Music will present the Symphonic Band in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Center Theater, 910 Pecan St. on the Beebe campus. Under the direction of Brent Bristow, the Symphonic Band will perform works by Richard Saucedo, Samuel Hazo, Alfred Reed, William Latham, James Swearingen, Robert W. Smith and Robert Sheldon. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact Bristow at (501) 882-4474 or

National Rural Health Day

BATESVILLE — The second local celebration of National Rural Health Day will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St. Open to the public, the event will include speakers, door prizes and an assortment of local health resources. To learn more about National Rural Health Day and ways to get involved, visit or For local information, contact Vanessa Adams at the Independence County Library at (870) 793-8814 or

Nov. 15-16

Fall Gospel Meeting

BATESVILLE — The Church of Christ in Quail Valley will continue its Fall Gospel Meeting at 7 p.m. today and Friday. Jerry Fite of Pasadena, Texas, will be the speaker. The church is at 4104 Harrison St. For more information, visit or call (870) 793-6700 or (870) 569-4491.

Nov. 15

Craft School Gala

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Arkansas Craft School will hold its 2012 fundraising gala at 6:30 p.m. at the Ozark Folk Center's Skillet Restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and are available at Citizens Bank, First Service Bank, Ozarka College, Mountain View Music or the Craft School. The ticket price includes dinner, a wine tasting, music by the Incredible Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, a raffle for a handmade Koa wood ukulele, a live auction of hand-crafted items, a silent auction and door prizes. For more information, call (870) 269-8397.

Nov. 16-17

Holiday of Lights Pageant

SEARCY — The Searcy Holiday of Lights Pageant will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St. The entry deadline and drop-in practice will be from 5-6 p.m. Friday. Girls should wear pageant dresses, and boys should wear suits or tuxedos. For more information, call (501) 724-5694 or (501) 283-0999.

Nov. 17

Author's Visit

ASH FLAT — Author Laura V. Hilton will be at the Ash Flat Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of her latest book, Healing Love. The book is the first of the new series The Amish of Webster County. Hilton lives in Horseshoe Bend with her husband, Steve, and their five children. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Veterans Tribute Show

HORSESHOE BEND — The Music in the Mountains Show will hold its annual Veterans Tribute Show at 6 p.m. The show will recognize veterans in Arkansas, Missouri and surrounding areas. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for free for veterans, beginning at 5 p.m. The show will begin at 6, and admission is by donation. Concessions will be available, and theater volunteers will have a bake sale. The theater is at 811 Second St. For more information, call (870) 373-3303.

Solar Panel Workshop

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community and Technical Education Division will host a Solar Panel class from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. This grant-supported training is free, but preregistration is required. Stuart Hutton, a solar-panel enthusiast with a degree in physics, will teach the class. Each attendee will receive a solar panel for heating water. Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling (870) 612-2080.

Free Driving Classes for Veterans

BATESVILLE — In November, all AARP Driver Safety Classes are free for veterans and their spouses/domestic partners, widows/widowers and children. The classes are open to all licensed drivers, but those who are 55 or older are guaranteed by state law to receive a discount on their automobile-insurance premiums for three years from the date of completion of the class. Insurers may allow the discount for younger drivers. A class will be held Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Call (870) 793-5757 for the time and more information.

Chili Day/Bake Sale

BATESVILLE — The Southside Methodist Church’s annual Chili Day/Bake Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 39 Magnolia St. The bake sale will begin at 9 a.m., and chili will be available at 11. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children, with proceeds going to various charities and organizations. Carryout meals will be available.

Holiday Gala Ball

NEWPORT — A Holiday Gala Ball will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Jacksonport State Park Courthouse. The 52nd Regimental String Band from Memphis, Tenn., will perform music from the 19th century. The evening will begin with ballroom-dancing instruction. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 7-12. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Participants are encouraged to dress casual or in period costume. For more information, contact Donna Bentley, Jacksonport State Park interpreter, at (870) 523-2143 or

Ducks Unlimited Banquet

SEARCY — The Hurricane Lake Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold a fundraiser banquet at 5:30 p.m. at the White County Fairgrounds. Nonmembers are invited, and Ducks Unlimited membership is included with admission. Funds raised support waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Tickets are $70 for a couple or $45 for individuals. The cost for ages 17 and younger is $15. There will be silent and live auctions, as well as a raffle drawing and door prizes. There will also be kids’ games.

