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Originally Published October 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated October 2, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.
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Oct. 3

Open House and Book Signing

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Historical Society will hold an open house and book signing from 3-5 p.m. at 210 N. Broadway. Karen Potter Murphy, the author of Higden … A Place in the Heart: Life Before the Lake, will sign her books. Greers Ferry Dam historical pictures and displays will be available for viewing. Admission is free. For more information, call (501) 362-5225.

Pangburn Band Event

PANGBURN — The Pangburn Band will serve a hamburger and hot dog meal for the public during parent-teacher conferences from 5-7 p.m. at the Pangburn Performing Arts Center. The cost is $5 per person. Everyone is invited to stay for a free concert by the Pangburn Band at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. For more information, call (501) 728-3267.

Oct. 4

Race Team Deadline

SEARCY — The deadline to join the Searcy Team participating in the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is 4:30 p.m. Friday. The race is set for Oct. 19 in downtown Little Rock. To register, go to Click “Join an Existing Team.” When prompted, join team: Searcy. The team captain is Kristi Thurmon. The fee to register is $26, and participants can sign up for either the 5K Run/Walk, the Competitive 5K, the Family Fun Walk (2K) or the Three Miles of Men. Men are welcome to participate in the 5K for the first time in 2013. Race packets will be mailed to participants. The Searcy Team T-shirts will be available for pickup at the Pickup/Kick-off Party from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the First Security Bank main branch downtown. Shirts will also be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15-18 at the First Security Bank Marketing Department at the corner of Arch and Spring streets. For more information, call Tim Reilly or Kristi Thurmon at (501) 279-3483, or email

Bean and Cornbread Supper

ROMANCE — The Bean and Cornbread Supper fundraiser for the Floyd/Romance Volunteer Fire Department will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Romance Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, on Arkansas 31 across from the post office. The cost is $5, and children younger than 4 may

eat free.

Oct. 5

Thrift Shop Sale

SEARCY — The Searcy First United Methodist Church youth will hold a sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thrift Shop on Center Street to raise funds to benefit the thrift shop, the community and the youth. Anyone who would like to donate items for the sale and have them picked up may call the church at (501) 268-5896.

Poke Bayou Float and Cleanup

BATESVILLE — The second annual Poke Bayou Float and Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. at City Park at the White Drive Bridge, on Arkansas 69, over Poke Bayou. The Batesville Explorer Scout Troop will conduct the cleanup from the mouth of the bayou upstream for two miles. Participants should bring a boat, canoe or kayak. The cleanup/float will end at the “lower pipeline” near lower Main Street. The vehicle caravan to the take-out area will leave promptly at 9 a.m. Afterward, Fox Creek Barbeque in the old train depot will offer the float/cleanup crew a discount for lunch. For more information, contact Sam Cooke at (870) 307-8922 or, or Rusty Elumbaugh at (870) 307-3554.

Bark in the Park

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will host its fifth annual Bark in the Park doggie celebration and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is centered around the Amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Activities will begin with a Blessing of the Pets, followed by a Mutt Strut Treasure Walk, Best Dog competitions, Running of the Weenies, puppy races, a Hot “Dawg” eating contest, a North Arkansas Dance Theater performance, a K-9 demonstration, the “You and Your BFF” photo contest, lots of food, bake sale items, Rent-a-Puppy, face painting, a pet psychic, a dog kissing booth, a sidewalk art/coloring station and more. For more information, call (870) 307-5305 or (870) 793-0090.

Benton Family Reunion

SEARCY — A family reunion for descendants of John Washington Benton and Rachel Burkett Benton will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center in Searcy. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Paper products, coffee and other drinks will be provided. For more information, call Kathy Ball at (501) 858-9825.


JACKSONVILLE — The Ladies of the Knights and Knights of Columbus Council 11604 will hold their 10th annual Oktoberfest at 6:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 108 N. First St. The event will feature a German-themed dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $15 per adult. Proceeds will benefit the Knights and Ladies charitable organizations. For more information or tickets, call Theresa at (501) 843-8251 or Linda at (501) 843-7655. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Fall Festival

GREERS FERRY — The Greers Ferry Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lacey’s Narrows Marina, 7674 Edgemont Road. The family-oriented event will include crafts, games, classic cars, food vendors and entertainment. For more information, call Sharon at (501) 825-6616.

