This week's events — TR

Originally Published August 15, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated August 14, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.
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Aug. 15

Public Comments on Proposed Ordinance

SEARCY — The Searcy City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would ban door-to-door sales and solicitations in the city. To that end, the council will receive public comments prior to its discussion during the meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Searcy City Hall, 401 W. Arch Ave.

Chuck Wagon Gang Gospel Concert

WARD — The Chuck Wagon Gang, a mixed gospel quartet, will appear at 7 p.m. at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Aug.15 – Aug. 17


SEARCY — Center on the Square Performing Arts Center in Searcy is presenting Oliver! This musical brings to life Charles Dickens’ characters from Oliver Twist. A live musical ensemble will accompany the singers and dancers. Performances are at 7 p.m. Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 22-24, with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25. Tickets are $18 for the show-only event.

Aug. 16

Disabled Vets Meeting

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Disabled American Veterans Greater Little Rock Chapter will hold its general membership meeting at noon at Golden Corral, 5001 Warden Road in North Little Rock. All military veterans and their families are encouraged to attend.

Aug. 16 and Aug. 23

Civil War in Songs

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will present Civil War in Songs at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at the campground. The free event is a musical telling of the Civil War with the songs that shaped the period of strife. The program covers the ups and downs of not just famous battles and generals, but of the everyday citizens who endured the Civil War’s hardship. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Aug. 17

A Session on Turtles

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold a free session on turtles at 2 p.m. at the picnic area. Participants will discover the different turtles found in Jackson County, view live turtles, and learn proper care and handling of turtles. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Lyon College Welcome Weekend

BATESVILLE — Lyon College’s Welcome Weekend, designed to introduce incoming students and their families to the college and help them get to know the Lyon College and Batesville communities, will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 when students move their belongings to the campus. Students will have most of the day to get moved in and set up their rooms before meeting with faculty advisers. Academic classes at Lyon College will begin Aug. 20.

On Aug. 17, the college will again host A Taste of Batesville, which features food booths set up by area restaurants. Students and their families will get a chance to sample some of the best from Batesville area restaurants. The first day’s activities will wind down with matriculation at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel.

Birds of Prey

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold a free session on birds of prey at 3:30 p.m. at the picnic area. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the super powers of birds of prey to learn how they survive in the wild. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Black-Powdered Weapons Demonstration

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold a free demonstration of black-powdered weapons at 6:30 at the campground. Join a park interpreter to learn how these Civil War weapons were used and fired, and about some of the famous Civil War fighters that used these Confederate weapons. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Caring Hearts to Meet

JACKSONVILLE — The Caring Hearts grief and loss support group will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. at Christian Church Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin. The group meets the third Saturday of each month. Individual sessions can also be scheduled by calling Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508.

Fulton County Fair Auctions

SALEM — There will be two auctions Aug. 17 at the Fulton County Fair, 124 Arena Lane in Salem, to benefit Fulton County youth exhibitors. Fifteen decorated cookie jars filled with cookies will be auctioned at 4 p.m. in the Everett Show Arena to benefit the Fulton County Fair Scholarship Fund. The 2013 Fulton County Fair Scholarship will be presented at the beginning of the auction. Following the scholarship auction, exhibitors will sell poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, hogs and calves in the Junior Livestock Auction. For more information, call Danny Perryman at (870) 458-2020 or the Fulton County Fair office at (870) 895-5565.

X-Factor Truck Pulling

SALEM — The Missouri-Arkansas Truck Pulling Association will bring the X-Factor Sled to Salem for a sanctioned pull, starting at 7 p.m. in the Clayton-Plumlee-Walling Arena. There will be eight classes for trucks, with classes for four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive and diesel. A complete list of classes with weights and the rules are available on the Mo-Ark Truck Pulling Association website, For more information, call Michael Roork at (870) 371-0108 or the Fulton County Fair office at (870) 895-5565.

Mountains, Music and Motorcycles

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The second Mountains, Music and Motorcycles car show will be held Aug.17 in the Centennial Bank parking lot. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. There will be 17 classes in the show. For more information, call Matt Sloan at (870) 615-0785 or Kelly Simmons at (870) 213-7644, or visit www.mountains

Representatives in Concert

McRAE — The 16th Section Church in McRae, 3387 Arkansas 267 S., will present the Representatives in concert at 7 p.m. There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be accepted. Following the concert, there will be a fellowship time. For more information, call (501) 454-3250.

Aug. 18

Breakfast and Outdoor Activities

BATESVILLE — Lyon College’s Welcome Weekend continues Sunday with breakfast and outdoor activities, making use of the college’s 18-hole disc-golf course, hiking and biking trails, bouldering wall, and ropes course and zip line. On Sunday evening, students will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of get-to-know-you activities.

Owl Pellet Dissection

NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold a free activity, An Owl Pellet Dissection, at 3 p.m. at the picnic area. What are owl pellets? What do owls eat? Join a park interpreter to learn the answers to these questions and more by dissecting some real owl pellets. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or email

Back to School Bash

CABOT — The Assembly will present a Back to School Bash with the Duron Brothers at 6 pm at the church, 2100 N. Second St. Dez Duron was featured on The Voice and will perform some of the hits he sang while competing. The Duron brothers will also minister at both the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. For more information, call (501) 843-5944.

