This week's events

Originally Published March 7, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
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March 7

Wind Ensemble Performance

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Wind Ensemble, the premiere instrumental ensemble at Ouachita Baptist University, will give its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the Jones Performing Arts Center. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact the OBU School of Fine Arts at (807) 245-5129.

General Manager Coffee

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The next Property Owners’ Association General Manager Coffee will be held at 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Developed to provide a public forum for Hots Springs Village residents and property owners to talk directly with the general manager, the coffees allow discussion of any topic relevant to Village life. For more information, call (501) 922-5530.

Theater Time Thursday

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

Genealogy Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Genealogy Society will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 6 of the Coronado Community Center. Guest speaker Elizabeth Robbins, executive director of the Garland County Historical Society, will discuss World War II in Hot Springs. The program will examine how Hot Springs reacted to the war, how the war affected the lives of the people, and the impact that three government facilities had on the community. For more information, call Bill Patterson at (501) 922-6965 or Nancy Holder at (608) 692-0162.

Ballet Arkansas Performance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Ballet Arkansas, the state’s only professional ballet company, will perform Beyond Category at the Woodlands Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 10 women and three men in a program of dances to an array of music. To purchase reserved-seat tickets, at $18 each, visit, call (501) 922-4231, or stop by the Woodlands Box Office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

March 7-8

Youth Art Show

BENTON — The Art Guild of Saline County-sponsored 31st annual Youth Art Show will continue at Saline Memorial Hospital today and Friday. Ribbons are awarded for first, second and third places and honorable mention. The public is invited to view the exhibit.

March 7-9

Opera Workshop

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Opera Workshop will present Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. All performances will be in English. This classic one-act opera spins a tale of inheritance and greed, love and hate with plenty of laughs. Tickets are $5 and free to Henderson students with a student ID. For more information, visit

March 7-10

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

BENTON — The Royal Players will present The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon March 7-10, as well as March 14-17, at the Royal Theatre in historic downtown Benton. Thursday through Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. In 1985, Neil Simon revised The Odd Couple for a female cast, basing the Female Version on the same story line and the same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. No reservations are necessary.

March 7 and 12

Spring Cleaning Workshop

BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Cooperative Extension Service has partnered with the Saline County Library to offer a two-part workshop on spring cleaning. Part 1, on how to organize and keep your home the most efficient for peace of mind and home harmony, will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. Part 2, on how to make “green” cleaning products, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant, and at 6 p.m. March 14 in Benton. The classes, which will be taught by Kris Elliott of the Extension Service, are open to adults 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

March 7 and 14

Free Community Classes

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences will offer free classes for the Arkadelphia community this spring. All classes will meet at 4 p.m. in the Reynolds Science Center, Room 127. Today, Mary Beth Trubitt will discuss an upcoming archeological dig in the Ouachita National Forest. On March 14, David Bateman and Vince Dunlap will present Antibiotic Resistance: Are You Doing Your Part to Prevent It? For more information, call Linda Mooney at (870) 230-5320.

March 8

McBeth Tribute

ARKADELPHIA — Celebrating the rich musical legacy of renowned composer W. Francis McBeth, Ouachita Baptist University will welcome the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to the stage of the Jones Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature music composed by McBeth, a longtime professor of music at Ouachita and former ASO conductor who died last year at age 78. Tickets for the tribute performance, at $10 each or $5 each for groups of 10 or more, are available at For more information, call (870) 245-5555.

Cake Decorating

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn the basics of cake decorating at 10 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Members of the Saline County Cooperative Extension Homemakers group will teach the class. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

March 8-9

Sectional Bridge Tournament

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Visitors from nearby states and local clubs are invited to enjoy friendly competition on all levels of bridge expertise at the Village Bridge Club. Sessions will start at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $11 per session and includes coffee, soft drinks, breads and cookies all day. For partners, call Betty Shultz at (501) 915-0399.

March 9

Walk, Run and Roll 5K

BENTON — Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the first annual Walk, Run and Roll 5K and the MiChild Mile starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Hurricane Lake Estates subdivision’s pavilion in Benton. Sponsored by Friendship Community Care’s MiChild facility in Bryant, the event will raise funds to purchase therapy equipment to better serve the more than 100 preschool children enrolled at this nonprofit therapy facility. There will be refreshments and a bouncy house for children, as well as a drawing for a child’s bicycle. For more information, call Tammy Bennett at (501) 847-9711.

Daylily Society Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Daylily Society will meet at 10 a.m. at the First Methodist Christian Life Center, 218 Pratt St. Yvonne Becker will present a 2011 national-convention overview. Guests and visitors are welcome.

