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This article was originally published October 25, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Updated October 24, 2012 at 8:53 a.m.

Oct. 25

Republican Committee Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at 311 N. Spruce. Ballot issues will be reviewed and discussed. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or

Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a game night for adults at 6. The event will include poker for people who want to learn how to play and for those looking to sharpen their skills. All participants must be at least 18 years old.

Bill Miller Concert

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Cultural Series, sponsored by Centennial Bank, will feature the music of Bill Miller at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Theater on the Beebe campus. Miller is an icon of the Native American music community, having won three Grammys in the past four years. Seating is and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets will be on sale one hour before showtime at $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military personnel and educators. The theater is at 910 Pecan St. For more information, call (501) 882-8951 or visit

Oct. 26

Outdoor Movie

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council and Entergy will sponsor a free outdoor showing of The Addams Family at 7 p.m. in the Couch Garden at Lyon College. For more information, call (870) 793-3382.

Flu-Shot Clinic

NEWPORT — A flu-shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arkansas State University-Newport. The shots will be given at no cost but will be filed with recipients’ insurance provider, so recipients are asked to bring their insurance cards. The clinic is open to the public. The shots will be administered in Room 108 of the Center for the Arts on the Newport campus.

Oct. 26-27

Open Art Show

HORSESHOE BEND — The Strawberry River Art Association’s open art show will be open to the public at the Horseshoe Bend Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and until 2:15 p.m. Saturday, when the winners will be announced. For more information, email

Oct. 27

Calico Rock Pioneer Day

CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will hold Reliving Calico Rock History: Pioneer Life from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craftspeople will demonstrate local crafts, including how Ozarks pioneers made butter, sewed quilts, created pottery and made apple cider. Next door to the museum at the Visitors Center, Dana Schaeffer, Karen Jones and Rhoda Doerr will offer a gallery showing of their artwork. Children will have an opportunity to make scarecrows at the event. Those who would like to demonstrate a pioneer skill or craft may contact Gloria Gushue (870) 297-4129 or For more information, visit and click on “Events.” The museum is on Main Street in Calico Rock, on Arkansas 5 at the White River bridge.

Fall Festival

CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot will hold a Fall Festival from 5-10 p.m. The event will feature a bounce house, trunk-or-treating, games, food and other activities. The church is off Arkansas 89.

Visiting Writer

ASH FLAT — Award-winning local writer and poet CJ Clark will be at the Ash Flat Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clark’s published works include two novels, Wyoming Dreamer and Marry Me Under the Mistletoe, as well as poems published in MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, The Storyteller, Pasque Petals and several anthologies. More information about Clark can be found online at, and She is also on Twitter and Facebook.

Katz Tracks 5K race

MELBOURNE — The Katz Tracks 5K race, a fundraiser for Melbourne High School’s cross-country teams, will be held Saturday. The race, which will follow the same course as the yearly Pioneer Day race, will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the BancorpSouth Bank in Melbourne. Fees are $20 per adult and $15 per student 18 and younger. Registration the day of the race will be from 6:30-7:45 a.m. in front of BancorpSouth. A registration form is available on the high school’s website,, or call Melody Carroll at (870) 373-0845.

45RPM World Premiere

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Foothills FilmFest will hold the world premiere of 45RPM, written, produced and directed by native Arkansan Juli Jackson. The screening will be at 7 p.m. at the historic Landers Theater, 334 E. Main St. Jackson described the film as a dark comedy that extends the world of the classic American road movie into multiple mediums while exploring rich Southern history. Tickets for the screening are $10, and $8 for seniors 55 and older and members of the Foothills Film Society. For tickets, visit or call (870) 251-1189.

Mini Tractor Pull

JACKSONVILLE — The Central Arkansas Mini Pullers will hold the South Central Regional Show and Mini Tractor Pull from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at North Pulaski Community Park in Jacksonville. The event will include farm-equipment showings and vendor booths. The pull will begin at noon. For more information, call Rickey Frazier at (501) 977-6498.

Fall Fun Day

SEARCY — Foster’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Fall Fun Day, beginning at 4 p.m. The event will include free food, games and fellowship. The church is at 2188 Arkansas 16 in Searcy. For more information, call (501) 281-2941.

Halloween Movie

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library in Jacksonville will show the movie The Cabin in the Woods at 1 p.m. The movie is rated R.

Oct. 27 and Nov. 3

Child Care Orientation Training

ASH FLAT — Ozarka College will offer Child Care Orientation Training as a continuing education offering at the Ash Flat Campus. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 3. The course is free, and the instructor is Linda Foster. To sign up for the class, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or There is a maximum seating of 20, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oct. 28

Historical Society Meeting

ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the First National Banking Co. Guest speaker Lisa Perry will discuss the contrasts of the Ozarks and Delta slavery and reconstruction. The public is invited to the meeting,

Ostomy Support Group

SEARCY — The Searcy Ostomy Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Harding Place Retirement Center, 801 S. Benton. The meeting is open to all who have had ostomy surgery or are contemplating having the surgery. Starting in November, the group will meet at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the same location. For information, contact Jim Moore at (501) 837-7225.

