This week's events

Originally Published April 4, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated April 2, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
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April 4

Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a screening of Skyfall, rated PG-13, at 5 p.m.

The Nelons Concert

WARD — The Nelons, a popular Southern gospel trio, will perform at 7 p.m. at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 843-3336.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet

CABOT — Cabot’s first Open Arms Shelter Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet and Silent Auction will be held at 6 p.m. at Cabot Junior High School North. Gov. Mike Beebe will be the guest speaker.

Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Krystal Watson, a volunteer with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will present the program on Digging Arkansas, which looks at what archeological digs reveal of human activity from the past. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Ruth Maxedon at (870) 257-2361.

April 5

Lincoln Day Dinner

SEARCY — Former 39th Battalion commander Col. Steve Womack will be the keynote speaker for the White County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Founders Room at Harding University. Womack is now a U.S. representative serving the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas. For reservations or more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or email For more information on Womack, visit

Bluegrass Concert

NEWPORT — Bluegrass artists Posey Hill will perform at 7 p.m. at the Arkansas State University-Newport Center for the Arts to wrap up the ASUN Concert-Lecture Series. Built around the trio of Doug Burnett and his two oldest daughters, Kristian and Erin, Posey Hill performs an Americana blend of Arkansas bluegrass, old-time music and contemporary folk. The performance is free.

Fashion Gala

FAIRFIELD BAY — Xi Gamma Kappa will present its 20th annual Fashion Gala at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Parish Hall. Dessert will be available, and raffle prizes will include a handmade quilt, a stained-glass piece, gift certificates from area restaurants and stores, and more. The style show will feature models wearing fashions offered by Sweet Shoppe in Fairfield Bay, Fashion Savvy and Aunt Minnie’s Boutique in Mountain View, Stage in Heber Springs, Kohl’s in Conway and Inger’s Butikk in Greers Ferry. Pat Cash will be the narrator. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from any chapter member or by calling Judy Johnsen at (501) 884-3018.

Toddler Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a toddler time for ages 1-3 at 10:30 a.m. Friday and April 12, 19 and 26. There will be music, stories and playtime for the toddlers.

Give a Stitch

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Give a Stitch, a class in knitting and crocheting for ages 13 and up, at 4 p.m. Friday and April 12, 19 and 26. Preregistration is available, but walk-ins are welcome.

April 6

Jacob’s Place Benefit

SEARCY — A benefit for Jacob’s Place will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sonic on Beebe Capps in Searcy. Jacob’s Place will receive the tips and a percentage of the profits taken in during this event.

First Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — St. Albert Catholic Church in Heber Springs will host First Saturday Bingo in the church’s Parish Hall. Early-bird games will start at 5:30 p.m. The top prize will be $500, and there will also be a couple of $100 prizes. The church is at 21 Park Road. For more information, call Myrna Shaw at (501) 362-9450.

Cleanup Day

JACKSONVILLE — The Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society Inc. will host a Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Cleanup Day at 10 a.m. at the Reeds Bridge Battlefield homestead on Arkansas 161 South in Jacksonville. The day will include picking up litter, planting flowers and shrubs, sweeping and cleaning on-site historic buildings and cleaning the on-site historic information panels. Volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Jack Danielson at (501) 985-3670 or Water, soda and sports drinks will be provided.

Quarter Mania

NEWPORT — There will be a quarter mania event at 6 p.m. at the Newport High School cafeteria, 406 Wilkerson Drive, to help cover medical expenses for Jennifer Ritchie Drummond, who has cancer. Participants will use quarters to bid on various vendor items, with the number of quarters needed depending on the value of the item. Auction paddles will be $3 each or two for $5. For more information, call Jackie Gray at (870) 217-9120 or Dawn Mabry at (870) 512-8215.

Locker Hooking Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold a locker hooking workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for the event is $15. This workshop teaches participants the art of locker hooking — an old craft using scrap fabric to make rugs, place mats, chair-seat covers, handbags and more. Participants will learn how to design patterns on canvas, cut the fabric and use the locker hook and yarn to create mats of all styles. The registration fee includes all materials. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. To register, contact the park at (870) 878-6765 or email

April 7

Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Lightle House, 605 E. Race Ave. The group will discuss the process of getting irises ready for display in a show, as well as plans for the iris show on April 25, Pristine in ’13. Community residents are encouraged to participate in the iris show, and visitors are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call Alice Jewell at (501) 268-6634 or Marilee Coker at (501) 268-6851.

