This week's events in the Three Rivers area

Published July 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
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July 21

Hope Cottage Fundraiser

SEARCY — White County Domestic Violence Prevention will hold a fundraiser from noon to 1:45 p.m. to benefit Hope Cottage. The event, which will be at Valley Baptist Church, 3328 Arkansas 36, will include lunch and a silent auction. Tickets are available at Hope Restored, 509 E. Race St., and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-10.

Historical Society Meeting

BATESVILLE — The quarterly meeting of the Independence County Historical Society at the Old Independence Regional Museum will be at 2 p.m. at the museum and will focus on The Confederacy’s Worst Day. The public is invited. The illustrated talk will focus on the impact of the Confederate losses at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Helena all on the same day, July 4, 1863. The talk will be given by one of Arkansas’ leading Civil War historians, Thomas A. DeBlack of Conway, professor of history at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers.

July 22

Independent Tea Party Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the IHOP. The topic is Private Option Petition Drive. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month, and the public is invited. For more information, call (501) 278-9413, or email

Citizens Police Alumni Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road. For more information, contact Eleanor Loyd at (501) 412-4115 or

Cabot AARP Meeting

CABOT — Cabot’s AARP chapter will host a potluck dinner and short monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

July 23

Nixon Book Worms

JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices.

July 24

Preschool Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a preschool story time for ages 3-5 at 10 a.m.

Family Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a family game night, beginning at 4. The event will include tabletop games until 5:30, when activities will be moved to Game Stop Alpha.

July 25

Open Reading

BATESVILLE — There will be an open reading for the River Poets of Batesville at 6:30 p.m. at Fox Creek BBQ. The reading will include poetry and short stories.

Classics for Teens

JACKSONVILLE — The Classics for Teens group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The group will discuss Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Poker Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host a poker game night for adults 18 and older at 6. No registration is required.

Pageant Entry Deadline

SALEM — This is the deadline for the discount on entry fees for the Fulton County Fair Beauty Pageants. Entry forms received or postmarked by this date will receive a $5 discount. The entry fee for ages 4 months through 12 years is $15, and the fee for the Junior Fair Queen and Fulton County Fair Queen, ages 13-21 years, is $20. All entries are due by July 31. The Young Miss, Junior Fair Queen and Fair Queen pageants will be held Aug. 12. The Baby and Tiny Tot contests will be Aug. 13, and the Little Miss, Little Mister, Petite Miss and Junior Miss pageants will be held Aug. 15. Entry forms for the pageants and photogenic contests are available in Salem at George Thomas CPA Office, The Hair Hut, SABCO Insurance, Expressions By Denia, Hair Creations, the Fulton County Farm Bureau, AK Salon and Boutique, and the Fulton County Fair Office. In Mammoth Spring, entry forms are available at Mammoth Spring Bank. For more information, contact a member of Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, or call the Fulton County Fair office at (870) 895-5565.

July 25-27

Star-Spangled Girl

HEBER SPRINGS — Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl will be presented at 7 p.m. each day at The Pavilion in the Pines, 21 Park Road. Admission is by donation only. All proceeds will benefit The Christian Health Center and The Dream Team of Cleburne County.

July 26

Give a Stitch

JACKSONVILLE — Sewing lessons for ages 13 and older will be given at 4 p.m. at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration is available, but walk-ins will be accepted until the class is full.

July 27

Beginning Tatting Workshop

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold a beginning tatting workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Participants will learn how to make bookmarks, lace collars, doilies and more with the Victorian method of tatting — a very old form of lace-making — using a tatting shuttle. Participants will learn about the history of tatting and receive information needed to advance their tatting skills. Materials and patterns will be provided, and participants will be given a simple project to take home.

AARP Driver Safety Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will host an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hubach Center. Participants are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructors are Frances and Bill Mizell. The course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To receive a discount on auto-insurance premiums, participants must have an AARP card. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.


Retirees Meetings

KENSETT — Retired employees from Eaton Vickers and Remington Rand meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Kensett Country Kitchen. All former employees are invited to attend.

