This week's events

Originally Published October 7, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated October 5, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.
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Oct. 7

Plant Sale

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Master Gardeners’ plant sale will continue from noon to 5 p.m. today at the Garland County Fairgrounds, 4831 Malvern Ave. All the plants for sale were grown by the Master Gardeners and are ready for fall planting. Admission and parking are free.

Mural Dedication

ARKADELPHIA — A community reception and dedication will be held from 2-4 p.m. for the Arkadelphia Mural Project, 705 Main St. This colorful mural was designed by nationally recognized mural artist Dave Loewenstein with subject input from the community. For more information, call (870) 245-7982.

Oct. 8

National Night Out

BENTON — The Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association will hold a National Night Out event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Ralph Bunche Community Center, 1600 Dixie St. in Benton. The public is invited to attend. National Night Out is a yearlong community-building campaign designed to heighten crime-prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The event will include voter registration, a meet-and-greet with politicians running for office, information about Smart911 service, free food, activities and more. For more information, call Evelyn Reed at (501) 776-7122.

Harmony of Homes Tour

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Harmony of Homes Tour, featuring four homes, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m., beginning at the Woodlands Auditorium. Transportation to each home will run throughout the day. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Woodlands office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., by phone at (501) 922-4231 or online by visiting Specials are offered by area restaurants before or after the tour. For more information, contact Molly Crawshaw at or (501) 922-0622.

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.

Oct. 9

Blessing of the Animals

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Animal Welfare League will sponsor a Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. under the outdoor canopy at the Ponce De Leon Center. Pastor Ross Worch of the Community of Joy Lutheran Church will officiate at the nondenominational ceremony and bestow a blessing on each pet in attendance. All Villagers and their companion pets are welcome. For safety, dogs must be on leashes and cats or other small animals in pet carriers. The ceremony will be held, rain or shine. The league will accept donations of dry cat and dog food for families in need. Cheri Prickett from Pet Projects Photography in Benton will be available from 1:30-4 p.m. to take pet pictures.

Guest Vocalist Recital

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Division of Music will host Ouachita alumnus Stephen Ray, baritone, in a guest-artist vocal recital with Cindy Fuller on piano. The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall in the Mabee Fine Arts Center. Donations will be accepted in support of OBU vocal-studies students attending the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing conference in November. For more information, contact Jon Secrest at or (870) 245-5134.

Gurdon Chamber of Commerce Banquet

GURDON — The Gurdon Rotary Club and Gurdon Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held at the Gurdon School Cafetorium. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and a live auction at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and available at U.S. Bank, First State Bank and the Cabe Land Office in Gurdon, or from Gurdon Chamber and Rotary members.

Archeological Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Archeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, 200 Whittington Ave. John H. House will deliver the meeting’s presentation, “Kuykendall Brake: Archeology at a Native American Ceremonial Site in Central Arkansas.” For more information, call Florence Davis at (501) 915-0708.

Oct. 11

Art Contest Entry Deadline

BENTON/BRYANT — Children ages 5 to 18 are invited to create artwork with the theme “Things That Go” through Thursday at The Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Entry forms may be picked up at either location and must be turned in with finished artwork. Voting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Saline County Library Antique Car Show at the Herzfeld Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

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.

Arts and Crafts for Tweens

BENTON — Tweens, ages 8 to 12, are invited to participate in an after-school arts and crafts program, Creativitween, at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Patsy Cline Tribute

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — An Evening of Patsy Cline will be performed by Donna Henderson at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Henderson’s performance will include Patsy Cline songs, while incorporating the story of Cline’s life. General-admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at; at the Coronado Community Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; or at the Woodlands Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oct. 11-14

Little Women

BENTON — The Royal Players will present Little Women by Marian De Forest, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. Performances will be Thursday through Oct. 14 and again Oct. 18-21. Thursday through Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre in historic downtown Benton. Little Women is a coming-of-age drama tracing the lives of four sisters during the American Civil War. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or online at For more information, call (501) 315-5483.

Oct. 12

Fish and Chicken Dinner

MALVERN — St. Paul United Methodist Church, at East Mill and Cherry Lane, will have a fish and chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. The dinners, which include a drink and homemade banana pudding, cost $11 for four pieces, $9 for two pieces and $5 for children 12 and younger. To place a carry-out order, call (501) 337-7364.

