This week's events-Tri-Lakes

Originally Published February 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 13, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
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Feb. 14

Valentine Puppet Show

BENTON — All ages are invited to attend a Valentine-themed puppet show at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Valentine-themed crafts will also be available. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

After-School Arts and Crafts

BENTON — Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to participate in an after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Valentine crafts will be available for this age group and others in honor of Valentine’s Day. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Creative Writing

BRYANT — Jennifer Watson will teach creative writing for ages 16 and older at 6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Valentine’s Day Dance

BRYANT — The Central Arkansas Development Council Bryant Senior Activity Center at Bishop Park will sponsor a Valentine’s Day dance at the Center at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road, No. 3. The event will begin with a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by a dance at 7. The live band will be Sundown. Admission is $7 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Bryant Senior Activity Center. For more information, call (501) 681-0504.

Feb. 15

Community Garden Event

AVILLA — The public is invited to help work in the Avilla Community Garden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal for the event is to install 15 to 20 new garden beds, clean up the area and put mulch on the blackberry patch. The public is also invited to bring lawn chairs and watch the progress. Soup and grilled-cheese sandwiches will be served. For more information, call (501) 317 1064.

Chili Supper

MALVERN — The Malvern Area Kiwanis will hold their third annual chili supper from 5-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Malvern. This year, the group has added a Sexy Legs contest. The price of a ticket includes all-you-can-eat chili, a drink and dessert. For more information, call Susan Lafond at (501) 337-6422.

Book-to-Movie Club

BENTON — The Saline County Library will hold its first meeting of the Book-to-Movie Club at 11:30 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The group is open to ages 18 and older and will meet on a monthly basis. The selection for this meeting is The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Soul Food Supper

ARKADELPHIA — The Clark County Arts and Humanities Council will host a soul-food supper from 5-8 p.m. at the Senior Adult Center, 1311 N. 10th St. The meal will be catered by Mama Max Restaurant in Prescott. For tickets to the supper or more information, call (870)403-8216 or visit

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

HOT SPRINGS — The next exhibit by the Traditional Art Guild, featuring members Doug and Beth Jones of Hot Springs Village, will open Saturday at Hot Springs Memorial Field. The airport hosts a new exhibit by Traditional Art Guild members each month. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. For membership information, call guild president Joanne Kunath at (501) 262-2953.

Anniversary Celebration

HOT SPRINGS — The public is invited to help Carousel Theater Workshops for Seniors celebrate 10 years of performance and study in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village with a celebration from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Garland County Library Auditorium. The celebration will include readers’ theater performances, a Spotlight Award presentation by the American Association of Community Theatre and a senior-theater discussion. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jerry Davis at or (501) 915-0708.

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a Valentine’s Party dance featuring the Village Big Band on Saturday at the Coronado Community Center. A dance lesson will be given at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Feb. 17

Band Blast Music Celebration

JESSIEVILLE — The Hot Springs Concert Band will present the eighth annual Band Blast Music Celebration at 3 p.m. at the Jessieville Sports Arena at Jessieville High School. The band is under the direction of Craig Hamilton, music director and principal conductor. Also featured will be the Village Big Band, directed by Bill Morgan with Lydia deSambourg as soloist; and the Hot Springs New Horizons Band under the direction of Bill Crook. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the three bands; from Crooks Music Service, 2024 Central Ave. in Hot Springs; or at the door. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. For more information, call (501) 984-1678.

Feb. 18

Tiger Day

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Admissions Counseling will host a Tiger Day Monday as a way for prospective students to get a sneak peek at campus life. Check-in for Tiger Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Hickingbotham Hall, followed by the opening program at 9 a.m. in Young Auditorium. Visiting students will have the opportunity to attend classes at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. while parents take a campus tour and attend the Parent Panel in Young Auditorium. Lunch will be provided at noon in the Walker Conference Center. Families may take an optional tour of residence halls at 1 p.m. For more information, visit, or contact Lori Motl at or (870) 245-4264.

Legislative Appreciation Reception

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance will have its fifth Legislative Appreciation Reception from 5-8 p.m. at Next Level Events in Little Rock. The event is an opportunity to welcome and express appreciation to local state legislators and to all members of the 89th General Assembly. For more information, call (870) 246-1460.

Presidents Day Closings

BENTON/BRYANT — The Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The libraries will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Feb. 18 and Feb. 21

Know Your Numbers

HOT SPRINGS — In recognition of February as American Heart Month, National Park Medical Center will hold a free heart-health event called Know Your Numbers from 7-11 a.m. Monday and Feb. 21. The event will feature cholesterol, blood-glucose, blood-pressure and body-mass-index screenings, along with information about heart-healthy diets, cardiovascular exercise tips and the link between sleep health and heart disease. Although the event is free, space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call (501) 620-1402.

