This week's events

Originally Published March 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 13, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.
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March 14

Symphony Band Concert at HSU

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University Symphony Band, under the direction of Ingrid Larragoity-Martin, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall. Admission is free. A live webcast of the concert will be available at

Art Guild Meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Traditional Art Guild will meet at 10 a.m. at the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave. The deadline for entries in the TAG Logo contest has been extended, and entries will be accepted at the meeting. The prospectus for the eighth annual Juried Show is available at, and there will be hard copies at the meeting. Members may also sign up for the Pat Langewis workshop, set for May 24. After a brief business meeting, June Lamoureux will demonstrate pen-and-ink drawing. For more information, call Joanne Kunath at (501) 262-2953 or visit

Free Community Class

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences will offer one more free class for the Arkadelphia community this spring. The class will meet at 4 p.m. today in the Reynolds Science Center, Room 127. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

March 15

OBU Tiger Days

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Admissions will offer another Tiger Day Friday to give prospective students and their parents the opportunity to preview a typical day on OBU’s campus. The morning session will begin with check-in at 8:30 in the lobby of Hickingbotham Hall, followed by activities ending after a tour of residential halls at 1 p.m. For more information, visit, or contact Lori Motl at or (870) 245-4264.

March 16

Guitar Concert

BENTON — Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be in concert at 1:30 p.m. 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. at Tyndall Park. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $25. To register, 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. 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.

March 16-17

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. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday 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

March 18

Blood Drive

ARKADELPHIA — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1- p.m. at the First United Methodist Church-Sturgis Building in Arkadelphia. Donors will be asked to present a donor card or photo ID. Refreshments will be available.

Game On

BRYANT/BENTON — Tweens and teens are invited to play video and/or board games from 3:30-5 p.m. at both Saline County Library locations. The program is for ages 8-18 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant and for ages 13-18 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton. For more information, call (501) 778-4766 or (501) 847-2166.

March 19

DePue Brothers Benefit Concert

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Community Foundation will hold its eighth annual benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodland Auditorium, featuring The DePue Brothers Band. Proceeds from this concert will be used to establish an endowment for the Jessieville School District Foundation. A cash bar will be made available at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets for reserved concert seats are $25, and dinner tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, visit

Saline Crossing Meeting

BENTON — The Saline Crossing Regional Park and Recreation Area, Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Gene Moss building in Tyndall Park. The public is invited to attend and help save the bridge at Saline Crossing and plan the 200th anniversary celebration of the first settlement in Saline County.

Puppet Show

BENTON — All ages are invited to a family-friendly puppet show at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Historical Society Meeting

HASKELL — The Haskell Historical Society will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Haskell City Hall. Members may renew memberships for 2013, and new members are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring photos, old newspaper articles or other information about Haskell’s past to be donated, loaned or copied for displayed at the museum. For more information, call Emaline Stroud at (501) 303-0384 or Darlene Emmons at (501) 315-2913.

March 20

Nutrition-Themed Story Time

BENTON — Registered dietitian Ashlee Tappe will present a special nutrition-themed story time for children 3 to 5 years old at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The event will include a story, a craft and a healthy snack. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Introduction to Computers

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to attend an introductory computer class at 4 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. The class includes learning to use a mouse and keyboard. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.


Student Art Show

ARKADELPHIA — The Southwest Region V Student Art Show will be at the Arkadelphia Arts Center through April 6. The exhibit features colorful and creative art from kindergartners through 12th-graders from 10 school districts in the southwest region of Arkansas and is sponsored by the Southwestern Division of the Arkansas Art Educators. Operated by the nonprofit Clark County Arts and Humanities Council, the center is open to the public at no charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (870) 245-3612.

Junior Volunteer Program

HOT SPRINGS — National Park Medical Center is accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Volunteer Summer Service Program, June 10 through Aug. 9. The program is designed to teach teens ages 14 to 18 about the health care industry through observation of various hospital departments. Participants will volunteer four to 32 hours per week at the hospital during the program. May 15 is the deadline to submit complete applications, including an information sheet, two letters of recommendation and a guardian-signed TB skin-test release form. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 1. For more information, call (501) 620-2705 or email Applications are available online at

Essay Contest

MALVERN — The Malvern-Hot Spring County Library is sponsoring a writing contest for youth ages 7-18 in Hot Spring County. Entrants are asked to write a one-to-five-page essay about a book that has 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, and be submitted to the library front desk by March 28. 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 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 free exhibit features 24 entries from 14 participants. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is also open on 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.

Event Center Naming Requests

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. Proposals received after the deadline 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. Submit proposals 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 two more Collegiate Challenge build weeks continuing today through Saturday; 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 the builds. 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. The program is 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, call 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, have a valid Arkansas driver’s license and a clean driving record, and 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

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 award the certificate 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; 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,


Scooby Doo Mystery Night

BENTON/BRYANT — The Saline County Library will host a Scooby Doo Mystery Night from 5:30-7 March 21 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and from 3:30-5 March 25 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. The event is come-and-go and for all ages. Participants are invited to dress as Scooby Doo characters/villains in ’70s attire as they piece together clues to solve the mystery. Snacks will be available, along with a Mystery Machine photo opportunity. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Genealogy/Local History Help

BRYANT — Steve Perdue, head of genealogy and local history at the Saline County Library, will be available to answer genealogy questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. To make an appointment, call (501) 778-4766.

Introduction to the Internet

BENTON — Adults 18 and older are invited to attend a basic computer class regarding use of the Internet at 4 p.m. March 21 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. No registration is required. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Book-to-Movie Club

BRYANT — The Saline County Library will host its second meeting of the Book-to-Movie Club at noon March 23 at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. The group is open to ages 18 and older and will meet on a monthly basis. The selection for this meeting is The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

Movie Monday

BENTON — A movie specifically selected for ages 12 and under will be shown at 4 p.m. March 25 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 778-4766.

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. to 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 attending 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 Friday. 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.

Lincoln Day Dinner

ARKADELPHIA — The annual Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner will be held April 9 in Ouachita Baptist University’s Walker Conference Center. Rex Nelson, a native of Arkadelphia, an OBU graduate, current president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will serve as the keynote speaker. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Walker Center Lobby, followed by a three-course dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $200 for a table of six. College students may attend for $20. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Cabe Land and Timber at (870) 353-2063 or email

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.

Citizens Police Academy

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Police Department’s next Citizens Police Academy will begin April 11. Participants will meet with SWAT team members and detectives to learn about patrol functions, department structure and search and seizure, and to ride along with an officer. Class members will meet in the Police Department’s large classroom from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks. The class is free. Each applicant is subject to a thorough background check. Applications may be picked up at the department or printed at The deadline for applications is April 1.

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.

Flea Market

BENTON — The youth of First Lutheran Church in Benton will present their second annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The group is seeking vendors. Each 8-by-14-foot site costs $10, and more than one site may be reserved. All proceeds from the sale are kept by the vendor. For more information, call Cindy at (501) 844-4275.

Rotary Trip to Kansas City

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Hot Springs Village Rotary Club will offer a trip Oct. 3-6 to Kansas City, Mo. Accompanied by trip hosts, travelers will visit the U.S. Federal Reserve Money Museum, the Arabia Riverboat Exhibit, the American Jazz Museum and more. The return trip will include a stop at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The all-inclusive price of the trip, $620 per person, includes a tax-deductible contribution to the charitable activities of the HSV Rotary Charity Corp. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Tony Cifelli at (501) 915-8238, Terry Young at (501) 915-8912, or Paul and Lynda Bridges at (501) 922-6798.

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