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This article was originally published October 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Updated October 3, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.

Oct. 4

Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a movie night for adults at 5 p.m. The event will feature a showing of the PG-13 movie The Avengers. The library is at 703 W. Main St. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Opening Reception

BATESVILLE — An opening reception for Paige Dirksen’s Kresge Gallery exhibition will be held at 5 p.m. in the gallery in the Alphin Building at Lyon College. Dirksen, a new resident of Batesville, works in printmaking, drawing and installation. She will display woodcut prints, paintings and mixed-media works. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Business Expo

HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a business expo from noon to 6 p.m. at the Heber Springs Community Center. To reserve a booth or for more information, call (501) 362-2444 or visit

Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Omaha Center, 20 Omaha Circle. Steve McMann, an avid rockhound and an associate professor in the department of natural sciences at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, will talk about meteorites. For more information, call (870) 257-2361.

Oct. 5

Toddler Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold toddler time at 10:30 a.m. The event will feature music, stories and playtime for children 12 to 36 months old. The library is at 703 W. Main St. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Homecoming Parade

CABOT — The Cabot homecoming parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. The parade will travel down Panther Trail to Pond Street. Entry forms are available in the Cabot High School main office. For more information, email

Driver Safety Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of the White County Medical Center will offer an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hubach Center. Parking will be available in the back of the hospital off Moore Street. Use the elevator to go to the first floor. The cost of the course is $12. AARP discounts are available with an AARP card. For more information or to register for the class, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.

Sunshine Rodeo

BEEBE — The 15th annual Sunshine Rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brewer’s Farm, 437 Arkansas 321 just outside Beebe. The event is held for mentally and physically challenged children from area schools. Events will include stick-horse barrel racing, taking a ribbon off a goat’s tail, and make-believe calf roping and bronc riding. There will also be gentle horses for riding and wagon rides. For more information, email

Oct. 6


SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4-6 p.m. at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. The SAME Café is open the first and third Saturdays of the month to anyone in the community who would like a free warm meal.

Jimmy Moore, Sugartown Band Concert

MCCRORY — Jimmy Moore and the Sugartown Band will perform at 7 p.m. at The Ken Theatre. Moore, a teacher in the McCrory Public School District, has played in various bands, and Sugartown Band was a featured group at Mosquitofest this summer. Tickets for the concert are $10 and are on sale at the Bank of McCrory, Hair Hut, Merchants and Planters Bank in McCrory, the Bank of Augusta and Sharon’s Plants and Things in Augusta.

Yard Sale

CABOT — The Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy will hold a multifamily yard sale from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2061 W. Main St., behind Quiznos and Brick Oven Pizza in Cabot. Proceeds will support kids ages 8 to 16 who will represent CAPAA and Cabot at Disney World in November. For more information, call (501) 442-8447.

Ladies Day

NEWPORT — The Holden Avenue Church of Christ will hold its 35th annual Ladies Day. Doors will open at 9 a.m., and the program will begin at 9:30. Several members of the congregation will be speakers, and there will be surprises. The event will conclude around noon with a salad luncheon. For more information, call (870) 523-2192.

Mane Event

CABOT — The sixth annual Mane Event will be at 7 p.m. at the Little Rock River Market. KSSN’s Bob Robbins will host the evening with Grandpa’s Barbeque serving smoked chicken and sides. There will be silent and live auctions, as well as live entertainment by the Luke Williams Band. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit Beyond Boundaries, an equine-assisted therapy program serving Lonoke County. For more information, contact Stacey at or (501) 912-6405.

Community Yard Sale

MELBOURNE — The city of Melbourne will hold its 22nd annual communitywide yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. All sales will be held, rain or shine. A complete list of sales may be picked up today and Friday at City Hall. For more information, call (870) 368-4215.

