This week's events-Three Rivers

Originally Published January 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 18, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
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Jan. 20

Rolling Thunder Meeting

BEEBE — Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 will hold its monthly membership meeting from 2-3 p.m. at the Arkansas State University-Beebe Student Center.

Jan. 22

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 award 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

Jan. 24

Republican Committee Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee’s biannual organizational meeting will be at 7 p.m. 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

Jan. 26

AARP Driver Safety 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. Those taking the course are asked to arrive early to do the necessary paperwork. Frances Mizell will be the instructor. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.

Guest Author

ASH FLAT — Shirley Mathey will be at the Ash Flat Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. She will speak about her books Become a More Positive Person, Become a Tough and Tender Listener and The Art of Friendly Confrontation and sign copies of the books. She will also offer short seminars on building self-esteem.


GED Test Schedule

MELBOURNE — The free GED test will be given at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and Jan. 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. Tuesday; Ozarka College in Ash Flat, 9 a.m. Wednesday; Ozarka College in Mountain View, 9 a.m. Jan. 29; and at City Hall in Calico Rock, 9 a.m. Thursday. 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.


Historical Society Meeting

ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Ash Flat Library. Scott Lien, assistant professor of history at Lyon College in Batesville, will be the guest speaker. His research focuses on how democracy has affected the opportunities and life chances of all Americans, specifically with Arkansas’ experience with its first two chartered banks, dating back to the antebellum period.

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 novelist and Lyon College graduate, 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


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

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

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 — Davidsonville 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

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. Feb. 15 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.

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.

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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