This week's events

Originally Published January 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 16, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.
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Jan. 17

Republican Women Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. at Harding Place, 801 S. Benton. The group will install its 2013 officers, and State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, will speak about the state Legislature. Irvin was elected in 2010 and become the first woman, first Republican and first resident of Stone County to serve as senator of District 10, which is made up of Fulton, Izard, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties. She won another term in November and will serve the newly formed District 18.

UACCB Board of Visitors Meeting

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meet at 4 p.m. in Room 104 of Independence Hall at UACCB.

Jan. 19

Prayer Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — Merging Streams, along with Dutch Sheets, will hold a prayer meeting at 11 a.m. at McArthur Church, 3501 John Harden Drive. This is the first of three prayer meetings. For more information, contact Declare His Glory International at (888) 564-8906 or

Variety Show and Art Exhibit

BATESVILLE — Sulphur Rock Magnet School will host a variety show and art exhibit at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Teachers and students will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. There will be a silent auction on students’ art and donated art pieces. Proceeds will go to the Sulphur Rock Magnet School’s FANS Club.

Embroidery Workshop

POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will offer an Introduction to Embroidery workshop Jan. 19. This trip back in time will offer students an opportunity to learn a variety of stitches and patterns. Attendees are asked to bring scrap fabric. The cost is $15. Reservations are required and must be made three days in advance. For more information, call (870) 892-4708 or email

Knitting Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold a beginner’s knitting workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Tools and materials will be provided, and participants will be given a project to take home. Attendees are asked to bring a sack lunch. For more information or to register, call (870) 878-6765.

Jan. 22

Computer Training Class

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Public Library will offer a free library computer training class at 10 a.m. in the library’s computer lab. The class will focus on getting familiar with computers, and understanding the operating system, applications to use the Internet, web applications and the Cloud. Seating is limited. For more information, call (870) 994-2658.

NAMI Meeting

SEARCY — The National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. in the Cypress Room of White County Medical Center’s south campus, 1200 Main St. The support group is free to anyone who is a caregiver or a consumer. For more information, call Pat at (501) 268-7686.

Jan. 23

Batesville Chamber Business Expo

BATESVILLE — The 2013 Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will be held Wednesday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The fourth annual expo will include awards presentations. While the event is open to chamber members only from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to attend from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call (870) 793-2378, email, or visit


GED Test Schedule

MELBOURNE — The free GED test will be given at 8:30 a.m. Jan, 23 and 28 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building at Ozarka College in Melbourne. The test will also be given at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring, 9 a.m. Jan. 22; Ozarka College in Ash Flat, 9 a.m. Jan. 23; Ozarka College in Mountain View, 9 a.m. today and Jan. 29; and at City Hall in Calico Rock, 9 a.m. Jan. 24. Those taking the test must present an Arkansas photo ID, a Social Security card and proof of passing practice-test scores dated within the last year. Registration is required by calling Ozarka College at (870) 368-7371 or (800) 821-4335 before the day of the test.

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

Guest Artist Exhibit

ASH FLAT — Terri Jo Fowler is Guest Artist of the Month at the Ash Flat Public Library. Her work will be displayed through January, including oil paintings with themes ranging from rocks to shoes. She also paints pet portraits.


Republican Committee Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee’s biannual organizational meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Wilbur Mills Court Building, 301 W Arch St. Electing officers and other business matters will be on the agenda. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Jacksonville Community Center. Charles Welch, president of the Arkansas State University System, will be the event’s speaker. The cost is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. A table for eight will be $400. Registration is required by 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call (501) 982-1511.

Beginning Beekeeping Course

SEARCY — A three-part beginning beekeeping course will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18 in Room 123 of the Pryor-England Science Building at Harding University. The free class is open to the public and is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call the White County Cooperative Extension Office at (501) 268-5394.

Author’s Presentation

BATESVILLE — John Hornor Jacobs, a Lyon College graduate and a novelist, will give a public interview and reading on the Lyon campus Feb. 5. The interview will be at 11 a.m. in the Alphin Board Room of the Alphin Building. The reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room of Brown Chapel. Jacobs’ appearance is part of the Lyon’s Visiting Writer Series. For more information on this and other Lyon College activities, call (870) 307-7488, email, or visit

Sweetheart Auction

CALICO ROCK — The Sweetheart Auction will be held Feb. 9 in Calico Rock. This auction will feature a myriad of items, ranging from furniture to local crafts. Admission is free. For times, location and other information, call (870) 297-8665, email, or visit


CABOT — A zumbathon will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 to benefit the Crossroad House for Girls. The event will be at ReNew Church, 2792 S. Second St. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $20. Kristy Stewart and Leslie Evans will be the zumba instructors. There will also be door prizes. For more information, visit

Cooking Sweet Treats

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Folk Center State Park will offer a class on learning the tricks of cooking sweet — and healthy — treats. The recipes will include whole-grain cookies and fresh-fruit delight. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Smokehouse at the park. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch to eat with the treats they prepare. The cost for the class is $30. Space is limited, and preregistration is required by Jan. 28. For more information, call (870) 269-3851, email, or visit

Gourd Crafts

POCAHONTAS — David-sonville Historic State Park will offer a Gourd Crafts Workshop on Feb. 9. The cost of the workshop is $15. Attendees will learn how to turn a plain garden gourd into a fun craft project while finding out how American Indians and pioneers used gourds. Workshop space is limited. Reservations are required and must be made at least three days in advance. For more information, call (870) 892-4708, or email

Charity Bunko Bash

CABOT — The Junior Auxiliary of Cabot will hold a charity bunko bash at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 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

Valentine’s Day Buffet

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Skillet Restaurant at Ozark Folk Center State Park will offer a Valentine’s Day buffet for sweethearts on Feb. 14. For the cost, serving times and more information, call (870) 269-3851, email, or visit

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

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