CONWAY — An open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. for the public to tour Bethlehem House, a transitional shelter for the homeless. The 7,300-square-foot, two-story facility is at 1115 Parkway St. The community is encouraged to bring housewarming gifts. Bethlehem is registered at Tipton Equipment, Walmart, Belk and The Kitchen Store. For information about Bethlehem House, call (501)205-0905, or visit www.bethlehemhouse.net.
Senior American Special
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — Today is the last of three days of free activities at Petit Jean State Park offered with senior citizens in mind, although all ages are welcome to attend the functions. For a schedule of events and information about lodging and camping, contact the park at (501) 727-5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.petitjeanstatepark.com.
Spook-tacular Blood Drive
RUSSELLVILLE — Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the American Red Cross have partnered to hold a Spook-tacular Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital annex, behind the hospital at 1814 W. C St. No appointment is necessary; however, donors must present photo identification. For more information, call (479) 968-2841, ext. 0.
Conway’s Got Talent
CONWAY — Choosing to Excel will hold its annual fundraiser, Conway’s Got Talent, with guest star Kris Allen of Conway, an American Idol winner. The event, which will begin at 6 p.m. at Conway High School, will also include a Dance With the Stars competition. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling (501) 505-8590, or going to www.c2espace.com.
Taste Along the River
DARDANELLE — The third annual Taste Along the River and BBQ Contest will be held on the riverfront in downtown Dardanelle. The event will offer a chance to sample food from various restaurants and barbecue contestants, as well as churches and organizations. Local musicians will perform. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (479) 229-3567.
Autumn in Arkansas
RUSSELLVILLE — Lake Dardanelle State Park will celebrate the changing season by exploring what is unique about this time of year. Programs and activities are scheduled throughout the day. For more information on this free event, contact the park at (479) 967-5516 or email@example.com.
Friends of the Library Meeting
MORRILTON — The Friends of the Conway County Library will hold the group’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. on the top floor of the library. The meeting will be open to all. Officers for 2014 will be elected. The meeting will also feature speaker Karen Davis Graham, an Oklahoma author originally from Morrilton, and the announcement of the Gordon-Loh Award winner. Following the meeting, a reception with refreshments will be held downstairs. For more information, call the library at (479) 354-5204 or Pamela Brownlee, Friends president, at (479) 354-1182.
CONWAY — The Conway League of Artists is taking applications for membership. The league meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. Yearly dues are $20, and there is a lineup of programs in the making for the coming year. Refreshments are served at meetings. Those interested in becoming a member can visit a meeting or send membership dues to Penny Rubow, 511 Faulkner St., Conway, AR 72034; or call her at (501) 733-6573.
Grits and Glamour
CONWAY — Country music stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan will perform Oct. 24 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The women have won multiple awards for their music and will perform many of their hits. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults, and $10 for students. For more information, call (501) 450-3265, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.
RUSSELLVILLE — Lake Dardanelle State Park will be the host site for bass anglers in the Federation Nation Tournament on Oct. 24-26. For more information, call Michael Malone at (860) 839-4905.
Table for Two
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will offer Table for Two culinary classes at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Executive chef Robert Hall will demonstrate effective use of time while cooking and eating. Plus, couples will be allowed to practice their new skills, followed by a candlelit dinner for two that includes a dessert created by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute kitchen. The classes include overnight lodging and a continental breakfast. Admission is $200 per couple. For more information, call (501) 727-5435, or visit www.livethelegacy.org/educational-programs/culinary.
Congregation Appreciation Day
PERRYVILLE — The Heifer Ranch Learning Center will be the site Oct. 26 for a celebration of the role that congregations play in helping families around the world. Admission is free. For more information, call the center at (501) 889-5124.
Classes on Chinese Culture
CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library and the University of Central Arkansas’ Confucius Institute will offer a class on Chinese paper crafts at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the library. Patrons need to bring their own scissors. A class on making Chinese dumplings has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Nov. 2. The class is limited to 20 people, and sign-up is required. For more information or to register for classes, call (501) 327-7482, email email@example.com, or visit Facebook or Twitter.
Sacred Heart Octoberfest
MORRILTON — Sacred Heart School will hold its annual Octoberfest on Oct. 26. The 5K run has been canceled. Octoberfest will open at 4 p.m. with a bake sale, followed by an all-you-can-eat turkey-and-dressing dinner from 5-8 p.m. Carryout meals will be available from 4-5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger may eat free. There will also be games for all ages and a silent auction until 8:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $300. For more information, visit www.sacredheartmorrilton.org.
Jenifer’s Antique Show
CONWAY — Jenifer’s Antique Show will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Faulkner County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The indoor event will include 45,000 square feet of antiques from across the country. The show will be open from noon-7 p.m. Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. For more information, call (501) 513-7441, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jenifersantiques.com.
Audubon Society Meeting
CONWAY — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Faulkner County Library. The program will be presented by Joyce Harding, a professor of biology and the chair of the environmental studies department at Hendrix College. The program will be Where the Wild Things Are: Gardening for Nature. Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Coe Wilson at (501) 208-2264.
Arbor Day Celebration
CONWAY — The Conway Tree Board will hold an Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in Laurel Park on Prince Street across from the Conway High School campus. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved three blocks east to the Conway Junior High School gymnasium. For more information, visit www.conwaytrees.org.
Fall Star Party
GREENBRIER — The staff of Woolly Hollow State Park will hold a free event Nov. 2 featuring the night sky. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for visitors to view celestial bodies and will provide answers to questions about astronomy. Attendees need to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, call (501) 679-2098 or email email@example.com.
Urban Farm Fest
CONWAY — The Urban Farm Project and the Faulkner County Library will celebrate the harvest with the third annual Urban Farm Fest from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the library, 1900 Tyler St. The event will include live music, demonstrations, crafts and games for the kids. This is a potluck, so bring a dish to share, and bring reusable utensils to be “green.” For more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482, or email Nancy@fcl.com, or see the Urban Farm Project’s facebook page. The event is free and open to the public.
Straight No Chaser Concert
CONWAY — The harmonies of a cappella group Straight No Chaser will fill Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas on Nov. 5. The group previously appeared at the venue in 2012, selling out quicker than any other booking for Reynolds Performance Hall. Tickets are $30 to $40 for adults, and $10 for students. For more information, call (501) 450-3265, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.
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