This week's events—Tri-Lakes

Originally Published August 18, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated August 16, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
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Aug. 18

Alice in Wonderland

BENTON — The Young Players will present Alice in Wonderland at 2 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information or to make reservations, call (501) 315-5483, or visit

Aug. 19

Concert Band Performance

HOT SPRINGS — Join the Hot Springs Concert Band at 6 p.m. in Whittington Park for the conclusion of the 2013 Summer Concert Series. The concert will include “The Great Locomotive Chase,” “Kitty Hawk 1903,” “Beyond the Higher Skies” and other transportation-related selections. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of extreme heat or rain, the concert may be moved to the gymnasium at National Park Community College. Notice of a change in venue will be posted at after 4 p.m. the day of the concert.

Monday With the Master Gardeners

BENTON — The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenter Ellis James will discuss Native Tree Identification at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

School Closing

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Community College will be closed Monday morning for a faculty and staff workshop and will reopen for business at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (501) 760-4155.

Aug. 20

Haskell Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at Haskell City Hall. Emaline Stroud will present the program, Murder in Haskell. The society is seeking pictures, articles and items from Haskell’s past to be loaned, donated or copied for display at the museum. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 315-2913.

Aug. 23-24 and 26

Royal Players Auditions

BENTON — The Royal Players will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and Aug. 26 at the Royal Theatre for a production of Frankenstein. The production is set for Oct. 17-20 and 24-27. There will be cold readings from the script, and a short monologue of the actor’s choice is optional. Available roles are one young girl, 10 adult men and six women. For more information, visit or call (501) 315-5483.

Aug, 24

Horseshoe Tournament

KIRBY — The 25th annual Horshoe Pitching Tournament at Daisy State Park will begin with registration from 9:30-10 a.m. Admission is $5 per person. All ages and skill levels are welcome. A watermelon social and an awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place in beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. For more information, call the park at (870) 398-4487 or email


September Art Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — Garvan Woodland Gardens has announced that its September art exhibit will be Brush Strokes, works from an art club of that name headquartered in Hot Springs Village. The exhibit, slated for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily during the month of September, will feature 40 of the club’s most talented artists with works that include watercolors, oils, pastels tand mixed media. Some of the paintings depict scenes from Garvan Woodland Gardens. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, call the gardens at (501) 262-9300, email or visit

Farmers Market

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Farmers Market will be open from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, from 7-11 a.m Thursdays and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October. The free market features locally grown foods, area artisans and fun, educational exhibits. For more information, call (501) 624-0489, email, or visit

Art Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — The Russell Fine Arts Building art gallery on the campus of Henderson State University will feature the artwork of Garry Simmons from Aug. 27 through Sept. 25. The gallery is at 1100 Henderson St. Admission is free. For more information, call (870) 230-5000 or visit

Photo Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University, along with Group Living Inc., is exhibiting a selection of photographs from the university’s Jane Ross Photography Collection depicting the historical development of Group Living and client and staff activities. The photos will be on display through Sept. 21 during business hours at the Honeycomb Restaurant, 705 Main St. For more information, call (870) 246-5849 or (870) 245-2333.


BENTON — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2256 invites the public to play bingo at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and at 1 p.m. every Saturday at the post. Cash prizes will be paid to each winner. There will be a special jackpot on Aug. 24 with a minimum guarantee of $700.

Three Artists Art Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS — An exhibition of three award-winning artists from Hot Springs Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during August in the Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Magnolia Room. Artwork will include florals, animals, still lifes, landscapes and garden scenes. There is no charge to visit the Magnolia Room or the Garden Shop in the Welcome Center. Admission into the Gardens is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (501) 262-9300.

Ageless BikersClub Rides

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ageless Bikers Club holds bicycle rides at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are eight different 20-mile rides on relatively flat, quiet country roads. For more information, visit

Summertime Shuttle

HOT SPRINGS — The Mountain Xpress, a free shuttle bus that takes visitors through the downtown historic and arts district, will run at 30-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Sept. 2. The air-conditioned buses have bike racks, and drivers will provide information on areas traveled. Free parking will be available for shuttle riders at the Hot Springs Convention Center parking lot, 134 Convention Blvd.; at Transportation Plaza, 100 Broadway Terrace; and at the Exchange Street Parking Plaza on Central Avenue. Some hotels with offer pickup stops. For more information, call Hot Springs Intracity Transit at (501) 321-2020.

