This week's events

Originally Published April 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated April 5, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
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April 7

Mini Holocaust Museum

MALVERN — Pre-AP students from Malvern Middle School will open the first mini Holocaust Museum at 3 p.m. at the school. For the past four months, the students have read novels, studied primary source documents, viewed documentaries of Holocaust survivors and studied the choices made by others so many years ago. The museum is a cross-curricular project among English, EAST and art classes.

April 7-13

Junior Auxiliary Week

HOT SPRINGS — Mayor Ruth Carney has designated today through Saturday as Junior Auxiliary week in Hot Springs. JA of Hot Springs has 58 members who each donate at least 48 hours every year to the chapter’s various projects. This designation is to show appreciation for the work the group does year-round. For more information, visit

April 8

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.

April 9

Tuesday With the Master Gardeners

BRYANT — The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenter Ellis James will discuss soil and nutrients at 6:30 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

Lincoln Day Dinner

ARKADELPHIA — The annual Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner will be held in Ouachita Baptist University’s Walker Conference Center. Rex Nelson, a native of Arkadelphia, an OBU graduate, current president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will be the keynote speaker. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Walker Center Lobby, followed by a three-course dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $200 for a table of six, or $20 for college students. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets or more information, call Cabe Land and Timber at (870) 353-2063, or email

April 10

Medicare Minute

BENTON — An Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program representative will present Medicare Minute at 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton for those who want to learn more about how to navigate Medicare. April’s topic is How to Pay the Least for Doctor’s Visits. The program is open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

AARP Tax Help

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will be available from noon to 5 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. The program is free to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older. The service is offered in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, call the Coronado Community Center office at (501) 922-5050.

April 10-11

AARP Tax-Aide Service

BENTON — Free preparation of tax returns, including free E-filing, will be offered for people of all ages from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at an AARP Tax-Aide site at Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road in Benton. The site will provide continuing tax services to taxpayers who have attended the Park Place Baptist site in the past. Walk-ins are welcome but will be served after those with appointments. To schedule an appointment, call Larry at (501) 303-6829.

April 11

Business Expo

BENTON — The Benton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Cajun Feast and Business Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Nine professionally repapered and draped 10-by-10-foot booths are available for $100 each. A sign with the company’s name, one table and two chairs will be provided. Dedicated electricity cannot be guaranteed. Vendors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 700 people attended last year’s Cajun feast. For more information, call (501) 860-7004.

Cajun Feast

BENTON — The annual Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Cajun Feast will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church. Also, 2 pounds of crawfish may be purchased in addition to the meal. Highlighting the event will be the annual crawfish-eating contest sponsored by Riverside Grocery and Catering.

After-school Arts and Crafts

BENTON — Tweens ages 8-12 are invited to participate in an after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial 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.

Digital Photography

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to use a digital camera, photography software and online photo-sharing sites at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

April 11-13

The Servant of Two Masters

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and April 15 and 18-20. A reception will follow the opening-night performance. The HSU Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall will be open for advance ticket sales from 1-4 p.m. beginning Monday. All seats are reserved. Admission is $8, or free with an HSU student ID. For more information or to make reservations, call (870) 230-5291, or email

April 11-14

Beauty and the Beast

BENTON — The Young Players will present Beauty and the Beast Disney Junior Version at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. April 14 at the Royal Theater, 111 S. Market St. in historic downtown Benton. Tickets are available at, or reservations can be made at (501) 315-5483.

April 12

Final Tiger Day

ARKADELPHIA — Prospective students and their parents will have one more opportunity this semester to catch a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student at Ouachita Baptist University. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the day will include tours of the campus and classes for both students and parents, along with a catered meal in Walker Conference Center. For more information about Tiger Day or to set up a personal visit to campus, contact OBU’s Office of Admissions Counseling at (870) 245-5110.

Intracity Transit Free Ride Day

HOT SPRINGS — Hot Springs Intracity Transit will hold its annual Free Ride Day from 6:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. Buses and paratransit vans will operate all day at no charge. Participants are eligible to enter a prize drawing for an annual bus pass. Paratransit service for qualified disabled riders must be reserved in advance by calling (501) 321-6625.

Memory Magnets Craft Workshop

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to make a photo memory magnet at 10 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class is taught by members of the Saline County Cooperative Extension Homemakers group. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

April 13

Ostomy Support Group

HOT SPRINGS — The Ostomy Support Group of Hot Springs will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dublin Room at Mercy Hospital. The group consists of people who have had an ostomy procedure and have unanswered questions regarding the experience. The group meets every other month, and there are no dues. For more information, call Sandy at (501) 922-0284.

Pancake Breakfast

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkadelphia Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Central Arkansas Development Center’s Arkadelphia Senior Center on U.S. 67 North. The cost is $5 per person for pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Lions Club member. Takeouts will be available. Proceeds will be used to help the visually impaired and for other charitable causes. For more information, call (870) 246-8940.

