This week's events

Originally Published June 30, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated June 28, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.
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June 30

Choir Presentations

SEARCY/BEEBE — The Calvary Baptist Association Choir will present Home of the Brave at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Beebe, 104 U.S. 64 W. For more information, call (501) 268-3561 or (501) 882-3342, or visit

July 1

Animals That Dig

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer a session of bottle crafts for ages 6-8 at 10 a.m.

Gathering of accordion players

BATESVILLE — There will be a gathering of accordion players from 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room of First Community Bank in Batesville. For more information, call (870) 307-0258.

Zoo Trip

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host a trip to the Little Rock Zoo for ages 9-12 at 2 p.m.

July 2

Recycling Presentation

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Recycling Center will hold a presentation on recycling at 4 p.m. at the Esther D. Nixon Library.

July 3

Potluck/Ice Cream Social

BATESVILLE — Southside Methodist Church will have a potluck/ice cream social at 6 p.m., followed by a musical performance by Fox Blossom Venture. The public is invited. There is no charge for admission, but a love offering will be taken.

Preschool Story Time

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

July 4

July Fourth Celebration

FAIRFIELD BAY — There will be a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 9 a.m. at Woodland Mead Park. Activities will include children’s games, crafts and produce vendors, Arabian horses, $2 miniature golf, and food and drinks for purchase. A parade will start at 9:45 a.m. from the convention center and go down Dave Creek Parkway and through Woodlawn Mead Park around 10 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. At dark, there will be a fireworks show over the water at the marina. For more information, call (501) 884-3324.

July 5

Give A Stitch

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

U.S. Army Adventure Simulators

JACKSONVILLE — U.S. Army Adventure simulators will be at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for the simulators or the museum. The simulators will include a chance for visitors to try their hand at a timed shooting event, operate the Electronic Ordnance Disposal Robotic Arm and more. For more information, call (501) 241-1943, or email

July 6

Doggone Dogs

JACKSONVILLE — Dog trainer Llahoma Jackson will discuss the value of obedience training for dogs at 1 p.m. at the Esther D. Nixon 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.

SWOP Exhibit

SEARCY — The Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibit will be on display from Saturday through Aug. 10 at the Searcy Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. July 13.

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 in Cabot. For more information, contact Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit

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 is offering a summer reading program, Dig Into Reading. Registration is ongoing 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 Thursday. 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 — There will be a Take Off Pounds Sensibly meeting 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.


Church Dedication Service

EL PASO — The CrossRoads Cowboy Church in El Paso, part of the Nazarene Association of Arkansas, will have a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. July 7 for the church’s land, chapel and TwoBarTwo Arena. The event will feature food served from a chuck wagon, games for children and a fireworks show. For more information, visit

VBS at Southside Methodist Church

BATESVILLE — Southside Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. July 8 and 9 and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 10 for ages 4-12. The theme is Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s Work Comes Together.

WRMC Community Health Education

BATESVILLE — White River Medical Center will hold a free community health-education event from noon to 1 p.m. July 9 in Conference Room B at the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging. Dr. Garrett Sanford will discus STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). Lunch will be provided.

Inside Scoop

JACKSONVILLE — Mortician Justin Nicklas will discus autopsies at 4 p.m. July 9 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. This program is intended for teenagers.

Preschool Storytime

JACKSONVILLE — A preschool story time for children age 3-5 will be held at 10 a.m. July 10 at the Esther D. Nixon Library.

Community Coalition Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot Community Coalition will meet at noon July 11 at the Diner Restaurant, 3286 S. Second St. The coalition is an affiliation of service organizations that meets on a monthly basis to share service opportunities and discuss new ways to serve those in Cabot who are in need. The meetings are open to the public.

Spring River Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. July 11 at the Omaha Center, 20 Omaha Circle. Shelli Wood will present a program on metal fabrication. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call club president Ruth Maxedon at (870) 257-2361.

Learn to Knit

JACKSONVILLE — There will be a knitting class at noon July 11 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a size-10 needle. Yarn will be provided.

True Stories Book Club

JACKSONVILLE — The True Stories Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. July 11 at the Esther D. Nixon Library to discuss Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.

Game Night

JACKSONVILLE — A dominoes game night for adults 18 and older will be held at 6 on July 11 at the Esther D. Nixon Library.

Give a Stitch

JACKSONVILLE — Swing lessons for ages 13 and older will be held at 4 p.m. July 12 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration is available, but walk-ins will be accepted until the class is full.

Tyler Parten Memorial Scholarship Tournament

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Cherokee Village Men’s Golf Association will host its first Tyler Parten Memorial Scholarship Tournament at the Cherokee Village South Golf Course on July 13 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Scholarships, honoring 1st Lt. Parten, will be awarded from the proceeds to a student at Highlands High School and at Lee Academy. Parten, a 2003 graduate of Lee Academy in Marianna and class valedictorian, was killed in Afghanistan, Konar Province, in 2009. He was a scout platoon leader with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colo. The tournament will have four-person teams for $180 (plus a cart, if needed), a scramble format and a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, as well as other prizes. Lunch will be served after play.

Baseball Cross-training Camps

SEARCY — Harding Academy will host its second Baseball Cross-training Camps for boys entering grades 6-9. The four-day camps, which will run July 14-17 and July 17-20, will teach advanced baseball and leadership skills with Christian principles. The cost is $350 for each resident, and overnight commuter options are also available. For more information or to make a reservation, call Shane Fullerton at (501) 230-6826.

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. July 15 in the Hubach Center. Bill and Frances Mizell will be the instructors. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. For more information, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.

Hope Cottage Fundraiser

SEARCY — White County Domestic Violence Prevention will hold a fundraiser from noon to 1:45 p.m. July 21 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, and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-10.

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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