This week's events

Originally Published February 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 27, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
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Feb. 28

White County Republican Committee

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Wilbur D. Mills Court Building, 301 W. Arch St. Plans for the April 5th Lincoln Day Dinner with Congressman Steve Womack, R-Ark., will be on the agenda. All are invited. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or

Main Street Searcy Meeting

SEARCY — Main Street Searcy will hold a farmers market meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room No. 1 of the Carmichael Center. The meeting is open to all who are interested in selling locally grown produce, baked goods and handmade crafts at the market this year. In addition to receiving farmers market guidelines and information about the Arkansas Cottage Food Law that allows the sale of home-produced jams, jellies and certain baked goods at farmers markets, there will be discussion regarding the relocation of the Main Street Searcy Farmers’ Market to the Courthouse Square, hours of operation and the beginning of an online market. The 2013 season will begin April 20. For more information, call the Main Street Searcy office at (501) 279-9007 or email

March 1

Benefit Dinner

HIGHLAND — The Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service Foundation will hold a benefit dinner from 4-7 p.m. at the Highland Fire Department firehouse. The dinner will cost $5 and include a bowl of gumbo. A homemade dessert and drink will be available for an additional charge. Carry-out meals will be available.

Chili and Pie Supper

SEARCY — The Associated Women for Harding University will hold a chili and pie supper at 6 p.m. at the Heber Springs School cafeteria. The Good News Singers from Harding University will be part of the program, as well as silent and live auctions. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. All proceeds will go to scholarships. For more information, call (501) 250-6142.

World Day of Prayer

FAIRFIELD BAY — The churches of the Fairfield Bay area will sponsor a World Day of Prayer event at 1 p.m. at Fairfield Bay Presbyterian Kirk of the Hills, 250 Dave Creek Parkway. This year’s service was written by the women of France around the theme “I Was a Stranger, and You Welcomed Me.” World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer on the first Friday of March each year. For more information, call Judy Leason at (501) 884-6617.

March 2

Concealed-Handgun Class

MELBOURNE — There will be a concealed-handgun class at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Melbourne City Hall. Randall Lovelace, a certified instructor with the Arkansas State Police, will lead the class. To reserve a spot for the class, call (870) 346-5169.

CHS Cruzers Car Show

CABOT — The Cabot High School Cruzers will hold a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school’s Champs Hall parking lot. The event will benefit the CHS Auto Tech Scholarship and the Keep the Faith Foundation, a cancer foundation for kids. The event will feature music, games and door prizes. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for March 9.

March 2 and 9

Child Care Orientation Training

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will offer Child Care Orientation Training as a Continuing Education offering at the Melbourne campus. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 2 and March 9. The instructor for the free course will be Linda Foster. To take the class, contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs office at (870) 368-2005 or to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the course. There is a maximum seating of 20, and students will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 2, 9 and 16

Introduction to Computer Basics

ASH FLAT — Ozarka College will offer Introduction to Computer Basics as a Continuing Education course at the Ash Flat campus. The class will meet from 9-11 a.m. Saturday and March 2, 9 and 16. The cost is $30 per person or $20 for participants over 65. Kourtney White will be the instructor. To take the class, contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs office at (870) 368-2005 or to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the course. There is a maximum seating of 24, and students will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 3

White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Lightle House, 605 E. Race Ave. Alice Jewell will present a slide show of award-winning tall-bearded irises. Plans for the iris show on April 25 will be discussed. Anyone interested in irises is welcome to attend. For more information, call (501) 268-6634.

March 4

Cabot Civitan Club Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club will meet at 6 p.m. at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. Mayor Bill Cypert will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.

