This week's events

Originally Published March 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 15, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.
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March 17

St. Patrick’s Pancake Daze

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

Birdseed Sale Order Deadline

FAIRFIELD BAY — Completed order forms are due today for the Little Red River Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Birdseed Sale. Orders may be picked up from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Fairfield Bay or from noon-2 p.m. March 24 in Clinton. Proceeds will go for scholarships to send local children to the Halberg Ecology Camp. Payment can be made when orders are picked up. For more information or for an order form, call Carolyn Goettsch at (501) 723-4744 or Bob Hartmann at (501) 745-6615, or email

March 19

Irish Genealogy Workshop

BATESVILLE — An Irish genealogy workshop will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Nursing and Allied Health Building Auditorium at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The event, sponsored by the Batesville Genealogy Society, costs $5, payable at the door.

March 21

Easter Egg Hunt

BALD KNOB — There will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2-12 at 11 a.m. at the Bald Knob Sports Complex. Prizes will be given away at the event.

Pulled-Pork Supper

SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pulled-pork supper at 5 p.m. at the Sulphur Rock City Hall. The cost is $5 per plate.

Bake Sale

BATESVILLE — Southside Methodist Church will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon at the church, 39 Magnolia St., across from Southside School. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

Easter Egg Hunt

BALD KNOB — An Easter-egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. at the Old Russell Schoolhouse in Bald Knob. There will be prizes and bounce houses. Those attending are encouraged to bring a camera.

Native American Symposium

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will bring its first Native American Symposium to the area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center, across the street from the library. Admission is free. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. for guest-book signing and door prizes. A welcome will be given at 9:25.

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

Trivia Night Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its third annual Trivia Game Night Fundraiser and “Spay-ghetti” Dinner 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 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 at (870) 613-3045 or Sue Augustus at (870) 307-5305.


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.

One-Act Play Contest

SEARCY — The Performing Arts Center on the Square is accepting submissions for its first original one-act play contest. All subject matter is welcome. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. May 15 and must be double spaced with the speaker in bold. Stage direction should be in italics. The play should be a minimum of 30 minutes long or 25 to 40 pages. Pages should be numbered. The cover page should list the title of the play and the author’s name, address, email and phone number. The author’s name should be only on the cover sheet to allow for blind judging of the entries. Scripts will not be returned. No royalties will be paid. The winner’s play will be produced by Center on the Square during its July Dessert Theater Slot. Mail submissions to Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch, Searcy, AR 72143. For more information, call (501) 368-0111.


Audubon Society Meeting

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 26 at Western Sizzlin’ in Clinton. Dan Smith will talk about his experiences on a recent birding trip to Columbia, South America. A “Dutch treat” dinner will begin at 5:30. Door prizes will be given after the meeting, which is open to the public. For more information, visit, or email

Professor Lecture

BATESVILLE — Catherine Bordeau, associate professor of French at Lyon College, will speak at 11 a.m. March 26 in the Maxfield Room of Edward Commons. Bordeau is a recent winner of the school’s Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She was also named Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2006. Originally from Marquette, Mich., she is chair of Lyon’s Language, Literature and Fine Arts Division. For more information, call Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

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 cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Paul Ramsey at (501) 882-0243.

Archaeologist Lecture

BATESVILLE — Archaeologist Norman Hammond will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building at Lyon College. Hammond is professor emeritus of archaeology and former chairman of the department of archaeology at Boston University. He began working in Maya archaeology on a Harvard University project in Guatemala and has worked on Maya sites in Belize since 1970. He has lectured widely across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

Ozark Woodland Owners Association

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Woodland Owners Association will have a workshop and meeting March 28 at Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Larry Morris, OWOA president, will conduct free afternoon sessions from 1-5 p.m. that will include a panel discussion with Tanner Johnston of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kenny Smothers of the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Stan Carter of the Extension Service. Tamara Walkingstick will speak on "Women as Forest Landowners," and Rusty Rumley of the National Agricultural Law Center will talk about hunting leases and contracts. At 6 p.m., the group will have a barbecue dinner, and speaker Jason Milks of the Nature Conservancy will address landowners’ problems concerning last year’s drought. The evening meal is free for members and $15 for nonmembers and families. For more information, call Morris at (870) 613-0229.

The Nelons Concert

WARD — The Nelons, a popular Southern gospel trio, will perform at 7 p.m. April 4 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 843-3336.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet

CABOT — Cabot’s first Open Arms Shelter Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet and Silent Auction will be held at 6 p.m. April 4 at Cabot Junior High School North. Gov. Mike Beebe will be the guest speaker.

Fashion Gala

FAIRFIELD BAY — Xi Gamma Kappa will present its 20th annual Fashion Gala at 1 p.m. April 5 at St. Francis Parish Hall in Fairfield Bay. Dessert will be available, and raffle prizes will include a handmade quilt, a stained-glass piece, gift certificates from area restaurants and stores, and more. The style show will feature models wearing fashions offered by Sweet Shoppe in Fairfield Bay, Fashion Savvy and Aunt Minnie’s Boutique in Mountain View, Stage in Heber Springs, Kohl’s in Conway and Inger’s Butikk in Greers Ferry. Pat Cash will be the narrator. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from any chapter member or by calling Judy Johnsen at (501) 884-3018.

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 at

Controlling Anger Seminar

JACKSONVILLE — The Christian Church of Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin, will hold a seminar on Controlling the Fires of Anger on April 13 and 14. Lindsey Garmon will lead the seminar, which includes material designed to help participants understand anger and formulate a plan, based on biblical principles, to overcome their anger. The free seminar is open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508 or (501) 982-3768 or

Heroes for Health

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club will hold its second Heroes for Health 1K Run/Walk at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Panther Stadium track. The event, held to raise awareness of diabetes and increases in childhood obesity, is a nontimed, noncompetitive fun run for children ages 4-12. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 5:30 p.m., along with on-field sport demonstrations. The nonrefundable entry fee is $10 per child. For registration forms, contact Shelia DeArmond at (501) 985-4039 or Early registration by April 10 will secure a T-shirt and medal. For more information, visit the Cabot Lions Club Facebook page. Payments, registration and parental release forms may be mailed to Cabot Lions Club, Attn.: Shelia DeArmond, P.O. Box 183, Cabot, AR 72023.

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.

Car and Truck Show

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club will hold its 13th annual Car and Truck Show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Goodsell Truck Accessories, 401 Municipal Drive. Parking spaces will be available for cars for sale, as well as swap-meet spaces. There will be free dash plaques for the first 100 entries. All trucks and cars will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 982-2245.

Airport Open House

HORSESHOE BEND — The 6M2 Horseshoe Bend Airport will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. May 4. The event will feature barbecue and live music, as well as cars, motorcycles and aircraft on display. To enter a vehicle in the show, email Chuck McNeight at For more information, 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.

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 or planned events, call Ben Traylor at (501) 825-7410.

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