Love and Peace Fest

ARKADELPHIA — The second annual Love and Peace Fest will be held at the Ouachita River Amphitheater on South First Street. Headed by a nonprofit, multi-denominational committee, the event is a celebration of the Gospel and a venue for amateur musicians who perform contemporary Christian music. There will also be a performance venue for dance, poetry and testimony, as well as martial arts and other athletic demonstrations. Other events include the Dash for Peace, a 5K run, a Baggo tournament, a Best Looking Motorcycle competition and fun family activities. For more information, call (870) 260-2531.

Softball Tournament

MALVERN — The Malvern Area Kiwanis will hold the first Battle of the Co-Eds Softball Tournament at the Malvern Boys and Girls Club, 1840 W. Moline. The tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m., but the exact time will depend on how many teams sign up. Proceeds will benefit the children of Hot Spring County. For more information, call Traci at (501) 813-2607 or visit

Library Birthday Celebration

MALVERN — The Hot Spring County Historical Society will celebrate the Mid-Arkansas Regional Library’s 85th year of service with a birthday dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Malvern Country Club. For more information, call Kinney Black at (501) 337-0796.


Teen Poetry Contest

BENTON/BRYANT — The Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant will accept entries through April 30 for the Beneath the Surface: Teen Poetry Contest. Entry forms are available at both libraries, and all entries may be submitted at the children’s desk with the teen’s name, age and phone number on the back. First-, second- and third -place winners will be contacted by phone. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

BENTON — A representation of the creative efforts of Arkansas artists in kindergarten through the 12th grade will be on display through April 19 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Local artists included in the exhibit are Elaine Qualls of Bryant Elementary School and Levyn Lewis of Bryant Middle School. The works are award winners from the 51st annual Young Arkansas Artists Competition and Exhibition conducted at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and organized in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Education. The display is open to the public during normal library hours. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Health Walks in the Gardens

HOT SPRINGS — Two of Garvan Woodland Gardens’ most avid walkers lead guided health walks in the gardens once a week. Anthony Chapel singer Sharon Turrentine leads a three-mile walk at 9 a.m. every Monday. Garvan Woodland Gardens staffer Paula Wallace leads a one-mile walk at 9 a.m. every Tuesday. Walkers are invited to meet at the Welcome Center to join the groups. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. No reservations are necessary. The guided walks are free to members, and regular gardens admission applies for nonmembers.

Head Start Survey, Applications

CLARK/HOT SPRING COUNTY — Central Arkansas Development Council Head Start centers in Clark County are conducting a target-area survey. Staff will conduct the survey to determine the number of preschool children who may be eligible for the Head Start program in Clark County. To participate, contact the local Head Start office. The Clark County and Hot Spring County programs are accepting early enrollment applications for the fall 2013 school year. In Amity, call (870) 342-5358; in Arkadelphia, call (870) 246-8931; in Gurdon, call (870) 353-6616; in Malvern, call (501) 337-1502; in Magnet Cove, call (501) 332-6906; and in Bismarck, call (501) 865-1882. Applications are accepted during regular business hours at the Bismarck Head Start, 2078 Arlie Moore Road.

Junior Volunteer Program

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Medical Center is accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Service Program, to be held June 10 through Aug. 9. The program teaches teens ages 14 to 18 about the health care industry through observation of various hospital departments. Participants will volunteer four to 32 hours per week at the hospital during the program. May 15 is the deadline to submit complete applications, including an information sheet, two letters of recommendation and a guardian-signed TB-skin-test release form. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 1. For more information, call (501) 620-2705 or email Applications are available online at

Free Tax Preparation

The Central Arkansas Development Council is offering free tax-preparation assistance in Saline, Hot Spring and Clark counties. In Clark County, services will be at the Huie Library at Henderson State University, 1100 Henderson St. in Arkadelphia. For an appointment, call (870) 867-0151. In Hot Spring County, services will be at the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library, 202 E. Third St. in Malvern. For an appointment, call (501) 332-5441. In Saline County, services will be at the CADC Senior Activity Center, 210 Jefferson in Benton. The site is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and walk-ins are accepted. Services will be offered by appointment only at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton; call (501) 778-1133.


Bye Bye Birdie

BRYANT — Bryant High School will present the musical Bye Bye Birdie to the public at 2 p.m. April 14 in Love Auditorium. The musical tells the story of a rock ’n’ roll singer who is about to be inducted into the military. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the U.S. Army in 1957. The cost for admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (501) 847-5600.

Game On!

BRYANT/BENTON — Tweens and teens are invited to play video and/or board games from 3:30-5 p.m. April 15 at both Saline County Library locations. The program is for ages 8-18 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.

Handbell Ringers Concert

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Handbell Ringers will present Ringers in the Round at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the McClellan rotunda on campus. All students, faculty and staff, as well as the community, are invited to join the ringers in the McClellan rotunda for a unique performance. For more information, contact Rob Hewell at or (870) 245-5133.

Basics of Food Preservation

BENTON/BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to preserve their own fresh foods, including what basic equipment is needed, beginners’ tips and more, at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The class is taught by Kris Elliott of the Saline County Cooperative Extension Service. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — GriefShare, a recovery support program offered at Village Bible Church, will begin April 16. The group is designed to help participants grow and heal after a loss, and the class will meet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays through May 21. To register for the class, call Bob Cobb at (501) 915-9119 or Carl Wetzel at (501) 922-5936.

Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. April 16 at Haskell City Hall. The organization’s president will present a history of the Tanner Café and family. Everyone is invited to attend and bring pictures, articles or objects to donate, loan or be copied for display at the museum. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-3084 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 317-2913.

Puppet Show

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

Declaration Amendments Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association will hold a town-hall meeting at 3 p.m. April 18 in the Coronado Community Center Auditorium to outline the amendments to the Hot Springs Village Declaration, as well as the proposed administrative fines. All members are invited to attend this event. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.

Ladies Day

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Church of Christ, 210 Balboa Road, will have its annual Ladies Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. Registration will be from 8:30–9 a.m., and light refreshments will be served. The featured speaker will be Linda Smith of Little Rock, who has been the speaker at conferences and lectureships at Harding University, Pepperdine University, Women of Hope, Memphis Training for Service and Harding’s School for Biblical Studies. She has also authored two film series designed for women’s classes and home Bible studies. Women of all ages are invited to attend. Lunch and a nursery will be provided at no charge, and reservations will be appreciated. For more information, call (501) 922-2827.

Spring Plant Sale

MALVERN — The Hot Spring County Master Gardeners will have a spring plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Hot Spring County Fairgrounds Building on MLK Boulevard in Malvern. There will be a variety of locally grown flowers, vegetables, shrubs and more. For more information, call (501) 332-5267.

Merry Mixers Dance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a dance featuring music from the Fab 3 on April 20 at the Coronado Community Center. The event will include a dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30. The Merry Mixers dance to live music on the first and third Saturdays of the month except during the summer. First-Saturday admission is $7.50, and third-Saturday admission is $10. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert Band will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. April 21 in the Woodlands Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village, which will provide a complimentary ice-cream sundae to each attendee, as well as conduct a silent auction, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any member of the Hot Springs Concert Band or the Kiwanis Club; at the Woodlands office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; or online at Remaining tickets will be available at the box office prior to the show.

Freedom Golf Scramble

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The third annual Freedom Golf Scramble will be hosted April 22 by Diamante Golf Course of Hot Springs Village. There will be 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. flights, and space is limited. Registration is open. The cost is $80 per person and includes golf, a cart and lunch. To sign up, visit Proceeds will benefit Arkansas’ Wounded Warriors and Veterans. For more information, call (501)517-5338 or (501) 915-8533, or email

Community Fair

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The ninth annual Community Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at the Coronado Community Center. The event will showcase clubs, organizations, churches and leagues in Hot Springs Village. Door prizes, drawings and other giveaways will be available during the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. More than 150 clubs, organizations, churches and leagues have been invited to participate, and KVRE will broadcast live during the fair. For more information, call (501) 922-5050 or email

Relay for Life

BRYANT — The American Cancer Society’s annual Saline County Relay for Life will be held April 26 at Bishop Park. This is an overnight, 12-hour event starting at 6 p.m. April 26 and ending at 6 a.m. April 27. The event will begin with a survivor lap, followed by a caregiver lap. All types of cancer survivors will be honored. For more information, contact Marilyn Rogers at (501) 315-2179 or

Senior Activity Center Flea Market

BRYANT — The Bryant Senior Activity Center at Bishop Park will host its first flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the center. There will be no charge for admission or parking. Booth registration is now open. For pricing and reservations, call (501) 943-0056, ext. 3.

First Lutheran Flea Market

BENTON — The youth of First Lutheran Church in Benton will present their second annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The group is seeking vendors. Each 8-by-14-foot site costs $10, and more than one site may be reserved. All proceeds from the sale are kept by the vendor. For more information, call Cindy at (501) 844-4275.

Bill Ogden Golf Scramble

HOT SPRINGS — The 16th annual National Park Community College Bill Ogden Golf Scramble will be at 1 p.m. May 20 at the Belvedere Golf Resort. The cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. Men and women are welcome. There will be prizes for the first four teams in each flight and a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one. For more information or to register, contact Ron Chesser at (501) 760-4230.

Motorcycle and Scooter Show

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Motorcycle and Scooter Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the Hot Springs Village Visitor Center. Space is limited to the first 64 bikes, and registration is open. To register a bike, email the name, phone number, motorcycle or scooter year, make and model, and engine size to, or call Dan Gruben at (501) 915-9596 by May 25.

Rotary Trip to Kansas City

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Rotary Club will offer a trip Oct. 3-6 to Kansas City, Mo. Accompanied by trip hosts, travelers will visit the U.S. Federal Reserve Money Museum, the Arabia Riverboat Exhibit, the American Jazz Museum and more. The return trip will include a stop at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The all-inclusive price of the trip, $620 per person, includes a tax-deductible contribution to the charitable activities of the HSV Rotary Charity Corp. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Tony Cifelli at (501) 915-8238, Terry Young at (501) 915-8912, or Paul and Lynda Bridges at (501) 922-6798.

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