This week's events

Originally Published May 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated May 7, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
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May 9

Meal and Free Concert

PANGBURN — There will be a hot dog and sausage meal from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Pangburn High School. The cost of the meal is $5 and includes an entree, chips, dessert and drink. Tickets can be bought from a member of the school’s band or at the door. Following the meal, there will be a spring concert in the Performing Arts Auditorium at 7 p.m. The junior and senior bands, jazz band, and junior and senior choirs will perform. There is no cost for the concert. For more information, call (501) 728-3267.

May 9-11

Strawberry Homefest

BALD KNOB — The 26th annual Bald Knob Strawberry Homefest will be held today through Saturday in downtown Bald Knob. The festival includes a strawberry-eating contest, a strawberry-cake auction and sales of the local crop. Also included are a carnival, a parade, live entertainment and a crafts show. For more information, call the Bald Knob Chamber at (501) 724-3140.

May 10

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. 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, 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 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.

May 11

Tuckerman Reunion

TUCKERMAN — A Tuckerman High School alumni reunion will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Admission is $5. For more information, call Ruth Jones at (870) 349-5133.

Benefit Spaghetti Supper

LONOKE — There will be a benefit spaghetti supper for Randy Walker, who is battling colon and liver cancer, at 5 p.m. at Mount Zion United Methodist Church on Mount Tabor Road. Donations will be accepted. A checking account has been set up at Centennial Bank for the Randy Walker Benefit.

Scavenger Hunt

MAMMOTH SPRING — The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce will hold a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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, 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. 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 Saturday 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 held 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. 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

May 13

Tea Party Meeting

SEARCY — The Independent Tea Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Carmichael Center, 801 S. Elm. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings are open to everyone. For more information, contact Ernie Blount (501) 278-9413 or email

May 14

Retired Teachers Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers will meet at noon at the Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. Discussion topics will include the new laws enacted by the 2013 Arkansas Legislature and how those laws affect the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. A report will also be given on the Area II May 9 meeting. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. For more information, call Lavern Penn at (501) 206-0357.

May 15

Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market

HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Farmers Market will start Wednesday and be open from 8-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday thereafter at Faith Presbyterian Church. Produce will be offered when available, but flowering plants, strawberries and baked goods, including fried pies, will be available.

One-Act-Play Contest Deadline

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. Wednesday 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.


Farmers Market

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Farmers Market will begin its third year May 25 at the Cherokee Village Town center, then will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 12. Locally grown produce, baked goods, farm eggs, flowers, plants and handmade crafts will be available. For more information, call Jerry Adams at (870) 847-6422 or email

Powhatan State Park Tours

POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month with the theme Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’ Historic Structures. Tours, titled Restoring Powhatan: Origins of a State Park, will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 and May 25. Participants will hear behind-the-scenes facts on historic structures, discover how these buildings were saved and preserved, and learn about the development and decline of a steamboat town. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free.

Artist of the Month

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Public Library’s Artist of the Month is Bert Worsencroft, whose works will be on display at the library throughout May. Worsencroft is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since childhood. His main interest is painting.

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

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.

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.


Ambulance Service Fundraiser

HIGHLAND — The Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service Foundation will host a fundraising dinner from 4-8 p.m. May 16 at the Highland Fire Station. The menu will include Cajun gumbo. The cost is $5 per bowl or a dine-in cost of $7.50, which includes dessert and a drink. Takeout orders are available. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go for the purchase of a new ambulance for the service.

Retired Teachers Reception

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a reception to recognize the work of several retiring Cabot School District staff members from 4-5 p.m. May 16 in the Conference Room of the Central Administrative Office, 602 N. Lincoln St. Those retiring are Dorothy Bell, Cynthia Sutherlin, Mark Tenney, Doug Eberhart, Ruth Winn, Kathy Thomas, Johnny Lyle, Grady Woodward and Gary St. John. Their friends and relatives are invited to attend.

ASU-Searcy Driver Course

SEARCY — Arkansas State University-Searcy will host an AARP Driver Safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 16 in Room 127 of the Technology East building at ASU-Searcy. Instructors for the class are Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register, call Bertie and Jerry Yates at (501) 283-0287 or (501) 283-0283.

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.

Bingo Night

CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot will host a night of bingo at 6 on May 18. Prizes will be awarded, and snacks — such as hot dogs, nachos and chili cheese dogs — and sodas will be available.

Genealogy Workshop

POWHATAN — There will be a genealogy workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Powhatan Historic State Park. Topics will include oral history, using archival records and the Internet, and preserving family keepsakes. The workshop is for beginner and intermediate genealogists, and participants are encouraged to bring their research. Space is limited, so reservations are needed. For more information or to register, call (870) 878-6765 or email

Benefit Golf Tournament

SEARCY — The Children’s Miracle Network will host a benefit golf tournament May 24 at The Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a four-man-scramble shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $250 for each team. Mulligans will be available for $40, which gives each person on the team two. Pro drives can be purchased for $20 per team. Proceeds will go to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. For more information, call (501) 279-2024 or email

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

PrimesTimes Driver Course

SEARCY — The PrimesTimes of White County Medical Center will host an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 25 at the Hubach Center. The instructors are Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Those attending are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street. To register, call Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050.

Fulton County Golf Tournament

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Fulton County Golf Tournament will be June 1, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., at the Cherokee Village South Golf Course. The cost is $200 per four-person team. Proceeds will go to the JoKay Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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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