Campfire Cooking Workshop

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold a workshop on campfire cooking at 11 a.m. The two-hour workshop will demonstrate building a cooking fire and preparing outdoor recipes. The fee is $5 per person, and participants will meet at site No. 1 in the campground. Reservations are needed at least three days in advance. For reservations or more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Bark in the Park

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its fourth annual Bark in the Park Doggie Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Riverside Park, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will include a 10-year anniversary celebration for the HSIC shelter facility, where free cake will be available. Gifts of dog food, treats, cat food, toys and leashes will be accepted. Nancy McSpadden will offer a Blessing of the Pets at 10 a.m., and the Dog Lovers/ Walk Run/Agility Challenge will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be a shelter alumni introduction and parade to honor owners who adopted from HSIC and their pets. Other events include a coloring contest; Running With the Weenies; vaccinations for pets; Best Dog competitions; and more. Obtain the coloring page at the shelter, Bargain Hound Boutique or on the Humane Society of Independence County’s Facebook page. Entries are due at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (870) 307-5999, (870) 307-5305 or the shelter at (870) 793-0090.

Dutch-oven Cook-off

McRAE — The second annual Dutch Oven Cook-off will begin at 9 a.m. as part of the McRae Community Fest. The cook-off will be at Grand Avenue and Second Street, across from City Hall. The three-pot cook-off will include a main dish, a yeast or sourdough bread, and a dessert. There will be cash prizes, trophies and medallions for first, second and third places, as well as showmanship. A prize for people’s choice will also be awarded. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, call Jimma Hampton at (501) 288-0551 or email


JACKSONVILLE — Knights of Columbus Council 11604 and the Ladies of the Knights will hold their ninth annual Oktoberfest at the Knights’ Hall, 108 N. First St. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a German dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information or tickets, call Linda at (501) 843-7655 or Theresa at (501) 843-8251.

Craft Fair

CABOT — Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 301 S. Pine. Vendors are needed, and the booth fees are $25 to $35, depending on booth size. For more information, call the church at (501) 605-8082.

Fall Cabot Cleanup

CABOT — Cabot’s annual fall litter-pickup campaign will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet in the Cabot Public Schools Administrative Building’s parking lot, 602 N. Lincoln St., and need to check in with event staff. Volunteers will be assigned routes if they have not already chosen one. For more information, call (501) 941-4905 or email

Paul’s Journey Concert Cancellation

BATESVILLE — The Paul’s Journey concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Bible Church, 332 E. Main, has been canceled. For more information, call Main Street Batesville at (870) 793-4632 or (870) 613-1713.

Oct. 7

Cemetery Association Meeting

EL PASO — The annual meeting of the Blasingame Cemetery Association will be held at the cemetery’s pavilion. A potluck will be served at noon, followed by the meeting, which is open to members of the association, as well as relatives and friends of those buried in the cemetery. For more information, call Karen Harrell at (870) 941-5300.

Oct. 8

Family Arcade

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a family arcade at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature a variety of electronic games for families to enjoy together. The library is at 703 W. Main St. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Oct. 9

Photography Talk

BATESVILLE — Kevin Pieper, a nature photographer and writer, will present a talk on his work, including his first photography book, at 7:30 p.m. in Nucor Auditorium at Lyon College. Pieper is an award-winning photographer and writer with 20 years of field experience. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will show The Hunger Games at 5 p.m. The event will include a Hunger Games pre-party at 4 p.m., with Hunger Games-themed crafts and games prior to the showing of the PG-13 movie. The library is at 703 W. Main St. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Sons of Thunder

SEARCY — The Sons of Thunder will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Methodist Church on Beebe Capps Expressway in Searcy. The event will begin with a dinner of chicken from KFC, followed by prayer, videos, worship and testimonies.

Bluesday Tuesday

NEWPORT — KASU Radio will present The Encore Band for October’s Bluesday Tuesday concert at 7 p.m. at the Newport Country Club, 703 Walker Drive. The Encore Band tailors a song list to fit baby boomers who like to dance. KASU is Arkansas State University’s public radio station, broadcasting at 91.9 FM from Jonesboro, and also streaming live at For more information about KASU and Bluesday Tuesday concerts, call station manager Mike Doyle at (870) 972-3486.

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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