March 5

Symphonic Band Concert

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Symphonic Band will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Center Theater. Under the direction of Brent Bristow, the symphonic band will perform works by Larry Clark, Jerry Brubaker, Brian Balmages, Roland Barrett, Clifton Jones, Alfred Reed, Richard Saucedo and Vasilij Agapkin. The ASU-Beebe Owen Center is at 910 Pecan St. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact Bristow at (501) 882-4474 or

Red Cross Blood Drive

JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative’s Jacksonville office will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. To schedule a donation, visit and enter sponsor code FECJ. Walk-ins are also welcome. The office is at 1000 S. J.P. Wright Loop Road. For more information, call First Electric at (800) 489-7405.

March 6

Basic Computer and Internet 101

MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College will offer Basic Computer and Internet 101 as a Continuing Education course at the Ozarka College-Mammoth Spring campus. The class will start this Wednesday, meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 24. The cost is $25 per person. Joy Underwood will be the instructor. To take the class, contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office at (870) 368-2005 or to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the course.


White County Youth Art Exhibit

SEARCY — The 2013 White County Youth Art Exhibit, featuring works from kindergartners through eighth-graders, will be open through March 31 at the Searcy Art Gallery, 300 E. Race Ave. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (501) 279-1094.

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


Spring River Gem and Mineral Club

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Omaha Center, 20 Omaha Circle. Leonard H. Holden Jr., a retired physicist, will speak on the formation of the solar system. The public is invited. For more information, call Ruth Maxedon at (870) 257-2361.

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 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.

Gardening Class

BATESVILLE — Cheryl Anderson, a local Master Gardener and owner of the Garden Girl Farm Fresh Produce & More Market in Pleasant Plains, will teach a gardening class from 9 a.m. to noon March 9 in Room 816 of the Row Johns Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The cost of the class is $20. The topic will be “Organic Gardening Basics.” She will help students identify their growing area, and will cover soil preparation and the process of starting plants from seed. To register for Anderson’s class, contact Katrina Stevens, community education coordinator at UACCB, at (870) 612-2082. The deadline for registration is March 1.

Ladies’ Luncheon

MOUNTAIN VIEW— The Ozarka College Foundation Ladies’ Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9. The event consists of a lunch, provided by Ozarka College Culinary Arts, a fashion show and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and available from Ozarka College-Mountain View and Centennial Bank branches in Mountain View. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Scholarship, which is awarded to a qualifying Stone County resident who attends Ozarka College.

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.

Chili and Soup Supper

HEBER SPRINGS — The Wilburn Friends and Family Relay for Life team will hold a chili and soup supper, with gospel singing to follow, at 5 p.m. March 9 at Wilburn General Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For more information, call Danita Hayes at (501) 206-2505.

Retired Teachers Association Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon March 12 at the Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. Sharon Johnson, travel coordinator with the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, will talk about travel opportunities offered through ARTA. All retired school personnel are encouraged to attend to also hear about current legislative issues and bills that have been addressed in the current legislative session. For weekly summaries of legislative action affecting the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, visit, and click on “Director Updates.”

Spring Career Fair

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold a spring career fair from 10 a.m. to noon March 13. Tables are available for employers who want to participate in the career fair. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. For more information, including how to register, contact Christopher Dickie at or (870) 612-2125.

Job Fair

HEBER SPRINGS — The will be a job fair for Heber Springs High School juniors and seniors from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 in the high school gymnasium. Businesses wishing to have a table at the fair may call Gaye Stark at (501) 250-5151.

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

NCA District Fair Deadline

MELBOURNE — The entry deadline for the Spring Junior Livestock Show in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area is March 15. The show will be held March 28 and 29 at the fairgrounds in Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at Exhibitors must enter online before March 15, and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors may pay with a credit card online or by check, mailed to NCA District Fair, P.O. Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

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 a space, call the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080, or email Applications are available online at

Ward Chamber 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.

Ward Chamber 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.

Rotary Club of Cleburne County

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River with the annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Anglers Classic on Oct. 4-5 in Heber Springs. For more information on exhibits and planned events, contact Ben Traylor at (501) 825-7410.

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