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This article was originally published April 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Updated April 24, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

April 25

Classics for Teens

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host a Classics for Teens meeting at 2 p.m. 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. The event is for adults age 18 and older.

April 26


BATESVILLE — Lyon College will host Lyonpalooza at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons at Lyon College. Classic rock songs will be performed by Gary Sudol and friends. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

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 this Friday.

April 26-27

Chorus Concert

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Cherokee Village Community Chorus will present a spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Omaha Center. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased from any chorus member at the door.

Pork Butt Fundraiser

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Heber Springs will smoke Boston pork butts on Friday in the Eagle Bank Main Street parking lot. To place an order, call Lewis Haller’s office at (501) 362-6018, or contact any Rotarian. The price is $35, and pickup will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will support scholarships and charitable community projects.


HEBER SPRINGS — Springfest will be held Friday and Saturday 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

May 26-28

Father of the Bride

CABOT — The Cabot Community Theatre will present a production of Father of the Bride on Friday through Sunday and May 3-5. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and May 3 and 4, with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and May 5. Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling (501) 941-2266. Cabot Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization and Cabot’s only dinner theater. It is at the CenterStage Playhouse, 204 N. First St.

April 27

Fashion Show

JACKSONVILLE — McArthur Church in Jacksonville will host a Beauty Revealed Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Local authors Shea Wood and Susan Milligan, who wrote the book Moving Him In, will be the guest speakers. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling the church office at (501) 982-1136 or by emailing A portion of the proceeds will go to A Woman’s Place Crisis Pregnancy Center in Cabot.

Bloomin’ in the Bay

FAIRFIELD BAY — Bloomin’ in the Bay will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ed Leamon Park, 522 Dave Creek Parkway. The event will feature the Van Buren County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to plants, vendors will sell garden-related items and Japanese maple trees. Admission is free. For more information, call Eleanor Hilsenrath at (501) 884-3884. Bloomin’ in the Bay will also include live folk music, puppeteers, arts, crafts, children’s activities and a dinner and concert featuring Still on the Hill. For more information, contact Erin Taylor at (501) 813-7155 or email

Organ and Piano Senior Recital

BATESVILLE — Lyon College senior Aaron Walton will give an organ and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel at Lyon College. Walton will perform works by Bach, Boellman, Buxtehude and Mozart. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Fish-Fry Dinner

ASH FLAT — There will be a community-outreach fish-fry dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ. The public is invited to attend.

Yard and Bake Sale

CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church will hold its semiannual yard and bake sale, beginning at 7 a.m. There will be clothing, kitchenware, knickknacks, household items, furniture and more. The bake sale will include cookies, cakes, candy and fried pies.

Dutch-Oven Workshop

POWHATAN — There will be a Dutch-oven workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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

Book and Cupcake Sale

ASH FLAT — There will be a book and cupcake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center. In conjunction with the sale, people may set up a yard sale or vendor booth in the adjacent Ash Flat City Park. This is an opportunity for fundraising and information booths for organizations, church groups and businesses. Participants need to provide their own tents, canopies and tables and be responsible for setting up and cleaning up. Electrical outlets are limited. For more information, contact the Ash Flat Library at (870) 994-2658 or Kut & Kurl Salon in the Cherokee Village Town Center at (870) 257-3095.

Learn to Crochet

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Learn to Crochet course at 1:30 p.m. 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. 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

April 28

Sharp County Historical Society Meeting

ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. in the Ash Flat Library meeting room. Jay Kaffka will be the guest speaker and will discuss The Failed Union Attempt to Control Northeastern Arkansas in 1864. Kaffka is a Civil War researcher. He is a frequent Civil War guest speaker and encourages questions by the audience at any time during the speech.

Organ and Oboe Senior Recital

BATESVILLE — Lyon College senior Hannah Cruse will give an organ and oboe recital at 4 p.m. in Brown Chapel at Lyon College. Cruse will perform works by Alain, Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart and Vaughan Williams. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

April 29

Family Game Night

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

Citizens Police Alumni Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. in the new police building, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, call Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or email

April 30

Basic Word for Beginners

JACKSONVILLE — A Basic Word for Beginners class will be held at noon 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.

