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Originally Published February 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 22, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
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Feb. 24

Sunday Dinner Fundraiser

GURDON — The Central Arkansas Development Council Gurdon Senior Activity Center will hold a Sunday Dinner Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 410 E. Main St. The public is invited to attend. The dinner will include turkey and dressing, candied yams, English peas, cranberry sauce, rolls, Caribbean coconut cake, iced tea and coffee. The dinner is $7 per person, dine-in or carry-out. Proceeds will benefit the CADC Gurdon Senior Center Meals for Seniors program. For more information, call Royce Ann Barbaree at (870) 353-2095.

Feb. 24-25

Harrison, TX

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s department of theater arts will present the spring production, Harrison, TX, in Ouachita’s Verser Theatre at 2:30 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The series of one-act plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote will include Blind Date, The Dancers and Spring Dance, all of which are set in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas. Tickets are $8 each and are available for purchase at

Feb. 25

Movie Monday

BENTON — A movie specifically selected for ages 12 and younger will be shown at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Griefshare Support Group

BENTON — A GriefShare recovery seminar and support group will begin at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Benton. The group will meet in the church parlor, on the corner of Market and Sevier streets. GriefShare is a 13-week support group that includes a weekly video featuring experts on grief and recovery. The seminar sessions include “The Journey of Grief,” The Effects of Grief” and “Stuck in Grief.” For more information, call Gail Lavender at (501) 590-7994 or the church office at (501) 778-3601.

Overdrive: Adobe Digital Editions

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to transfer eBooks from the Saline County Library’s eLibrary onto devices using Adobe Digital Editions at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class will focus on how to download library titles only. Devices discussed will include Aluratek LIBRE Air; Aluratek LIBRE Color; Barnes & Noble NOOK First Edition; Barnes and Noble NOOK Simple Touch; enTourage Pocket eDGe; iRiver Story HD; Kobo eReader; Literati Reader; PocketBook Pro 602; Skytex Primer; and Sony Readers. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Feb. 26

Business After Hours

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. at Arkadelphia High School. The event will be led by New Tech ninth-grade students who will provide interactive tours for guests. For more information, call (870) 246-5542.

Feb. 26-28

Utility Assistance

LITTLE ROCK — The Central Arkansas Development Council will begin crisis intervention assistance to families with disconnect notices in the Crisis Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program. To qualify, people must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. A mass intake day will be held in Hot Spring County from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Malvern Community Center, 1800 W. Moline. For more information, call (501) 337-8401. In Saline County, a mass intake day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Gene Moss Building, 913 E. Sevier St. in Benton. For more information, call (501) 315-1121. In Montgomery County, applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon each Wednesday, beginning this week, at the CADC Mount Ida Senior Activity Center, 158 Senior Drive. For more information, call (870) 867-0151.

Feb. 27

Book Club

BENTON — Those who are 18 or older are invited to join a monthly book club that meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. This month’s selection is The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters. For more information, call (501)778-4766.

Overdrive: Kindle Devices

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to transfer e-books from the Saline County Library’s eLibrary onto Kindle devices at 6 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class will focus on how to download library titles only. Participants must have an Amazon account created before attending the class. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Feb. 28

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.

Candidate Forum

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate forum for the 2013 Village Property Owners Association Board of Directors candidates at 5 p.m. in the Ouachita Room at the Ponce de Leon Center. The forum is sponsored by Remax Real Estate and is open to the public. The five candidates will each give a three-minute presentation, after which an open question-and-answer session will follow. Audience members may ask their questions verbally or in written form. Questions will also be accepted, live, by email at For more information, visit

March 1

Junior Auxiliary Scholarships

HOT SPRINGS — Friday is the deadline to submit applications for the 2013 Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs Scholarship program. 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

4-H Auction

MALVERN — The Annual 4-H Auction will be held at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Youth Center, which is the old skating rink in Malvern. The public is invited to come out and bid. For more information or to donate items to the auction, call (501) 332-5267.

Fish and Chicken Dinner

MALVERN — St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern, at East Mill and Cherry Lane, will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m. The dinners, which include a drink and homemade banana pudding, cost $11 for four pieces, $9 for two pieces and $5 for children 12 and younger. To place a carryout order, call (501) 337-7364.

March 1-2

Used Book Sale

BENTON — The Saline County Library Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The sale is open to the public; there is no admission charge. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

March 2

Art Exhibit and Reception

BENTON — The public is invited to attend an art reception honoring Carolyn Voss and her watercolor students from 1-3 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Their works, some created during the watercolor classes at the Saline County Library, will be on display throughout March at the Herzfeld Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Merry Mixers Dance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Merry Mixers Dance Club’s next dance will be at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. The dance will feature The Mullins Group. A dance lesson will be provided at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Toast and Roast of Darrel Teeter

MALVERN — The Hot Spring County Medical Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser to benefit Hot Spring County Medical Center. This year, the event will be a Toast and Roast of Darrel Teeter at 6 p.m. at the Lodge at Family Farm owned by the May family, 18448 U.S. 67, just outside Malvern. The evening will include dinner and silent and live auctions, with a car donated by Teeter Motors to be auctioned. Teeter, who has been in the car business for more than half of a century, moved to Malvern in 1967 when he took on a Chrysler dealership. He has shared his success by supporting many charities and causes, including his significant investment in youth programs. Tickets are $50. For more information, call Ann Gasper at (501) 332-7028.