Craft Fair

CABOT — Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold its second annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 301 S. Pine St. Proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s mission projects. For more information, call (501) 605-8082, or visit

Flying Jam

MARSHALL — The sixth annual Flying Jam will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Searcy County Airport. The public is invited for food, fun, live music, powered parachutes and a 175th-birthday party for Searcy County. The event is free. Music will start at 10 a.m. provided by the Buffalo River Blues Society, and the birthday party will start at 11:30 a.m. with a cake-cutting ceremony and free cake. Wood-powered vehicles will be on display, as well as an old-time keel boat courtesy of the Early Arkansaw Re-enactor’s Association. For more information, call (870) 448-2557.

Oct. 6

White County Iris Society Meeting

SEARCY — The White County Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. at 605 E. Race. Robert Treadway, well-known to central-Arkansas iris growers as a hybridizer of Louisiana iris, will present a report on the 2013 conventions of the American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Iris, held in Dallas last spring. All iris lovers are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.

Blasingame Cemetery Association Meeting

EL PASO — The Blasingame Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at noon at the cemetery pavilion. A potluck lunch will be served, followed by the meeting. Officers and board members will be elected for the coming year. Everyone is urged to attend.

Oct. 7

Lonoke County Retired Teachers Meeting

CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a potluck meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be Mary Alice Hughes, an Arkansas insurance producer associated with the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, who will answer insurance questions. All retired district employees are invited to attend. Donations for a local food pantry will be appreciated. For more information, call Helen Teffer at (501) 843-2790.

Oct. 8

Cleburne County Retired Teachers

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cleburne County Retired Teachers will meet at noon at the Rustic Inn in Heber Springs. Steve Singleton, executive director of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, will be the guest speaker. All retired school personnel are invited to attend.

Souper Tuesday

NEWPORT — The Newport Newcomers’ SOUPER Tuesday soup fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Newport First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Soups of all types will be prepared for the event. A donation will be taken at the door to be divided among the Jackson County Humane Society, the Learning Center and the school backpack program.

Greers Ferry Dedication Display

CABOT — The staff of the Museum of American History in Cabot has developed a display to commemorate the 1963 dedication of Greers Ferry Lake by President John F. Kennedy. The display contains a number of documents, photographs and newspapers from the museum collection. Included is an invitation to the 1963 dedication, an invitation to the 25th anniversary observation in 1988 and a device worn by Secret Service agents assigned to protect the president. The display will open on Friday. The museum is at 114 South St. in downtown Cabot. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.


Kids Bible Club

WARD — The Kids Bible Club for children in first through sixth grades is being held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks, through Oct. 30, at Ward United Methodist Church, at Scott and Arkansas 367 across from the Ward Community Center. The club will include storytelling, singing and light snacks. There is no cost for the program, and transportation is available. For more information, call Rick Meadows at (501) 843-3279 or (501) 327-9222, or email

Fall Sessions for Musicians

BATESVILLE — Accordion, guitar, keyboard, violin and harmonica players of all experience levels are invited to come listen or play from 7-9 p.m. Monday and Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 at First Community Bank.

Friends of the Library Book Shop

HEBER SPRINGS — The Friends of The Library Book Shop, 2255 Arkansas 25B N., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shop offers a large variety of books at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit all the libraries in Cleburne County, including the new

library in Quitman.

Children’s Story Time

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St., offers story time for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. The event will include stories, videos and crafts conducted by librarian Vanessa Adams. The program lasts about an hour, and parents are requested to attend. For more information, call the library at (870) 793-8814, or


Parking Lot Market Sale

CABOT — Christ United Methodist Church will host a parking-lot market sale from 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of October and November. Spots cost $10. Participants may bring yard-sale items, crafts,

homemade goodies, etc. to Christ UMC, 15361 Arkansas 5. For more information, call (501) 529-0604.