April 30 - May 2

Art Showcase

ASH FLAT — Art students from Ozarka College–Ash Flat will present up to 70 pieces of original artwork at their annual end-of-semester showcase, starting at noon Tuesday and running through noon May 2. This event is free and open to the public. The art may be viewed in the main building of the campus. For more information, contact Ash Flat Director Molly Carpenter at (870) 994-7273 or


Library Fine-Free Days

BATESVILLE — Items overdue at the Independence County Library will be accepted through Sunday with no fine, regardless of how long the items are past due. All items returned by Sunday will be accepted with any fines removed from the patron’s account. For more information, call the library at (870) 793-8814.

Photo Contest

JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative is sponsoring a contest for Jacksonville and North Pulaski high school photography students. Photos will be on display at the cooperative’s headquarters at 1000 South J.P. Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville during business hours through May 2. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by the lobby and vote on their favorite entry. For more information, contact First Electric marketing representative David Copeland at (501) 985-4552 or

Vatican II Series

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — In observance of the Year of Faith, St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Cherokee Village will offer a five-week program called The Faithful Revolution: Vatican II on Wednesday nights in May. The program features a series of five one-hour DVDs on Vatican II — what it really teaches. The DVDs will be shown from 6:45-7:45, following the 6 p.m. Mass. Discussion will follow, and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the church office at (870) 257-2850.

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.

TOPS Meetings

JACKSONVILLE — There will be a Take Off Pounds Sensibly meeting at 9 a.m. every Thursday at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The fee is $28 annually. For more information, call Dianne at (501) 834-7603.

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — Phyllis Gatewood is the Guest Artist of the Month at the Ash Flat Library and will have her artwork on display through April. A former school teacher and real estate broker, she has done oil painting since 1975. She also has begun doing gourd art.


Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will hold its May program, Fascinating Minerals, at 10 a.m. May 2. Guest speaker Mike Howard, a mineralogist for the Arkansas Geological Survey, will talk about the unusual minerals found on the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to view Kola mineral specimens that have been donated to the club by the Cherokee Village widow of rockhound Don Schmerling.

Beginners Photography Class

BATESVILLE — Tony McGuffey, who has won awards for newspaper photography, will teach a beginners photography class from 6-8 p.m. May 2, 3 and 6 at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Vine St. A May 4 “fun field trip” will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to apply techniques learned in the classroom. In the class, students will learn the basics of camera use, how to compose various types of photos, lighting techniques and special effects with water. The cost of the class is $50 per person with a 10 percent discount offered to members of any chamber. Paid preregistration is encouraged. To preregister or for more information, call (870) 262-7958 or email

Community Fish Fry

EL PASO — The El Paso community will have its annual fish fry at 6 p.m. May 3 at the El Paso Community Center. The public is invited, and donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit El Paso parks and playgrounds. For more information, call Roy Dale Breckenridge at (501) 796-3538.

Ms. Senior White County Pageant

SEARCY — The fourth annual Ms. Senior White County Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. May 3 at the John E. Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore St. All women in White County who are 60 years or older are invited to enter the pageant. Contestants will appear in their best dress clothes and casual or sports outfits. There will be a practice for the contestants at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner. Each contestant will receive gifts from local merchants. The entry fee is $25 and must be submitted with an entry form by April 30 to the White County Aging Program, 2200 E. Moore St., Searcy, AR 72143. Forms are available at the White County Aging Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pageant winner will compete in the Ms. Senior Arkansas Pageant on June 1. For more information, call (501) 268-2587.

Lyon College Commencement

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College spring commencement will be at 10 a.m. May 4 at the Brown Chapel south lawn. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in Becknell Gymnasium. Baccalaureate will be at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in Brown Chapel. The ceremony will be followed by the Scots Walk and torch-lighting ceremony at Bryan Lake.

Church Rummage Sale

JACKSONVILLE — Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville will host a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4. All proceeds will benefit the church’s youth group.

