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This week's eventsOriginally Published March 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 20, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
March 21-March 23
Spring Break Programs
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will host spring break events today through Saturday. Today, the park will host Lego My Brick, in which participants will explore how to build a strong and sturdy brick wall. Friday’s event will be Civil War Recruits, in which participants will learn how to march and drill like a Civil War soldier. Saturday will feature a Thomas Kell mock trial, which will be re-enacted in the 1888-style courthouse. These events will begin at 2 p.m. each day.
Tea Party Meeting
KENSETT — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Kensett. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month, and meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Ernie Blount at (501) 278-9413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabot AARP Meeting and Supper
CABOT — The Cabot AARP Chapter will hold its monthly meeting and covered-dish supper at 6 p.m. at 600 N. Grant. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.
Audubon Society Meeting
CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. 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 www.littleredriveraudubonsociety.com, or email email@example.com.
BATESVILLE — Catherine Bordeau, associate professor of French at Lyon College, will speak at 11 a.m. 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 the 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. 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.
BATESVILLE — Archaeologist Norman Hammond will speak at 7:30 p.m. 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.
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.
Owners Association Meeting
The 2013 spring meeting of the Ozark Woodland Owners Association will be held at 1 p.m. March 28 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The fee is $15 for nonmembers, which includes membership dues. Members may attend free of charge. A meal will be included in the program.
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.
Republican Committee Meeting
SEARCY — The White County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Wilbur Mills Court building, 301 W. Arch St. The agenda will include plans for the April 5 Lincoln Day Dinner with Congressman Steve Womack, R-Ark. All are invited. For more information, contact Joel Pritchett at (501) 827-0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Fitness
MELBOURNE — The Institutional Professional Development Committee of Ozarka College will sponsor Health and Fitness, a presentation by Ross Jackson, Ozarka College Fitness Center director, from 1-2 p.m. March 29 in the John E. Miller Complex Lecture Hall, Room C204, on the Melbourne campus. Jackson will discuss nutrition, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. The event is available to Ozarka College students, employees and the general public at no charge.
AUSTIN/WARD — The United Methodist churches of North Lonoke County will have their sanctuaries open for prayer March 30. The public is welcome to attend. The 16th Section United Methodist Church, at 8683 Arkansas 319 W. in Austin, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ward UMC, at the corner of Scott and Arkansas 367, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Rick Meadows at email@example.com or call (501) 843-3279 or (501) 327-9222.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host Tween Club at 4 p.m. April 1, 8, 15 and 22. The club features snacks, games and crafts for ages 9-12.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a clothing swap at 11 a.m. April 1.
Basic Word for Beginners
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a Basic Word for Beginners class at noon April 2. The class will be an introduction to Microsoft Word and word processing. Registration is required. A sign-up sheet is available at the front desk of the library.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have Teen Time for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Preschool Story Time
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a preschool story time for ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m. April 3, 10, 17 and 24. The event will feature stories, finger plays, songs and crafts.
After-school Story Time
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have an after-school story time at 4 p.m. April 3, 10, 17 and 24 for ages 4-8. Snacks and crafts will be available.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a screening of Skyfall, rated PG-13, at 5 p.m. April 4.
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.
Gem and Mineral Club Meeting
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 10 a.m. April 4 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Krystal Watson, a volunteer with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will present the program on Digging Arkansas, which looks at what archeological digs reveal of human activity from the past. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Ruth Maxedon at (870) 257-2361.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Xi Gamma Kappa will present its 20th annual Fashion Gala at 1 p.m. April 5 at St. Francis Parish Hall. 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.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a toddler time at 10:30 a.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 for ages 1-3. There will be music, stories and playtime for the toddlers.
Give a Stitch
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Give a Stitch, a class in knitting and crocheting, at 4 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 for ages 13 and up. Preregistration is available, but walk-ins are welcome.
