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Originally Published March 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 27, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.
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March 28

Historical Society Meeting

CONWAY — The annual meeting of the Faulkner County Historical Society will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Faulkner County Library. Mark Christ of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will speak on the Little Rock Campaign of 1863. The public is invited, and anyone may join the society at the meeting. The latest history book and the veterans commemoration edition of the journal will be available for purchase.

Horn Night

RUSSELLVILLE — The sounds of French horns will fill Witherspoon Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., when Arkansas Tech University hosts Horn Night at Tech 2013. Admission is free and open to the public. Among the groups scheduled to perform are the Arkansas Tech Horn Ensemble, the Fort Smith Northside High School Horn Octet, the Cabot High School Horn Ensemble, the Pinkston Middle School Horn Ensemble from Mountain Home and the Conway High School Horn Sextet. For more information, call (479) 968-0368, or visit

Fish Supper

MORRILTON — Riverview Baptist Christian School will host an all-you-can-eat fish supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The menu will include catfish, hush puppies, french fries, coleslaw, dessert and a drink. The cost will be $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 may eat free. Carryout orders will be available. Proceeds will be used to repair the gymnasium. The school is at 123 Riverview Road. For more information, call (501) 354-0327.

Registration Deadline

CONWAY — Today is the last day to register for Conway Adult Education computer training classes at 125 Center St. The classes will begin the week of Sept. 5. For more information, visit or call (501) 450-4810.

Garden Club Meeting

CONWAY — The Conway Evening Garden Club will meet at 6:30 at the Faulkner County Library. Janet Carson will be the guest speaker. Her topic for the event will be In the Garden: Preparing for the Season Ahead. For more information, email

State of Health Luncheon

CONWAY — The State of Health in Arkansas and Faulkner County will be on the agenda during the Conway Regional Women’s Council’s inaugural State of Health Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom at the University of Central Arkansas. Guest speakers will be Dr. Joe Bates, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Health, and Jim Lambert, president and chief executive officer of the Conway Regional Health System. Reserved tables and seats are available. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (501) 513-5771 or email

March 28 and March 29

UCA Green Week

CONWAY — Students of the University of Central Arkansas will continue Green Week through Friday. This weeklong event at UCA is held to raise awareness and promote activism regarding environmentally friendly initiatives and to educate the community on the environment. Daytime activities will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the evenings, starting at 6, notable speakers and documentaries from around the state will be presented. The free events are open to the public. For more information, contact Amanda Brown at or (501) 358-2750.

March 29

Buy-a-Board Project

CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas students enrolled in a speech class will conduct a Buy-a-Board project for Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Student Center. For a $1 donation, students may sign a greeting or write a verse on a two-by-four for $10. They “buy” the board, which will be used in the next Habitat build, said Shenel Sandidge, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County.

March 29 –March 31

Great Escape and Easter Eggs

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — Petit Jean State Park will hold its Great Escape Weekend and Easter Egg Hunt on Friday through Sunday. There will be free nature-related walks and other family-oriented activities. The celebration will conclude with an Easter egg scramble for about 2,000 eggs. For the event schedule, contact the park at (501) 727-5441 or, or visit

March 30

Plant Sale

LESLIE — The fifth annual Ozark Mountain Market Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leslie City Park. The park is at the corner of Arkansas 66 and Oak Street. There is no admission fee. For more information, contact Adrienne Lafargue at (870) 447-2633 or

Breakfast With the Easter Bunny

PERRYVILLE — Breakfast With the Easter Bunny will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Perryville United Methodist Church’s Connection Center. The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Each child will have an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a free photo from the event. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 2-12. All proceeds will go to the Adona Volunteer Fire Department.

Easter Egg Hunt

CONWAY — The Hendrix College Wellness and Athletics Center and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on the track and turf field behind the center. This event for the Conway community is open to children ages 2 to 10. Families are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to Bethlehem House. For more information, contact Jennifer McCracken at (501) 336-7484 or

March 31

Easter Services

MAUMELLE — Pastor Tony Auxier and the congregation of First Baptist Church Maumelle invite guests to attend a special Easter service on Sunday. Sunday School for each age group begins at 9 a.m., followed by worship services at 10:15. Immediately after the worship services, all children through the fifth grade are invited to participate in an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt on the lower level of the church grounds. For more information, call the church office at (501) 851-3547 or visit

April 2

AARP Safe-Driving Program

RUSSELLVILLE — An AARP Safe-Driving Program will be held at 9 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Annex. Course graduates age 55 and older may be eligible for a discount on their car-insurance premiums. The cost for the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, payable to AARP the day of the class. Complimentary pastries and coffee will be provided. Following the program, lunch will be available in the hospital cafeteria at a 25 percent discount for all attendees. To register for the class, call (479) 964-9355.

Amy Grant Concert

CONWAY — Amy Grant will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The performance is part of the UCA Public Appearances’ Pop Series. Tickets, available at the UCA Ticket Central Box Office, range from $30 to $40 for adults and are $10 for children and students with a current student ID. For tickets, call (501) 450-3265 or toll-free from anywhere in Arkansas at (866) 810-0012, or visit

April 3

Ladies’ Lunch Break

CONWAY — There will be a Ladies’ Lunch Break from noon to 1 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The meal will cost $5. Call (501) 730-4106 or (501) 327-4066 if child care is needed.