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

Walk for Senior Services

HEBER SPRINGS — A Walk for Senior Services will be held at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Waychoff Senior Center. Participants are encouraged to walk individually or as part of team or organization to raise money for senior services. T-shirts are available for walkers who raise $35 or more. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds will benefit Cleburne County senior citizens. For more information, call Alma Smith or Sharron Brown at (501) 362-2413.

Pioneer Village Open House

SEARCY — Pioneer Village, located at 1200 Higginson St., in Searcy will host its annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 and 1-4 p.m. May 5. The village is a collection of buildings, farm equipment, personal items and more saved from around White County. Costumed guides and all buildings open. There will be food, music, activities for children, handmade items, pioneer craftsmen and demonstrations and a Master Gardener Plant sale. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 580-6633.

Accordion Players Gathering

BATESVILLE — Accordion players are invited to bring their accordions and meet other accordion players in the area from 7-9 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month, beginning May 6, in the Community Room of First Community Bank in Batesville. For more information, call (870) 307-0258.

Bald Knob Golf Tournament

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Public Educational Foundation's ninth annual 4-person golf tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. May 10 at the Bald Knob Country Club. Entry fee is $50 per person or $200 for a team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. All proceeds will be used for scholarships for Bald Knob High School seniors. For more information, call Brad Roberts at (501)827-2102 or Phillip Helms at (501)724-3990.

Ward Chamber Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet May 10, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. The banquet will be at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter, R-Cabot, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, contact Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987 or (501) 843-3585. For more information, visit

Memorial Golf Tournament

SEARCY — The 13th annual Max Clark Memorial Golf Tournament will be held May 10 at the Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Searcy Children’s Homes. Register online at, or call Searcy Children’s Homes at (501) 268-3243.

A Gathering of Eagles

BEEBE — Declare His Glory International will present A Gathering of Eagles, a morning of praise, worship and intercessory prayer, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 at Open Arms Assembly of God, 1103 N. Fir St. For more information, call (888) 564-8906 or visit

Dogwood Days

HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend will host Dogwood Days on May 11 in 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 bank’s 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 reach the chamber, call (870) 670-5433 or visit

Mz. Dogwood Pageant

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mz. Dogwood men’s beauty pageant, part of the Dogwood Days festivities, will be held at 3 p.m. May 11 at the gazebo in front of the Diamond B Mall. Contestants will enter from the chamber office, and each contestant must have a sponsor to donate $30. Proceeds will go to the children’s free games and rides for next year’s events. A sponsor can enter an unlimited number of contestants at $30 each. Contestants should wear pageant attire. Contestants will check in at 1 p.m. Every entry will receive before and after photos, and the winner’s sponsor will receive an 8-by-10-inch framed color photo of the winner. For more information, call Jeannie Simpson at (870) 373-4444 or Danaya Burch (870) 373-3910, stop by the Chamber office, call the office at (870) 670-5433, email, 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

Senior Circle Trips

NEWPORT — The Harris Hospital Senior Circle Association, an organization dedicated to supporting healthy lifestyles, building strong relationships and providing strong customer service to seniors, is accepting reservations for trips later this year. The first is a rail trip to New Orleans on June 17-20. The cost is $699 per person. The next trip is a motorcoach trip to Niagra Falls and Toronto on Sept. 1-8. The cost is $789 per person. There will also be a seven-day cruise from New Orleans to the western Caribbean from Oct. 13-19. The cost is $1,069 per person for an inside cabin, $1,165 per person for an ocean view or $1,420 per person for a balcony. For more information, call Circle adviser Margaret Goodman at (870) 512-3030.

Mountains, Music and Motorcycles

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The second Mountains, Music and Motorcycles car show will be Aug. 17 in the Centennial Bank parking lot in Mountain View. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The fee for registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. There will be 17 classes in the show, with first and second place getting a trophy for each class. There will also be four Judges’ Choice trophies, as well as trophies for the People’s Choice award. For more information, call Matt Sloan at (870) 615-0785 or Kelly Simmons at (870) 213-7644 or log on to

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.

Anglers Classic

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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