A Flute Spa

ARKADELPHIA — The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble and Ouachita Baptist University will sponsor internationally known performer, teacher and clinician Patricia George in a workshop for flute players. The event, titled A Flute Spa, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OBU. The preregistration fee is $30, and the deadline is Saturday. The fee at the door will be $35. Fee payments need to be made out to the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble and mailed to Marilyn Lihs, treasurer, 62 Promesa Drive, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909. For a registration form, visit Participants are asked to bring their C flutes. A flute choir will meet at the end of the day to apply workshop concepts. For more information, contact Jackie Flowers at (501) 520-0306 or jjf313flow39


AARP Tax Help

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers are available from noon to 5 p.m. every Wednesday through April 10 at the Coronado Community Center. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older. The service is offered in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, contact the Coronado Community Center office at (501) 922-5050.

Volunteer Firefighter Applications

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Department of Public Safety is recruiting volunteer firefighters. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Arkansas driver’s license and a clean driving record. Applicants must also be able to meet minimum volunteer-firefighter training qualifications, attend scheduled meetings and respond to fires. For more information, contact Capt. Jason Miller at (501) 922-2210. Applications are available at the Cortez Fire Station, 110 Cortez Road in Hot Springs Village.

Village Volunteer Auxiliary

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Board of Directors is creating a volunteer auxiliary, consisting of Hot Springs Village volunteers who are willing to assist their association. Whatever the area of expertise, consider becoming part of this auxiliary, called the Vocation Volunteer Interest Program. The group is also seeking experts at coordinating volunteers. For more information, email

Scholarship Donations Accepted

BRYANT — The 2013 Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations from companies to provide scholarships for students with at least a 2.75 grade-point average, as well as demonstrated financial need and community service. Companies can donate $500 for a full scholarship, $250 for a scholarship shared with another sponsor or $100 shared with four other sponsors. The deadline for support is April 1. The scholarships will be awarded in an assembly the first Friday of May at Bryant High School. Donors will be invited to send a company representative to give the certificate of award to the student. For more information, email

Free Tax Preparation

The Central Arkansas Development Council 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 free classes for the Arkadelphia community this spring. All classes will meet at 4 p.m. in the Reynolds Science Center, Room 127. On Thursday, 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.

AARP Tax-Aide 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 Tax-Aide site at Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road in Benton. AARP Tax-Aide 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.

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 Friday. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.


Henderson Choir Performances

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University choirs will present Music From the Commonwealth at 3 p.m. March 3 in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall. The performance will feature music originating in countries that are or once were part of the British Commonwealth, as well as student soloists. Admission is free and open to the public.

Monday Afternoon Book Club

BRYANT — The Monday Afternoon Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. March 4 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Monday with the Master Gardeners

BENTON — The Saline County Master Gardeners and presenter Martha Gills will discuss Gourd Crafting at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Habitat Collegiate Challenge

SALINE COUNTY — Habitat for Humanity will host college students from around the country during their spring break March 4-27. These students will work with Habitat for Humanity of Saline County on local build projects. Habitat is seeking volunteers to provide simple meals for 40 people for breakfast and lunch, or 20 people for dinner during that time. For more information, call (501) 315-5434.

A Night of Laughter

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Comedian Jeff Love will present A Night of Laughter at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Coronado Community Center. To purchase $10 general-admission tickets, visit, call (501) 922-5050, or stop by the Coronado Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Spring Cleaning, Part 1

BRYANT/BENTON — Kris Elliott of the Saline County Cooperative Extension Service will present Part 1 of a two-part seminar on spring cleaning at 6 p.m. March 5 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. The classes will teach home organization and cleaning techniques, along with how to make “green” cleaning products. The seminar is open to ages 18 and older; no registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Public Forum

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — A public forum for the Property Owners’ Association Board candidates will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. March 6 at the Coronado Community Center. The forum is designed to inform property owners about the candidates before the election. Property owners can submit questions of general interest prior to the event via email at or fax at (501) 922-6626, or mail to KVRE Forum, P.O. Box 8439, Hot Springs, AR 71910. Submissions should be received by March 1. Questions and comments will not be allowed from the audience during the event.

Genealogy Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Genealogy Society will meet at 2 p.m. March 7 in Room 6 of the Coronado Community Center. Guest speaker Elizabeth Robbins, executive director of the Garland County Historical Society, will discuss “World War II in Hot Springs.” The program will examine how Hot Springs reacted to the war, how the war affected the lives of the people, and the impact that three government facilities had on the community. For more information, call Bill Patterson at (501) 922-6965 or Nancy Holder at (608) 692-0162.

