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Originally Published January 27, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 25, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.
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Jan. 27

First Baptist Church Maumelle

MAUMELLE — Pastor Tony Auxier of First Baptist Church Maumelle invites the community to worship with the congregation on Sundays with Bible classes for all age groups beginning at 9 a.m., followed by worship in the main sanctuary at 10:15. AWANA clubs for children age 2 through the sixth grade meet in the activities building at 4:30 p.m. Sundays, and a worship service is held in the sanctuary at 5 p.m. The church is at the corner of Maumelle Boulevard and Millwood Circle. For more information on church activities, call the church office at 851-3547 or visit

Old-Time Concert

CONWAY — Dana and Susan Robinson of North Carolina will give a concert at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. The group will perform a blend of original music and old-time songs. All library events are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email

Jan. 28

Audubon Society Meeting

CONWAY — The Arkansas River Vally Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. The speaker will be Maureen McClung, who holds a doctorate and teaches in the biology department at Hendrix College. Her subject will be “Response of Breeding Birds to Forest Disturbance in the Ozarks.” Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information or directions, call Coe Wilson at (501) 727-5559.

Jan. 29

Nursing Board Centennial Reception

RUSSELLVILLE — A public reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. in cafes 2 and 3 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in honor of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s centennial celebration. “Saint Mary’s is privileged to be the first facility to host the nursing board during the year-long activities celebrating their 100-year anniversary,” said Carolyn Cook, nurse director. “Nursing is not just a job; it is a career devoted to the care of the very patients who need our services.”

Diabetes Care Group Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway Regional Diabetes Care Group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Center Classroom at Conway Regional Medical Center. David Narens and Shawn Turner, candidates for a doctorate in pharmacy at Harding University, will discuss physical activities and updated standards of care for diabetes. The free group meets the last Tuesday of each month and is open to the community to promote education, awareness and management of diabetes. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 513-5248.

Small Business Seminar

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a hands-on small-business seminar, Introduction to QuickBooks, from 9 a.m. to noon at Arkansas Tech University. This seminar introduces this popular accounting software program to small-business owners. Topics include setting up a new company, a chart of accounts overview, working with lists, and how to view transactions records and find information in your company file. The cost is $65, and a computer will be provided for use during the interactive seminar. Seating is limited. To register, call (479) 356-2067.

Kindergarten Roundup

CONWAY — Conway Christian School will hold a kindergarten roundup at 6:30 p.m. The school, at 500 E. German Lane, admits students of any race, color, nationality or ethnic origin. For more information, contact registrar Kim Roberson at (501) 336-9067, ext. 106, or visit

Bible Study

MAUMELLE — The women of Maumelle and surrounding areas are invited to participate in a Bible study by Beth Moore, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church Maumelle, at the corner of Maumelle Boulevard and Millwood Circle. The study, facilitated by Linda Obremski, will focus on “breaking free” of anything that hinders women from attaining an abundant and effective spirit-filled life. The cost of the workbook is $16. For more information or to register for this 11-week study, call (501) 851-3547.

Jan. 31

Membership Madness Drive

CONWAY — The Conway Regional Women’s Council will host a drop-in Membership Madness Drive social and networking event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Michelangelo’s Italian Ristorante at the corner of Oak and Front streets. . Prospective members are invited to this drop-in event to mingle with other members, hear plans for 2013 and check out the volunteer opportunities available with the Women’s Council. A brief presentation at 5 p.m. will highlight new events and upcoming changes being made to the council. The council is open to women age 18 and older, and all who join during the event will be entered to win a door prize. For more information, call (501) 513-5771.

Feb. 1

Retrospective of Jim Thorpe

CONWAY — Dr. Bob Reising will return to the Faulkner County Library at 7 p.m. with a video retrospective on Jim Thorpe, the man who made the Super Bowl possible. Thorpe is known as the greatest athlete of the 20th century. He was an Olympian, a professional baseball player and a professional football player. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email

Feb. 2

Newcomers Coffee

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers will hold their monthly coffee at 10 a.m. at the Jess Odom Community Center. The community is invited to attend. For more information, call (501) 803-0225.


