This week's events

Originally Published May 2, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated May 1, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
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May 2

Gem and Mineral Club Meeting

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will hold its May program, Fascinating Minerals, at 10 a.m. Guest speaker Mike Howard, a mineralogist for the Arkansas Geological Survey, will talk about the unusual minerals found on the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Kola mineral specimens that have been donated to the club by the Cherokee Village widow of rockhound Don Schmerling will be available for viewing.

May 2-4

Rummage Sale

SEARCY — St. James Catholic Church will sponsor a spring rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will be an early sale from 5 to 7 p.m. today with a $5 entrance fee. The two-estate sale will include household items, furniture, appliances and more. Proceeds will support the youth and campus ministries of the parish. The sale will be in the St. James Parish Life building at 1102 Pioneer Road behind the newly constructed church, about four blocks south of the Carmichael Center. For more information, call Flo Fitch at (501) 230-2890.

May 2-4 and 6

Beginners Photography Class

BATESVILLE — Tony McGuffey, who has won awards for newspaper photography, will teach a beginners photography class from 6-8 p.m. today, Friday and Monday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Vine St. A field trip will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for students to apply techniques learned in the classroom. The cost of the class is $50, with a 10 percent discount for members of any chamber. Paid preregistration is encouraged. To preregister or for more information, call (870) 262-7958 or email

May 3

Community Fish Fry

EL PASO — The El Paso community will have its annual fish fry at 6 p.m. at the El Paso Community Center. The public is invited, and donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit El Paso parks and playgrounds. For more information, call Roy Dale Breckenridge at (501) 796-3538.

Ms. Senior White County Pageant

SEARCY — The fourth annual Ms. Senior White County Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. at the John E. Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore St. White County women 60 and older are eligible to enter the pageant. There will be a practice for contestants at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner. An entry form and $25 entry fee are due Tuesday to the White County Aging Program, 2200 E. Moore St., Searcy, AR 72143. The pageant winner will compete in the Ms. Senior Arkansas Pageant on June 1. For more information, call (501) 268-2587.

May 3-4

Lyon College Commencement

BATESVILLE — The Lyon College spring commencement will be at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Brown Chapel south lawn. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in Becknell Gymnasium. A baccalaureate service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Brown Chapel, followed by the Scots Walk and torch-lighting ceremony at Bryan Lake.

Heroes for Hope

CABOT — The Cabot Relay for Life will hold its Heroes for Hope event from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at Cabot High School’s football field. The event will kick off with a survivor dinner at the Cabot High School Field House. There will also be a Little Miss/Mr. Relay Pageant, as well as entertainment and games all night. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. To get involved, call (501) 628-4150 or email

May 3-5

Father of the Bride

CABOT — The Cabot Community Theatre will present a production of Father of the Bride on Friday through Sunday. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling (501) 941-2266. The Cabot Community Theatre is at the CenterStage Playhouse, 204 N. First St.

May 4

Civil War Symposium

JACKSONVILLE — The Museum of Military History in Jacksonville will host a Civil War in Arkansas Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will hear from several Arkansas history experts on the Civil War from an Arkansas perspective. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Searcy High School Graduation

SEARCY — Searcy High School will hold its commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. at Lion Stadium, 500 W. McRae St.

Author of the Month

ASH FLAT — Poet and author Patricia A. Oplinger of Cherokee Village is the Author of the Month for May at the Ash Flat Public Library and will visit the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Oplinger has written award-winning, essays, book reviews, columns, and travel and humor pieces. Her poems have been published in various journals, magazines and books. In 1997, she established and continues as a mentor for The Storybook Project, a literacy/prison ministry program in Arkansas.

Church Rummage Sale

JACKSONVILLE — Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s youth group.

Airport Open House

HORSESHOE BEND — The 6M2 Horseshoe Bend Airport will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. 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

Walk for Senior Services

HEBER SPRINGS — A Walk for Senior Services will be held at 9 a.m. at the Waychoff Senior Center. Individuals, teams or organizations may walk to raise money for Cleburne County senior services. T-shirts are available for walkers who raise at least $35. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Alma Smith or Sharron Brown at (501) 362-2413.

May 4-5

Pioneer Village Open House

SEARCY — Pioneer Village, 1200 Higginson St., will hold its annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. There will be costumed guides, and all buildings will be open. The event will feature food, music, activities for children, handmade items, pioneer craftsmen and demonstrations, and a Master Gardener plant sale. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call (501) 580-6633.

May 8

Consumer-Protection Forum

SEARCY — The White County Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, will sponsor a Protecting Arkansans town-hall meeting from 8 a.m. to noon in the White County Medical Center’s Hubach Conference Center, 3214 E. Race Ave. Topics will include securities, insurance, Medicare and consumer alerts. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided. The free meeting is open to the public. Registration is required; call (877) 926-8300.