Delta Symphony Orchestra Concert

BATESVILLE — The Delta Symphony Orchestra of Jonesboro will give a concert at 4 p.m. at Brown Chapel at Lyon College in Batesville. The concert is sponsored by the Batesville Symphony League, and Neale Bartee will conduct the orchestra. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $25 per family, $5 for students and free with a Lyon ID. Tickets will be available from the Batesville Symphony League. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Hymn-Sing Celebration

HEBER SPRINGS — Trinity Lutheran Church of Heber Springs invites the public to a special service of praise at 10 a.m. to celebrate the church’s 25 years of service. There will be a hymn sing with President Emeritus Pastor Ken Lampe of the Mid-South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Presiding Pastor David W. Krause and musician Shirley Buser. A luncheon will be held after the service. For more information, call (501) 362-0685.

Oct. 29

Poets and Painters

BATESVILLE — Children in third through eighth grades are invited to participate in Poets and Painters from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Batesville Area Arts Council, 246 E. Main St. Vanessa Adams, county librarian, will read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” followed by a painting and drawing session with Colleen Jackson, director of the Batesville Area Arts Council. Space is limited. For reservations, call (870) 793-8814.

Oct. 30

Membership Luncheon

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly general-membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center, No. 5 Municipal Drive. Candidates for state senator District 34 — state Reps. Jane English and Barry Hyde — will be in attendance. The cost of the luncheon is $20. To RSVP, call the chamber office at (501) 982-1511.


After Dark in the Park

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Folk Center State Park will hold After Dark in the Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Storytellers and musicians will perform throughout the park. Stories will focus on the tradition of spooky tales and curious happenings in the Ozark hills. Pumpkin-carving and painting will be available, as well as a continuous costume contest. Admission is free, and visitors are asked to start in the lower parking lot. The General Store will have maps and information about times for specific events. The buses will run up and down the hill all evening. For more information, visit

Trick-or-Treat on the Square

SEARCY — Trick-or-Treat on the Square will be from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Searcy. The event will include Searcy Parks and Recreation’s carnival games, a costume contest, a jack-o’-lantern contest and other activities. Businesses and organizations may reserve a table to pass out candy and information about their group. A $10 payment is required. Table setup and decoration will begin at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (501) 268-3434.

Halloween Parade

McCRORY — The second annual Halloween parade for trick-or-treaters ages 2 to 12 will be at 4:30 p.m. in downtown McCrory. The parade lineup will begin at 4 p.m. on Jackson Avenue in front of the old McCrory High School gymnasium. Children unable to walk the parade route should be riding an ATV or bicycle, or on a float; be carried by a parent or guardian; or transported in a wagon or stroller. Nonaggressive, leashed, costumed pets are welcome. The rain date for the parade will be Nov. 1.

Fall Festival

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Fall Festival at 4 p.m. The event will include games, crafts, snacks and prizes.


Introduction to Computer Basics

ASH FLAT — Ozarka College will offer Introduction to Computer Basics as a continuing-education course at the Ash Flat Campus. The class will meet Tuesdays through Nov. 13. The cost is $30, and $20 for those 65 and older. Kourtney White will be the instructor. To sigh up for the class, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or There is a maximum seating of 24, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arkansas History Course

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College is offering a continuing education class, Arkansas History Using Song and Story, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 6 at the Ozarka College-Mountain View campus. The cost is $50 or $40 for those 60 and older. The course will cover the following topics: From the Beginning until Statehood; Statehood and Secession, War and Reconstruction; From the Gilded Age through World War II; and Rock and Roll, Race and Redefinition. The instructor for the course is Charlie Sandage. To sign up, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or

Meditation Class

SEARCY — Dennis Bennett, minister at First Christian Church of Searcy, will teach 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. 7, 21 and 28. The cost is $5 per class. To attend, call Brenda Engle at (501) 278-8571 or (501) 230-0900.

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will host Julie Hellner as October Artist of the Month, with her work on display at the library through Wednesday. Hellner paints mainly in oils, along with some charcoal and pastel paintings, and has recently worked in acrylics. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. The library is at 11 Amhart St.

Old-Fashioned Portraits

CABOT — The Cabot Mothers of Preschoolers are selling coupons to support the Antiquites Children’s Portrait Fundraiser. These old-fashioned, sepia-style photographs create the feel of yesteryear through the use of costuming, props and lighting. The coupons are $10 and will be on sale through Friday. Each coupon is good for a photo session and a 10-by-13-inch sepia portrait. Photos will be taken Nov. 3 at Cabot First Baptist Church. For more information or to purchase a coupon, call Katherine at (501) 258-5531.