Locker Hooking Workshop
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will hold a locker hooking workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6. The fee for the event is $15. This workshop teaches participants the art of locker hooking — an old craft using scrap fabric to make rugs, place mats, chair-seat covers, handbags and more. Participants will learn how to design patterns on canvas, cut the fabric and use the locker hook and yarn to create mats of all styles. The registration fee includes all materials. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. To register, contact the park at (870) 878-6765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Job Hunting
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Digital Job Hunting, a class on how to apply for jobs online and how to set up an email account, at noon April 9. Registration is required and can be done at the library.
Family Movie Night
JACKSONVILLE — The film Rise of the Guardians, rated PG, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. April 9 at Family Movie Night at the Esther D. Nixon Library.
Learn to Knit
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will offer Learn to Knit at noon April 11. Participants are asked to bring a size 6 circular knitting needle with 24-36-inch cable. Yarn will be provided. Those who want to attend are asked to register at the library.
True Stories Book Club
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a True Stories Book Club meeting at 2 p.m. April 11. The group will discuss Animal, Vegetable Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a dominoes competition at 6 p.m. April 11 for adults 18 and older.
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 email@example.com. A registration form is available online at 111.campwyldewood.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available at www.fultoncountyfair.org.
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 email@example.com.
Mesh Wreath Class
BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Division will offer Make Your Own Mesh Wreath from 6-8 p.m. April 18 in Room 803 of the Row Johns Building. The class will provide students information to make their own mesh wreath out of poly deco mesh netting. Deann Castleberry, owner of the Ivory Owl on Harrison Street in Batesville, will teach the class. The cost, including a supply fee, is $40. Participants may bring their own accessories, such as ribbon, balls or other decorative items. For more information or to register, call (870) 612-2082 or visit www.uaccb.edu and click on “Programs & Services,” then “Community & Technical Education.” Senior citizens older than 60 will receive a 20 percent discount.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will show the film Flight, rated R, at 5 p.m. April 18.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Saturday Game Play
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a Saturday Game Play at 2:30 p.m. April 20. There will be games on the XBox, Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided.
Basic Computer Class
JACKSONVILLE — There will be a Basic Computers for Beginners class at noon April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration is required and can be done at the library.
JACKSONVILLE — A poetry slam will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. Registration, which can be done at the library, is required. Categories are for ages 10 and older. The winner is eligible for entry into the Arkansas Literary Festival Poetry Competition.
The Nixon Book Worms
JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Book Worms will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The group will discuss Eleanor Brown’s book Weird Sisters.
Classics for Teens
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will host a Classics for Teens meeting at 2 p.m. April 25. The group will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a poker competition at 6 p.m. April 25. The event is for adults age 18 and older.
American Girl Book Club
JACKSONVILLE — The American Girl Book Club meets at 1 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The next meeting will be April 26.
Learn to Crochet
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Learn to Crochet course at 1:30 p.m. April 27 for ages 13 and older. Registration is required, and participants are asked to bring a crochet hook size H/8. Yarn will be provided.
Stride to Prevent Suicide
SEARCY — The Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation will hold its Stride to Prevent Suicide at 8 a.m. April 27 at Spring Park in Searcy. Participants may enter the 10K, 5K or 1-mile events. Trophies and medals will be given to winners in each category. There will be a butterfly-release ceremony to honor those who have been lost to suicide. Proceeds from the event will fund programs provided by the Elliott Foundation. To be a sponsor or participate in the Stride to Prevent Suicide, call Alana Pinchback, executive director, at (501) 278-4357, or register at www.elliottfoundation.com.
Family Game Night
JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville will hold a Family Game Night at 4 p.m. April 29. There will be games on the XBox, Nintendo Wii and board games.
Basic Word for Beginners
JACKSONVILLE — A Basic Word for Beginners class will be held at noon April 30 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. The course will be an introduction to Microsoft Word and word processing. Registration is required and can be done at the library.
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 email@example.com. For more information, visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com.
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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