Oct. 12-21

Documentary Film Festival

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will be held Friday through Oct. 21 in downtown Hot Springs. As a result of storm damage to the historic Malco Theatre in August, the festival will be held primarily at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. As the Presenting Sponsor of the 21st annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Arlington will host both the opening night, Friday, and the closing night, Oct. 21; films and filmmaker receptions; and the majority of the film screenings. Additional screening and reception locations, including a full schedule of films and locations, will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit

Oct. 13

Lions Club Breakfast

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkadelphia Lions Club will hold its semiannual pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the CADC Senior Center. Breakfast is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased from Lions Club members or at the door. The club will use the proceeds from the breakfast to support local, state and international Lions projects. The center is on U.S. 67 North, next to Dollar General. For more information, call (870) 246-8940.

Daylily Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Daylily Society will meet at 10 a.m. at the First Methodist Christian Life Center, at Pratt and Grand avenues. Mary Jean Berg will present a program on Na Aina Kai, a botanic garden in Hawaii.

Fall Festival

MALVERN — The Lono-Rolla Community Center will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5-8 p.m. The event will include games, face painting, hayrides, a cake walk, bingo, a country store and a $1 auction. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, cookies and fruit cobblers. There is no charge for admission. The center is 13 miles south of Malvern on Arkansas 222, off Arkansas 9. For more information, email

Antique Car Show

BENTON — Registration is open for the fourth annual Saline County Library Antique Car Show, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Forms are available at the Herzfeld Library in Benton and at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant, and online at Registration and attendance are free. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


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 be open to serve burgers, fries, taco salads and other dishes.

Marathon in a Month

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Trails Committee challenges Villagers to walk a total of 26.2 miles on Hot Springs Village trails during October. To participate, pick up an entry form and a list of trails at any trail head, beginning Monday. When participants have walked all trail routes, they need to complete and return the entry form to any trail box by Oct. 31. A picnic lunch will be held Nov. 13 at the Balboa Pavilion for all who complete the challenge. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (501) 992-0322.


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


Hunger Hike

BENTON — The 27th annual Saline County Hunger Hike will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Registration for the walk will be at 1:30 p.m., and the walk will begin and end at First United Methodist Church in Benton. Each participant needs to be sponsored, and donations will be turned in prior to the beginning of the walk. For more information, email

Time of Renewal Services

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long will highlight the Time of Renewal services at Village United Methodist Church, 200 Carmona, with a series of sermons Oct. 14 and 15. On Oct. 14, Long’s sermons will be “The God We Get,” at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; and “A Great Chasm,” at 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 15, his sermons will be “A Matter of Depth,” at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon; and “Kindness: Simple and Not So Simple, at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made by calling the church office at (501) 922-1030.

Game On

BRYANT/BENTON — Tweens and teens are invited to play video and/or board games from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at both Saline County Library locations. The program is for ages 8 to 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 (501) 847-2166.

Middle Eastern Dancing

BENTON/BRYANT — Local dancer and instructor Thea Smeets will present “The Health Benefits of Middle Eastern Dancing” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The program is part of the Well On Your Way wellness series and will include a special performance by members of the Little Rock Rockettes. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Puppet Show

BENTON — Children of all ages are invited to a family-friendly puppet show at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Ministers’ Seminar

BENTON — The Saline County circuit clerk’s office and Midtowne Church in Benton have partnered to provide Saline County ministers with information on how to help veterans after they return from serving their country. A conference for religious professionals will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road. Speakers will include Midtowne Lead Pastor Doug Pruitt; Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan; Chaplain Steve Sullivan from the VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans; Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister; and Saline County Veterans Affairs officers Fred Wray and Mitch Shelnut. For more information or to register for the free seminar, call Gary Underwood at (501) 303-1570.

What Is a Computer?

BRYANT — The Saline County Library will offer “What Is a Computer?/Using a Mouse,” a beginning computer class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The class can be attended as a stand-alone session or as part of the Introduction to Technology series. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Almost Elton John

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Concerts Association will present the second of its five-show series Oct. 16-19 when pianist-singer Craig A. Meyer brings his look-alike, sound-alike concert, “Almost Elton John,” to the Woodlands Auditorium. The show will begin at 7:30 each evening. For ticket information, call (501) 922-6539

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Oktoberfest Celebration

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will hold an Oktoberfest celebration from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 on the Coronado Community Center Patio. The event will feature live polka music and activities such as beer-stein races, a yodeling contest, costume contests and a Polka-Off. Food will include bratwurst, frankfurters, pretzels and strudel, along with a full bar with German beer. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

Introduction to Computers

BRYANT — The Saline County Library will offer “Using a Keyboard/Introduction to the Internet,” a beginning computer class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The class can be attended as a stand-alone session or as part of the Introduction to Technology series. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes 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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