Ballet Arkansas Performance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Ballet Arkansas, the state’s only professional ballet company, will perform Beyond Category at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. March 7. The show will feature 10 women and three men in a program of dances to an array of music. To purchase reserved-seat tickets, at $18 each, visit, call (501) 922-4231, or stop by the Woodlands Box Office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Opera Workshop

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Opera Workshop will present Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi at 7:30 p.m. March 7-9 in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. All performances will be in English. This classic one-act opera spins a timeless tale of inheritance and greed, love and hate with beautiful music and plenty of laughs. Tickets are $5 and free to Henderson students with a student ID. For more information, visit

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

BENTON — The Royal Players will present The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon on March 7-10, as well as March 14-17, at the Royal Theatre in historic downtown Benton. Thursday through Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Audiences will likely recognize the original title from the famous play and movie. In 1985, Neil Simon revised The Odd Couple for a female cast. The female version is based on the same story line and the same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. No reservations are necessary.

McBeth Tribute

ARKADELPHIA — Celebrating the rich musical legacy of renowned composer W. Francis McBeth, Ouachita Baptist University will welcome the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to the stage of Jones Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 8. The concert will feature music composed by McBeth, a longtime professor of music at Ouachita and former ASO conductor who died last year at age 78. Tickets for the tribute performance are $10 each or $5 each for groups of 10 or more and are available at For more information, call (870) 245-5555.

Developing Unique Characters

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Writers’ Club will host Developing Unique Characters, an interactive workshop on characterization led by Rolland Mann, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at the Coronado Community Center. Topics will include creating compelling characters, as well as maintaining a consistent point of view. The registration fee is $35 before March 2 and $40 at the door. Lunch will be $10, or participants may bring their own. For more information, visit or call (501) 915-0494.

Chili Day

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions will host a Chili Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4-7 p.m. March 9 at the Desota Event Center. The event will include a silent auction, all-you-can-eat chili, apple pie and a beverage. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children younger than 12. For advanced tickets or more information, call (501) 226-5257.

College Goal Sunday

HOT SPRINGS — Financial-aid counselors will be at National Park Community College from 2-4 p.m. March 10 to help students and parents with the first step toward receiving grants and loans from the federal government to pay for college. College Goal Sunday is the culmination of Say Go College Week and an opportunity for free assistance in submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more information about how to pay for college, visit, or

Friends of HSV Annual Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The annual meeting of the Friends of Hot Springs Village will be held at 7 p.m. March 11 in the Ouachita Room of the Woodlands. Keynote speakers will be Darin Beckwith and Andy Curry, superintendents of Fountain Lake and Jessieville schools, respectively. They will provide an update on the Fountain Lake lawsuit, joint acquisition of the Boys and Girls Club property, the Jessieville Foundation and academic performance at the schools. Friends of Hot Springs Village is an organization of resident and nonresident property owners dedicated to improving and maintaining the quality of life in the Village and providing support for the board of directors, staff and committees.

Daffodil Days Fundraiser

HOT SPRINGS — The 25th annual Garland County American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days will be held from March 12-16. Orders of 50 or more daffodils will be delivered throughout the Hot Springs area on March 12. Smaller orders may be picked up from 8-10 a.m. that day from the National Park Medical Center’s Maurice Room. Volunteers will be selling daffodil bouquets, leis and boutonnieres at Oaklawn Park’s live race meet March 16, which will also feature the annual Daffodil Days Classic Race. Daffodils will be sold from 10 a.m. until they are sold out. To request an order form or for more information, call (501) 620-2705 or visit

Merry Mixers Dance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a dance featuring Warren Crow and the Classics Band at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Coronado Community Center. A dance lesson will be held at 7 p.m. All dancers are welcome. The group dances to live music twice a month except during the summer. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Shakespeare Auditions

BENTON — This year, Saline County Shakespeare in the Park will present The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be held at 10 a.m. March 16 and at 5 p.m. March 17 in the outdoor auditorium at Tyndall Park. Auditioners need to prepare a 1 1/2-minute monologue. If not, some will be available at the auditions. Cold reads from the script will also be required. For more information, contact Lisa Goodrich at (501) 249-3169 or

Reel Women Festival

BENTON — Reel Arkansas, a nonprofit group based on Facebook, has scheduled the 2013 Reel Women Festival for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30 at the Royal Theatre in Benton. The festival aims to include films from Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as Arkansas. Two of the films are Sarah Jones’ John Wayne’s Bed and G.B. Shannon’s FreshSkweezed. In addition to film screenings, the festival will have a panel discussion on women in film, with several of the filmmakers in attendance. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, find Reel Arkansas at The festival is seeking submissions of films that feature strong or atypical female roles, as well as films written or directed by women. Submissions are free, and the deadline is March 15. Email Jennifer Mazzacane at or

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