This week's events

Originally Published October 25, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated October 24, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
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Oct. 25

Monster Madness

BRYANT — The Bryant Chamber of Commerce will hold the ninth annual Monster Madness at Mills from 5:30-8:45 p.m. at Mills Park in Bryant. The event will include games, inflatables, trick-or-treating for kids, s’mores, hayrides through a haunted trail, a band on stage and a costume contest. For more information, visit

Artists Reception

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Visual Art Department will hold a reception for its current exhibit from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St. The student salon exhibit, which will be on display at the center through Nov. 24, features recent works created by students enrolled in classes offered by the department. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Beans and Cornbread Fundraiser

BENTON — The Ralph Bunche Community Development Corp. will hold a Beans and Cornbread Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 200 N. Market in Benton. The dinner will include homemade brown and white beans, along with a variety of cornbreads, homemade desserts, toppings and drinks. The cost is $5, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The event will also offer door prizes. All proceeds will fund scholarships to low-income students from the Ralph Bunche community. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Evelyn Reed at (501) 776-7122.

Featured Author

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Writer Elizabeth Carroll Foster, who recently received a national award for her book Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of a Military Family, will be the featured author at this month’s Last Thursday presentation at 4 p.m. The free event will be in Room 2 of the Coronado Community Center. For more information, call (501) 922-5918.

Planetarium Show

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will hold a public showing of Stars of the Pharaohs at 7 p.m. The show, which is open to the public, explores the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. Admission is $3 per person or $1 with a student ID. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the show; therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, contact Jim Duke at (870) 230-5006 or

Civil War Lecture

ARKADELPHIA — As part of its American Civil War lecture series, Henderson State University will present “Clothing Confederate Arkansans” by David Sesser, curator of special collections at Henderson’s Huie Library, at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and will be in the Caplinger Airway Science Center at Henderson. For more information, call (870) 230-5249 or email

Newcomers Coffee

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will hold a Newcomers Coffee at 9 a.m. in the Ouachita Building of the Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 Desoto Blvd. Coffee and donuts will be available at 8:30 a.m., followed by presentations at 9 a.m. The meeting will give new residents an opportunity to hear about the POA, as well as organizations and activities in Hot Springs Village. For more information, call (501) 922-4231.

Brass Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will present a brass concert at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall, featuring the university’s Horn Choir and Trumpet Ensemble. Heather Thayer, OBU assistant professor of music, will conduct the groups. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.

Chili Pie Fundraiser

MALVERN — The Central Arkansas Development Council’s Hot Spring County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will hold its second annual Chili Pie Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at College of the Ouachitas in Malvern. The cost is $3 for a small Frito chili pie, cookie and drink, and $5 for a large Frito chili pie, cookie and drink. All proceeds will go toward college scholarships for low-income single parents. For more information, call Brinda Speer at (501) 337-8401.

Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

HOT SPRINGS — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Park Medical Center will have a breast-cancer-awareness luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s Fordyce Room. The luncheon will feature guest speakers from three organizations dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, as well as a question-and-answer with a panel of physicians. The lunch is free, but seating is limited, and registration is required. To register, call (501) 620-1402.

Habitat Application Meeting

BENTON — Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library for anyone interested in learning more about the affordable-housing program. Information about the application process and requirements will be distributed. For more information, call the Habitat office at (501) 315-5434.

Oct. 25 – 30

OBU Theatre Production

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Department of Theatre Arts will present the full-length fall production Machinal today through Tuesday in Ouachita’s Verser Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. each day, with the exception of a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office from 1-5 p.m. weekdays and one hour before showtimes, or with a credit card by phone or online at OBU students with a current student ID will receive a free ticket.

Oct. 25 and Oct. 31

Fall Festival

BRYANT/BENTON — The Saline County Library will hold its annual Family Fall Festival from 5-7 p.m. today at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Admission is free. Candy, games, prizes, crafts, books and face painting will be part of the event. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Oct. 26

Flu Vaccines and Mammograms

BENTON — The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a free mass flu-vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Holland Chapel in Benton. To help cover the costs, ADH will charge the recipients’ insurance companies for the vaccine. If a recipient is uninsured or the vaccine is not covered by the insurance provider, there will be no charge. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Mammovan will offer free mammograms at the event. For more information, visit

Oct. 27

Painted Pumpkin Contest

GURDON — The Clark County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will sponsor a painted-pumpkin contest at the Gurdon Forest Festival on Saturday. Entries will be accepted from 9:30-10 a.m. at the bandstand on Main Street. The pumpkin must be the work of the person entering the contest, with only one entry per person allowed. Only painted pumpkins will be judged, and no carving will be accepted. Attachments such as raffia, jewelry and collars may be used to enhance the theme of the pumpkin. Age groups for the contest include pre-K through second grade; third through sixth grades; seventh through ninth grades; 10th through 12th grades; and adults. Prizes in each category will be $20 for first place; $17.50 for second place; and $15 for third place. Results of the contest will be available after the Gurdon Forest Festival Parade.