Computer Classes

BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library offers free computer classes, geared for adults of all ages. Topics will include using a mouse and setting up an email account. Reservations are required. Call the library at (870) 793-8814 to register. For more information on this and other library events, visit

Free GED classes

MELBOURNE — Free GED classes are available at the following Ozarka College campuses: Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mammoth Spring, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Ash Flat, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and Mountain View, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at (800) 821-4335, ext. 2051, or in Izard County, call (870) 368-2051.

Cabot Civitan Club Meetings

CABOT — The Cabot Civitan Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at First Security Bank in downtown Cabot. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Tom Nolting at (501) 606-3731.

Retirees Meetings

KENSETT — Retired employees from Eaton Vickers and Remington Rand meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Kensett Country Kitchen. All former employees are invited to attend.

Republican Committee Meetings

CABOT — The Lonoke County Republican Committee meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Grandpa’s Bar-B-Cue. For more information, call Irene Ernst at (501) 941-4905, or visit

Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group

CABOT — The Cabot Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 S. Pine St. For more information, contact Cindy Orlicek Jones at (501) 843-9014 or

Ceramic Classes

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center is offering ceramic classes for people 60 or older. Membership is $20 per year. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call the center at (501) at 982-2011.


Model Airplane Club Meeting

HEBER SPRINGS — Anyone who builds or flies model airplanes or wants to learn how to do so is invited to the next meeting of the Heber Springs area model airplane club at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The club meets at the Heber Springs Community Center, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane, across the street from Auto Zone and behind Michael’s Italian Restaurant. The new club president is Ken Tabor. For more information, call (501) 206-7070.

Southern Raised Concert

WARD — Southern Raised, a bluegrass/gospel group, will appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 628-1838 or (501) 850-2056.

Business Expo

HEBER SPRINGS — The public is invited to the Business Expo, sponsored by the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Heber Springs Community Center. Prizes will be offered by the 62 vendors, including a travel package to Las Vegas. To register for a booth or for more information, visit, or call (501) 362-2444.

North Pulaski Retired Teachers Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association will hold its second meeting of the 2013-14 school year at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Electric Cooperative on Loop Road. The meeting will include flu shots and a Volunteer Fair with presentations on volunteer opportunities for members. Those who want to get a flu shot need to bring their health-insurance card, Medicare card or $20. Spouses or friends are welcome to get a flu shot and listen to the program. An updated report on health insurance will be given. Membership in the association is open, and dues are $15 per year.

Fall Festival

NEWARK — The Newark Elementary School Fall Festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Newark Elementary School building. Admission is free. Starting at 5:30 p.m., food will be available for purchase, including chili, Frito pies and hot dogs, and tickets for games may be purchased. There will be several games and prizes, along with a silent auction and a bake sale.

BETA Bingo

NORFORK — Norfork Senior BETA will hold its annual BETA Bingo fundraiser at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Norfork School Cafeteria. All proceeds will help send the Senior BETA Club to the Arkansas BETA Club Convention in Hot Springs. While there, the students will represent Norfork School in numerous academic events. BETA is a service organization for students who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and complete a required number of community-service hours. For more information, call Amy Branscum at Norkfork High School at (870) 499-7191.


CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The first Harvestfest will be held from 1:30-10 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Cherokee Village Town Center. A $3 admission (children 2 and younger will be admitted free) allows unlimited access to all events, including a haunted house, hayrides, a fashion show, an art show, a skate show, an auction, a street dance and special activities for kids, plus entry to win a $500 cash prize. For more information, call Pamela Rowland at (870) 847-5685. For nonfood vendor applications, call Barb Blough at (870) 710-1063, and to volunteer, call Preston Rowe at (870) 847-1447.

Civil War Re-enactor Event

CABOT — The Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will present R.D. Keever from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Camp Nelson Cemetery in Cabot. He will be in period dress, have his horse with him and have a tent set up. This will be a free educational event. Keever — a retired teacher and re-enactor, as well as an authority on Camp Nelson — will give a talk and answer questions. Everyone is invited. For more information, email Keever at or Rick Meadows at

Art Exhibit

HEBER SPRINGS — The Creative Arts Society’s first art exhibit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Heber Springs Community Center. There will be a reception and cash ribbon ceremony at 10 a.m. Painting and 3D categories will be included. For artist entries, email, or call (501) 270-2278.