Giving Tree Grants

CONWAY — Nonprofit organizations in Faulkner County visit to download an application for Giving Tree Grants through ARCF/Faulkner County, a local affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Faulkner County is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grant-making committee from ARCF/Faulkner County. Grants generally range from $750 to $3,000. For submission guidelines and applications, visit

Class Registration

CONWAY — The Conway Adult Education Computer Training Department is accepting registration for classes. For more information, contact the center at (501) 450-4810, or visit

Spring Art Exhibitions

CONWAY — The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas will present four exhibitions to be on display through Feb. 24: Swishbone: New Paintings by Julie Evans; Under the Influence: New Ceramic Work by Curt LaCross; Alternating Currents: A Mixed Media Art Installation by Mario Marzan; and Before and After: An Exploration of the Art Conservation Process. The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Entry to the exhibitions is free.

Art Exhibit

LITTLE ROCK — Beauty in the Natural State, a collection of oil paintings by Jeannie Stone of Russellville, will be featured from Feb. 4 through March 2 at the Community Bakery in Little Rock, a few blocks from the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and part of the historic downtown district. Stone plans to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Arkansas Tech University. For more information, visit or email


Email Basics Classes for Adults

CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library in Conway will offer email basics classes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 21, and March 7. The hands-on, one-hour classes will cover how to set up an email account with a secure username and password, as well as some do’s and don’ts when using email. To register, call the library at (501) 327-7482, or email There is no charge and a limit of three students per hour-long class.

Vocal and Piano Recital

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University will host baritone vocalist Stephen Swanson and pianist David Gompper for a recital of pieces from their Albany Records album Animal Songs: Bestiaries in English, French and German at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Witherspoon Auditorium in Russellville. The free recital is open to the public. For more information, call (479) 968-0368 or visit

Sweetheart Saturday

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Hospice’s ninth annual Sweetheart Saturday will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hughes Community Center, 1000 E. Parkway Drive. Local food vendors, bakeries and restaurants will supply sweet and savory treats. An assortment of items for silent and live auctions will be available for bidders. Proceeds will benefit the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. Tickets are $10 each or $18 for two and may be purchased at the Arkansas Hospice Russellville office, 2405 E. Parkway, Suite 3, or by calling (479) 498-2050.

Symphony Guild Fundraiser

RUSSELLVILLE — The Talk of the Town Tables fundraiser will be hosted by The Russellville Symphony Guild on Feb. 9. The annual event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lake Point Conference Center with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music, followed by a steak dinner at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will be used to bring the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to Russellville for a concert on April 6 and for scholarships for local high school music students. Tickets for the event are $60 and may be purchased from any board member or by calling Judy Murphy at (479) 967-1177.

Sweetheart Dinner

MORRILTON — The General Federated Women’s Adelaide Club of Morrilton will have a sweetheart dinner and dance Feb. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morrilton. The pork-chop dinner, catered by the Knights, will begin at 7 p.m. Jim Aldridge — singer, showman and saxophonist — along with his partner, Kern Kennedy, on keyboard, will provide music for the annual benefit. A dessert table will be provided by Adelaide Club members, and auction items will be available for silent bids. Tickets are $30 each, in advance from Adelaide members or from Sue Noble at (501) 354-2756.

Polar Plunge, 5K Run

RUSSELLVILLE — The Area 17 Special Olympics will hold its Polar Plunge and 5K race Feb. 9 at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville. The 5K registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. Registration for the plunge starts at 10 a.m., followed by the event at 11 a.m. For a minimum of $50, plunging participants will receive a Polar Plunge T-shirt. Individual and team awards will be given for best costume, as well as the most money raised. The area business raising the most money will receive a traveling trophy. An entry fee of $25 is required for 5K participants. Registration forms are available at For more information, call Darla at (479) 264-4831.

Hungrytown Performance

CONWAY — Hungrytown, the musical duo of Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Faulkner County Library. Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 327-7482 or email

Mardi Gras Dance

FAIRFIELD BAY — A Mardi Gras dance will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 12 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 250 Woodlawn Drive. The dance will feature the Little Red River Band. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from Judy Johnson in the Parish Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; from Therese Preusser at (501) 884-3049 or (501) 454-8313; or at Jack’s convenience store, 540 Dave Creek Parkway.

Just Desserts Fundraiser

MORRILTON —The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Foundation will hold its 11th annual Just Desserts fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the UACCM Plaza. The event will feature a variety of desserts, savory snacks and musical entertainment, as well as silent and chance auctions. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at, from a foundation board member or at the door. For more information or to make a contribution to this event, call Morgan Zimmerman at (501) 977-2085.

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