Halloween Carnival

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Children’s Halloween Carnival will be from 3-5 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Center. Hot Springs Village property owners and their guests, ages 12 and younger, are invited to the event, which will include carnival games, candy, a moon bounce, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (501) 922-4231.

Fall Fest and Fireworks

AVILLA — Zion Lutheran Church will hold a fall fest and fireworks display from 5-8 p.m. at the church, 300 E. Avilla. Dinner, sponsored by Avilla Christian Academy School, will be served at 5 p.m. The event will include Trunk-N-Treat, games, candy, fireworks, and activities for the whole family. For more information, call (501) 316-1100.

Spaghetti Dinner

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. The menu will include spaghetti with sauce, salad, garlic bread and a drink. Takeout dinners will be available. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Ice cream and brownies will be sold by the Fountain Lake High School Key Club and the Fountain Lake Middle School Builders Club. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member, at the Woodlands and Coronado Center offices from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, online at or at the door.

Oct. 28

Gallery Walk

MOUNT IDA — The Ouachita Artists’ first Gallery Walk will be held from 1-4 p.m. at their gallery and studio across from the Courthouse Square in Mount Ida. Live music and refreshments will be available as people stroll through the gallery to view art produced by local artists and crafters. Some of the items, as well as baked goods, will be for sale. For more information, call (870) 334-3264.

Oct. 29

Percussion Ensemble Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present the Tennessee Tech University Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The ensemble, directed by Eric Willie, was one of five groups selected to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (870) 245-5129.

Family Movie

BENTON — People of all ages are invited to a movie at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The film is specifically selected for ages 12 and younger. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Oct. 30

Open the Door to Life

ARKADELPHIA — The Pregnancy Resource Center will hold the Open the Door to Life fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Park Hill Baptist Church, 3333 Hollywood Road. The event, which will feature national speaker John Tabor, is held to benefit the center, which provides Christian counseling to women and men in crisis situations. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free. For more information, visit

Family Science Night

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s science departments will present the annual HSU Family Science Night from 5-7 p.m. Biology, chemistry and physics clubs will provide demonstrations, skits, and activities for children, including the physics circus and liquid-nitrogen ice cream. Faculty will be available for tours of the labs. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Reynolds Science Center at the intersection of 12th and Richardson streets.

Breakfast Lecture

BENTON — Saline Memorial Hospital will hold a breakfast lecture with Dr. David Lipschitz from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday in Classroom 1 on the hospital’s campus. The lecture will be Eat Right and Live Long. Space is limited. To reserve a place, call (501) 776-6746.

Bath Scents/Scrubs Workshop

BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to make their own bath scents and scrubs at 6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


Student Salon Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University Visual Art Department will present a student salon exhibit at the Arkadelphia Arts Center through Nov. 24. The exhibit will feature recent works created by students enrolled in classes offered by the department. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Arkadelphia Arts Center is at 625 Main St.

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 serve burgers, fries, taco salads and other dishes.


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


Family Movie

BRYANT — A family-friendly movie will be shown at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The film is selected for ages 12 and under. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Village Genealogical Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Room 6 of the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village. Featured speaker Sheila Beatty will focus on how and where to do research on the Orphan Train riders, which refers to the placement of more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children in homes throughout the Midwest from 1854 to 1929. Anyone interested in family research is welcome to attend. For more information, call Bill Patterson at (501) 922-6965 or Nancy Holder at (608) 692-0162.

Gift Mixes Class

BENTON/BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to make their own gift mixes at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton or at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Attendance is limited to 25 per class and is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Fish and Chicken Dinner

MALVERN — St. Paul United Methodist Church at East Mill and Cherry Lane in Malvern will have a fish and chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 2. Prices for the dinners, which include a drink and homemade banana pudding, are $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.

Used Book Sale

BENTON — The Saline County Library Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The sale is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Glitz and Garland

BENTON — The Saline Memorial Health Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce will give away a 2012 GMC Acadia provided by Everett Buick GMC in conjunction with this year’s Glitz and Garland event, a two-day holiday shopping event, to be held Nov. 2 and 3 at Holland Chapel Family Life Center in Benton. A variety of vendors will showcase merchandise. On Nov. 2, 10 names will be drawn, and on Nov. 3, the finalist who draws the key that starts the car will keep it. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each for the car. All proceeds will benefit the SMH Health Foundation and the chamber. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber or at Saline Memorial Hospital. For more information, visit

Shade Plant Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Ouachita Hosta and Shade Plant Society will meet Nov. 3 at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave. in Hot Springs. There will be refreshments and visiting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10. Kim Larsen, who is from Minnesota and is the American Hosta Society’s treasurer, will be the speaker. Guests and visitors are welcome.  