Developing Unique Characters

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Writers’ Club will host Developing Unique Characters, an interactive workshop on characterization led by Rolland Mann, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Topics will include creating compelling characters, as well as maintaining a consistent point of view. The registration fee is $40 at the door. Lunch will be $10, or participants may bring their own. For more information, visit or call (501) 915-0494.

Chili Day

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions will host a Chili Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4-7 p.m. at the Desota Event Center. The event will include a silent auction, all-you-can-eat chili, apple pie and a beverage. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children younger than 12. For advanced tickets or more information, call (501) 226-5257.

March 9 and 11

Dearly Beloved Auditions

BENTON — Auditions for the Royal Players production Dearly Beloved, a Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Monday at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in Benton. There will be cold readings from the script, and there are parts for men and women. Some of the adults are young, so older teens may be able to play some parts. Of the seven women, three are a singing trio who perform one song in the play. Those auditioning do not need to prepare a solo, but singers may be handed a simple hymn or similar song to sing with others. Although preferred, the singing is optional to the play. For more information, visit, or call (501) 315-5483.

March 10

Soup Sunday

BENTON — The women of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Benton will have a homemade soup luncheon from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Takeout-only orders will be filled from 9:45-11 a.m., and eat-in, bottomless bowls will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Takeout orders include a quart of soup and will be $8. For eat-in, tickets are $10 and include a drink and dessert. Families of four or more can eat for $35. All proceeds will be distributed to local charities. For more information, call (501) 315-1516.

College Goal Sunday

HOT SPRINGS — Financial-aid counselors will be at National Park Community College from 2-4 p.m. to help students and parents with the first step toward receiving grants and loans from the federal government to pay for college. College Goal Sunday is the culmination of Say Go College Week and an opportunity for free assistance in submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more information about how to pay for college, visit, or

March 11

Benton Book Club

BENTON — The Benton Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library to discuss the club’s chosen title. The group is open to adults 18 and older. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Friends of Village Annual Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The annual meeting of the Friends of Hot Springs Village will be at 7 p.m. in the Ouachita Room of the Woodlands. Keynote speakers will be Darin Beckwith and Andy Curry, superintendents of Fountain Lake and Jessieville schools, respectively. They will provide an update on the Fountain Lake lawsuit, joint acquisition of the Boys and Girls Club property, the Jessieville Foundation and academic performance at the schools. Friends of Hot Springs Village is an organization of resident and nonresident property owners dedicated to improving and maintaining the quality of life in the Village and providing support for the board of directors, staff and committees.

March 11-21

Tennis Lessons

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Tennis Association and the Coronado Tennis Center will offer free tennis lessons Monday through March 21 at the center. For more information or to sign up, visit or call (501) 922-5054.

March 12

National Intelligence Program

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Carl W. Ford, a former CIA national intelligence officer and an Arkansas native, will present Introduction to National Intelligence at 7 p.m. Ford’ s program, part of the Ouachita Speaker Series, will take place in the Ouachita Activities Building of the Ponce de Leon Center. General admission is $10, and tickets are available online at or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

E-Book Access Sign-up

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Coronado Library will offer e-book access sign-up through the Saline County Library from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coronado Community Center, rooms 1-2. Saline County Library representatives will be available to explain the e-book program and to provide an opportunity for patrons to sign up for e-book system access. Participants are asked to bring their e-book device with them to the meeting. Garland County residents must provide a valid Garland County Public Library card to access the program. For more information, call the library at (501) 922-3555.

March 12-16

Daffodil Days Fundraiser

HOT SPRINGS — The 25th annual Garland County American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days will be held March 12 through March 16. Orders of 50 or more daffodils will be delivered throughout the Hot Springs area on Tuesday. Smaller orders may be picked up from 8-10 a.m. that day from the National Park Medical Center’s Maurice Room. Volunteers will be selling daffodil bouquets, leis and boutonnieres at Oaklawn Park’s live race meet March 16, which will also feature the annual Daffodil Days Classic Race. Daffodils will be sold from 10 a.m. until they are sold out. To request an order form or for more information, call (501) 620-2705 or visit

March 13

Fraud Informational Meeting

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association Department of Public Safety will hold a fraud informational meeting from 9-11 a.m. at the DeSoto Club Event Center. The topic will be on identity theft, which has an estimated 15 million victims every year. For more information, call Public Safety at (501) 922-0011.


