This week's events

Originally Published February 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 8, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
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Feb. 11

Tea Party Meeting

KENSETT — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Kensett. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays, and the public is invited. For more information, contact Ernie Blount at (501) 278-9413 or email

Look Good, Feel Better

BATESVILLE — The American Cancer Society will present Look Good, Feel Better, a program for women undergoing cancer treatment, from 9-11 a.m. at the White River Medical Center Cancer Care Center for first-time class participants. The program uses trained cosmetologists to teach cancer patients how to enhance their appearance and self-image during cancer treatment. The session is free, but interested individuals need to register by calling (870) 262-6200 or (800) 342-6913.

For the Love of the Arts

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville High School Fine Arts Department will hold its second annual For the Love of the Arts celebration of African-American heritage through fine arts at 6 p.m. at the school’s media center. The event will feature special musical and dramatic performances, and an exhibition of artwork by current and former Jacksonville High School students and by Jacksonville art teacher Glenda McCune that pertains to the African-American culture. Refreshments will be served. Any former art students who wants to display work may contact coach Marvin Lindley at Jacksonville High School or at

Feb. 12

Faculty Piano Recital

SEARCY — Scott Carrell of Harding University will give a piano recital titled Men, Women and Pianos at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Center Recital Hall at Harding.

Chili Supper

GREERS FERRY — The Holiday Hills United Methodist Men’s Group will hold its annual Fat Tuesday Chili Supper from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 8824 Edgemont Road. The menu will feature chili and all the fixings, dessert and beverages. Dine-in and takeout options will be available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Feed the Hungry program. For more information, call (501) 825-7301.

White County Retired Teachers

BEEBE — The White County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. at the Beebe Shepherd Center behind First Methodist Church. Paul Ramsey, director of the center, will present the program, which will include information about opportunities to help at the center. Refreshments will be provided.

AWAKE Meeting

SEARCY — The Sleep Apnea Support Group, AWAKE (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) will have its first meeting at 3 p.m. at The Dixie Café . The meeting is open to anyone who has a sleep issue or uses a CPAP. Topics of discussion will include problems with sleep equipment and sleep studies. For more information, call Pat Bolding at (501) 268-7686.

Community Health Education Session

BATESVILLE — White River Medical Center will hold a community health education session from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room B of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging. Cardiologist Dr. Garrett Sanford will present the program. Lunch will be provided.

Mardi Gras Dinner

HEBER SPRINGS — The women of St. Francis Episcopal Church will hold their annual Mardi Gras Dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 20 Woodland Cove just off Arkansas 110 across from the Heber Springs Sports Complex. The menu will feature shrimp gumbo, chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, salad, French bread, dessert and assorted beverages. Dine-in and takeout options are available. Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 7-12. Children under 6 may eat free. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the St. Francis Episcopal Church outreach ministries. For more information, call (501) 365-6564 or (501) 362-3311.

Feb. 13

Charity Bunko Bash

CABOT — The Junior Auxiliary of Cabot will hold a charity bunko bash at 6:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 103 Commerce Park Drive in Cabot, as part of a Mardi Gras celebration. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit programs that support kids in need in the Cabot School District. There will be food, door prizes and a silent auction. Doors will open at 5:30. For more information, email

Feb. 14

Volunteer Network Lunch Meeting

BATESVILLE — The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its quarterly brown-bag lunch meeting at noon Thursday in the Community Room of the First Community Bank Southside Branch at the corner of U.S. 167 and Allen Chapel Road. The speaker will be Emily Ingram, associate director of the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence, based in Little Rock. To attend the meeting, register by Wednesday by contacting Nicole Stroud at (870) 793-5912 or To learn more about ACE, visit or contact Ingram at or (501) 375-1223. The network is open to volunteer and nonprofit coordinators and anyone interested in volunteerism or nonprofits.

Valentine’s Day Buffet

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Skillet Restaurant at Ozark Folk Center State Park will offer a Valentine’s Day buffet for sweethearts. For the cost, serving times and more information, call (870) 269-3851, email, or visit

Feb. 15

Artist Lecture

BEEBE — Artist Brittany Wilder will present a lecture to art students on her exhibit Confessions of an Alter Ego at 1 p.m. at the England Center at Arkansas State University-Beebe. The lecture is also open to the public, with a question-and-answer session to follow. The England Center Art Gallery will feature Wilder’s artwork through March 1. Admission to the gallery is free, and it is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is at the corner of Center and Orange streets. For more information, call (501) 882-4495.

Quapaw Quartet Concert

BATESVILLE — The Quapaw Quartet, the resident string quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room of Brown Chapel at Lyon College. The quartet will perform a selection of classical music in the annual West Concert. The concert series is endowed by Dan and Sydney West. Dan West is a former president of Lyon College. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.


Prayer Meeting

BEEBE — Declare His Glory International will hold a prayer meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Open Arms Assembly, 1103 N. Fir St., for the upcoming Merging Streams with Dutch Sheets event. The public is invited to attend.

