This week's events

Originally Published March 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 1, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
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March 3

White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Lightle House, 605 E. Race Ave. Alice Jewell will present a slide show of award-winning tall-bearded irises. Plans for the iris show on April 25 will be discussed. Anyone interested in irises is welcome to attend. For more information, call (501) 268-6634.

March 4

Cabot Civitan Club Meeting

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club will meet at 6 p.m. at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. Mayor Bill Cypert will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.

March 5

Symphonic Band Concert

BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Symphonic Band will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Center Theater. Under the direction of Brent Bristow, the symphonic band will perform works by Larry Clark, Jerry Brubaker, Brian Balmages, Roland Barrett, Clifton Jones, Alfred Reed, Richard Saucedo and Vasilij Agapkin. The ASU-Beebe Owen Center is at 910 Pecan St. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact Bristow at (501) 882-4474 or

Red Cross Blood Drive

JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative’s Jacksonville office will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. To schedule a donation, visit and enter sponsor code FECJ. Walk-ins are also welcome. The office is at 1000 S. J.P. Wright Loop Road. For more information, call First Electric at (800) 489-7405.

March 6

Basic Computer and Internet 101

MAMMOTH SPRING — Ozarka College will offer Basic Computer and Internet 101 as a Continuing Education course at Ozarka College-Mammoth Spring. The class will start this Wednesday, meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 24. The cost is $25 per person. Joy Underwood will be the instructor. To take the class, contact Karen Overturf in the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office at (870) 368-2005 or to request a Continuing Education application that must be completed prior to the course.

March 7

Searcy 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. in the Hubach Center. Participants are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and to use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructors for the class will be Jerry and Bertie Yates. The course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Omaha Center, 20 Omaha Circle. Leonard H. Holden Jr., a retired physicist, will speak on the formation of the solar system. The public is invited. For more information, call Ruth Maxedon at (870) 257-2361.

Gold City Concert

WARD — Gold City, a Southern gospel quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 843-3336.

Master Gardener Training

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Master Gardeners will hold training classes beginning Thursday and running through April 3 for people who want to learn more about gardening. Members in Izard, Independence, Sharp and Fulton counties will work together to conduct the training programs. Upon completion of 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.

March 9

Chili Supper and Dessert Auction

EL PASO — The El Paso 4-H club will hold its annual chili supper and dessert auction from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the El Paso Community Center. There will be no charge, but donations will be accepted. The chili supper will be followed by a dessert auction with pies, cakes and cookies offered to the highest bidders. Proceeds from the event will benefit 4-H Club projects and be used to help in rehabilitation of the El Paso Bank Building. Contributions may be made to the El Paso Parks and Playground Association.

Gardening Class

BATESVILLE — Cheryl Anderson, a local Master Gardener and owner of the Garden Girl Farm Fresh Produce & More Market in Pleasant Plains, will teach a gardening class from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 816 of the Row Johns Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The cost of the class is $20. The topic will be “Organic Gardening Basics.” She will help students identify their growing area, and will cover soil preparation and the process of starting plants from seed. To register for the class, contact Katrina Stevens, community education coordinator at UACCB, at (870) 612-2082. The deadline for registration is Friday.

Ladies’ Luncheon

MOUNTAIN VIEW— The Ozarka College Foundation Ladies’ Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event consists of a lunch provided by Ozarka College Culinary Arts, a fashion show and a silent auction. Tickets, at $20 each, are available from Ozarka College-Mountain View and Centennial Bank branches in Mountain View. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Scholarship, which is awarded to a qualifying Stone County resident who attends Ozarka College.

Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Scholarship Foundation will have its annual fundraiser, featuring the Southern gospel music group the Isaacs, at 4 p.m. at Flatwoods Baptist Church. The Isaacs are a family group who perform at the Grand Ole Opry and are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert series. Tickets are available at local banks and from the school district in Mountain View.

Chili and Soup Supper

HEBER SPRINGS — The Wilburn Friends and Family Relay for Life team will hold a chili and soup supper, with gospel singing to follow, at 5 p.m. at Wilburn General Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For more information, call Danita Hayes at (501) 206-2505.


White County Youth Art Exhibit

SEARCY — The 2013 White County Youth Art Exhibit, featuring works from kindergartners through eighth-graders, will be open through March 31 at the Searcy Art Gallery, 300 E. Race Ave. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (501) 279-1094.