Essay Contest

MALVERN — The Malvern-Hot Spring County Library is sponsoring a writing contest for the youth in Hot Spring County. Entrants are asked to write a one-to-five-page essay about a book that had special meaning to them, inspired them or made a difference in how they think. Typed essays are preferred, but not required. Essays should include the writer’s name, phone number, address, age and school name. All essays must be submitted to the library front desk by March 28. The contest is open to students ages 7 through 18. Winners, who will be contacted by April 2, will receive a cash prize, a trophy and two tickets to the library’s 85th Birthday Bash on April 13, when winners will be announced to the public and prizes awarded. For more information, call (501) 332-5441.

Student Juried Art Exhibit

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Student Juried Art Exhibit is open to the public in Hammons Gallery in the Mabee Fine Arts Center through March 25. The show features 24 entries from 14 participants, and the exhibit is free. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in the Mabee Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Donnie Copeland at or (870) 245-5559.

Naming Requests Accepted

BENTON — The Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission will accept requests until 4 p.m. April 12 for proposals for the opportunity to purchase naming rights of the new Benton Event Center. The proposals will be publicly opened at that time. Any proposals received after the closing time will be returned unopened. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted. Copies of the request for proposal are on file and may be obtained from the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, 607 Market St., or by calling (501) 860-7004. Proposals need to be submitted to the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce in a sealed envelope with the notation “Benton Advertising & Promotion Naming Rights RFP” on the outside.

Habitat Collegiate Challenge

SALINE COUNTY — Habitat for Humanity will host college students from around the country during their spring breaks for three Collegiate Challenge build weeks: this week through Saturday; Monday through March 16; and March 23-27. The students will work with Habitat for Humanity of Saline County on local build projects. Habitat is seeking volunteers to provide simple meals for 40 people for breakfast and lunch, or 20 people for dinner during that time. For more information, call (501) 315-5434.

AARP Tax Help

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers are available from noon to 5 p.m. every Wednesday through April 10 at the Coronado Community Center. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older. The service is offered in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, contact the Coronado Community Center office at (501) 922-5050.

Volunteer Firefighter Applications

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association Department of Public Safety is recruiting volunteer firefighters. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Arkansas driver’s license and a clean driving record. Applicants must also be able to meet minimum volunteer-firefighter training qualifications, attend scheduled meetings and respond to fires. For more information, contact Capt. Jason Miller at (501) 922-2210. Applications are available at the Cortez Fire Station, 110 Cortez Road.

Village Volunteer Auxiliary

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association Board of Directors is creating a volunteer auxiliary, consisting of Village volunteers who are willing to assist their association. Whatever the area of expertise, consider becoming part of this auxiliary, titled the Vocation Volunteer Interest Program. The group also seeks experts for coordinating volunteers. For more information, email

Scholarship Donations Accepted

BRYANT — The 2013 Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations from companies to provide scholarships for students with at least a 2.75 grade-point average, as well as demonstrated financial need and community service. Companies can donate $500 for a full scholarship, $250 for a scholarship shared with another sponsor or $100 shared with four other sponsors. The deadline for support is April 1. The scholarships will be awarded in an assembly the first Friday of May at Bryant High School. Donors will be invited to send a company representative to give the certificate of award to the student. For more information, email

Free Tax Preparation

The Central Arkansas Development Council is offering free tax-preparation assistance in Saline, Hot Spring and Clark counties. In Clark County, services will be at the Huie Library at Henderson State University, 1100 Henderson St. in Arkadelphia. For an appointment, call (870) 867-0151. In Hot Spring County, services will be at the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library, 202 E. Third St. in Malvern. For an appointment, call (501) 332-5441. In Saline County, services will be at the CADC Senior Activity Center, 210 Jefferson in Benton. The site is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and walk-ins are accepted. Services will be offered by appointment only at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton. For an appointment, call (501) 778-1133.

AARP Tax-Aide Service

BENTON — Free preparation of tax returns, including free E-filing, will be offered for people of all ages from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at an AARP Tax-Aide site at Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road in Benton. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. The site will provide continuing tax services to taxpayers who have attended the Park Place Baptist site in the past. Walk-ins are welcome but will be served after those with appointments. To schedule an appointment, call Larry at (501) 303-6829.

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,


After-school Arts and Crafts

BENTON — Tweens, ages 8-12 are invited to participate in an after-school arts and crafts program at 4 p.m. March 14 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. 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. March 14 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 847-2166.

Watercolor Class

BRYANT — Instructor Carolyn Voss will teach a free watercolor class for adults 18 and older at 6 p.m. March 14 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 847-2166 or (501) 778-4766.