April 8

Tea Party Meeting

KENSETT — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Kensett. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are open to everyone. For more information, contact Ernie Blount at (501) 278-9413 or email

April 8-9

Quilt Lecture and Workshop

SEARCY — Flavin Glover will speak at a White County Quilters Guild workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church Family Life Center. The cost of the workshop is $50. Call Jan Hogan at (501) 268-6056 for a supply list or more information. There will be a lecture and trunk show, titled A New Look at the Log Cabin Quilts, at 7 p.m. Monday, also at the First Assembly of God Church Family Life Center. Admission is $5. Glover has a degree in clothing, textiles and related arts from Auburn University.

April 9

Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will hold a business meeting at noon at the Rustic Inn. Agenda items will include the district meeting, legislative acts and the future of the retirement system. All retired school personnel are invited to join the association and learn about issues affecting the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Heasley Prize Award

BATESVILLE — There will be a public interview with Geoffrey Douglas at 11 a.m. in the Alphin Board Room of the Alphin Building at Lyon College. That night, there will be a Heasley Prize Award ceremony and public reading, set to begin at 7:30 in the Bevens Music Room of the Brown Chapel at Lyon College. Douglas is the author of four books of nonfiction, as well as several essays and articles that have appeared in Esquire, The Village Voice and Yankee magazine. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Digital Job Hunting

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Digital Job Hunting, a class on how to apply for jobs online and how to set up an email account, at noon. Registration is required and can be done at the library.

Family Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — Rise of the Guardians, rated PG, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at Family Movie Night at the Esther D. Nixon Library.


One-Act-Play Contest

SEARCY — The Performing Arts Center on the Square is accepting submissions for its first original-one-act-play contest. All subject matter is welcome. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. May 15 and must be double-spaced with the speaker in bold and stage directions in italics. The play should be a minimum of 30 minutes long or 25 to 40 pages. Pages should be numbered. The cover page should list the title of the play and the author’s name, address, email and phone number. The author’s name should be only on the cover sheet to allow for blind judging of the entries. Scripts will not be returned, and no royalties will be paid. The winner’s play will be produced by Center on the Square during its July Dessert Theater Slot. Mail submissions to Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch, Searcy, AR 72143. For more information, call (501) 368-0111.


Fly Me A Dream Concert

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College Concert Chorale and the Batesville Choral Society will present a Fly Me a Dream Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in the Bevens Music Room of Brown Chapel at Lyon College. The program, under the direction of Michael Oriatti, will feature themes of flying and dreaming. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Learn to Knit

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Learn to Knit at noon April 11. Participants are asked to bring a size 6 circular knitting needle with 24-36-inch cable. Yarn will be provided. Those who want to attend are asked to register at the library.

True Stories Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a True Stories Book Club meeting at 2 p.m. April 11. The group will discuss Animal, Vegetable Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Dominoes Competition

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a dominoes competition at 6 p.m. April 11 for adults 18 and older.

Camp Wyldewood Benefit Tournament

SEARCY — Camp Wyldewood will hold a benefit golf tournament April 12 at The Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start is set for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, which includes lunch, 18 holes, a golf cart and potential prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For more information, call (501) 305-3000 or email A registration form is available online at

Communitywide Yard Sale

SALEM — The Salem Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual spring communitywide yard sale in the Salem area April 12 and 13. The yard sales will be in conjunction with the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market. Chamber officials encourage area residents to have yard sales on these dates. A map of the city of Salem with a listing of yard-sale addresses will be available at area businesses. Contact the Salem Chamber of Commerce at (870) 895-5565 by today to be included in the listing. The chamber will need the seller’s name, physical address and phone number. Many area businesses will have special sales on this date.

Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair Association will sponsor the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market on April 12 and 13 in conjunction with the Salem Chamber of Commerce Community Yard Sales. Vendors will set up the morning of April 12, and flea-market hours will be 1-6 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Secure inside vendor space is available in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building, or vendors with their own display units can set up outside. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080, or email Applications are available at

Arkansas Scottish Festival

BATESVILLE — The 34th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival will be held April 12-14 at Lyon College. There is no charge for admission. The festival celebrates Lyon’s Presbyterian and Scottish roots. On April 12, the Lyon College Pipe Band will present a Celtic concert at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Chapel at Lyon. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488. The festival’s official opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. April 13 will feature the Parade of Clans and Bands. Festival highlights will include competitions for pipe bands, individual bagpipers, drummers, dancers and Scottish athletes; sheepdog demonstrations; Scottish food; Celtic music; and a traditional Feast and Ceilidh on Saturday night. For more information, call (870) 307-7473 or visit

Controlling Anger Seminar

JACKSONVILLE — The Christian Church of Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin, will hold a seminar on Controlling the Fires of Anger on April 13 and 14. Lindsey Garmon will lead the seminar, which includes material designed to help participants understand anger and formulate a plan, based on biblical principles, to overcome their anger. The free seminar is open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508 or (501) 982-3768 or

Batesville Circus

BATESVILLE — The Kiwanis Club of Batesville will sponsor performances of the Kelly Miller Circus on April 17. The public is invited to watch the animals being unloaded and fed at 7:30 a.m. that day, and the elephants raising the big top at 9 a.m. Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending. The traditional “old style” circus will perform at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Ivory Owl and Carlee’s Crown Shop.

Mesh Wreath Class

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Division will offer Make Your Own Mesh Wreath from 6-8 p.m. April 18 in Room 803 of the Row Johns Building. The class will provide instruction on making a mesh wreath out of poly deco mesh netting. Deann Castleberry, owner of the Ivory Owl on Harrison Street in Batesville, will teach the class. The cost, including a supply fee, is $40. Participants may bring their own accessories, such as ribbon, balls or other decorative items, for their wreaths. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082 or visit and click on “Programs & Services,” then “Community & Technical Education.” Senior citizens older than 60 will receive a 20 percent discount.

Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will show the film Flight, rated R, at 5 p.m. April 18.

Heroes for Health

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club will hold its second Heroes for Health 1K Run/Walk at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Panther Stadium track. The event, held to raise awareness of diabetes and increases in childhood obesity, is a nontimed, noncompetitive fun run for children ages 4-12. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 5:30 p.m., along with on-field sport demonstrations. The nonrefundable entry fee is $10 per child. For registration forms, contact Shelia DeArmond at (501) 985-4039 or Early registration by Wednesday will secure a T-shirt and medal. For more information, visit the Cabot Lions Club Facebook page. Payments, registration and parental release forms may be mailed to Cabot Lions Club, Attn.: Shelia DeArmond, P.O. Box 183, Cabot, AR 72023.

Ward Chamber Awards Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet April 19 at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987.

Day Lily Sale

SEARCY — The White County Day Lily Society will hold a day lily sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 in the parking lot of Simmons First Bank on Main Street in Searcy. For more information, call society president Colleen Massengale at (501) 268-3711.

Buddy Bass Tournament

HORSESHOE BEND — The Box Hound Marina and Resort will host the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. Gates will open at 5:30 a.m. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals Spay/Neuter Fund. The entry fee is $50 per boat and $10 per team. For more information, call (870) 670-4496 or (888) 829-5440, or email

Car and Truck Show

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club will hold its 13th annual Car and Truck Show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Goodsell Truck Accessories, 401 Municipal Drive. Parking spaces will be available for cars for sale, as well as swap-meet spaces. There will be free dash plaques for the first 100 entries. All trucks and cars will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 982-2245.

Saturday Game Play

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a Saturday Game Play at 2:30 p.m. April 20. There will be games on the XBox, Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided.

Citizens Police Alumni Golf Tournament

JACKSONVILLE — The Citizens Police Alumni Association will sponsor a three-man-scramble golf tournament April 22 at the Southern Oaks County Club. Proceeds will be used to furnish the kitchen at the new public safety building. Hole sponsors and teams are needed. For more information, contact Bob Colford at (501) 258-9269.