Batesville Choral Society Rehearsals

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Choral Society will rehearse from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 775 E. Boswell St. The group is directed by Michael Oriatti. All interested singers are invited to participate. A concert is scheduled for April 11. For more information, contact Alice Witterman at (870) 793-5928 or


Spring Gospel Meeting

QUAIL VALLEY — The Church of Christ in Quail Valley, 4104 Harrison St. in Batesville, will hold its Spring Gospel Meeting at 7 p.m. March 10-15. Larry Osborne from Kansas City, Mo., will be the guest speaker. For a complete list of topics or more information, visit or call (870) 793-6700 or (870) 569-4491.

Community Education Event

BATESVILLE — White River Medical Center in Batesville will hold a free community health-education event, Exercise Is Medicine, presented by Dr. Douglas Bernard, from noon to 1 p.m. March 12 in Conference Room B of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging. Lunch will be provided.

Editorial Cartoonist Lecture

BATESVILLE — Bruce Plante, an editorial cartoonist, will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Nucor Auditorium at Lyon College. Plante has been editorial cartoonist for the Tulsa World since 2007. His cartoons are syndicated to more than 80 publications in the U.S., and he has won several awards for his cartoons. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 370-7488.

Career Fair

BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe will host a career fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 in the Owen Center gymnasium. Hosted by Career and Transfer Services, the annual event connects potential employers with qualified applicants. Representatives from more than 30 area businesses will be available to answer questions regarding career and internship opportunities. Visitors to the career fair are asked to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume to submit to potential employers. For more information, contact Heather Garcia at (501) 882-8906 or visit

Retired Teachers Association Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon March 12 at the Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. Sharon Johnson, travel coordinator with the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, will talk about travel opportunities offered through ARTA. All retired school personnel are encouraged to attend to also hear about current legislative issues and bills that have been addressed in the current legislative session. For weekly summaries of legislative action affecting the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, visit, and click on “Director Updates.”

UACCB Spring Career Fair

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold a spring career fair from 10 a.m. to noon March 13. Tables are available for employers who want to participate in the career fair. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. For more information, including how to register, contact Christopher Dickie at or (870) 612-2125.

High School Job Fair

HEBER SPRINGS — The will be a job fair for Heber Springs High School juniors and seniors from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 in the high school gymnasium. Businesses that want to have a table at the fair may call Gaye Stark at (501) 250-5151.

NCA District Fair Deadline

MELBOURNE — The entry deadline for the Spring Junior Livestock Show in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area is March 15. The show will be held March 28 and 29 at the fairgrounds in Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available at Exhibitors must enter online before March 15, and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors may pay with a credit card online or by check, mailed to NCA District Fair, P.O. Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

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

St. Patrick's Pancake Daze

HORSESHOE BEND — Knights of Columbus Council No. 10493 at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Horseshoe Bend will hold a St. Patrick’s Pancake Daze from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 and 17. The cost is $5 at the door. Carryouts will be available.

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. March 23 in the Hubach Center. Participants are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and to use the elevator to go to the first floor. The instructors for the class will be Jerry and Bertie Yates. The course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Trivia Game Night Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its third annual Trivia Game Night Fundraiser and “Spay-ghetti” Dinner on March 23 at Fellowship Bible Church in Batesville. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and soda or water. Bake-sale items will also be available. The trivia contest will begin at 6. There will also be a table decorating contest. Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 per person or $120 for a table of eight. For more information, call Bev Finch (870) 613-3045 or Sue Augustus (870) 307-5305.

Beebe Driver Safety Course

BEEBE — The Shepherd’s Center of Beebe will hold an AARP Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at First United Methodist Church, 302 N. Main St. The instructor will be Frances Mizell. The course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Paul Ramsey at (501) 882-0243.

Camp Wyldewood Benefit Tournament

SEARCY — Camp Wyldewood will hold a benefit golf tournament April 12 at The Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start is set for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, which includes lunch, 18 holes, a golf cart and potential prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For more information, call (501) 305-3000 or email A registration form is available online at

Flea Market and Yard Sales

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair Association will sponsor the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market in conjunction with the Salem Chamber of Commerce Community Yard Sales on April 12 and 13. Vendors will set up the morning of April 12, and flea-market hours will be 1-6 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Secure, inside vendor space is available in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building, or vendors with their own display units can set up outside. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080, or email Applications are available online at

Ward Chamber Awards Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet April 19 at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987.

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.

Rotary Club of Cleburne County

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River with the annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Anglers Classic on Oct. 4 and 5 in Heber Springs. For more information on exhibits and planned events, call Ben Traylor at (501) 825-7410.

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