Bird-Watching Class

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Learn more about birds in Hot Springs Village at a bird-watching class at 8:30 a.m. March 14 on the Magellan Beaver Dam Trail. Keith Salisbury, a Bird Identification Workshop teacher and a Hot Springs Village Audubon Society member, will serve as guide for the event. Participants are asked to meet in the trail parking lot at 8:30 a.m. In the event of rain, the class will be rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 28 at the same location. For more information, call (501) 922-0322.

Classical Guitar Concert

BENTON — Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be in concert at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The program is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and is part of a national tour that will culminate at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

3.1 Miles of Hope

BENTON — All ages are invited to register for the 3.1 Miles of Hope 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. March 16 at Tyndall Park in Benton. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $20 per person before Wednesday (a T-shirt is guaranteed with early registration) and $25 thereafter. To register for 3.1 Miles of Hope, visit or email for a paper registration form. For more information or to become a sponsor, call (501) 605-6945 or email

Merry Mixers Dance

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Merry Mixers will hold a dance featuring Warren Crow and the Classics Band at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Coronado Community Center. A dance lesson will be held at 7 p.m. All dancers are welcome. The group dances to live music twice a month except during the summer. For more information, call (501) 915-8111.

Shakespeare Auditions

BENTON — This year, Saline County Shakespeare in the Park will present The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be held at 10 a.m. March 16 and at 5 p.m. March 17 in the outdoor auditorium at Tyndall Park. Auditioners need to prepare a 1 1/2-minute monologue. If not, some will be available at the auditions. Cold reads from the script will also be required. For more information, contact Lisa Goodrich at (501) 249-3169 or

Operation JumpStart

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Community College will offer a six-week course, Operation JumpStart: First Step, a nationally recognized training model delivered to individuals considering starting or expanding a small business. The course, which is open to the public, will be held March 25 through May 2. Participants will learn essential small-business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training. The course fee is $275, with the book included. The course will also include the Business Feasibility Competition with a chance to win up to $1,000 in seed capital for approved business expenses. For more information, contact Barry Ballard at or (501) 760-6587, or to register, call (501) 760-4223 or visit

Fire Station Open House

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The community is invited to the Cortez Fire Station Open House from 10 a.m. until noon March 30. Attendees can tour the fire station, training tower, fire engine and rescue truck. Games, activities and goody bags will be available for children. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided.

Reel Women Festival

BENTON — Reel Arkansas, a nonprofit group based on Facebook, has scheduled the 2013 Reel Women Festival for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30 at the Royal Theatre in Benton. The festival aims to include films from Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as Arkansas. Two of the films are Sarah Jones’ John Wayne’s Bed and G.B. Shannon’s FreshSkweezed. The festival will also have a panel discussion on women in film, with several of the filmmakers in attendance. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, find Reel Arkansas at The festival is seeking submissions of films that feature strong or atypical female roles, as well as films written or directed by women. Submissions are free, and the deadline is March 15. Email Jennifer Mazzacane at or

All Majors Job Fair

HOT SPRINGS — The annual National Park Community College All Majors Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4 at the Fisher Campus Center. The free event is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet employers who are hiring; obtain career information; establish contacts through networking; and identify career, summer, temporary and internship opportunities. NPCC is partnering with the Arkansas Workforce Center and expects approximately 40 employers at the event. Interested job seekers are asked to bring copies of their resume, dress professionally and be prepared to interview with an employer. For more information, contact Mary Kay Wurm at or (501) 760-4246.

Business Expo

BENTON — The Benton Area Chamber of Commerce’ s 2013 Cajun Feast and Business Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at First United Methodist Church. Nine professionally repapered and draped 10-by-10-foot booths are available for $100 each. A sign with the company’s name, one table and two chairs will be provided. Dedicated electricity cannot be guaranteed. Vendors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 700 people attended last year’s Cajun feast. For more information, call (501) 860-7004.

Library Birthday Celebration

MALVERN — The Hot Spring County Historical Society will celebrate the Mid-Arkansas Regional Library’s 85th year of service with a birthday dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Malvern Country Club. For more information, call Kinney Black at (501) 337-0796.

Band Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Concert Band will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. April 21 at the Woodlands Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village, which will provide a complimentary ice-cream sundae to each attendee, as well as conduct a silent auction, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any member of the Hot Springs Concert Band or the Kiwanis Club; at the Woodlands office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; or online at Remaining tickets will be available at the box office prior to the show.

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