Cabot Civitan Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — Works of artist Noel Matthews will be on display at the Ash Flat Library during July. Matthews’ paintings are oil and acrylic. He is president of the Strawberry River Art Association in Horseshoe Bend and gives art lessons.

Book Bag Sales

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Library will have a Book Bag Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in July. All proceeds will benefit the Cleburne County Library.

Senior Center Activities

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Senior Center holds free bingo the first and third Tuesdays and the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Daily activities include dominoes, card games and puzzles. Exercise classes are held from 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The center also recognizes participants’ birthdays the third Friday of each month with a potluck meal.

Republican Committee Meetings

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Cue. For more information, call Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit lonoke

Sanitation Pickup Schedule Change

SEARCY — The city of Searcy Sanitation Department has temporarily changed its hours for safety reasons because of high temperatures. Residential garbage and recycle pickup will begin at 6 a.m. All other areas of operation will remain the same. This scheduling change will remain in effect until further notice.

Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, contact Cindy Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 or

Dig Into Reading

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library continues its summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, at the library, 368 E. Main St. Story time will be held every Wednesday in July, at 10 a.m. for preschoolers and at 2 p.m. for school-age children.

Ceramic Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center is offering ceramic classes for people 60 or older. Membership is $20 per year. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the center at (501) at 982-2011.

Brain Fitness Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center will offer Super Noggin brain-fitness classes for people 60 or older. There is no cost for the class, but membership to the center is $20 per year. For more information, call the center at (501) 982-2011.

TOPS Meetings

JACKSONVILLE — Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 9 a.m. every Thursday at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The fee is $28 annually. For more information, call Dianne at (501) 834-7603.


Historical Meeting on Civil War

ASH FLAT — The summer quarterly meeting of the Sharp County Historical Society will be at 2 p.m. July 28 in the Ash Flat Library Meeting Room behind First National Banking Company. Guest speaker Jimmie Edwards will portray a private in the Army of Tennessee who left North Arkansas for a 90-day adventure and spent four years fighting for the Confederacy.

Jungle Jaunt Vacation Bible School

NEWARK — Newark Southern Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 6-8:15 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 2 for children in preschool through the 12th grade. The theme is Jungle Jaunt.

Family Movie Night

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will show the movie Jack the Giant Slayer, rated PG-13, at 5:30 p.m. July 30.

Relay for Life Fundraiser

SALEM — There will be a Fulton County Relay for Life fundraiser at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Ozark Mountain Music Makers Barn, featuring music by Glory Road, Dead Wood Band, Vicky Lynn and Lawless, and more. Donations will be accepted for admission. Pulled-pork plates, complete with baked beans, coleslaw and a drink, will cost $5 each, and to-go orders will also be available.

Old Soldiers Reunion

HEBER SPRINGS — The Old Soldiers Reunion, sponsored each year by the American Legion Post No. 64, will be Aug. 1-3 at Springs Park. This tradition started after the Civil War and has continued for 126 years. There will be a carnival, and beauty pageants will be held at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 3. The parade will assemble on the west end of Main Street near Harps Food Store and end at Spring Park. Anyone can participate in the parade. For information about these events, contact the American Legion Post No. 64 in Heber Springs at (501) 362-9979.

God’s Backyard Bible Camp VBS

CABOT — Our Savior Lutheran Church, 301 S. Pine St., will hold Vacation Bible School from 6-8:15 p.m. Aug. 5-9. The theme is God’s Backyard Bible Camp. For more information or to register, visit or call (501) 605-8082.

Chuck Wagon Gang Gospel Concert

WARD — The Chuck Wagon Gang, a mixed gospel quartet, will appear at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Mountains, Music and Motorcycles

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The second Mountains, Music and Motorcycles car show will be held Aug. 17 in the Centennial Bank parking lot. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. There will be 17 classes in the show. For more information, call Matt Sloan at (870) 615-0785 or Kelly Simmons at (870) 213-7644, or visit

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.

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