Health Walks in the Gardens

HOT SPRINGS — Guided health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens take place twice a week: a three-mile walk at 9 a.m. Mondays, and a one-mile walk at 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Walkers meet at the Welcome Center. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. No reservations are needed. The guided walks are free to members, and nonmembers pay regular gardens admission.


Heaven’s Echoes Concert

HOT SPRINGS — Charity Heights Baptist Church will present Heaven’s Echoes in concert at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at 1315 Leonard St. The concert is free, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call Pastor Jim Oliver at (501) 625-3565.

Music Therapy Program

BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Library will present a music-therapy and relaxation program and performance featuring local musician Linda Brockinton and Dr. Terry Harville of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The programs are open to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis and will include a mountain-dulcimer concert. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Celebrity Waiter Event

BRYANT — Relay for Life of Saline County will host its fourth annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Larry’s Pizza in Bryant. Donations and tips given to waiters throughout the evening will benefit the 2013 Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Table sponsors are also being sought for $25 each and can be purchased by businesses or individuals. Checks should be made to the American Cancer Society and mailed to American Cancer Society, c/o Renee Taggart, 11007 Shannon Hills Drive, Mabelvale, AR 72103. For more information, call (501) 529-3839 or email

Recycling Event

HOT SPRINGS — The Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District will sponsor its first E-Waste Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, Church Street Entrance, Halls A-D. The event is designed to handle large volumes of recyclable electronics. There is no charge for the service. For more information or alternate drop-off locations, call (501) 321-6911.

End of Summer Blowout

HOT SPRINGS — Lake Catherine State Park is the location for the End of Summer Blowout, a free event slated for Aug. 30-Sept. 2 that will feature lake and kayak tours, hikes, crafts and educational programs as park staff members cease their daily interpretive programming. The nature cabin will close for the year, with its animal inhabitants being the subjects of a release party. For more information, call the park at (501) 844-4176 or email

Truck Show

MALVERN — The Malvern Area Kiwanis Club will host the first 4x4 Truck Show, starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Malvern City Park. For information on registration and fees, visit

Genealogical Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society will host featured speaker Jane Hooker of the Arkansas History Commission at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Coronado Community Center, Room 6. Hooker is expected to provide information and updates about programs and resources available for genealogical research. For more information, call Celinda Chapman at (501) 922-3258.

Ouachita Speaker Series

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Ouachita Speaker Series fall season will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Ouachita Activities Building of the Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village. The topic to be discussed is Economic Development: Then, Now and Future. General-admission tickets are available for $12 each, or $30 for the series. Tickets can be purchased at the Ponce de Leon Center office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or by visiting

Kiwanis Golf Tournament

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Kiwanis Club of Hot Springs Village will sponsor the Million-Dollar Shot Golf Tournament, starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Magellan Golf Course. The tournament is a traditional four-ball format, with an entry fee of $300 per team, or $75 per player. When all score cards are in at the end of play, one of the 36 teams will be chosen by random drawing to shoot for the million-dollar prize. The golfer taking the shot will be chosen by his or her teammates. In addition to one team having a chance at the million-dollar jackpot ($250,000 per player), the entry fee also covers green fees, a cart, practice balls and a catered lunch. For more information or to register for the tournament, visit

Carrol Roberson Concert

HOT SPRINGS — Charity Heights Baptist Church will present Carrol Roberson in concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 21at 1315 Leonard St. The concert is free, but a love offering will be accepted. Roberson will also perform and speak at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at 1315 Leonard St.For more information, call Pastor Jim Oliver at (501) 625-3565.

Night to Be Great

BENTON — The Boys & Girls Club of Saline County will host the Night to Be Great fundraiser at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Benton Event Center. Justin Moore will provide entertainment, and there will be a silent auction and dinner. Tickets are $75 per seat for standard seating or $750 per table. Premium tables are available for $1,000 each. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Boys & Girls Club of Saline County or by calling Emmy at (501) 315-8100.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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