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This week’s events in the River Valley & Ozark region

This article was published October 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.


Ying Quartet Concert

CONWAY — The Ying Quartet, Artists in Residence at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, will give a public concert at 7:30 p.m. in UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall. For more information, visit


Benefit Cookout

ATKINS — Atkins Masonic Lodge No. 172 will hold its third annual All-You-Can-Eat Hamburger and Hot Dog Cookout to benefit the Royal Family Kids Camp. The cookout will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge, 1008 Avenue 1 NW. The menu will also include baked beans, chips, tea and lemonade. The cost is a donation of an amount of choice. For more information, call David Austin at (479) 641-7105 or email

Antique Fair

MORRILTON — The fourth annual Antique Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Railroad Depot Museum in Morrilton, 101 E. Railroad Ave. Individuals may bring antiques, furniture, pottery, silver, photos, art or other treasures for a free appraisal by experts from Pinnacle Auction and Estate Service; and John and Phyllis Saugey and Betty and Terry Saugey of Saugey’s Antiques. Donations will be accepted for the museum. A silent auction will be held to benefit the museum, as well as other exhibits and a bake sale.


MORRILTON — Sacred Heart Catholic School will hold Octoberfest, with a 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., beginning at the Knights of Columbus Hall. For details and entry forms, visit A bake sale will be held at 4 p.m., followed by an all-you-can-eat turkey-and-dressing dinner from 5-8 p.m. Dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger may eat free. Carry-out orders will be available from 4-5:30 p.m.; call (501) 354-4416 to order. During dinner, there will be games for all ages, as well as a silent auction until 9 p.m. Raffles will offer cash awards of $100 to $300 and a 1977 Corvette. Tickets for the car raffle are $10 each. Purchase tickets for both raffles at the school office, at the festival or online. All proceeds from Octoberfest will benefit the school.

Flying Jam

MARSHALL — The fifth annual Flying Jam will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Searcy County Airport in Marshall. There will be musical entertainment, and more than 20 flying machines with several styles will be represented. There will be a C-130 flyby. The music stage will be in the airport’s hangar, so attendees are asked to bring folding chairs. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit, or call Kenneth Farriss at (870) 448-5289.

Pet Fair

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold its annual pet fair from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Faulkner County Courthouse, 801 Locust St. The annual yard sale will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the pet fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pet fair offers a silent auction, microchipping, nail trimming, a doggie wash and more. There will be rescued animals, vendors, guests speakers and the Arkansas Banshees, a women’s tackle football team. Vendor spaces are available at no charge, but a donation to the silent auction will be accepted. For more information, visit


Percussion Performance

CONWAY — Michael Burritt, a percussionist and a guest artist at the University of Central Arkansas, will perform at 5 p.m. in UCA’s Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. For more information, visit


Coffee and Conversation

VILONIA — The North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers Council will hold a Coffee and Conversation session at 1 p.m. at the Vilonia Senior Citizens Center, 10 Bise Drive. The public is invited to attend and learn about the homemakers club. For more information on the gathering or the extension homemakers, call (501) 450-9595 or (501) 329-8344.


Fall Exhibitions

CONWAY — Baum Gallery’s fall season of exhibitions: So Tiny: An Exhibition of Small Works in 3D; Juried Bodies of Work: The Baum MFA Biennial 2012; and Small Talk: Works on Paper by Heather Gordon, are on view at the gallery through Oct. 25 in McCastlain Hall. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sundays. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

Virtual Training

CONWAY — Amy Routt, group exercise coordinator with the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, will be the featured health expert for virtual training for the Soaring Wings Half Marathon. Routt, a certified personal trainer, will teach group exercise classes and discuss proper techniques for stretching and flexibility needed for avoiding injury while training and running the half marathon. Participants can log in at and ask questions. Answers will be posted. Other health experts will be featured during the weeks leading up to the Oct. 27 race. For more information, visit

Art Exhibit

FAIRFIELD BAY — Jane Huner’s collected works are on exhibit at the Fairfield Bay Library, 369 Dave Creek Parkway, through Oct. 30. The public may view the exhibit from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information or to purchase a painting, call Ellen Kelly at (501) 884-6476.


Bowl For Kids’ Sake

CONWAY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will hold the Bowl for Kids’ Sake Disco Bowl 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Conway Family Bowl. This is the signature fundraising event of the organization, with every dollar raised going to support the programs that match Conway children with caring mentors. For more information on the event, or to sign up, contact Melody Sugg at (501) 336-9505 or

Race for the Cure Fundraiser

CONWAY — The Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center will hold a new Race for the Cure fundraiser, Pie in the Face for a Cause, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at U.S. Pizza Co. in Conway. Pies can be purchased for $100 each and are available to groups and individuals. For more information or to purchase a pie, call Mallory Lefler at (501) 450-9292, ext. 309.

Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous

LESLIE — The first Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held Oct. 12-14. Re-enactors wearing circa-1840 clothing will be camped in tents in Leslie behind the Killebrew House. The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14. Private, public and home-schooled students are invited to attend on Oct. 12 to see history come alive. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 941-4828.

Riverview Baptist Fall Festival

OPPELO — Riverview Baptist Christian School’s 40th annual Fall Festival will be held Oct. 13 at the school. The event will feature a traditional ham and dressing dinner, silent and live auctions, a cakewalk, a treasure hunt, a hayride, a jailhouse, a bounce house, a bounce slide, a country store, and many other games and activities. Dinner tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 may eat free. The dinner will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and other activities will be in the gym from 6-7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase computer and technology equipment and some playground equipment for the school. For tickets or more information, call the school office at (501) 354-0327.

Perryville Class Reunion

PERRYVILLE — The Perryville High School Class of 1992 will hold 20-year-reunion activities on Oct. 19 and 20. Class members can attend the Mustangs homecoming football game on Oct. 19. There will be a family picnic around noon Oct. 20 at the Perryville City Park, with an event set for Michelangelo’s Italian Ristorante in Conway from 6-8 p.m. that day. Class members may visit a private Facebook page for more details. For more information, or to attend the picnic or the dinner at Michelangelo’s, contact Michelle (Cody) Young at (501) 472-8732 or, or find her on Facebook under Michelle Cody Young.

Walk for the Kids!

RUSSELLVILLE — Walk for the Kids! — a fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Old Post Park, on the stage and in pavilions 3 and 4. The event raises money to assist the hospital in finding new treatments for childhood cancer and other diseases. For more information, call (479) 857-7821.

Craft Sale

SHIRLEY — The second annual craft sale at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4513 Fairfield Bay on Arkansas Highway 330 at Shirley, 11 miles from Clinton, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. The event is sponsored by the post’s Ladies Auxiliary. A variety of handmade and commercial items will be available for purchase, as well as homemade baked goods, lunch and snacks. Booth rentals are $10 or $15 for auxiliary members. There are some available spaces with electricity. Booth setup will be at 7 a.m. the day of the sale. For more information, contact Patty Sullivan at (501) 884-5461, (501) 253-3790 or


RUSSELLVILLE — KidsFest will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Hughes Community Center. This free event, presented by the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, is for all area children. There will be games, prizes, candy and a hero alley. For more information, call the Hughes Center at (479) 968-1272.

Centennial Celebration

DARDANELLE — The First Presbyterian Church will hold its Big Centennial Celebration on Nov. 17 and 18. The two-day event will include choirs, bagpipe music, a reception with typical foods from 100 years ago and a ceremony for a time capsule. The event is free and will re-create the excitement of 100 years ago, when the church was finished and the doors first opened. For more information, call event chairwoman Betsy Harris at the church at (479) 229-3594.

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


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