This week's events

Originally Published March 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 27, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.
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March 28

Owners Association Workshop and Meeting

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Woodland Owners Association will have a workshop and meeting in 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. 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

March 29

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. 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.

March 29-30

Bone-Marrow Donor Drive

SEARCY — The Harding University College of Pharmacy will host a bone-marrow donor drive Friday and Saturday in the lobby of the Henry and Grace Farrar Center for Health Sciences. Fourth-year pharmacy student Will Doles will help host the drive as part of his community project. The event, to screen potential bone-marrow donors, will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information about donating, visit

March 30

Easter Egg Hunt

CONCORD — There will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2-9 at 11 a.m. at the Concord Community Center, 10424 Heber Springs Road. Prizes will be given away, and hot dogs and cupcakes will be served after the egg hunt. Those attending are encouraged to bring a camera to take photos with the Easter Bunny.

March of Dimes Bake Sale

BATESVILLE — The Southside Methodist Church will have a bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is at 39 Magnolia St. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.

Prayer Time

AUSTIN/WARD — The United Methodist churches of North Lonoke County will have their sanctuaries open for prayer on Saturday. 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 or call (501) 843-3279 or (501) 327-9222.

March 31

Easter Musical

SEARCY — First Baptist Church of Searcy will present The Story, the musical, at 6 p.m. at the church’s worship center. For more information, call (501) 268-3561 or visit

April 1

Retired Teachers Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church for a potluck lunch and a program by Jon Swanson, executive director of Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services. All retired school employees are invited. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food for local food pantries.

Clothing Swap

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will hold a clothing swap at 11 a.m.

Tween Club

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will host the Tween Club at 4 p.m. Monday, and April 8, 15 and 22. The club features snacks, games and crafts for ages 9-12.

April 2

Basic Word for Beginners

JACKSONVILLE — A Basic Word for Beginners class will be held at noon at the Esther D. Nixon Library. 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.

Teen Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have Teen Time for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. April 2 and April 9, 16, 23 and 30.

April 3

Preschool Story Time

JACKSONVILLE — A preschool story time for ages 3-5 will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 3 and April 10, 17 and 24 at the Esther D. Nixon Library. 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 for ages 4-8 at 4 p.m. Wednesday and April 10, 17 and 24. Snacks and crafts will be available.


White County Youth Art Exhibit

SEARCY — The 2013 White County Youth Art Exhibit, featuring works from kindergartners through eighth-graders, will be open through Sunday 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, and 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.


Movie Night

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.

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. 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.

Toddler Time

JACKSONVILLE — The Esther D. Nixon Library will have a toddler time for ages 1-3 at 10:30 a.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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.

Quarter Mania

NEWPORT — There will be a quarter mania event at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Newport High School cafeteria, 406 Wilkerson Drive, to help cover medical expenses for Jennifer Ritchie Drummond, who has cancer. Participants will use quarters to bid on various vendor items, with the number of quarters needed depending on the value of the item. Auction paddles will be $3 or two for $5. For more information, call Jackie Gray at (870) 217-9120 or Dawn Mabry at (870) 512-8215.

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

Quilt Lecture and Workshop

SEARCY — Flavin Glover will speak at a White County Quilters Guild workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 at the First Assembly of God Church Family Life Center. The cost of the workshop is $50. Call Jan Hogan at (501) 268-6056 for a supply list or more information. There will be a lecture and trunk show, titled A New Look at the Log Cabin Quilts, at 7 p.m. April 8, also at the First Assembly of God Church Family Life Center. Admission is $5. Glover has a degree in clothing, textiles and related arts from Auburn University.

Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers Association will hold a business meeting at noon April 9 at the Rustic Inn. The district meeting, legislative acts and the future of the retirement system will be the primary topics. All retired school personnel are invited to join the association and learn about issues affecting the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

Heasley Prize Award

BATESVILLE — There will be a public interview with Geoffrey Douglas at 11 a.m. April 9 in the Alphin Board Room of the Alphin Building at Lyon College. That night, there will be a Heasley Prize Award ceremony and public reading, set to begin at 7:30 in the Bevens Music Room of the Brown Chapel at Lyon College. Douglas is the author of four books of nonfiction, as well as several essays and articles that have appeared in Esquire, The Village Voice and Yankee magazine. For more information, contact Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

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.

Dominoes Competition

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 A registration form is available online at

Communitywide Yard Sale

SALEM — The Salem Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual spring communitywide yard sale in the Salem area April 12 and 13. The yard sales will be in conjunction with the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market. Chamber officials encourage area residents to have yard sales on these dates. A map of the city of Salem with a listing of yard-sale addresses will be available at area businesses. Contact the Salem Chamber of Commerce at (870) 895-5565 by April 4 to be included in the listing. The chamber will need the seller’s name, physical address and phone number. Many area businesses will have special sales on this date.

Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market

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

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 and click on “Programs & Services,” then “Community & Technical Education.” Senior citizens older than 60 will receive a 20 percent discount.

Movie Night

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 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.

Citizens Police Alumni Golf Tournament

JACKSONVILLE — The Citizens Police Alumni Association will sponsor a three-man-scramble golf tournament April 22 at the Southern Oaks County Club. Proceeds will be used to furnish the kitchen at the new public safety building. Hole sponsors and teams are needed. For more information, contact Bob Colford at (501) 258-9269.

Family/Earth Day Celebration

NEWPORT — Arkansas State University-Newport will host a Renewable Energy Technology Family/Earth Day Celebration on April 22, beginning with registration at 10 a.m., followed by an official welcome at 10:30 a.m. and a renewable-energy demonstration and lab tour at 11. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP by April 15 to Jack Osier at (870) 512-7843 or

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.

Poetry Slam

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 age 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.

Poker Competition

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

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 For more information, visit

Dogwood Days

HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend will host Dogwood Days on May 11 at the First National Bank Co. parking lot, where motorcycles, automobiles, tractors, customized four-wheelers, lawnmowers and other vehicles will be on display. There is no entry fee, and every entry will receive a dash plaque. Winners will receive an 8-by-10-inch framed professional color photo of the vehicle and owner. Carol Anderson of Keepsake Photography will photographing the entries, and photos will be available for purchase. The motorcycles will be displayed in the FNBC parking lot, while other entries will be parked in the lot next door. Registration/check-in begins at 8 a.m., and there will be an awards ceremony at 2. For preregistration or more information, call Ron Brooks at (870) 373-9000 or Jeannie Simpson at (870) 373-4444, or stop by the Chamber of Commerce office to sign up. To reach the chamber, call (870) 670-5433 or visit

Homecoming Festival Street Market

SALEM — Vendor space is available for booths at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival Street Market. The 64th annual festival will be May 24 and 25 in Salem, and the Street Market will be held May 25. Any type of marketable item may be sold, but the festival committee reserves the right to refuse items. For more information or to reserve a booth space, contact Tonya Franks at (870) 371-0887 or

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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