Navy Jazz Band Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Jones Performing Arts Center on Ouachita’s campus. Free tickets to the event are available at the JPAC Box Office. The band, led by Senior Chief Musician Philip Burlin, is an 18-member group that has performed big-band jazz for more than 40 years. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129 or the JPAC Box Office at (870) 245-5555 or The box office is open from 1-5 p.m. weekdays.

Bohannons Performance

HOT SPRINGS — The Bohannons and Lucero will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave. The Bohannons, from Chattanooga, Tenn., are touring in support of their full-length-album debut. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (501) 321-0909.

Firefall Benefit Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — A concert benefiting the ministries of Firefall International will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Woodlands Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs Village. The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be collected. Firefall International focuses on a variety of ministries to the people of Southeast Asia. Nancy Pennington, a trained vocalist, will perform, along with Kenny McKay and Ruth Clemens, music director and organist at the church. Special guest performers will be California musical artists Dan and Pam Utter. Woodlands Presbyterian Church is at 11 Equestre Drive, just behind the Woodlands Auditorium.

Reddie for Henderson Day

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University will hold Reddie for Henderson Day on Nov. 6 to give high school seniors an opportunity to meet students, tour the campus, visit with academic departments and receive information on admissions, financial aid, housing opportunities and nonacademic organizations. All high school seniors are invited to participate in this special campus preview. Registration and check-in will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Arkansas Hall. Parking is available at Wells Athletic Center. Shuttles will take students and their parents to Arkansas Hall. A free lunch will be served. For reservations, call (800) 228-7333 or (870) 230-5028. Online registration is available at The deadline to register is Tuesday.

Handbell Ringers

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present the Handbell Ringers in their fall Ringers in the Round concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the rotunda of McClellan Hall on the Ouachita campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.

Lecture and Reception

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — A special reception will be held for Curtis W. Coleman following his third and final lecture about the U.S. Constitution on Nov. 8. Chairman of The Institute for Constitutional Policy in Little Rock, Coleman will present Major Moments in Constitution History at 7 p.m. in the Ouachita Activities Building. General admission is $10, and tickets are available online at or at the Ponce Center box office, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Diabetes Health Fair

BENTON — Saline Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 in the hospital’s health education building. A variety of vendors will provide information on products and how they relate to diabetes health. Educational seminars will be presented, as well as a variety of free screenings. For more information, visit

Open House

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association will hold a public open house for Laroy Cornett, director of public safety, from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the DeSoto Club Events Center. Cornett, who is set to retire from his post Nov. 9 following more than 18 years of service, began his law enforcement career with the Pasadena (Texas) Police Department. He served as a special agent with the FBI from 1968-1994.

Planetarium Presentation

ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center will present Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. The program will include visualizations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The shows are open to the public. There is an admission charge of $3 per person, or $1 with a student ID. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the shows; therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, contact Jim Duke at (870) 230-5006 or

FEMA Flood Insurance Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Governmental Affairs and Lakes and Water committees will sponsor a Federal Emergency Management Agency and Lender Flood Insurance Requirements informational meeting. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Ouachita Building in the Ponce de Leon Center. Gary Ballard, Saline County Geographic Information Systems administrator, will present information about flood-insurance requirements and alternatives. The meeting is open to all Hot Springs Village residents.

5K/1K Event

BRYANT — Imagination Library of Saline County will hold its third annual 5K/1K event at Bishop Park on Nov. 17, with early registration on Nov. 13. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., followed by the 1K. There will be “grinches,” who will attempt to grab participants’ flags on the 5K course. For the 1K, participants will receive a sticker for each “grinch” they catch. For more information, call (501) 993-7737 or email

Bake Sale

BENTON — The St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Women will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the church, 1112 Alcoa Road. There will be cookies, brownies, casseroles, pies, breads, cakes and more. Proceeds will benefit the Episcopal Church Women’s community-outreach projects. For more information, call (501) 594-5566.

Bunko Bash

HOT SPRINGS — The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs will hold Bunko Bash 2012 on Nov. 17 at Coco Beverage in Hot Springs. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with bunko starting at 7 p.m. The event will include a silent auction, prize giveaways, and food and beverages. The annual fundraiser supports the Junior Auxiliary’s service projects that support Garland County kids. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Junior Auxiliary members, online at, or at the door, if still available.

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