Aug. 19

All-College Picnic and Club Carnival

BATESVILLE — Lyon College’s all-college picnic and club carnival on Aug. 19 provides new students with information about student organizations on campus. The event is part of the college’s annual Welcome Weekend.

Cardboard Raft Race

BATESVILLE — Lyon College’s annual cardboard raft race will begin at 6 p.m. Teams of two compete to see who can make it across Bryan Lake in a homemade watercraft made only of cardboard and duct tape.


Free Computer Classes

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library is offering free computer classes, geared for adults of all ages. Topics will include using a mouse and setting up an email account. Reservations are required. Call the library at (870) 793-8814 to register. For more information on this and other library events, visit

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will feature the photography of Jean Green of Ash Flat, who is Artist of the Month for August. Green has entered many photos in the Sharp County Fair, and her show will include seven blue-ribbon entries from 2013. Green’s work has also been featured in the FNBC calendar. The Ash Flat Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Retirees Meetings

KENSETT — Retired employees from Eaton Vickers and Remington Rand meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Kensett Country Kitchen. All former employees are invited to attend.

Cabot Civitan Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Republican Committee Meetings

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Cue. For more information, call Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit

Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, contact Cindy Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 or

Sanitation Pickup Schedule Change

SEARCY — The city of Searcy Sanitation Department has temporarily changed its hours for safety reasons because of high temperatures. Residential garbage and recycle pickup will begin at 6 a.m. All other areas of operation will remain the same. This scheduling change will remain in effect until further notice.

Ceramic Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center is offering ceramic classes for people 60 or older. Membership is $20 per year. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the center at (501) at 982-2011.


Republican Committee Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Wilbur Mills Court building, 301 W. Arch in Searcy. On the agenda will be planning for upcoming events and other business items. All are invited. For more information, call Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777, or email

Big Bowl of Salads

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College Executive Chef Lou Rice will present Big Bowl of Salads at 5:30 p.m Aug. 22 in the culinary arts classroom in the John E. Miller Education Complex on the Melbourne campus, 218 College Drive. The cost of the course is $30, and it is open to the public. Seating is limited, and preregistration is required. For more information, contact Chef Rice at (870) 368-2073. To register for the course, contact Kathryn Langston at (870) 368-2083 or

Fall Theater Productions Auditions

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will hold auditions for the fall theater productions of The Rocky Horror Show and The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23 at the Owen Center Theater. Callbacks for The Rocky Horror Show will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. The auditions are open to community members, as well as ASU-Beebe students. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue or readings from the script. Those auditioning for singing roles in The Rocky Horror Show need to bring 16 measures of rock ’n’ roll music to perform. An accompanist will be provided. Pre-recorded accompaniment music is also allowed, or those auditioning may perform a capella. Dance auditions, if needed, will be held as a call-back. The Rocky Horror Show will be performed Oct. 10-12. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be performed Nov. 18-20. For more information, contact Bruce Cohen, assistant professor of theater, at (501) 882-8925 or

Gospel Performance

WARD — Karen Peck and New River, a Southern gospel trio, will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. There will be no admission fee, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Blood Drive

BATESVILLE — Mount Zion Lodge No. 10 will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30. A free lunch will be provided to all donors. The lodge is at 985 Batesville Blvd., across from the airport.

Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers will meet at noon Sept. 10 at the Rustic Inn. Act 331, which could affect all retired school personnel’s supplemental insurance, will be addressed. All retired school personnel are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

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.

Dinner, Performance and Auction

CABOT — The Lonoke Exceptional Development Center will hold its Fine Arts for Exceptional Hearts event at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Arkansas National Guard Armory, 103 Commerce Park in Cabot. The event will include a dinner and silent auction with a performance by CAPPA and the New Creation Dance Co., and a feature performance from I CAN Dance. The center serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $35 each or $275 for a table of eight and include display of the purchaser’s name for the company or individual. For more information or tickets, contact Gina Quattlebaum at (501) 628-5580 or gquattle

Relay for Life

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Relay for Life will be held Sept. 20 at Spring Park in Heber Springs. For more information on forming a team or becoming a sponsor, call Laurie York at (870) 668-0312.

Computer Basics Course at ASUN

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport’s Continuing Education department will offer a six-week course, Computer Basics for Adult Learners, from Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 as part of the Life-Long Learning Series. The class will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 112 of Walton Hall on the Newport campus. The class will help people who are new to computers gain a basic understanding of how to use their computer for writing letters, paying bills and communicating with family and friends. Students will learn how to use a mouse, set up and use an email account, track expenses, and attach photos and documents to an email. The cost of the class is $30, and a jump drive for each student is included in the fee. For more information on the class, contact Jennifer Ballard, coordinator of Life-Long Learning, at (870) 512-7861 or To preregister, contact Lisa Wilmans in the ASUN Business Office at (870) 512-7802.

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