Family/Earth Day Celebration

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will host a Renewable Energy Technology Family/Earth Day Celebration on April 22, beginning with registration at 10 a.m., followed by an official welcome at 10:30 a.m. and a renewable-energy demonstration and lab tour at 11. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP by April 15 to Jack Osier at (870) 512-7843 or

Basic Computer Class

JACKSONVILLE — There will be a Basic Computers for Beginners class at noon April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration is required and can be done at the library.

Poetry Slam

JACKSONVILLE — A poetry slam will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration, which can be done at the library, is required. Categories are for age 10 and older. The winner is eligible for entry into the Arkansas Literary Festival Poetry Competition.

The Nixon Book Worms

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The group will discuss Eleanor Brown’s book Weird Sisters.

Classics for Teens

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host a Classics for Teens meeting at 2 p.m. April 25. The group will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Poker Competition

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a poker competition at 6 p.m. April 25. The event is for adults age 18 and older.

American Girl Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club meets at 1 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The next meeting will be April 26.


HEBER SPRINGS — Springfest will be held April 26 and 27 in downtown Heber Springs. The event will include various merchants, a beauty pageant, theater presentations, two car shows, crafts, food, artwork from local artists and more. For more information about the art exhibits, call Ellen at (501) 362-1672 or (501) 206-8437. For more information about Springfest, visit

Dutch-oven Workshop

POWHATAN — There will be a Dutch-oven workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Powhatan Historic State Park. The workshop will focus on comfort food from the 19th century. The cost is $12 per person, and participants will be given a recipe booklet. To register, contact the park at (870) 878-6765 or email

Learn to Crochet

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Learn to Crochet course at 1:30 p.m. April 27 for ages 13 and older. Registration is required, and participants are asked to bring a crochet hook size H/8. Yarn will be provided.

Stride to Prevent Suicide

SEARCY — The Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation will hold its Stride to Prevent Suicide at 8 a.m. April 27 at Spring Park in Searcy. Participants may enter the 10K, 5K or 1-mile events. Trophies and medals will be given to winners in each category. There will be a butterfly-release ceremony to honor those who have been lost to suicide. Proceeds from the event will fund programs provided by the Elliott Foundation. To be a sponsor or participate in the Stride to Prevent Suicide, call Alana Pinchback, executive director, at (501) 278-4357, or register at

Family Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Family Game Night at 4 p.m. April 29. There will be games on the XBox, Nintendo Wii and board games.

Basic Word for Beginners

JACKSONVILLE — A Basic Word for Beginners class will be held at noon April 30 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The course will be an introduction to Microsoft Word and word processing. Registration is required and can be done at the library.

Airport Open House

HORSESHOE BEND — The 6M2 Horseshoe Bend Airport will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. May 4. The event will feature barbecue and live music, as well as cars, motorcycles and aircraft on display. To enter a vehicle in the show, email Chuck McNeight at For more information, visit

Dogwood Days

HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend will host Dogwood Days on May 11 at the First National Bank Co. parking lot. Motorcycles, automobiles, tractors, customized four-wheelers, lawnmowers and other vehicles will be on display. There is no entry fee, and every entry will receive a dash plaque. Winners will receive an 8-by-10-inch framed professional color photo of the vehicle and owner. Carol Anderson of Keepsake Photography will photograph the entries, and photos will be available for purchase. The motorcycles will be displayed in the FNBC parking lot, while other entries will be parked in the lot next door. Registration/check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and there will be an awards ceremony at 2. For preregistration or more information, call Ron Brooks at (870) 373-9000 or Jeannie Simpson at (870) 373-4444, or stop by the Chamber of Commerce office to sign up. To reach the chamber, call (870) 670-5433 or visit

Homecoming Festival Street Market

SALEM — Vendor space is available for booths at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival Street Market. The 64th annual festival will be May 24 and 25 in Salem, and the Street Market will be held May 25. Any type of marketable item may be sold, but the festival committee reserves the right to refuse items. For more information or to reserve a booth space, contact Tonya Franks at (870) 371-0887 or

Ward Chamber Annual Jamboree

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual jamboree from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Chamber of Commerce building.

Rotary Club of Cleburne County

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River with the annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Anglers Classic on Oct. 4 and 5 in Heber Springs. For more information on exhibits or planned events, call Ben Traylor at (501) 825-7410.

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