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This week's events in the Three Rivers area

This article was published December 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Dec. 22–25

Holiday Closing

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library will be closed Dec. 22-25 for the Christmas holiday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

WARD — Ward United Methodist Church invites the public to a Christmas Eve candlelight Communion service from 5-5:45 p.m.at the corner of Scott and Arkansas 367 in downtown Ward, across from the Community Center. For more information, call Rick Meadows at (501) 327-9222 or email rmeadows@aaamissouri.com.

Ongoing

Art Exhibition

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council presents a group exhibition, Friends of the Batesville Area Arts Council, at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St., through Jan. 17. The show features 20 artists who were invited to be part of the exhibition for their involvement with the organization and the support they have shown to BAAC over the years. The artwork is for sale and makes unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

Christmas Collection for Veterans

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Museum of Military History, along with Mount Tabor Methodist Church in Cabot and Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock, are collecting items for Arkansas veterans. Donations will go to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (Fort Roots and McClellan Veterans Affairs hospitals.) Some items will go to patients in a community living center. The deadline to make donations is Feb. 1. Desired items include clothing (all sizes, but especially large and XL), personal-care items (no travel size), entertainment items and food. No used items or clothing will be accepted. Donation locations include the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle; Mount Tabor Methodist Church, 4100 Arkansas 89 in Cabot; and Arkansas Flag and Banner, 800 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock. For more information, call the museum at (501) 241-1943, the church at (501) 843-1084 or Flag and Banner at (501) 375-7633.

Cabot Artist’s Works in Exhibit

LITTLE ROCK — Two pastel paintings by Anne Lyon of Cabot are on view until Feb. 22 in the Arkansas Pastel Society’s fifth National Juried Exhibition, Reflections in Pastel, at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Exercise Class

CABOT — A PEPPI (Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence) exercise class will be taught at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. The class is geared for older adults.

Craft Night

JACKSONVILLE — The youth of Landmark Baptist Church will host a craft night from 6 to midnight the second Friday of each month at 2200 Marshall Road. Participants will spend time with fellow crafters painting, scrapbooking or doing other kinds of crafting. The cost is $5 per table or any donation amount. Proceeds will help the youth take a mission trip and attend camp this summer. For more information, call Tamara Blanchard at (501) 554-3972.

China Painters

GARNER — The Daisy Petals China Painting Club meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Garner Baptist Church, 114 N. Main St. Beginners are welcome. For more information, contact Glenda Hale at (501) 726-3281.

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of The Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays (excluding Christmas) and Saturdays. The shop offers a large variety of books at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit all the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new library in Quitman. Volunteers at the book shop are always welcome. Stop by for more information.

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 lonokegop.com.

UPCOMING

Davidsonville First Day Hike

POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will offer its annual First Day Hike on Jan. 1. While hiking the trails will be the main activity, park officials will also offer geocaching. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are welcome, but animals must be leashed. For more information on this free event, call (870) 892-4708 or email davidsonville@arkansas.com.

Lake Charles First Day Hike

POWHATAN — The third annual First Day Hike will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 at Lake Charles State Park, 3705 Arkansas 25 in Powhatan. Park staff will lead participants on the White Oak trail as they take in views of Lake Charles and hunt for clues in the hike’s scavenger hunt. The program is for children and adults of all ages. Light refreshments will be provided for those who register. For more information, call (870) 878-6595.

Grown Ups 2

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will show Grown Ups 2, rated PG-13, at 5 p.m. Jan. 2 during Adult Movie Night. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Talley Trio Concert

JACKSONVILLE — The Talley Trio will be in concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call (501) 982-5018.

Session for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the Community Room of First Community Bank. For more information, call Ed Casper at (870) 307-0258.