Scholarship Opportunity

MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Newcomers Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship. All residents of Maumelle are eligible to apply, as well as immediate family members of Newcomer Club members. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and cannot be the recipient of a full scholarship. The scholarship is available to those attending a four-year or two-year institution or an accredited technical college. Graduate and part-time students are also eligible. Applications must be postmarked by April 26 and can be obtained at the Maumelle Public Library or by calling scholarship chairwoman Ann Lewis at (501) 803-3669.

Cherokee Bingo Fundraiser

CONWAY — Cherokee Bingo will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at Bob’s Grill in downtown Conway. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for dinner, with bingo mini packs starting at 6:15 p.m. and main packs starting at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the University of Central Arkansas Athletic Scholarship Fund.


Fashion Show

FAIRFIELD BAY — The 20th annual Fashion Gala, presented by Xi Gamma Kappa, will be held at 1 p.m. April 5 at St. Francis Parish Hall on Woodlawn Drive. Dessert will be served, and guests can preview the door and raffle prizes, which will include a handmade quilt, a stained-glass piece, gift certificates from area restaurants and stores, and more. Models will wear spring and summer 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 at (501) 884-3018.

Writer’s Craft Lecture Series

CONWAY — The Conway Creative Writers and the Faulkner County Library will host the second of two lectures on Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft at 2 p.m. April 5. The video presentation is part of The Great Courses series and is made possible by a donation from Shirley Barham. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, or email

Symphony Concert and Reception

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. April 6 in Witherspoon Auditorium on the Arkansas Tech University, with a reception to follow. For ticket prices or more information, contact Aldona Standridge at (479) 968-4653 or

Wildflower Week

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — Petit Jean State Park will offer a free Wildflower Week from April 8-14. There will be walks, talks and demonstrations to celebrate wildflowers. Weekday programs will be geared toward senior citizens, while weekend programs will be family-oriented. For a schedule of events, lodging and camping options or more information, contact the park at (501) 727-5441 or, or visit

Flower and Plant Sale

MORRILTON — The Petit Jean Garden Club of Morrilton will have its annual Flower and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Fullerton Activity Center on the west side of the Southern Christian Home campus. Many varieties of annuals, grasses, flowering vines, perennials, hanging baskets, and potted containers for decks or patios will be available the day of the sale. Vegetable and herb plants will also be available. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale will allow the club to continue planting and maintaining the flower gardens at the walking trail, the city swimming pool bathhouse and the Senior Adult Center, as well as fund scholarships for Conway County graduating seniors. For more information, call (501) 354-3396.

Hoof It for Heifer

CONWAY — The Conway Area Heifer Volunteers will hold the second annual Hoof It for Heifer 20-K trail run at 8 a.m. April 13. The 20-K run will start and finish at Pavilion A in Petit Jean State Park and will follow the Boy Scouts of America Trail. Runners will be greeted at the finish line by alpacas and various smaller animals. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt and a finishing medal. Hot dogs and trimmings will be available at the finish. The trail is moderately difficult and is not recommended for first-time trail runners. For more information or to register, visit

Jammers Jamming

VILONIA — The 13th annual Jammers Jamming will be held April 15-20 at Lester Flatt Memorial Park off Arkansas 107 in Vilonia. The event offers fun and music for everyone in the family and is handicap-accessible. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kuykendall at (501) 835-2451 or, or visit

Mountain Man Rendezvous

GREENBRIER — Find out how rugged life was for explorers and trappers in Arkansas in the early 1800s as re-enactors portray the period at the Mountain Man Rendezvous on April 19-21 at Woolly Hollow State Park. The event is free and will include demonstrations of crafts, games, survival skills and more. For more information, contact the park at (501) 679-2098 or

The Slobber Knocker

PERRYVILLE — The third annual running of The Slobber Knocker will be April 20 in Perryville. This endurance mountain bike race offers distances of 75 and 45 miles, with the former being part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Marathon series and the latter open to all bikers. The race course consists of dirt roads and some pavement. For more information, contact Fred Phillips at (870) 246-6686 or, or visit

Taste of the Valley

RUSSELLVILLE — The 21st annual Taste of the Valley will be held April 25 at the Historic Russellville Depot in the city’s downtown district. This award-winning tasting party will showcase River Valley area restaurants, bakeries, caterers, delicatessens and vineyards. The event will include live music, and food and drinks will be available. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event. For more information, contact Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437 or, or visit

Aquatic Conservation Camp

RUSSELLVILLE — Lake Dardanelle State Park will offer an Aquatic Conservation Experience Camp on April 26 and 27. This two-day, one-night camp for children ages 10-13 will offer information on water resources and the opportunities the resources offer. Campers will learn about the lake and its inhabitants through a variety of activities, including kayaking. The registration fee of $65 per camper includes meals and activities. For more information or to sign up, contact the park at (479) 967-5516 or


HEBER SPRINGS — An art and photography walk will kick off Springfest in Heber Springs on April 26, with more activities planned for April 27 and 28. There will be crafters, children’s activities, gardening information and food. For more information, contact Melisa Gardner at (501) 362-2444 or, or visit

Party in the Park

RUSSELLVILLE — The Party in the Park will offer music, food, art and more on April 27 at Russellville City Park on B Street near Knoxville. There is no admission fee. For more information, contact Betty LaGrone at (479) 968-2452 or

To submit an item for the Calendar of Events, mail information to Calendar of Events, River Valley & Ozark Edition, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR, 72203; fax to (501) 378-3500; or email to Deadlines for calendar-item submissions are noon Friday for Thursday editions and noon Tuesday for Sunday editions.

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