Feb. 19

International Food Festival

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University will host the International Food Festival, a collaborative effort of the Daniel and Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education and the OBU International Club, at 6 p.m. in the Walker Conference Center. The theme will be Global Junction, indicating that Ouachita is a place where students, faculty and staff from many countries and cultures cross paths. Tickets will be $5 each at the door. For more information, contact René Zimny at or (870) 245-5224.

Saline Crossing Meeting

BENTON — The Saline Crossing Regional Parks and Recreation Area Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Gene Moss Building at Tyndall Park.

Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Haskell City Hall. The program will be A Review of 2012, including the total number of visitors and volunteer hours for last year. The election of officers will be conducted during the business session. The public is invited to attend and bring photos, items or newspaper clippings concerning Haskell’s past. These may be donated, loaned or copied for display at the museum. For information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 315-2913.

Feb. 19 – Feb. 22

Irish Sopranos Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Concert Association will present the fourth of its five shows for the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 22 at the Village’s Woodlands Auditorium. The Irish Sopranos, a trio of internationally known vocalists, will present a concert of wide-ranging styles. For ticket information, call Jim Berdahl at (501) 922-6539, or visit or


Free Tax Preparation

BENTON/MALVERN/ARKADELPHIA — Local residents can receive help at tax time from the Central Arkansas Development Council, which is offering free tax-preparation assistance in Saline, Hot Spring and Clark counties. In Clark County, services will be at the Huie Library at Henderson State University, 1100 Henderson St. in Arkadelphia. For an appointment, call (870) 867-0151. In Hot Spring County, services will be at the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library, 202 E. Third St. in Malvern. For an appointment, call (501) 332-5441. In Saline County, services will be at the CADC Senior Activity Center, 210 Jefferson in Benton. The site is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and walk-ins are accepted. Services will be offered by appointment only at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton. For an appointment, call (501) 778-1133.

Free Community Classes

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences will offer five free classes for the Arkadelphia community this spring. All classes will meet at 4 p.m. in the Reynolds Science Center, Room 127. Today, Maryjane Dunn, assistant professor of Spanish, will present Following the Stars to Santiago. On Feb. 21, Wayne McGinnis, professor of English, will lecture on Historical Aspects of the Game of Golf. On Feb. 28, science faculty members Martin Campbell, Vince Dunlap, Tommy Finley and Allison Harris will discuss the 2012 Nobel Prize winners. On March 7, Mary Beth Trubitt will discuss an upcoming archeological dig in the Ouachita National Forest. On March 14, David Bateman and Vince Dunlap will present Antibiotic Resistance: Are You Doing Your Part to Prevent It? For more information, call Linda Mooney at (870) 230-5320.

Youth United Fundraiser

BRYANT — Each Friday in February, Ruby Tuesday in Bryant will donate 20 percent of checks presented with a Habitat for Humanity Youth United flyer to the organization. Call (501) 315-5434 to get a flyer to participate in the fundraiser.

AARP TaxAide Service

BENTON — Free preparation of tax returns, including free E-filing, will be offered for people of all ages from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at an AARP TaxAide site at Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road in Benton. AARP TaxAide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. The site will provide continuing tax services to taxpayers who have attended the Park Place Baptist site in the past. Walk-ins are welcome but will be served after those with appointments. To schedule an appointment, call Larry at (501) 303-6829.

Sister City Teacher Scholarships

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation will accept applications until March 25 for two teacher scholarships for summer travel to Hanamaki, Japan, Hot Springs’ sister city. Teachers or school administrators currently employed in Garland County public schools are eligible for the program. The scholarship will fully fund travel costs for a seven-day trip to Hanamaki in mid-June. The city of Hanamaki will provide home-stay arrangements, along with tours and educational opportunities. Application information is available through the Sister City Program link on the city of Hot Springs’ home page,

Applications for LIHEAP

The Central Arkansas Development Council is accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at the following locations: The CADC Administration Building, 321 Edison St. in Benton, 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, (501)778-1333; the Arkansas Workforce Center of Malvern, 1735 E. Sullenberger, 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, (501) 337-8401; the CADC Arkadelphia Senior Activity Center, 1305 N. 10th St., 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, (870) 246-9871; and Gurdon City Hall, 103 Maple, 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, (870) 310-6971. LIHEAP assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all income for the month prior to applying.

Junior Auxiliary Scholarships

HOT SPRINGS — The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs is accepting applications for the 2013 JAHS Scholarship program through March 1. Applications are available through area high school counselors or by visiting and clicking on the “scholarship” link. The Junior Auxiliary gives emphasis to students majoring in a child-related field such as speech therapy, nursing, social work, teaching, etc. There is no age restriction for the scholarships. For more information, contact Mandy Golleher at (501) 620-2705 or

Election Day Committee Applications

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association is soliciting applications from property owners in good standing who are willing to serve on the 2013 Election Day Committee, which oversees the ballot counting for the Hot Springs Village Board of Directors election. The ballots will be counted March 28. Applications are available online at or at the general manager’s office at the POA Administration Building, 895 DeSoto Blvd. Completed applications must be returned to the general manager’s office by March 1. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.

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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