Potato-Basket Weaving Workshop

POWHATAN — There will be a potato-basket weaving workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Powhatan State Park. The cost is $30 per person, and supplies will be provided. Space is limited, and those attending are asked to bring a sack lunch. For more information or to register, call (870) 878-6765 or email


Guest Artist February Exhibit

ASH FLAT — The works of Kaye D. Milligan will be on display at the Ash Flat Public Library during February. Milligan paints with acrylic or oil, using her own abstract-impressionistic style. Mostly a self-taught artist, life experience led her to Puerto Rico, where she had the painted with and was encouraged by international artist Eve Koenig. The vibrant tropical colors there influenced Milligan’s unique style.

Batesville Choral Society Rehearsals

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Choral Society will rehearse from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 775 E. Boswell St. The group is directed by Michael Oriatti. All interested singers are invited to participate. A concert is scheduled for April 11. For more information, contact Alice Witterman at (870) 793-5928 or

Black History Month

POCAHONTAS — The Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum will observe Black History Month throughout February with activities and events that will include hog butchering, quilting, food preparation and lectures. Admission to the events is free. For more information, call (870) 892-4661, email, or visit


Cognitive Meditation Course

SEARCY — There will be a five-week course on Cognitive Meditation: The Art of Relaxation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 19 through March 19 at First Christian Church, 2721 W. Beebe-Capps. For more information, call (501) 207-3118.

White County Razorback Club

SEARCY — New University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema will speak to the White County Razorback Club at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Sullards Annex at Searcy High School. Bielema will discuss his decision to lead the Arkansas program, spring practice and the upcoming season. Prior to his presentation, Bielema will sign autographs for those in attendance. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at Ronnie McFarland Farm Bureau Insurance, Brian Maddox State Farm Insurance, Richard Cargile Shelter Insurance, Ralph Haymond Insurance and at the Searcy main bank locations of First Security Bank, First Community Bank, Regions Bank, Centennial Bank, Liberty Bank and Simmons First National Bank.

Lyon College Theater Production

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College Theatre Department will present Twelfth Night: or, What You Will, on Feb. 21-24 in the Holloway Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24. All Lyon students, faculty and staff will be admitted free. Call (870) 307-7510 for reservations. The play is set in New York City in 1968, a time when sexual identities were forged by what young people chose to wear, echoing the main plot of the play.

Searcy AARP Driver Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will offer an AARP driver safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Hubbach Center. Those attending are advised to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and use the elevator to go to the first floor. Frances Mizell will be the instructor. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Members will need to present an AARP card to get the discount. For more information, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.

Blood Drive

JACKSONVILLE — North Metro Medical Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 to benefit the American Red Cross. The blood mobile will be parked in front of the health education building. To sign up, call (501) 985-7249 or visit and enter the code NMMCJ.

Scrapbooking Event

ASH FLAT — The fourth annual Crop This House scrapbooking event will be Feb. 22 and 23 at the Ash Flat Church of Christ. Registration is $50, and proceeds will benefit the Rock This House fund. Those who preregister will receive a Crop This House T-shirt, along with a complimentary lunch and demonstrations of techniques. Doors will open at noon Feb. 22, allowing uninterrupted scrapbooking time until 9 p.m. Feb. 23.

CPR Certification Class

JACKSONVILLE — As part of National Heart Month, North Metro Medical Center will hold a CPR certification class Feb. 23 in the education building. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4 p.m., with a limit of 26 per class. The class is for ages 16 and older and costs $5 per person. Participants need to register by Feb. 20 by emailing and arrive at the class 15 minutes early.

JA Annual Charity Ball

SEARCY — The Junior Auxiliary of Searcy will host its annual Charity Ball at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Searcy Country Club, 2729 W. Country Club Road. This year’s theme is “Naturally Made in Arkansas,” and JA will feature Arkansas-made items in the silent and live auctions. The event is the Junior Auxiliary of Searcy’s largest fundraiser to support the group’s projects. The evening will include dancing, hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Searcy Country Club chef, a live band and Boom Kinetic. To purchase tickets, stop by Stott’s Drug Store, contact any JA member, email or text inquiries to (501) 400-0778.   

Gold City Concert

WARD — Gold City, a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. March 7 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 843-3336.

Master Gardener Training

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Master Gardeners will hold training classes from March 7 through April 3 for people interested in learning more about gardening. Members in Izard, Independence, Sharp and Fulton counties will work together to conduct the training programs. Upon completion of the training and Master Gardener certification, participants will be asked to donate 40 hours to help with community and educational projects. For more information, call the Independence County Extension Office at (870) 793-8840.

Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Scholarship Foundation will have its annual fundraiser, featuring the Southern gospel music group the Isaacs, at 4 p.m. March 9 at Flatwoods Baptist Church. The Isaacs are a family group who perform at the Grand Ole Opry and are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert series. Tickets are available at local banks and from the school district in Mountain View.

Griffithville Alumni Reunion

GRIFFITHVILLE — There will be an alumni reunion March 15 and 16 for all who attended school in Griffithville. For more information, contact Stacy Southerland at (817) 996-7672 or

Flea Market and Yard Sales

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair Association will sponsor the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market in conjunction with the Salem Chamber of Commerce Community Yard Sales on April 12 and 13. Vendors will set up the morning of April 12, and flea market hours will be 1-6 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Secure, inside vendor space is available in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building, or vendors who have their own display units can set up outside. For more information or to reserve space, call the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080 or email Applications are available online at

Awards Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet April 19 at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987.

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.

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