Christmas Art Fair

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council Art Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St., will hold a Christmas art fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several artists will be in the gallery displaying their work. Those works, along with other items housed in the gallery, will be for sale.

Victorian Dutch-Oven Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will offer a Victorian Dutch-oven workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will focus on baking bread. Registration for the workshop is $35, which includes all materials. Participants will receive a Dutch-oven accessory kit and a recipe booklet.


Featured Artist

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Public Library is showing works of artist Dianne Reidling, featured artist for the library in November. Reidling was born in Memphis, Tenn., and studied at the University of Memphis, the Memphis College of Art and the State Technical Institute of Memphis before receiving a liberal arts degree from Rhodes College. She has worked for many years designing and decorating interiors for the motel industry. Her handmade watercolor greeting cards and framed watercolors will be on display at the library.

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Public Library will show works of Glenda Plumlee, the library’s November Artist of the Month. Plumlee, who grew up in Salem, is a self-taught artist. She is a member of Mid-South Watercolorists. Watercolor, drawing, and pen and ink are her mediums of choice. In 2004, she helped to organize the Fulton County Arts Council and serves as a board member. Through the council, she has taught children and adult art classes.

Fantasy in Lights Contest

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Advertising and Promotion Commission, along with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department, will host the Jacksonville: Fantasy in Lights Contest for the best decorated home, street, business or church in Jacksonville for Christmas. Nominees will be accepted through Dec. 17, and judging will be after 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Winners will receive a monetary award, a “Winner” sign for their yard and recognition in local newspapers. For more information or to make a nomination, contact the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at (501) 982-1511 or, or Martin Street at (501) 982-0818.

Meditation Class

SEARCY — Dennis Bennett, minister at First Christian Church of Searcy, is teaching a five-week meditation class for the Healthworks Center, part of White County Medical Center. The Healthworks Center is in the WCMC Annex Building on Hartsfield Drive. The classes will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 28. The cost is $5 per class. To attend, call Brenda Engle at (501) 278-8571 or (501) 230-0900.

Technology Classes

CABOT — The Cabot School District is offering free technology classes for the community every Thursday during the day. A class is offered from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and another from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Courses include basic technology, Internet and Microsoft Office. For more information, call (501) 743-3527 or visit

Children’s Bible Study

CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church is offering Bible-study adventures for children from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids are invited to “Berry Blast Theme Park” to learn about the fruits of the spirit. Bible stories, skits, games, snacks and more will be offered. Parents are welcome to join in or drop the kids off for a night of free fun. The church is at 100 Gateway Drive in Cabot, by the Exxon on Arkansas 5. For more information, call Courtney Reed at (501) 231-3631.


Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast

CABOT — The Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast, a free citywide meal, will be held Nov. 22 at the Cabot United Methodist Church on South Pine Street. The event provides a meal for those who may be without a Thanksgiving meal otherwise. For more information or to donate items or make a cash donation, call Heather Moore at (501) 259-3799 or visit Monetary donations may be sent to Grace Family Church, 108 S. Fourth St., Cabot, AR 72023.

HVAC Courses

MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College–Mammoth Spring will offer heating, ventilation and air-conditioning courses as part of continuing education, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 21. Classes will meet from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mammoth Spring campus, Fifth and Archer streets. The cost is $150 and includes a textbook. The HVAC course will cover the following topics: wiring, refrigeration gauges, volt/ohms, super heat readings, testing components and capacitors. To sign up for the class, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or

’Twas the Night Before Christmas

BATESVILLE — Children’s Theatre on Tour, a touring company of the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre in Little Rock, will perform ’Twas the Night Before Christmas at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The presentation is part of the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series sponsored by First Community Bank and will be offered free of charge. However, seating is limited and tickets are required for admission. Tickets may be obtained at the UACCB cashier window in the Main Classroom Building; at the First Community Bank main branch on the corner of St. Louis and Harrison; or at the Cave City branch on Main Street in Cave City.