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

Pumpkin Patch

BATESVILLE — Hope Lutheran Church and School invite the public to visit their pumpkin patch through Wednesday. The patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The church is at 2415 E. Main St. For more information, call (870) 793-3078.

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.


Spring River Gem & Mineral Club

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. The program will be presented by Ken and Bobbi Goslee, who have been rockhounding for 30 years in many states and have created many works of art from those rocks.

Beginning Computer Course

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will offer a beginning computer course during November on the Melbourne Campus. The class will meet from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 1, 6, 8 and 13. The cost of the course is $30, or $20 for those 60 and older. The course, offered through the continuing-education program, will cover the following topics: browser options, Internet usage, email, file structures and basic techniques, and Google tools. The instructor is Deltha Shell. To sign up for the class, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or

Holiday Extravaganza

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will hold the second Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 2 and 3 in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem. Hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. To reserve a table or booth space, direct-marketing consultants and craft vendors may contact the Fulton County Fair office at (870) 895-5565 or Funds from booth rentals and concessions will be used for a Modern Woodmen of America Matching Funds Project for a kitchen at the Fulton County Fair Theater Building.

Lyon College Homecoming

BATESVILLE — Lyon College in Batesville will celebrate homecoming Nov. 2-4. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488 or visit

Duck Days

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Chamber of Commerce will hold Duck Days on Nov. 3 in the downtown courtyard. Events will include a chili/gumbo cook-off, bluegrass music, a duck-calling contest, craft vendors and school-club vendors. For more information, call the chamber at (501) 724-3140.

Benefit Golf Tournament

BEEBE — A golf tournament will be held Nov. 3 at Stonelinks Golf Course to benefit Beebe Project Graduation, a safe, fun graduation-night event for Beebe seniors. The tournament will be a four-man team scramble, with a fee of $225 per team that includes the green fee, a cart, lunch and chances to win door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive and closest to the pin for men and women. Hole sponsorships, available at three levels, will include a sign at the hole promoting the sponsoring business. For more information, contact Bo Kersey at (501) 804-0243 or

Soapmaking Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan State Park will offer a soapmaking workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Registration is $20 per person, which will cover the cost of materials and include a booklet of soap recipes and several bars of homemade soap. Participants are asked to bring protective clothing, as some materials used are caustic and can burn. Advance reservations are required. For more information, call (870) 878-6765 or email

Lauren Gray Concert

BATESVILLE — Lauren Gray will give a free concert at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Becknell Gymnasium at Lyon College. Concessions will be available. Gray, who is from Hardy, was a contestant on American Idol. Gray comes from a family of musicians and started performing as her dad’s backup singer when she was 13 years old.

Certified 5K Run

JACKSONVILLE — The Peace, Love and Run Certified 5K Run to benefit Special Olympics Arkansas will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 at Dupree Park. The event is coordinated and sponsored by the Jacksonville Police Department. Preregistration is $25 for adults and $20 for students with a valid ID. The fee is $30 the day of the race. Registration will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. the day of the race. Participants will receive a T-shirt and breakfast. There will be awards by age division and an overall winner.


SEARCY — The SAME Café will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the West Side Church of Christ, 709 W. Arch St. in Searcy. 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.

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans Service

BATESVILLE — Lyon College will hold a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at Brown Chapel. The combined Batesville Choral Society and Lyon College Concert Chorale and the Lyon College Pipe Band will perform at this annual worship service. For more information, visit www.lyon.eduor or call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Cabot AARP Driver Safety Course

CABOT — An AARP Driver Safety Course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Cabot United Methodist Church. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Veterans and spouses may take the class for free during November. To register, call Jean Davenport at (501) 843-5694.

Church Bazaar

JACKSONVILLE — The St. Jude’s Catholic Church Bazaar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at 2403 McArthur Drive. On Nov. 10, donuts, coffee, juice and soups will be sold, as well as youth games and homemade items. The day will end with a pulled-pork plate dinner from 6-8 p.m. On Nov. 11, a full breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Raffle tickets for items will be on sale during the bazaar.

Free Driver Classes for Veterans

NEWPORT/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 the class. Insurers may allow the discount for younger drivers. A class will be held Nov. 10 at Arkansas State University-Newport. Call (870) 512-7813 for the time and to register. A class will also be held Nov. 17 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Call (870) 793-5757 for the time or more information and to register. Since space is limited for these classes.

Victorian Dutch-Oven Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will offer a Victorian Dutch-oven workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. 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.

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 sigh up for the class, contact Karen Overturf at (870) 368-2005 or

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.

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