This week's events-Tri-Lakes

Originally Published January 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 30, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
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Jan. 31

Author Presentation

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Friends of the Coronado Community Library will present writer John Achor, whose Casey Fremont mystery novels feature a female detective from Little Rock, as the speaker for this month’s Last Thursday presentation at 4 p.m. The free event will be in Room 2 of the Coronado Community Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane. For more information, call (501) 922-3555.

Well on Your Way: Nutrition

BENTON — Registered dietitians Ashlee Tappe and Courtney Fose will present “Nutrition Myth Busters: What Everyone Needs to Know About Nutrition and Physical Activity” at 4:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to all ages and is made possible by Saline Memorial Hospital. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Tea Tasting

BRYANT — In celebration of National Tea Month, all ages are invited to a tea tasting from 4-6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

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.

Feb. 1

Souper Bowl Cook-off

BENTON — Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will host its annual Souper Bowl Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Benton. Tickets are $5 for all-you-can-eat soup and chili. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Saline County’s annual Apostles Build. For tickets, call (501) 315-5434.

Have a HeART for Art

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County chapter of the American Heart Association will host the fifth annual Have a HeART for Art student and teacher art competition and exhibition at 5:30 p.m. at the Artchurch Studio, 301 Whittington Ave. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the downtown Gallery Walk. The free event will be open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Bartlett at

Feb. 2

Town Hall Meeting

PARON — Saline County Justices of the Peace Barbara Howell of District 4 and James Zahnd of District 13 will hold a joint town hall meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Paron Community Center on Arkansas 9. Both Zahnd and Howell represent portions of the Paron community on the Saline County Quorum Court. Residents of both districts are welcome to attend.

Southern Gospel Concert

ARKADELPHIA — Lakeview Baptist Church will hold a praise gathering and Southern gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. with performances by Pardoned Ministries of Sheridan; The Hendrix Trio of Texarkana; The Messengers of Song of Caddo Valley; the Breakaway Band of Arkadelphia; and Traci Cooper of Arkadelphia. A love offering will be taken to cover expenses. The church is at 1316 Copeland Ridge Road. For more information, call (870) 540-6827 or (870) 260-5918.

Plant Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Ouachita Hosta and Shade Plant Society will meet at 10 a.m. at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave. Snacks will be provided at 9:30 a.m. The speaker will be Ruth Etchieson from River Valley Horticultural Products of Little Rock. She will talk about the hosta virus, what is being done in the industry to better understand and control the virus, and how to limit the spread of the virus. Guests and visitors are welcome.

Feb. 2 and Feb. 16

Merry Mixers Dance Club

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a dance with live music by the Mullens Band on Saturday at the Coronado Community Center. A Valentine’s Party dance featuring the Village Big Band will be held Feb. 16 at the center. A dance lesson will be given at 7 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. All dancers are welcome. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Feb. 5

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

BENTON — The annual Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held in the Holland Chapel Baptist Church Family Life Center, with a social time at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7. Highlighting the event will be Chad Pregracke, an environmentalist and the founder of Living Lands and Waters, an organization dedicated to the preservation and cleaning of waterways in the United States. For more information, call (501) 860-7004.

Feb. 6

Introduction to Computers

BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to attend an introductory computer class at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The class includes information such as learning to use a mouse and keyboard. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766

Cirque Ziva Performance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Chinese acrobatic troupe Cirque Ziva will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Woodlands Auditorium. Reserved-seat tickets are $25. For tickets, visit, call (501) 922-4231 or stop by the Woodlands Box Office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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,

POA Online Survey

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Property Owners’ Association Board of Directors is soliciting input on the experience, leadership attributes and most important priorities for a new general manager through an online survey. Hot Springs Village property owners may fill out the survey online through Friday at

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 household income for the month prior to applying.

Junior Auxiliary Scholarships

HOT SPRINGS — The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs is accepting applications for the 2013 JAHS Scholarship program through March 1. 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

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 will be available, beginning Friday, 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 March 1. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.


Business After Hours

ARKADELPHIA — The Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Honeycomb Restaurant, 705 Main St. The event is an opportunity for community members to network.

Introduction to the Internet

BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to attend a basic computer class regarding use of the Internet at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Watercolor Class

BENTON — Instructor Carolyn Voss will teach a free watercolor class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 847-2166 or (501) 778-4766.

Theater Thursday

BRYANT — A family-friendly movie selected for ages 12 and under will be shown at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Genealogy Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in Room 6 of the Coronado Community Center. Anyone interested in family research is welcome to attend. Featured speaker Sheila Beatty will discuss how and where to do research on the Orphan Train riders, which refers to the placement of more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children in homes throughout the Midwest from 1854 to 1929. For more information, call Bill Patterson at (501) 922-6965 or Nancy Holder at (608) 692-0162.

To submit a school or community event for the Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, Tri-Lakes Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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