This week's events

Originally Published November 25, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated November 23, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
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Nov. 26

HVAC Courses

MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College–Mammoth Spring will offer heating, ventilation and air-conditioning courses as part of continuing education, from Monday 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

Nov. 27

’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. in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The free presentation is part of the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series sponsored by First Community Bank. However, seating is limited, and tickets are required for admission. Free 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.

Little Red River Audubon Society

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at Western Sizzlin in Clinton. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program 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. 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. 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.

Nov. 29

Lyon College Tree Lighting

BATESVILLE — The annual lighting of the Lyon College Christmas tree will be at 5:30 p.m. 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.

Nov. 29 and Dec. 1

ASU Yuletide Madrigal Feaste

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Music Department will hold a Yuletide Madrigal Feaste at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday 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.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Carnival of Melody

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Cherokee Village Community Chorus will present a Carnival of Melody, a wide variety of music for the season, at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Omaha Center. Tickets can be purchased from any chorus member or at the door for $4. The chorus is directed by Becky Thurman and accompanied by Marian Henderson.

Art Guild Show and Sale

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Mountain View Art Guild will have a fine art and craft show and sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Historical Society Building in Mountain View. Art will be in all mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and pen and ink. Crafts will include jewelry, cornhusk dolls, punch embroidery and original cards.

Dec. 1

Cabot Christmas Parade Deadline

CABOT — The entry deadline is Saturday for Cabot’s annual Christmas parade, to be held 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 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

Holiday Craft Fair

SEARCY — The Searcy Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St. For more information, call (501) 279-1010.

Christmas 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. 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. 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 Saturday 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


Festival of Lessons and Carols

BATESVILLE — The Christian Science Society in Batesville will hold its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at 1740 E. College Ave. The event features traditional Christmas music interspersed with Scripture readings. Performers include organist Russell Stinson and the Lyon College Flute Choir, under the direction of Laura Stinson. The program will showcase the church’s neo-baroque Flentrop organ. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

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.

Found Magazine Tour at Lyon

BATESVILLE — Davy and Peter Rothbart of Found Magazine will be at Lyon College’s Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The Rothbart brothers will bring their My Heart Is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour to Batesville, featuring treasures from the magazine, shared by Davy, with music by Peter. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Lyon Chorale Christmas Concert

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College Concert Chorale’s Christmas concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Brown Chapel on the school’s campus. The concert chorale will be conducted by Karen Graham, Lyon’s new choral director, and accompanied by Russell Stinson on piano and organ. The Batesville Choral Society will join the Lyon Concert Chorale for the program. Featured works will be Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and John Rutter’s arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” There will also be congregational carols. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488 or visit

State Park Open House

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The event will include a re-creation of past Christmas traditions and offer participants the chance to participate in a mock trial in the 1888 courthouse. Attendees will create a special holiday craft. For more information, call the park at (870) 878-6765.

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