Republican Committee Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Grandpa's Barbecue on North Second Street in Cabot. For more information, contact Irene Ernst, secretary, at (501) 941-4905 or visit

Photo Contest

JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative is sponsoring a contest for Jacksonville and North Pulaski high school photography students. Photos will be on display at the cooperative’s headquarters, 1000 S. J.P. Wright Loop Road, during business hours through today. Members of the public may stop by the lobby and vote for their favorite entry. For more information, contact First Electric marketing representative David Copeland at (501) 985-4552 or

Vatican II Series

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — In observance of the Year of Faith, St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Cherokee Village will offer a five-week series of one-hour DVDs called The Faithful Revolution: Vatican II on Wednesday nights in May. The DVDs will be shown from 6:45-7:45, following the 6 p.m. Mass. Discussion will follow, and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the church office at (870) 257-2850.

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 at 4 p.m. May 15 and must be double-spaced with the speaker in bold and stage directions in italics. 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.

TOPS Meetings

JACKSONVILLE — There will be a Take Off Pounds Sensibly meeting at 9 a.m. every Thursday at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The fee is $28 annually. For more information, call Dianne at (501) 834-7603.

Accordion Players Gathering

BATESVILLE — Accordion players are invited to bring their accordions and meet other accordion players in the area from 7-9 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, beginning this Monday, in the Community Room of First Community Bank in Batesville. For more information, call (870) 307-0258.


Bald Knob Golf Tournament

BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Public Educational Foundation’s ninth annual four-person golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. May 10 at the Bald Knob Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per person or $200 for a team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for Bald Knob High School seniors. For more information, call Brad Roberts at (501) 827-2102 or Phillip Helms at (501) 724-3990.

Ward Chamber Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet May 10, with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. The banquet will be at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter, R-Cabot, will be the keynote speaker. 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 or (501) 843-3585, or visit

Memorial Golf Tournament

SEARCY — The 13th annual Max Clark Memorial Golf Tournament will be held May 10 at the Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Proceeds will benefit Searcy Children’s Homes. Register online at, or call Searcy Children’s Homes at (501) 268-3243.

Scavenger Hunt

MAMMOTH SPRING — The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce will host a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week and Mammoth Spring State Park Tourism Day. The scavenger hunt will begin at the park’s welcome center. Participants will be given clues and a list of items to gather. The items can be found at local businesses. The winner will receive a $100 prize.

Second Saturday Bingo

HEBER SPRINGS — St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Heber Springs will host Second Saturday Bingo on May 11, beginning with Quickfire games at 5:30 p.m. The jackpot prize is $500. Concessions, including homemade pies, will be available. For information, call Myrna Shaw at (501) 362-9450.

A Gathering of Eagles

BEEBE — Declare His Glory International will present A Gathering of Eagles, a morning of praise, worship and intercessory prayer, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 at Open Arms Assembly of God, 1103 N. Fir St. For more information, call (888) 564-8906 or visit

Dogwood Days

HORSESHOE BEND — Horseshoe Bend will host Dogwood Days on May 11 in the First National Bank Co. parking lot. Motorcycles, automobiles, tractors, customized four-wheelers, lawnmowers and other vehicles will be on display. There is no entry fee. Registration/check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and an awards ceremony will be at 2 p.m. For preregistration or more information, call Ron Brooks at (870) 373-9000 or Jeannie Simpson at (870) 373-4444, stop by the chamber office, call the chamber at (870) 670-5433, or visit

Mz. Dogwood Pageant

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mz. Dogwood men’s beauty pageant, part of the Dogwood Days festivities, will be held at 3 p.m. May 11 at the gazebo in front of the Diamond B Mall. Each contestant must have a sponsor to donate $30. Proceeds will go to the children’s free games and rides for next year’s events. Contestants will check in at 1 p.m. For more information, call Jeannie Simpson at (870) 373-4444 or Danaya Burch (870) 373-3910, stop by the chamber office, call the office at (870) 670-5433, email, or visit

Bratwurst Day Festival

HORSESHOE BEND — Knights of Columbus Council No. 10493 will host its 10th annual Bratwurst Day Festival from 4-7 p.m. May 16 at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door. Takeout dinners will be available. For more information, call (870) 368-4082.

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

Batesville Chamber Golf Classic

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Chamber Golf Classic at 10 a.m. June 7 at The Course at Eagle Mountain. The registration fee for a team of four is $375, which includes coolers, beverages, breakfast, lunch and two golf carts. The tournament is limited to the first 25 registered teams. Registration can be done online at Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Senior Circle Trips

NEWPORT — The Harris Hospital Senior Circle Association is accepting reservations for three trips later this year. A rail trip to New Orleans will be June 17-20, with a cost of $699 per person. A motorcoach trip to Niagra Falls and Toronto will be Sept. 1-8, with a cost of $789 per person. There will also be a seven-day cruise from New Orleans to the western Caribbean from Oct. 13-19. The cost is $1,069 per person for an inside cabin, $1,165 for an ocean view or $1,420 for a balcony. For more information, call Circle adviser Margaret Goodman at (870) 512-3030.

Mountains, Music and Motorcycles

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The second Mountains, Music and Motorcycles car show will be Aug. 17 in the Centennial Bank parking lot. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. There will be 17 classes in the show. For more information, call Matt Sloan at (870) 615-0785 or Kelly Simmons at (870) 213-7644, or 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.

Anglers Classic

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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