Clothing Swap

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold a clothing swap at 11 a.m. Jan. 6. People are invited to choose some free used clothing and donate some of their own. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Teen Takeover

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Teen Takeover for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 13 and 27. The event provides a place for teens to come hang out, play games, use the library’s laptops, have snacks and work on projects for school or just for fun. The focus will be on Teen Video Challenge. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Adult Game Day

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. will hold an Adult Game Days at noon Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Come play dominoes, poker, chess, board games or video games. Adults age 18 and older are welcome. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Learn to Knit

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Learn to Knit at noon Jan. 9 for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Participants need to bring a size 10 knitting needle. Free yarn will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

True Stories Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The True Stories Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan, will be discussed in February. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Note-Burning Ceremony

CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will host a note-burning ceremony at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at 104 Main St. During the ceremony, the museum foundation will receive the final gift necessary to pay off the organization’s bank loan and burn the mortgage. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception and a tour of the final phase of construction. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled, with the date to be announced on the foundation’s website. For more information, call the museum at (870) 297-6100 or visit www.calicorockmuseum.com.

Tween Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Tween Time at 4 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28 for ages 9-12. Games, crafts and snacks will be available. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Despicable Me 2

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will show Despicable Me 2, rated PG, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

After-School Storytime

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold After-School Storytime at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22 for ages 6-8. Stories, crafts and snacks will be available. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Preschool Storytime

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29 for ages 3-5. The event will include stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Coffee and Tea Tasting

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold a coffee and tea tasting at noon Jan. 16. The library will offer varieties of coffee and tea to sample. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Teen Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The Teen Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Toddler Storytime

JACKSONVILLE — Toddler Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., for ages 12 to 36 months. The event will include music, movement, stories and playtime. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Learn to Crochet

JACKSONVILLE — Learn to Crochet will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size H crochet hook. Free yarn will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Music in the Mountains

HORSESHOE BEND — Music in the Mountains will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre, 811 Second St. Musical entertainment will feature the show’s founder and director, Melodie Clemmons; the Highway 289 Band; and special guests. Concessions will be offered, and donations will be accepted. The show occurs the third Saturday of each month.For more information, call (870) 373-3303, email horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com, or visit www.horseshoebendtheater.com.

Kids’ Yoga/Art Classes

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Arts Council will host Kids’ Yoga/Art classes at Lyon College for five consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 18. Classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for first- and second-graders, and 7-8 p.m. for third- through fifth-graders. The classes will demonstrate the basics of yoga movement, taught by certified yoga instructor Sammie Shaw, while incorporating art activities. The cost is $65 per student, and the registration deadline is Jan. 10. Students will receive a yoga mat to keep. For more information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382, email baac@suddenlinkmail.com, or stop by the BAAC Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main St., to sign up.

Basic Welding Skills Course

MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Continuing Education Department will offer a basic welding skills course from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. Randall Lovelace is the instructor. The classroom lectures will be Jan. 21 and Feb. 4 and 18 in Room 112 of the Hall Building at Ozarka College-Melbourne, 218 College Drive. The lab will be taught Jan. 28 and Feb 11 and 25 at White River Trailer and Equipment, at the junction of Arkansas highways 69 and 58, south of Melbourne. Participants will learn introduction to welding principles, proper welding techniques and basic welding repair applications. The cost is $85, and space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Kathryn Langston at (870) 368-2083 or klangston@ozarka.edu.

Adult Book Craft

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold an Adult Book Craft session at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 for ages 13 and older. This is a class on how to design a variety of pamphlet-stitch books. Registration is required. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Nixon Book Worms

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St.. The group will discuss Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound, by Shirley Abbott. The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation, by Elizabeth Letts, will be discussed in February. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Family Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — A Family Game Night will be held from 4-5:30 Jan. 29 in the Meeting Room of the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. Then from 6-8 p.m., the event will move to Game Zone Alpha for more games and fun. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

American Girl Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The club will discuss Changes for Felicity, by Valerie Tripp. For more information, call (501) 457-5038.

Food Fest and Silent Auction

SEARCY — St. James Catholic Church will hold its sixth annual International Food Fest and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the St. James Parish Hall, 1102 Pioneer Road. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. There will be a raffle for four cash prizes of $250, $250, $500 and $1,000.

Anglers Expo

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will host the annual Anglers Expo on March 28 and 29 at the Heber Springs Community Center. The expo will feature a variety of vendors, as well as special events and displays on fishing, hunting, camping and general outdoor activities. For more information on booth space and sponsors, visit www.AnglersExpo.com, email bentraylor@gmail.com, or call (501) 825-7410.

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Three Rivers Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; send faxes to (501) 378-3500; or email trnews@arkansasonline.com. Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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