Mount Tabor Yard and Bake Sale

CABOT — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church will hold its semiannual yard and bake sale at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the church, 4100 Arkansas 89 S. The Fellowship Hall will be filled with household items, Christmas decorations, clothing, furniture, knickknacks and more. The bake sale will feature cookies, candy, sweet breads and fried pies. Proceeds will go to church missions.

Class of ’63 Reunion

CABOT — The 1963 class of Cabot High School will hold a 50-year reunion Oct. 12 at The University Cafe at Arkansas State University-Beebe. A meet-and-greet will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6. For more information, call Norma Crutchfield at (501) 743-8886 or (501) 843-5925, or Irma Lee Heffner (501) 259-5187; or email Shelly Moran at

Daylily Sale

SEARCY — The White County Daylily Society will have its annual fall sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 in the parking lot of Simmons First Bank on South Main Street. There will be a good selection of lilies at a cost of $4 per double division. For more information, call Colleen Massengale, society president, at (501) 268-3711.

Garden Club Meeting

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern St. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (501) 580-0658.

Ozark Woodland Owners Association Meeting

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Woodland Owners Association will hold its fall meeting Oct. 17, beginning with a barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Independence County Cooperative Extension Office, 1770 Meyer St. Kyle Cunningham, forestry specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, will speak about managing hardwood forests. OWOA members and other interested people are invited to attend. For more information, call Larry Morris at (870) 283-6646.

Community Resource Day

CABOT — A Community Resource Day, sponsored by the Cabot Community Coalition, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the American Legion, 104 N. First St. The purpose of the Community Resource Day is to provide a way to connect people in the area in need of assistance with those agencies that meet those needs. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cabot Community Coalition at (501) 529-0604 or

Mystery Night at the Museum

CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will host its first Mystery Night at the Museum on Oct. 19, with dinner served at 6 p.m. in the Visitors Center, and the performance following at 7 p.m. in the museum, 104 Main St. After a sit-down dinner, the Peppersauce Players will portray seven characters from local history from the 1860s through the 1960s. Tickets are $40 each, with proceeds benefiting the museum. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Also that night, the museum will hold a drawing for the raffle of a Razorback pine rocking chair. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For tickets for the Mystery Night or for the raffle, contact Gloria Gushue at the visitors center at (870) 297-4129 or, or visit Checks may also be mailed to the Calico Rock Museum, 104 Main St., Calico Rock, AR 72519. Museum and visitors center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Gushue .

Chili Supper

CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The United Methodist Men’s semiannual chili supper will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Otter and Keno drives. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased from any United Methodist Man or at the door. Pie, furnished by the United Methodist Women, is included, along with a choice of drink.

Backyard Cookout

JACKSONVILLE — The North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association will hold a meet-and-greet backyard cookout to honor new members at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the home of Terry and Sharon Johnson. All members, spouses and guests are invited. Members need to RSVP to Linda Remele or Sharon Johnson by Oct. 21.

Fall Carnival

CABOT — A free Fall Carnival will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Christ United Methodist Church, 15361 Arkansas 5. The carnival will feature games, bouncy houses and contests for Best Costume and Best Carved Pumpkin.

Spaghetti Cook-off

CABOT — A Spaghetti Cook-off will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Christ United Methodist Church, 15361 Arkansas 5. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for the whole family. Children younger than 3 may eat free. Teams may enter to compete for the best spaghetti and the best booth for a $25 entry fee. Mayor Bill Cypert and Cabot Chamber Director Kelly Coughlin will be the judges.

Photography Contest

MAMMOTH SPRING — The Mammoth Spring Tree Board and the Spring River Lions Club are sponsoring a photography contest open to area residents. A tree must be present in the photo, and photos do not have to be mounted. The contest is open to youths and adults, and the deadline for entry is Nov. 1. The first-prize winner will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25. Photos can be turned in at the Mammoth Spring City Hall. For more information, call Mayor Jean Pace at (870) 625-3518.

Holiday Extravaganza

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will host the third annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 1 and 2 in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem. Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2. To reserve tables and booth spaces, direct-marketing consultants and craft vendors may contact the Fulton County Fair at (870) 895-5565 or

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