Audubon Society Meeting

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet Nov. 27 at Western Sizzlin in Clinton. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program will follow at 7. Abigail Darrah will discuss “Flock-Following Behavior of the Wedge-Billed Woodcreeper in Amazonian Ecuador.” There will be door prizes after the meeting. For more information, email or visit

Searcy Driver Safety Class

SEARCY — Arkansas State University-Searcy will hold an AARP Driver Safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Technology East building, Room 127. The class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Jerry or Bertie Yates at (501) 283-0283 or (501) 283-0287.

Marked Tree Driver Safety Course

MARKED TREE — Arkansas State University-Newport and AARP will present a driver safety course at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27 on the ASUN Marked Tree Campus, 33500 U.S. 63 E. The four-hour course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. There is no charge for veterans and their spouses. Participants need to bring their driver’s license and AARP card to the class. Preregistration is required. To preregister, call Charles Abernathy at (870) 239-9696.

Christmas Tree Lighting

BATESVILLE — The annual lighting of the Lyon College Christmas tree will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 on the steps of Brown Chapel. The program will include Scripture reading and a history of the Christmas tree. Lyon College President Donald Weatherman will flip the switch to light the tree. A chili/soup supper and silent auction will be held at the Mabee-Simpson Library following the lighting ceremony.

Yuletide Madrigal Feaste

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Music Department will hold a Yuletide Madrigal Feaste at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at the University Café in the Student Center, 610 N. Pecan St., on the Beebe campus. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance, as seating is limited. Call the ticket office at (501) 882-8951 or stop by the ASU-Beebe Student Center information desk.

Portraits With Pets

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County's annual Christmas Portraits with Pets fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Matthew’s Photography will take portraits in the Town Plaza Shopping Center. Appointments must be made in advance. There is no sitting fee, and photos may contain pets, children, families or any combination. Christmas cards are available. Call (870) 698-1265 or (870) 613-3045 to make an appointment.

Holiday Open House

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Batesville will hold a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at 1770 Myers St. The event, sponsored by the Extension Homemakers Council of Independence County, will include demonstrations, displays and samples of holiday decorations. There will also be gifts, crafts and food. Admission is free, and there will be a booklet of instructions and recipes for $1.

Breakfast With Mrs. Claus

NEWPORT — Breakfast with Mrs. Santa Claus, part of the Arkansas State University-Newport/Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council Children’s Series, is set for Dec. 1 at ASUN. Children will be served scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, French-toast sticks, and milk or juice while Mrs. Claus visits with them. Registration is open for children ages 4-8, and breakfast is free, but limited to the first 100 children registered. Breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. in the Student/Community Center at ASUN. To reserve a space for a child, call (870) 512-7704 or email

Lonoke County Retired Teachers Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Dec. 3 at The Diner in Cabot. A Rio de Janiero missionary will be the speaker. Following the meeting, attendees will go to the Cabot Manor Rehab to sing Christmas carols and distribute cards. All retired school employees are invited. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for local food pantries.

Cabot Christmas Parade

CABOT — Cabot’s annual Christmas parade will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 with the theme “It’s a Dr. Seuss Christmas!” Participants are asked to select an idea or image that represents their favorite memory or interpretation of this theme and use it to design their float. Entry forms, parade rules and route maps are available at the Veterans Park Community Center and the Cabot Chamber of Commerce office and on The entry deadline is Dec. 1. Completed forms, along with the $10 entry fee, may be sent to Cabot Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 1101, Cabot, AR 72023. For more information, call (501) 920-2122 or email

Karate class at UACCB

BATESVILLE — Sensei Don Gregory, 4th-degree black belt/full-range close combat instructor, will teach a training course, Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, starting in January at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The course is a traditional martial arts class that offers present-day applications of Shorin-Ryu Karate techniques. The course will run from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, in UACCB’s Nursing and Allied Health Fitness Center, Room 922. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.


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